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

    Enters King of France, King of England,
    1450and attendants.
    of Henry the fifth.
    Hen.5. Now my good brother of France,
    My comming into this land was not to shead blood,
    But for the right of my Countrey, which if you can deny,
    I am content peaceably to leaue my siege,
    1455And to depart out of your land.
    Charles. What is it you demand,
    My louing brother of England?
    Hen.5. My Secretary hath it written, read it.
    Secretary. Item, that immediately Henry of England
    1460Be crowned King of France.
    Charles. A very hard sentence,
    My good brother of England.
    Hen.5. No more but right, my good brother of France.
    French King. Well read on.
    1465Secret. Item, that after the death of the said Henry,
    The Crowne remaine to him and his heires for euer.
    French King. Why then you do not onely meane to
    Dispossesse me, but also my sonne.
    Hen.5. Why my good brother of France,
    1470You haue had it long inough:
    And as for Prince Dolphin,
    It skils not though he sit beside the saddle:
    Thus I haue set it downe, and thus it shall be.
    French King. You are very peremptorie,
    1475My good brother of England.
    Hen. And you as peruerse, my good brother of France.
    Charles. Why then belike, all that I haue here is yours.
    Hen.5. I euen as far as the kingdom of France reaches.
    Charles. I for by this hote beginning,
    1480We shall scarce bring it to a calme ending.
    Hen.5. It is as you please, here is my resolution.
    Charles. Well my brother of England,
    If you will giue me a coppie,
    We will meete you againe to morrow.
    1485Exit King of France, and all their attendants.
    F3 Hen.5.
    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,
    of Henry the fifth.
    I would not vouchsafe so much as one looke,
    Untill you had related all these vnreasonable demands.
    Hen.5. Tush Kate, I know thou wouldst not vse me so
    Hardly: But tell me, canst thou loue the king of England?
    1525 Kate. How should I loue him, that hath dealt so hardly
    With my father.
    Hen.5. But ile deale as easily with thee,
    As thy heart can imagine, or tongue can require,
    How saist thou, what will it be?
    1530 Kate. If I were of my owne direction,
    I could giue you answere:
    But seeing I stand at my fathers direction,
    I must first know his will.
    Hen.5. But shal I haue thy good wil in the mean season?
    1535 Kate. Whereas I can put your grace in no assurance,
    I would be loth to put you in any dispaire.
    Hen.5. Now before God, it is a sweete wench.
    She goes aside, and speakes as followeth.
    Kat. I may thinke my selfe the happiest in the world,
    1540That is beloued of the mightie king of England.
    Hen.5. Well Kate, are you at hoast with me?
    Sweete Kate, tel thy father from me,
    That none in the world could sooner haue perswaded me to
    It then thou, and so tel thy father from me.
    1545 Kat. God keepe your Maiestie in good health.
    Exit. Kat.
    Hen.5. Far wel sweet Kate, in faith, it is a sweet wench,
    But if I knew I could not haue her fathers good wil,
    I would so rowse the Towers ouer his eares,
    1550That I would make him be glad to bring her me,
    Upon his hands and knees
    Exit King.