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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE LADY DALKEITH, LADY GOVERNESS TO HER HIGHNESS
THE PRINCESS HENRIETTA.
MADAM, TT is unsafe in these dangerous days for any - to go abroad without a convoy, or, at the least, a pass ; my book hath both in being dedicated to your honour. The apostle saith, Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? * I am one of your honour's planting, and could heartily wish, that the fruit I bring forth were worthy to be tasted by your judicious palate. Howsoever, accept these grapes, if not for their goodness, for their novelty : though not sweetest relished, they are soonest ripe, being the first fruits of Exeter press, presented unto you. And if ever my ingratitude should forget my obligations to your honour, these black lines will turn red, and blush his unworthiness that wrote them. In
* 1 Cor. ix. 7.
this pamphlet your ladyship shall praise whatsoever you are pleased but to pardon. But I am tedious, for your honour can spare no more minutes from looking on a better book, her infant Highness, committed to your charge. Was ever more hope of worth in a less volume? But 0! how excellently will the same, in due time, be set forth, seeing the paper is so pure, and your ladyship the overseer to correct the press ! The continuance and increase of whose happiness here, and hereafter, is desired in his daily devotions, who resteth
Your honour's in all
GOOD THOUGHTS IN
I ORD, how near was I to danger, yet es
caped! I was upon the brink of the brink of it, yet fell not in; they are well kept who are kept by thee. Excellent archer ! Thou didst hit thy mark in missing it, as meaning to fright, not hurt me. Let me not now be such a fool as to pay my thanks to blind Fortune for a favour which the eye of Providence hath bestowed upon me. Rather let the narrowness of my escape make my thankfulness to thy goodness the larger, lest my ingratitude justly cause, that, whereas this arrow but hit my hat, the next pierce my head.
I ORD, when thou shalt visit me with a sharp L disease, I fear I shall be impatient; for I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper, and have not been acquainted with sickness all my lifetime. I cannot expect any kind usage