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of Bretagne, the elder brother of King John.
K. Richard the First.
Philip, King of France.
Elinor, the Widow of King Henry II. and mother of
niece to King John.
Lords, Ludies, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds, Officers,
Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
Scene, sometimes in England, and sometimes in France.
King John He ornpear of King John Math not boite with the utmost power of . is raped with a very Pilesens viherhangi i meiderti and character. We made
hief is very affecting, and the Character of the bastan contains that mighire of Featrife and levity which this autor delighted to exhibit
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ICT I. SCENE I.
NORTHAMPTON, A ROOM OF STATE IN THE
Enter King John, Queen Elinor, Pembroke, Essex,
Salisbury, and Others, with Chatillon. K. John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would France
with us? Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the king of
France, In my
behaviour, to'the majesty, The borrow'd majesty of England here.
Elin. A strange beginning ;-borrow'd majesty! K. John. Silence, good mother ; hear the embassy.
Chat. Philip of France, in right and true behalf Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's son, Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim To this fair island; and the territories; To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine : Desiring thee to lay aside the sword,
Which sways usurpingly these several titles ;
K. John, What follows, if we disallow of this ?
war, To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld. K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood
for blood, Controlment for controlment : so answer France. Chat. Then take my king's defiance from my
mouth, The furthest limit of my embassy.
X. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France;
your own decay.-An honourable conduct let him have; Pembroke, look to't: Farewel, Chatillon.
[Exeunt Chatillon and Pembroke. · Elin. What now, my son? have I not ever said, How that ambitious Constance would not cease, Till she had kindled France, and all the world, Upon the right and party of her son ? This might have been prevented, and made whole, With very easy arguments of love; Which now the manage of two kingdoms must With fearful bloody issue arbitrate.