Act V, Scene 1
King John’s Palace.
- Enter King John and Pandulph, Attendants.
King John1 - 2
- Thus have I yielded up into your hand
- The circle of my glory.
- Giving the crown.
Cardinal Pandulph3 - 5
- Take again
- From this my hand, as holding of the Pope,
- Your sovereign greatness and authority.
King John6 - 17
- Now keep your holy word, go meet the French,
- And from his Holiness use all your power
- To stop their marches ’fore we are inflam’d.
- Our discontented counties do revolt;
- Our people quarrel with obedience,
- Swearing allegiance and the love of soul
- To stranger blood, to foreign royalty.
- This inundation of mistemp’red humor
- Rests by you only to be qualified.
- Then pause not; for the present time’s so sick,
- That present med’cine must be minist’red,
- Or overthrow incurable ensues.
Cardinal Pandulph18 - 25
- It was my breath that blew this tempest up,
- Upon your stubborn usage of the Pope;
- But since you are a gentle convertite,
- My tongue shall hush again this storm of war,
- And make fair weather in your blust’ring land.
- On this Ascension-day, remember well,
- Upon your oath of service to the Pope,
- Go I to make the French lay down their arms.
King John26 - 30
- Is this Ascension-day? Did not the prophet
- Say that before Ascension-day at noon
- My crown I should give off? Even so I have.
- I did suppose it should be on constraint,
- But (heav’n be thank’d!) it is but voluntary.
- Enter Bastard.
Bastard31 - 37
- All Kent hath yielded; nothing there holds out
- But Dover castle. London hath receiv’d,
- Like a kind host, the Dauphin and his powers.
- Your nobles will not hear you, but are gone
- To offer service to your enemy;
- And wild amazement hurries up and down
- The little number of your doubtful friends.
King John38 - 39
- Would not my lords return to me again
- After they heard young Arthur was alive?
Bastard40 - 42
- They found him dead and cast into the streets,
- An empty casket, where the jewel of life
- By some damn’d hand was robb’d and ta’en away.
- That villain Hubert told me he did live.
Bastard44 - 62
- So, on my soul, he did, for aught he knew.
- But wherefore do you droop? Why look you sad?
- Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
- Let not the world see fear and sad distrust
- Govern the motion of a kingly eye.
- Be stirring as the time, be fire with fire,
- Threaten the threat’ner, and outface the brow
- Of bragging horror; so shall inferior eyes,
- That borrow their behaviors from the great,
- Grow great by your example and put on
- The dauntless spirit of resolution.
- Away, and glister like the god of war
- When he intendeth to become the field.
- Show boldness and aspiring confidence.
- What, shall they seek the lion in his den,
- And fright him there? And make him tremble there?
- O, let it not be said! Forage, and run
- To meet displeasure farther from the doors,
- And grapple with him ere he come so nigh.
King John63 - 66
- The legate of the Pope hath been with me,
- And I have made a happy peace with him,
- And he hath promis’d to dismiss the powers
- Led by the Dauphin.
Bastard67 - 78
- O inglorious league!
- Shall we, upon the footing of our land,
- Send fair-play orders and make compromise,
- Insinuation, parley, and base truce
- To arms invasive? Shall a beardless boy,
- A cock’red silken wanton, brave our fields,
- And flesh his spirit in a warlike soil,
- Mocking the air with colors idlely spread,
- And find no check? Let us, my liege, to arms.
- Perchance the Cardinal cannot make your peace;
- Or if he do, let it at least be said,
- They saw we had a purpose of defense.
- Have thou the ordering of this present time.
Bastard80 - 81
- Away then with good courage! Yet I know
- Our party may well meet a prouder foe.