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To land his legions all as soon as I.
K. Philip. How much unlook'd for is this expedition!
Auft. By how much unexpected, by so much. We must awake endeavour for defence ; For courage mounteth with occafion :Let them be welcome then, we are prepar'd.. Enter King of England, Faulconbridge, Elinor, Blanch,
Pembroke, and others. K. John. Peace be to France, if France in peace permit Our just and lineal entrance to our own: If not, bleed France, and peace ascend to heav'n.. Whilft we, God's wrathful agent, do correct Their proud contempt that beats his peace to heav'ns
K. Philip. Peace be to England, if that war return; From France to England, there to live in peace ! England we love, and for that England's sake: With burthen of our armour here we sweat;: This toil of ours should be a work of thine. But thou from loving England art so far, That thou haft under wrought its lawful King ::
Cut off the sequence of pofterity;
France, To draw my answer to thy articles ? .K. Philip. From that supernal judge, that stirs good
K. Fobn.. Alack, thou doft usurp authority.
Conft. Let me make answer : thy usurping son.
El Out, insolent! thy bastard shall be King, That thou may't be a Queen, and check the world!
Cont. My bed was ever to thy son as true, As thine was to thy husband ; and this boy, Liker in feature to his father Geffrey, Than thou and John, in manners being as like As rain to water, or devil to his dam. My boy a baftard ! by my foul, I think, His father neyer was so true.begot ; : It cannot be, an if thou wert his mother, Eli. There's a good mother, boy, that blots thy father,
Conft. There's a good grandam, boy, that would
Faulo. One that will play the devil, Sir, with you,.
Blanch. O, well did he become that Lion's robes
Faul. It lyes as fightly on the back of him, (6)
Auft. What cracker is this fame, that deafs our eara
K. Philip. Women and fools, break off your conference.
(6) It lyes, as figbtly on the Back of bim,
As great Alcides' Shoes upon an Afs.] But why his Sboessa in the Name of Propriety ? For let Hercules and his Sboes have been really as big as they were ever fuppos’d to be, yet they NI mean, the Shoes) would not have been an Overload for an Ass. I am persuaded, I have retriev'd the true Reading; and let us observe the Justness of the Comparison now. Faulconbridge in his Refentment would say this to Austria,
" That “ Lion's Skin, which my great Father King Ricband once wore,
looks as uncouthly on thy Back; as that other noble Hide, " which was borne by Hercules, would look on the Back of an " Ass." A double Allufion was intended ; first, to the Fable of the Ass in the Lion's Skin: then Richard I. is finely fet in Competition with Alcidos; as Auftria is satirically coupled with a the Ass.
K. John. My life as soon-I do defie thee, France.
Eli. Come to thy grandam, child.
Conjt. Do, child, go to it grandam, child.
Arth. Good my mother, peace :
Eli. His mother shames him so, poor boy, he weeps.
Conf. Now shame upon you, whe're she does or no !
Conft. Thou monstrous injurer of heav'n and earth.
K. John. Bedlam, have done.
A will, that bars the title of thy son.
Conft. Ay, who doubts that? a will!
A woman's will, a cankred grandam's will.
K. Philip. Peace, Lady; pause, or be more temperate :
K. John. England for itself;
jects, Our trumpet call'd you to this gentle parle
K. John. For our advantage; therefore hear as first : These flags of France, that are advanced here Before the eye and prospect of your town, Have hither march'd to your endamagement. The cannons have their bowels full of wrath; And ready mounted are they to spit forth Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls : All preparations for a bloody fiege And merciless proceeding, by these French, Confront your city's eyes, your winking gates ; And, but for our approach, those sleeping stones, That as a waste do girdle you about, By the compulfion of their ordinance By this time from their fixed beds of lime Had been dilhabited, and wide havock made For bloody power to rush upon your peace. But on the fight of us your lawful King, (Who painfully with much expedient march Have brought a counter.check before your gates, To save unscratch'd your city's threatned cheeks)