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Enter the two Kings with their Powers, at several Doors. K. John. France, haft thou yet more blood to caft
away? Say, shall the current of our Right run on? Whose passage, vext with thy impediment, Shall leave his native channel, and o'er-swell With course disturb'd ev'n thy confining-shores ; Unless thou let his filver water keep A peaceful progress to the ocean. K. Philip. England, thou hast not sav'd one drop of
blood In this hot tryal, more than we of France; Rather loft more. And by this hand I swear, That sways the earth this climate overlooks, Before we will lay by our just-borne arms, We'll put thee down, 'gainst whom these arms we bear; Or add a royal number to the dead ; Gracing the scroul, that tells of this war's loss, With slaughter coupled to the name of Kings.
Faulc. Ha! Majesty,-how high thy glory towers,
K. John. Whose party do the townsmen yet admit?
Cit. A greater pow'r, than ye, denies all this; (7) And till it be undoubted, we do lock Our former scruple in our strong-barr'd gates. Kings of our fears, until our fears resolv'd Be by some certain King purg'd and depos'd. Faulc. By heav'n, the Scroyles of Angiers flout you,
Kings, And stand securely on their battlements, As in a Theatre, whence they gape and point At your industrious Scenes and Acts of death. You royal presences, be ruld by me ; Do like the Mutines of Jerufalem, Be friends a while, and both conjointly bend Your sharpeft deeds of malice on this town. By east and weft let France and England mount Their batt'ring cannon charged to the mouths ; Till their soul-fearing clamours have braul'd down The flinty ribs of this contemptuous City. I'd play incessantly upon these jades; Even till un fenced defolation Leave them as naked as the vulgar air. That done, diffever your united strengths, And part your mingled Colours once again ; Turn face to face, and bloody point to point. Then in a moment fortune shall cull forth Out of one side her happy minion ; To whom in favour The fhall give the day, And kiss him with a glorious Victory. How like you this wild counsel, mighty States ? Smacks it not something of the Policy K. John. Now by the sky, that" hangs above our
heads, I like it well. France, shall we knit our Pow'rs, And lay this Angiers even with the ground,
(7) A greater Pow'r than We denies all this;] We muft cer: tainly read, as Mr. Warburton acutely observ'd to Me;
A greater Pow'r, than Ye, denies all this: i. e. Tho' each of You pretend to be our rightful Kings, you are as yet only so in swaying over our Fears, in the Terrors we have of you ;. not acknowledg'd Kings in our Obedience.
Then, after, fight who shall be King of it?
Faulc. And if thou haft the mettle of a King,
assault? K. John. We from the west will send deitruction Into this City's bosom.
Auft. I from the north.
Faulc. O prudent discipline! from North to South ;
stay, And I shall shew you peace, and fair-fac'd league ; Win you this city without stroak or wound; Rescue those breathing lives to die in beds, That here come sacrifices for the field ; Persever not, but hear me, mighty Kings. K. John. Speak on, with favour; we are bent to
hear. Cit. That daughter there of Spain, the lady Blanch, Is near to England; look
He is the half part of a blessed man, (8)
Faulc. Here's a ftay,
Eli. Son, lift to this conjunction, make this match, Give with our Neice a dowry large enough ;For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie
(8) He is the half Part of a blessed Man,
Left to be finished by such as She:) The ingenious Dr. Thirhe prescrib'd that Reading, which I have here restor'd to the Text; and which is absolutely requisite to the Sense of the Passage.
Thy now unsur'd assurance to the Crown,
Cit. Why answer not the double Majesties
K. John. If that the Dauphin there, thy Princely fon,
And all that We upon this Side the Sea,
Find liable, &c.] This is a remarkable Instance of Carelerness in a Point that stares common Sense full in the Face : and yet thus all the Editors in their profound Sagacity. What was the City besieg'd, but Angiers? King John, consenting to match the Lady Blanch with the Dauphin, agrees, in Parc of her Dow. ry, to give up all he held in France, except the City of Angiers which he now besieg'd and laid Claim to. But could it be thought, that he should at one and the same time give up all except Angiers, and give up That too: Anjou was one of the Provinces, which the Englist held in France; and which the French King by Chatilion claim'd of K. John in Right of Duke
Arthur, at the very Opening of the Play. Angiers, instead of Anjou, has been falsely printed in several other Pallages of this History