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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
    With hue and crie after your man,
    Which parted from vs the last night,
    25And has set vpon, and hath robd a poore Carrier.
    Hen. 5. Sownes, the vilaine that was wont to spie
    Out our booties.
    Iock. I my Lord, euen the very same.
    Hen.5. Now base minded rascal to rob a poore carrier,
    30Wel it skils not, ile saue the base vilaines life:
    I, I may: but tel me Iockey, wherabout be the Recieuers?
    Ioc. Faith my Lord, they are hard by,
    But the best is, we are a horse backe and they be a foote,
    So we may escape them.
    35Hen.5. Wel, I the vilaines come, let me alone with them.
    But tel me Iockey, how much gots thou from the knaues?
    For I am sure I got something, for one of the vilaines
    So belamd me about the shoulders,
    As I shal feele it this moneth.
    40Iock. Faith my Lord, I haue got a hundred pound.
    Hen. 5. A hundred pound, now brauely spoken Iockey:
    But come sirs, laie al your money before me,
    Now by heauen here is a braue shewe:
    But as I am true Gentleman, I wil haue the halfe
    45Of this spent to night, but sirs take vp your bags,
    Here comes the Receiuers, let me alone.
    Enters two Receiuers.
    One. Alas good fellow, what shal we do?
    I dare neuer go home to the Court, for I shall be hangd.
    50But looke, here is the yong Prince, what shal we doo?
    Hen.5. How now you vilaines, what are you?
    One Recei. Speake you to him.
    Other. No I pray, speake you to him.
    Hen.5. Why how now you rascals, why speak you not?
    55One. Forsooth we be. Pray speake you to him.
    Hen.5. Sowns, vilains speak, or ile cut off your heads.