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King John: Act V, Scene 1

King John
Act V, Scene 1

Scene 1

King John’s Palace.

  1. Enter King John and Pandulph, Attendants.

King John

1 - 2
  1. Thus have I yielded up into your hand
  2. The circle of my glory.
  1. Giving the crown.

Cardinal Pandulph

3 - 5
  1.                         Take again
  2. From this my hand, as holding of the Pope,
  3. Your sovereign greatness and authority.

King John

6 - 17
  1. Now keep your holy word, go meet the French,
  2. And from his Holiness use all your power
  3. To stop their marches ’fore we are inflam’d.
  4. Our discontented counties do revolt;
  5. Our people quarrel with obedience,
  6. Swearing allegiance and the love of soul
  7. To stranger blood, to foreign royalty.
  8. This inundation of mistemp’red humor
  9. Rests by you only to be qualified.
  10. Then pause not; for the present time’s so sick,
  11. That present med’cine must be minist’red,
  12. Or overthrow incurable ensues.

Cardinal Pandulph

18 - 25
  1. It was my breath that blew this tempest up,
  2. Upon your stubborn usage of the Pope;
  3. But since you are a gentle convertite,
  4. My tongue shall hush again this storm of war,
  5. And make fair weather in your blust’ring land.
  6. On this Ascension-day, remember well,
  7. Upon your oath of service to the Pope,
  8. Go I to make the French lay down their arms.
  1. Exit.

King John

26 - 30
  1. Is this Ascension-day? Did not the prophet
  2. Say that before Ascension-day at noon
  3. My crown I should give off? Even so I have.
  4. I did suppose it should be on constraint,
  5. But (heav’n be thank’d!) it is but voluntary.
  1. Enter Bastard.

Bastard

31 - 37
  1. All Kent hath yielded; nothing there holds out
  2. But Dover castle. London hath receiv’d,
  3. Like a kind host, the Dauphin and his powers.
  4. Your nobles will not hear you, but are gone
  5. To offer service to your enemy;
  6. And wild amazement hurries up and down
  7. The little number of your doubtful friends.

King John

38 - 39
  1. Would not my lords return to me again
  2. After they heard young Arthur was alive?

Bastard

40 - 42
  1. They found him dead and cast into the streets,
  2. An empty casket, where the jewel of life
  3. By some damn’d hand was robb’d and ta’en away.

King John

43
  1. That villain Hubert told me he did live.

Bastard

44 - 62
  1. So, on my soul, he did, for aught he knew.
  2. But wherefore do you droop? Why look you sad?
  3. Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
  4. Let not the world see fear and sad distrust
  5. Govern the motion of a kingly eye.
  6. Be stirring as the time, be fire with fire,
  7. Threaten the threat’ner, and outface the brow
  8. Of bragging horror; so shall inferior eyes,
  9. That borrow their behaviors from the great,
  10. Grow great by your example and put on
  11. The dauntless spirit of resolution.
  12. Away, and glister like the god of war
  13. When he intendeth to become the field.
  14. Show boldness and aspiring confidence.
  15. What, shall they seek the lion in his den,
  16. And fright him there? And make him tremble there?
  17. O, let it not be said! Forage, and run
  18. To meet displeasure farther from the doors,
  19. And grapple with him ere he come so nigh.

King John

63 - 66
  1. The legate of the Pope hath been with me,
  2. And I have made a happy peace with him,
  3. And he hath promis’d to dismiss the powers
  4. Led by the Dauphin.

Bastard

67 - 78
  1.                     O inglorious league!
  2. Shall we, upon the footing of our land,
  3. Send fair-play orders and make compromise,
  4. Insinuation, parley, and base truce
  5. To arms invasive? Shall a beardless boy,
  6. A cock’red silken wanton, brave our fields,
  7. And flesh his spirit in a warlike soil,
  8. Mocking the air with colors idlely spread,
  9. And find no check? Let us, my liege, to arms.
  10. Perchance the Cardinal cannot make your peace;
  11. Or if he do, let it at least be said,
  12. They saw we had a purpose of defense.

King John

79
  1. Have thou the ordering of this present time.

Bastard

80 - 81
  1. Away then with good courage! Yet I know
  2. Our party may well meet a prouder foe.
  1. Exeunt.
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