Act V, Scene 3 The field of battle.

Alarums. Enter KING JOHN and HUBERT

 

KING JOHN How goes the day with us? O, tell me, Hubert.
HUBERT Badly, I fear. How fares your majesty?
KING JOHN This fever, that hath troubled me so long,
Lies heavy on me; O, my heart is sick!
  [Enter a Messenger]
Messenger My lord, your valiant kinsman, Faulconbridge,
Desires your majesty to leave the field
And send him word by me which way you go.
KING JOHN Tell him, toward Swinstead, to the abbey there.
Messenger Be of good comfort; for the great supply
That was expected by the Dauphin here,
Are wreck'd three nights ago on Goodwin Sands.
This news was brought to Richard but even now:
The French fight coldly, and retire themselves.
KING JOHN Ay me! this tyrant fever burns me up,
And will not let me welcome this good news.
Set on toward Swinstead: to my litter straight;
Weakness possesseth me, and I am faint.
  [Exeunt]

 

Act, Scene 4 Another part of the field.

Enter SALISBURY, PEMBROKE, and BIGOT

 

SALISBURY I did not think the king so stored with friends.
PEMBROKE Up once again; put spirit in the French:
If they miscarry, we miscarry too.
SALISBURY That misbegotten devil, Faulconbridge,
In spite of spite, alone upholds the day.
PEMBROKE They say King John sore sick hath left the field.
  [Enter MELUN, wounded]
MELUN Lead me to the revolts of England here.
SALISBURY When we were happy we had other names.
PEMBROKE It is the Count Melun.
SALISBURY Wounded to death.
MELUN Fly, noble English, you are bought and sold;
Unthread the rude eye of rebellion
And welcome home again discarded faith.
Seek out King John and fall before his feet;
For if the French be lords of this loud day,
He means to recompense the pains you take
By cutting off your heads: thus hath he sworn
And I with him, and many moe with me,
Upon the altar at Saint Edmundsbury;
Even on that altar where we swore to you
Dear amity and everlasting love.
SALISBURY May this be possible? may this be true?
MELUN Have I not hideous death within my view,
Retaining but a quantity of life,
Which bleeds away, even as a form of wax
Resolveth from his figure 'gainst the fire?
What in the world should make me now deceive,
Since I must lose the use of all deceit?
Why should I then be false, since it is true
That I must die here and live hence by truth?
I say again, if Lewis do win the day,
He is forsworn, if e'er those eyes of yours
Behold another day break in the east:
But even this night, whose black contagious breath
Already smokes about the burning crest
Of the old, feeble and day-wearied sun,
Even this ill night, your breathing shall expire,
Paying the fine of rated treachery
Even with a treacherous fine of all your lives,
If Lewis by your assistance win the day.
Commend me to one Hubert with your king:
The love of him, and this respect besides,
For that my grandsire was an Englishman,
Awakes my conscience to confess all this.
In lieu whereof, I pray you, bear me hence
From forth the noise and rumour of the field,
Where I may think the remnant of my thoughts
In peace, and part this body and my soul
With contemplation and devout desires.
SALISBURY We do believe thee: and beshrew my soul
But I do love the favour and the form
Of this most fair occasion, by the which
We will untread the steps of damned flight,
And like a bated and retired flood,
Leaving our rankness and irregular course,
Stoop low within those bounds we have o'erlook'd
And cabby run on in obedience
Even to our ocean, to our great King John.
My arm shall give thee help to bear thee hence;
For I do see the cruel pangs of death
Right in thine eye. Away, my friends! New flight;
And happy newness, that intends old right.
  [Exeunt, leading off MELUN]

 

To view other scenes from the show:

Full Text Act IV, Scene 2 KING JOHN'S palace.
Act I, Scene 1 KING JOHN'S palace. Act IV, Scene 3 Before the castle.
Act II, Scene 1 France. Before Angiers. Act V, Scene 1 KING JOHN'S palace.
Act III, Scene 1 The French King's pavilion. Act V, Scene 2 LEWIS's camp at St. Edmundsbury.
Act III, Scene 2 The same. Plains near Angiers./Act III, Scene 3 The same.  Act V, Scene 3 The field of battles/Act V, Scene 4 Another part of the field.
Act III, Scene 4 The same. KING PHILIP'S tent. Act V, Scene 5 The French camp./Act V, Scene 6 An open place in the neighbourhood of Swinstead Abbey
Act IV, Scene 1 A room in a castle. Act V, Scene 7 The orchard in Swinstead Abbey.

 

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