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That bloody spoil: Thou slave, thou wretch, thou
coward; Thou little valiant, great in villainy! Thou ever strong upon the stronger side! Thou fortune's champion, that dost never fight But when her humorous ladyship is by To teach thee safety! thou art perjur'd too, And sooth'st up greatness. What a fool art thou, A ramping fool; to brag, and stamp, and swear, Upon my party! Thou cold-blooded slave, Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side ? Been sworn my soldier? bidding me depend Upon thy stars, thy fortune, and thy strength ? And dosť thou now fall over to my foes ? Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it for shame, And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs. Aust. 0, that a man should speak those words to
me ! Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant
limbs. Aust. Thou dar’st not say so, villain, for thy life. Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant
limbs. K. John. We like not this; thou dost forget thy
K. Phi. Here comes the holy legate of the pope.
Pand. Hail, you anointed deputies of heaven ! To thee, King John, my holy errand is. I Pandulph, of fair Milan cardinal, And from pope Innocent the legate here, Do, in his name, religiously demand, Why thou against the church, our holy mother, So wilfully dost spurn; and, force perforce, Keep Stephen Langton, chosen archbishop
Of Canterbury, from that holy see?
K. John. What earthly name to interrogatories,
land, Add thus much more,—That no Italian priest Shall tithe or toll in our dominions; But as we under heaven are supreme head, So, under him, that great supremacy, Where we do reign, we will alone uphold, Without the assistance of a mortal hand : So tell the pope; all reverence set apart, To him, and his usurp'd authority. K. Phi. Brother of England, you blaspheme in
this. K. John. Though you, and all the kings of
This juggling witchcraft with revenue cherish;
foes. Pand. Then, by the lawful power that I have, Thou shalt stand curs'd, and excommunicate:
1 Ilhat earthly name to interrogatories,
Cun task the free breath, Sc.] i. e. What earthly name, subjoined to interrogatories, can force a king to speak and answer them?
And blessed shall he be, that doth revolt
O, lawful let it be,
curse. Const. And for mine too; when law can do no
Pand. Philip of France, on peril of a curse,
thy hand. Const. Look to that, devil! lest that France re
Aust. King Philip, listen to the cardinal.
limbs. Aust. Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these
Bast. Your breeches best may carry them. . K. John. Philip, what say'st thou to the cardinal ?
Const. What should he say, but as the cardinal?
Lew. Bethink you, father; for the difference
That's the curse of Rome.
thee here, In likeness of a new untrimmed bride.? Blanch. The lady Constance speaks not from her
faith, But from her need. Const.
O, if thou grant my need, Which only lives but by the death of faith, That need must needs infer this principle --That faith would live again by death of need; O, then, tread down my need, and faith mounts up; Keep my need up, and faith is trodden down. K. John. The king is mov'd, and answers not to
this. Const. O, be remov'd from him, and answer well. Aust. Do so, king Philip; hang no
more in doubt. Bast. Hang nothing but a calf's-skin, most sweet
lout. K. Phi. I am perplex’d, and know not what to
say. Pand. What can'st thou say, but will perplex
If thou stand excommunicate, and curs'd ?
- a new uptrimmed bride.] i, e. undressed.
Married in league, coupled and link'd together
peace, Heaven knows, they were besmear'd and overstain'd With slaughter's pencil; where revenge did paint The fearful difference of incensed kings: And shall these hands, so lately purg'd of blood, So newly join'd in love, so strong in both, Unyoke this seizure, and this kind regreet ?3 Play fast and loose with faith? so jest with heaven, Make such unconstant children of ourselves, As now again to snatch our palm from palm; Unswear faith sworn; and on the marriage bed Of smiling peace to march a bloody host, And make a riot on the gentle brow Of true sincerity? O holy sir, My reverend father, let it not be so: Out of your grace, devise, ordain, impose Some gentle order; and then we shall be bless'd To do your pleasure, and continue friends.
Pand. All form is formless, order orderless, Save what is opposite to England's love. Therefore, to arms! be champion of our church! Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse, A mother's curse, on her revolting son. France, thou may'st hold a serpent by the tongue, A cased lion by the mortal paw, A fasting tiger safer by the tooth, Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost hold.
K. Phi. I may disjoin my hand, but not my faith.
this kind regreet?] A regreet is an exchange of salutation.