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i Cit. Hear us, great kings : vouchsafe a while to
K. John. Speak on, with favour; we are bent to hear.
i Cit. That daughter there of Spain, the lady Blanch, Is near to England; Look upon the years Of Lewis the Dauphin, and that lovely maid: If lusty love should go in quest of beauty, Where should he find it fairer than in Blanch? If zealous love should go in search of virtue, Where should he find it purer than in Blanch ? If love ambitious sought a match of birth, Whose veins bound richer blood than lady Blanch? Such as she is, in beauty, virtue, birth, Is the young Dauphin every way complete: If not complete, O say, he is not she; And she again wants nothing, to name want, If want it be not, that she is not he: He is the half part of a blessed man, Left to be finished by such a she; And she a fair divided excellence, Whose fulness of perfection lies in him. O, two such silver currents, when they join, Do glorify the banks, that bound them in : And two such shores to two such streams made one, Two such controlling bounds shall you be, kings, To these two princes, if you marry them. This union shall do more than battery can, To our fast-closed gates; for, at this match,
With swifter spleen than powder can enforce,
Bast. Here's a stay,
. Eli. Son, list to this conjunction, make this match; Give with our niece a dowry large enough: For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie Thy now unsur'd assurance to the crown, That yon green boy shall have no sun to ripe The bloom, that promiseth a mighty fruit. I see a yielding in the looks of France; Mark, how they whisper : urge them, while their souls Are capable of this ambition: Lest zeal, now melted, by the windy breath Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse, Cool and congeal again to what it was.
i Cit. Why answer not the double majesties This friendly treaty of our threaten’d town? K. Phi. Speak England first, that hath been forward
first To speak unto this city: Whal say you?
K. John. If that the Dauphin there, thy princely son,
[Whispers with Blanch. Bast. Drawn in the flattering table of her eye !
Hang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her brow !And quarter'd in her heart!—he doth espy
Himself love's traitor: This is pity now,
That hang’d, and drawn, and quarter'd, there should be,
Blanch. My uncle's will, in this respect, is mine:
love. Farther I will not flatter you, my lord, That all I see in you is worthy love, Than this,-tbat nothing do I see in you, (Though churlish thoughts themselves should be your
judge) That I can find should merit any hate.
K. John. What say these young ones? what say you,
Blanch. That she is bound in honour still to do What you in wisdom shall vouchsafe to say. K. John. Speak then, prince Dauphin ; can you love
this lady? Lew. Nay, ask me if I can refrain from love; For I do love her most unfeignedly. K. John. Then do I give Volquessen, Touraine,
Maine, Poictiers, and Anjou, these five provinces, With her to thee; and this addition more, Full thirty thousand marks of English coin.Philip of France, if thou be pleas'd withal, Command thy son and daughter to join hands. K. Phi. It likes us well;-Young princes, close your Aust. And your lips too; for, I am well assur’d, That I did so, when I was first assur'd.
K. Phi. Now, citizens of Angiers, ope your gates, Let in that amity, which you have made; For at saint Mary's chapel, presently, The rites of marriage shall be solemniz'd.Is not the lady Constance in this troop?I know, she is not; for this match, made up, Her presence would have interrupted much :Where is she and her son tell me, who knows.
Lew. She is sad and passionate at your highness'tent. K. Phi. And, by my faith, this league, that we have
K. John. We will heal up all,
[Exeunt all but the Bastard.—The Citizens
retire from the walls. Bast. Mad world! mad kings! mad composition !