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K. Phil. Speak, England, first, that hath been for

ward firit To speak unto this city: what say you?

K. John. If that the dauphin there, thy princely son,
Can in this book of beauty read, I love;
Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen:
For, Anjou,' and fair Touraine, Maine, Poitiers ?,
And all that we upon this side the sea,
(Except this city now by us besieg’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,
Holds hand with any princess of the world.
K. Pbil. What say it thou, boy? look in the lady's

Lewis. I do, my lord; and in her eye I find
A wonder, or a wondrous miracle;
The shadow of myself form’d in her eye;
Which, being but the shadow of your son,
Becomes a fun, and makes your son a ihadow.
I do proteit, I never lov'd inyself,
Till now, infixed, I beheld myself,
Drawn in the flattering table of her eye!

[Whispering with Blanch, Fault. Drawn in the flattering table of her eye! Ilang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her brow!

? In okclitions,
For AnGirRs and frir Touraine, Maine, Poitiers,
Ain.::bit que upon this file ibe fea,
Ercope this city noce by :25 beeg'd,

Find liable, &c.--- What was the city bebeged, but Ane g'as? King John agrees to give up all he held in France, excope the city of Angiers, which he now besieged and laid claim to. Butcuid he give up all cicept Argi rs, and give up that tou)? jede Was one of the provinces which the Eiglich heli in France.

THEOBALD, Mr. Theobald found, or might have found, the reading, wid he would introduce 25 an emendatica ci his own, in the cd quartet SLEEVENS.


And quarter'd in her heart! he doth espy
Himself love's traitor: this is pity now,
That hang’d, and drawn, and quarter'd, there should be,
In such a love, so vile a lout as he.

Blanch. My uncle's will, in this respect, is mine.
If he see aught in you, that makes him like,
That any thing he fees, which moves his liking,
I can with ease transate it to my will :
Or, if you will, to speak more.properly,
I will enforce it easily to my love.
Further I will not fatter you, my lord,
That all I see in you is worthy love,
Than this; that nothing do I see in you,
(Though churlish thoughts themselves should be your

judge) That I can find should merit any hate. K. Jobn. What say these young ones? What say

you, my niece? Blanch. That she is bound in honour still to do What you in wisdom still vouchsafe to say K. John. Speak then, prince dauphin; can you love

this lady?
Lewis. Nay, ask me, if I can refrain from love;
For I do love her most unfeignedly.
K. John. Then do I give Volqueffen, Touraine,

Maine, .
Poictiers, and Anjou, these five provinces,
With her to thee; and this addition more,
Full thirty thousand marks of English coin.
Philip of France, if thou be pleas'd withal,
Command thy son and daughter to join hands.

K. Philip. It likes us well; young princes, close : your hands.

Auft. And your lips too; for, I am well assur'd, i That I did so, what I was first assur'd.

K. Phil. Now, citizens of Angiers, ope your gates, Let in that amity which you have made ; For at St. Mary's chapel, presently The rites of marriage shall be solemniz'd.

Is not the lady Constance in this troop?
I know, she is not ; for this match, made up,
Her presence would have interrupted much.-
Where is she and her son, tell me, who knows?

Lewis. She's sad and passionate at your highness' tent,
K. Phil. And, by my faith, this league, that we have

Will give her sadness very little cure.
Brother of England, how may we content
This widow lady? In her right we came;
Which we, God knows, have turn'd another way
To our own vantage.

K. John. We will heal up all,
For we'll create young Arthur duke of Bretagne,
And earl of Richmond, and this rich fair town
We make him lord of. Call the lady Constance;
Some speedy messenger bid her repair
To our folemnity : I trust, we shall,
If not fill up the measure of her will,
Yet in some measure satisfy her so,
That we shall stop her exclamation.
Go we, as well as haste will suffer us,
To this unlook'd for, unprepared pomp.

[Exeunt all but Faulconbridge
Faul. Mad world! mad kings ! mad composition !
John, to stop Arthur's tigle in the whole,
Hath willingly ! departed with a part :
And France (whose armour conscience buckled on,
Whom zeal and charity brought to the field,
As God's own soldier) 2 rounded in the ear


1- departed with a part:) To. part and to depart werę formerly synonimous. So in Ben Jonson's Every Man out of his Humour,

" Faith, Sir, I can hardly depart with ready money." Again, in The Sud Shepherd, I have departed it ’mong my poor neighbours.”

STEEVENS. 9-rounded in the ear] 1. 6. whispered in the car. The word

With that same purpose-changer, that fly devil, .
That broker, that still breaks the pate of faith,
That daily break-vow; he that wins of all,
Of kings, of beggars, old men, young men, maids,
(Who having no external thing to lose
But the word maid, cheats the poor maid of that)
That smooth-fac'd gentleman, tickling commodity
Commodity, the bias of the world ;
The world, which of itself is peised well,
Made to run even, upon even ground;
Till this advantage, this vile drawing bias,
This iway of motion, this cominodicy,
Makes it take head from all indifferency,
From all direction, purpose, course, intent:
And this same bias, this commodity,
This bawd, this broker, this all-changing word,
Clapt on the outward eye of fickle France,
Hath drawn him from his own determin'd aid,
From a refolv'd and honourable war,
To a most base and vile-concluded peace.
And why rail I on this commodity ?
But for because he hath not wooed me yet:
Not that I have the power to clutch my hand,
When his fair angels would salute my palm ;
But for my hand, as unattempted yet,
Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich.
Well, while I am a beggar, I will rail;
And say, there is no sin but to be rich :
And being rich, my virtue then shall be,
To say, there is no vice, but beggary.
Since kings break faith upon commodity,
Gain be my lord; for I will worihip thee! (Exit.

is frequently used by Chaucer, as well as later writers. So in Lingua, or A Combat of the Tongue, &c. 1607,

"I help'd Herodotus to pen some part of his Muses ; lent “ Pliny ink to write his history, and rounded Rabelais in the ear "" when he historified Pantagruel.”

So in The Spanish Tragedy, 1705, “ Forthwith Revenge, jne rounded me i'th'ear.” Steevens.



The French king's pavilion.
Enter Constance, Arthur, and Salisbury.

Friends Blanch, spoke,

CONSTANCE." ONE to be marry'd! gone to swear a peace! U False blood to false blood join'd! Gone to be

friends! Shall Lewis have Blanch, and Blanch those provinces ? It is not so, thou hast mis-spoke, mif-heard; Be well-advis'd, tell o'er thy tale again : It cannot be; thou dost but say, 'tis fo. I trust, I may not trust thee; for thy word Is but the vain breath of a common man: Believe me, I do not believe thee, man; I have a king's oath to the contrary. Thou shalt be punilh'd for thus frighting me, For I am sick, and capable of fears ; Opprest with wrongs, and therefore full of fears : A widow, husbandless, subject to fears; A woman, naturally born to fears: And, tho thou now confess thou didst but jest, With my vext spirits I cannot take a truce, But they will quake and tremble all this day. What dost thou mean by shaking of thy head ? Why dost thou look so sadly on my son ? What means that hand upon that breast of thine ? Why holds thine eye that lamentable rheum, Like a proud river peering o'er his bounds: Be these fad sighs confiriners of thy words? . Then speak again not all thy former tale, But this one word, whether thy tale be true.

Sal. As true as, I believe, you think them false, That give you cause to prove my saying true.

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