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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Concerning the Honour of Books
By John Florio (1553?–1625)
SINCE honour from the honourer proceeds,
How well do they deserve, that memorize
And leave in books, for all posterities
The names of worthies and their virtuous deeds;
When all their glory else, like water-weeds        5
Without their element, presèntly dies,
And all their greatness quite forgotten lies,
And when and how they flourished no man heeds!
How poor remembrances are statues, tombs,
And other monuments that men erect        10
To princes, which remain in closèd rooms
Where but a few behold them, in respect
Of Books, that to the universal eye
Show how they lived; the other where they lie!

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