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  • Title: The Famous Victories of Henry V (Modern)
  • Editor: Mathew Martin

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    The Famous Victories of Henry V (Modern)

    [Scene 1]
    Enter the young Prince [Henry], Ned, and Tom.
    Prince Henry Come away, Ned and Tom!
    Ned and Tom Here, my lord.
    5Prince Henry Come away, my lads. Tell me, sirs, how much gold have you got?
    Ned Faith, my lord, I have got five hundred pound.
    Prince Henry But tell me, Tom, how much hast thou got?
    Tom Faith, my lord, some four hundred pound.
    10Prince Henry Four hundred pounds? Bravely spoken, lads! But tell me, sirs, think you not that it was a villainous part of me to rob my father's receivers?
    Ned Why no, my lord. It was but a trick of youth.
    Prince Henry Faith, Ned, thou sayest true. 15But tell me, sirs, whereabouts are we?
    Tom My lord, we are now about a mile off London.
    Prince Henry But, sirs, I marvel that Sir John Oldcastle comes not away. Zounds, see where he comes!
    Enter Jockey [Sir John Oldcastle]. 20How now, Jockey, what news with thee?
    Jockey Faith, my lord, such news as passeth, for the town of Deptford is risen with hue and cry after your man which parted from us the last night 25and has set upon and hath robbed a poor carrier.
    Prince Henry Zounds, the villain that was wont to spy out our booties?
    Jockey Ay, my lord, even the very same.
    Prince Henry Now, base-minded rascal, to rob a poor carrier! 30Well, it skills not. I'll save the base villain's life. Ay, I may. But tell me, Jockey, whereabouts be the receivers?
    Jockey Faith, my lord, they are hard by, but the best is, we are a-horseback and they be afoot, so we may escape them.
    35Prince Henry Well, if the villains come, let me alone with them. But tell me, Jockey, how much got'st thou from the knaves? For I am sure I got something, for one of the villains so belammed me about the shoulders as I shall feel it this month.
    40Jockey Faith, my lord, I have got a hundred pound.
    Prince Henry A hundred pound! Now, bravely spoken, Jockey. But come, sirs, lay all your money before me. [They place their booty at his feet.] Now, by heaven, here is a brave show! But, as I am true gentleman, I will have the half 45of this spent tonight. But, sirs, take up your bags. Here come the receivers. Let me alone.
    [They hide the booty.]
    Enter two Receivers.
    1 Receiver Alas, good fellow, what shall we do? I dare never go home to the court, for I shall be hanged. 50But look, here is the young prince. What shall we do?
    Prince Henry How now, you villains, what are you?
    1 Receiver [Aside to 2 Receiver] Speak you to him.
    2 Receiver [Replying aside] No, I pray, speak you to him.
    Prince Henry Why, how now you rascals, why speak you not?
    551 Receiver Forsooth we be -- [Aside to 2 Receiver] pray speak you to him.
    Prince Henry Zounds, villains, speak, or I'll cut off your heads.
    2 Receiver [To Prince Henry] Forsooth, he can tell the tale better than I.
    1 Receiver Forsooth, we be your father's receivers.
    Prince Henry Are you my father's receivers? 60Then I hope ye have brought me some money.
    1 Receiver Money? Alas, sir, we be robbed.
    Prince Henry Robbed? How many were there of them?
    1 Receiver Marry, sir, there were four of them, and one of them had Sir John Oldcastle's bay hobby 65and your black nag.
    Prince Henry Gog's wounds! [To Jockey] How like you this, Jockey? [To the Receivers] Blood, you villains! My father robbed of his money abroad, and we robbed in our stables. But tell me, how many were of them?
    701 Receiver If it please you, there were four of them, and there was one about the bigness of you, but I am sure I so belammed him about the shoulders that he will feel it this month.
    Prince Henry Gog's wounds, you lammed them fairly -- 75so that they have carried away your money! [To Ned, Tom, and Jockey] But come, sirs, what shall we do with the villains?
    1 Receiver and 2 Receiver I beseech your grace, be good to us.
    [The Receivers kneel.]
    Ned I pray you, my lord, forgive them this once.
    [Prince Henry] Well, stand up and get you gone. 80And look that you speak not a word of it, for if there be, zounds, I'll hang you and all your kin.
    Exeunt Receivers.
    Prince Henry Now, sirs, how like you this? Was not this bravely done? 85For now the villains dare not speak a word of it, I have so feared them with words. Now, whither shall we go?
    Ned, Tom, and Jockey Why, my lord, you know our old hostess at Feversham?
    90Prince Henry Our hostess at Feversham? Blood, what shall we do there? We have a thousand pound about us, and we shall go to a petty alehouse? No, no. You know the old tavern in Eastcheap? There is good wine. Besides, there is a pretty wench 95that can talk well, for I delight as much in their tongues as any part about them.
    Ned, Tom, and Jockey We are ready to wait upon your grace.
    Prince Henry Gog's wounds! Wait? We will go all together. We are all fellows, I tell you, sirs. An the king 100my father were dead, we would be all kings. Therefore, come away.
    Ned Gog's wounds, bravely spoken, Harry!
    Exeunt Prince Henry, Ned, Tom, and Jockey.