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The Poetaster

Dedication
TO THE VIRTUOUS, AND MY WORTHY FRIEND MR. RICHARD MARTIN
SIR,--A thankful man owes a courtesy ever; the unthankful but when he needs it. To
make mine own mark appear, and shew by which of these seals I am known, I send you
this piece of what may live of mine; for whose innocence, as for the author's, you were
once a noble and timely undertaker, to the greatest justice of this kingdom. Enjoy now the
delight of your goodness, which is, to see that prosper you preserved, and posterity to
owe the reading of that, without offence, to your name, which so much ignorance and
malice of the times then conspired to have supprest.
Your true lover,
BEN JONSON.
 
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