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Eli. Your strong possession, much more than your
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FAULCON BRIDGE. What men are you?
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K. John. What art thou ?
bridge. K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir? You came not of one mother then, it seems.
Faul. Most certain of one mother, mighty King, That is well known; and, as I think, one father : But, for the certain knowledge of that truth, I put you o'er to Heaven, and to my mother : Of that I doubt, as all men's children may. Eli. Out on thee, rude man! thou dost shame thy
Faul. 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 ?
Faul. I know not why, except to get the land. But once he slander'd me with bastardy: But whether I be as true begot or no, That still I lay upon my mother's head; But that I am as well begot, my liege, (Fair fall the bones that took the pains for me !) Compare our faces, and be judge yourself. If old Sir Robert did beget us both, And were our father, and this son like him ;O, old Sir Robert, father, on my knee I give Heaven thanks, I was not like to thee. K. John. Why, what a mad-cap hath Heaven lent
us here! Eli. He hath a trick of Caur-de-lion's face; The accent of his tongue affecteth him :Do you
not read some tokens of my 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? Rob. My gracious liege, when that my father
liv'd, Your brother did employ my father much;
Faul. Well, sir, by this you cannot get my land; Your tale must be how he employ'd my mother.
Rob. And once despatch'd him in an embassy To Germany, there, with the Emperor, To treat of high affairs touching that time : The 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 : 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 same lusty gentleman was got.
K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate ;
Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force
Faul. Of no more force to dispossess me, sir,
Faul. Madam, and if my brother had my shape,
tune, Bequeath thy land to him, and follow me ? I am a soldier, and now bound to France. Faul. Brother, take you my land, I'll take my
Your face hath got five hundred pound a year ;
Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thither.
Faul. Philip, my liege; so is my name begun;
form thou bear'st; Kneel thou down, Philip, but arise more great; Arise Sir Richard, and Plantagenet. Faul. Brother, by my mother's side, give me your
hand; 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 ! Brother, adieu :-good fortune come to thee, For thou wast got i’the way of honesty. K. John. Go, Faulconbridge! now hast thou thy
desire, A landless knight makes thee a landed 'squire.
[Exit Robert FAULCONBRIDGE. Come, madam, and come, Richard: we must speed For France, for France; for it is more than need.
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but FAULCON BRIDGE. Faul. 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. But who comes in such haste? What woman post is this? hath she no husband That will take pains to blow a horn before her? O me, it is my mother.
Enter LADY FAULCON BRIDGE and GURNEY.
How now, good lady?
Faul. My brother Robert? old Sir Robert's son ? Colbrand the giant, that same mighty man? Is it Sir Robert's son, that
seek so ? L. Faul. Sir Robert's son ! Ay, thou unreverend
L. Faul. Hast thou conspired with thy brother too, That for thine own gain should'st defend mine ho
nour? What means this scorn, thou most untoward knave? Faul. Knight, knight, good mother :- Basilisco