תמונות בעמוד
PDF
ePub

Bast. Brother, by the mother's side, give, What brings you here to court so hastily! me your hand;

Lady F. Where is that slave, thy brother My father gave me honour, your's gave land :

where is he? Now blessed be the hour, by night or day, That holds in chase mine honour up and down? When I was got, sir Robert was away.

Bas.My brother Robert? old sir Robert's son! Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet? Colbrand the giant, that same mighty man? I am thy grandame, Richard; call me so. Is it sir Robert's son, that you seek so? Bast. Madam, by chance, but not by truth : Lady F. Sir Robert's son! Ay, thon unre. What though?

verend boy,

(Robert? Something about, a little from the right, Sir Robert's son! Why scorn'st thou at sir

In at the window, or else o'er the hatch: He is sir Robert's son; and so art thoa.
Who dares not stir by day, must walk by night; Bast. James Gurney, wilt thou give us leave

And have is have, however men do catch: Gur. Good leave, good Philip. {awhile? Near or far off, well won is still well shot; Bast.

Philip?sparrow!--James, And I am I, howe'er I was begot. (thy desire, There's toys abroad ; anon I'll tell thee more. K. John. Go, Faulconbridge; now hast thou

[Exit GURNEY. A landless knight makes thee a lauded squire. - Madam, I was not old sir Robert's son; Come, madam, and come, Richard; we must Sir Robert might have eat his part in me speed

Upou Good-Friday, and ne'er broke his fast: Por France, forFrance; for it is more than need. Sir Robert could do well; inarry, (to confess!)

Bast. Brother, adieu; Good fortune come to Could lie get mc? Sir Robert could not do it; For thou wast got i'the way cf honesty. [thee! We knowhis handy-work:-Therefore,good mo.

(Exeunt all but the Bastard. To whom am I beholden for these limbs? (ther, A foot of honour better than I was;

Sir Robert never holp to make this leg. But many a foot of land the worse.

Lady F. Hast thou conspired with thy broWell, now I can make any Joan a lady:

ther too,

(honour? Good den*, sir Richard, -God-a-mercy, fel. That for thine own gain shouldst defend mine lou

What means this scorn, thou most untoward And if his name be George, I'll taltlim Perer: knave?

(lisco-like**; For new-made honour doth forget' men's names; Bast. Knight, knight; good mother;-Basi. Tis too respective t, and too sociable, What! I am dubb’d; I have it on my shoulder. For your conversiont. Now your traveller, But, mother, I am not sir Robert's son; He and his tooth-pick at my worship's mess; I have disclaim'd sir Robert, and my land; And when my knightly stomach is sufficed, Legitimation, name, and all is gone: Why then I suck my teeth, and catechize Then,good my mother, let me know my father My picked man of conntries ý:-My dear sir, Some proper man, I hope; Who was it, niother (Thus, leaning on mine elbow, I begin,) LadyF. Hast thou denied thyself a Faulcon. I shall beseech you That is question now; bridge? And then comes answer lịke an ABC-book : Bast. As faithfully as I deny the devil. Osir, says answer, at your best command; Lady F. King Richard Cæur-de-lion was At your employment; at your service, sir:-- thy father; No, sir, says question, I, sweet sir, at yours: By long and vehement suit I was sedaced And, so, ere answer knows what question To make room for him in my husband's bed: (Saving in dialogue of compliment; (would, Heaven lay not my transgression to my charge! And talking of the Alps and Apennines, Thou art the issue of my dear offence, The Pyrenean, and the river Po,)

Which was so strongly urged, past my defence. It draws towards supper in conclusion só. Bast. Now, by this light, were I to get again, But this is worshipful society,

Madam, I would not wish a better father. And fits the mounting spirit, like myself: Some sins do bear their privilege on earth, For he is but a bastard to the time,

And so doth yours; your fault was not your foly: That doth not smack of observation:

