To the Gentlemen Readers,
Gentlemen, the Horse when hee is first handed to the warres,
starteth at the cracke of euery peece; and euery coucht Launce is a
censure of death to a fresh water Souldier: So fareth it with mee,
for neuer before being in print I start at the sight of the Presse,
and hauing not dared to looke into the open light, I feared with the
Owle to fly before it be twylight: yet I haue heard others whose
books haue past your view, account you so fauorable, curteous and
affable, shrouding euery scape with silence; that I presumed the
rather to experience with them the hope of your fauours: which if
I finde as they haue done, though I bee blinde $Bayard, yet I will in
the thickest of the mire plunge vp to the Saddle for your sakes.
$Virgill afore he wrote his %Aeneidos, wrote his %Culex; and assaide
in trifles, afore he attempted in Triumphs. $Lucan wrote %Quaedam
%Lirica, before he began with %Bellum %per %Emathios %plusquam %Ciuilia
%campos. Roome was not . . .