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  • Title: Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1663)

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    Author: Ben Jonson
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    Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1663)

    To the Reader.

    This Figure, that thou here seest put,
    It was for gentle Shakespeare cut;
    Wherein the Grauer had a strife
    5with Nature, to out-doo the life :
    O, could he but haue drawne his wit
    As well in brasse, as he hath hit
    His face ; the Print would then surpasse
    All, that vvas euer vvrit in brasse.
    10But, since he cannot, Reader, looke
    Not on his Picture, but his Booke.