Needs must you lay your heart at his dispose, (And so am I, whether I smack, or no;) Subjected tribute to commanding love, And not alone in habit and device,

Against whose fury and unmatched force, Exterior form, outward accoutrement;

The aweless lion could not wage the fight, hand But from the inward motion to deliver Nor keep his princely heart from Richard's Sweet, sweet, sweet poison for the age's tooth: He, that perforce robs lions of their hearts, Which, though I will not practise to deceive, May easily win a woman's. Ay, my mother, Yet, to avoid deceit, I mean to learn;. With all my heart I thank thee for my father! For it shall strew the footsteps of my rising. - Who lives and dares but say, thou didst not wel, But who comes in such haste, in riding robes? When I was got, I'll send his soul to hell. What woman-post is this? hath she no husband, Come, lady, I will show thee to my kin; That will take pains to blow a horn before her} And they shall say, when Richard me begot, Enter Lady FAULCON BRIDGE and JAMES If thou hadst said him nay, it had been sin: GURNEY.

Who says it was, he lies; I say, 'twas not. Ome! it is my mother:-How tiow,good lady?

(Ereunt. • Good evening. Respectable. Change of condition. © My travelled fop: | Catechism. Idle reports.

** A character in an old Drama called Soliman and Persetia,

ACT II. SCENE I. France. Before the Walls of That right in peace, which here we urge in war : Angiers.

Aud then we shall repent each drop of blood, Enter, on one side, the Archduke of Austria, That hot rash haste so indirectly shed.

Enter CHATILLON. and Forces; on the other, PHILIP, King of France, and Forces; Lewis, Con. Our messenger Chatillon is arrived.

K. Phi. A wonder, lady!- lo, upon thy wish, STANCE, ARTHUR, and Attendants.

What England says, say briefly, gentle lord, Lew. Before Angiers well met, brave Austria. We coldly pause for thee; Cbatillon, speak. Arthur, that great forerunner of thy blood, Chat. Then turn your forces from this paltry Richard, that robb’d the lion of his heart,

siege, And fought the holy wars in Palestine, And stir them up against a mightier task. By this brave duke came early to his grave: England, impatient of your just demands, And, for amends to his posterity,

Hath put himself in arms; the adverse winds, At our importance *, hither is he come, Whose leisure I have staid, have given him time To spread his colours, boy, in thy behalf; To land his legions all as soon as I: And to rebuke the usurpation

His marches are expedient I to this town, Of thy uunatural uncle, English John; His forces strong, his soldiers confident. Embrace him, love him, give him welcome with him along is come the mother-queen, hither.

(death, And Atés, stirring him to blood and strife: Arth. God shall forgive you Cæur-de-lion's With her her piece, the lady Blanch of Spain; The rather, that you give his offspring life, With them a bastard of the king deceased : Shadowing their right under your wings of war: And all the unsettled huniours of the land, I give you welcome with a powerless hand, Rash, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries, But with a heart full of unstained love: With ladies' faces and fierce dragons' spleens, Welcome before the gates of Angicro, duke, Have sold their fortunes at their native homes, Lew. A noble boy! Who would not do thee Bearing their birthrights proudly on their right?

backs, Aust. Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss, To make a hazard of new fortunes here. As seal to this indenture of my love;

In brief, a braver choice of dauntless spirits, That to my home I will no more return, Than now the English bottoms have waft o'er, Till Angiers, and the right thou hast in France, Did never float upon the swelling tide, Together witb that pale, that white-faced shore, To do offence and scath|| in Christendom. Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring The interruption of their chorlish drums tides,

(Drums beat. And coops from other lands her islanders, Cuts off more circumstance: they are at land, Evențill that England, heďged in with the inain, To parley, or to fight; therefore, prepare. That water-walled bulwark, still secure

K. Phi. How inuch unlook'd for is this And confident from foreign purposes,

expedition! Even till that utmost corner of the west Aust. By how muchunexpected, by so maca Salute thee for her king: till then, fair boy, We must awake endeavour for defence; Will I not think of home, but follow arms. For courage mounteth with occasion : Const. O, take has mother'sthanks, a widow's Let them be welcome, then, we are prepared. thanks,

(strength, Enter King John, Elinor, BLANCH, the Till your strong hand shall help to give hip Bastard, PEMBROKE, and Forces. To make a more requital to your love.

