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VENUS AND ADONIS.
Villia miretur vulgus, mihi flavus Apollo
Ovid, Amor. I. 1. el. 15.
EARL OF SOUTHAMPTON, AND BARON OF TICHFIELD.
KNOW not how I shall offend in dedicating my unpolished lines to your lordship, nor how the world will censure me for chusing so strong 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 shall be sorry 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,