Henry VIII



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I come no more to make you laugh. Things now

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That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
brow (n.) 1 appearance, aspect, countenance

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

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Such noble scenes as draw the eye to flow,

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We now present. Those that can pity here

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

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The subject will deserve it. Such as give

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Their money out of hope they may believe

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May here find truth too. Those that come to see

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

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

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I'll undertake may see away their shilling

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Richly in two short hours. Only they

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That come to hear a merry, bawdy play,

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

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

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

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

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As fool and fight is, beside forfeiting

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

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To make that only true we now intend,

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Will leave us never an understanding friend.

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

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

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Be sad, as we would make ye. Think ye see
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn

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The very persons of our noble story

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As they were living; think you see them great,

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And followed with the general throng and sweat

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Of thousand friends: then, in a moment, see

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How soon this mightiness meets misery.

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

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A man may weep upon his wedding day.

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