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Ornamented with Three Portraits, by Bartolozzi, &c.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR EDWARD JEFFERY, No. 11, PALL-MALL,

Price, One Guinea in Beards,

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Portrait of SHAKSPEARE to face Title.

Capell, after his History of the Origin of
SHAKSPEARE's Fables.

Earl SOUTHAMPTON before Dedication to
Lucrece,

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TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

HENRY WRIOTHESLY,

EARL OF SOUTHAMPTON, AND BARON OF TITCHFIELD.

RIGHT HONOURABLE,

I know not how I fall offend in dedicating my unpolished lines to your Lordship, nor how the world will censure me for choosing so strong a prop to support so 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 have honoured

you

with some But if the first heir of

my

invention prove deformed, I shall be sorry it had so noble a godfather, and never after ear so barren a land, for fear it yield me still so bad a harvest. I leave it to your honourable survey, and your honour to your heart's content; which I wish may always answer your own wish, and the world's hopeful expectation.

graver labour.

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Your Honour's in all duty,

WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE.

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