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To the right Honourable, the Ladie Compton and Mountegle.
MOstost faire and vertuous Ladie; hauinghaving often sought opportunitie by some good meanes to make knowen to your Ladiship, the humble affection and faithfull duetie, which I hauehave alwaies professed, and am bound to beare to that House, from whence yee spring, I hauehave at length found occasion to remẽberremember the same, by making a simple present to you of these my idle labours; which hauinghaving long sithens composed in the raw conceipt of my youth, I lately amongst other papers lighted vponupon, and was by others, which liked the same, moouedmoovedto set thẽthem foorth. Simple is the deuicedevice, and the composition meane, yet carrieth some delight, eueneven enen the rather because of the simplicitie &and meannesse thus personated. The same I beseech your Ladiship take in good part, as a pledge of that profession which I hauehave made to you, and keepe with you vntilluntill with some other more worthie labour, I do redeeme it out of your hands, and discharge my vtmostutmost dutie. Till then wishing your Ladiship all increase of honour and happinesse, I humblie take leaueleave.
Your La: euerever humbly; Ed. Sp.
10. eueneven ] this edn.; enen 1591
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Off: That a large share it hewd out of the rest, (blest. And glauncing downe his shield, from blame him fairely (FQ I.ii.18.8-9) On: That a large share it hewd out of the rest, And glauncing downe his shield, from blame him fairely blest.

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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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Apparatus

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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