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KING Henry the Eighth.
Cardinal Wolsey, his first Minister 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, Ambassador from the Emperor Charles the Fifth.
Sir Thomas Audleie, Lord Keeper after Sir Tho. More ;

and then Lord Chancellor.
Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester.
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-Usser to Queen Catharine.
Three Gentlemen.
Doktor Butts, Physician 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 bis Man.

Queen Catharine, firft Wife to King Henry, afterwards di

vorced. Anne Bullen, beloved by the King, and afterwards married

to bim. An old Lady, Friend to Anne Bullen. Patience, Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Catharine. 3


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

The SCENE lies mostly in London and Weftminter ; once at Kimbolton.

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I come no more to make you laugh; things now,

That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
Sad, bigb, and working, full of state and woe ;
Such noble scenes, as draw the eye to Aow,
We fall present. Those, that can piny, bere
May, if they think it well

, let fall a tear ;
The subje&t will deserve it. Such, as give
Their money out of bope they may believe,
May bere find truth too. Those, that come to see
Only a low or two, (and so agree,
The Play may pass if they be still and willing,
I'll undertake, may see away their Milling
Richly in two Soort hours. Only they,
That come to hear a merry, bawdy play ;
A noise of targets; or to see a fellow (1)
In a long motley coat, guarded with yellow ;
Will be deceiv'd: for, gentle bearers, know,
To rank our chosen truth with such a low
As fool and fight is, (besides 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 sad, as we would make ye. Think before ye (2)
The very persons of our noble story,
As they were living : think, you see them great,
And follow'd with

the gen'ral throng, and sweat
Of thousand friends ; Then, in a moment see
How soon this mightines meets misery !
And, if you can be merry then, I'll say,
A mani may-weep upon his wedding day.


or to Jee a Fellow In a long motly Coat,] Alluding to the Fools and Buffoon, introduc'd for the Generality in the Plays a little before our Author's Time: and of whom he has left us a small Taste in his own. (2)


fee The very Perfons of our noble Story,] Why the Rhyme should have been interrupted here, when it was so easily to be supplied, I cannot conceive. It can only be accounted for from the Negligence of the Press, or the Transcribers: and therefore I have made no Scruple to replace it.


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