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Bast. One, that will play the devil, sir, with you,
Blanch. O, well did he become that lion's robe,
Bast. It lies as sightly on the back of him,
Aust. What cracker is this same, that deafs our ears With this abundance of superfluous breath?
K. Phi. Lewis, determine what we shall do straight.
Lew. Women and fools, break off your conference.King John, this is the very sum of all,England, and Ireland, Anjou, Touraine, Maine, In right of Arthur do I claim of thee: Wilt thou resign them, and lay down thy arms ?
K. John. My life as soon :- I do defy thee, France. Arthur of Bretagne, yield thee to my hand; And, out of my dear love, I'll give thee more Than e'er the coward hand of France can win: Submit thee, boy.
Eli. Come to thy grandam, child.
Const. Do, child, go to iť grandam, child;
Arth. Good my mother, peace!
I am not worth this coil that's made for me.
El. His mother shames him so, poor boy, he weeps.
Const. Now shame upon you, whe'r she does, or no! His grandam's wrongs, and not his mother's shames, Draw those heaven-moving pearls from his poor eyes, Which heaven shall take in nature of a fee; Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be brib'd To do him justice, and revenge on you.
Eli. Thou monstrous slanderer of heaven and earth
Const. Thou monstrous injurer of heaven and earth! Call not me slanderer; thou, and thine, usurp The dominations, royalties, and rights, Of this oppressed boy: This is thy eldest son's son, Infortunate in nothing but in thee; Thy sins are visited in this poor child; The cannon of the law is laid on him, Being but the second generation Removed from thy sin-conceiving womb.
K. John. Bedlam, have done.
Const. I have but this to say, -
Eli. Thou unadvised scold, I can produce
Const. Ay, who doubts that ? a will! a wicked will A woman's will; a canker'd grandam’s will !
K. Phi. Peace, lady; pause, or be more temperate :
It ill beseems this presence, to cry aim
Trumpets sound. Enter Citizens upon the walls. . 1 Cit. Who is it, that hath warn'd us to the walls ? K. Phi. 'Tis France, for England.
K. John. England, for itself: You men of Angiers, and my loving subjects,K. Phi. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's sub
jects, Our trumpet call’d you to this gentle parle. K. John. For our advantage ;-Therefore, hear us
Who painfully, with much expedient march,
K. Phi. When I have said, make answer to us both.
Which here we came to spout against your town, And leave your children, wives, and
, you, in
war; Though all these English, and their discipline, Were harbour'd in their rude circumference. Then, tell us, shall your city call us lord, In that behalf, which we have challeng'd it? Or shall we give the signal to our rage, And stalk in blood to our possession n? 1 Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's sub
jects; For him, and in his right, we hold this town.
K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and let me in.
i Cit. That can we not : but he, that proves the king, To him will we prove loyal ; till that time, Have we ramm’d up our gates against the world. K. John. Doth not the crown of England prove the
Bast. Bastards, and else.
those, Bast. Some bastards too. K. Phi. Stand in his face, to contradict his claim.
i Cit. Till you compound whose right is worthiest, We, for the worthiest, hold the right from both.
K. John. Then God forgive the sin of all those souls, That to their everlasting residence,