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Heap not another sin upon my head,
And do attach thee as a felon here.
ROMEO. Wilt thou provoke me; then have at thee,
If thou be merciful,
Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet.
ROMEO. In faith, I will:-Let me peruse this
Mercutio's kinsman, noble county Paris :-
What said my man, when my betossed soul
[Laying Paris in the Monument. How oft when men are at the point of death Have they been merry? which their keepers call A lightning before death: O, how may 1 Call this a lightning ?—O, my love! my Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath,
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty :
And death's pale flag is not advanced there.—
Than with that hand that cut thy youth in twain,
Forgive me, cousin?—Ah, dear Juliet,
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh.-Eyes, look your last!
Thy drugs are quick.—Thus with a kiss I die. [Dies.
Friar Laurence's Explanation to the Prince of Verona.
I will be brief, for my short date of breath
Is not so long as is a tedious tale.
Romeo, there dead, was husband to that Juliet ;
And she, there dead, that Romeo's faithful wife :
Or, in my cell there would she kill herself.
The form of death: meantime I writ to Romeo,
All this I know; and to the marriage
The play commences with the arrival at the court of England of Chatillon, ambassador from the French king, who demands King John's abdication in favour of Prince Arthur. This is refused, and war is immediately declared between England and France. The two armies meet before the walls of Angiers, where a marriage is arranged between Lewis, the dauphin of France, and Blanch, niece of King John; thus an alliance is cemented between the French King Philip and John. At this juncture Cardinal Pandulph, the Pope's legate, arrives, to urge on King John the appointment of Stephen Langton to the see of Canterbury. This the king declines to accede to, telling Pandulph that No Italian priest
Shall tithe or toll in his dominions.
On which Pandulph declares him excommunicated, and induces the French king to declare war against him. In a battle which ensues, Prince Arthur is taken and sent to England, under the charge of Hubert, who has been ordered by John to kill the prince by burning out his eyes. Hubert, overcome by the prayers of Prince Arthur, will not execute the command given him; but the prince, in making an effort to escape from Northampton Castle, where he is confined, falls from the walls and is killed. The war continuing, the French land in England, and in a battle which ensues, King John, in accordance with a message he receives from Faulconbridge, leaves the field and retires to Swinstead
Abbey, where he dies, poison having been administered to him by a monk, and the play concludes with a defiant appeal on behalf of England from Faulconbridge.
King John's Defiance to the French Ambassador.
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France ;
So hence! Be thou the trumpet of our wrath,
Faulconbridge's Speech on New Titles.
Good den, Sir Richard,-God-a-mercy, fellow;
For your conversion. Now your traveller,-
your employment: at your service, sir :
No, sir, says question, I, sweet sir, at yours: And so, ere answer knows what question would, (Saving in dialogue of compliment;
And talking of the Alps and Apennines,
* Good e'en, good evening.
† Advanced position in life.
Picked man of countries; that is, one who has travelled much.