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Eli. I like thee well; Wilt thou forsake thy for
Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thither.
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: Kneel thou down Philip, but arise more great ; Arise sir Richard, and Plantagenet.”
Bast. Brother, by the mother's side, give me
My father gave me honour, yours gave land:
Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet !—
I would not be sir Nob -] Sir Nob is used contemptuously for Sir Robert.
* Arise sir Richard, and Plantagenet.] It is a common opinion, that Plantagenet was the surname of the royal house of England, from the time of King Henry II. but it is, as Camden observes, in his Remaines, 1614, a popular mistake. Plantagenet was not a family name, but a nick-name, by which a grandson of Geffrey, the first Earl of Anjou, was distinguished, from his wearing a broom-stalk in his bonnet. But this name was never borne either by the first Earl of Anjou, or by King Henry II. the son of that Earl by the Empress Maude; he being always called Henry Fitz-Empress; his son, Richard Cæur-de-lion; and the prince who is exhibited in the play before us, John sans-terre, or lack-land. Malone.
I am thy grandame, Richard; call me so.
In at the window, or else o'er the hatch:
And have is 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. Bast. Brother, adieu; Good fortune come to
thee! For thou wast got i'the way of honesty.
[Exeunt all but the Bastard. 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 Richard, God-a-mercy, 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 too sociable,
* Something about, a little from the right, &c.) This speech, composed of allusive and proverbial sentences, is obscure. I am, says the sprightly knight, your grandson, a little irregularly, but every man cannot get what he wishes the legal way. He that dares not go about his designs by day, must make his motions in the night; he, to whom the door is shut, must climb the window, or leap the hatch. This, however, shall not depress me; for the world never enquires how any man got what he is known to possess, but allows that to have is to hare, however it was caught, and that he who wins, shot well, whatever was his skill, whether the arrow fell near the mark, or far off it. Johnson.
► Good den,) i. e. a good evening.
For your conversion. Now your traveller,
o 'Tis too respective, and too sociable,
For your conversion.) Respective, is respectful, formal. Con. version seems to mean, his late change of condition from a private gentleman to a knight. STEEVENS. My picked man of countries :) i. e. my travelled fop.
like an ABC-book :) An ABC-book, or, as they spoke and wrote it, an absey-book, is a catechism.
9 For he is but a bastard to the time, &c.] He is accounted but a mean man in the present age.
What woman-post is this ? hath she no husband, That will take pains to blow a horn before her?
Enter Lady FaulCONBRIDGE, and JAMES GURNEY.
is he? That holds in chase mine honour up and down?
Bast. My brother Robert ? old sir Robert's son? Colbrand the giant, that saine mighty man? Is it sir Robert's son, that you seek so? Lady F. Sir Robert's son! Ay, thou unreverend
boy, Sir Robert's son: Why scorn'st thou at sir Robert ? He is sir Robert's son; and so art thou. Bast. James Gurney, wilt thou give us leave a
while ? Gur. Good leave, good Philip. Bast.
Philip ?-sparrow !3-James, There's toys abroad ;* anon I'll tell thee more.
[Exit Gurney. 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 (to confess !) Could he get me? Sir Robert could not do it; We know his handy-work:—Therefore, good moLady F. Hast thou conspired with thy brother
ther, To whom am I beholden for these limbs ? Sir Robert never holp to make this leg.
Colbrand -] Colbrand was a Danish giant, whom Guy of Warwick discomfited in the presence of King Athelstan. 2 Good leare, &c.] Good leave means a ready assent.
Philip ?- sparrow!] A sparrow is called Philip. * There's toys abroad; &c.) i. e. rumours, idle reports.
too, That for thine own gain should'st defend mine ho
nour? What means this scorn, thou most untoward knave? Bast. Knight, knight, good mother,-Basilisco
like: What! I am dubb’d; I have it on my shoulder. But, mother, I am not sir Robert's son; I have disclaim'd sir Robert, and my land; Legitimation, name, and all is gone: Then, good my mother, let me know my father; Some proper man, I hope; Who was it, mother? Lady F. Hast thou denied thyself a Faulcon
bridge? Bast. As faithfully as I deny the devil. Lady F. King Richard Cour-de-lion was thy fa
ther; By long and vehement suit I was seduc'd To make room for him in my husband's bed: Heaven lay not my transgression to my charge! Thou art the issue of my dear offence, Which was so strongly urg'd, past my defence.
Bast. Now, by this light, were I to get again, Madam, I would not wish a better father. Some sins do bear their privilege on earth, And so doth yours; your fault was not your folly: Needs must you lay your heart at his dispose,Subjected tribute to commanding love, Against whose fury and unmatched force The awless lion could not wage the fight, Nor keep his princely heart from Richard's hand.
5 Knight, knight, good mother,--Basilisco-like:] Faulconbridge's words here carry a concealed piece of satire on a stupid drama of that age, printed in 1599, and called Soliman and Perseda. In this piece there is a character of a bragging cowardly knight, called Basilisco.