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fingular delight, having received it from our " common friend Mr. R. in the very close of the “ late R's poems printed at Oxford; whereunto it “ is added, as I now suppose, that the accessory “ might help out the principal, according to the « art of stationers, and leave the reader con la « bocca dolce.
“ Now, Sir, concerning Your travels, where“ in I may challenge a little more privilege of dif“ course with you ; I suppose, you will not blanch “ Paris in Your way. Therefore I have been bold “ to trouble You with a few lines to Mr. M. B. « whom You shall easily find attending the young “ Lord S. as his governor ; and You may surely “ receive from him good directions for shaping of “ Your farther journey into Italy, where he did " refide by my choice some time for the king, after « mine own recess from Venice.
" I should think, that Your best line will be " thro' the whole length of France to Marseilles, " and thence by sea to Genoa, whence the passage “ into Tuscany is as diurnal as a Gravesend barge. “ I haften, as You do, to Florence or Sienna, the " rather to tell you a short story, from the interest “ You have given me in Your safety.
“ At Sienna I was tabled in the house of one “ Alberto Scipione, an old Roman courtier in dan
gerous times, having been steward to the Duca “ di Pagliano, who with all his family were ftran“ gled, save this only man, that escaped by fore“ fight of the tempeft. With him I had often “ much chat of those affairs ; into which he took “ pleasure to look back from his native harbour; “ and at my departure toward Rome, which had « been the center of his experience, I had won con“ fidence enough to beg his advice, how I might " carry myself securely there, without offense of “ others, or of my own conscience: Signor Arri
go meo, says he, i pensieri stretti, & il viso sci“ olto, that is, Your thoughts close, and Your “ countenance loose, will go safely over the whole “ world. Of which Delphian oracle (for so I “ have found it) Your judgment doth need no “ commentary, and therefore, Sir, I will com“ mit You with it to the best of all securities, God's “ dear love, remaining Your friend, as much at « command as any of longer date.
P. S. “ Sir, I have expressly sent this by my 66 foot-boy to prevent Your departure, without “ some acknowledgment from me of the receipt of “ Your obliging letter, having myself thro’ Tome “ business, I know not how, neglected the ordi
nary conveyance. In any part where I shall " understand You fixed, I shall be glad and dili
gent to entertain You with home-novelties, even “ for some fomentation of our friendship, too soon “ interrupted in the cradle,"
The Mask was presented in 1634, and consequent
ly in the 26th year of our author's age. In the title page of the firft edition printed in 1637, it is said that it was presented on Michaelmas night, and there was this motto,
Eheu quid volui misero mihi ! doribus auftrum
Perditus----In this edition, and in that of Milton's poems in 1645, there was prefixed to the Malk the follow, ing dedication.
To the Right Honorable
John Lord Vicount BRACKLY son and heir appa.
rent to the Earl of BRIDGEWATER &c.
HIS poem, which received its first occasion of birth from yourself and others of
your noble family, and much honor from your own person in the performance, now returns again to make a final dedication of itself to you. Although not openly acknowledgʻd by the author, yet it is a legitimate ofspring, so lovely, and so much desired, that the often copying of it hath tir'd my pen to give my several friends satisfaction, and brought me to a necessity of producing it to the
public view; and now to offer it up in all rightful devotion to those fair hopes, and rare endowments of your much promising youth, which give a full assurance, to all that know you, of a future excellence. Live sweat Lord to be the honor of your name, and receive this as your own, from the hands of him, who hath by many favors been long oblig'd to your molt honor'd parents, and as in this representation your attendent Thyrsis, so now in all real expression