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Have I not here the best cards for the game,
Pand. You look but on the outside of this work.
[Trumpet sounds. What lusty trumpet thus doth summon us?
Enter the Bastard, attended. Bast. According to the fair play of the world, Let me have audience; I am sent to speak; My holy lord of Milan, from the king I come to learn how you have dealt for him; And, as you answer, I do know the scope And warrant limited unto my tongue.
Pand. The Dauphin is too wilful-opposite, And will not temporize with my entreaties; He flatly says, he'll not lay down his arms.
Bast. By all the blood that ever fury breath'd, The youth says well:-Now hear our English king; For thus his royalty doth speak in me. He is prepar’d; and reason too, he should :
From thence along the wanton rolling glade
To Troynovant, your fair metropolis. We still say to coast and to flank; and to bank has no less propriety, though not reconciled to us by modern usage.
13 i. e. assembled it, drew it out of the field. So in King Henry Iy. Part 1.:
"And that his friends by deputation could not
So soon be drawn.' 14 Face down, bear down by a show of magnanimity. So before:
--outface the brow Of bragging horror.'
This apish and unmannerly approach,
in peace: We grant, thou canst outscold us: fare thee well; And so shall yon. clamour of the dy brac'
15 The old copies read unheard : the emendation is Theobald's. It should be remarked that hair was often spelt hear.
16 To take, for to leap. Hunters still say to take a hedge or gate, meaning to leap over them. Baret bas to take horse, to leap on horseback'
17 i. e. the crowing of a cock; Gallus being both a cock and a Frenchman.
17* Vol. IV.
We hold our time too precious to be spent
Give me leave to speak.
We will attend to neither:Strike up the drums; and let the tongue of war Plead for our interest; and our being here. Bast. Indeed, your drums, being beaten, will cry
out; And so shall you, being beaten: Do but start An echo with the clamour of thy drum, And even at hand a drum is ready brac'd, That shall reverberate all as loud as thine; Sound but another, and another shall, As loud as thine, rattle the welkin's ear, And mock the deep-mouth'd thunder: for at hand (Not trusting to this halting legate here, Whom he hath us'd rather for sport than need), Is warlike John; and in his forehead sits A bare-ribb’d death, whose office is this day To feast upon whole thousands of the French. Lew. Strike up our drums, to find this danger out. Bast. And thou shalt find it, Dauphin, do not doubt.
SCENE III. The same. A Field of Battle.
Alarums. Enter King John and HUBERT. K. John. How goes the day with us? O, tell me,
Hubert. Hub. Badly, I fear: How fares your majesty ? K. John. This fever, that hath troubled me so
long, Lies heavy on me: 0, my heart is sick!
Enter a Messenger. Mess. My lord, your valiant kinsman, Faulcon
bridge, Desires your majesty to leave the field; And send him word by me, which way you go.
K. John. Tell him, toward Swinstead, to the ab
bey there. Mess. Be of good comfort; for the great supply', That was expected by the Dauphin here, Are wreck'd three nights ago on Goodwin Sands. This news was brought to Richard2 but even now: The French fight coldly, and retire themselves.
K. John. Ah me! this tyrant fever burns me up, And will not let me welcome this good news.-Set on toward Swinstead: to my litter straight; Weakness possesseth me, and I am faint. [Exeunt.
SCENE IV. The same. Another Part of the same. Enter SALISBURY, PEMBROKE, Bigot, and Others. Sal. I did not think the king so stor'd with friends. Pem. Up once again; put spirit in the French; If they miscarry, we miscarry too.
Sal. That misbegotien devil, Faulconbridge, In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. Pem. They say, King John, sore sick, hath left
Enter MELUN wounded, and led by Soldiers. Mel. Lead me to the revolts of England here. Sal. When we were happy, we had other names. Pem. It is the Count Melun. Sal.
Wounded to death. Mel. Fly, noble English, you are bought and sold"; Unthread the rude eye of rebellion, And welcome home again discarded faith. Seek out King John, and fall before his feet: For, if the French be lords of this loud day,
ek welcome, rude lish, you
1 Supply is here used as a noun of multitude, as it is again in Scene v. p. 398
2 The king had not long since called him by his original name of Philip, but the messenger could not take the same liberty.
1A proverbial expression intimating treachery. See King Henry VI. Part 1. Act iv. Sc. 4.
He means to recompense the pains you take,
Sal. May this be possible? may this be true?
2 The Frenchman, i. e. Lewis means, &c. 8 i. e. dissolveth. So in Hamlet :
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew.' Again in Baret's Alvearie, 1575, T. 120, "to thaw which is frosen.'
or resolve that