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Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France ;3
[Exeunt Chat. and PEM.
K. John. Our strong possession, and our right, for us.
Eli. Yourstrong possession, much more than your right; Or else it must go wrong with you, and me : So much my conscience whispers in your ear ; Which none but heaven, and you, and I, shall hear.
Enter the Sheriff of Northamptonshire, who whispers Essex.
Essex. My liege, here is the strangest controversy, Come from the country to be judgʻd by you, That e'er I heard : Shall I produce the men ?
K. John. Let them approach.- [Exit Sherif
PHILIP, his bastard brother.
Bast. Your faithful subject I, a gentleman,
(3) This simile does not suit well: the lightning indeed appears before the thunder is heard, but the lightning is destructive, and the thunder innocent.
JOHNSON. The allusion may, notwithstanding, be very proper, so far as Shakspeare had applied it, i.e. merely to the swiftness of the lightning and its preceding and foretelling the thunder. But there is some reason to believe that thunder was not thought to be innocent in our author's time, as we elsewhere learn from himself. See King Lear, III. sc. ii. Antony and Cleopatra, Act II. sc. v. Julius Cæsar, Act I. sc iii. and still more decisively in Measure for Measure, Act II. sc. ii. This old superstition is still prevalent in many parts of the country. RITSON.
K. John. What art thou ?
K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir ?
Bast. 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
mother, And wound her honour with this diffidence.
Bast. I, madam? no, I have noʻreason 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.
Eli. He hath a trick of Caur-de-lion's face, 5
K. John. Mine eye hath well examined his parts,
Bast. Because he hath a half-face, like my father ;
 Whe'r for whether. STEEV.
[5) The trick or tricking, is the same as the tracing of a drawing, mean. ing that peculiarity of face which may be sufficiently shown by the slightest outline. STEEV.
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;
Bast. Well, sir, by this you cannot get my land ;
Rob. And once despatch'd him in an embassy
K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate ;
Rob. Shall then my father's will be of no force,
 The poet sneers at the meagre sharp visage of the younger brother, by comparing him to a silver groat, that bore the king's face in profile to shew but half the face. THEO BALD.
 This is a decisive argument. As your father, if he liked him, could not have been forced to resign him, so not liking him, he is not at liberty to reject him. JOHNSON.
Bast. Of no more force to dispossess me, sir, Than was his will to get me, as I think.
Eli. Whether hadst thou rather,-be a Faulconbridge, And like thy brother, to enjoy thy land ; Or the reputed son of Ceur-de-lion, Lord of thy presence, and no land beside 28
Bast. Madam, an if my brother had my shape, And I had his, sir Robert his 9 like him ; And if my legs were two such riding-rods, My arms such eel-skins stuff'd; my face so thin, That in mine ear I durst not stick a rose, Lest men should say, Look, where three-farthings goes ! 2 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. Bast. Brother, take you my land, I'll take my
chance : Your face hath got five hundred pounds a year ; Yet sell your face for five-pence, and 'tis dear.Madam, I'll follow you unto the death.
Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thither. Bast. Our country manners give our betters 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 ;
[8 ] Lord of thy presence means, master of that dignity and grandeur of appearance that may sufficiently distinguish thee from the vulgar without the help of fortune. - Lord of his presence apparently signifies, great in his own person, and is used in this sense by King John in one of the following
JOHNSON  Sir Robert nis, for Sir Robert's, is agreeable to the practice of that time, when the 's added to the nominative was believed, I think erroreously, to be a contraction of his. JOHNSON
 The sticking roses about them was then all the court-fashion. WARB.  În this very obscure passage our poet is anticipating the date of another toin; humorously to rally a thin face, eclipsed, as it were, by a full blown rose. We must observe, to explain this allusion, that Queen Elizabeth was the first, and indeed the only prince, who coined in England three-half-pence, and three-farthing pieces. She coined shillings, six-pences, groats, threepences, two-pences, three-half-pence, pence, three-farchings, and half-pence; and these pieces all had ber head, and were alternately with the rose behind and without the rose. THEOBALD.
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Arise sir Richard, and Plantagenet. 3
Bast. Brother, by the mother's side, give me yourhand; My father gave me honour, your's gave land :Now blessed be the hour, by night or day, When I was got, sir Robert was away!
Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet !I am thy grandame, Richard ; call me so. Bast. Madam, by chance, but not by truth : What
In at the window, or else o'er the hatch :
And have is have, however men do catch :
K. John. Go, Faulconbridge ; now hast thou thy 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 honour5 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, 6-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,
(3] It is a common opinion, that Pluntagenet was the surname of the royal house of England, from the time of King Henry 11. but it is, as Camden observes, in his Remaines, 1614, a popular mist ske. Plantagenet was not a family name, but a nickname, 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 cal). ed Henry Fitz-Empress ; his son, Richard Caur-de-lion; and the prince who is exhibited in the play before us, John sans-terre, or lack-land. MALONE.
 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 de press me ; for the world never enquires how any man got what he is known to possess, but allows that to have is to have, 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. JOHNS.
25] A step, un pas. JOHNSON.  i, e. A good evening. STEEV.