Henry VIII

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Tis ten to one, this Play can neuer please'Tis ten to one this play can never please H8 epilogue.1
All that are heere: Some come to take their ease,All that are here. Some come to take their ease, H8 epilogue.2
And sleepe an Act or two; but those we feareAnd sleep an act or two; but those, we fear, H8 epilogue.3
W'haue frighted with our Trumpets: so 'tis cleare,We've frighted with our trumpets; so, 'tis clear,fright (v.), past form frighted
frighten, scare, terrify
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They'l say tis naught. Others to heare the CityThey'll say 'tis naught. Others to hear the citynaught, nought (adj.)
worthless, useless, of no value
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Abus'd extreamly, and to cry that's witty,Abused extremely, and to cry ‘ That's witty!’ –  H8 epilogue.6
Which wee haue not done neither; that I feareWhich we have not done neither; that, I fear, H8 epilogue.7
All the expected good w'are like to heare.All the expected good we're like to hearlike (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
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For this Play at this time, is onely inFor this play at this time is only in H8 epilogue.9
The mercifull construction of good women,The merciful construction of good women,construction (n.)
judgement, consideration, appraisal
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For such a one we shew'd 'em: If they smile,For such a one we showed 'em. If they smile, H8 epilogue.11
And say twill doe; I know within a while,And say 'twill do, I know within a while H8 epilogue.12
All the best men are ours; for 'tis ill hap,All the best men are ours; for 'tis ill hapill (adj.)
bad, adverse, unfavourable
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hap (n.)
happening, event, occurrence
If they hold, when their Ladies bid 'em clap.If they hold when their ladies bid 'em clap.hold (v.)
withhold, hold back
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