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Eflex. My Liege, here is the strangest controversie,
K. John. Let them approach.
Enter Robert Faulconbridge, and Philip, his Brother.
Phil. Your faithful subject, I, a gentleman
K John. What art chou?
K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir ?
Phil. Most certain of one mother, mighty King,
Phil. I, Madam ? no, I have no reason for it;
's plea, and none of mine ;
Phil. I know not why, except to get the land ;
If old Sir Robert did beget us both,
K. John. Mine eye hath well examined his parts,
Pbil. Because he hath a half-face like my father, With that half-face would he have all my land ? (2) A half fac'd groat, five hundred pound a year!
Rob, My gracious Liege, when that my father liv'd, Your brother did imploy my father much ;
(2) Wirb half that Face] But why with balf that Face ? There is no Question but the Poet wrote, as I have restor’d the Text, Witb that half-face Mr. Pope, perhaps, will be angry with me for discovering an Anacbronism of our Poet's, in the next Line ; where he alludes to a Coin not struck 'till the Year 1504, in the Reign of King Henry VII. viz. a Groat, which, as well as the half-Groat, bare but half-faces impress'd. Vide Stow's Survey of London, p. 47. Holingshed, Cambden's Remains, &c. The Poet fneers at the meagre Tharp Visage of the elder Brother, by comparing him to a Silver Groat, that bore the King's Face in Profile, so shew'd but half the Face. The Groats of all our Kings of England, and, indeed, all their other Coins of Silver, one or two only excepted, had a full Face crown'd; 'till Henry VII, at the Time above-mention'd, coin'd Groats and half Groats, as also fome Shillings, with half Faces, that is, Faces in Profile, as all our Coin has now. The first Groats of King Henry VIII. were like those of his Father; tho' afterwards he return'd to the broad Faces again. These Groats with the Impreffion in Profile, are undoubtedly here alluded to : tho', as I said, the Poet is knowingly guilty of an Apachronism in it: for, in the Time of King Jobn there were no Groats at all: they being first, as far as appears, coin'd in the Reign of King Edward II.
Phil. Well, Sir, by this you cannot get my land.
Rob. And once dispatch'd him in an embassie.
K. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate ;
wives. Tell me, how if my brother, Who, as you say, took pains to get this son, Had of
father claim'd this son for his ?
father's land. 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,
Eli. Whether hadft thou rather be a Faulconbridge,
Lord of thy presence, and no land befide ?
Phil. Madam, and if my brother had my shape,
Eli. I like thee well ; wilt thou forfake thy fortune,
Phil. Brother, take you my land, I'll take my chances
Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thithers.
. Philip, my Liege, fo is my name begun z. Philip, good old Sir Robert's wife's eldest son.
my Face fotbini, That in mine Ear I durft not fick a Rose,
Left Men should say, Look, wbere three-farthings goes !] In this very obscure Passage our Poet is anticipating the Dateof another Coin ; humourously 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 coin’d in England three. half-pence, and;three-farthing Pieces. She at one and the fame Time, coin'd Shillings, Six-pences, Groats, Three-pences, Two-pences, Three. half pence, Pence, Three-farthings, and Half-pence; And there Pieces all had her Head, and were alternately with the Rose behind, and without the Rose. The Shilling, Groat, Two-pence, Penny, and Half-penny liad it not : The other intermediate Coins, viz. the Six-pence, Three-pence, Three-half-pence, and Three-farthings had the Rofco.
· K. John. From henceforth bear his name, whose form
Phil. Brother by th’ mother's side, give me your
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 ; .
K. John. Go, Faulconbridge, now haft thou thy de-
Phil. Brother, adieu ; good fortune come to thee,
[Exeunt all but Philip;
many a many foot of land the worse!