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Cœlia
Front Matter
William Percy (1575–1648)
 
SONNETS
TO THE FAIREST
COELIA.

        Parve, nec invideo, sine me liber ibis ad illam,
Hei mihi quod domino non licet ire tuo.—TRIST. 1.


L O N D O N,
Printed by ADAM ISLIP,
for W. P.
1594.
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To the Reader.

COURTEOUS READER,
WHEREAS I was fully determined to have concealed my Sonnets as things privy to myself; yet, of courtesy, having lent them to some, they were secretly committed to the Press and almost finished, before it came to my knowledge.
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  Wherefore making, as they say, Virtue of Necessity, I did deem it most convenient to prepose my Epistle, only to beseech you to account of them as of toys and amorous devices; and, ere long, I will impart unto the World another Poem, which shall be both more fruitful and ponderous.  3
  In the mean while, I commit these, as a pledge, to your indifferent censures.
  London, 1594.
W. PERCY.    
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