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Mal. We shall not spend a large expense of time, Before we reckon with your several loves, And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen, Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland In such an honor named. What's more to do, Which would be planted newly with the time, As calling home our exiled friends abroad, That fled the snares of watchful tyranny; Producing forth the cruel ministers Of this dead butcher, and his fiendlike queen; Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands Took off her life; - this, and what needful else That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace, We will perform in measure, time, and place; So thanks to all at once, and to each one, Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.

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Vol. II.-17

KING JOH Ν.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

KING John.
PRINCE HENRY, his Son; afterwards King Henry III.
ARTHUR, Duke of Bretagne, Son of Geffrey, late Duke of

Bretagne, the elder Brother of King John.
WILLIAM MARESHALL, Earl of Pembroke.
GEFFREY Fitz-PETER, Earl of Essex, chief Justiciary of

England.
WILLIAM LONGSWORD, Earl of Salisbury.
ROBERT Bigot, Earl of Norfolk.
HUBERT DE Burgh, Chamberlain to the King.
ROBERT FAULCONBRIDGE, Son of Sir Robert Faulconbridge.
Philip FAULCONBRIDGE, his Half-brother, Bastard Son to

King Richard the First.
JAMES GURNEY, Servant to Lady Faulconbridge.
PETER of Pomfret, a Prophet.

Earl of Nortplain to the Ki Faulconbridgeno

PHILIP, King of France.
LEWIS, the Dauphin.
Archduke of Austria.
CARDINAL PANDULPH, the Pope's Legale.
MELUN, a French Lord.
CHATILLON, Ambassador from France to King John.

ELINOR, the Widow of King Henry II. and Mother of King

John. Constance, Mother to Arthur. BLANCH, Daughter to Alphonso, King of Castile, and Niece

to King John. LADY FAULCONBRIDGE, Mother to the Bastard, and Robert

Faulconbridge.

Lords, Ladies, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds, Officers,

Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.

SCENE, sometimes in England, and sometimes in France.

KING JOHN.

ACT I.

SCENE I. Northampton. A Room of State in the Palace. Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, Essex,

SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON. King John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would France

with us?
Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the king of France,
In my behavior, to the majesty,
The borrowed majesty of England here.

Eli. A strange beginning;- borrowed majesty!
K. John. Silence, good mother; hear the embassy.

Chat. Philip of France, in right and true behalf
Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's son,
Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim
To this fair island, and the territories;
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine ;
Desiring thce to lay aside the sword,
Which sways usurpingly these several titles,
And put the same into young Arthur's hand,
Thy nephew, and right royal sovereign.

K. John. What follows, if we disallow of this ?

Chat. The proud control of fierce and bloody war, To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.

K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood for blood, Controlment for controlment; so answer France.

Chat. Then take my king's defiance from my mouth, The furthest limit of my embassy.

K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace. Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France; For ere thou canst report I will be there, The thunder of my cannon shall be heard. So, hence! be thou the trumpet of our wrath,

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