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SCENE I.-Northampton. A room of state in the palace.
Enter King JOHN, Queen ELINOR, PEMBROKE, ESSEX, SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON.
K. John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us?
[France Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the king of In my behaviour,' to the majesty,
The borrow'd majesty of England here.
Eli. A strange beginning;-borrow'd majesty!
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine :
This play comprehends a period of almost seventeen years, being nearly the whole reign of King John, commencing soon after his accession to the throne, and ending with his death.-MALONE. 2 In my official capacity.
K. John. What follows, if we disallow of this? Chat. The proud controul' 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, The furthest limit of my embassy.
K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace:
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France;
Exeunt CHATILLON and PEmbroke.
This might have been prevented, and made whole,
Which now the manage of two kingdoms must
K. John. Our strong possession, and our right, for us.
Essex. My liege, here is the strangest controversy Come from the country to be judg'd by you, That e'er I heard: Shall I produce the men?
K. John. Let them approach.Our abbies, and our priories, shall pay
Re-enter Sheriff, with ROBERT FAULCON BRIDGE, and
This expedition's charge.-What men are you?
Rob. The son and heir to that same Faulconbridge. K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir? You came not of one mother, then, it seems.
Phil. Most certain of one mother, mighty king, That is well known; and, as I think, one father. Eli. Out on thee, rude man! thou dost shame thy mother,
And wound her honour with this diffidence.
Phil. I, madam? no, I have no reason for it; That is my brother's plea, and none of mine; The which if he can prove, 'a pops me out At least from fair five hundred pound a year: Heaven guard my mother's honour, and my land! K. John. A good blunt fellow.-Why, being younger Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance?
And were our father, and this son like him ;-
I give heaven thanks, I was not like to thee. [us here!
Eli. He hath a trick of Coeur-de-lion's face,1
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?
Phil. Because he hath a half-face, like my father; With that half-face would he have all my land.
Rob. My gracious liege, when that my father liv'd, Your brother did employ my father much; And once despatch'd him in an embassy To Germany, there, with the emperor, To treat of high affairs touching that time: Th' advantage of his absence took the king. Upon his death-bed he by will bequeath'd His lands to me; and took it, on his death, That this, my mother's son, was none of his. Then, good my liege, let me have what is mine, My father's land, as was my father's will.
K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate;
Had of your father claim'd this son for his?
Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force, To dispossess that child which is not his?
Phil. Of no more force to dispossess me, sir, Than was his will to get me, as I think.
[bridge, Eli. Whether hadst thou rather, be a FaulconAnd, like thy brother to enjoy thy land;
1i. e. cast of countenance, like Richard's.
Or the reputed son of Coeur-de-lion,
Phil. Madam, an if my brother had my shape,
[goes! Lest men should say, Look, where three-farthings 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.
Phil. Brother, take you my land, I'll take my chance:
Your face hath got five hundred pounds a year;
Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thither.
Phil. 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;
Phil. Brother, by the mother's side, give me your
My father gave me honour, yours gave land.
I am thy grandame, Richard; call me so.
Great in thine own person.
2 If I had his shape,-Sir Robert's, -as he has.
3 The allusion is to a silver coin of three-farthings in the reign of Elizabeth, extremely thin, and impressed with a rose.
4 Sir Robert.