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Even till that utmost corner of the west
strength To make a more requital to your
love ! Aust. The peace of heaven is theirs that lift
Const. Stay for an answer to your embassy,
siege 34. more, greater.
choose the best positions for
attack. 40. To cull the plots, etc., to 45. unadvised, rashly.
And stir them up against a mightier task.
60. expedient, expeditious.
63. Atè, the goddess of revenge.
Ff • Ace.' 64. Blanch was the daughter of John's sister Eleanor, married
to Alphonso VIII. of Castile.
65. of the king's deceased, of the deceased king's.
67. voluntaries, volunteers. 77. circumstance, detail.
Enter KING JOHN, ELINOR, BLANCH, the
Bastard, Lords, and forces.
heaven. K. Phi. Peace be to England, if that war return From France to England, there to live in peace. England we love ; and for that England's sake With burden of our armour here we sweat. This toil of ours should be a work of thine; But thou from loving England art so far, That thou hast under-wrought his lawful king, Cut off the sequence of posterity, Out-faced infant state and done a rape Upon the maiden virtue of the crown. Look here upon thy brother Geffrey's face; These eyes, these brows, were moulded out of his : This little abstract doth contain that large Which died in Geffrey, and the hand of time Shall draw this brief into as huge a volume. That Geffrey was thy elder brother born, And this his son; England was Geffrey's right And this is Geffrey's: in the name of God How comes it then that thou art call'd a king,
95. under-wrought, under. this "abstract.' mined.
106. this is Geffrey's; i.e. 96. posterity. Cf. note to ii. this boy is Geffrey's son (and 1. 2 above.
as such inheritor of his 'right' Outfaced infant state, to England). The phrase is defied the royal authority per- ambiguous, but the other possonated in a child.
sible interpretations (e.g. this 101. large, full-grown for territory is Geffrey's) are less 103. draw this brief, expand natural.
When living blood doth in these temples beat,
K. John. Alack, thou dost usurp authority.
Eli. Out, insolent! thy bastard shall be king,
blot thee. Aust. Peace! 109. owe, own.
This charge against 116. impeach, accuse.
Eleanor has support in 123. a queen, and check the Holinshed; but both Fabyan world ; an allusion to the queen and Stow report traditions of her at chess.
adultery (Hol. ed. Stone, p. 51). 136. your hide; i.e. the legen. of the Nemean lion borne by dary lion's hide worn by Richard, Hercules. and seized as a trophy by Austria 147. cracker, braggart. (his murderer, in the romance).
Hear the crier.
What the devil art thou ?
Blanch. O, well did he become that lion's robe
Bast. It lies as sightly on the back of him
Aust. What cracker is this same that deafs our
With this abundance of superfluous breath?
Theo137. the hare of whom the 149. King Philip. proverb goes.
Ff have The proverb was
bald's emendation. familiar from Erasmus' Adagia,
* King, Lewis,' as a part of in the form : Mortuo leoni et
Austria's speech ; and, ‘Lewis' lepores insultant.'
In English it
as the next speaker. But John's occurs in nearly identical words
reply makes it clear that the in Kyd's Spanish Tragedy. It
French king is the speaker in was a favourite device of the vv. 150-4, and therefore the emblem-writers.
person addressed in v. 149. ash.
152. Anjou. Theobald's cor144. Alcides', i.e. the skin rection for Ff 'Angiers.'