A Preface to the Reader vpon
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I Write not (gentle Rea- der) to flatter, for the dead are not vainglo- rious: nor to gain, they (5) reward not trauels: for pride lesse, they are o- ther mens vertues not mine owne that I pub- lish: for malice least of all, bicause I see how (10) ill it becomes them to whom I write. But I write to admonish, and (if it might be) to a- mend vile and enuious toongs: if not, I seeke no other hire nor glorie than the satisfa- ction of mine owne conscience, (15) by discharging the dutie of a Christian. So fare you well.