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John, KiNg of ENGLAND Mr Kemble.
PRINCE Henry Mr Menage,
EARL of PEMB Roke Mr Creswell.

EARL of Essex
EARL of SAL, SBURY
HUBERT -
FA Ulco NBRIDGE,

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Mr Chapman.
Mr H. Siddons.
Mr Cooke. -
Mr C. Kemble.
Mr Abbot.
Mr Klanert.
Mr Curties.
Mr Atkins.
Mr Truman.

- English KNIGHTs—Messrs. L. Bologna, Harley,

King, and Lee.

PHILIP, KING of FRANCE
Ewis, THE DAUPHIN
PRINCE ARTHUR

Mr Murray.
Mr Brunton.
Mrs Creswell.

ARCHDUKE of ALSTRIA Mr Cory.
CARD1N Al PANDULPH Mr Hull.
CHATILLON Mr Claremont.

FR F sch. Her ALD

Mr Field.

C1, 1zENs of ANGIERs—Messrs Davenport, Lewiss, f : - - -

and Platt. FRENgh KNIGHTs—Messrs Dick, Powers, Reeves, 3. - and Sarjant. QUEEN Elison Mrs St Leger.

LADY ConstancE

BLAsch of CAst ILE
LADY FAULconBRIDGE

Mrs Siddons.
Miss Waddy.
Mrs Humphries.

$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:
Desiring thee to lay aside the sword,
Which sways usurpingly these several titles,
And put the same into young Arthur's hand,
Thy nephew, and right royal sovereign.
R. John What follows, if we disallow of this 2
Cha. The proud control of fierce and bloody war,
To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.
K. John Here have we war for war, and blood for
blood,
Controlment for controlment; so answer France.
Cha. Then take my king's defiance from my mouth,
The furthest limit of my embassy.
K. John. Bear mine to him; and so depart in
peace:
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France;
For, ere thou canst report I will be there,
The thunder of my cannon shall be heard;
So, hence Be thou the trumpet of our wrath,
And sulien presage of your own decay.—
An honourable conduct let him have;
Hubert, look to't —Farewell, Chatillon.
- [Ereunt CHA Tillon, Hubert, and the
- FR ENCH GENTLEMEN.
Eli. What now, my son 2 have I not ever said,
How that ambitious Constance would not cease,
Till she had kindled France, and all the world,
Upon the right and party of her son
This might have been prevented and made whole,
With very easy arguments of love;
Which now the manage of two kingdoms must
With fearful bloody issue arbitrate.

Enter ENGLISH HERALD, who whispers Essex.

K. John. Our strong possession, and our right, for us.

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Eli. Your strong possession, much more than your
right;
Or else o must go wrong with you, and me.
Ess. My liege, here is the strangest controversy
Come from the country to be judged by you,
That e'er I heard: shall I produce the men :
K. John. Let them approach.-
[Exit ENGLISH HERALD.
Our abbeys and our priories shall pay
This expedition's charge.— .

Enter ENGLISH HERALD, with PHILIP and RoßERT

FAULcon BRIDGE.
What men are you? [Exit English HERALD.
Faul. Your faithful subject I, a gentleman, *

Born in Northamptonshire; and eldest son,
As I suppose, to Robert Faulconbridge;
A soldier, by the honour-giving hand
Of Coeur-de-lion, knighted in the field.
K. John. What art thou ? -
Rob. The son and heir to that same Faulconbridge.
K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir 2
You came not of one mother then, it seems.
Faul. Most certain of one mother, mighty king,
That is well known; and, as I think, one father i :
But, for the certain knowledge of that truth,
I put you o'er to Heaven, and to my mother:
Of that I doubt, as all men's children may. --
Eli. Out on thee, rude man! thou dost shame thy
mother,
And wound her honour with this diffidence.
Faul. I, madam 2 mo, I have no reason for it;
That is my brother’s plea, and none of mine —
The which if he can prove, ’a pops me out
At least from fair five hundred pound a-year:
Heav'n guard my mother's honour and my land."

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.)

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