PROLOGUE: List unto me, gentles all. Lend to us in patient attention thy ear and eye, mind and heart, hands and favor for this twice turning of the glass’s sands and we shall carry thee off to place and time of wonder ancient – kings resplendant with wealth and riches from long lost royal vaults whose reign and realm have waxed and waned, the sun long set ‘pon their noble mortal brows, their rule slipped through time’s sands.
EPILOGUE: Unfold shall we for thy consideration a tale spun of a most fantastical weave, more than can be invented by mortal reckoning and yet, we shall by wit and witness attest its truth utter’d by the honest mouths of these fair players.
PROLOGUE: See not before thee our poor face and cloth, mundane and vulgar, but we shall by magical alchemy of the arts theatrick transmute by word and deed and visage feigned resurrected from the ashes of centuries past the shades and shadows of legends from ancient days gone by. Esteem us not as these dull and dullard players before thee—
EPILOGUE: --In appearance only—but through skill of deft deception they shall, by hook or by crook, impart unto thee such wonders as dredged up from history’s annals that thou shalt be awed and amazed thou wast transported to such a spectacle by this haggard company of questionable talent—
PROLOGUE: --In appearance only—Place into thy trust what shall be offered up to thee by these mystic journeymen of imagination and thou shalt reap from the investiture of time and counting a bounteous harvest an hundredfold in profit and more – and perchance thou mayest also unfold thy purse to repay the riches thou hast received this eve.
EPILOGUE: ‘Struth! We shall tarry thee not a jot longer but shall set before thy feet the wonderous palace of Babylon (stops, turns to PLAYERS) “Set before thy feet the wonderous palace of Babylon”! (PLAYERS scurry to set the scene) –and its golden royalty and magnificent crown of legend Nebuchadnezzar.
PROLOGUE: See before thee thick city walls so wide ten chariots could drive atop abreast. A vast expanse is this city so great it takes three days to traverse its length and so again its breadth. Suspended in glorious splendor are its famed gardens hanging, heralded the world over as a masterwork of achievement and testimony to the magnificence of its chief noble royal, and dare I say, deific denizen Nebuchadnezzar.
EPILOGUE: Hie thee off as we set thee our charge down within the palace of this mighty city, the dwelling place of his most noble and celestial crown. But all is not well with his royal personage, the king is vexed and troubled, and all Babylon with him.