K. John, Peace be tó France; if France in Aust. The peace of heaven is theirs, that peace permit lift their swords

Our just and lineal entrance to our own! In such a just and charitable war.

If not; bleed France, and peace ascend to K. Phi. Well, then, to work; our cannon heaven! shall be bent

Whiles we, God's wrathful agent, do correct Against the brows of this resisting town,- Their proud contempt tbat beat his peace to Call for our chiefest men of discipline,

heaven. To cull the plots of best advantages t:

K.Phi. Peace be to England; ifthat war return We'll lay before this town our royal bones, From France to England, there to livcin peacel Wade to the market-place in Frenchmen's England we love; and, for that England's sake, blood,

With burden of our armour here we sweat; But we will make it subject to this boy. This toil of ours should be a work of thine;

Const. Stay for an answer to your embassy, But thou from loving England art so far, Lest unadvised you stain your swords with That thou hast under-wrought This lawful king, blood:

Cut off the sequence ** of posterity, My lord Chatillon may from England bring Outfaced infant state, and done a rape • Importunity. + Best stations to over-awe the town. Immediate, expeditions.

The Goddess of Revenge. 1 Mischicf. Undermined. ** Succession.

Englandand Ireland, Anjou, Touraine, Maine,

- his :

he weeps.

[or no!

son.

Upon the maiden virtue of the crowo.
Look here upon thy brother Geffrey's face;- In right of Arthur do I claim of thee:
These eyes, these brows, were moulded out of Wilt thou resign them, and lay down thy arms ?

K.John. My life as soon :- I do defy thee, This little abstract doth contain that large,

France. Which died in Geffrey; and the hand of time Arthur of Bretagne, yield thee to my hand; Shall draw this brier* into as huge a volume. And, out of my dear love, I'll give thee mor That Geffrey was thy elder brother born, Than e'er the coward hand of France can win And this his son; England was Geffrey's right, Submit thee, boy. And this is Geffrey's: In the name of God, Eli.

Come to thy grandam, child. How comes it then, that thou art call's a king, Const. Do, child, go to it' grandam, child; When living blood doth in these temples beat, Give grandam kingdom, and it' grandam will Which owe the crown that thou o'ermasterest? Give it a plum, a cherry, and a fig: K. John. From whom hast thou this great There's a good grandam. commission, France,

Arth.

Good my motner, peace! To draw my answer from thy articles? I would that I were low laid in my grave; K. Phi. From that supernalt judge, that I am not worth this coils that's made for me. stirs good thoughts

El. His mother shames him so, poor boy, In any breast of strong authority, To look into the blots and stains of right. Const. Now shame upon you, whe'rl she does That judge hath made me guardian to this boy; His grandam's wrongs, and not his mother's Under wbose warrant, I impeach thy wrong; shames,

(poor eyes, And, by whose help, I mean to chástise it. Draw those heaven-moving pearls from his K. John. Alack, thou dost usurp authority.

Which heaven shall take in nature of a fee; K.Phi. Excuse; it is to beat usurping down. Ay, with these crystal beads heaven shall be Eli. Who is it thou dost call usarper, France? bribed Const. Let me make answer ;-iby usurping To do him justice, and revenge on you.

Eli. Thou monstrous slanderer of heaven Eli. Ont,insolent! thy bástard shall be king; and earth!

(and earth; That thou may'st be a queen, and check the Const. Thou roonstrous injurer of heaven world!

