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'Tis too respective and too sociable
For your conversion. Now your traveller,
He and his toothpick at my worship's mess,
And when my knightly stomach is sufficed,
Why then I suck my teeth and catechize
My picked man of countries : 'My dear sir,'
Thus, leaning on mine elbow, I begin,
'I shall beseech you '--that is question now;
And then comes answer like an Absey book :
'O sir,' says answer, 'at your best command ;
At your employment; at your service, sir :'
No, sir,' says question, ‘I, sweet sir, at yours :'
And so, ere answer knows what question would,
Saving in dialogue of compliment,
And talking of the Alps and Apennines,
The Pyrenean and the river Po,
It draws toward supper in conclusion so.
But this is worshipful society
And fits the mounting spirit like myself,
For he is but a bastard to the time
That doth not smack of observation ;
And so am I, whether I smack or no;
And not alone in habit and device,
Exterior form, outward accoutrement,
But from the inward motion to deliver
Sweet, sweet, sweet poison for the age's tooth :
Which, though I will not practise to deceive,
Yet, to avoid deceit, I mean to learn ;

188. 'Tis too respective, etc. ; 201. 'Except in exchange of (to remember men's names) compliments' (and in talking, shows too much deference and etc.). familiarity to be becoming in

The Pyrenean, the your new circumstances.



Pyrenees. 193. picked, choice, refined.

observation, courtly 196. Absey book, a sort of deference. catechism ('ABC'), with alter- 210. device, cut and adornDate question and answer, used ment of the dress. in learning to read.

212. motion, mental activity.


For it shall strew the footsteps of my rising.
But who comes in such haste in riding-robes ?
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. How now, good lady!
What brings you here to court so hastily?
Lady F. Where is that slave, thy brother ?

where is he,
That holds in chase mine honour up and down?

Bast. My brother Robert ? old sir Robert's son ?
Colbrand the giant, that same mighty man?
Is it sir Robert's son that you seek so?
Lady F. Sir Robert's son! Ay, thou un-

reverend 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

awhile ?
Gur. Good leave, good Philip.

Philip! sparrow: 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,




216. strew the footsteps, etc., were used indiscriminately. i.e. make my footing surer.

231. Philip! sparrow; 225. Colbrand, Danish Philip was an early name for the giant proverbial for his strength, sparrow, derived probably from

of the victims of the its twittering note, and rendered champion Guy Warwick. classical by Shelton's Boke of 227. unreverend,

Phyllip Sparowe. ful; reverend' and reverent 232. toys, idle rumours.



Could he get me ? Sir Robert could not do it :
We know his handiwork : therefore, good mother,
To whom am I beholding for these limbs ?
Sir Robert never holp to make this leg.
Lady F. Hast thou conspired with thy brother

That for thine own gain shouldst defend mine

honour? 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 Cordelion was thy father : By long and vehement suit I was seduced 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 urged past my defence. 239. beholding, indebted.

Pist. By the contents of this

blade 244. Knight, knight Basilisco-like; an allusion, as

Bas. By the contents of this

blade, Theobald pointed out, to the Pist. I, the aforesaid Basilisco,-play of Soliman and Perseda Bas. I, the aforesaid Basilisco, (c. 1590). Basilisco is a coward knight, good fellow, knight,

knight, and braggart, whom Piston, the

Pist. Knave, good fellow, knave, clown, forces to take an oath upon knave. his dagger (Hazlitt-Dodsley, Old Plays, v. 271, 272) :

250. proper, comely. Bas. I swear, I swear.

257. dear, grievous.


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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 aweless lion could not wage the fight,
Nor keep his princely heart from Richard's hand.
He that perforce robs lions of their hearts
May easily win a woman's. Ay, my mother,
With all my heart I thank thee for my father!
Who lives and dares but say thou didst not well
When I was got, I'll send his soul to hell.
Come, lady, I will show thee to my kin;

And they shall say, when Richard me begot,
If thou hadst said him nay, it had been sin :
Who says
it was, he lies; I say 'twas not.


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France. Before Angiers.

Enter AUSTRIA and forces, drums, etc. on one

side : on the other King PHILIP of France and

attendants. Lew. Before Angiers well met, brave Austria. 264. Subjected tribute, tribute whose heart he took, was told, subjected, paid, (to).

with other fabulous exploits, in 266. The a weless lion. the Middle English romance of Richard's slaying of the lion, Richard Cæur-de-lion.


Arthur, that great forerunner of thy blood,
Richard, that robb'd the lion of his heart
And fought the holy wars in Palestine,
By this brave duke came early to his grave:
And for amends to his posterity,
At our importance hither is he come,
To spread his colours, boy, in thy behalf,
And to rebuke the usurpation
Of thy unnatural uncle, English John:
Embrace him, love him, give him welcome hither.

Arth. God shall forgive you Cordelion's death
The rather that you give his offspring life,
Shadowing their right under your wings of war :
I give you welcome with a powerless hand,
But with a heart full of unstained love:
Welcome before the gates of Angiers, duke.
Lew. A noble boy ! Who would not do thee

Aust. Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss,
As seal to this indenture of my love,
That to my home I will no more return,
Till Angiers and the right thou hast in France,
Together with that pale, that white-faced shore,
Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring tides
And coops from other lands her islanders,
Even till that England, hedged in with the main,
That water-walled bulwark, still secure
And confident from foreign purposes,


2. that great forerunner of Viscount of Limoges, before thy blood, predecessor by right of whose castle of Chaluz Chabrol blood to his title. So in vv. 6, Richard was slain. Austria had 13, 96 below.

died in 1195, four years before 5. By this brave duke, etc. John's accession. The archduke Leopold of 7. importance, urgent request. Austria, who

imprisoned 27. secure and confident from Richard, is here, as in the old foreign purposes, fearless of play, identified with Widomarinvasion.

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