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To the right worthy and vertuous Ladie; the La: Carey.
MOMost brauebrave and bountifull La: for so excellent fauoursfavours as I hauehave receiuedreceived at your sweet handes, to offer these fewe leauesleaves as in recompence, should be as to offer flowers to the Gods for their diuinedivine benefites. Therefore I hauehave determined to giuegive my selfe wholy to you, as quite abandoned from my selfe, and absolutely vowed to your seruicesservices: which in all right is euerever held for full recompence of debt or damage to hauehave the person yeelded. My person I wot wel how little worth it is. But the faithfull minde &and humble zeale which I beare vntounto your La: may perhaps be more of price, as may please you to account and vseuse the poore seruiceservice thereof; which taketh glory to aduanceadvance your excellent partes and noble vertues, and to spend it selfe in honouring you: not so much for your great bounty to my self, which yet may not be vnmindedunminded; nor for name or kindreds sake by you vouchsafed, beeing also regardable; as for that honorable name, which yee hauehave by your brauebrave deserts purchast to your self, &and spred in the mouths of al mẽmen: vvithwith vvhichwhich I hauehave also presumed to grace my verses, &and vnderunder your name to cõmendcommend to the vvorldworld this smal Poëme, the vvhichwhich beseeching your La: to take in vvorthworth, and of all things therein according to your vvontedwonted graciousnes to make a milde construction, I humbly pray for your happines.
Your La: euerever humbly;
E. S.
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Most lothsom, filthie, foule, and full of vile disdaine (FQ I.i.14.9) 14.9. Most lothsom] this edn.; Mostlothsom 1590

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And shall thee well rewarde to shew the place, (FQ I.i.31.5) 5. thee] 1590; you 15961609

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To my long approoved and singular good frende, Master G.H. (Letters I.1) 1. long aprooved: tried and true, found trustworthy over a long period