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  • Title: The Famous Victories of Henry V (Modern)
  • Editor: Mathew Martin
  • Performance editor: Peter Cockett

  • Copyright Queen's Men Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
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    Editor: Mathew Martin
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    The Famous Victories of Henry V (Modern)

    [Scene 17] [Video Sc.17]
    Enter John Cobbler, and Robin Pewterer.
    Robin
    Now, John Cobbler, didst thou see how the king did behave himself?
    But, Robin, didst thou see what a policy 1405the king had? To see how the Frenchmen were killed with the stakes of the trees!
    Robin
    Ay, John, there was a brave policy.
    Enter an English Soldier, roaming.
    Soldier
    What are you, my masters?
    1410John and Robin
    Why, we be Englishmen.
    Soldier
    Are you Englishmen? Then change your language, for the king's tents are set afire, and all they that speak English will be killed.
    [Exit Soldier.]
    What shall we do, Robin? Faith, I'll shift, 1415for I can speak broken French.
    Robin
    Faith, so can I. Let's hear how thou canst speak.
    Commodevales, Monsieur.
    Robin
    That's well. Come, let's be gone.
    Drum and trumpet sound.
    [Exit John and Robin.]