button to main menu  Drayton 1622, preface part 1, 5

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preface to part 1, 5:-
[af]ter time that Alexander had perswaded himselfe to be Jupiter Hammons sonne, whose Statue was with Rams hornes, both his owne and his Successors Coines were stampt with horned Images: or else in respect of his II. pillars erected in the East as a [star] Nihil ultra of his Conquest, and some may say because hee had in Power the Easterne and Westerne World, signified in the two Hornes. But, howsoever, it well fits the Passgae, either, as if hee had personated Creseide at the entrance of two wayes, not knowing which to take; in like sense as that of Prodicus his Hercules, Pythagoras his Y, or the Logicians Dilemma expresse; or esle, which is the truth of his conceit, that shee was at a Nonplus, as the interpretation in his next Staffe makes plaine. How many of Noble Chaucers Readers never so much as suspect this his short essay of knowledge, transcending the common Rode? and by his Treatise of the Astrolabe (which, I dare sweare, was chiefly learned out of Messakalah) it is plaine hee was much acquainted with the Mathematiques, and amongst their Authors had it. But, I return to my selfe. From vaine loading my Margine, with Books, Chapters, Folios, or Names of our Historians, I abstain: Course of Time as readily directs to them. But, where the place might not so easily occure (chiefly in matter of Philologie) there onlie (for view of them which shall examine mee) I have added assisting references. For most of what I use of Chorographie, joyne with me in thanks to that most Learned Nourice of Antiquitie

my instructing friend Mr. Camden Clarenceulx. From him and Girald of Cambria also comes most of my British; and then may Mercury and all the Muses deadly hate mee, when, in permitiing occasion, I professe not by whom I learn! Let them vent judgement on mee which understand: I justifie it all, by the selfe Authors cited, crediting no Transcribers, but when of Necessitie I must. My thirst compeld mee alwayes seeke the Fountaines, and, by that, if meanes grant it, judge the Rivers nature. Nor can any Conversant in Letters bee ignorant what error is oftimes fallen into, by trusting Authorities at second hand, and rash collecting (as it were) from visuall beam's refracted thorugh anothers eye. In performance of this charge (undertaken at request of my kinde friend the Author) Brevity of Time (which was but little more than since the Poem first went to the Presse) and that daily discontinued, both by my other most different Studies seriously attended, and interrupting Busines, as enough can witnes, might excuse great faukts, especially of Omission. But, I take not thence advantage to desire more than Common Curtesie in Censure: Nor of this, nor of what else I heeretofeore have published, touching [star] Historicall deductions of Our Ancient Lawes, wherein I scape not without Tax
[star1] Christman. Comment in Alfragan. cap. II. / Lysimachi Cornuum apud Cael. Rhodigin. / Antiq. lect.20 cap. 12. hic genuina interpretatio.
[star2] Of who~ even every ingenio' stranger makes honorble mention. / Comitem vero' illum Palatinii~ R. Vitum Basingstochium (Cuius Historie magnam partem quasi [...Greek...] [...Latin... ...]
[star3] Janus Anglorum.
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