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KING Henry the Eighth.

Cardinal Wolfey, his first Minifter and Favourite.
Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Duke of Norfolk.

Duke of Buckingham.
Duke of Suffolk.

Earl of Surrey.

Lord Chamberlain.

Cardinal Campeius, the Pope's Legat.

Capucius, Ambafador from the Emperor Charles the Fifth. Sir Thomas Audleie, Lord Keeper after Sir Tho. More ; and then Lord Chancellor.

Gardiner, Bishop of Winchefter.
Bishop of Lincoln.

Lord Abergavenny.
Lord Sands.

Sir Henry Guildford,
Sir Thomas Lovell.
Sir Anthony Denny.
Sir Nicholas Vaux.
Sir William Sands.

Cromwell, first Servant to Wolfey, afterwards to the King. Griffith, Gentleman-Ufher to Queen Catharine.

Three Gentlemen.

Doctor Butts, Phyfician to the King.

Garter, King at Arms.

Surveyor to the Duke of Buckingham.
Brandon, and Serjeant at Arms.

Door-keeper of the Council-Chamber.

Porter, and his Man.

Queen Catharine, firft Wife to King Henry, afterwards divorced.

Anne Bullen, beloved by the King, and afterwards married to him.

An old Lady, Friend to Anne Bullen.

Patience, Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Catharine.



Several Lords and Ladies in the Dumb Shews. Women attending upon the Queen; Spirits, which appear to her. Scribes, Officers, Guards, and other Attendants.

The SCENE lies moftly in London and Westminster; once at Kimbolton.

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Come no more to make you laugh ; things now,
That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
Sad, high, and working, full of state and woe;
Such noble fcenes, as draw the eye to flow,
We shall prefent. Thofe, that
can pity, here
May, if they think it well, let fall a tear;
The fubject will deferve it. Such, as give
Their money out of hope they may believe,
May here find truth too. Thofe, that come to fee
Only a fhow or two, (and fo agree,

The Play may pass) if they be ftill and willing,
I'll undertake, may fee away their Shilling
Richly in two short hours. Only they,
That come to hear a merry, bawdy play;
A noife of targets; or to fee a fellow (1)
In a long motley coat, guarded with yellow;
Will be deceiv'd: for, gentle hearers, know,
To rank our chofen truth with fuch a show
As fool and fight is, (befides forfeiting
Our own brains, and th' opinion that we bring
To make that only true we now intend)
Will leave us ne'er an understanding friend.
Therefore, for goodness fake, as you are known
The first and happiest bearers of the town,

Be fad, as we would make ye. Think before ye (2)
The very perfons of our noble story,

As they were living: think, you see them great,
And follow'd with the gen'ral throng, and fweat
Of thousand friends; Then, in a moment fee
How foon this mightiness meets mifery !
And, if you can be merry then, I'll say,
A man may weep upon his wedding day.

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In a long motly Coat,] Alluding to the Fools and Buffoons, introduc'd for the Generality in the Plays a little before our Author's Time and of whom he has left us a fmall Tafte in his own.

Think ye fee

(2) The very Perfons of our noble Story,] Why the Rhyme fhould have been interrupted here, when it was fo eafily to be fupplied, I cannot conceive. It can only be accounted for from the Negligence of the Prefs, or the Tranfcribers: and therefore I have made no Scruple to replace it.


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