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But truth is truth ; large lengths of seas and shores
Between my father and my mother lay,
(As I have heard my father speak himself)
When this fame lusty gentleman was got.
Upon his death-bed he by will bequeath'd
His lands to me; and took it on his death,
That this, my mother's son, was none of his;
And if he were, he came into the world
Full fourteen weeks before the course of time.
Then, good my Liege, let me have what is mine,
My father's land, as was my father's will.

K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate ;
Your father's wife did after wedlock bear him :
And if she did play false, the fault was hers;
Which fault lies on the hazard of all husbands,
That marry wives. Tell me, how, if my brother,
Who, as you say, took pains to get this fon,
Had of your father claim'd this son for his ?
In sooth, good friend, your father might have kept
This calf, bred from his cow, from all the world,
In sooth, he might; then, if he were my brother's,
My brother might not claim him ; nor your father,
Being none of his, refuse him ; 7 this concludes.
My mother's son did get your father's heir,
Your father's heir must have your father's land.

Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force To dispostess that child, which is not his ?

Phil. Of no more force to dispossess me, Sir, Than was his will to get me, as I think.

Eli. Whether hadlt thou rather be a Faulconbridge, And, like thy brother, to enjoy thy land: Or che reputed son of Cæur-de-lion, • Lord of thy presence, and no land beside ?

Phil. Madam, and if my brother had my shape,

* This concludes.] This is a so, not liking him, he is not at decilize argument.

As your fa- liberty to reject him. iher, it he liked him, could not 8 Lord of The presence, and have been forced to resign him, ng land tefide?) Lord of

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3 And I had his, Sir Robert his, like him ; And if my legs were two such riding rods, My arms such eel-skins stuft; 'my face so thin, * That in my ear I durft not stick a rose, Left men should lay, Look, where three farthings

goes !

tby présence can fignify only, three farthings goes'] la Master of thyself ; and it is a this very obscure paliage our strange expreffion to signify even Poet is anticipating the Date of that. However that he might another kind; humorously to be, without parting with his rally a thin face, eclipsed, as land. We should read,

it were. by a full-blown Role. Lord of the presence, - We must observe, to explain this i e. Prince of the Blood. Allusion, that Queen Elizabeth

WARBURTON. was the first, and indeed the onLord of thy presence may figni- ly, Prince, who coined in Engfy something more distinct than land three-half pence, and threemafier of thyself. It means mal- farthing Pieces. She at one and ter of that dignity, and grandeur the same Time, coined Shillings, of appearance, that may sufficient. Six pences, Groats, Three-pences, ly distinguish thee from the vul- Two-pences, Three half-pence, gar without the help of fortune. Pence, Three - farthings, and

Lord of his presence apparently Half-pence. And these Pieces fignifies, great in his own person, all had her Head, and were aland is used in this sense by King ternately with the Role behind, Yohn in one of the following and without the Refe. The Shilscenes.

ling, Groat, Two pence, Pen9 And I had his, Sir Robert ny, and Half-penny had it not:

his, like him.] This is ob The other intermediate Coins, scure and ill expressed. The viz, the Sixpence, Three-pence, meaning is: If I had his pape- Three-half-pence, and Three Sir Robert's—as be has.

fa things had the Rife. Sir Robert his, for Sir Roteri's

THEOBALD: is agreeable to the practice of * That in mine ear Idu.ft?.0' fick that time, when the 's added to a rose ] The sticking Roses the nominative was believed, I about them was then all the think erroneously, to be a con court-fashion, as appears from traction of his. So Denne. this passage of the Confeffion Ca

Who now lives to age. tholique du S. de Sanry, l. 2. c. 1. Fit to be called Methusalem Je luy ay appris à mettre des his page ?

Roues par sous les coins, i. e. in my Face fo thin, every ; lace about him, says the That in mine Ear 1 durs not Speaker, of one to whom he fick a Rore,

had taught all the court fashions. Lefi menficult fay, Lack, whire

VARBURION.

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And to his shape were heir to all this land;
'Would, I might never ftir from off this place,
I'd give it ev'ry foot to have this face,
I would not be Sir Nobbe in any case.

Eli. I like thee well. Wilt thou forsake thy fortune,
Bequeath thy land to him, and follow me?
I am a soldier, and now bound to France.

Pbil. Brother, take you my land, I'll take my

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chance ;

Your face hath got five hundred pound a year,
Yet sell your face for five pence; and 'tis dear.
-Madam, I'll follow you unto the death.

Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thither.
Phil. Our country manners give our' betters way.
K. John. What is thy name?

