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I'd play incessantly upon these P jades,
Even 'till unfenced defolation
Leave them as naked as the vulgar air.
That done, dissever your united strengths,
And part your mingled colours once again ;
Turn face to face, and bloody point to point :
Then, in a moment, fortune shall cull forth
Out of one side her happy minion ;
To whom in favour she shall give the day,
And kiss him with a glorious victory.
How like you this wild counsel, mighty states?
Snacks it not something of the policy?

K. John. Now, by the sky that hangs above our heads,
I like it well :-France, shall we knit our powers,
And lay this Angiers even with the ground;
Then, after, fight who shall be king of it?

Faulc. An if thou hast the mettle of a king,
Being wrong'd, as we are, by this peevish town,-
Turn thou the mouth of thy artillery,
As we will ours, against these saucy walls :
And when that we have dash'd them to the ground,
Why, then defy each other, and, pell-mell,
Make work upon ourselves, for heaven, or hell.
K. Phil. Let it be so : Say, where will


affault? K. Job. We from the west will send destruction Into the city's bosom.

Auft. I from the north.

K. Pbil. Our thunder from the south,
Shall rain their drift of bullets on this town.

Faulc, O prudent discipline ! From north to south ; Austria and France shoot in each other's mouth : [Afde. I'll stir them to it: Come, away, away!

Cit. Hear us, great kings : vouchsafe a while to stay,

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And I shall shew you peace, and fair-fac'd league ;
Win you this city without stroke, or wound;
Rescue those breathing lives to die in beds,
That here come sacrifices for the field :
Persevere not, but hear me, mighty kings.

K. John. Speak on ; with favour we are bent to hear.

Cit. That daughter there of Spain, the lady Blanch, Is near to England; Look upon the years Of Lewis the Dauphin, and that lovely maid : If Justy love should go in quest of beauty, Where should he find it fairer than in Blanch? If zealous love should go in search of virtue, Where should he find it purer than in Blanch? If love ambitious sought a match of birth, Whose veins bound richer blood than lady Blanch? Such as she is, in beauty, virtue, birth, Is the young Dauphin every way complete : If not complete, O say, he is not she; And she again wants' nothing, 'to name want, If want it be not, that " she is not he : He is the half part of a blessed man, Left to be finished by such a she; And she a fair divided excellence, Whose fulness of perfection lies in him. Oh, two such filver currents, when they join, Do glorify the banks that bound them in : And two such shores to two such streams made one, Two such controlling bounds shall you be, kings, To these two princes, if you marry them. This union shall do more than battery can, To our fast-closed gates; for, at this match, With W swifter spleen than powder can enforce, s be is 7:01 for ;)— he is not made one with her.

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The mouth of passage shall we ding wide ope,
And give you entrance : but, without this match,
The sea enraged is not half so deaf,
Lions more confident, mountains and rocks
More free from motion ; no, not death himself
In mortal fury half so peremptory,
As we to keep this city.

Faulc. Here's * a stay,
That shakes the rotten carcass of old death
Out of his rags! Here's a large mouth, indeed,
That spits forth death, and mountains, rocks, and seas;
Talks as familiarly of roaring lions,
As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs !
What cannoneer begot this lusty blood ?
He speaks plain cannon, fire, and smoak, and bounce ;
He gives the bastinado with his tongue ;
Our ears are cudgeld; not a word of his,
But buffets better than a fist of France :
Zounds! I was never so bethumpt with words,
Since I first call'd my brother's father, dad.

Eli. Son, lift to this conjunction, make this match, Give with our niece a dowry large enough: For by this knot thou shalt so surely tie Thy now unsur'd assurance to the crown, That yon green boy shall have no sun to ripe The bloom that promiseth a mighty fruit. I see a yielding in the looks of France; Mark, how they whisper : urge them, while their souls Are capable of this ambition ; Left zeal, now melted, by the windy breath

a Ray.)-Here's an extraordinary supporter of the cause of France; a formidable obitacle, a ftout spokesman to stay us : Here's a fiaw-a guft of braycry, a blast of menace.

y Left zeal, now melted, &c.]-Left the now zealous Philip, hereto. fore cold as ice in our cause, and but newly melted and softened by the warm breath of petitions, &c. should be again congealed and frozen.

Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse,
Cool and congeal again to what it was.

Cit. Why answer not the double majesties
This friendly treaty of our threaten'd town?

K. Phil. Speak England first, that hath been forward first
To speak unto this city: What say you?

K. John. If that the Dauphin there, thý princely fon,
Can in this book of beauty read, I love,
Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen:
For Anjou, and fair Touraine, Maine, Poictiers,
And all that we upon this side the sea
(Except this city now by us besieg'd)
Find liable to our crown and dignity,
Shall gild her bridal bed ; and make her rich
In titles, honours, and promotions,
As she in beauty, education, blood,
Holds hand with any princess of the world.

K. Pbil. What say'st thou, boy? look in the lady's face.

Lewis. I do, my lord; and in her eye I find
A wonder, or a wondrous miracle,
The shadow of myself form'd in her eye ;
Which, being but the shadow of your son,
Becomes a fun, and makes your son a shadow :
I do proteft, I never lov'd myself,
'Till now infixed I beheld myself,
Drawn in the flattering table of her eye.

[Whispers with Blanch, Faulc. Drawn in the flattering table of her eye!Hang'd in the frowning wrinkle of her brow !

And quarter'd in her heart !-he doth espy
Himself love's traitor : This is pity now,
That hang'd, and drawn, and quarter'd, there should be,
In such a love so vile a lout as he.

Blanch. My uncle's will, in this respect is mine:
If he see ought in you, that makes him like,


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That any thing he sees, which moves his liking,
I can with ease translate it to my will ;
Or, if you will, (to speak more properly)
I will enforce it easily to my love.
Further I will not fatter you, my lord,
That all I see in you is worthy love,
Than this,--that nothing do I see in you,
(Though churlish thoughts themselves should be your

That I can find should merit any hate,

K. John. What say these young ones? What say you,

my niece?

Blanch. That she is bound in honour still to do What you

in wisdom still vouchsafe to say. K. John. Speak then, prince Dauphin; can you love

this lady? Lewis. Nay, ask me if I can refrain from love; For I do love her most unfeignedly.

K. John. Then do I give ? Volquessen, Touraine, Maine, Poictiers, and Anjou, these five provinces, With her to thee; and this addition more, Full thirty thousand marks of English coin, Philip of France, if thou be pleas’d withal, Command thy son and daughter to join hands, K. Philip. It likes us well ;-Young princes, close your

hands. Auft. And your lips too; for, I am well assurd, That I did so, when I was a first assur’d.

K. Phil. Now, citizens of Angiers, ope your gates, Let in that amity which you have made ; For at faint Mary's chapel, presently, The rites of marriage shall be solemniz'd. Is not the lady Constance in this troop ?7 Volquefen,]—the Vexin. * forf afur'd.]--affianced, contracted.

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