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hitherto, in me, aimed at any thrift: yet I have ever honoured virtue, as the richest ornament to the noblest titles. Endeavour of being known to your Lordship, by such means, I conceive no ambition; the extent being bounded by humility: so neither can the argument appear ungracious; nor the writer, in that, without allowance. You enjoy, my Lord, the general suffrage, for your freedom of merits: may you likewise please, by this particular presentment, amongst the number of such as faithfully honour those merits, to admit, into your noble construction,
Amongst the number of such as faithfully honour those merits, to admit, &c.] The 4to has—“ Among the number of such as I faithfully honour those merits, &c.” which to me is unintelligible. There can be little doubt that the pronoun was inserted through mistake, or misapprehension of the poet's meaning; most probably the latter.
There is something pleasing in this short Dedication. It displays a spirit of independence very honourable to the poet, and yėt is sufficiently respectful to his patron.
The Fancies! that's our play; in it is shown
Fancy your own opinions.] The old copy reads, “ Fancy your opinions."
to have been on the continent when this piece was first given to the stage:
Octavio, marquis of Sienna.
attendants on JULIO.
attendants on the
CASTAMELA, sister to Livio.
FLAVIA, wife to Julio.