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A MASKE

Presented

At Ludlow Castle,

1634:

On Michaelmasse night, before the
Right Honorable,

IOHN Earle of Bridgewater, Vicount BRACKLY,

Lord Prassident of Wales, And one of

His Maiesties most honorable

Privie Counsell.

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THE EPISTLE DEDICATORIE.

TO THE RIGHT

Honorable,

IOHN Lord Vicount BRACLY,

Son and heire apparent to the Earle

of Bridgewater, &c.

MY LORD,

This Poem, which receiv'd its first occasion of birth from your selfe, and others of your noble familie, and much honour from your own Person in the performance, now returns againe to make a finall dedication of it selfe to you. Although not openly acknowledge by the Author, yet it is a legitimate offspring, so lovely, and so much desired, that the often copying of it hath tir'd my pen to give my severall friends satisfaction, and brought me to a necessitie of producing it to the publick view; and now to offer it up in all rightf ull devotion to those faire hopes, and rare Endowments of your much-promising Youth, which give a full assurance, to all that know you, of a future excellence. Live sweet Lord to be the honour of your Name, and receive this as your owne, from the hands of him, who hath by many favours beene long oblig'd to your most honour'd Parents, and as in this representation your attendant Thyrsis, so now in all reall expression

Your faithfull, and most

humble Servant,

H. LAWES.

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