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cepts, you are like to borrowe of one man at You knowe my ordinarie Postscripte: you this time.
may communicate as much, or as little, as you Sed amabo ite, ad Corculi tui delicatissimas list, of these Patcheries, and fragments, with Literas, propediem, quam potero, accuratissimè : the two Gentlemen : but there a straw, and tot interim illam exquisitissimis salutibus, atque you loue me: not with any else, friend or foe, salutationibus impertiens, quot habet in Capi- one, or other: vnlesse haply you have a tulo, capillos semiaureos, semiargenteos, semi- special desire to imparte some parte hereof, to gemmeos. Quld quærds? Per tuam Venerem my good friend M. Daniel Rogers: whose curaltera Rosalindula est : eamque non alter, sed tesies are also registred in my Marble booke. idem ille, (tua, vt ante, bona cum gratia) copiosè You know my meaning. amat Hobbinolus. O mea Domina Immerito, mea bellissima Collina Clouta, multo plus pluri
Nosti manum et stylum. mùm salue, atque vale.
s To the VVorshipfull his very singular good friend, Maister G. H, Fellovv of Trinitie Hall in Cambridge.
(curteous and frendly Letters your good varie, as their. Estates. Verim ne quid durius. will to be no lesse in deed, than I alwayes I pray you bethinke you well hereof, good esteemed. In recompence wherof, think I be- Maister G. and forthwith write me those two seech you, that I wil spare neither speech, nor or three special points and caueats for the wryting, nor aught else, whensoeuer, and nonce, De quibus in superioribus illis mellitissiwheresoeuer occasion shal be offred me: yea, mis, longissimisque Litieris tuis. Your desire to I will not stay, till it be offred, but will seeke it, heare of my late beeing with hir Maiestie, in al that possibly I may. And that you may muste dye in it selfe. As for the twoo worthy perceiue how much your Counsel in al things Gentlemen, Master Sidney, and Master Dyer, preuaileth with me, and how altogither I am they haue me, I thanke them, in some vse of ruled and ouer-ruled thereby: I am now deter- familiarity: of whom, and to whome, what mined to alter mine owne former purpose, and speache passeth for youre credite and estimato subscribe to your aduizement: being not- tion, I leaue your selfe to conceiue, hauing withstanding resolued stil, to abide your farther alwayes so well conceiued of my vnfained affecresolution. My principal doubts are these. tion, and zeale towardes you. And nowe they First, I was minded for a while to haue inter- haue proclaimed in their kesio Téw, a mitted the vttering of my writings: leaste by generall surceasing and silence of balde Rymers, ouer-much cloying their noble eares, I should and also of the verie beste to: in steade gather a contempt of my self, or else seeme whereof, they haue by autho(ri)tie of their whole rather for gaine and commoditie to doe it, for Senate, prescribed certaine Lawes and rules of some sweetnesse that I haue already tasted. Quantities of English sillables, for English Then also me seemeth the work too base for his Verse: hauing had thereof already greate excellent Lordship, being made in Honour of practise, and drawen mee to their faction. a priuate Personage vnknowne, which of some Newe Bookes I heare of none, but only of one, yl-willers might be vpbraided, not to be so that writing a certaine Booke, called The worthie, as you knowe she is: or the matter Schoole of Abuse, and dedicating it to Maister not so weightie, that it should be offred to so Sidney, was for hys labor scorned : if at leaste weightie a Personage: or the like. The selfe it be in the goodnesse of that nature to scorne. former Title stil liketh me well ynough, and Suche follie is it, not to regarde aforehande the your fine Addition no lesse. If these, and the inclination and qualitie of him, to whome wee like doubtes, maye be of importaunce in your dedicate oure Bookes. Suche mighte I happily seeming, to frustrate any parte of your aduice, incurre, entituling My Slomber, and the other I beeseeche you, without the leaste selfe loue Pamphlets, vnto his honor. I meant them of your own purpose, councell me for the beste: rather to Maister Dyer. But I am, of late, and the rather doe it faithfullye, and carefully, more in loue wyth my Englishe Versifying, for that, in all things I attribute so muche to than with Ryming: whyche I should haue your iudgement, that I am euermore content done long since, if I would then haue followed to adnihilate mine owne determinations, in your councell. Sed te solum iam tum suspicabar respecte thereof. And indeede for your selse cum Aschamo sapere : nunc Aulam video to, it sitteth with you now, to call your wits, egregios alere Poëlas Anglicos. Maister E. K. and senses togither, (which are alwaies at call) hartily desireth to be commended vnto your when occasion is so fairely offered of Estima- Worshippe: of whome, what accompte he tion and Preferment. For, whiles the yron is ) maketh, youre selfe shall hereafter perceiue, by hys paynefull and dutifull Verses of your | Poëlæ, tuæquae ipsius maximæ in his rebus selfe.
