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Three proper wittie familiar
Letters, lately passed betvvenebetwene
VniuersitieUniversitie men, touching
the Earthquake in April
last, and our English reformed
To my long approouedapprooved and singular good frende, Master G.H.
Master H. I doubt not but you
hauehave some great important matter
in hande, which al this while restraineth
youre Penne, and wonted readinesse in prouokingprovoking me vntounto
that, wherein your
selfe nowe faulte. If there bee any such thing in hatching,
I pray you hartily, lette
vsus knowe, before al the worlde see it. But if happly you , and giuegive your selfe to be deuoureddevoured of secreate Studies, as of all likelyhood you doe: yet at least imparte some your olde, or newe, Latine, or Englishe, Eloquent and Gallant
Poesies to vsus, from whose eyes, you saye, you keepe
nothing hidden. is here stirred: but that still depending. His Honoure
neuernever better. I thinke the Earthquake was wyth you
(which I would gladly learne) as it was
here with vsus:
verye straunge to be hearde of in these
Countries, and yet I heare some saye (I knowe not howe truely) that they
hauehave knowne the like before .
I like your late
so exceedingly well, that I also enure my Penne sometime in that kinde: whyche I
fynd indeede, as I hauehave heard you
often defende in worde, neither so
harde, nor so harshe,
but thatthat it will easily and fairely, yeelde it selfe to oure Moother tongue. .
For, why a Gods name may not we, as else the Greekes, hauehave the kingdome of oure owne
Language, and measure our Accentes, by the sounde, reseruingreserving
the Quantitie to the UerseVerse? Loe here I let you see my olde
vseuse of in , by this . I beseech you tell me your fancie, without parcialitie.
See yee the blindefoulded pretie God, that feathered
Of LouersLovers Miseries which maketh his bloodie Game?
Wote ye why, his Moother with a
Veale hath cooueredcoovered his Face?
Trust me, least he my LooueLoove
happely chaunce to
Seeme they comparable to , which I translated you
Truste me, you will
hardly beleeuebeleeve what greate good liking and estimation
had of youre Satyricall Verses,
and I, since the viewe thereof,
hauinghaving before of my selfe
had speciall liking of Englishe
Versifying, am eueneven nowe aboute to giuegive you some token, what, and howe well therein I am able to doe: for, to tell you
trueth, I minde shortely at conuenientconvenient
leysure, to sette forth a Booke , whyche
, whyche Booke I dare
vndertakeundertake wil be very profitable for the knowledge, and
for the , and manner of handling.
A worke beleeuebeleeve me, of much
labour, wherein notwithstanding Master hath muche
furthered and aduantagedadvantaged me, who therein hath bestowed singular paines, in searching
oute their firste heades, and sourses: and also in
tracing, and dogging oute all their Course, til they fall into the Sea,
But of that more hereafter. Nowe, my , being fully finished (as I partelye signified in my laste Letters) and
presentlye to bee imprinted, I wil my , whyche I praye you hartily send me with
al expedition: and your frendly Letters, and long expected IudgementJudgement
wythal, whyche let not be shorte, but in all pointes
, and I extraordinarily
Yours alwayes to commaunde
I my Dreames shoulde come forth , being
. I know you woulde lyke
them passing wel. Of my , and
especially of the sundry Apostrophes therein, addressed you knowe to whome, muste more aduisementadvisement be had, than so lightly to sende them abroade: howbeit, trust me (though I doe neuernever very
yet in my owne fancie, I neuernever dyd better: .
1. long aprooved: tried and true, found trustworthy over a long
4. that . . . faulte: i.e. letter-writing
5. in hatching: under secret preparation
6. happly: by chance
8. devoured of: devoured by
12. depending: pending, hanging.
18. late: recent
19. enure: employ, habituate
21. in worde: orally
24. ilfavoredly: unattractively
36. artificial: artful
36. straightnesse: constraint
39 / 1. pretie: cunning, crafty
41 / 3. Wote: know
41 / 3. Veale: i.e., veil, blind-fold
42 / 4. least: i.e., lest
42 / 4. happely: by chance, by happenstance
54. estimation: esteem
56. of my selfe: unprompted
58. minde: intend
60. undertake: affirm
61. rare: extraordinary
61. profitable . . . knowledge: instructive
70. dogging oute: pursuing
74. signified: suggested
76. expedition: speed
77. wythal: in addition
93. nor amende: neither improve upon
22. but that
] Harvey; that 1580
] 1580 state 1; Mih 1580 state 2
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To my long approoved and singular good frende, Master G.H.
1. long aprooved: tried and true,
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