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These fings of France, that are advanced here
K. Phil. When I have said, make answer to us both,
Religiously provokes. Be pleased then
Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's subjects;
K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and let me in.
Cit. That can we not : but he that proves the king,
Faulc. (Bastards, and else).
4 'Tis not the roundure, &c.] Roundure means the same as the French rondeur, i. e. the circle.
The word is used by Decker in his Comedy of old Fortunat ils, 1600.
- " your cries to me are musick • And fill the facrcd roundure of mine ears," & C. STEEVENS.
K. 7cbn.- To verify our title with their lives,
those Faul. (Some bastards too). K. Pbil.-Stand in his face to contradict his claim. .
Cit. 'Till you compound whose right is worthiest, We, for the worthieft, hold the right from both.
K. 7ohn. 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. Phil. Amen, Amen. - Mount, chevaliers ! to
arms ! · Faulc. Saint George, that swing’d the dragon, and
forth In best appointment all our regiments.
Faulc. Speed then to take advantage of the field.
K. Phil. It shall be fo;—and at the other hill Command the rest to stand. -God, and our right!
[Exeunt. SCENE II. After excursi011s, enter the herald of France with trumpets
to the gates. F. Her. 5 Ye men of Angiers, open wide your gates, And let young Arthur, duke of Bretagne, in;
s Ye men of Angiers, &c.] This speech is very poetical and smooth, and except the conceit of the widow's husband embracing the earth, is just and beautiful. Johnson.
Who, by the hand of France, this day hath made
Enter English berald with trumpets.
Cit. 8 Heralds, from off our towers we might behold,
o Rejoice, ye men of Angiers, &c.] The English herald falls fomewhat below his antagonist. Silver armour gilt with blood is a poor image. Yet our author has it again in Macbeth,
- " Here lay Duncan, “ His silver skin lac'd with his golden blood. Johnson. ? And, like a jolly troop of huntsmen,] It was, I think, one of the favage practices of the chase, for all to stain their hands in the blood of the deer, as a trophy. JOHNSON.
Heralds, from off, &c.] These three speeches seem to have been laboured. The citizen's is the best ; yet both alike we like is a poor gingle. Johnson.
Of both your armies; whose equality
blows; Strength match'd with strength, and power confronted
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 the two kings with their powers, at several
doors. K. John. France, halt thou yet more blood to cast
away? Say, shall the current of our right run on ? Whose passage, vext with thy impediment, Shall leave his native channel, and o'er-swell With course disturb'd even thy confining shores ; Unless thou let his silver water keep A peaceful progress to the ocean. K. Phil. England, thou hast not fav’d one drop of
- blood In this hot trial, more than we of France ; Rather lost more: and by this hand I swear, That sways the earth this climate overlooks, Before we will lay by our just-borne arms, We'll put thee down, 'gainst whom these arms we bear, Or add a royal number to the dead; Gracing the scrowl, that tells of this war's loss, With slaughter coupled to the name of kings.
Fauc. Fla, majesty!-how high thy glory towers, When the rich blood of kings is set on fire! Oh, how doth death line his dead chaps with steel; The swords of soldiers are his teeth, his phangs; And now he feasts, 9 mouthing the flesh of men In undetermin’d differences of kings.
9- mouthing the field of men] The old copy reads mousing STEEVENS.