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The life and death of King Iohn. How easie dost thou take all England vp, From forth this morcell of dead Royaltie?
[2080]
The life, the right, and truth of all this Realme Is fled to heauen: and England now is left To tug and scamble, and to part by th'teeth The vn‑owed interest of proud swelling State: Now for the bare‑pickt bone of Maiesty,
[2085]
Doth dogged warre bristle his angry crest, And snarleth in the gentle eyes of peace: Now Powers from home, and discontents at home Meet in one line: and vast confusion waites As doth a Rauen on a sicke‑falne beast,
[2090]
The iminent decay of wrested pompe. Now happy he, whose cloake and center can Hold out this tempest. Beare away that childe, And follow me with speed: Ile to the King: A thousand businesses are briefe in hand,
[2095]
And heauen it selfe doth frowne vpon the Land.
Exit.
Actus Quartus, Scæna prima. [Act 5, Scene 1] Enter King Iohn and Pandolph, attendants. K. Iohn. Thus haue I yeelded vp into your hand The Circle of my glory. Pan. Take againe From this my hand, as holding of the Pope
[2100]
Your Soueraigne greatnesse and authoritie.
Iohn. Now keep your holy word, go meet the French, And from his holinesse vse all your power To stop their marches 'fore we are enflam'd: Our discontented Counties doe reuolt:
[2105]
Our people quarrell with obedience, Searing Allegiance, and the loue of soule To stranger‑bloud, to forren Royalty; This inundation of mistempred humor, Rests by you onely to be qualified.
[2110]
Then pause not: for the present time's so sicke, That present medicine must be ministred, Or ouerthrow incureable ensues.
Pand. It was my breath that blew this Tempest vp, Vpon your stubborne vsage of the Pope:
[2115]
But since you are a gentle conuertite, My tongue shall hush againe this storme of warre, And make faire weather in your blustring land: On this Ascention day, remember well, Vpon your oath of seruice to the Pope,
[2120]
Goe I to make the French lay downe their Armes.
Exit. Iohn. Is this Ascension day? did not the Prophet Say, that before Ascension day at noone, My Crowne I should giue off? euen so I haue: I did suppose it should be on constraint,
[2125]
But (heau'n be thank'd) it is but voluntary.
Enter Bastard. Bast. All Kent hath yeelded: nothing there holds out But Douer Castle: London hath receiu'd Like a kinde Host, the Dolphin and his powers. Your Nobles will not heare you, but are gone
[2130]
To offer seruice to your enemy: And wilde amazement hurries vp and downe The little number of your doubtfull friends.
Iohn. Would not my Lords returne to me againe After they heard yong Arthur was aliue ?

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Bast.
[2135]
They found him dead, and cast into the streets, An empty Casket, where the Iewell of life By some damn'd hand was rob'd, and tane away.
Iohn. That villaine Hubert told me he did liue. Bast. So on my soule he did, for ought he knew:
[2140]
But wherefore doe you droope? why looke you sad? Be great in act, as you haue beene in thought: Let not the world see feare and sad distrust Gouerne the motion of a kinglye eye: Be stirring as the time, be fire with fire,
[2145]
Threaten the threatner, and out‑face the brow Of bragging horror: So shall inferior eyes That borrow their behauiours from the great, Grow great by your example, and put on The dauntlesse spirit of resolution.
[2150]
Away, and glister like the god of warre When he intendeth to become the field: Shew boldnesse and aspiring confidence: What, shall they seeke the Lion in his denne, And fright him there? and make him tremble there ?
[2155]
Oh let it not be said: forrage, and runne To meet displeasure farther from the dores, And grapple with him ere he come so nye.
Iohn. The Legat of the Pope hath beene with mee, And I haue made a happy peace with him,
[2160]
And he hath promis'd to dismisse the Powers Led by the Dolphin.
Bast. Oh inglorious league: Shall we vpon the footing of our land, Send fayre‑play‑orders, and make comprimise,
[2165]
Insinuation, parley, and base truce To Armes Inuasiue ? Shall a beardlesse boy, A cockred‑silken wanton braue our fields, And flesh his spirit ihn a warre‑like soyle, Mocking the ayre with colours idlely spred,
[2170]
And finde no checke? Let vs my Liege to Armes: Perchance the Cardinall cannot make your peace; Or if he doe, let it at least be said They saw we had a purpose of defence.
Iohn. Haue thou the ordering of this present time. Bast.
[2175]
Away then with good courage: yet I know Our partie may well meet a prowder foe.
Exeunt.
Scœna Secunda. [Act 5, Scene 2] Enter (in Armes) Dolphin, Salisbury, Meloone, Pem­ broke, Bigot, Souldiers. Dol. My Lord Melloone, let this be coppied out, And keepe it safe for our remembrance: Returne the president to these Lords againe,
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That hauing our faire order written downe, Both they and we, perusing ore these notes May know wherefore we tooke the Sacrament, And keepe our faithes firme and inuiolable.
Sal. Vpon our sides it neuer shall be broken.
[2185]
And Noble Dolphin, albeit we sweare A voluntary zeale, and an vn‑urg'd Faith To your proceedings: yet beleeue me Prince, I am not glad that such a sore of Time Should seeke a plaster by contemn'd reuolt,
[2190]
And heale the inueterate Canker of one wound, By

