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ΚΙ N G Ι Ο Η Ν.
Northamplon. A Room of State in the Palace.
Enter King John, Queen ELINOR, PEMBROKE,
Essex, SALISBURY, and Others, with Cha
K. John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would
France with us?
Eli. A strange beginning ;- borrow'd majesty! K. John. Silence, good mother; hear the
embassy Chat. Philip of France, in right and true
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine,
Maine : Desiring thee to lay aside the sword, Which sways usurpingly, these several titles; And put the same into young Arthur's hand, Thy nephew, and right royal sovereign. 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
and blood for blooil, Controlment for controlment; so answer France. Chat. Then take my King's defiance froin
my mouth, The furthest 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 ; Pcmbroke, look to't: Farewell, Chatillon.
[Exeunt CHATILLON and PEMBROKE.
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 vexy easy arguments of love,
Which now the manage of two kingdoms must
right, for us.
your right; Or else it must go wrong with you, and me :
conscience whispers in your ear; Which one but heaven, and you, and I, shall
So nuch my
Enter the Sheriff of Northamptonshire, who
whispers Essex. Essex. My liege, here is the strangest con
troversy, Come from the country to be judg'd by you That e'er I heard : Shail produce the men ? K, John. Let them approach.
[Exit Sheriff, Our abbies, and our priories, shall pay Re-enter Sheriff, with ROBERT FAULCON
BRIDGE, and PHILIP, his bastard brother. This expedition's charge. What men are you?
Bast. Your faithful subject I, a gentleman,
K. John. What art thou?
bridge. K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the
You came not of one mother thien, it seems. Bast. Most certain of one mother, mighty
King, That is well known: and, as I think, onc
father: But, for the certain knowledge of that truth, I put you o'er to heaven, and to my mother; Of that I doubt, as all men's children may. Eli, Out on thee, rudc man! thou dost
shame thy mother, And wound her honour with this diffidence. Bast. I, Madam ? no, I have no
for it; That is my brother's plea, and none of mine; The which if he can prove, ’a pops me out At least from fair five hundred pound a year: Heaven guard my inother's honour, and my
land! K. John. A good blunt fellow : Wliy, heing
younger born, Doth hé lạy claim to thine inheritance ? Bast. I know not why, except to get the
land. But once he slander'd me with bastardy: But whe'r I be as true begot, or uo, That still I lay upon my mother's head; But, that I am as well begot, my Liege, (Fair fall the bones that took the pains for me!) Cornpare our faces, and be judge yourself. If old sir Robert did beget us both, And were our father, and this son like him ;O old sir Robert, father, on my knee I give heaven thanks, I was not like to thee. K. John. Why, what a madcap hath heaven
lent us here!
Eli. He hath a trick of Coeur-de-lion's face, The accent of his tongue affecteth him : Do you not read some tokens of my son In the large composition of this man? K. John. Mine eye hath well examined his
parts, And finds them perfect Richard.-Sirrah, speak, What doth move you to claim your brother's
land? Bast. Because he hath a half-face, like
father; With that. half-face would he have all my land : A half - faced groat five hundred pound a year! Rob. My gracious Liege, when that my father
liv'd, Your brother did employ my faiher much ; Bast, Well, Sir, by this you cannot get my
land; Your tale must be, how he employ'd my mother.
Rob. And once despatch'd him in an embassy To Germany, there, with the Emperor, To treat of high affairs touching that time: The advantage of his absence took the King, And in the mean time sojouru'd at my father's ; Whore how he did prevail, I shame to speak : Bụi truth is truth ; large lengths of seas and shores Between iny father and my motherlay, (As I have heard my father speak himsell,) When this same lusty gentleman was got. Upon his death - bed hc hy will bequoath'd His lands to me; and took it, an his death, That this, my mother's son, was none of hisi Ail, if he were, he came into the world }'all fourteen weeks before the course of time. 'Then, good my Liege, let me have what is mine, Dly father's laud,
was my father's will,