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K. Joh. From henceforth bear his name, whose form
'thou bear'it :
Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet !
In at the window, or else o'er the hatch:
And have is have, however men do catch ;
K. John. Go; Faulconbridge, now haft thou thy de-
Phil. Brother, adieu; good fortune come to thee,
[Exeunt all but Philip. A foot of honour better than I
I shall beseech you, that is question now ;
Enier. Lady Faulconbridge, and James Gurney. Lady. Where is that slave, thy brother ? where is he, That holds in chase mine honour up and down?
Phil. My brother Robert, old Sir Robert's fon,
Lady. Sir Robert's. son? ay, thou unrev'rend boy,
Pbil. James Gurney, wilt thou give us leave a while ?
Phil. Philip! -spare me, James; (4) There's toys abroad; anon I'll tell thee more:
[Exit James Madam, I was not old Sir Robert's son, Sir Robert might have eat his part in me Upon Good-Friday, and ne'er broke his fast: Sir Robert could do well; marry, confess! Could he get me ? Sir Robert could not do it ; We knew his handy-work; therefore, good mother, To whom am I beholden for these limbs? Sir Robert never holpe to make this leg.
Lady. Haft thou conspir'd with thy brother too, That, for thine own gain, should'st defend mine honour?' What means this scorn, thou moft untoward knave ?
Phil. Knight, Knight, good mother Bafilisco
Philip, sparrow, James.] Thus the old Copies ; and Mr. Pope has attempted to glofs this Reading by telling us, that Philip is the common Name for a tame Sparrow. So that then Faulconbridge would say, Call me Philip: Tou may as well call me Sparrow. -The Allusion is very mean and trifling: and every Body, I believe, will chuse to embrace Mr. Warburton's Emendation, which I have inserted into the Text: Spare
and Forbear me, it may be observed, are our Author's acor custom'd Phrases; either when any one wants another to leave him, or would be rid of a displeasing Subject.
(3) Knight, Knight, good Mother, Bafilisco like.] Thus must this Passage be pointed; and, to come at the Humour of it, I must clear up an old Circumstance of Stage-History. Faulconbridge's Words here carry a conceal'd Piece of Satire on a stupid Drama of that Age, printed in 1999, and call'd Soliman and Perseda. In this piece there is the Chara&ter of a bragging cowardly Knight, call'd Bafilisco. His Pretension to Valour is fo blown and seen thro', that Piston, a Baffoon-servant in the Play, jumps upon his Back, and will not disengage him, till he makes Bafilifco fwear upon his dudgeon Dagger to the Contents, and in the Terms, he di&tates to him: as, for Inftance,
Bas. 0, I swear, I swear.
What! I am dub'd; I have it on my shoulder:
Lady. Haft thou deny'd thy self a Faulconbridge ?
Lady. King Richard Caur-de-lion was thy father ;
Phil. Now, by this light, were I to get again,
father, Who lives and dares but say, thou didst not well: When I was got, I'll send his soul to hell.
Pift. I, the aforesaid Bafilisco,
Knight, good fellow, knight, knight,-
So that'tis clear, our Poet is (neering at this Play, and makes Philip, when his Mother calls him Knave, throw off that Reproach by humouroully laying claim to his new Dignity of Knighthood; as Bafilifco arrogantly insists on his Title of Knight in the Passage above quoted. The old Play is an execrable bad one; and, I suppose, was sufficiently exploded in the Representation: which might make this Circumstance so well known, as to become the Butt for a Stage-Sarcasm..
Come, lady, I will shew thee to my kin,
And they shall say, when Richard me begot, If thou hadft faid him nay, it had been fin;
Who says, it was, helyes; I say, 'twas not. [Exeunt.
A C T II.
SCENE, before the Walls of Angiers in
Enter Philip King of France, Lewis the Dauphin, the
Arthur! that great fore-runner of thy blood
Richard, that robb’d the lion of his heart,
Arth. God shall forgive you Cæur-de-lion's death
Lewis. A noble boy! who would not do thee right?
Auft. Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss, As seal to this indenture of
my. That to my home I will no more return, Till Angiers and the right thou haft in France,