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  • Title: The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth (Quarto, 1598)
  • Editors: Karen Sawyer Marsalek, Mathew Martin
  • Coordinating editor: Janelle Jenstad

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    Editors: Karen Sawyer Marsalek, Mathew Martin
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    The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth (Quarto, 1598)

    The famous victories
    580Oxf. A verie disordered company, and such as make
    Uerie ill rule in your Maiesties house.
    Hen.4. Well let him come,
    but looke that none come with him.
    He goeth.
    585Oxf. And please your grace,
    My Lord the King, sends for you.
    Hen.5. Come away sirs, lets go all togither.
    Oxf. And please your grace, none must go with you.
    Hen.5. Why I must needs haue them with me,
    590Otherwise I can do my father no countenance,
    Therefore come away.
    Oxf. The King your father commaunds
    There should none come.
    Hen.5. Well sirs then be gone,
    595And prouide me threeNoyse of Musitians.
    Exeunt knights.
    Enters the Prince with a dagger in his hand.
    Hen.4. Come my sonne, come on a Gods name,
    I know wherefore thy comming is,
    600Oh my sonne, my sonne, what cause hath euer bene,
    That thou shouldst forsake me, and follow this vilde and
    Reprobate company, which abuseth youth so manifestly:
    Oh my sonne, thou knowest that these thy doings
    Wil end thy fathers dayes.
    605He weepes.
    I so, so, my sonne, thou fearest not to approach the presence
    of thy sick father, in that disguised sort, I tel thee my sonne,
    that there is neuer a needle in thy cloke, but it is a prick to
    my heart, & neuer an ilat-hole, but it is a hole to my soule:
    610and wherefore thou bringest that dagger in thy hande I
    know not, but by coniecture.
    He weepes.
    Hen.5. My science accuseth me, most soueraign Lord,
    and welbeloued father, to answere first to the last point,