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This facsimile reproduces an engraved portrait of King Henry VIII in the Elizabethan Club. It represents the king as he appeared in 1544, near the end of his life. The engraving illustrates the earliest period of the art in England and was executed by Cornelius Metzys (1511?-1550?), son of the Flemish painter Quentin Metzys.
KING HENRY THE EIGHTH.
King-at-Arms; Surveyor to the Duke of Bucking-
appear to her; Scribes, Officers, Guards, etc. SCENE: London and Westminster; once at Kimbolton.]
The Famous History of the Life of
King Henry the Eighth
I come no more to make you laugh: things now,
8 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
12 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,
16 Will be deceiv'd; for, gentle hearers, know, To rank our chosen truth with such a show As fool and fight is, besides forfeiting Our own brains, and the opinion that we bring, 20 To make that only true we now intend, Will leave us never an understanding friend. Therefore, for goodness' sake, and as you are known The first and happiest hearers of the town, The Prologue; cf. n. 3 Sad: serious working: full of pathos state: dignity 9 truth; cf. n.
12 shilling; cf. n. 16 In ... coat; cf. n. guarded : trimmed 19 As fool and fight is; cf. n.
20 opinion: reputation, intention 21 intend: undertake
22 Will leave us; cf. n.
Be sad, as we would make think
[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. Buck. Good morrow, and well met. How have you
done, Since last we saw in France ? Nor.
I thank your Grace,
An untimely ague
'Twixt Guynes and Arde:
25, 26 Cf.n. Scene One S. d. Duke of Norfolk, Duke of Buckingham, Lord Abergavenny; cf. n.
2 saw: met 6 Those suns of glory; cf. n.
7 vale of Andren; cf. n.