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On the receipr of a table-book from his mi.
Mars and Venus -
Vilia miretur vulgas, mihi flavus Apollo
Ovid. Amor. I. 3. El. 15
To the Right Honourable HENRY WRI OTHES.L Y,
Earl of Southampton, and Baron of Tichfield.
I know not how I shall offend, in dedicating my unpolished lines to your lordship; nor how the world will censure me, for chusing fo Atrong a prop to support so weak a burden : only if your honour seem but pleased, I account myself highly praised, and vow to take advantage of all idle hours, till I have honoured you with some graver labour. But if the first heir of my invention prove deformed, I fhall be forry it had so noble a godfather, and never after ear so barren a land, for fear it yield me still so bad a harvest. I leave it to your honourable survey, and your honour to your heart's content; which I wish may always answer your own wish, and the world's hopeful expectation.
Your Honour's in all duty,