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For this he shall live hated, be blasphem'd, Seiz'd on by force, judg'd, and to death condemn'd A shameful and accurst, nail'd to the Cross By his own Nation, slain for bringing Life; But to the Cross he nails thy Enemies, The Law that is against thee, and the sins Of all mankind, with him there crucifi'd, Never to hurt them more who rightly trust In this his satisfaction.
The archaic diction ("durst" and "accurst" and the traditional, quasi-balladic meter and rhyme) join with the exaltation of the humble--a servant compared with queen Guinevere--and the sense of the world's non-recognition of the afflicted to render a scene both poignant and disturbing.
He falls victim to a strictly literal reading of the Law, until Una saves him from lethal self-condemnation by reminding him of the grace that "doth quench the brond of hellish smart, / And that accurst hand-writing doth deface" (1.9.53).
Her girlhood's secret studies, late And early, in her princely home; Her converse with the good and great, The lessons taught by Greece and Rome, Had nerved her heart to action strong; She joined the few who dared the worst, Resolved to strike the monster Wrong-- To wrestle with the Thing accurst! Pale Freedom's devotees, whose creed Was vengeance, who in silent trust Prepared themselves to bear and bleed, And bravely die--if die they must.
The Troublesome Raigne by contrast offers no criticism of John at this point, but presents him as a shrewd politician, resorting in an emergency to an unpalatable but necessary tactic, consciously dissembling, unable to hide his contempt even after he first kneels to Pandulph ("Accurst indeed to kneele to such a drudge," he tells himself, "And get no help with thy submission, / Unsheath thy sword, and sley the misprowd Priest, / That thus triumphs ore thee a mighty King: / No John, submit againe, dissemble yet, / For Priests and Women must be flattered," 2.300-5), deciding on submission at last without realising that it involves handing over the crown, recoiling from that humiliation ("What?
Iberia bore him, but the breed accurst Inclement winds blew blighting from north-east."
(5.1.66-69) The Troublesome Raigne by contrast offers no criticism of John at this point, but presents him as a shrewd politician, resorting in an emergency to an unpalatable but necessary tactic, consciously dissembling, unable to hide his contempt even after he first kneels to Pandulph ("Accurst indeed to kneele to such a drudge," he tells himself, "And get no help with thy submission, / Unsheath thy sword, and sley the misprowd Priest, / That thus triumphs ore thee a mighty King: / No John, submit againe, dissemble yet, / For Priests and Women must be flattered," 2.300-5), deciding on submission at last without realising that it involves handing over the crown, recoiling from that humiliation ("What?
View'd close, the Moon's fair ball Is of ill objects worst, A corpse in Night's highway, naked, fire-scarr'd, accurst; And now they tell That the Sun is plainly seen to boil and burst Too horribly for hell.