Henrie VVriothesley, Earle of
and Baron of Titchfield.
Ight Honourable, I know not how I shall
offend in dedicating my vnpolisht lines to your Lordship, nor how
the worlde vvill censure mee for choosing so strong a proppe to
support so vveake a burthen, onelye if your Honour seeme but
pleased, I account my selfe highly praised, and vowe to take
aduantage of all idle houres, till I haue honoured you vvith some
grauer labour. But if the first heire of my inuention proue
deformed, I shall be sorie it had so noble a god-father : and neuer
after eare so barren a land, for feare it yeeld me still so bad a
haruest, I leaue it to your Honourable suruey, and your Honor to
your hearts content, vvhich I wish may alvvaies ansvvere your ovvne
vvish, and the vvorlds hopefull expectation.
Your Honors in all dutie,