button to main menu  Drayton 1622, preface part 1, 2

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preface to part 1, 2:-
  Argument, The
  Map, The
  Illustrations, The

given me the best of those howres, whose leasure hath effected this which I now publish. Sundry other Songs I have also, though yet not so perfect that I dare com~it them to publique censure; and the rest I determine to go forward with, God enabling me, may I find means to assist my endevor. Now Reader, for the further understanding of my Poeme, thou hast three especiall helps; First the Argument to direct thee still, where thou art, and through what Shires the Muse makes her journey, and what she chiefly handles in the Song thereto belonging. Next, the Map, lively delineating to thee, every Mountaine, Forrest, River, and Valley; expressing in their sundry postures; their loves, delights, and naturall situations. Then hast thou the Illustration of this learned Gentleman, my friend, to explaine every hard matter of history, that, lying farre from the way of common reading, may (without question) seem difficult unto thee. Thus wishing thee thy hearts desire, and committing my Poeme to thy charitable censure, I take my leave.
Thine, as thou art mine,
There follows an introductory paragraph for 'Cambro-Britans', the Welsh.
and then:-
From the Author OF The Illustrations.
  Illustrations, The

PErmit mee thus much of these Notes to My Friend. What the Verse oft, with allusion, as supposing a full knowing Reader, lets slip; or in winding steps of Personating Fictions (as some times) so infolds, that suddaine conceipt cannot abstract a Forme of clothed Truth, I have, as I might, Illustrated. Brevity, and Plainenes (as the one endur'd the Other) I have joyned; purposely avoyding frequent commixture of different language; and, whensoever it happens, eyther the Page or Margine (specially for Gentlewomens sake) summarily interprets it, except where Interpretation aides not. Being not very Prodigall of my Historicall Faith, after Explanation, I oft adventure on Examination, and Censure. The Author, in Passages of first Inhabitants, Name, State, and Monarchique succession in this Isle, followes Geffrey ap Arthur, Polychronicon, Matthew of Westminster, and such more. Of their Traditions, for that one so much controverted, and by Cambro-Britons still maintayned, touching the Trojan Brute, I have (but as Advocat for the Muse) argued; disclaiming in it, if alledg'd for my own Opinion. In most of the rest, upon weighing the Reporters credit, Comparison with more perswading authority, and Synchronisme (the best Touch-stone in this kind of Triall) I leave note of Suspicion, or adde conjecturall Amendment: as, for particular examples, among other, in Brennus mistooke by all Writers of later time, following Justins Epitome of Trogus ill conceiv'd; in Robert of Swaphams Story of K. Wulphers murdring his Children; in Rollo first D. of Normandy his time; none of them yet rectified (although the first hath been adventured on) by any that I have seene; and such more. And indeed my Incalousie hath oft vext me with particular inquisition of whatsoever occurs, bearing not a marke of most apparant Truth, ever since I found so intollerable Antichronismes, incredible reports, and Bardish impostures, as well from Ignorance as assum'd liberty of Invention in some of our Ancients; and red also such palpable Fauxities, of our Nation, thrust into the World by Later Time: as (to give a tast) that of Randall Higden affirming the Beginning of Wards in VI. Hen. III. Polydores assertion (upon mistaking of the Statute of I.
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