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You came not of one mother then, it seems.
Bast. Most certain of one mother, mighty king;
Bast. 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 born, Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance ?
Bast. I know not why, except to get the land.
lent us here !
62. put you o'er, refer you. 85. trick, trait. 68. a', he.
86. affecteth, resembles.
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 ? Bast. Because he hath a half-face, like my
father. With half that face would he have all
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.
Rob. And once dispatch'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. Upon his death-bed he by will bequeath'd His lands to me, and took it on his death That this
mother's son was none of his; An if he were, he came into the world
94. half - faced groat; the force. It was commonly used groat (first issued by Henry VII.) by men who made solemn asbore the profile or ‘half - face' severations on their death-beds of the king on one side.
or before execution. 110. took it on his death, swore, as surely as he expected 112. An if, if. So Hanmer, to die, that, etc. This phrase is followed by Delius. The Ff and not exactly parallel with ‘took it is used indiscriminately both for on his salvation,' where it is the and' and 'an'; but an 'and' strength of desire, not of assur- sentence is here clearly out of ance, that gives the oath its place.
Full fourteen weeks before the course of time.
K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate;
Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force
Bast. Of no more force to dispossess me, sir,
Bast. Madam, an if my brother had my shape,
127. . concludes, proves de- substantively with that rollicking cisively.
effect which is so characteristic 134. Whether (monosyllabic). Faulconbridge
his 137. of thy presence, of thy emphasising substantively the goodly person.
previous pronominal use of the 139. sir Robert's his, Sir word.' The line might be Robert's shape. This is, I think, paraphrased : •And I had his rightly explained by Mr. shape, in other words a his of Gollancz: 'Surely “his" is used Sir Robert's.'
And if my legs were two such riding-rods,
And, to his shape, were heir to all this land,
thither. Bast. Our country manners give our betters way. K. John. What is thy name?
Bast. Philip, my liege, so is my name begun;
whose form thou bear'st:
143. three-farthings; the thin 144. to, in addition to. silver piece of this value (coined
147. sir Nob, Sir Robert. from 1561 to 1582) had on one side a profile-head of Elizabeth, 153. sell your face for five with a rose at the back.
pence and 'tis dear; carrying on a court fashion to put a rose in the jest of v. 94, where it was the ear.
valued at a groat (i.e. 4d.).
My father gave me honour, yours gave land.
Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet !
In at the window, or else o'er the hatch:
And have is have, however men do catch :
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 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, fel
low!'And if his name be George, I'll call him Peter; For new-made honour doth forget men's names ;
170. about, i.e. not perfectly 180, 181. Bastards, according straight, regular.
to the proverb, are born lucky ; 170. from, away from.
whereas the honestly
born 171. In at the window, or else Robert's luck is precarious and o'er the hatch; both phrases to be prayed for. were proverbially applied to 184. any Joan, any peasantchildren born out of wedlock. girl.