Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Not Peer Reviewed

Prefatory Materials (Folio 3, 1664)


To the most Noble and Incomparable pair of Brethren,
WILLIAM Earl of Pembroke, &c. Lord Chamberlain to the
Kings most Excellent Majestie;

And PHILIP Earl of Montgomery, &c. Gentleman to His Ma-
jesties Bed-Chamber. Both Knights of the most Noble Order of
the Garter, and our singular good LORDS.

Right Honourable,
WHilst we study to be thankful in our particu-
lar, for the many favours we have received
from your LL, we are faln upon the ill for-
tune, to mingle two the most diverse things that can
be, fear, and rashnesse in the enterprise, and fear of
the successe. For, when we value the places your H.H.
sustain, we cannot but know their dignity greater,
than to descend to the reading of these trifles: and,
while we name them trifles, we have depriv'd our
selves of the defence of our Dedication. But since your
L.L. have been pleas'd to think these trifles something
heretofore, and have prosecuted both them, and their
Authour living, with so much favour: we hope, (that
they out-living him, and he not having the fate, com-
mon with some, to be Executor to his own writings)
you will use the same indulgence toward them, you
have done unto their parent. There is a great diffe-
rence, whether any Book choose his Patrones, or find
them: This hath done both. For, so much were your
L.L. likings of the several parts, when they were
acted, as before they were published, the Volume ask'd
to be yours. We have but collected them, and done an
office