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John, KiNg of ENGLAND Mr Kemble.
EARL of Essex
- English KNIGHTs—Messrs. L. Bologna, Harley,
King, and Lee.
PHILIP, KING of FRANCE
ARCHDUKE of ALSTRIA Mr Cory.
FR F sch. Her ALD
C1, 1zENs of ANGIERs—Messrs Davenport, Lewiss, f : - - -
and Platt. FRENgh KNIGHTs—Messrs Dick, Powers, Reeves, 3. - and Sarjant. QUEEN Elison Mrs St Leger.
BLAsch of CAst ILE
$CENE-Sometimesin England, sometimes in France. KING JOHN.
ACT THE FIRST.
scene I. England—The Palace.
Flourish of Drums and Trumpets.
KING John, upon the Throne, QUEEN ELINor, Essex, SAL's BURY, PEMB Roke, HUBERT, CHATILLoN-English and French GENTLEMEN,+and English GUARDs, discovered.
K. John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us 2 Cha. Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France, In my behaviour, to the majesty, The borrow'd majesty, of England here— Eli. A strange beginning ;-borrow'd majesty! K. John. Silence, good mother;-hear the embassy. Cha. Philip of France, in right and true behalf Of thy deceased brother, Geffrey’s son, Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim To this fair island and the territories;
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine:
Enter ENGLISH HERALD, who whispers Essex.
K. John. Our strong possession, and our right, for us.
Eli. Your strong possession, much more than your
Enter ENGLISH HERALD, with PHILIP and RoßERT
Born in Northamptonshire; and eldest son,
K. John. A good blunt fellow.—Why, being younger born, Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance 2 Faul. I know not why, except to get the land. But once he slander'd me with bastardy: But whether I be as true begot or no, 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!) Compare 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. R. John. Why, what a mad-cap 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: * My glacious liege, when that my father ived, Your brother did employ my father much;Faul Weil, sir, by this you cannot get my land; Your tale must be how he employ'd my mother. Rob. And once dispatch'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 sojourn’d at my father's; Where how he did prevail I shame to speak : But truth is truth; large lengths of seas and shores Between my father and my mother lay, (As I have heard my father speak himself.)