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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)

    1420Enters Dericke roming. After him a Frenchman,
    and takes him prisoner.
    Dericke. O good Mounser.
    French man. Come, come, you villeaco.
    Der. O I will sir, I will.
    1425Frenchman. Come quickly you pesant.
    Der. I will sir, what shall I giue you?
    French. Marry thou shalt giue me,
    One, to, tre, foure, hundred Crownes.
    Der. Nay sir, I will giue you more,
    1430I will giue you as many crowns as wil lie on your sword.
    French. Wilt thou giue me as many crowns
    As will lie on my sword?
    Der. I marrie will I, I but you must lay downe your
    Sword, or else they will not lie on your sword.
    1435Here the Frenchman laies downe his sword, and
    the clowne takes it vp, and hurles him downe.
    Der. Thou villaine, darest thou looke vp?
    French. O good Mounsier comparteue.
    Monsieur pardon me.
    1440Der. O you villaine, now you lie at my mercie,
    Doest thou remember since thou lambst me in thy short el:
    O villaine, now I will strike off thy head.
    Here whiles he turnes his backe, the French
    man runnes his wayes.
    1445Der. What is he gone, masse I am glad of it,
    For if he had staid, I was afraid he wold haue sturd again,
    And then I should haue beene spilt,
    But I will away, to kill more Frenchmen.