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ELINOR, Queen Mother of England.
to King John. Lady FAULCON BRIDGE, Mother to the Bastard and Ro
bert Faulconbridge. Citizens of Algiers, Heralds, Executioners, Messengers, Sola
diers, and otber. Attendants.
The SCENE, sometimes in England ; and sometimes in France.
ACT 1. SCENE I.
Northampton. A Room of State in the Palace. Enter
King John, Queen ELINOR, PEMBROKE, Essex, and SALISBURY, with CHATILLON.
Eli. A strange beginning ;-borrow'd majesty!
Chat. Philip of France, in right and true behalf
Desiring thee to lay aside the sword,
K. John. What follows, if we disallow of this ?
Chat. The proud control of fierce and bloody war, To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld. K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood for
blood, Controlment for controlment; so answer France. 20 Chat. Then take my king's defiance from my
mouth, The farthest limit of my embassy.
K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace. Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France; For ere thou canst report I will be there, The thunder of my cannon shall be heard : So, hence! Be thou the trumpet of our wrath, And sullen presage of your own decay.An honourable conduct let him have ;Pembroke, look to't:-Farewel, Chatillon. 30
[Exeunt CHAT. and Pem. Eli. What now, my son? have I not ever said, How that ambitious Constance would not cease, 'Till she had kindled France, and all the world, Upon the right and party of her son ? This might have been prevented, and made whole, With very easy arguments of love; Which now the manage of two kingdoms must With fearful bloody issue ar bitrate.
K. John. Our strong possession, and our right, for
Eli. Your strong possession, much more than your
right; Or else it must go wrong with you, and me: So much my conscience whispers in your ear; Which none but heaven, and you, and I, shall hear.
Enter the Sheriff of Northamptonshire, who whispers
Essex. My liege, here is the strangest controversy, Come from the country to be judg'd by you, That e'er I heard : Shall I produce the men ?
K. John. Let them approach. [Exit Sheriff
PHILIP, his Brother.
Phil. Your faithful subject I, a gentleman,
K. John. What art thou ?
K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir? You came not of one mother then, it seems.
Phil. Most certain of one mother, mighty king, That is well known; and, as I think, one father :