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Lie hid more thousand deaths: yet death we fear,
To sue to live, I find, I seek to die;
Isab. What, ho! Peace here; grace and good company!
I humbly thank you.
Claud. Most holy sir, I thank you.
Isab. My business is a word or two with Claudio.
Prov. And very welcome. Look, signior, here's your sister.
Prov. As many as you please.
Duke. Bring them to speak, where I may be conceal'd, Yet hear them.
[Exeunt DUKE and Provost Now sister, what's the comfort? Isab. Why, as all comforts are; most good indeed. Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven, Intends you for his swift embassador, Where you shall be an everlasting lieger; Therefore your best appointment make with speed;
To-morrow you set on.
Is there no remedy?
But is there any?
But in what nature?
Why give you me this shame ?
I can a resolution fetch
And hug it in mine arms.
Isab. There spake my brother; there my father's
In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy,—
Claud. The princely Angelo?
O heavens! it cannot be.
Isab. O, were it but my life,
As frankly as a pin.
Thanks, dear Isabella.
Isab. What says my brother?
Death is a fearful thing.
Isab. And shamed life a hateful.
Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not where;
To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot;
To what we fear of death.
Isab. Alas! alas!
Isab. O, faithless coward! O, dishonest wretch
Die; perish! might but my bending down
Claud. Nay, hear me, Isabel.
Isab. 'Tis best that thou diest quickly.
O, fye, fye, fye!
The Duke overhears the conversation between Claudio and his sister, and touched with the virtue and dignity of Isabel's character, he plans a mode by which Claudio may escape the penalty of the Law, and Angelo shall receive a well-merited punishment for his abuse of power.
King John, is the first of that series of Dramas, written by our Poet to illustrate some of the most important events in English history. The old chroniclers furnished him with abundant material for his labors; but in this Play he has taken a chronicle historical Drama, entitled "The Troublesome Raigne of John, King of England," and by his incomparable powers of transmutation, he has presented us with a vivid life-stirring picture of the eventful reign of this, one of the weakest monarchs that ever wayed the sceptre of England.
The chief interest in this Drama, is centred in the events connected with the Lady Constance and her son Arthur; we have therefore confined our selections to the scenes in which their mournful history is portrayed.
PRINCE HENRY, his son; afterwards King Henry III.
ARTHUR, Duke of Bretagne, son of Geffrey, late Duke of Bretagne, the elder brother of King John.
WILLIAM MARESHALL, Earl of Pembroke.
GEFFREY FITZ-PETER, Earl of Essex, chief justiciary of England.
ROBERT BIGOT, Earl of Norfolk.
HUBERT DE BURGH, chamberlain to the King.
ROBERT FAULCONBRIDGE, son of Sir Robert Faulconbridge.
PHILIP FAULCONBRIDGE, his half-brother, illegitimate son to King
JAMES GURNEY, servant to Lady Faulconbridge.
PETER, of Pomfret, a prophet.
PHILIP, King of France.
LEWIS, the Dauphin.
ARCHDUKE of AUSTRIA.
Cardinal PANDULPH, the Pope's legate.
MELUN, a French lord.
CHATILLON, ambassador from France to King John.
ELINOR, the widow of King Henry II., and mother of King John.
BLANCH, daughter to Alphonso, King of Castile, and niece to
Lords, Ladies, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds, Officers,
SCENE.-Sometimes in ENGLAND, and sometim s in FRANCE.
We commence our extracts at the period when King John invades France with a numerous army, to chastise Philip for espousing the cause of Prince Arthur, the rightful heir to the English throne.
The contending armies of England and France, meet before the city of Angiers; and after a battle, in which each party claims the victory, a peace is declared between the Sovereigns, to be cemented by the marriage of the French King's son, to Blanch, the niece of John. Philip further engages to break his league with the Lady Constance, and her son. The indignation and grief of the widowed mother, is beautifully depicted in the following scene.
The French King's Tent.
Enter CONSTANCE, ARTHUR, and SALISBURY.
Const. Gone to be married! gone to swear a peace!
And though thou now confess, thou didst but jest,