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Legitimation, name, and all is gone:
Then, good my mother, let me know my father:
Faul. As faithfully as I deny the devil.
L. Faul. King Richard cœur-de-lion was thy father:
By long and vehement suit I was seduc'd
To make room for him in my husband's bed;
Heaven lay not my transgression to my charge!
And they shall say, when Richard me begot, If thou had'st said him nay, it had been sin : Who says, it was, he lies; I say, 'twas not.
ACT THE SECOND.
The Walls of Angiers.
Flourish of Drums and Trumpets.
Enter PHILIP, King of France, LEWIS, the Dauphin, ARTHUR, CONSTANCE, the ARCHDUKE of AUSTRIA, FRENCH HERALD, GENTLEMEN, a TRUMPET, and GUARDS.
K. Phil. Before Angiers well met, brave Austria.Arthur, that great forerunner of thy blood, Richard, that robb'd the lion of his heart, And fought the holy wars in Palestine By this brave Duke came early to his And, for amends to his posterity, At our importance hither is he come, To spread his colours, boy, in thy behalf; And to rebuke the usurpation
Of thy unnatural uncle, English John:
Embrace him, love him, give him welcome hither. Arth. Heaven shall forgive you Cœur-de-lion's death,
The rather, that you give his offspring life,
Lew. A noble boy! Who would not do thee
Aust. Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss,
Salute thee for her King: till then, fair boy,
Con. O, take his mother's thanks, a widow's thanks, Till your strong hand shall help to give him strength, To make a more requital to your love.
Aust. The peace of Heaven is theirs, that lift their swords
In such a just and charitable war.
K. Phil. Well then, to work; our cannon shall be
Against the brows of this resisting town.-
Con. Stay for an answer to your embassy,
[A Trumpet sounds, K. Phil. A wonder, lady!-lo, upon thy wish,
Our messenger Chatillon is arriv'd.—
Enter CHATILLON and FRENCH GENTLEMEN. What England says, say briefly, gentle lord; Chatillon, speak;
Cha. Then turn your forces from this paltry siege,
And stir them up against a mightier task.
With him along is come the mother Queen,
[A March at a Distance. The interruption of their churlish drums Cuts off more circumstance: they are at hand, To parley, or to fight; therefore, prepare.
K. Phil. How much unlook'd for is this expedition!
Enter KING JOHN, FAULCONBRIDGE, Elinor, SaLISBURY, BLANCH, PEMBROKE, ESSEX, HUBERT, ENGLISH HERALD, GENTLEMEN, a TRUMPET, and GUARDS.
K. John. Peace be to France; if France in peace permit
Our just and lineal entrance to our own!
And this his son; England was Geffrey's right,
When living blood doth in these temples beat,
K. John. From whom hast thou this great commission, France,
To draw my answer from thy articles?
K. Phil. From that supernal Judge, that stirs good thoughts
In any breast of strong authority,
To look into the blots and stains of right:
K. John. Alack, thou dost usurp authority.
I would, that I were low laid in my grave;
Con. His grandam's wrongs, and not his mother's shames,
Draw those Heaven-moving pearls from his poor eyes, Which Heaven shall take in nature of a fee;
Ay, with these crystal beads Heaven shall be brib'd To do him justice, and revenge on you.
Eli. Thou monstrous slanderer of Heaven and earth!
Faul. Hear the crier.
Aust. What the devil art thou?
Faul, One that will play the devil, sir, with
K. Phil. King John, this is the very sum of all,