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[Scene 4]
Enter Lord Chief Justice, Clerk of the Office, Jailor [with several Officers], 300John Cobbler, Derrick, and the Thief [Cutbert Cutter].
Lord Chief Justice Jailor, bring the prisoner to the bar.
Derrick Hear you, my lord, I pray you bring the bar to the prisoner.
Lord Chief Justice Hold thy hand up at the bar.
305Cutbert Cutter Here it is, my lord.
Lord Chief Justice Clerk of the Office, read his indictment.
Clerk What is thy name?
Cutbert Cutter My name was known before I came here and shall be when I am gone, I warrant you.
310Lord Chief Justice Ay, I think so, but we will know it better before thou go.
Derrick Zounds, an you do but send to the next jail, we are sure to know his name, for this is not the first prison he hath been in, I'll warrant you.
315Clerk What is thy name?
Cutbert Cutter What need you to ask, an have it in writing?
Clerk Is not thy name Cutbert Cutter?
Cutbert Cutter What the devil need you ask, an know it so well?
320Clerk Why then, Cutbert Cutter, I indict thee by the name of Cutbert Cutter for robbing a poor carrier the twentieth day of May last past, in the fourteenth year of the reign of our sovereign lord King Henry the Fourth, for setting upon a poor carrier upon Gad's Hill in Kent, and having 325beaten and wounded the said carrier, and taken his goods from him.
Derrick Oh, masters, stay there. Nay, let's never belie the man, for he hath not beaten and wounded me also, but he hath beaten and wounded my pack and hath taken the 330great raze of ginger that bouncing Bess with the jolly buttocks should have had. That grieves me most.
Lord Chief Justice Well, what sayest thou? Art thou guilty or not guilty?
Cutbert Cutter Not guilty, my lord.
335Lord Chief Justice By whom wilt thou be tried?
Cutbert Cutter By my lord the young prince or by myself, whether you will.
Enter the young Prince [Henry], with Ned and Tom.
Prince Henry Come away, my lads. [To Cutbert Cutter]Gog's wounds, ye villain, 340what make you here? I must go about my business myself, and you must stand loitering here?
Cutbert Cutter Why, my lord, they have bound me and will not let me go.
Prince Henry Have they bound thee, villain? [To Lord Chief Justice]Why, how now, my 345lord?
Lord Chief Justice I am glad to see your grace in good health.
Prince Henry Why, my lord, this is my man. 'Tis marvel you knew him not long before this. I tell you, he is a man of his hands.
350Cutbert Cutter Ay, Gog's wounds, that I am. Try me who dare!
Lord Chief Justice Your grace shall find small credit by acknowledging him to be your man.
Prince Henry Why, my lord, what hath he done?
Lord Chief Justice An it please your majesty, he hath robbed a poor carrier.
355Derrick Hear you, sir. Marry, it was one Derrick, Goodman Hobling's man of Kent.
Prince Henry What, was't you, button-breech?-- Of my word, my lord, he did it but in jest.
Derrick Hear you, sir. Is it your man's quality to rob folks 360in jest? In faith, he shall be hanged in earnest.
Prince Henry Well, my lord, what do you mean to do with my man?
Lord Chief Justice An't please your grace, the law must pass on him according to justice; then he must be executed.
365Derrick Hear you, sir, I pray you. Is it your man's quality to rob folks in jest? In faith, he shall be hanged in jest.
Henry V Well, my lord, what mean you to do with my man?
Lord Chief Justice An't please your grace, the law must pass on him 370according to justice; then he must be executed.
Prince Henry Why, then, belike you mean to hang my man?
Lord Chief Justice I am sorry that it falls out so.
Prince Henry Why, my lord, I pray ye, who am I?
Lord Chief Justice An't please your grace, you are my lord the young 375prince, our king that shall be after the decease of our sovereign lord, King Henry the Fourth, whom God grant long to reign.
Prince Henry You say true, my lord. And you will hang my man?
380Lord Chief Justice An't like your grace, I must needs do justice.
Prince Henry Tell me, my lord, shall I have my man?
Lord Chief Justice I cannot, my lord.
Prince Henry But will you not let him go?
Lord Chief Justice I am sorry that his case is so ill.
385Prince Henry Tush, case me no casings. Shall I have my man?
Lord Chief Justice I cannot, nor I may not, my lord.
Prince Henry Nay, and "I shall not," say, and then I am answered!
Lord Chief Justice No.
Prince Henry No? Then I will have him.
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He giveth him a box on the ear.
Ned Gog's wounds, my lord, shall I cut off his head?
[Ned draws his sword.]
Prince Henry No, I charge you, draw not your swords, but get you hence-- provide a noise of musicians. Away, begone!
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[Exeunt Ned and Tom.]
Lord Chief Justice Well, my lord, I am content to take it at your hands.
Prince Henry Nay, an you be not, you shall have more.
Lord Chief Justice Why, I pray you, my lord, who am I?
400Prince Henry You? Who knows not you? Why, man, you are Lord Chief Justice of England.
Lord Chief Justice Your grace hath said truth. Therefore in striking me in this place you greatly abuse me, and not me only but also your father, whose lively person here in this place 405I do represent. And therefore, to teach you what prerogatives mean, I commit you to the Fleet until we have spoken with your father.
Prince Henry Why, then, belike you mean to send me to the Fleet?
410Lord Chief Justice Ay indeed, and therefore carry him away.
[Exit] Prince Henry with the Officers.
Lord Chief Justice Jailor, carry the prisoner to Newgate again until the next 'ssizes.
Jailor At your commandment, my lord, it shall be done.
[Exeunt Lord Chief Justice, Clerk of the Office, John Cobbler, Derrick, and Cutbert Cutter with Jailor]