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THE

EPISTLE DEDICATORY.

ded vnder

your

names

Thal

find

with

you kind

accep=

tance,notvpon

prefumption

of

their

worth,

but be-

caufe

it

is

the

nature

of

loue

to

caufe

a

man hopefully

to

expeâ

for correfpondency

of

affehion

in

them

whom

it

loueth,thoagh

there be almofl

no

proporti-

on

in defers

.

Neither

could

I

find

fitter

patrons

for

treatifes

of

this

nature;

for

who

are more

fit

then the

vertuous

and religious

to

defend and

countenance

fuch difcourfes

as

tend

to

the vpholding

and aduan-

cing

of

vertue and pietie

, and to

the fuppreßîng

and

beating downe

of

vice

and

wickedneffe?

and

who

are

more

able

to

daunt the courages of the

vicious

and

malicious,

which are

daily ready

to

wreck

their fpight

vpon

thofe who inueigh

againfl

their darling

firmes,

then they, whole

vertuous difpofition

is

both

graced

and ftrengthened

with

honour

and

eminency

of

place,

and

alfo with

the

gracious

:fauour

of

our

dread

Soueraigne

.?

As

therefore

I

haue

refpe6iuely

dedi-

cated

thefe

my

labours

vnto

your

Honours,to

accept

them

with

your wonted

kindneffe,

and vouchfafe

them

at your leafures

your

perufall

,

and

me your

ho-,

nourable

fauours;

fo

fhail

I be

more

and more

boúd

to

pray

vnto

the Lord, that

he

wil

grant

vnto your Honors

a

daily

increafe

of

grace_

and

true gonor

in

this

world,and eter-

nail

glory

and

happineffe in

the

world

to

come.

Your

Honours

in

all bumble

dutieto

be

commanded,

'JOHN

DOVVNAMFc.