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THE

L I F E

A N D

D E A T H Н

OF

King JOHN

Printed in the YEAR 1709.

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Prince Henry, Son to the King.
Arthur, Duke of Bretaign, and Nephew to the

King Pembroke, Eflex, Salisbury,

English Lords. Hubert, Bigot, Faulconbridge, Bastard-Son to Richard the First. Robert Faulconbridge, Suppos’d Brother to the Ba

stard. James Gurney, Servant to the Lady Faulconbridge. Peter of Pomfret, a Prophet. Philip, King of France. Lewis, the Dauphin. Arch-Duke of Austria.. Pandulpho, the Pope's Legate. Melun, a French Lord. Chatcilion, Ambassador from France to King John. Elinor, Queen- Mother of England. Constance, Mother to Arthur. Blanch, Daughter to Alphonso King of Caftile,

and Neice to King John. Lady Faulconbridge, Mother to the Bastard and

Robert Faulconbridge. Citizens of Angiers, Heralds, Executioners, Mef

Jesgers, Soldiers, and other Attendants. The SCENE sometimes, in England, and sometimes in France.

THE

THE

LIFE and DEATH

OF

King TOHN.

A CT I. SCENE I. Enter King John, Queen Elinor, Pembroke, Effex,

and Salisbury, with Chattilion.

King JOHN.
O W say, Chattilion, 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.
Eli. A strange Beginning; borrow'd Majesty!
K. John. Silence, good Mother, hear the Emballie.

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 Illand, and the Territories:
To Ireland, Poyétiers, Anjou, Tonaine, Maine,
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D.siring thee to lay aside the Sword
Which Tways usurpingly these several Titles,
And put the fame into young Arthur's Hand,
Thy Nephew, and right Royal Soveraign.

K. John. What follows, if we disallow of this ?

Coat. The proud Control of fierce and bloody War, To inforce these Rights so forcibly with-held.

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 farthest limit of my Emballie.

K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in Peace.
Be thou as Lightning in the Eyes of France;
For c'er thou canst report, I will be there,
The Thunder of my Cannon shall be heard. .
So hence; be thou the Trumpet of our Wrath,
And sullen Presage of your own decay:
An honourable Condu& let him have,
Pembroke look to'r; farewel Chattilior. [Exit Chat. and Pem.

Eli. What now, my Sɔn, have I not ever faid
How that Ambitious Constance would not cease
Til she had kindled France and all the World,
Upon th: Right and Party of her Son?
This might have been prevented, and made whole
With very easie Arguments of Love,
Which now the Manage of two Kingdoms must
With fearful bloody Issue arbitrate.

K. John. Our strong Possession and our Right for us.

Eli. Your strong poñellion much more than your Right, Or elle it must

go wrong

with

you
So much my Conscience whispers in your Ear,
Which none but Heav'n, and you and I Mall hear.

Effex. My Liege, here is the strangeit Controversie
Come from the Country to be judgʻd by you
Thai e'er I heard, shall I produce the Men

K. John. Let them approach:
Our Abbies and our Priories shall pay
This Expedicion's Charge. What Men are you?

Enter Robert Faulconbridge and the Bastard.
Bajt, Your faithful Subjeđ, I, a Gentleman,
Born in Northamptonshire, and eldest Son,

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and me,

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