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VENUS AND ADO.NIS,
Vilia miretur vulgus, mihi flavus Apollo
E P I S T L E.
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
HENRY WRIO THESLY, EARL of SOUTHAMPTON, and BARON of TICHFIELD.
I KNOW not how I shall offend in dedicating my unpolished lines to your lordship, nor how the world will censure me for choosing so strong a prop to support fo weak a burthen: only, if your honour seem but pleased, I account myself highly praised, and vow to take advantage of all idle hours, till I havichonoured you with some graver labour. But if the fuft heir of.my invention prove deformed, I shall be forcy.it had co noble a godfather, and never after ear so barrena and, for fear it yield me still so bad a harvest. I ‘leave it to your honourable survey, and your honour? to yorir heart's content; which I wish may always answer your own wish, and the world's hopeful expectation.
Your Honour's in all duty, WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE.
Lear so barren a land, ] To ear, is to plow. See Vol. VII. p. 435, 9. 7. MALONE.
2-and your honour-) This was formerly the usual mode of address to noblemen. So, in a lester written by Sir Francis Bacon to Robert, lord Cecil, July 3, 1603: “ Lastly, for this divulged and almost prostituted title of knighthood, I could without charge, by your bonour's mean, be content to have it,—." Birch's Collection, p. 24. MALONE.
HENRY WRIO TIESLY,
THE THIRD EARL OF SOUTHAMPTON.
two pieces that he appears ever to bave published, few particulars are known. However, the circumstances, of his having been the most intimate friend of Robert earl of Essex, and, according to tradition, the liberal benefactor of our poet, have endeared his memory to polterity. His grandfather Thomas, the first earl, was lord chancellor in the time of King Henry VIII. and one of his executors. His father Henry, who died in 1983, was a Roman Catholick, and a strenuous partizan of Mary queen of Scots. Qurgreat poet’s patron was born in 1573. In December, 1585, he became a member of Saint John's college in Cambridge 3, and was admitted to the degree of bachelor of arts in 1389, after a residence of four years in the university, “ where (lays a contemporary writer 4,) he spent his time in the studie of good letters, anda fier confirmed that studie with travaile and foraigne observation
He aceompanied lord Efex as a volunteer in the expedition to Cadiz'in 2596; and, in the following year, he was appointed captain of she barland, one of Queen Elizabeth's best tips, (for
in whose mijes.iheetart mobility, though not bred to the sea, oc: cronallyfeired jir. the navy,) and acted as vice-admiral of the
forit fquadron. in. che fleet that failed against the Azores. In that expedition: happening, with only three of the Queen's Thips, and a few merchant-men, to fall in with thirty five tail of Spanish 'galkons, laden with the treasures of South America, he funk.one of them, dispersed several others that were afterwards tåken, and drove the rest into a bay of the illand of Tercera, which was then unaffailable. After the English had taken and spoiled the town of Villa Franca, the enemy finding that most of them were gone aboard their thips, and that only the earls of Eflex and Southampton, with a few others, remained on Tore, came down upon them with all their force, but were received with such spirit, that many of the
3 In the book of matriculation, which my friend Dr. Farmer very obligingly examined at my request, is the following entry: “ Hen. Comes Sowthampton, impubes 12°. ano.”St. John's Coll. Dec. II. 1585.
4 HONOUR IN HIS PERFECTION, or a Treatise in commendation of the vertues and renowned vertuous urjertakings of the illustrious and heroick princes, Henrie carle of Oxenforde, Henrie earle of Southampton, and Robert earle of Eficx. By G,M.[Gervais Markham.) 410.1624.