To the Reader.
Reader (I know not
yet whether gentle or no) : Some I
been angry (I dare not assume the honor of
their envy) at my poetical
boldness, and blamed in mine what
commends other fruits, earliness.
. . . The small fire
I have is rather blown than extinguished
wind. For the itch of poesy
by being angered increaseth, by rubbing
spreads farther ; which appears in that I have ventured upon
edition. . . . I would
not be angry to see any one burn
and Thisbe, nay I would do it
myself, but that I hope a pardon
easily be gotten for the errors
of ten years age. My Constantia
Philetus confesseth me two years older
when I writ it. . . .
Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 829.
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