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U KÍŃG HENRY the Eighth. Cardinal WOLSEY. CAANMER, Archbishop of Canterbury. .Duke of NORFOLK. Duke of BUCKINGHAM. Duke of SUFFOLX. Earl of SURREY. Lord Chamberlain. . Cardinal CAMPEIUS, the Pope's Legate. CAPUCIUS, Ambassador from the Emperor Charles the

Fifth. Sir THOMAS AUDLEY, Lord Keeper. GARDINER, Biihop of Winchester. Bisliop of Lincoln. Lord ABERGAVENNY, Lord SANDS. Sir HENRY GUILDFORD. Sir THOMAS LOVEL. Sir ANTHONY DENNY. Sir NICHOLAS VAUX. Sir WILLIAM SANDS, CROMWELL, scrvant to Wolfey. GRIFFITH, Gentleman-usher to Queen Catharing. Three Gentlemen.. Doctor BUTTS, Physician to the King. GARTER, King at Arms. Surveyor 10 the Duke of Buckingham." BRANDON, Serjeant at Arms. Docr-keeper to the Council-chamber. Porter and his Man. Queen CATHARINE. ANNE BULLEN. An old Lady, friend to Anne Bullen. PATIENCE, woman to Queen Catharine. Several Lords and Ladies in the dumb shows. Women

attending upon the Queen; spirits, which appeario

her. Scribes, Officers, Guards, and other atiendants. The SCENE lyes mostly in London and Wesiminfer; once at

Kimbolton.

P R O L O G U E

O E

I Come no more to mik: you laug?;. things now

That bear a weighty, and a serisits brow, Sad, high, and working, full of stats and woe, Such noble scenes as draw the eye to flow, We hall present. Those that can pity, here Miy, if they think it well, l't fall á teir; The fabject will deserve it. Suchas give Treir money out of hope they may believe, May here find truth too. Thofa that come to see Oly a fhiw or two, and so agree The play may pals, if they be still and willing, I'lt undertake may see away their milting Richly in two sport hours, , Orly, tzry: That come to hear a merry baudy play, A noise of targets, or to see a féll w* In a long moatly coat, guarded with yellow, Will be deceiv'd: for, gentle heurers, know, To rank our chosen truth with such'a forw to As fool and fight is, besides forfeiting Our own brains, and the opinion that we bring

• Alloding to the fools and buffoons introduced for the generality in the plays a little before our author's time, and of whom he has left us a imall taste in his own.

Theoball. + This is not the only passage in which Shakespeare has discovered his conviction of the impropriety of bat. eles represented on the stage. He knew that five or fix men with swords give a very unfatisfactory idea of an army; and therefore, without much care to excuse bis former practice, he allows, that a theatrical fight would destroy all opinion of truth, and leave him never an undere ftanding friend. Maguis ingeniis et multa ninilominus babituse ris fimplex convenit erroris confeffio. Yet I know not whea ther the coronation Newn in this play may not be liable Le all that can be objected against a biceie. Johnson.

To make that only true we now intend*
Will leave us ue'ér an understanding friend.
Therefore, for Goodness' sake, as you are known.
The first and happiest hearers of the town,
Be fad, as we would make ye. Thinki ye fee.
The very perfosis of our noble story
As they were living ; think you see them great,
And follow'd with the genral throng and sweas ;
Of thousand friends; then, in a moment, fee
How soon this mightinefs meets misery!
And if you can be .merry then, I'll say
A man may weep upon his wedding-day.

These lines I do not understand, and fufpcct them of corruption. i believe we may better read thus:

-the opinion

, which we bring Or make; that only truth we now intend. Joinfon.

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KING

HENRY VIII.

AC T I.

SCENE I.

An Antechamber in the Palace.

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Enter the Duke of Norfolk, at one door; at the

other the Duke of Buckingham, and the Lord
Abergavenny.

Buckingham.
OOD morrow, and well met. How have

you done,
I since last we faw in France ?
Nor. I thank your Grace,
Healthful, and ever since a fresh admirer
Of what I saw there.

Buck. An untimely ague
Staid me a prisoner in my chamber when
Thofe suns of glory, those two lights of men,
Met in the vale of Arde.

Nor. 'Twixt Guynes and Arde :
I was then present, saw’em falute on horse-back,
Beheld them when they lighted, how they clung
In their embracement, as they grew together;
Which had they, what four thron'd ones could have

weigh'd
Such a compounded one? :

Bick. All the whole time
I was my chainber's prisoner.

Nor. Then you lost
The view of earthly glory. Men might say,
'Till this time Pomp was single, but now marry'd
To one above itself. Each following day..

Became the next day's master, 'till the last *
Made former wonders it’s. To-day the French,
All clinquant, all in gold, like heathen gods,
Shone down the English; and to-morrow they
Made Britain, India, every man that stood,
Shew'd like a inine. Their dwarfish pages were
As cherubins all gilt. The Madams too,
Not us'd to toil; did almost sweat to bear
The pride upon them; that their very labour
Was to them as a painting. Now this maik
Was cry'd inconparable ; and th' ensuing night:
Made it a fool and beggar. The two Kings,
Equal in lustre, were now beft, now worst,
As presence did present them ; him in eye,
Still him in praife; and being present both,
'Twas said they faw but one; and no discerner,
Durst wag his tongue in cenfure t. When these

funs,
For so they phrafe 'em, by their heralds challeng'd
The noble spirits to arms, they did perform
Beyond Thought's compass; that old fabulous story,
Being now seen poflible enough, got credit,
That Bevis † was believ’a.
Buck. Oh, you go

far.
Nor. As I belong to worship, and affect
In honour honesty, the tract of every thing
Would by a good discourser lose some life,
Which Action's self was tongue to. All was royal,
To the disposing of it; nought rebellid,
Order gave each thing view : the office || did
Distinctly his full function.

Buck. Who did guide,
I mean, who set the body and the limbs
Of this great sport together, as you guess?
* Became the last day's master, till the next, bo.

Canons of Criticism, + Cenfure for determination, of wbich had the nobleft appearance. Warburton. The old romantic legend of Bevis of Southampton.

Pope, ||Each office. Canons of Criticism,

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