Quotation by Shakespeare

But pardon, gentles all,
The flat unraised spirits that hath dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, prologue, l. 8-11.

Apologizing to the audience ("gentles" means gentlemen and gentlewomen) for the inadequacy of the actors on their stage ("scaffold").
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