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Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's Head,
To the Right Honourable
Lord SOMMERS, Baron of EVESHAM.
IN Editor of the Works of a dead Author ought
to confider himself as a
kind of Executor of his
Will; which he fhould endeavour to perform with the fame Care, and, A 2.
in every Circumstance, after the fame manner he believes the Au thor himself wou'd have done, if living. For this Reason I cannot think I have acquitted my felf of what is neceffary towards placing the Writings of our Celebrated SPENSER in the most advantageous Light, till I have addrefs'd them to Your Lordship, by whom they have always been particularly efteem'd. And I am zealous in making known fo honourable a Diftinction, of the fame Confequence to his Fame now, which is the After-Life of Poets, as the Friendship of the admir'd SIDNEY was to his Reception at his first Appearance.
HAVING done this Juftice to my Author, I am at a lofs to ex