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It is seated by custome-from which we are now bold to assume authoritie-to bear the names of our friends upon the fronts of our bookes, as gentlemen use to set their armes over their gate. Some say this use began by the heroes and brave spirits of the old world, which were desirous to be thought to patronize learning; and men in requitall honor the names of those brave princes.-DRAYTON.
DEITY. A Dedication to the
My Father! unto Thee to whom I owe
If there be aught that Thou canst love, it springs
More unto me than immortality,
Or to have strung my harp with golden strings.-P. J. BAILEY. DIVINE.-A Dedication to a
In dedicating to you this volume, a consideration of a far higher nature than the formal and customary honour of addressing a man of literary and scientific attainments induced me to shelter it under your patronage. In the several vocations in which Providence has called you to officiate, you have proved yourself the warm and disinterested patron of all that is benevolent and good,—of everything that concerns the present and eternal welfare of mankind; while your praises have been re-echoed from one corner of the land to another as the champion of the Christian religion, the doctrines of which your voice and your pen have done so much to illustrate.-DICK.