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The accent of his tongue affeSteth him.
Do you not read some tokens of rny son
In the large composition of this man?

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
To Germany; there with the Emperor
To treat of high affairs touching that time.
Th’advantage of his absence took the King,
And in the mean time sojourn'd at my father's ;
Where, how he did prevail, I shame to speak,

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

Mr. Pope,

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.



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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 son,
Had of


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 footh, he might; then, if he were my brother's,
My brother might not claim him ; nor your father,
Being none of his, refuse him ; ? 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 dispoffefs 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 hadit thou rather be a Faulconbridge,
And, like thy brother, to enjoy thy land:
Or the reputed son of Cæur-de-lion,
Lord of thy presence, and no land beside ?
Phil. Madam, and if my brother had my shape,

7 This concludes.] This is a fo, not liking him, he is not at
decisive argument. As your fa- liberty to reject him.
ther, if he liked him, could not 8 Lord of the presinci, and
have been forced to resign him, no land befide?] Lord of


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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

goes !

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



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And to his shape were heir to all this land;
'Would, I might never stir 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.
Phil. Brother, take you my land, I'll take my

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.
Now blessed be the hour, by night or day,
When I was got, Sir Robert was away!

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


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,
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'th' way of honesty.

[Exeunt all but Philip.


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

, 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,


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