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Diella
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Richard Linche (fl. 1596–1601)
 
DIELLA.
Certain Sonnets, adjoined
to the amorous Poem of
Dom DIEGO and GYNEURA.

By R. L., Gentleman.

Ben balla, á chi fortuna suona.

AT LONDON,
Printed for HENRY OLNEY, and are to be sold at his shop
in Fleet street, near the Middle Temple Gate.
1596.
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To the most worthily honoured and
virtuously beautified Lady, the Lady ANNE
GLEMNHAM, wife to the most
noble, magnanimous, and worthy Knight,
Sir HENRY GLEMNHAM, &c.

  MADAM,
YOUR many honourable virtues having tied me to your eternal service; to shew some part of my duty, I present your Ladyship with a few passionate Sonnets intermingled with the Loves of Dom DIEGO and GYNEURA.
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  Deign, gentle Lady, to accept them, and therein shew the greatness of your benignity, in receiving courteously a gift of so small worth: which though it cannot any ways equal either the number of your virtues, or the greatness of that noble House, whence your Ladyship is descended; impute it not, Madam, to my defect of Judgement, but of Fortune; for were I furnished with the greatest riches that blind goddess could bestow on a man of my state, both they and I would fall prostrate at your feet, and ever rest at your Ladyship’s devotion.  3
  Yet, Madam, as it is, it is a Child of the Muses, and, therefore, worthy to be cherished; conceived in the brain of a gallant Gentleman, and therefore to be favoured: sent into the world by me, who have ever honoured your Ladyship, and therefore crave of your Ladyship to be protected, to whom I ever wish long life, lengthened with all honourable happiness.
Your Ladyship’s
in all duty,                
HENRY OLNEY.    
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