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6 'Tis too respective, and too sociable, For
your conversion.] Respective, is respectful, formal. Conversion seems to mean, his late change of condition from a private gentleman to a knight. STEEVENS. 7 My picked man of countries :] i. e. my travelled fop.
like an ABC-book :] An ABC-book, or, as they spoke and wrote it, an absey-book, is a catechism.
9 For he is but a bastard to the time, &c.] He is accounted but a mean man in the present age.
What woman-post is this ? hath she no husband, That will take pains to blow a horn before her?
Enter Lady FAULCONBRIDGE, and JAMES GURNEY.
and down? Bast. My brother Robert ? old sir Robert's son ? Colbrand' the giant, that saine mighty man? Is it sir Robert's son, that you seek so? Lady F. Sir Robert's son! Ay, thou unreverend
boy, Sir Robert's son: Why scorn'st thou at sir Robert ? He is sir Robert's son; and so art thiou. Bast. James Gurney, wilt thou give us leave a
while ? Gur. Good leave, good Philip. Bast.
Philip ?--sparrow 13-James, There's toys abroad ;4 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 !) Could he get me? Sir Robert could not do it; We know his handy-work :-Therefore, good mo
ther, To whom am I beholden for these limbs? Sir Robert never holp to make this leg.
* Colbrand-] Colbrand was a Danish giant, whom Guy of Warwick discomfited in the presence of King Athelstan.
Good leare, &c.] Good leave means a ready assent. s Philip?
---sparrow!] A sparrow is called Philip. * There's toys avroad; &c.] i. e. rumours idle reports,
Lady F. Hast thou conspired with thy brother
too, That for thine own gain should'st defend mine ho
nour? What means this scorn, thou most untoward knave? Bast. Knight, knight, good mother,--Basilisco
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 Caur-de-lion was thy fa
Bast. Now, by this light, were I to get again,
Knight, knight, good mother,-Basilisco-like:] Faulconbridge's words here carry a concealed piece of satire on a stupid drama of that age, printed in 1599, and called Soliman and Perseda. In this piece there is a character of a bragging cowardly knight, called Basilisco.
He, that perforce robs lions of their hearts,
father! Who lives and dares but say, thou did'st 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.
SCENE I. France. Before the Walls of Angiers.
Enter, on one side, the Archduke of Austria, and
Forces ; on the other, PHILIP, King of France, and Forces; LEWIS, CONSTANCE, ARTHUR, and Attendants.
Lew. Before Angiers well met, brave Austria. Arthur, that great fore-runner 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 Coeur-de-lion's
6 At our importance -] At our importunity.
The rather, that you give his offspring life,
thanks, Till your strong hand shall help to give him
strength, To make a more requital to your love. Aust. The peace of heaven is theirs, that lift
their swords In such a just and charitable war. K. Phi. Well then, to work ; our cannon shall
7 To cull the plots of best advantages:] i, e. to mark such stations as might over-awe the town. VOL. IV.