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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 :
By both of which I cannot count the gaines

And wondrous profit that the world hath wonne.
Next, in the Muses Garden gathering flowres,

Thou mad'st a nosegay as was neuer sweeter :
Whose sent will sauour to Time's latest howres;

And for the greatest Prince no poesie meeter.
Now comes thy Helicon, $ to make compleate

And furnish vp thy last impos'd designe:
My paines heerein, I cannot term it great,
But what-so-ere, my loue (and all) is thine.
Take loue, take painis, take all remaines in me:
And where thou art, my hart still lives with thee.


* [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
iustice claime performance, and assurance of gentle ac-
ceptance would mightilie condemne me if I should ne-
glect it. Helicon, though not as I could wish, yet in such
good sort as time would permit, hauing past the pikes of

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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

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greatly not cares: for the wise (shee knowes) will neuer

be other then them selues: as for such then as would seeine

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so, but neither are, ñor euer will be, she holds this as a
maine principle; that their malice neede as little be feared,
as their fauour or friendship is to be desired. So hoping
ỳou will not forget vs there, as we continuallie shall be
mindefull of you heere. I leaue you to the delight i
England's Helicon.

Yours in all he may,

A. B.

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