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King Henry the Eighth.
Cardinal Wolsey. Cardinal Campeius.
Capucius, ambassador from the emperor
Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury.
Duke of Norfolk. Duke of Buckingham.
Duke of Suffolk. Earl of Surrey.
Lord Chamberlain. Lord Chancellor.
Gardiner, bishop of Winchester.
Bishop of Lincoln. Lord Abergavenny. Lord
Sir Henry Guildford. Sir Thomas Lovell.
Sir Anthony Denny. Sir Nicholas Vaux.
Secretaries to Wolsey.
Cromwell, servant to Wolsey.
Griffith, gentleman-usher to queen Katharine.
Three other Gentlemen.
Doctor Butts, physician to the king.
Garter, king at arms.
Surveyor to the duke of Buckingham.
Brandon, and a Serjeunt at arms.
Door-keeper of the council-chamber. Porter, and
Page to Gardiner.
Queen Katharine, wife to king Henry, afterwards divorced.
Anne Bullen, her maid of honour; afterwards
An old lady, friend to Anne Bullen.
Patience, woman to queen Katharine.
Several Lords and Ladies in the dumb shows; Women attending upon the queen; Spirits, which appear to her; Scribes, Officers, Guards, and other Attendants.
Scene, chiefly in London and Westminster; once, at Kimbolton.
I COME no more to make you laugh; things now,
That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
Sad, high, and working, full of state and woe;
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,
The play may pass; if they be still, and willing,
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
In a long motley coat, guarded* with yellow,
Will be deceiv'd: for, gentle hearers, know,
To rank our chosen truth with such a show
As fool and fight is, beside forfeiting
Our own brains, and the opinion that we bring
(To make that only true we now intendt),
Will leave us never an understanding friend.
Therefore, for goodness' sake, and as you are known
The first and happiest hearers of the town,
Be sad, as we would make ye: Think, ye see
The very persons of our noble story,
As they were living; think, you see them great,
And follow'd 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.
SCENE I. London. An antechamber in the Palace.
Enter the Duke of Norfolk, at one door; at the other, the Duke of Buckingham, and the Lord Abergavenny.
GOOD-morrow, and well met. How have you
Since last we saw in France?
Nor. I thank your grace: Healthful; and ever since a fresh admirer
Of what I saw there.
An untimely ague
Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber, when
Those suns of glory, those two lights of men*,
Met in the vale of Arde.
Nor. 'Twixt Guynes and Arde: I was then present, saw them salute on horseback; Beheld them, when they lighted, how they clung
Henry VIII. and Francis I. king of France.