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The accent of his tongue affeSteth him.
K. John. Mine eye hath well examined his parts, And finds them perfect Richard. Sirrah, speak, What doth move you to claim your brother's land ?
Phil. Because he hath a half-face, like my father, . With that half-face would he have all my land ? A half-fac'd groat, five hundred pound a year !
Rob. My gracious Liege, when that my father liv’d, Your brother did imploy my father much ;
Phil. Well, Sir, by this you cannot get my land. Your tale must be, how he imploy'd my mother.
Rob. And once dispatch'd him in an embassie
6 With half that Face.) But England, and, indeed, all their why with half that Face? There other Coins of Silver, one or is no Question but the Poet wrote, two only excepted, had a full as I have restored the Text, With Face crown'd; till Henry VII. at that half-face
the Time above-mentioned, coinperhaps, will be angry with me ed Groats and half Groats, as for discovering an sna:hronism also some Shillings, with half of our Poet's, in the next Line; Faces, that is, Faces in Frofie, where he alludes to a Coin not as all our Coin has now. The first struck till the Year 1504, in the Groats of king Henry VIII. were Reign of King Henry VII. viz. like these of his father ; though a Groat, which, as well as the afterwards he returned to the half Groat, bare but half Faces broad Faces again. These Groats, impress’d. Vide Siow's Survey with the Impression in Pronle, of London, p. 47. Hollinghed, are undoubtedly here alluded to: Cambden's Remains, &c. The though, as I said, the Poet is Poet sneers at the meagre sharp knowingly guilty of an AnachroVisage of the elder Brother, by nisin in it : for, in the Time of comparing him to a Silver Groat, King John there were no Gioats that bore the King's Face in Pro at all: they being first, as far as file, so shew'd but half the Face : appears, coined in the Reign of The Groats of all our Kings of King Edwvard III, THEOBALD.
But truth is truth; large lengths of seas and shores
K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate ;
father claim'd this son for his ?
Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force
Phil. Of no more force to dispossess me, Sir,
Eli. Whether hadit thou rather be a Faulconbridge,
9 And I had his, Sir Robert his, like him ; And if my legs were too such riding rods, My arms such eel-skins stuft ; 'my face so thin, * That in my ear I durst not stick a rose, Left men should say, Look, where three farthings
thy presence can fignify only, three-farthings goes! ] In Master of thylelf; and it is a this very obscure passage our ftrange expression to fignify even Poetis anticipating the Date that. However that he might of another Coin ; humorously be, without parting with his land. to rally a thin face, echipsed, as We should read,
it were, by a full-blown Roje. Lord of the presence, We must observe, to explain this i.e. Prince of the Blood. Allusion, that Queen Elizabeth
WAR BURTON. was the first, and indeed the onLord of thy presence may figni- ly, Prince, who coined in Engfy something more diftin&t than land three-half-pence, and threemaster of thyself. It means maf- farthing Pieces. She at one and ter of that dignity, and grandeur the fame Time, coined Shillings, of appearance, that may fufficient- Six-pences, Groats, Three-penly distinguish thee from the vul- ces, Two-pences, Three-haif. gar without the help of fortune. pence, Pence, Three-fas things,
Lord of bis presence apparently and Half-pence. And these Piesignifies, great in his own person, ces all had her Head, and were and is used in this sense by King alternately with the Role behind, John in one of the following and without the Roje. The chilscenes.
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, fcure and ill expressed. The viz. the Six-pence, Three-perce, meaning is : If I hat his shape- Three-half-pence, and ThreeSir Robert's as he has.
farthings had the Rof. Sir Robert his, for Sir Robert's
'THEOBALD. is agreeable to the practice of * That in mine ear I durft not sti k that time, when the 's added to a rose.] The sticking Rothe nominative was believed, I fes about them was then all the think erronecusly, to be a con- court-fashion, as appears from traction of his. So Donne, this passage of the Confilion CaWho now lives to age,
tho:ique du S. de Sancy, 1. 2. c. Fit to be called Methusalem 1. Je luy ay appris à mettre des
Roses par tous les coins, i. e. in -my Face fo thin, every place about him, says the That in nine Ear I durft not Speaker, of one to whom he flick a Rose,
had taught all the court-fashions. Left Menfiould Jay, Look, where
his page ?
And to his shape were heir to all this land;
Eli. I like thee well. Wilt thou forsake thy fortune,
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. Cur 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'ít. Kneel thou down Pbilip, but rise up more great ; Arise Sir Richard, and Plantagenet.
Phil. Brother by th' mother's side, give me your
My father gave me honour, yours gave land.
Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet !
2 Mladam, by chance, but not tences, is obscure. I am, says
by Truth; that tho'? the spritely knight, your grandI am your grandson, Madan, by Jon, a little irregularly, but every chance, but not by honesty--what man cannot get what he withes iken?
He that dares Somerling about, a litik ficm, nt go about his designs by diy
&c ] This speech compoled mult make his motions in the nighi; of allusive and proverbial ten- be, to whom the door is hnut,
the legal way:
Something about, a little from the right;
In at the window, or else o'er the hatch,
And have his have, however men do catch;
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'th' way of honesty.
[Exeunt all but Philip.
S CE N E III.
3 A foot of honour better than I was,
, He and his tooth-pick at my worship’s mess;
must climb the window, or leap faid in All's we'l, that ends well, the hatch. This, however, shall that traveller is a good not depress me; for the world thing after dinnr. In that never enquires how any man got age of newly excited curiolity, what he is known to poffefs, but one of the entertainments at allows that to Lave is 10 hare, great tables seems to have been however it was caught, and dat the discourse of a t aveller. he who wins mor well, whatever 5 He and his 1003b-yick.] It was his skill, whether the arrow has been already remarked, that fell near the mark, or far of it. to pick the rosih, and wcar a
3 A fuor of honour.] A fep, pique: beard, were, in that time, un pas.
marks of a man affccting foreign * Now your traveller.] It is fashions,