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  • Title: The History of Sir John Oldcastle (Folio 3, 1664)
  • Editor: Michael Best

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    Authors: Anonymous, Michael Drayton, Richard Hathway, Antony Munday, William Shakespeare, Robert Wilson
    Editor: Michael Best
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    The History of Sir John Oldcastle (Folio 3, 1664)

    2245Noise heard about the house a pretty while, then enter
    the Constable meeting Harpool in the Irish-
    man's aparell.
    Con. Stand close, here comes the Irishman that did the
    murther, by all tokens this is he.
    2250May. And perceiving the house beset, would get away:
    stand sirra.
    Har. What art thou that bid'st me stand?
    Con. I am the Officer, and am come to search for an
    Irish man, such a villain as thy self, thou hast murther'd
    2255a man this last night by the high way.
    Harp. Sbloud Constable art thou mad? am I an
    May. Sirra, we'll find you an Irish-man befor we part:
    Lay hold upon him.
    2260Con. Make him fast, O thou bloudy rogue!
    Enter Lord Cobham and his Lady, in the Carrier
    and wenches apparel.
    Cob. What will these Ostlers sleep all day?
    Good morrow, good morrow, come wench, come;
    2265Saddle, saddle, now afore God two fair dayes, ha?
    Con. Who goes there?
    May. O 'tis Lancashire Carrier, let them pass.
    Cob. What, will no body ope the gates here?
    Come, let's int'stable to look to our Capons.