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THE VERTVOVS, ,
Mr. Richard Martin.
IR, A thankefull man owes a courtefie euer: the
vnthankefull, but when he needes it. To make
mine owne marke appeare, and sew by which of these feales I am known, I send you this peece of what may liue of mine; for whose innocence, as for the Authors, you were once a noble and timely undertaker, to the greatest Iustice of this kingdome. Enioy now the delight of your goodnesse; which is to see that prosper, you preferu'd: and posteritie to owe the reading of that, without offence, to your name; which so much ignorance, and malice of the times, then conspir'd to haue supprest.
THE PERSONS THAT ACT Q Dramatis Personæ 1716+ Q bears on this page an address 'Ad Lectorem' (Martial, 7. 12. 9-12.), and omits THE SCENE. ROME. 1640 subjoins the list of come. dians as printed on p. (354), folio 1616. W, G, N, interpolate * Luscus' after 'Tucca'; G, N, add ' Aesop' and 'Equites'. TREBATIVS] om. 2
Arising in the midst of the stage.
What's here? Th’ARRAIGNMENT? I: This,
15 Haue I, with burning lights, mixt vigilant thoughts, In expectation of this hated play: To which (at last) I am arriu'd as Prologue. Nor would I, you should looke for other lookes, Gesture, or complement from me, then what
20 After . . . founding.) om. Q ENVIE.] LIVOR. Q S. D.] om. 2 Envy arises in the midst of the stage G, N 3 I] ay G, N (uniformly) 20 compliment W+
Th’infected bulke of ENVIE can afford:
Drop into earth; let me be euer blind.
Traduce, corrupt, apply, enforme, suggest:
The third sounding.
1 Tay, Monster, ere thou finke, thus on thy head
Set we our bolder foot; with which we tread
Thy malice into earth: So spight should die,  Despisd and scorn'd by noble industrie. If any muse why I salute the stage,
5 An armed Prologue; know, 't is a dangerous age: Wherein, who writes, had need present his Scenes Fortie fold-proofe against the coniuring meanes Of base detractors, and illiterate apes, That fill vp roomes in faire and formall shapes. 'Gainst there, haue we put on this forc't defence: Whereof the allegorie and hid sence Is, that a well erected confidence Can fright their pride, and laugh their folly hence. Here now, put case our Authour should, once more, 15 Sweare that his play were good; he doth implore, You would not argue him of arrogance: How ere that common spawne of ignorance, 54 enforce 1640, 1692, 1716, W 61 Descends slowly. G, N
The ... founding.] om. Q PROLOGVE.] PROLOGVS Q As she disappears, enter Prologue hastily, in armour. G Enter PROLOGUE hastily. N