of daynty deuises,
aptly furnished, with sundry pithie and learned inuentions:
deuised and wriiten for the most part, by M. Edwards,
sometimes of her Maiesties Chappel: the rest, by
sundry learned Gentlement, both of honor
S. Barnarde. Iasper Heyvvood. E. O. F. K. L. Vaux. M. Bevve. D. S. R. Hill. M. Yloop, vvith others.
IMPRINTED AT LON-
don by Menry Disle, dwellyng in
Paules Churchyard, at the Southwest doore
of Saint Paules Church, and are there
to be solde.
TO THE RIGHT HONO-
rable Syr Henry Compton Knight,
Lorde Compton, of Compton.
IGHT HONORABLE, and my very good Lord, (pre- suming vppon your curtesy) I
am bolde to present vnto your honor, this small volume: Entituled, The Paradise
of deynty deuises, being penned by diuers learned Gentlemen, and colted togea-ther, through the trauell of one, both of woorship and credite, for his priuate vse: who not long since departed this lyfe, which when I had perused ouer, not with out the aduise of sundry my freendes, I determined by theyr good motion, to set them in print, who thervnto greatly per-swaded me, with these and like woordes: The wryters of them, were both of honor and worship: besides that, our owne coun-trey men, and such as for theyr learnying and grauitie , might be accounted of a-mong the wisest. Furthermore, the ditties both pithy and pleasant, as well for the inuention as meter, and wyll yeelde a farre greater delight, being as they are so aptly made to be set to any song in .5. partes, or song to instrument. Which wel consydering I purposed not to forsake so good an occasion, beseeching your honor to accept it in good part, cheefely for the aucthours sake: who though some of them are departed this lyfe, yet theyr woorthy doings shall continue for euer: for like as the shadow foloweth the body, so praise foloweth vertue: and as the shadow goeth sometimes before, and sometimes behind, so doth praise also to vertue: but the later it commeth, the greater it is, and to be the better esteemed. Thus fearing to offende your honor with these my rude speaches, I end, wishing your L. many yeres of ioy.
Your good Lordships wholy to commaund,