Call not me slanderer; thou, and thiné, usurp Const. My bed was ever to thy son as true, The dominations, royalties, and rights, (son, As thine was to thy husband: and this boy, Of this oppressed boy: This is thy eldest son's Liker in feature to his father Geffrey, Infortunate in nothing but in thee; Than thou and John in manners ; being as like, Thy sins are visited in this pour child; As rain to water, or devil to his dam.

The canon of the law is laid on him, My boy a bastard! By my soul, I think, Being but the second generation His father never was so true begot;

Removed from thy sin-conceiving womb. It cannot be, an if thou wert his mother. K. John. Beldam, have done. Eli. There's a good mother, boy, that blots Const.

I have but this to say,-thy father.

(would blot thee. That he's not only plagued for her sin, Const. There's a good grandam, boy, that But God hath made her sin and her the plague Aust. Peace!

On this removed issue, plagned for her, Bast. Hear the crier.

And with her plague, her sin; his injury Aust.

What the devil art thon? Her injury, the beadle to her sin; Bast. One that will play the deyil, sir, with All punish'l in the person of this child, you,

And all for her; A plague upon her! An'a may.catch your hide and you alone. You are the hare of whom the proverb goes, A will, that bars the title of thy son. (will; Whose valour plucks dead lions by the beard; Const. Ay, who doubts that? å will'a wicked I'll smoke your skin-coat ], an I catch you A woman's will; a canker'd grandam's will!" Sirrah, look to't.; i'faith, I will, i'faith. [right; K. Phi. Peace, lady; pause,

or be more temBlanch. Owell did he become that lion's robe, perate : That did disrobe the lion of that robe!

It ill beseems this presence, to cry aim T
Bast. It lies as sightly on the back of him, To these ill-tuned repetitions.-
As great Alcides shows upon an ass :-

Some trumpet summon bither to the walls But, ass, I'll take that burden from your back, These men of Angiers ; let us hear them speak, Or lay on that shall make your shoulders crack. Whose title they admit, Arthur's or John's. Aust.,What cracker is this same, that deafs Trumpets sound. Enter Citizens upon the our ears

walls. With this abundance of superfluous breath? 1 Cit. Who is it that hath warn'd 16 to the K. Phi. Lewis, determine what we shall do walls? straight.

(ference. K. Phi. 'Tis France, for England. Lew. Women and fools, break off your con. K. John.

England, for itself, King John, this is the very sum of all, You men of Angiers, and my loving subjects, * A short writing Celestial, Austria wears a lion's skin. ♡ Bustle.

Whether.
To encourage.

on

And now,

K. Phi. You loving men of Angiers, Arthur's In that behalf which we have challenged il ? subjects,

Or shall we give the signal to our rage, Our trumpet call'd yon to this gentle parle*. And stalk in blood to our possession? K. John. For our advantage ;-Therefore, I Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's hear us first.

subjects; These flags of France that are advanced here For him, and in his right, we hold this town. Before the eye and prospect of your town, K. John, Acknowledge then the king, and Have hither march'd to your endamagement:

let me in

(the king, The cannons have their bowels full of wrath; 1 Cit. That can we not: but he that proves And ready mounted are they, to spit forth To him will we prove loyal ; till that time, Their iron indiguation 'gainst your walls: Have we ramm’d ap our gates against the All preparation for a bloody siege,

world.

(prove the king ? And merciless proceeding by these French, K. John. Doth not the crown of England Confront your city's eyes, your winking gates; And, if not that, I bring you witnesses, And,but for our approach, those sleeping stones, Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's That as a waist do girdle you about,

Bast. Bastards, and else. (breed, By the compulsion of their ordnance

K. John. To verify our title with their lives. By this time from their fixed beds of lime K. Phi. As many, and as well-born bloods Had been dishabited, and wide havoc made Bast. Some bastards too. [as those, For bloody power to rush upon your peace. K. Phi. Stand in his face, to contradict his But, on the sight of us, your lawful king,

claim.

