صور الصفحة
PDF
النشر الإلكتروني
[ocr errors]

Cit. A greater pow'r, than ye, denies all this; (9)
And till'ic be undoubted, we do lock
Our former scrupie in our strong barr'd gates.
Kings of our fears, until our fears reo'v'd
Be by some certain King purg'd and depos'd.

Faus. By heav'n, these scroyles of Angiers flout yox,
And fand securely on their battlement:, [Kings,
As in a theatre, whence they gape and point,
At your industrious scenes and acts of death.
You royal presences, be rul'd by me;
Do like the marines of Jerusalem,
Be friends a while, and both conjointly bend
Your fharpest deeds of maliçe on this town.
By east and weit let France and England mount
Their bate’ring cannon charged to the mouths ;
Till their soul-fearing clamours have braul'd down
The fiinty ribs of this contemptuous city.
I'd play incefiantly upon these jades;
Even till unfenced desolation
Leave them as naked as the vulgar air.
That done, dislever your united strength,
And part your mingled colours once again ;
Turn face to face, and hloody point to point.
Then in a moment fortune hall cull forth
Qut of one fide her happy minion ;
To whom in favour the shall give the day,
And kiss him with a glorious victory.
How like you this wild counsel, mighty Stales?
Smacks it not something of the policy?

K. John. Now by the sky, that hangs above our heads,
I like it well. France, shall we knit our pow'ss
And lay this Angiers even with the ground,
Then after, fight who Nail he King of it?

Faulc. And if thou hait the mettle of a King,
Being wrong'd as we are by this peevith town,

(9) A greater pozu’r than we denies all ibis;] We must certainly. read, as Mr. Warburton acutely obièrv'd to me;

A greater pou'r, ikan ye, denies all this i ie. Tho each of you pritend to be i ur rightful Kings, you are as yet only fo in swaving over our fears, in tre terro!s we have of you; not acknowledgu Kings in our obedience.

Turn ,

[ocr errors]

Turn thou the mouth of thy artillery,
As we will ours, against these fawcy walls";
And when that we have dath'd them to the ground,
Why then, defy each other; and, pell-mell,
Make work upon ourselves for heav'n or hell.

K. Philip. Let it be fo; say, where will you asfault?

K. John. We from the west will send destruction Into this city's bosom.

Aut. I from the north.

K. Philip. Our thunder from the south Shall rain their drift of builets on this town.

Faulo. O prudent discipline! from north to south ; Austria and France shoot in each other's mouth. I'll ftir them to it; come, away, away!

Cit. Hear us, great Kings; vouchsafe a while to stay, And I shall thew you peace, and fair-fac'd league i Win

you this city without stroak or wound ; Rescue those breathing lives to die in beds, That here come sacrifices for the field ; Persevere not, but hear me, mighty Kings.

K. John. Speak on, with favour; we are bent to hear.

Cit. That daughter there of Spain, the Lady Blanch, Is near to England; look upon

the

years Of Lewis the Dauphin, and that lovely maid.. If lufty, love should go in queft of beauty, Where should he find it fairer than in Blanch? If zealous love should go in search of virtue, Where should he find it purer than in Blanch? If love ambitious sought a match of birth, Whose veins bound richer blood than Lady Blanch? Such as Me is in beauty, virtue, birth, Is the young Dauphin every way complcat: If not compleat of, - say, he is not she; And Me again wants nothing, (to name want,}; if want it be not, that she is not he. He is the half part of a blefied man, (10) (10) He is the half part of a blesed nar,

Left to be finished by such as the:] The ingenious Dr. Thirley prefcrib'd that reading, which I have here restor's to the text; and which is absolutely requisite to the sense of the pasiage,

Left.

Qu4

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors]

Left to be finished by such a she:
And le a fair divided excellence,
Whole fulness of perfection lies in him.
O two such filver currents, when they join,
Do glorify the banks that bound them in :
And two such shores, to two such streams made ona,
Two such controlling bounds fhall you be, Kings,
To these two princes, if you marry them.
This union thall do more than battery can,
To our faft-closed gates : for at this match,
With swifter spleen than powder can enforce, (11)
The mouth of paffage shall we fring wide ope,
And give you entrance; but without this match,
The sea enraged is not half so deaf,
Lions fo contident, mountains and rocks
So free from motion ; no, not death himself
Io mortal fury half so peremprory,
As we to keep this city.

Faude. Here's a kay,
'That shakes the rotten carcase of old death
Out of his rags. Here's a large mouth, indeed,
That spits forth death, and mountains, rocks and feas;
Talks as familiarly of roaring lions,
As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs.
What cannoneer begot this lusty blood ?
He speaks plain cannon-fire, and imoak and bounce,
He gives the baltonado with bis tongue :
Our cars are cudgeld; nor a word of his,
But buffets better than a fitt of France ;
Zounds, I was never so bethumpt with words,
Since I first call'd my brother's father dad.

