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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
    We may do it Iohn, for ile proue it,
    Because we be souldiers.
    The Trumpets sound.
    Iohn. Dericke helpe me to carry my shooes and bootes.

    1630Enters King of England, Lord of Oxford and Exeter, then
    the King of France, Prince Dolphin, and the Duke of
    Burgondie, and attendants.

    Hen.5. Now my good brother of France,
    I hope by this time you haue deliberated of your answere?
    1635Fr. King. I my welbeloued brother of England,
    We haue viewed it ouer with our learned Councell,
    But cannnot finde that you should be crowned
    King of France.
    Hen.5. What not King of France, then nothing,
    1640I must be King: but my louing brother of France,
    I can hardly forget the late iniuries offered me,
    When I came last to parley,
    The French men had better a raked
    The bowels out of their fathers carkasses,
    1645Then to haue fiered my Tentes,
    And if I knew thy sonne Prince Dolphin for one,
    I would so rowse him, as he was neuer so rowsed.
    Fr. King. I dare sweare for my sonnes innocencie
    In this matter.
    1650But if this please you, that immediately you be
    Proclaimed and crowned heire and Regent of France,
    Not King, because I my selfe was once crowned King.
    Hen.5. Heire and Regent of France, that is well,
    But that is not all that I must haue.
    1655Fr. King. The rest my Secretary hath in writing.
    Secret. Item, that Henry King of England,
    Be Crowned heire and Regent of France,
    During the life of King Charles, and after his death,