|Seccombe and Arber, comps. Elizabethan Sonnets. 1904.|
|William Percy (15751648)|
SONNETSTO THE FAIREST
| ||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
To the 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.
| 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.|