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[Scene 13]
Enter French soldiers.
1 SOLDIER
Come away, Jack Drummer; come away all,
And me will tell you what me will do:
Me will trow one chance on the dice,
1280Who shall have the King of England and his lords.
2 SOLDIER
Come away Jack Drummer,
And trow your chance, and lay down your drum.
Enter Drummer.
DRUMMER
1285Oh, the brave apparel that the English mans
Hay broughth over! I will tell you what
Me ha done: me ha provided a hundreth trunks,
And all to put the fine 'parel of the English mans in.
1 SOLDIER
1290What do thou mean by trunks?
2 SOLDIER
A shest, man. A hundred shests.
1 SOLDIER Oui, oui, oui. Me will tell you what:
Me ha put five shildren out of my house,
1295And all too little to put the fine apparel of the
English mans in.
DRUMMER
Oh, the brave, the brave apparel that we shall
Have anon! But come, and you shall see what me will trow
1300At the king's drummer and fife, [He throws the dice.]
Ha! Me ha no good luck. Trow you.
3 SOLDIER
Faith, me will trow at the Earl of Northumberland
And my Lord a Willoughby, with his great horse:
1305Snorting, farting, oh, brave horse!
[He throws the dice.]
1 SOLDIER
Ha! By'r lady, you ha reasonable good luck
Now I will trow at the king himself. [He throws the dice.]
Ha! Me have no good luck.
Enters a captain.
1310CAPTAIN
How now? What make you here,
So far from the camp?
2 SOLDIER
Shall me tell our captain what we have done here?
1315DRUMMER
Oui. oui.
Exeunt Drummer, and [first] soldier.
2 SOLDIER
I will tell you what whe have done:
We have been trowing our shance on the dice,
But none can win the king.
1320CAPTAIN
I think so! Why, he is left behind for me,
And I have set three or four chairmakers a work
To make a new disguised chair to set that womanly
King of England in, that all the people may laugh
1325And scoff at him.
2 SOLDIER
Oh, brave captain!
CAPTAIN
I am glad, and yet with a kind of pity,
1330To see the poor king.
Why, who ever saw a more flourishing army in France
In one day than here is? Are not here all the peers of
France? Are not here the Normans with their fiery handguns and flanching curtle-axes?
Are not here the Barbarians with their bard-horses
1335And launching spears?
Are not here Picards with their crossbows and piercing
Darts?
The Hainaults with their cutting glaives and sharp
Carbuncles?
1340Are not here the lance knights of Burgundy?
And on the other side, a site of poor English scabs?
Why, take an Englishman out of his warm bed
And his stale drink but one month,
And alas, what will become of him?
1345But give the Frenchman a radish root
And he will live with it all the days of his life.
Exit.
2 SOLDIER
Oh, the brave apparel that we shall have of the
English mans!
Exit.