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MOost brauebrave and noble Ladie, the things that make ye so much honored of the world as ye bee, are such, as (without my simple lines testimonie) are throughlie knowen to all men; namely, your excellent beautie, your vertuous behauiorbehavior, &and your noble match with that most honourable Lord the verie Paterne of right Nobilitie: But the causes for which ye hauehave thus deserueddeserved of me to be honoured (if honour it be at all) are, both your particular bounties, and also some priuateprivate bands of affinitie, which it hath pleased your Ladiship to acknowledge. Of which when as I found my selfe in no part worthie, I deuiseddevised this last slender meanes, both to intimate my humble affection to your Ladiship and also to make the same vniuersallieuniversallie knowen to the world; that by honouring you they might know me, and by knowing me they might honor you. Vouchsafe noble Lady to accept this simple remẽbranceremembrance, thogh not worthy of your self, yet such, as perhaps by good acceptance therof, ye may hereafter cull out a more meet &and memorable euidenceevidence of your own excellent deserts. So recommending the same to your Ladiships good liking, I humbly take leaueleave.
Your La: humbly euerever. Ed. Sp
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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