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VOLUME THE FOURTH,
THE HONEST MAN'S FORTUNE; A Tragi-Comedy
THE MARTIAL MAID.
This Play is by Gardiner, in his Commendatory Verses, ascribed to Fletcher singly; but
the Prologue speaks of it as the production of both authors, although again the Epilogue takes notice of but one. There never were any alterations made in this Comedy, nor has it been acted for many years past.
PROLOGUE, AT THE REVIVING OF THIS PLAY. STATUES and pictures challenge price and Beaumont's, and Fletcher's, whose desert fame,
out-weighs If they can justly boast and prove they came The best applause, and their least sprig of From Phidias or Appelles. None deny, bays Poets and painters hold a sympathy; (grace, Is worthy Phæbus; and who comes to gather Yet their works may decay, and lose their Their fruits of wit, he shall not rob the treu. Receiving blemish in their limbs or face; When the mind's art has this preheminence, Nor can you ever surfeit of the plenty, She still retaineth her first excellence. Nor can you call them rare, though they be Then why should not this dear piece be dainty: esteem'd
The more you take, the more you do them Child to the richest fancies that e'er teem'd? right; When not their meanest offspring, that came And we will thank you for your own delight,
forth, But bore the image of their fathers' worth.