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BARTHOLOMEW FAIR: PROLOGUE TO THE KING'S MAJESTY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Your majesty is welcome to a fair
Last Line: To give you for a fairing true delight.
Subject(s): Festivals; Fairs; Pageants


Your Majesty is welcome to a Fair;
Such place, such men, such language, and such ware
You must expect: with these, the zealous noise
Of your land's faction, scandalized at toys,
As babies, hobby-horses, puppet-plays,
And such-like rage, whereof the petulant ways
Yourself have known, and have been vext with long
These for your sport, without particular wrong,
Or just complaint of any private man,
Who of himself, or shall think well, or can,
The maker doth present: and hopes to-night
To give you for a fairing true delight.





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