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  • Title: Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1664)

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    Author: Ben Jonson
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    Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 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