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DUTCH E s.
M A D A M, ***FTER having a great while with'd A to write something that might be
worthy to lay at your Highness's
Feet, and finding it impossible : Since the World has been so kind to me to judge of this Poem to my Advantage, as the most pardonable Fault which I have made in its kind; I had finn'd against myself, if I had not chosen this Opportunity to implore (what my Ambition is most fond of) Your Favour and Protection.
Es is. I dare not think of offering any thing in h
this Address, that might look like a Paneis gyrick, for fear, left when I have done my
best, the World should condemn me, for saying too little, and you yourself check me, for medling with a Task unfit for my Talent.
For the Description of Virtues and Perfec1
tions fo rare as Yours are, ought to be done - by as deliberate, as skilful à Hand; the
Features must be drawn very fine, to be like; hasty dawbing will but spoil the Picture, and make it so unnatural, as must want false Lights to set it off: And your Virtue can receive no more Lustre from Practices, than your Beauty can be improv'd by Art, which as it charms the braveft Prince that ever amaz'd the World with his Virtue: So, let but all other Hearts enquire into themselves, and then judge, how it ought to be prais'd.:
Your Love too, as none but that great Hero, who has it, could deserve it, and therefore, by a particular Lot from Heaven, was destin'd to so extraordinary a Blessing, so matchless for its self, and so wondrous for its Constancy, shall be remember'd to Your · Immortal Honour, when all other Transactions of the Age You live in shall be forgotten.
But I forget that I am to ask Pardon for the Fault I have been all this while Com
mitting. Wherefore I beg Your Highness
This with Eternal Wishes for Your Royal Highness's Content, Happiness, and Pro. sperity, in all Humility is presented by
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Your most obedient and
Sin Th Ofi Yet Not