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These fiegs of France, that are advanced here
K. Phil. When I have faid, make answer to us both,
Religiously provokes. Be pleased then
you from our messengers of war ;
Cit. In brief, we are the king of England's subjects; For him, and in his right, we hold this town.
K. John. Acknowledge then the king, and let me in.
Cit. That can we not : but he that proves the king, To him will we prove loyal ; till that time, Have we ramm'd up our gates against the world. K. John. Doth not the crown of England prove the
king? And if not that, I bring you witnesses, Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed
Faulc. (Bastards, and else).
4 'Tis not the roundure, &c.] Roundure means the same as the French rondeur, i. e, the circle.
The word is used by Decker in his Comedy of old Fortunatus, 1600.
“ your cries to me are musick “ And fill the facrcd roundure of mine ears," &c. STEEVENS.
K. John.--To verify our title with their lives,
those Faul. (Some bastards too). K. Phil.--Stand in his face to contradict his claim.
Cit. 'Till you compound whose right is worthiest, We, for the worthieft, hold the right from both.
K. John. Then God forgive the sin of all those souls, That to their everlasting residence, Before the dew of evening fall, shall fleet, In dreadful trial of our kingdom's king! K. Phil. Amen, Amen. -Mount, chevaliers ! to
arms ! · Fault. Saint George, that swing'd the dragon, and
[To Auftrio. Auft. Peace ! no more. Faulc. O, treible ; for you hear the lion roar. K. Jobn. Up higher to the plain; where we'll set
forth In best appointment all our regiments.
Faulc. Speed then to take advantage of the field.
K. Pbil. It shall be fo ;-and at the other hill Command the rest to stand.-God, and our right!
[Exeunt. SCENE II. After excursions, enter the berald of France with trumpets
to the gates.
F. Her. 5 Ye men of Angiers, open wide your gates, And let young Arthur, duke of Bretagne, in;
s Ye men of Angiers, &c.] This speech is very poetical and smooth, and except the conceit of the widow's husband embracing the earth, is just and beautiful. JOHNSON.
Who, by the hand of France, this day hath made
Enter English berald with trumpets.
bells; King John, your king and England's, doth approach, Commander of this hot malicious day! Their armours, that march'd hence so silver-bright, Hither return all gilt with Frenchmens' blood. There stuck no plume in any English crest, That is removed by a staff of France, Our colours do return in those fame hands, That did display them, when we first march'd forth; And, like a jolly troop of huntsmen ?, come Our lusty English, all with purpled hands ; Dy’d in the dying Naughter of their foes. Open your gates, and give the victors way.
Cit.'Heralds, from off our towers we might behold, From first to last, the onset and retire
• Rejoice, ye mer of Angiers, &c.] The English herald falls fomewhat below his antagonist. Silver armour gilt with blood is a poor image. Yet our author has it again in Macbeth,
“ Here lay Duncan, " His filver skin lac'd with his golden blood. JOHNSON. ? And, like a jolly troop of huntsmen,) It was, I think, one of the favage practices of the chase, for all to stain their hands in the blood of the deer, as a trophy. JOHNSON.
3 Heralds, from off, &c.] These three speeches seem to have been laboured. The citizen's is the best ; yet both alike we like is a poor gingle. JOHNSON.
Of both your armies; whose equality
Strength match'd with strength, and power
confronted power : Both are alike, and both alike we like. One must prove greatest :-while they weigh so even, We hold our town for neither ; yet for both. Enter the two kings with their powers, at several
doors. K. John. France, hait thou yet more blood to cast
Say, shall the current of our right run on ?
Fauc. #la, majesty !-how high thy glory towers, When the rich blood of kings is set on fire! Oh, how doth death line his dead chaps with steel; The swords of soldiers are his teeth, his phangs; And now he feasts, 9 mouthing the flesh of men In undetermin’d differences of kings.
mouthing the fejh of men] The old copy reads moufing STEEVENS.