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LEWIS, the Dauphin. PRINCE HENRY, his Son; after. | ARCH-DUKE of Austria. wards King Henry III.
CARDINAL PANDULPH, the Pope's ARTHUR, Duke of Bretagne, Son Legate.
of Geffrey, late Duke of Bretagne, MELUN, a French Lord.
the elder Brother of King John. CHATILLON, Ambassador from WILLIAM MARESHALL, Earl of France to King John.
Pembroke. GEFFREY FITZ-PETER, Earl of WILLIAM LONGSWORD, Earl of CONSTANCE, Mother to Arthur. Essex, Chief Justiciary of England. ELINOR, the Widow of King Henry
II. and Mother of King John. Salisbury. ROBERT BIGOT, Earl of Norfolk. BLANCH, Daughter to Alphonso, HUBERT DE BURGH, Chamber
King of Castile, and Niece to King
John. lain to the King: ROBERT FAULCONBRIDGE, Son
LADY FAULCONBRIDGE, Mother
to the Bastard and Robert Faulof Sir Robert Faulconbridge. PHILIP FAULCONBRIDGE, his
conbridge. Half-brother, bastard Son to King
Richard the First. JAMES GURNEY, Servant to Lady | LORDS, LADIES, CITIZENS of AnFaulconbridge.
giers, SHERIFF, HERALDS, OFFIPETER of Pomfret, a Prophet. CERS, SOLDIERS, MESSENGERS, PHILIP, King of France.
and other ATTENDANTS. SCENE.-Sometimes in England, and sometimes in France.
SCENE 1.-Northampton. A Room of State in the Palace. Enter KING JOHN QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, Essex, SALIS.
BRUY, and others, with CHATILLON.
Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the king of France,
Eli. A strange beginning ;-borrow'd majesty!
* I.e. person and manner.
Chat. Philip of France, in right and true behalf
K. John. What follows, if we disallow of this ?
Chat. The proud control of fierce and bloody war, To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.
K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood for blood, Controlment for controlment: so answer France.
Chat. Then take my king's defiance from my mouth,
K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace :
[Exeunt CHATILLON and PEMBROKE.
K. John. Our strong possession, and our right, for us.
Eli. Your strong possession, much more than your right;
Essex. My liege, here is the strangest controversy,
[Exit SHERIFF. Our abbeys, and our priories, shall pay Re-enter Sheriff, with ROBERT FAULCONBRIDGE, and PHILIP,
his bastard Brother. This expedition's charge.-What men are you ?
Bast. Your faithful subject I, a gentleman, Born in Northamptonshire; and eldest son,
As I suppose, to Robert Faulconbridge ;
K. John. What art thou?
K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir ?
Bast. Most certain of one mother, mighty king,
Eli. Out on thee, rude man ! thou dost shame thy mother, And wound her honour with this diffidence.
Bast. I, Madam ? no, I have no reason for it;
K. John. A good blunt fellow :- Why, being younger born, Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance ?
Bast. I know not why, except to get the land
K. John. Why, what a mad-cap hath heaven lent us here!
K. John. Mine eye hath well examined his parts,
Bast. Because he hath a half-face, like my father;
Rob. My gracious liege, when that my father lived,
Bast. Well, Sir, by this you cannot get my land ;
Rob. And once despatch'd him in an embassy
But truth is truth; large lengths of seas and shores
K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate;
, bred from his cow, from all the world;
Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force,
Bast. Of no more force to dispossess me, Sir, Than was his will to get me, as I think.
Eli. Whether hadst thou rather,-be a Faulconbridge, And like thy brother, to enjoy thy land; Or the reputed son of Coeur-de-lion, Lord of thy presence, and no land beside ?
Bast. Madam, an if my brother had my shape, And I had his, Sir Robert his, like him; And if my legs were two such riding-rods, My arms such eel-skins stuff'd; my face so thin, That in mine ear I durst not stick a rose, Lest men should say, Look, where three-farthingst goes! And, to his shape, were heir to all this land, 'Would I might never stir from off this place, I'd give it every foot to have this face; I would not be Sir Nob§
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.
Bast. Brother, take you my land, I'll take my chance :: Your face hath got five hundred pound a year; Yet sell your face for fivepence, and 'tis dear. Madam, I'll follow you unto the death.
* Was convinced.
+ Appearance. # In allusion to the money-pieces so called.
Robert. * 1.e, not quite regularly.
Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thither.
old Sir Robert's wife's eldest son. K. John. From henceforth bear his name whose form thou
Bast. Brother, by the mother's side, give me your hand;
Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet !-
Bast. Madam, by chance, but not by truth: What though? Something about, a little from the right, *
In at the window, or else o'er the hatch:
And have is have, however men do catch:
K. John. Go, Faulconbridge; now hast thou thy desire,
Bast. Brother, adieu; Good fortune come to thee!
[Exeunt all but the BASTARD.
-My dear Sir
$ Changed condition.
† Good evening. #Respectful.
| My travelled (op.