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Upon my party! Thou cold-blooded slave,
And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs.
K. Phi. Here comes the holy legate of the pope. 135
To thee, King John, my holy errand is.
And from Pope Innocent the legate here, 131. calf's skin] Capell; Calves skin Ff 1, 2, 3; Calves-skin F 4. climbing, crawling, creeping, ramp- of a Kentish inn called the “ Ramping ing, running upwards”; and “grim- Cat"! per : to ramp." “Lion rampant" in 127. fall over] revolt. Compare heraldry ought therefore to mean a 1 Henry IV. 1. iii. 93 :lion climbing, and this is just the “Revolted Mortimer! attitude of the lions "rampant" He never did fall off my sovegiven in Woodward and Burnett's reign liege, Heraldry, i. plate xxi. It would re- But by the chance of war." quire little imagination however to 129. calf's-skin] There may be a deem this the representation of a lion reference here to the fact mentioned seeking whom he might devour, and by Sir John Hawkins that domestic there is no doubt that in this speech fools were clothed in a coat of calf's. of Constance "ramping" bears the skin. “Calf” in Shakespeare often meaning of rushing wildly about. means “ fool.” As Mr. Wright suggests, the lion's 129. recreant] cowardly. See note skin had something to do with the on " recreant” and “miscreant" in choice of epithet. Mr. Craig tells me Arden edition of Richard II.
Do in his name religiously demand
Pope Innocent, I do demand of thee.
Can task the free breath of a sacred king?
144. see] F 4; Sea Ff 1, 2, 3. taste Ff 3, 4; tax Rowe (ed. 2).
148. task] Theobald; tast Ff 1, 2;
140. religiously) solemnly, or per- term for questions which a witness haps, in the name of religion. was bound to answer faithfully. “A
142. force perforce] by violent question in legal examinations" means if necessary, by compulsion. (Coles' Dict.). John asks “whose Compare 2 Henry VI. 1. i. 258: “And, name can sanction questions put to a force perforce, I'll make him yield the sacred king?" crown."
154. tithe or toll] Used as verbs = 147. What earthy name, etc.] John to exact tithe or toll. here poses as the defender of the Con- 155. heaven) Here must be equiva. stitution against the Church. See lent to God; see “Him” next line. Introduction.
Collier suggests reading “God.” 147. interrogatories] A technical
K. Phi. Brother of England, you blaspheme in this.
Are led so grossly by this meddling priest,
Against the pope and count his friends my foes.
Thou shalt stand cursed and excommunicate:
164. Dreading ... out] Compare 173. excommunicate] excommuniChaucer's Prologue to Canterbury cated. English words from a Latin Tales, lines 654-60:
past participle in -atus are often used “He wolde techen him to have non without the -ed in the past. awe,
177. Canonised ... saint] Seymour In swich cas, of the erchedeknes would read “ Worshipp'd and canoncurs,
izéd as a saint." But we may read But-if a mannes soule were in his “canonizéd and worshipp'd as a purs.
saint,” which is the accentuation in For in his purs he sholde y-pun- Hamlet, 1. iv. 47:isshed be.
"But tell *Purs is the erchedeknes helle, Why thy canoniz'd bones hearsed seyde he.”
in death." 165. vile] Nearly always spelt Compare also Troilus and Cressida, “ vilde” or “ vild” in plays of this II. ii. 202 :period.
“And fame in time to come canón168, 169. Though you ... cherish] ize us"; though you and all the rest who are and 111. iv. 52 infra, where Seymour so foolishly led, help to keep up this again would needlessly invert the line juggling witchcraft (i.e. Popery) by for the same reason. contributing monies towards it.
That takes away by any secret course
Thy hateful life.
O, lawful let it be
There is no tongue hath power to curse him right.
Let it be lawful that law bar no wrong:
How can the law forbid my tongue to curse? 190 Pand. Philip of France, on peril of a curse,
Let go the hand of that arch-heretic;
194 Eli. Look'st thou, pale, France ? do not let go thy hand. Const. Look to that, devil; lest that France repent,
And by disjoining hands, hell lose a soul.. Aust. King Philip, listen to the cardinal.
185. right,] right. Ff.
196. that, devil ;] Pope; that devil; Ff.
180. room . .. Rome) It seems righted then let no wrongdoing at evident that here "room" and all be hindered. Law cannot give “Rome" were to be pronounced Arthur his kingdom, for John is alike. That" Rome” was pronounced master of the law; therefore since "room” is shown by rhymes in the law itself is “ perfect wrong," how Lucrece, 715 and 717, 1644 and 1645. can I be rightfully restrained from Compare also Julius Cæsar, 1. ii. 156: cursing. This mixture of quibbling “Now is it Řome indeed and room with passionate argument is characenough."
teristic of this play. 185. when law can do no right, 193. raise the power ... head] etc.) when the law cannot see people lead the French forces against him.
Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on his recreant limbs.
Your breeches best may carry them.
Is purchase of a heavy curse from Rome, 205
Forgo the easier.
That's the curse of Rome. Const. O Lewis, stand fast! the devil tempts thee here
In likeness of a new untrimmed bride. Blanch. The Lady Constance speaks not from her faith, But from her need.
211 207. That's] Thats Ff 1; That is Ff 2, 3, 4.
199. And hang ... recreant limbs] aside the trimmings in which she had The Bastard takes little interest in been married. Schmidt drew atten. the wrongs of either party. He seems tion in this connection to Sonnet only too delighted that mischief is xviii. :afoot and takes the opportunity to “And every fair from fair someworry Austria.
times declines, 203. What ... cardinal ?] what By chance or nature's changing should he say, except what the course untrimmed." Cardinal has already said ?
White says “untrimmed = in des207. the curse of Rome] To Blanch habille,” which is hardly likely, even the curse of Rome would be the lesser though the marriage was suddenly of two evils, for if John and Philip clapped up. Others see an allusion fell out she would have to oppose her to the bride's going to church with friends to her husband and his friends. her hair dishevelled. Compare This course she has to take ulti. Webster, Vittoria Corrombona (ed. mately.
Dyce, p. 27, col. I): “Let them 209. new untrimmed] “ Trim " in dangle loose as a bride's hair.” The Elizabethan English means gaily emendations are “new and trimmed ” decked. Compare the use as a verb (Theobald, who also conjectured in Romeo and Juliet, iv. iv. 24 : “Go "new untamed” or “new bewaken Juliet, go and trim her up." trimmed”), “new uptrimmed” Taking the passage as it stands, we (Dyce), “new entrimmed" (Richardmay explain it by supposing Con- son conj.), “new untamed" (Vaug. stance to mean that Blanch was a han, agreeing with Theobald's conj.), new-made bride having just laid “new-intervened” (Herr conj.).