Eli. Son, list to this conjunction, make this match

(11) Virb fw'fter spead tban pauder can enforce,! This is a wila cophistication of Mr. Po; e’s, because he did not understand the genuine

I have restor'd with the old copies;

With swifter spleen iban poruder, &c. j. e. with a pasion, of desire more twift in its influence, than your tire and fury can compel us 10. The Poet uses this ward again, afterwards in this play, in the very fame fense; Faulc. Oh, I am jiakled with ny viol.nt motion, Ard Spleen of speed to se your Majesty!

text.

Give with our niece a dowry large enough ;
For by this knot thou Malt so surely tie
Thy now-unsur'd assurance to the crown,
That yon green boy shall have no fun to ripe
The bloom, that promiseth a mighty fruit.
I see a yielding in the looks of France :
Mark, how they whisper; urge them, while their souls
Are capable of this ambition ;
Left zoal now melted by the windy breath
Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse,
Cool and congeal again to what it was.

Cit. Why answer not the double majefties.
This friendly treaty of our threatend town?

K. Phil. Speak, England, first, that hath been forward To fpeak unto this city: what say you ? [Gr1E

K. John. If that the Dauphin thero, thy princely tor,
Can in this book of beauty read, I love ;
Her dowry shall weigh equal with a Queen.
For Anjou, and fair Touraine, Moine, Poictiersj (12)
And all that we upon this side the fea,
Except this city now by us befieg'd,
Find liable to our crown and dignity,
Shall gild her bridal bed ; and make her rich:
In titles, honours, and promotions ;
As she in beauty,. education, blood,
(12) For ANGIER's and fair Touraine, Maine, Poictiersy,

And all that we upon this fide the sea,
Except this city now by us besieg'd,

Find liable, &c.] This is a remarkable instance of carelefines; in a point that stares common sense full in the face; and yet thus all the Editors in their profound sagacitye What was the city beheg’dy. but Angiers? King John,.confearing to match the Lady Blanch'with the Dauphin, agrees, in part of her dowry, to give up all he held in France, except the city of Argiers which he now. bt hrey'd and Jaid: claim to. But could it be thought, that be should at one and the: fame time give up all except lingers, and give up that too! I corerected this paffige in the appendix to my SHAKESPEARE Reshur'd;. and Mr. Pope has embrac'd it in his last edition. Arj i was one of the provinces, (methinke, that gentleman might have remembered :) which the Eng'iß held in Fiaice; and which the lrench King by C24 sition claim’d of King John in right of Duke Arthur, at the very oper... ing oi the play. Angiers, instead of Arj:u, has been tulely priced. in fereral other partages of this liistory,

Q.5

Hold:

PE
C

T

your son,

[ocr errors]

Holds hand with any Princess of the world..

K. Phil, Whatsay'i thou, boy? look in the Lady's face.

Lewis. I do, my Lord, and in her eye I find
A wonder, or a wond'rous miracle ;
The shadow of myself form'd in her eye ;
Which being but the shadow of
Becomes a fun, and makes your son a shadow::
I do protest, I never lov'd myself
Till now infixed I beheld myself,
Drawn in the flatering table of her eye.

[IV hispering with Blanche Faulc. Drawn in the fatt'ring table of her eye!.

Hang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her brow!
And quarter'd in her heart! he dothelpie

Himfelf love's traicor: this is pity now,
That hang'd, anl drawn, and quarter'd, there hould be.
In such a love, so vile a lout as he.

Blanch. My uncle's wilļ in this respect is mine.
If he see ought in you, that makes him like,
Tbat any thing he iees, which moves his liking,
I can with cale translate it to my will:
Or if you will, to Ipeak mcre properly,
1 will enforce it carily to my love.
Further I will not flatter you, my Lord,
That all I see in you is worthy love,
Than this ; that nothing do I see in you,
(Tho'churlish thoughts themselves thould be your judge)
That I can find should merit any hate.

K. John. What say these young ones? what say you,

[merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]

my niece?

Planch. That the is bound in honour still to do.
Whac you in wisdom ftill vouchsale to say.
K. John. Speak then, Prince Dauphin, can you love this

Lady?
Lewis. Nay, ak me, if I can refrain from love,
For I do love her moft unseignedly.

K. Joha. Then do I give Volqueffen, Touraine, Maine,
Poistiers, and Anjcu, these five provinces,
With her to thee; and this addition more,
Full thirty thousand narks of English coin.

« السابقةمتابعة »