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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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    The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth (Quarto, 1598)

    The famous victories
    Hen.5. With a good will my good brother of France.
    Secretary deliuer him a coppie.
    My lords of England go before,
    And I will follow you. Exeunt Lords.
    1490Speakes to himselfe.
    Hen.5. Ah Harry, thrice vnhappie Harry.
    Hast thou now conquered the French King,
    And begins a fresh supply with his daughter,
    But with what face canst thou seeke to gain her loue,
    1495Which hath sought to win her fathers Crowne?
    Her fathers Crowne said I, no it is mine owne:
    I but I loue her, and must craue her,
    Nay I loue her and will haue her.
    Enters Lady Katheren and her Ladies.
    1500But here she comes:
    How now faire Ladie, Katheren of France,
    What newes?
    Kathren. And it please your Maiestie,
    My father sent me to know if you will debate any of these
    1505Unreasonable demands which you require:
    Hen.5. Now trust me Kate,
    I commend thy fathers wit greatly in this,
    For none in the world could sooner haue made me debate it
    If it were possible:
    1510But tell me sweete Kate, canst thou tell how to loue?
    Kate. I cannot hate my good Lord,
    Therefore far vnfit were it for me to loue.
    Hen.5. Tush Kate, but tell me in plaine termes,
    Canst thou loue the King of England?
    1515I cannot do as these Countries do,
    That spend halfe their time in woing:
    Tush wench, I am none such,
    But wilt thou go ouer to England?
    Kate. I would to God, that I had your Maiestie,
    1520As fast in loue, as you haue my father in warres,