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Phil. As faithfully, as I deny the devil.
Lady. King Richard Cour-de-lion was thy father;
Phil. Now, by this light, were I to get again,
And they fhall fay, when Richard me begot, If thou hadft faid him nay, it had been fin: Who fays, it was, he lyes; I fay, 'twas not.
7 Some fins-] There are fins, that whatever be determined of them above, are not much cenfured on earth. JOHNSON.
Before the walls of Angiers in France.
Enter Philip king of France, Lewis the dauphin, the archduke of Auftria, Conftance, and Arthur.
EFORE Angiers well met, brave Austria.— Arthur! that great fore-runner of thy blood Richard, that robb'd the lion of his heart, And fought the holy wars in Palestine, By this brave duke came early to his grave: And, for amends to his pofterity, 'At our importance hither is he come, To fpread his colours, boy, in thy behalf; And to rebuke the ufurpation Of thy unnatural uncle, English John. Embrace him, love him, give him welcome hither.
Arthur. God fhall forgive you Coeur-de-lion's death The rather, that you give his offspring life; Shadowing their right under your wings of war. I give you welcome with a powerless hand, But with a heart full of unftained love: Welcome before the gates of Angiers, duke.
Lewis. A noble boy! who would not do thee right? Auft. Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss, A feal to this indenture of my love;
Richard, that robb'd, &c.] So Rastal in his Chronicle. It is fayd that a lyon was put to kynge Richard, beynge in prison, to have devoured him, and when the lyon was gapynge he put his arme in his mouth, and pulled the lyon by the harte fo hard that he flewe the lyon, and therefore fome fay he is called Rycharde Cure de Lyon; but fome fay he is called Cure de Lyon, because of his boldness and hardy ftomake. Dr. GRAY.
At my importance-] At my importunity.
That to my home I will no more return,
Even till that England, hedg'd in with the main,
Conft. O, take his mother's thanks, a widow's thanks, Till your strong hand fhall help to give him strength, To make a more 3 requital to your love.
Auft. The peace of heaven is theirs, who lift their fwords
In fuch a juft and charitable war.
K. Philip. Well then, to work; our cannon shall be
Against the brows of this refifting town.-
Cont. Stay for an answer to your embassy,
2-that pale, that white-fac'd fhore,] England is fuppofed to be called Albion from the white rocks facing France. JOHNSON. 3 To make a more re quital, &c.] I believe it has been already obf.rvcd, that more fignified, in our author's time, greater.
K. Philip. A wonder, lady!-Lo, upon thy wish Our meffenger Chatillion is arriv'd. -What England fays, fay briefly, gentle lord, We coldly paufe for thee. Chatillion, fpeak.
Chat. Then turn your forces from this paltry fiege, And stir them up against a mightier task. England, impatient of your juft demands, Hath put himself in arms; the adverse winds, Whofe leisure I have staid, have given him time To land his legions all as foon as I. His marches are 5 expedient to this town, His forces ftrong, his foldiers confident. With him along is come the mother-queen, An Até, ftirring him to blood and ftrife. With her, her niece, the lady Blanch of Spain; With them a baftard of the king deceas'd, And all the unfettled humours of the land; Rafh, inconfiderate, fiery voluntaries, With ladies' faces, and fierce dragons' fpleens, Have fold their fortunes at their native homes, ⚫ Bearing their birthrights proudly on their backs, To make a hazard of new fortunes here. In brief, a braver choice of dauntless spirits, Than now the English bottoms have waft o'er, Did never float upon the fwelling tide, To do offence and 7 fcath in Christendom. The interruption of their churlish drums [Drums beat.
A wonder, lady!] The wonder is only that Chatillion happened to arrive at the moment when Conflance mentioned him; which the French king, according to a fuperftition which prevails more or lefs in every mind agitated by great affairs, turns into a miraculous interpofition, or omen of good. JOHNS.
- expedient-] Immediate, expeditious. JOHNSON.
Bearing their birth-rights, &c.] So Henry VIII.
Many broke their backs with bearing manors on them."
7-feathe-] Destruction, wafie. JOHNSON.
Cuts off more circumftance: they are at hand
K. Philip. How much unlook'd for is this expedition!
Auft. By how much unexpected, by fo much
Enter king of England, Faulconbridge, Elinor, Blanch, Pembroke, and others.
K. John. Peace be to France; if France in peace permit
Our juft and lineal entrance to our own!
If not, bleed France, and peace ascend to heaven !
K. Phil. Peace be to England; if that war return