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Henry VIII: Act I, Act 1 Prologue

Henry VIII
Act I, Act 1 Prologue

Act 1 Prologue


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  1. I come no more to make you laugh; things now
  2. That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
  3. Sad, high, and working, full of state and woe:
  4. Such noble scenes as draw the eye to flow,
  5. We now present. Those that can pity, here
  6. May (if they think it well) let fall a tear;
  7. The subject will deserve it. Such as give
  8. Their money out of hope they may believe,
  9. May here find truth too. Those that come to see
  10. Only a show or two, and so agree
  11. The play may pass, if they be still and willing,
  12. I’ll undertake may see away their shilling
  13. Richly in two short hours. Only they
  14. That come to hear a merry, bawdy play,
  15. A noise of targets, or to see a fellow
  16. In a long motley coat guarded with yellow,
  17. Will be deceiv’d. For, gentle hearers, know,
  18. To rank our chosen truth with such a show
  19. As fool and fight is, beside forfeiting
  20. Our own brains and the opinion that we bring
  21. To make that only true we now intend,
  22. Will leave us never an understanding friend.
  23. Therefore, for goodness sake, and as you are known
  24. The first and happiest hearers of the town,
  25. Be sad, as we would make ye. Think ye see
  26. The very persons of our noble story
  27. As they were living. Think you see them great,
  28. And follow’d with the general throng and sweat
  29. Of thousand friends; then, in a moment, see
  30. How soon this mightiness meets misery;
  31. And if you can be merry then, I’ll say
  32. A man may weep upon his wedding-day.
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