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Casta placent superis,
pura cum veste venite,
Et manibus puris
sumite fontis aquam.
Printed by I. R. for Iohn Flasket, and are to be sold in Paules Church-yard, at the
signe of the Beare. 1600.
To his loving kinde friend,
Maister Iohn Bodenham.
Wits Commonwealth, * the first fruites of thy paines,
Drew on Wits Theater, † thy second sonne :
And wondrous profit that the world hath wonne.
Thou mad'st a nosegay as was neuer sweeter :
And for the greatest Prince no poesie meeter.
And furnish vp thy last impos'd designe:
* [A collection of sententious extracts from the ancient moral philosophers, &c. printed in 1597.)
+ (A similar collection printed in 1598.)
1 [ Belvidere, or the Garden of the Muses;" a selection of sentences in verse, printed in 1600 and 1610.]
§ [Printed in 1600, 4to, and 1614, 8vo.]
To his very louing Friends, M. Nicholas Wanton,
and M. George Faucet.
Though many miles (but more occasions doo sunder
(kinde Gentlemen) yet a promise at parting dooth in
the presse, comes now to Yorke to salute her rightfull
Patrone first, and next (as his deere friends & kinds
men) to offer you her kinde seruice. If shee speede well
there, it is all shee requires; if they frowne at her heere, she
greatly not cares: for the wise (shee knowes) will neuer
be other then them selues: as for such then as would seeine
so, but neither are, ñor euer will be, she holds this as a
Yours in all he may,