Henry VIII


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I come no more to make you laugh. Things now

That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
brow (n.) 1 appearance, aspect, countenance See Topics: Frequency count

Sad, high, and working, full of state and woe,
high (adj.) 5 lofty, elevated, grand
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count
state (n.) 4 splendour, magnificence, stateliness, dignity
working (adj.) moving, full of emotion

Such noble scenes as draw the eye to flow,

We now present. Those that can pity here

May, if they think it well, let fall a tear;

The subject will deserve it. Such as give

Their money out of hope they may believe

May here find truth too. Those that come to see

Only a show or two, and so agree
show (n.) 2 spectacle, display, ceremony

The play may pass, if they be still, and willing,
still (adj.) 2 quiet, calm, subdued

I'll undertake may see away their shilling

Richly in two short hours. Only they

That come to hear a merry, bawdy play,

A noise of targets, or to see a fellow
target (n.) light round shield See Topics: Weapons

In a long motley coat guarded with yellow,
guarded (adj.) ornamented, trimmed, tricked out
motley (adj.) in the distinctive [multicoloured] dress of a fool

Will be deceived; for, gentle hearers, know
deceive (v.) 2 disappoint, frustrate, let down
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

To rank our chosen truth with such a show
show (n.) 2 spectacle, display, ceremony

As fool and fight is, beside forfeiting

Our own brains, and the opinion that we bring
opinion (n.) 2 reputation, character, honour

To make that only true we now intend,

Will leave us never an understanding friend.

Therefore, for goodness' sake, and as you are known
goodness (n.) 1 natural kindness, generosity, bounty

The first and happiest hearers of the town,
happy (adj.) 3 accomplished, favoured, proficient
hearer (n.) playgoer, audience

Be sad, as we would make ye. Think ye see
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count

The very persons of our noble story

As they were living; think you see them great,

And followed with the general throng and sweat

Of thousand friends: then, in a moment, see

How soon this mightiness meets misery.

And if you can be merry then, I'll say

A man may weep upon his wedding day.

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