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King John

Act V, Scene 2

LEWIS's camp at St. Edmundsbury.
 
[Enter, in arms, LEWIS, SALISBURY, MELUN, PEMBROKE, BIGOT, and Soldiers]
 
LEWIS
           ,     ,            ,        ,       ,
      My Lord | Melun,| let this | be co|pied out,
            ,         ,         ,       ,      ,
      And keep | it safe | for our | remem|brance:
          ,         ,      ,      2        ,       ,
      Return | the pre|cedent | to these^lords | again;
            ,              ,   ,       ,        ,
      That ha|ving our / fair or|der writ|ten down,
             ,         ,      ,       ,            ,
      Both they | and we,| peru|sing ore | these^notes,
            ,           ,         ,         ,      ,
      May know | wherefore | we took | the sac|rament
            ,           ,       ,           ,  2  ,
      And keep | our faiths | firm and | invi|olable.
 
SALISBURY
        ,          ,         ,       ,         ,      ->
      Upon | our sides | it ne|ver shall | be bro||ken.
       ,     ,       ,            x         ,
      And | noble | Dauphin,| albeit | we swear
         ,    3 3    ,     ,          ,       ,
      A vo|luntary zeal | and an | unur|ged faith
           ,        ,          ,        ,           ,
      To your | procee|dings: yet | believe | me prince,
              ,    ,           ,        ,         ,
      I am / not glad | that such | a sore | of time
               ,        ,       ,         ,         ,
      Should seek | a plas|ter by | contemned | revolt,
            ,       2   ,   2     ,            ,    ,
      And heal | the inve|terate can|ker of / one wound,
          ,       ,      ,         ,           ,
      By ma|king ma|ny: Oh | it grieves | my soul,
           ,          ,          ,       ,         ,
      That I | must draw | this me|tal from | my side
          ,      ,      ,       ,         ,
      To be | a wi|dow-ma|ker: oh,| and there
             ,    ,      ,        ,        ,
      Where ho|nora|ble res|cue, and | defense
             ,      ,          ,        ,      x
      Cries^out | upon | the name | of Sa|lisbury.
            ,     ,          ,        ,         ,
      But such | is the | infec|tion of | the time,
            ,           ,          ,       ,         ,
      That for | the health | and phy|sic of | our right,
          ,        ,          ,         ,      ,
      We can|not deal | but with | the ve|ry hand
           ,        ,         ,        ,       ,
      Of stern | injus|tice, and | confu|sed wrong:
       .   Tx    T   T     ,        ,         ,
      And^is it not pi|ty (O | my grie|ved friends)  ??
            ,         ,          ,        ,          ,
      That we,| the sons | and chil|dren of | this isle,
             ,        ,        ,         ,         ,
      Were born | to see | so sad | an hour | as this,
            ,        ,     ,          ,          ,
      Wherein | we step | after | a stran|ger, march
        ,         ,       ,              ,   ,
      Upon | her gen|tle bo|som, and / fill up
          ,   2       ,     ,              ,          ,
      Her e|nemies'^ranks?| I must | withdraw,| and weep
        ,          ,         ,       ,        ,
      Upon | the spot | of this | enfor|ced cause,
           ,          ,       ,       ,        ,
      To grace | the gen|try of | a land | remote,
           ,       ,     ,        ,        ,
      And fol|low un|acquain|ted co|lors here:
             ,       ,        ,            ,          ,
      What here?| O na|tion that | thou couldst | remove,
            ,           ,          ,         ,       ,
      That Nep|tune's arms,| who clip|peth thee | about,
              ,           ,          ,         ,        ,
      Would bear | thee from | the know|ledge of | thyself,
            ,        ,     ,        ,       ,
      And crip|ple thee | unto | a pa|gan shore,
              ,            ,         ,        ,          ,
      Where these | two* Chris|tian ar|mies might | combine
            ,         ,        ,       ,          ,
      The blood | of ma|lice, in | a vein | of league,
           ,         ,         ,       ,       ,
      And not | to spend | it so | unneigh|borly.
 
