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Re-enter MACDUFF, with MACBETH's head. Macd. Hail, king! for so thou art: behold, where stands The usurper's cursed head: the time is free: I see thee compass'd with thy kingdom's pearl, That speak my salutation in their minds; Whose voices les aloud with mine,Hail, King of Scotland ! All.
Hail, King of Scotland! [Flourish. Mal. We shall not spend a large expense of time Before we reckon with your several loves, And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen, Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland In such an honour nam’d. What's more to do, Which would be planted newly with the time, As calling home our exil'd friends abroad, That fled the snares of watchful tyranny; Producing forth the cruel ministers Of this dead butcher, and his fiend-like queen, -Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands Took off her life;—this, and what needful else That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace, We will perform in measure, time, and place: So, thanks to all at once, and to each one, Whom we invite to see us crown'd at Scone.
Bretagne, the Elder Brother to KING John.
KING RICHARD I.
ELINOR, Widow of King HENRY II., and Mother to KING
JOHN. CONSTANCE, Mother to ARTHUR. BLANCH, Daughter to ALPHONSO, King of Castile, and Niece
to KING JOHN. LADY FALCONBRIDGE, Mother to the BASTARD and ROBERT
Lords, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds, Officers,
Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
SCENE,—Sometimes in ENGLAND, and sometimes in FRANCE
SCENE 1.—NORTHAMPTON. A Room of State in the Palace. Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, ESSEX,
SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON. K. John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with
Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France,
Eli. A strange beginning ;-borrow'd majesty!
X. John. What follows, if we disallow of this?
Chat. The proud control of fierce and bloody war, To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.
K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood for blood, Controlment for controlment: so answer France.
Chat. Then take my king's defiance from my mouth,
K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace: