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Confront your city's eyes, your winking gates;
To pay the prorokhis opprospitable
24 Worn out. 25 OWAS.
in Thelish, anangers of cowall
Our cannons' malice vainly shall be spent
K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and let me in. 1 Cit. That can we not: but he that proves the king, To him will we prove loyal; till that time, Have we ramm’d up our gates against the world. K. John. Doth not the crown of England prove
the king ? And, if not that, I bring you witnesses, Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed, Bast. Bastards, and else. K. John. To verify our title with their lives. K. Phi. As many, and as well born bloods as
those,-Bast. Some bastards too. K. Phi. Stand in his face, to contradict his claim. 1 Cit. Till you compound whose right is worthiest, We, for the worthiest, hold the right from both.
26 Roundure, from rondare, Fr.; circle. Thus in Shakspeare's twenty-first Sonnet :
-----all things rare,
K. John. Then God forgive the sin of all those
souls, That to their everlasting residence, Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet, In dreadful trial of our kingdom's king! K. Phi. Amen, Amen!- Mount, chevaliers ! to
arms! Bast. St. George,—that swing'd the dragon, and
e'er since, Sits on his horseback at mine hostess' door, Teach us some fence ;-Sirrah, were I at home, At your den, sirrah [To Austria), with your lioness, I'd set an ox-head to your lion's hide27, And make a monster of you. Aust.
Peace; no more. Bast. O, tremble; for you hear the lion roar. K. John. Up higher to the plain; where we'll set
forth, In best appointment, all our regiments. Bast. Speed then, to take advantage of the field. K. Phi. It shall be so;- [TO LEWIS] and at the
other hill Command the rest to stand.-God, and our right!
SCENE II. The same.
Alarums and Excursions; then a Retreat. Enter
a French Herald, with trumpets to the gates. F. Her.1 You men of Angiers, open wide your
gates, And let young Arthur, Duke of Bretagne, in; Who, by the hand of France, this day hath made
37 So in the old play of King John:
"But let the frolic Frenchman take no scorn
If Philip fronts him with an English horn.' 1 Johnson observes, “This speech is very poetical and smooth, and, except the conceit of the widow's husband chibracing the earth, is just and beautiful.'
sband for the blecerilish mother
Much work for tears in many an English mother,
Enter an English Herald, with trumpets.
Open your gates, and give the victors way.
2 Shakspeare has used this image again in Macbeth, Act ii. Sc. 3:
---Here lay Duncan,
His silver skin laced with his golden blood.' It occurs also in Chapman's translation of the sixteenth Iliad :"The curets from great Hector's breast all gilded with
his gore.' Again in the same translator's version of the nineteenth Odys. sey:
And show'd his point gilt with the gushing gore.'
---Here thy hunters stand,
From first to last, the onset and retire
blows; Strength match'd with strength, and power con
fronted power: Both are alike; and both alike we like. One must prove greatest; while they weigh so even, We hold our town for neither; yet for both. Enter, at one side, King John, with his Power; ELINOR, BLANCH, and the Bastard; at the other, King Philip, Lewis, AUSTRIA, and Forces. K. John. France, hast thou yet more blood to
cast away? Say, shall the current of our right runon? Whose passage, vex'd with thy impediment, Shall leave his native channel, and o'erswell With course disturb’d even thy confining shores; Unless thou let his silver water keep A peaceful progress to the ocean. K. Phi. England, thou hast not sav'd one drop
Bast. Ha, majesty! how high thy glory towers, When the rich blood of kings is set on fire!
T'habier, lost mnial, mo
4 Estimated, judged, determined. Shakspeare should have written, 'whose superiority, or whose inequality cannot be censured.'
5 The first folio reads roam: the change was made in the second folio.