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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. 1500.

To his loving kinde friend,

Maister John 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 puesie meeter.
Now comes thy Helicon, ş to make compleate

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

A. B.

[A collection of sententious extracts from the ancient moral philosophers, &c. printed in 1597.)

+ [A similar collection printed in 1598.]

1 p 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 vs

(kinde Gentlemen) yet a promise at parting dooth in

justice 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

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 seeme

so, but neither are, nor 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

you will not forget vs there, as we continuallie shall be

mindefull of you heere. I leaue you to the delight of England's Helicon.

Yours in all he may,

A. B.

To the Reader, if indifferent.

Many honoured names haue heretofore in their par.

riculer interest) patronized some part of these inuentions: many here be, that onely these Collections haue brought

to ligbt, & not inferiour (in the best opinions) to anie

betore published. The trauaile that hath beene taken in

gathering them from so many handes, bath wearied some

howres, which seuered, might in part baue perished; di

gested into this meane volume, may in the opinion of

sume not be altogether vnworthy the labour. If any man

hath beene defrauded of any thing by bim composed, by another man's title put to the same, hee bath this benefit

by this collection, freely to challenge his owne in publique,

where els he might be robd of his proper due. No one

thing beeing here placed by the Collector of the same


any man's name, eyther at large, or in letters, but as it was delivered by some especiall coppy comming to

his handes. No one man, that shall take offence that his

name is published to any inuention of his, but he shall

within the reading of a leafe or two, meete

ith another

in reputation euery way equal with himselfe, wliose

name bath beene before printed to his poeme, which

nowe taken away were more then theft: which may

satisfie him that would saine seeine curious, or be intreated

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