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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.
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.
Sir Henry Guildford,
Sir Thomas Lovell.
Sir Anthony Denny.
Sir Nicholas Vaux.
Sir William Sands.
Cromwell, first Servant. to Wölfey, afterwards to the King.
Griffich, Gentleman-Ufer to Queen Catharine...
DoEtor 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 him. An old Lady, Friend to Anne Bullen. . .. i 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 mostly in London and Westminster ; once at Kimbolton.
T Come no more to make you laugh ; things now, ..'
I 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 flow,
We all present. Those, that can piiy, bere ;
May, if they think it well, let fall a tear ; : '
The subjeet will deserve it. Such, as give
Their money out of bope they may believe,
Møy bere find truth too. Those, that come to see
Only a low or two, (and so agree,
The Play may pas) if they be still and willing,
I'll undertake, may see away their Mhilling
Richly in two Sort 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 hearers, know,
To rank our chosen truth with such a loom .
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 Sake, as you are known
The first and happiest bearers of the town,
Be sad, as we would make ye. Think before ye (3)
Tbe very persons of our noble story,
As they were living : think, you see them great,
And follow'd with the gen'ral tbrong, and sweat
Of thousand friends; Then, in a moment fee.
How soon this mightinek meets misery !
And, if you can be merry then, 'll say,
A man may weep upon his wedding day.
or to see a Fellow 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 small Tafte in his own. (2)
Think ye fee The very Persons 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.