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Can task the free breath of a sacred king?
Pand. Then, by the lawful power that I have, Thou shalt stand curs'd, and excommunicate: And blessed shall he be, that doth revolt From his allegiance to an heretic; And meritorious shall that hand be callid, Canonized, and worship’d as a saint, That takes away by any secret course Thy hateful life. Const.
O, lawful let it be, That I have room with Rome to curse a while ! Good father cardinal, cry thou, amen, To my keen curses; for, without my wrong, There is no tongue hath power to curse him right. Pand. There's law and warrant, lady, for my curse. Const. And for mine too; when law can do no right,
Let it be lawful, that law bar no wrong:
Pand. Philip of France, on peril of a curse,
thy hand. Const. Look to that, devil! lest that France repent, And, by disjoining hands, hell lose a soul.
Aust. King Philip, listen to the cardinal.
Aust. Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these wrongs,
That's the curse of Rome. Const. O Lewis, stand fast; the devil tempts thee
here, In likeness of a new untrimmed 16 bride.
15 This may be a proverbial sarcasm; but the allusion is now lost. We have something similar in the old play of King Leir, 1605 : Mum. We'll have a pair of slops for the nonce
Will hold all your mocks: 16 Trim is dress. Comptuis virgineus is explained by the dictionaries, “The attyre of maydens, or maidenly trimming.' An untrimmed bride may therefore mean a bride undressed or disencuinbered of the forbiddi forms of dress. It is however probable that this term may have been used for a virgin bride, as the following passage in The Loyal Subject of Beaumont and Fletcher will show. Theodore, in describing the ravages of the Tartars, says to Boroskie :
They would not only have abused your buildings,
Blanch. The Lady Constance speaks not from
her faith, But from her need. Const.
O, if thou grant my need, Which only lives but by the death of faith, That need must needs infer this principle,-That faith would live again by death of need; 0, then, tread down my need, and faith mounts up; Keep my need up, and faith is trodden down. K. John. The king is mor’d, and answers not to
this. Const. O, be remov'd from him, and answer well. Aust. Do so, King Philip; hang no more in doubt. Bast. Hang nothing but a calf's-skin, most sweet
lout. K. Phi. I am perplex’d, and know not what to say. Pand. What canst thou say, but will perplex
thee more, If thou stand excommunicate, and curs’d ? K. Phi. Good reverend father, make my person
yours, And tell me, how you would bestow yourself. This royal hand and mine are newly knit; And the conjunction of our inward souls Married in league, coupled and link'd together With all religious strength of sacred vows; The latest breath that gave the sound of words, Was deep-sworn faith, peace, amity, true love, Between our kingdoms, and our royal selves; And even before this truce, but new before,-No longer than we well could wash our hands, To clap this royal bargain up of peace, Heaven knows, they were besmear'd and overstain's
For turning handsomely of th’ toe, and trimm'd your virgins,
'Tis ten to one, your wife too.'" The same use of the word is made in The False One, Act ii. Sc. 3. In Titus Andronicus, Act i. Sc. 1; and in the fourth' act of Chapman's May Day; to a note on which, in the fourth volume of the Ancieut Drama, I owe the suggestion.
With slaughter's pencil; where rerenge did paint
Pand. All form is formless, order orderless,
K. Phi. I may disjoin my hand, but not my faith. Pand. So mak’st thou faith an enemy to faith ; And, like a civil war, sett’st oath to oath, Thy tongue against thy tongue. O, let thy vow First made to heaven, first be to heaven perform’d; That is to be the champion of our church! What since thou swor’st, is sworn against thyself, And may not be performed by thyself:
17 i. e. 90 strong both in hatred and love; in deeds of amily or deeds of blood.
18 A regreet is an exchange of salutation.
19 A cased lion is a lion irritated by confinement. So in King Henry VI. Part III. Act i. Sc. 3:
«So looks the pent up lion o'er the wretch
For that, which thou hast sworn to do amiss,
Aust. Rebellion, flat rebellion !
Will't not be! Will not a calf-skin stop that mouth of thine ?
Lew. Father, to arms!
20 «Where doing tends to ill,' where an intended act is criminal, the truth is most done by not doing the act. The criminal act therefore, which thou hast sworn to do, is not amiss, will not be imputed to you as a crime, if it be done truly, in the sense I have now affixed to truth; that is, if you do not do it.
21 By what thou swear'st, &c. 'In swearing by religion against religion, thou hast sworn by what thou swearest; i. e. in that which thou hast sworn, against the thing thou swearest by; i. e. religion.'