Address to a Countess

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE AND MOST EXCELLENTEST of all Ladies, FRANES, Coutnesse Dowager of Exceter


Howsoever, (Right Honourable and most vertuous Ladie) this Booke may come to your Noble Goodness clothed in an old Name or Garment, yet doubtless, (excellent Madam) it is full of many new vertues which will ever admire and serve you; and though it can adde nothing to your own rare and unparalleled knowledge, yet may it to those Noble good ones (which will endeavour any small sparke of your imitation) bring such a light, as may make them shine with a great deale of charity. I do not assume to my selfe ( though I am not altogether ignorant in ability to judge of these things) the full invention and scope of this whole work; for it is true (great lady) that much of it was a manuscript which many years agon belonged to an Honourable Countess, one of the greatest Glories of our Kingdom, and were the opinions of the greatest Physicians which then lived; which being now approved

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