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[Scene 18]
Drum and trumpet sounds.
Enters Derrick roaming. After him a Frenchman, and takes him prisoner.
1540DERRICK
O good Mounser!
FRENCHMAN
Come, come, you viliaco.
DERRICK
1545Oh, I will sir, I will.
FRENCHMAN
Come quickly, you peasant.
DERRICK
I will sir. What shall I give you?
1550FRENCHMAN
Marry, thou shalt give me
One, to, tree, four hundred crowns.
DERRICK
Nay, sir, I will give you more.
1555I will give you as many crowns as will lie on your sword.
FRENCHMAN
Wilt thou give me as many crowns
As will lie on my sword?
DERRICK
1560Aye, marry will I. Aye, but you must lay down your
Sword, or else they will not lie on your sword.
Here the Frenchman lays down his sword, and the clown takes it up and hurls him down.
DERRICK
Thou villain, darest thou look up?
FRENCHMAN
1565O good Monsieur, compatis vous!
Monsieur, pardon me!
DERRICK
O you villain, now you lie at my mercy!
Dost thou remember since thou lammed'st me in thy short ell?
O villain, now I will strike off thy head!
Here whiles he turns his back, the Frenchman runs his ways.
1570What, is he gone? Mass, I am glad of it,
For if he had stayed, I was afraid he would have stirred again,
And then I should have been spilt.
But I will away, to kill more Frenchmen.