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<T The Loyal Subject>+ <I * The Loyal Subject>+ <Z by John Fletcher.>+ <Z Text from "The Dramatic Works in the Beaumont and Fletcher Canon,">+ <Z Vol. V, ed. Bowers (Cambridge, 1982).>+ <I Pro><A P><S ->+ <P 158><L 1>+ <N 1> <D Prologue.> <N 2> We need not noble Gentlemen to invite <N 3> Attention, preinstruct you who did write <N 4> This worthy Story, being confident <N 5> The mirth joyn'd with grave matter, and Intent <N 6> To yeild the hearers profit, with delight, <N 7> Will speake the maker: and to do him right, <N 8> Would aske a Genius like to his; the age <N 9> Mourning his losse, and our now widdowed stage <N 10> In vaine lamenting. I could adde, so far <N 11> Behind him the most moderne writers are, <N 12> That when they would commend him, their best praise <N 13> Ruins the buildings which they strive to raise, <N 14> To his best memory: so much a friend <N 15> Presumes to write, secure 'twill not offend <N 16> The living that are modest, with the rest <N 17 . . .