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K. John. What art thou?
You came not of one mother then, it seems. Bast. Most certain of one mother, mighty king;
That is well known; and, as I think, one father:
Of that I doubt, as all men's children may.
That is my brother's plea and none of mine;
land! 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. 70
But once he slander'd me with bastardy:
80 And were our father and this son like him, 54. “knighted in the field”; in "The Troublesome Reign" he is knighted at the siege of Acon or Acre, by the title of Sir Robert Fauconbridge of Montbery.-1. G.
O old Sir Robert, father, on my knee
I give heaven thanks I was not like to thee!
The accent of his tongue affecteth him.
In the large composition of this man?
land? Bast. Because he has a half-face, like my father.
With half that face would he have all my land:
A half-faced groat five hundred pound a year! Rob: My gracious liege, when that my father
lived, Your brother did employ my father much, Bast. Well, sir, by this you cannot get my land:
Your tale must be how he employ'd my mother.
To Germany, there with the emperor
85. "trick”; it has been suggested that "trick" is used here in the heraldic sense of "copy"; it would seem, however, to be used in a less definite sense.-I. G.
Between my father and my mother lay,
My father's land, as was my father's will.
Your father's wife did after wedlock bear him,
land. Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force 130
To dispossess that child which is not his? 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 Faulcon
Lord of thy presence and no land beside?
And I had his, sir Robert's his, like him;
I would not be sir Nob in any case. 137. "Lord of thy presence”; that is, the possessor of thy own dignified and manly appearance, resembling thy great progenitor. In Sir Henry Wotton's beautiful poem of The Happy Man, we have a line resembling this:
“Lord of himself, though not of lands,
And having nothing yet hath all.”-H. N. H. 139. "sir Robert's his," so the Folios; Theobald proposed “sir Robert his," regarding “his” as the old genitive form; Vaughan “just sir Robert's shape”; Schmidt takes the "'s his" as a reduplicative possessive. Surely “his” is used substantively with that rollicking effect which is so characteristic of Faulconbridge. There is no need to explain the phrase as equivalent to "his shape, which is also his father Sir Robert's”; “sir Robert's his”="sir Robert's shape," "his" emphasizing substantively the previous pronominal use of the word.— 1. G.
143. “Look, where three-farthings goes"; three-farthing pieces of siiver were coired in 1561 (discontinued in 1582); they were very thin, and were distinguished from the silver pence by an impression of the queen's profile, with a rose behind her ear.-I. G.
145. "to"; that is, in addition to it.-H. N. H.
147. “I would noť"; Folio 1 reads "It would not,” probably a misprint, though Delius makes "it” refer to “His face.”—I. G. "sir Nob," Sir Robert.-C. H. H.
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. 150 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 five pence and 'tis dear.
Madam, I 'll follow you unto the death. Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thither. Bast. Our country manners give our betters way. K. John. What is thy name? Bast. 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'st:
160 Kneel thou down Philip, but rise more great,
Arise sir Richard and Plantagenet.
When I was got, sir Robert was away!
I am thy grandam, Richard; call me so. Bast. Madam, by chance but not by truth; what
though? Something about, a little from the right, 170 153. “sell your face for five pence and 'tis dear"; carrying on the jest of l. 94, where it was valued at a groat (i. e. 4d.).-C. H. H.
162. “Plantagenet" was not the original name of the house of Anjou; but a surname formerly bestowed upon a member of the family, from his wearing a broom-stalk, that is, planta genista, in his bonnet.-H. N. H.