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Lew. A noble temper dost thou show in this ; And great affections, wrestling in thy bosom, Do make an earthquake of nobility. 0, what a noble combat hast thou fought, Between compulsion and a brave respect?! Let me wipe off this honourable dew, That silverly doth progress on thy cheeks: My heart bath melted at a lady's tears, Being an ordinary inundation; But this effusion of such manly drops, This shower, blown up by tempest of the soul, Startles mine eyes, and makes me more amaz’d Than had I seen the vaulty top of heaven Figur’d quite o'er with burning meteors. Lift up thy brow, renowned Salisbury, And with a great heart heave away this storm: Commend these waters to those baby eyes, That never saw the giant world enrag'd; Nor met with fortune other than at feasts, Full warm of blood, of mirth, of gossiping. Come, come; for thou shalt thrust thy hand as deep Into the purse of rich prosperity, As Lewis himself :so, nobles, shall you all, That knit your sinews to the strength of mine.

Enter PANDULPH, attended. And even there, methinks, an angel spake 9 : Look, where the holy legate comes apace,

? This compulsion was the necessity of a reformation in the state ; which, according to Salisbury's opinion (who in his preceding speech calls it an enforced cause) could only be procured by foreign arms; and the brave respect was the love of country. * This windy tempest till it blow up

rain Held back his sorrow's tide.'-Rape of Lucrece. 9 In what I have now said an angel spake: for see, the holy legate approaches to give a warrant from heaven, and the name of right to our cause.


To give us warrant from the hand of heaven;
And on our actions set the name of right,
With holy breath.

Hail, noble prince of France !
The next is this,—King John hath reconcil'd
Himself to Rome; his spirit is come in,
That so stood out against the holy church,
The great metropolis and see of Rome:
Therefore thy threat'ning colours now wind up,
And tame the savage spirit of wild war ;
That, like a lion foster'd

up at hand,
It may lie gently at the foot of peace,
And be no further harmful than in show.

Lew. Your grace shall pardon me, I will not back; I am too high-born to be propertied 10, To be a secondary at control, Or useful serving-man, and instrument, To any sovereign state throughout the world. Your breath first kindled the dead coal of wars, Between this chástis’d kingdom and myself, And brought in matter that should feed this fire; And now 'tis far too huge to be blown out With that same weak wind which enkindled it. You taught me how to know the face of right, Acquainted me with interest to 11 this land, Yea, thrust this enterprise into my heart; And come you now to tell me, John hath made His peace

with Rome? What is that peace to me? I, by the honour of my marriage-bed,

10 Appropriated.
11 This was the phraseology of the time:--

He hath more worthy interest to the state
Than thou the shadow of succession.

King Henry IV. Part II. Again in Dugdale's Warwickshire, vol ii. p. 927 :— He had a release from Rose, the daughter and heir of Sir John de Arden, before specified, of all her interest to the manor of Pedimore.'


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After young Arthur, claim this land for mine;
And, now it is half-conquer'd, must I back,
Because that John hath made his peace with Rome?
Am I Rome's slave? What penny hath Rome borne,
What men provided, what munition sent,
To underprop this action ? is't not I,
That undergo this charge? who else but I,
And such as to my claim are liable,
Sweat in this business, and maintain this war?
Have I not heard these islanders shout out,
Vive le roy! as I have bank'd their towns 12 ?
Have I not here the best cards for the game,
To win this easy match play'd for a crown?
And shall I now give o'er the yielded set?
No, no, on my soul, it never shall be said.

Pand. You look but on the outside of this work.

Lew. Outside or inside, I will not return
Till my attempt so much be glorified
As to my ample hope was promised
Before I drew this gallant head of war 13,
And culld these fiery spirits from the world,
To outlook 14

conquest, and to win renown Even in the jaws of danger and of death. —

[Trumpet sounds. What lusty trumpet thus doth summon us?

12 i.e. passed along the banks of the river. Thus in the old play :

from the hollow holes of Thamesis
Echo apace replied, Vive le roi !
From thence along the wanton rolling glade

To Troynovant, your fair metropolis.' We still say to coast and to flank ; and to bank has no less propriety, though not reconciled to us by modern usage.

13 i.e. assembled it, drew it out of the field. So in King Henry IV. Part 1.:

• And that his friends by deputation could not

So soon be drawn.' 14 Face down, bear down by a show of magnanimity. So be

outface the brow Of bragging horror.'


Enter the Bastard, attended. Bast. According to the fair play of the world, Let me have audience; I am sent to speak; My holy lord of Milan, from the king I come to learn how you have dealt for him; And, as you answer, I do know the scope And warrant limited unto my tongue.

Pand. The Dauphin is too wilful-opposite, And will not temporize with my entreaties; He flatly says, he'll not lay down his arms,

Bast. By all the blood that ever fury breath’d, The youth says well :—Now hear our English king; For thus his royalty doth speak in me. He is prepar'd; and reason too, he should : This apish and unmannerly approach, This harness'd masque, and unadvised revel, This unhair'd 15 sauciness, and boyish troops, The king doth smile at; and is well prepar’d To whip this dwarfish war, these pigmy arms, From out the circle of his territories. That hand, which had the strength, even at your door, To cudgel you, and make you take the hatch 16; To dive, like buckets, in concealed wells; To crouch in litter of your stable planks ; To lie, like pawns, lock'd up in chests and trunks; To hug with swine; to seek sweet safety out In vaults and prisons; and to thrill, and shake, Even at the crying of your nation's crow 17, Thinking his voice an armed Englishman;Shall that victorious hand be feebled here,

15 The old copies read unheard: the emendation is Theobald's. It should be remarked that hair was often spelt hear.

16 To take, for to leap. Hunters still say to take a hedge or gate, meaning to leap over them. Baret has 'to take horse, to leap on horseback.'

17 i. e. the crowing of a cock; Gallus being both a cock and a Frenchman.

That in your chambers

gave you

chastisement ?
No: Know, the gallant monarch is in arms;
And like an eagle o'er his aiery 18 towers,
To souse annoyance that comes near his nest.
And you degenerate, you ingrate revolts,
You bloody Neroes, ripping up the womb

your dear mother England, blush for shame:
For your own ladies, and pale-visag'd maids,
Like Amazons, come tripping after drums;
Their thimbles into armed gauntlets change,
Their neelds 19 to lances, and their gentle hearts
To fierce and bloody inclination.
Lew. There end thy brave 20, and turn thy face in

peace: We grant, thou canst outscold us : fare thee well; We hold our time too precious to be spent With such a brabbler. Pand.

Give me leave to speak. Bast. No, I will speak. Lew.

We will attend to neither:Strike


the drums; and let the tongue Plead for our interest; and our being here. Bast. Indeed, your drums, being beaten, will cry

out; And so shall you, being beaten: Do but start An echo with the clamour of thy drum, And even at hand a drum is ready brac'd, That shall reverberate all as loud as thine; Sound but another, and another shall, As loud as thine, rattle the welkin's ear, And mock the deep-mouth'd thunder: for at hand (Not trusting to this halting legate here, Whom he hath us'd rather for sport than need), Is warlike John; and in his forehead sits A bare-ribb’d death, whose office is this day



18 Nest.

19 Needles.

20 Boast.

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