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Enter a Meffenger.
K. John. They burn in indignation; I repent. There is no fure foundation fet on blood; No certain life atchiev'd by others' deathA fearful eye thou haft; where is that bl That I have feen inhabit in those chee' So foul a sky clears not without a ftor Pour down thy weather: how goes a Mef. From France to England new For any foreign preparation, Was levy'd in the body of a land. The con of your fpeed is learn'd b you fhould be told, they come, that they are al where hath our inte flept? where is my my fhould be drawn of it? e, her ear
K. John. Bear with me, Coufin; for I was amaz'd
ohn. Thou idle dreamer, wherefore did'st thou fo?
up my crown, let him be hang'd.
O my gentle coufin,
[Exit Hubert, with Peter.
news abroad, who are arriv'd?
nch, my ford; men's mouths are full
This inundation of miftemper'd humour
Refts by you only to be qualify'd.
Then pause not; for the present time's so sick,
Or Overthrow incurable infues.
Pand. It was my breath that blew this tempest up Upon your ftubborn ufage of the Pope :
But fince you are a gentle convertite,
My tongue fhall hush again this ftorm of war;
Upon your oath of fervice to the Pope,
Go I to make the French lay down their arms. [Exit K. John. Is this Afcenfion day? did not the Prophet
Say, that before Afcenfion day at noon
My Crown I fhould give off? even so I have:
But, heav'n be thank'd, it is but voluntary.
Faulc. All Kent hath yielded; nothing there holds ou But Dover-Cafle: London hath receiv'd,
Like a kind hoft, the Dauphin and his Powers.
And wild amazement hurries up and down
K. John. Would not my lords return to me again,
Faule. They found him dead, and caft into the streets, An empty casket, where the jewel, life, By fome damn'd hand was robb'd and ta'en away. K. John. That villain Hubert told me, he did live. Faule. So on my foul he did, for aught he knew: But wherefore do you droop? why look you fad Be great in act, as you have been in thought: Let not the world fee fear and fad distrust Govern the motion of a kingly eye: Be ftirring as the time; be fire with fire; Threaten the threatner, and out-face the brow
Of bragging horror: fo fhall inferior eyes,
K. John. The Legate of the Pope hath been with
And I have made a happy peace with him ;
Faulc. Oh inglorious league!
Shall we, upon the footing of our Land,
To arms invafive? fhall a beardlefs boy,
Mocking the air with Colours idely spread,
They faw, we had a purpose of defence.
K. John. Have thou the ord'ring of this prefent time...
Faulc. Away then, with good courage; yet, I know, Our Party may well meet a prouder foe.
SCENE changes to the Dauphin's Camp at St. Edmondsbury. (18)
Enter, in arms, Lewis, Salisbury, Melun, Pembroke, Bigot, and Soldiers.
Lewis. MY lord Melun, let this be copied out,
And keep it fafe for our
Return the prefident to these lords again,
Sal. Upon our fides it never shall be broken.
To your proceedings; yet believe me, Prince,
(18) at St. Edmondsbury.] I have ventur'd to fix the Place of the Scene here, which is fpecified by none of the Editors, on the following Authorities. In the preceding Act, where Salisbury has fix'd to go over to the Dauphin, he says,
Lords, I will meet him at St. Edmondsbury.
And Count Melun, in this laft Act, fays;
and many more with me,
Upon the Altar at St. Edmondsbury;
Even on that Altar, where We fwore to You
And it appears likewife from the Troublefom Reign of King John, in two Parts, (the firft rough Model of this Play) that the Interchange of Vows betwixt the Dauphin and the English Barons was at St. Edmondsbury.