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Henry VIII Scenes


Epilogue

(Epilogue)


The Epilogue admits that it is unlikely everyone in the audience enjoyed the show, or enjoyed it for the same reasons. He appeals to the ladies to make the men applaud, since the play at least flattered them. (14 lines)

EPILOGUE

’Tis ten to one this play can never please

All that are here. Some come to take their ease,

And sleep an act or two; but those, we fear

W’ have frighted with our trumpets; so ’tis clear,

They’ll say ’tis naught; others to hear the city

Abus’d extremely, and to cry, “That’s witty!”

Which we have not done neither: that I fear

All the expected good w’ are like to hear

For this play at this time, is only in

The merciful construction of good women,

For such a one we show’d ’em. If they smile,

And say ’twill do, I know within a while

All the best men are ours; for ’tis ill hap

If they hold when their ladies bid ’em clap.

 

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