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That bloody spoil: Thou slave, thou wretch, thou
coward; Thou little valiant, great in villainy! Thou ever strong upon the stronger side! Thou fortune's champion, that dost never fight But when her humorous ladyship is by To teach thee safety! thou art perjur'd too, And sooth'st up greatness. What a fool art thou, A ramping fool; to brag, and stamp, and swear, Upon my party! Thou cold-blooded slave, Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side? Been sworn my soldier? bidding me depend Upon thy stars, thy fortune, and thy strength ? And dost thou now fall over to my foes ? Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it for shame, And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant limbs. Aust. O, that a man should speak those words to
me! Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant
limbs. Aust. Thou dar'st not say so, villain, for thy life. Bast. And hang a calf's-skin on those recreant
limbs, K. John. We like not this; thou dost forget thy
K. Phi. Here comes the holy legate of the pope.
Pand. Hail, you anointed deputies of heaven! To thee, King John, my holy errand is. I Pandulph, of fair Milan cardinal, And from pope Innocent the legate here, Do, in his name, religiously demand, Why thou against the church, our holy mother, So wilfully dost spurn; and, force perforce, Keep Stephen Langton, chosen archbishop
Of Canterbury, from that holy see?
K. John. What earthly name to interrogatories,
land, Add thus much more, ---That no Italian priest Shall tithe or toll in our dominions; But as we under heaven are supreme head, So, under him, that great supremacy, Where we do reign, we will alone uphold, Without the assistance of a mortal hand : So tell the pope; all reverence set-apart, To him, and his usurp'd authority. K. Phi. Brother of England, you blaspheme in
this. K. John. Though you, and all the kings of
This juggling witchcraft with revenue cherish;
foes. Pand. Then, by the lawful power that I have, Thou shalt stand curs'd, and excommunicate:
1 What earthly name to interrogatories,
Can task the free breath, &c.] i. e. What earthly name, sub. joined to interrogatories, can force a king to speak and answer them?
And blessed shall he be, that doth revolt
O, lawful let it be,
curse. Const. And for mine too; when law can do no
Pand. Philip of France, on peril of a curse,
the hand of that arch-heretick; And raise the power of France upon his head, Unless he do submit himself to Rome. Eli. Look'st thou pale, France? do not let go
thy hand. Const. Look to that, devil! lest that France re
Aust. King Philip, listen to the cardinal.
limbs. Aust. Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these
Bast. Your breeches best may carry them. .
Const. What should he say, but as the cardinal ?
Lew. Bethink you, father; for the difference
That's the curse of Rome.
thee here, In likeness of a new untrimmed bride.? Blanch. The lady Constance speaks not from her
faith, But from her need. Const.
O, if thou grant my need,
That faith would live again by death of need;
, K. Jóhn. The king is mov'd, and answers not to
this. Const. O, be remov'd from him, and answer well. Aust. Do so, king Philip; hang no
more in doubt. Bast. Hang nothing but a calf's-skin, most sweet
lout. K. Phi. I am perplex'd, and know not what to
say. Pand. What can'st thou say, but will perplex
If thou stand excommunicate, and curs’d?
a new untrimmed bride.] i. e. undressed.
Married in league, coupled and link'd together
Pand. All form is formless, order orderless, Save what is opposite to England's love. Therefore, to arms! be champion of our church! Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse, A mother's curse, on her revolting son. France, thou may'st hold a serpent by the tongue, A cased lion by the mortal paw, A fasting tiger safer by the tooth, Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost hold.
K. Phi. I may disjoin my hand, but not my faith.
Sthis kind regreet?] A regreet is an exchange of salutation.