LEWIS
         ,      ,        ,           ,         ,
      A no|ble tem|per dost | thou show | in this,
            ,        ,          ,     ,    2       ,
      And great | affec|tions wrest|ling in thy | bosom
             ,         ,     ,           ,    ,
      Doth^make | an earth|quake of | nobi|lity:
       ,            ,      ,        ,            ,
      Oh, what | a no|ble com|bat hast | thou fought
          ,         ,         ,        ,         ,
      Between | compul|sion, and | a brave | respect:
       ,             ,          ,    ,      ,
      Let me | wipe^off | this ho|nora|ble dew,
            ,      ,         ,         ,          ,
      That sil|verly | doth pro|gress on | thy cheeks:
           ,           ,       ,      ,        ,
      My heart | hath mel|ted at | a la|dy's tears,
       ,   2      ,    ,      ,    ,
      Being an | ordi|nary | inun|dation:
            ,       ,             ,   ,       ,
      But this | effu|sion of / such man|ly drops,
            ,         ,      ,       ,          2      ,
      This sho|wer, blown | up by | tempest | of the soul,
        ,               ,          ,          ,       ,
      Startles | mine^eyes,| and makes | me more | amazed
            ,        ,          ,      ,          x
      Than had | I seen | the vaul|ty top | of heaven
       ,               ,          ,        ,    ,
      Figured | quite^ore | with bur|ning me|teors.
            ,         ,       ,       ,      x
      Lift^up | thy brow |(renow|ned Sa|lisbury)
            ,        ,       T     T   . T          ,
      And with | a great | heart heave away | the storm:
           ,           ,             ,    ,      ,
      Commend | these wa|ters to / those ba|by eyes
            ,      ,         ,       ,         ,
      That ne|ver saw | the gi|ant world | enraged,
           ,          ,       ,        ,          ,
      Nor met | with for|tune o|ther than | at feasts,
             ,         ,          ,         ,      ,
      Full warm | of blood,| of mirth,| of gos|siping:
        T     T    T        2         ,           ,         ,
      Come, come; for | thou shalt thrust | thy hand | as deep
       ,           ,          ,        ,     ,
      Into | the purse | of rich | prospe|rity
          ,    2     ,         ,         ,          ,
      As Le|wis himself:| so (no|bles) shall | you all,
             ,          ,   ,               ,           ,
      That knit | your si|news to | the strength | of mine.
          ,       ,          ,         ,       ,
      And e|ven there,| methinks | an an|gel spake,
        ,               ,     ,        ,        ,
      Look where | the ho|ly le|gate comes | apace,
           ,        ,         ,          ,          x
      To give | us war|rant from | the hand | of heaven
           ,        ,        ,          ,         ,
      And on | our ac|tions set | the name | of right
            ,       ,
      With ho|ly breath.
 
CARDINAL PANDULPH
                           T    Tx     T           ,
                         Hail noble prince | of France:
            ,         ,           ,          ,      ,
      The next | is this:| King^John | hath re|conciled
           ,         ,         ,             ,   ,
      Himself | to Rome,| his spi|rit is / come in,
            ,          ,        ,          ,       ,
      That so | stood^out | against | the ho|ly church,
            ,        ,     ,         ,         ,
      The great | metro|polis | and see | of Rome:
             ,          ,     2     ,       ,          ,
      Therefore | thy threa|tening co|lors now | wind^up,
            ,         ,       ,             ,   ,
      And tame | the sa|vage spi|rit of / wild war,
             ,       ,     ,         ,        ,
      That like | a li|on fos|tered up | at hand,
          ,          ,       ,         ,         ,
      It may | lie* gen|tly at | the foot | of peace,
           ,       ,         ,        ,         ,
      And be | no fur|ther harm|ful than | in show.
 
