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Henry VIII

Act I, Prologue

PROLOGUE
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      I come | no more | to make | you laugh,| things^now,
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      That bear | a weigh|ty, and | a se|rious brow,
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      Sad, high, and wor|king, full | of state | and woe:
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      Such^no|ble scenes | as draw | the eye | to flow
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      We now | present.| Those that | can pi|ty, here
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      May (if | they think | it well)| let fall | a tear,
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      The sub|ject* will | deserve | it. Such | as give
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      Their mo|ney 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,
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      The play | may pass:| if they be | still and | willing,
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      I'll un|dertake | may see | away | their shil||ling
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      Rich|ly in two | short hours. On|ly they
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      That come | to hear | a mer|ry baw|dy play,
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      A noise | of tar|gets: or | to see | a fel||low
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      In a / long mot|ley coat,| guarded with | yellow,
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      Will be | deceived.| For gen|tle hea|rers, know
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      To rank | our cho|sen truth | with such | a show
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      As fool,| and fight | is, be/side for|feiting
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      Our own | brains, and | the opin|ion that | we bring
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      To make | that on|ly true,| we now | intend,
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      Will leave | us ne|ver an un|derstan|ding friend.
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      Therefore,| for good|ness' sake,| and as | you are known
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      The first | and hap|piest hea|rers of | the town,
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      Be sad,| as we | would make | ye: think | ye see
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      The ve|ry per|sons of | our no|ble sto||ry
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      As | they were li|ving: think | you see | them great,
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      And fol|lowed with | the ge|neral throng,| and sweat
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      Of thou|sand friends:| then, in | a mo|ment, see
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      How soon | this migh|tiness | meets misery:
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      And if | you can | be mer|ry then,| I'll say,
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      A man | may weep | upon | his wed|ding day.

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