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  • Title: Famous Victories of Henry V (Modern)
  • Textual editor: Mathew Martin
  • Performance editor: Peter Cockett
  • Coordinating editor: Janelle Jenstad

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    Author: Anonymous
    Editor (Text): Mathew Martin
    Editor (Performance): Peter Cockett
    Director: Peter Cockett
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    Famous Victories of Henry V (Modern)

    [Scene 10] [Video Sc.10]
    Enter a Captain, John Cobbler[,] and his Wife.
    Come, come, there's no remedy. Thou must needs serve the king.
    Good Master Captain, let me go. I am not able to go so far.
    I pray you, good Master Captain, be good to my husband.
    Why, I am sure he is not too good to serve the king?
    Alas, no, but a great deal too bad. Therefore I pray you let me go.
    No, no, thou shalt go.
    Oh, sir, I have a great many shoes at home to cobble.
    I pray you let him go home again.
    Tush, I care not. Thou shalt go.
    Oh, wife, an you had been a loving wife to me, this had not been, for I have said many times that I would go away, and now I must go 1005against my will.
    He weepeth. Enter Derrick [with a pot lid for a shield].
    How now! Ho, basillus manus, for an old codpiece! Master Captain, shall we away? 1010Zounds, how now, John, what, a-crying? What make you and my dame there? [To Wife] I marvel whose head you will throw the stools at now we are gone.
    I'll tell you! Come, ye cloghead, 1015what do you with my pot lid? Hear you, will you have it rapped about your pate?
    She beateth him with her pot lid.
    Oh, good dame!Here he shakes her[.]An I had my dagger here, I would worry you all to pieces, 1020that I would.
    Would you so? I'll try that.
    She beateth him.
    Master Captain, will ye suffer her? Go to, dame! I will go back as far as I can, 1025but, an you come again, I'll clap the law on your back, that's flat. I'll tell you, Master Captain, what you shall do. Press her for a soldier. I warrant you, she will do as much good as her husband and I too.
    1030Enter the Thief [Cutbert Cutter].
    Zounds, who comes yonder?
    How now, good fellow. Dost thou want a master?
    Cutbert Cutter
    Ay, truly sir.
    Hold thee, then. I press thee for a soldier 1035to serve the king in France.
    How now, Gads! What, dost know 's, thinkest?
    Cutbert Cutter
    Ay, I knew thee long ago.
    Hear you, Master Captain?
    What say'st thou?
    I pray you let me go home again.
    Why, what wouldst thou do at home?
    Marry, I have brought two shirts with me, and I would carry one of them home again, for I am sure he'll steal it from me, 1045he is such a filching fellow.
    I warrant thee he will not steal it from thee. Come, let's away.
    Come, Master Captain, let's away. Come, follow me.
    Come, wife, let's part lovingly.
    Farewell, good husband.
    [They embrace tearfully.]
    Fie, what a kissing and crying is here! [To Wife] Zounds, do ye think he will never come again? [To John] Why, John, come away! Dost think that we are so base-1055minded to die among Frenchmen? Zounds, we know not whether they will lay us in their church or no. Come, Master Captain, let's away.
    I cannot stay no longer, therefore come away.
    Exeunt omnes.