LEWIS
             ,            ,       ,       ,          ,
      Your grace | shall par|don me,| I will | not back:
      ,       T    T    T      2    ,       ,
      I am | too high-born | to be pro|pertied,
          ,      ,     ,     ,        ,
      To be | a se|conda|ry at | control,
          ,       ,        ,         ,       ,
      Or use|ful ser|ving-man,| and in|strument
         ,     ,   2       ,             ,          ,
      To a|ny so|vereign state | throughout | the world.
        T     T     T      ,     2        T    T   .   T
      Your breath first | kindled the | dead coal of wars
          ,            ,    ,     ,                ,
      Between | this chas|tised king/dom and | myself,
             ,          ,        ,             ,           ,
      And brought | in mat|ter that | should feed | this fire;
           ,         ,          ,              ,    ,
      And now |'tis far | too huge | to be / blown out
                    ,    ,      ,             ,        ,
      With that / same weak | wind which | enkin|dled it.
             ,         ,         ,          ,         ,
      You taught | me how | to know | the face | of right,
           ,       ,         ,   2     ,          ,
      Acquain|ted me | with in|terest to | this land,
               ,           ,      ,      ,          ,
      Yea*, thrust | this en|terprise | into | my heart,
            ,        ,         ,         ,           ,
      And come | ye now | to tell | me John | hath made
            ,            ,      ,              ,         ,
      His peace | with Rome?| What is | that peace | to me?
      ,            ,      ,       ,         ,
      I (by | the ho|nor of | my mar|riage bed)
       ,             ,         ,            ,          ,
      After | young^Ar|thur, claim | this land | for mine,
           ,              ,   ,            ,        ,
      And now | it is / half-con|quered, must | I back,
          ,            ,           ,          ,            ,
      Because | that John | hath made | his peace | with Rome?
       . T    T     T           ,              ,    ,
      Am^I Rome's slave?| What pen|ny hath / Rome borne?
            ,        ,        ,       ,        ,
      What men | provi|ded? What | muni|tion sent
          ,      ,          ,         x         ,
      To un|derprop | this ac|tion? Is it | not I
            ,     ,           ,           ,        ,
      That un|dergo | this charge?| Who else | but I,
            ,        ,        ,          ,   ,
      And such | as to | my claim | are li|able,
        ,              ,          ,          ,          ,
      Sweat in | this bus|iness, and | maintain | this war;
        ,            ,            ,             ,    ,
      Have I | not heard | these^is|landers / shout out
        T   T  T       ,           ,             ,
      Vive le roi,| as I | have banked | their towns?
           ,         ,          ,      ,               ,
      Have I | not here | the best | cards for | the game
          ,          ,      ,        ,             ,
      To win | this ea|sy match | played for | a crown?
            ,        ,          ,          ,       ,
      And shall | I now | give ore | the yiel|ded set?
       ,   ,             ,        ,           2     ,
      No, no,/ on my | soul it | never | shall be said.
 
CARDINAL PANDULPH
            ,         ,        ,    ,              ,
      You look | but on | the out|side of | this work.
 
LEWIS
       ,           ,   ,             ,        ,
      Outside^|or in|side, I | will not | return
            ,       ,          ,        ,      ,
      Till my | attempt | so much | be glo|rified,
       ,          ,       ,         ,     ,
      As to | my am|ple hope | was pro|mised,
          ,        ,          ,         ,        ,
      Before | I drew | this gal|lant head | of war,
             ,            ,      ,         ,          ,
      And culled | these fie|ry spi|rits from | the world
          ,    T   T   T        2    ,        ,
      To out|look conquest,| and to win | renown
      ,        2      ,        ,        ,         ,
      Even | in the jaws | of dan|ger, and | of death:
            ,       ,        ,          ,       ,
      What lus|ty trum|pet thus | doth sum|mon us?
 
[Enter the BASTARD, attended]
 
BASTARD
         ,        ,         ,      ,             ,
      Accor|ding to | the fair | play of | the world,
       ,             ,     ,     2     ,         ,
      Let me | have au|dience:| I am sent | to speak:
          ,      ,        ,        ,          ,
      My ho|ly lord | of Mi|lan, from | the king
          ,         ,          ,           ,          ,
      I come | to learn | how you | have dealt | for him:
       ,             ,       ,        ,          ,
      And, as | you an|swer, I | do know | the scope
           ,        ,    ,     ,           ,
      And war|rant li|mited | unto | my tongue.
 
CARDINAL PANDULPH
           ,             ,   ,        ,     ,
      The Dau|phin is / too will|ful-op|posite
         2      ,     ,      ,          ,      ,
      And will not | tempo|rize with | my en|treaties:
           ,       ,           ,          ,          ,
      He flat|ly says | he'll not | lay down | his arms.
 
