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Would raise a jealous doubt, that there did lurke
For when men know the goodnes of the wyne,
Thus then, to shew my iudgement to be such
I here pronounce this workmanship is such
And thus I hang a garland at the dore;
And when your tast shall tell you this is trew,
ADDRESSED, BY THE AUTHOR OF THE FAERIE QUEENE, TO SEVERAL NOBLEMEN, &C.
[Most of these noblemen, &c., are historical personages, respecting whom the curious reader will find information in common histories and biographies.]
To the Right Honourable Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord high Chauncelor of England, &c.
THOSE prudent heads, that with their counsels wise
So Maro oft did Cæsars cares allay.
So you, great Lord, that with your counsell sway
1 Delay, smooth.
To the Right Honourable the Lord Burleigh, Lord high Threasurer of England.
To you, Right Noble Lord, whose carefull brest
And on whose mightie shoulders most doth rest
On Atlas mightie shoulders is upstayd,)
Yet if their deeper sence be inly wayd,
And the dim vele, with which from commune vew
To the Right Honourable the Earle of Oxenford, Lord high Chamberlayne of England, &c.
RECEIVE, most Noble Lord, in gentle gree,1
Which, by thy countenaunce, doth crave to bee
And also for the love which thou doest beare
To th' Heliconian ymps,1 and they to thee; They unto thee, and thou to them, most deare: Deare as thou art unto thyselfe, so love 2
That loves and honours thee; as doth behove.
By whose endevours they are glorifide; And eke from all, of whom it is envide,
To the Right Honourable the Earle of Northumberland.
THE sacred Muses have made alwaies clame
Which them succeed in fame and worth, are tyde
To thee therefore, Right Noble Lord, I send
To patronize the authour of their praise,
Which gives them life, that els would soon have dide,
1 Ymps, offspring.
2 "Him" is understood after "love."
To the Right Honourable the Earle of Cumberland.
The flowre of chevalry, now blossming faire,
To you this humble present I prepare,
In which trew honor ye may fashiond see,
To the most Honourable and excellent Lord the Earle of Essex, Great Maister of the Horse to her Highnesse, and Knight of the Noble order of the Garter, &c.
MAGNIFICKE Lord, whose vertues excellent
Yet doe not sdeigne2 to lett thy name be writt
Nought is thy worth disparaged thereby.
To the last praises of this Faery Queene;
Of thine heroicke parts, such as they beene:
1 Assaies, proofs, or trials. 2 Sdeigne, disdain. 3 Sty, ascend.