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Actus Quartus, Scæna prima. [Act 5, Scene 1] Enter King Iohn and Pandolph, attendants. K. Iohn. Thus haue I yeelded vp into your hand The Circle of my glory. Pan. Take againe From this my hand, as holding of the Pope
[2100]
Your Soueraigne greatnesse and authoritie.
Iohn. Now keep your holy word, go meet the French, And from his holinesse vse all your power To stop their marches 'fore we are enflam'd: Our discontented Counties doe reuolt:
[2105]
Our people quarrell with obedience, Searing Allegiance, and the loue of soule To stranger‑bloud, to forren Royalty; This inundation of mistempred humor, Rests by you onely to be qualified.
[2110]
Then pause not: for the present time's so sicke, That present medicine must be ministred, Or ouerthrow incureable ensues.
Pand. It was my breath that blew this Tempest vp, Vpon your stubborne vsage of the Pope:
[2115]
But since you are a gentle conuertite, My tongue shall hush againe this storme of warre, And make faire weather in your blustring land: On this Ascention day, remember well, Vpon your oath of seruice to the Pope,
[2120]
Goe I to make the French lay downe their Armes.
Exit. Iohn. Is this Ascension day? did not the Prophet Say, that before Ascension day at noone, My Crowne I should giue off? euen so I haue: I did suppose it should be on constraint,
[2125]
But (heau'n be thank'd) it is but voluntary.
Enter Bastard. Bast. All Kent hath yeelded: nothing there holds out But Douer Castle: London hath receiu'd Like a kinde Host, the Dolphin and his powers. Your Nobles will not heare you, but are gone
[2130]
To offer seruice to your enemy: And wilde amazement hurries vp and downe The little number of your doubtfull friends.
Iohn. Would not my Lords returne to me againe After they heard yong Arthur was aliue ? Bast.
[2135]
They found him dead, and cast into the streets, An empty Casket, where the Iewell of life By some damn'd hand was rob'd, and tane away.
Iohn. That villaine Hubert told me he did liue. Bast. So on my soule he did, for ought he knew:
[2140]
But wherefore doe you droope? why looke you sad? Be great in act, as you haue beene in thought: Let not the world see feare and sad distrust Gouerne the motion of a kinglye eye: Be stirring as the time, be fire with fire,
[2145]
Threaten the threatner, and out‑face the brow Of bragging horror: So shall inferior eyes That borrow their behauiours from the great, Grow great by your example, and put on The dauntlesse spirit of resolution.
[2150]
Away, and glister like the god of warre When he intendeth to become the field: Shew boldnesse and aspiring confidence: What, shall they seeke the Lion in his denne, And fright him there? and make him tremble there ?
[2155]
Oh let it not be said: forrage, and runne To meet displeasure farther from the dores, And grapple with him ere he come so nye.
Iohn. The Legat of the Pope hath beene with mee, And I haue made a happy peace with him,
[2160]
And he hath promis'd to dismisse the Powers Led by the Dolphin.
Bast. Oh inglorious league: Shall we vpon the footing of our land, Send fayre‑play‑orders, and make comprimise,
[2165]
Insinuation, parley, and base truce To Armes Inuasiue ? Shall a beardlesse boy, A cockred‑silken wanton braue our fields, And flesh his spirit ihn a warre‑like soyle, Mocking the ayre with colours idlely spred,
[2170]
And finde no checke? Let vs my Liege to Armes: Perchance the Cardinall cannot make your peace; Or if he doe, let it at least be said They saw we had a purpose of defence.
Iohn. Haue thou the ordering of this present time. Bast.
[2175]
Away then with good courage: yet I know Our partie may well meet a prowder foe.
Exeunt.
 

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      <l n="2145">Threaten the threatner, and out‑face the brow</l>
      <l n="2146">Of bragging horror: So shall inferior eyes</l>
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      <l n="2164">Send fayre‑play‑orders, and make comprimise,</l>
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