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or where probabilities seem evenly balanced; very rarely indeed have I offered an independent suggestion, the chief instance being the reading of “fury-kindled” for “fierykindled” in II. i. 358. In one or two instances mentioned and noted passim, I have altered the punctuation.
Finally, I gratefully acknowledge valuable help from Professor Littledale and from the general editor of this series,
Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants. SCENE: Partly in England, and partly in France. * The list of dramatis persona does not appear in the Folios. It was first given by Rowe.
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF
SCENE I.--King John's Palace.
Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, ESSEX,
SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON.
K. John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us? Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France
In my behaviour to the majesty,
The borrowed majesty, of England here. Eli. A strange beginning : "borrowed majesty!”
5 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 with Chatillon] The Folios read their behaviours from the great," and “ with the Chattylion of France.” Faulconbridge's embassy to the Perhaps “Lord” had dropped out French, v. ii. 128, 129: 66 Now hear before " Chattylion," or perhaps our English king; For thus his “Chatyllion was taken to mean royalty doth speak in me.” “ Chatelain
or some similar title. 9. Arthur ... claim] Pope need3. In my behaviour] through my lessly omits most. Scan " Arthur conduct as ambassador. Compare v. Plantag'net, lays most lawful claim." i. 50, 51: inferior eyes, That borrow Compare 3 Henry VI. 1. i. 40: “Un
To this fair island and the territories,
15 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.
The farthest limit of my embassy.
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France;
18. enforce] inforce F 1. less Plantag'net, Duke of York, be 17. The proud . . . war) the proud king"; and ibid. line 48: “I'll plant constraint of fierce and bloody war. Plantag'net, root him up who dares.' There is no similar use of the word In many other cases, however, Shake- “ control” in Shakespeare. In speare gives four syllables to Plan- Troublesome Raigne, 1. ii. 11, however, tagenet.
we find : “ Till I had with an unre. 10. island] One is here tempted to sisted shock Controld the mannage keep the older and more correct form of proud Angiers walls”; and in "iland” as printed in F 1. Compare Kyd's Spanish Tragedy, I. ii. 138, Milton's Comus, line 50: “On Circe's 139:iland fell."
“The trespass that my father made 10. the territories] There is no other case of the use of “the terri- Is now controllid by fortune of tories" in this way by Shakespeare.
the wars." One is tempted to suggest either 20. controlment : so] Shakespeare " and the territories Of Ireland," or often uses, as here, an extra syllable "her territories.” In Troublesome before the cæsura. There is no need Raigne, ii. iii. (ed. 1591), we have to alter the second "controlment" to “to England, Cornwall and Wales, “ control.” and to their territories.”
21. Then take
mouth] Com12. Desiring] commanding. Com- pare Henry V. 11. v. 37: "Let him pare modern English (to a child): “I greet England with our sharp dedesire you to come here."