(worthiest, Who painfully, with much expedient march, 1 Cit. Till you compound whose right is Have brought a countercheck before your gates, We, for the worthiest, liold the right from both. To save unscratch'd your city's threatened K. John. Then God forgive the sin of all cheeks,

those souls, Behold, the French,amazed, vouchsafe a parle: That to their everlasting residence,

instead of bullets wrapp'd in fire, Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet, To make a shaking fever in your walls, In dreadful trial of our kingdom's king! They shoot but calm words, folded up in smoke, K. Phi. Amen, Amen! -Mount, chevaliers ! To make a faithless error in your ears:

to arms!

[and e'er since, Which trust accordingly, kind citizens,

Bast. St. George,--that swinged the dragon, And let us in, your king; whose labour'd spirits, Sits on his horseback at mine hostess' door, Forwearied in this action of swift speed, Teach us some fence!--Sirrah, were I at home, Crave harbourage within your city walls. At your den, sirrab, [TO AUSTRIA) with

your K. Phi. When I have said, make answer to lioness, us both.

Pd set an ox-head to your lion's hide, Lo, in this right hand, whose protection And make a monster of you. Is most divinely vow'd upon the right

Aust.

Peace; no more. Of him it holds, stands young Plantagenet; Bast. O, tremble; for you hear the lion roar. Son to the elder brother of this man,

K. John. Up higher to the plain; wbere And king o'er him, and all that he enjoys:

we'll set forth, For this down-trodden equity, we tread In best appointment, all our regiments, In warlike march these greens before your Bast. Speed, then, to take advantage of the Being no further enemy to you, [town, field,

[the other hill Than the constraint of hospitable zeal,

K. Phi. It shall be so ;-[TO Lewis] and at In the relief of this oppressed child,

Command the rest to stand.-God, and oor Religiously provokes. Be pleased then

right!

(Ereunt. To pay that duty, which you truly owe,

SCENE II. The same.
To him that owes it I ; namely,this young prince:
And then our arms, like to a muzzled bear,

Alarums and Excursions; then a Retreat. Save in aspect, have all offence seald up;

Enter a French Herald, with trumpets, to Our cannons' malice vainly shall be spent

the gates. Against the invulnerable clouds of heaven; F. Her. You men of Angiers, open wide And, with a blessed and unvex'd retire,

your gates, With anhack'd swords, and helmets all un. And let young Arthur, duke of Bretagne, in; bruised,

Who, by the hand of France, this day hath made We will bear home that lusty blood again, Much work for tears in many anEnglish mother, Which here we came to spout against your Whose sons lie scatter'd on the bleeding town,

(peace. ground: And leave your children, wives, and you, in Many a widow's husband grovelling lies, But if you fondly pass our proffer'd offer, Coldly embracing the discolour'd earth; Tis not the roundures of your old-faced walls, And victory, with little loss, doth play Can hide you from our messengers of war; Upon the dancing banners of the French; Though all these English, and their discipline, who are at hand, triumphantly display'd, Were harbour'd in their rude circumference. To enter conqnerors, and to proclaim Then, tell us, shall your city call us lord, Arthur of Bretagne, England's king, and yours • Conference. + Worn ont.

1 Owns,

Circle

his right,

Enter an English Herald, with trumpets. K. Phi. Know him in us, that here hold up E. Her. Rejoice, you men of Angiers, ring your bells;

(proach, K.John. In us,that are our own great deputy, King John, your king and Englaud's, doth ap- Aud bear possession of our person here; Commander of this hot malicious day! Lord of our presence, Angiers, and of you. Their armours, that march'd hence so silver- iCit. A greater power than we, denies all this; bright,

And, till it be undoubted, we do lock Hither return all gilt with Frenchmen's blood; Our former scruple in our strong-barr'd gates : There stuck no plume in any English crest, King'd of our fears; until our fears, resolved, That is removed by a staff of France; Be by some certain king purged and deposed. Our colours do return in those same hands Bast. By heaven, these scroyles I of Angiers That did display them, when we first march'd flout yon, kings; forth;