autoritati. You shall see when we meete in Thus muche was written at Westminster London, (whiche, when it shall be, certifye vs) yesternight: but comming this morning, bee- howe fast I haue followed after you, in that yng the sixteenth of October, to Mystresse Course : beware, leaste in time I ouertake you. Kerkes, to haue it deliuered to the Carrier, I Veruntamen te solum sequar, (vt sæpenumerò receyued youre letter, sente me the laste sum professus,) nunquam sanè assequar, dum weeke: whereby I perceiue you other whiles viuam. And nowe requite I you with the like, continue your old exercise of Versifying in not with the verye beste, but with the verye English: whych glorie I had now thought shortest, namely with a fewe lambickes : 1 shoulde haue bene onely ours heere at London, dare warrant, they be precisely perfect for the and the Court.
feete (as you can easily iudge) and varie not Truste me, your Verses I like passingly well, one inch from the Rule. I will imparte yours and enuye your hidden paines in this kinde, or to Maister Sidney, and Maister Dyer, at my rather maligne, and grudge at your selfe, that nexte going to the Courte. I praye you, keepe woulde not once imparte so muche to me. But mine close to your selfe, or your verie entire once, or twice, you make a breache in Maister friendes, Maister Preston, Maister Still, and the Drants Rules : quod tamen condonabimus tanto | reste.
I ambicum Trimetrum.
Make thy selfe fluttring wings of thy fast flying
Sitting so cheerelesse at the cheerfull boorde, or else
Playing alone carelesse on hir heauenlie Virginals.
If at Boorde, tell hir, that my mouth can eate no meate :
If at hir Virginals, tel hir, I can heare no mirth.
Say, that raging Loue dothe appall the weake stomacke :
Say, that lamenting Loue marreth the Musicall.
Tell hir, that hir beautie was wonte to feede mine eyes :
Tell hir, that hir sweete Tongue was wonte to make me mirth.
Nowe doe I dayly slarue, wanting my liuely foode :
Nowe doe I alwayes dye, wanting thy timely mirth.
And if I starue, who will record my cursed end ?
And if I dye, who will saye : this was, Immerito? I thought once agayne here to haue made an | you take all togither, wyth all their faultes: ende, with a heartie Vale, of the best fashion : and nowe I hope, you will vouchsafe mee!
[ but loe, an ylfauoured myschaunce. My last an answeare of the largest size, or else farewell, whereof I made great accompt, and I tell you true, you shall bee verye deepe muche maruelled you shoulde make no men- in my debte: notwythstandyng, thys other tion thereof, I am nowe tolde, (in the Diuels sweete, but shorte letter, and fine, but name) was thorough one mans negligence quite fewe Verses. But I woulde rather I might forgotten, but shoulde nowe vndoubtedly haue yet see youre owne good selfe, and receive beene sent, whether I hadde come, or no. a Reciprocall farewell from your owne sweete Seing it can now be no otherwise, I pray mouth.