Phil. Philip, my Liege, so is my name begun; Philip, good old Sir Robert's wife's eldest son. K. John. From henceforth bear his name, whose

form thou bear'ft.
Kneel thou down Philip, but rise up more great ;
Arife Sir Richard and Plantagenet.
Pbil. Brother by th' mother's side, give me your

hand;
My father gave me honour, your's gave land.
Now blefied be the hour, by night or day,
When I was got, Sir Robert was away !

Eli. The very spirit of Plentegenet !
I am thy grandam ; Richard call me so.
Pbil. Madam; by chance, but not by truth ; what
tho'?

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Mladam, by chance, but not tences, is obscure. I am, says

by truth; what ito'?] the spritely knight, your grandI am your grandson, Madam, by fon, a little irregularly, but every chance, but not by honefty-what man cannot get what he withes then ?

the legal way. He that dares Something aboul, a little from, not go about his designs by day

&c.} This speech composed muit make his motions in the night; of allusive and proverbial fen- be, to whom the door is ihut,

muft

Something about, a little from the right;

In at the window, or else o'er the hatch, Who dares not ftir by day, must walk by night,

And have his have, however men do catch; Near or far off, well won is still well shot ; And I am I, howe'er I was begot. K. John. Go, Faulconbridge, now hast thou thy

desire; A landless Knight makes thee a landed 'Squire. Come, Madam, and come, Richard; we must speed For France, for France ; for it is more than need. Phil

. Brother, adieu ; good fortune come to thee, For thou was got

i'ch'
way of honesty.

[Exeunt all but Philip.

SCENE 111.

3 A foot of honour better than I was,
But many a many foot of land the worfe!
Well, now can I make any foon a lady.
Good den, Sir Robert, Godamercy, fellow;
And if his name be George, I'll call him Peter ;
For new-made honour doch forget men's names :
'Tis too respective and unfociable
For your converling. Now your traveller,

He and his tooth-pick at my worship’s mess;

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must climb the window, or leap said in All's well, that ends well, the hatch. This, however, shall that a traveller is a good thing not depress me ; for the world after dinner.

In that age of never enquires how any man got newly-excited curiosity, one of what he is known to possess, but the entertainments at great taallows that to have is to have, bles seems to have been the however it was caught, and that discourse of a traveller. he vibo wins that well, whatever s He and his 100th-pick.] It was his skill, whether the arrow has been already remarked, that fell near the mark, or far off it. to pick the tooth, and wear a

3 A foot of honour.) A flep, piqued beard, were, in that time, un pas.

marks of a man affecting foreign * Now your traveller.] It is fashions.

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And when my knightly stomach is suffic'd,
Why then I fuck my teeth, and catechise
My piked man of countries; -My dear Sir,
(Thus leaning on mine elbow, I begin)
I shall befeech you

-that is question now :
And then comes answer like an ABC-book :
O Sir, says answer, at your best command,
At your employment, at your service, Sir :
No, Sir, says question, I, sweet Sir, at yours,
7 And so e'er answer knows what question would,
Saving in dialogue of compliment;
And talking of the Alps and Apennines,

6 Like an a, b, c book.] An avoided ; and the account ftands a, b, c book, or, as they spoke thus, “ E'er answer knows what and wrote it, an absey book, is a question would be at, my tracatechism.

“ veller Jerves in his dialogue of ? And so i'er anfwer knows compliment, which is his ftandwhat question would,

ing dish at all tables; then he Saving in dialogue of compli comes to talk of the Alps and A.

ment;] In this fine fpeech, penines, &c. and, by the time this Faulconbridge would shew the ad "discourse concludes, it draws vantages and prerogatives of min “ cowards supper.” All this is of worship. He observes, par- sensible and humorous ; and the ticularly, that he has the travel- phrase of serving in is a very ler at command (people at that pleasant one to denote that this time, when a new world was dir was his worship's second course. covering, in the highest estima- What follows thews the roman. tion). At the first intimation of tic turn of the voyagers of that his defire, to hear ftrange flo- time; how greedily their relaries, the traveller complies, and tions were swallowed, which he will scarce give him leave to calls sweet poifon for the age's make his question, but i'er an- tooth; and how acceptable it swer knows what question would made men at court-For it fvall

- What then, why, according frew the footsteps of my rifreg. to the present reading, it grows And yet the Oxford Editor says, towards supper.time: And is not by this sweet poison is meant this worshipful society? To spend flattery.

WARBURTON. all the time between dinner and This paffage is obscure ; but fupper before either of them fuch an irregularity and perplexknows what the other would be ity runs thro' the whole speech, as. Read SERVING instead of that I think this emendation not {uting, and all this nonsense is neceflary,

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