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KING John.

Prince Henry, Son to the King.

Arthur, Duke of Bretagne, and Nephew to the King.

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Faulconbridge, Baflard-Son to Richard the First. Robert Faulconbridge, fuppos'd Brother to the Baflard. James Gurney, Servant to the Lady Faulconbridge. Peter of Pomfret, a Prophet.

Philip, King of France.

Lewis, the Dauphin.

Arch-Duke of Auftria.

Cardinal Pandulpho, the Pope's Legate.

Melun, a French Lord.

Chatilion, Ambafador from France to King John.

Elinor, Queen-Mother of England.

Conftance; Mother to Arthur.

Blanch, Daughter to Alphonfo King of Caftile, and Niece to King John.

Lady Faulconbridge, Mother to the Baftard, and Robert Faulconbridge.

Citizens of Angiers, Heralds, Executioners, Meffengers, Soldiers, and other Attendants.

The SCENE, Jometimes in England, and fometimes in



*The LIFE and DEATH of


A C T I.


The Court of England.

Enter King John, Queen Elinor, Pembroke, Effex, and Salisbury, with Chatilion.

King JOHN.

OW, fay, Chatilion, what would France with us?
Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of

In my behaviour, to the Majefty,

The borrow'd Majesty of England here.

Eli. A ftrange beginning; borrow'd Majesty! K. John. Silence, good mother; hear the embaffy. Chat. Philip of France, in right and true behalf Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's fon, Arthur Plantagenet, lays lawful claim To this fair inland, and the territories : To Ireland, Poitiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine : Defiring thee to lay afide the fword, Which fways ufurpingly thefe feveral titles; And put the fame into young Arthur's hand, Thy nephew, and right-royal Sovereign.


* The troublefome Reign of King John was written in W. Shakespear and W. Rowley, and printed 1611. Play is entirely different, and infinitely fuperior to


Parts, by the present


Mr. Pope. K. John.


K. John. What follows, if we difallow of this? Chat. The proud controul of fierce and bloody war, T'inforce these rights fo forcibly with-held.

K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood for blood,

Controulment for controulment; fo anfwer France. Chat. Then take my King's defiance from my mouth, The fartheft limit of my embaffy.

K. John. Bear mine to him, and fo depart in peace. Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France, For ere thou canft report, I will be there, The thunder of my cannon fhall be heard. So, hence! be thou the trumpet of our wrath, And fullen prefage of your own decay. An honourable conduct let him have, Pembroke, look to't; farewel, Chatilion.

[Exeunt Chat. and Pem.

Eli. What now, my fon, have I not ever faid, How that ambitious Conftance would not ceafe, Till fhe had kindled France and all the world, Upon the right and party of her fon?

This might have been prevented, and made whole
With very eafy arguments of love;

Which now the manage of two kingdoms muft
With fearful, bloody, iffue arbitrate.

K. John. Our ftrong poffeffion, and our right for


Eli. Your ftrong poffeffion much more than your


Or else it must go wrong with you
and me;
So much my confcience whifpers in your ear,
Which none but heav'n, and you, and I fhall hear.
Effex. My Liege, here is the ftrangeft controverfy,
Come from the country to be judg'd by you,
hat e'er I heard: fhall I produce the men?
K. John. Let them approach.

Our abbies and our priories fhall pay

This expedition's charge-What men are you?


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