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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)

    Enter Lord chiefe Iustice, Clarke of the Office, Iayler,
    300Iohn Cobler, Dericke, and the Theefe.
    B2 Iudge.
    The famous victories
    Iudge. Iayler bring the prisoner to the barre.
    Der. Heare you my Lord, I pray you bring the bar to
    the prisoner.
    Iudge. Hold thy hand vp at the barre.
    305Theefe. Here it is my Lord.
    Iudge. Clearke of the Office, reade his inditement.
    Clearke. What is thy name?
    Theefe. My name was knowne before I came here,
    And shall be when I am gone, I warrant you.
    310Iudge. I, I thinke so, but we will know it better before
    thou go.
    Der. Sownes and you do but send to the next Iaile,
    We are sure to know his name,
    For this is not the first prison he hath bene in, ile warrant (you.
    315Clearke. What is thy name?
    Theef. What need you to aske, and haue it in writing.
    Clearke. Is not thy name Cutbert Cutter?
    Theefe. What the Diuell need you ask, and know it so
    320Cleark. Why then Cutbert Cutter, I indite thee by the
    name of Cutbert Cutter, for robbing a poore carrier the 20
    day of May last past, in the fourteen yeare of the raigne of
    our soueraigne Lord King Henry the fourth, for setting
    vpon a poore Carrier vpon Gads hill in Kent, and hauing
    325beaten and wounded the said Carrier, and taken his goods
    from him.
    Der. Oh maisters stay there, nay lets neuer belie the
    man, for he hath not beaten and wounded me also, but hee
    hath beaten and wounded my packe, and hath taken the
    330great rase of Ginger, that bouncing Besse with the iolly
    buttocks should haue had, that greeues me most.
    Iudge. Well, what sayest thou, art thou guiltie, or not
    Theefe. Not guiltie, my Lord.
    335Iudge. By whom wilt thou be tride?
    of Henry the fifth.
    Theefe. By my Lord the young Prince, or by my selfe
    whether you will.
    Enter the young Prince, with Ned and Tom.
    Hen. 5. Come away my lads, Gogs wounds ye villain,
    340what make you heere? I must goe about my businesse my
    selfe, and you must stand loytering here.
    Theefe. Why my Lord, they haue bound me, and will
    not let me goe.
    Hen. 5. Haue they bound thee villain, why how now my
    Iudge. I am glad to see your grace in good health.
    Hen. 5. Why my Lord, this is my man,
    Tis maruell you knew him not long before this,
    I tell you he is a man of his hands.
    350Theefe. I Gogs wounds that I am, try me who dare
    Iudge. Your Grace shal finde small credit by acknow
    ledging him to be your man.
    Hen. 5. Why my Lord, what hath he done?
    Iud. And it please your Maiestie, he hath robbed a poore Carrier.
    355Der. Heare you sir, marry it was one Dericke,
    Goodman Hoblings man of Kent.
    Hen. 5. What wast you butten-breech?
    Of my word my Lord, he did it but in iest.
    Der. Heare you sir, is it your mans qualitie to rob folks
    360in iest? In faith, he shall be hangd in earnest
    Hen. 5. Well my Lord, what do you meane to do with
    my man?
    Iudg. And please your grace, the law must passe on him,
    According to iustice, then he must be executed.
    365Der. Heare you sir, I pray you, is it your mans quality
    to rob folkes in iest? In faith he shall be hangd in iest
    Hen. 5. Well my Lord, what meane you to do with my
    Iudg. And please your grace the law must passe on him,
    370According to iustice, then he must be executed.
    B3 Hen.
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    Hen. 5. Why then belike you meane to hang my man?
    Iudge. I am sorrie that it falles out so.
    Hen. 5. Why my Lord, I pray ye who am I?
    Iud. And please your Grace, you are my Lord the yong
    375Prince, our King that shall be after the decease of our soue=
    raigne Lord, King Henrythe fourth, whom God graunt
    long to raigne.
    Hen. 5. You say true my Lord:
    And you will hang my man.
    380Iudge. And like your grace, I must needs do iustice.
    Hen. 5. Tell me my Lord, shall I haue my man?
    Iudge. I cannot my Lord.
    Hen. 5. But will you not let him go?
    Iud. I am sorie that his case is so ill.
    385Hen. 5. Tush, case me no casings, shal I haue my man?
    Iudge. I cannot, nor I may not my Lord.
    Hen. 5. Nay, and I shal not say & then I am answered?
    Iudge. No.
    Hen. 5. No: Then I will haue him.
    390He giueth him a boxe on the eare.
    Ned. Gogs wounds my Lord, shal I cut off his head?
    Hen. 5. No, I charge you draw not your swords,
    But get you hence, prouide a noyse of Musitians,
    Away, be gone.
    395Exeunt the Theefe.
    Iudge. Well my Lord, I am content to take it at your
    Hen. 5. Nay and you be not, you shall haue more.
    Iudge. Why I pray you my Lord, who am I?
    400Hen. 5. You, who knowes not you?
    Why man, you are Lord chiefe Iustice of England.
    Iudge. Your Grace hath said truth, therfore in striking
    me in this place, you greatly abuse me, and not me onely,
    but also your father: whose liuely person here in this place
    405I doo represent. And therefore to teach you what preroga=
    of Henry the fifth.
    tiues meane, I commit you to the Fleete, vntill we haue
    spoken with your father.
    Hen. 5. Why then belike you meane to send me to the
    410Iudge. I indeed, and therefore carry him away.
    Exeunt Hen. 5 with the Officers.
    Iudge. Iayler, carry the prisoner to Newgate againe,
    vntil the next Sises.
    Iay. At your commandement my Lord, it shalbe done.