BASTARD
          ,          ,          ,      ,        ,
      By all | the blood | that e|ver fu|ry breathed,
            ,            ,           ,         ,         ,
      The youth | says^well.| Now* hear | our Eng|lish king,
            ,         ,     ,          ,         ,
      For thus | his roy|alty | doth speak | in me:
       ,           ,          ,       ,          ,
      He is | prepared,| and rea|son too | he should,
           ,       ,       ,      ,        ,
      This a|pish and | unman|nerly | approach,
            ,            ,          ,     ,      ,
      This har|nessed masque,| and un|advised | revel,
            ,    ,    ,                ,         ,
      This un|haired sau/ciness | and boy|ish troops,
            ,           ,          ,         ,         ,
      The king | doth smile | at, and | is well | prepared
           ,           ,        ,           ,       ,
      To whip | this dwar|fish war,| these pyg|my arms
            ,         ,       ,        ,      x
      From out | the cir|cle of | his ter|ritories.
             ,           ,            ,      ,   2            ,
      That hand | which had | the strength,| even at | your door,
          ,       ,          ,          ,          ,
      To cud|gel you,| and make | you take | the hatch,
           ,           ,       ,       ,        ,
      To dive | like buck|ets in | concea|led wells,
            ,         ,       ,         ,         ,
      To crouch | in lit|ter of | your sta|ble planks,
          ,           ,             ,         ,            ,
      To lie | like pawns,| locked^up | in chests | and trunks,
          ,           ,          ,             ,      ,
      To hug | with swine,| to seek | sweet* safe|ty^out
            ,          ,         ,          ,           ,
      In vaults | and pri|sons, and | to thrill | and shake,
      ,        2     ,       ,         ,          ,
      Even | at the cry|ing of | your na|tion's crow,
        ,              ,         ,      ,       ,
      Thinking | his voice | an arm|ed Eng|lishman,
              ,        ,   2     ,        ,         ,
      Shall that | victo|rious hand | be fee|bled here,
            ,          ,         ,          ,    ,
      That in | your cham|bers gave | you chas|tisement?
       T    T   .   T        ,    ,            ,
      No: know the gal|lant mon|arch is | in arms,
            ,        ,      ,         ,        x
      And like | an ea|gle ore | his ae|rie towers,
           ,        ,                ,     ,          ,
      To souse | annoy|ance that / comes near | his nest;
           ,       ,   2      ,     T  T    .  T
      And you | dege|nerate, you | ingrate revolts,
            ,      ,         ,        ,         ,
      You bloo|dy Ne|roes*, rip|ping up | the womb
                  ,   ,       ,          ,           ,
      Of your / dear mo|ther Eng|land: blush | for shame:
                  ,   ,               ,   ,         ,
      For your / own la|dies, and / pale-vi|saged maids,
           ,     ,           ,        ,       ,
      Like A|mazons,| come trip|ping af|ter drums:
              ,        ,     ,       ,           ,
      Their thim|bles in|to ar|med gaunt|lets change,
               x          ,        ,           ,         ,
      Their needles | to lan|ces, and | their gen|tle hearts
            ,           ,      ,     ,
      To fierce | and bloo|dy in|clina|tion.
 
LEWIS
      <-  ,       T   T    T           ,          ,         ,
        There || end thy brave,| and turn | thy face | in peace,
           ,            ,          ,           ,           ,
      We grant | thou canst | outscold | us: fare | thee well,
           ,          ,         ,         ,        ,
      We hold | our time | too pre|cious to | be spent
             ,        ,
      With such | a brab|bler.
 
CARDINAL PANDULPH
                                 ,         ,          ,
                               Give | me leave | to speak.
 
BASTARD
         ,          ,
      No^I | will speak.
 
LEWIS
                           ,     2     ,        ,
                          We will at|tend to | neither:
         ,              ,          ,           ,         ,
      Strike up | the drums,| and let | the tongue | of war
        ,              ,   2      ,         ,       ,
      Plead for | our in|terest, and | our be|ing here.
 
BASTARD
          ,           ,       2    ,               ,   ,
      Indeed | your drums | being bea|ten, will / cry out;
           ,          ,      2    ,        ,         ,
      And so | shall you,| being bea|ten: do | but start
         ,       ,         ,       ,         ,
      An e|cho with | the cla|mor of | thy drum,
          ,    2     ,        ,        ,        ,
      And e|ven at hand,| a drum | is rea|dy braced,
        ,             ,      ,     ,          ,          ,   ->
      That shall | rever|berate | all, as | loud as || thine.
        ,            ,          2  ,        ,
      Sound / but a|nother,| and ano|ther shall
            ,         ,      ,            ,         ,
      (As loud | as thine)| rattle | the wel|kin's ear,
            ,     .    T     T       Tx        2     ,
      And mock | the deep-mouthed thunder:| for at hand  ??
             ,    ,             ,        ,        ,
      (Not trus|ting to | this hal|ting le|gate here,
            ,          ,     ,             ,            ,
      Whom he | hath used | rather | for sport,| than need)
       .  T   T    T                    ,   ,    ,
      Is^warlike John:| and in his // forehead sits
      .   T     T     T            ,       ,         ,
      A bare-ribbed death,| whose of|fice is | this^day
           ,       ,      ,     ,                    ,
      To feast | upon | whole thou/sands of | the French.
 
LEWIS
              ,         ,          ,          ,       ,
      Strike^up | our drums,| to find | this dan|ger out.
 
BASTARD
            ,            ,         ,         ,         ,
      And thou | shalt find | it (Dau|phin) do | not doubt.
 
[Exeunt]

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