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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 MOST NOBLE
    AND
    INCOMPARABLE PAIRE
    OF BRETHREN.

    25
    WILLIAM
    Earle of Pembroke, &c. Lord Chamberlaine to the
    Kings most Excellent Maiesty.

    AND

    PHILIP
    30
    Earle of Montgomery, &c. Gentleman of his Maiesties
    Bed-Chamber. Both Knights of the most Noble Order
    of the Garter, and our singular good
    LORDS.

    Right Honourable,



    35WHilst we studie to be thankful in our particular, for
    the many fauors we haue receiued from your L.L
    we are falne vpon the ill fortune, to mingle
    two the most diuerse things that can bee, feare,
    and rashnesse; rashnesse in the enterprize, and
    40feare of the successe. For, when we valew the places your H.H.
    sustaine, we cannot but know their dignity greater, then to descend to
    the reading of these trifles: and, vvhile we name them trifles, we haue
    depriu'd our selues of the defence of our Dedication. But since your
    L.L. haue beene pleas'd to thinke these trifles some-thing, heereto-
    45fore ; and haue prosequuted both them, and their Authour liuing,
    vvith so much fauour: we hope, that (they out-liuing him, and he not
    hauing the fate, common with some, to be exequutor to his owne wri-
    tings) you will vse the like indulgence toward them, you haue done
    A2
    vnto