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To the right Honorable and vertuous Lady Helena Marquesse of North-hampton.
I hauehave HaueHave the rather presumed humbly to offer vntounto your Honor the dedication of this little Poëme, for that the noble and vertuous Gentlewoman of whom it is written, was by match neere alied, and in affection greatly deuoteddevoted vntounto your Ladiship. The occasion why JI wrote the same, was aswell the great good fame which JI heard of her deceassed, as the particular goodwill which JI beare vntounto her husband Master Arthure Gorges, a louerlover of learning and vertue, whose house as your Ladiship by mariage hath honoured, so doo JI finde the name of them by many notable records, to be of great antiquitie in this Realm; and such as hauehave euerever borne themseluesthemselves with honorable reputation to the world, and vnspottedunspotted loyaltie to their Prince and Countrey: besides so linially are they descended from the Howards, as that the Lady Anne Howard, eldest daughter to IohnJohn Duke of Norfolke, was wife to Sir Edmund, mother to Sir Edward, and grandmother to Sir VVilliamWilliam and Sir Thomas Gorges Knights. And therefore JI doo assure my selfe that no due honour done to the white Lyon, but will be most gratefull to your Ladiship, whose husband and children doo so neerely participate with the bloud of that noble familie. So in all duetie JI recommend this Pamphlet, &and the good acceptance thereof to your honorable fauourfavour and protection. London this first of January. 1 5 9 1.
Your Honors humbly euerever.
E. Sp.
1. hauehave ] this edn.; HaueHave 1591
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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