And stand securely on their battlements, And, like a jolly troop of huntsmen, come As in a theatre, whence they gape and point Our lusty English, all with purpled hands, At your industrious scenes and acts of death. Dyed in the dying slaughter of their foes; Your royal presences be ruled by me; Open your gates, and give the victors way, Do like the mutines 5 of Jerusalem,

Cit. Heralds, from off our towers we might Be friends a while, and both conjointly bend From first to last, the onset and retire (behold, Your sharpest deeds of malice on this town: Of both your armies; whose equality, By east and west let France and England mount By our best eyes cannot be censored * : Their battering cannon, charged to the mouths; Blood hath bought blood, and blows have an. Till their soul-fearing clamours have brawl'd

swer'd blows; (confronted power: down Strength match'd with strength, and power The finty ribs of this contemptuous city : Both are alike; and both alike we like. (even, I'd play incessantly upon these jadęs, One most prove greatest: while they weigh so Even till unfenced desolation We hold our town for neither; yet for both. Leave them as naked as the vulgar air. Enter, at one side, King John, with his That done, dissever your united strengths,

power; ELINOR, BLANCH, and the Bas. And part your mingled colours once again; tard; at the other, King Philip, Lewis, Turn face to face, and bloody point to point: AUSTRIA, and Forces.

Then, in a moment, fortune shall call forth K. John. France, hast thou yet more blood Out of one side her happy minion; to cast away?

To whom in favour she shall give the day, Say, shall the current of our right rnn on? And kiss him with a glorious victory, Whose passage, vex'd with thy impediment, How like you this wild connsel, mighty states! Shall leave his native channel, and o'er-swell Smacks it not something of the policy? With coursedisturb’deven thy confining shores; K. John. Now, by the sky that hangs above Unless thou let bis silver water keep

our heads,

(powers, A peaceful progress to the ocean.

I like it well;-France, shall we kuit onr K. Phi. England, thou hast not saved one And lay this Angiers even with the gronnd; drop of blood,

Then, after, fight who shall be king of its In this hot trial, more than we of Franoe; Bast. An if thou hast the mettle of a king, Rather, lost more: And by this hand I swear, Being wrong'd, as we are, by this peevish That sways the earth this climate overlooks,- Turn thon the mouth of thy artillery, (town,Before we will lay down our just-borne arms, As we will our's, against these saucy walls: We'll put thee down,'gainst whom these arms And when that we have dash'd them to the Or add a royal number to the dead; (we bear, ground, Gracing the scroll, that tells of this war's loss, Why, then defy each other; and, pell-mell, With slaughter coupled to the name of kings. Make work opon ourselves, for heaven, or hell.

Bast.Ha, majesty! how high thy glory towers, K. Phi. Let it be so:-Say, where will you When tbe rich blood of kings is set on fire!

assault? 0, now doth death line bis dead chaps with K. John. We from the west will send steel;

Into this city's bosom.

(destruction The swords of soldiers are his teeth, his fangs; Aust. I, from the north. And now he feasts, mouthing the flesh of men,

K. Ph. Our thunder from the south, In undetermined differences of kings.- Shall rain their drift of bullets on this town. Why stand these royal fronts amazed thus? Bast. O prudent discipline! From north to Cry, havoc, kings! back to the stained field, south, You equal potents t, fiery-kindled spirits ! Austria and France shoot in each other's mouth: Then let confusion of one part confirm [death!

(Aside. The other's peace; till then, blows, blood, and I'll stir them to't: Come, away, away! K.John. Whose party do the townsmen yet 1 Cit. Hear us, great kings! vouchsafe a admit?

(your king?
while to stay,

(league; K. Phi. Speak, citizens, for England who's And I shall shew you peace, and fair-faced 1 Cit. The king of England, when we know Win you this city without stroke or wound; the king.

Rescue those breathing lives to die in beds, • Judged, determined, Potentates. Scabby fellows. Mutineers.

« הקודםהמשך »