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of many reasons that I could vrdge, though perhaps the nee-
rest his capacitie, but that I would be loth to trouble my selfe,
to satisfie him. Further, if any man whatsoeuer, in prizing of
his owne birth or fortune, shall take in scorne, that a far mea-
ner man in the eye of the world, shal be placed by him: I tell
him plainly whatsoeuer so excepting, that, that mans wit is
set by his, not that man by him. In which degree, the names
of Poets (all feare and dutie ascribed to her great and sacred
Name) haue beene placed with the names of the greatest
Princes of the world, by the most autentique and worthiest
iudgements, without disparagement to their soueraigne ti-
tles: which if any man taking exception thereat, in ignorance
know not, I hold him vnworthy to be placed by the meanest
that is but graced with the title of a Poet. Thus gentle Rea-
der I wish thee all happines.

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