Out of Foure
Written in French by the Right
Together with morall Relations,
by the ſame Author.
And tranſlated into Engliſh by
Printed by Thomas Harper for William Brooks,
and are to be ſold at his ſhop in Holborn
in Turnſtile Lane. 16391639.
To the Most Excellent Majesty of Henrietta Maria, Queene of Great Britaine.
The ancient and moderne cuſtome which all Authors have, and doe yet hold, in dedicating their workes to the hand of eminency and greatneſſe, is grounded eitheir upon deſire to ſee them powerfully protected, or by them to proclaim ſome teſtimony of devoted affection, or to appeare gratefull for benefits received, if I ſhall call to this ſupport of my thrice humble dedication to A3 your ivA3v your Highneſſe, the aforeſaid motives either ſeverall or joyned together, I doubt not but their weight will begge pardon for my preſumption, and incline your Grace to its favour, ſince whether I make my addreſſe in the humble ſupplication of the firſt, or in a revering ſence of the ſecond: or laſtly, in the generall obligation of the third reſpect. I profeſſe no more then what the leaſt and meaneſt in the ranke of ſubjects is owing to the ſource of Majeſty, whoſe influence quickeneth, gives motion and being to all civill induſtries, ſending their lives to equall center.
In point of ſubject, ſince nothing from mine own conceptions was fit to adventure upon ſo high a theater. I aſſign my part to the onely choiſe and conveyance of an Authour, with language intelligible to the Engliſh ſhore, who in the variety and multitude of his writings, both Theologicall, morall, and hiſtoricall, hath as with a Criſtall ſtreame watered a continent of the greateſt extent in Europe: and although in himſelfe like good wine he needeth no buſh to recommend him to the readers guſt, yet in this preſentment to your gratious vA4r gratious Majeſty. I will ſerve him in by the hand of a curious taſter Rare Cauſsin, who in a noble tranſlation of the Holy Court, towards the end of the ſecond part, hath theſe words, as well of proper gratitude to his perſon, as of a full Elogie of the graces and beauties of his minde.
I may well ſay (ſaith he) that I were ſtupid and ungratefull, if I ſhould not confeſſe to have been much excited to proſecute this labour by the honourable invitations which my Lord Biſhop of Belley hath uſed towards me in his works, I cannot ſet too high a price upon his recommendation in ſuch a ſubject, for hee is verily one of the moſt able and flouriſhing wits that ever handled penne: to ſee the number of his Books, one might ſay, he began to write, ſo ſoone as to live, and to conſider their worth, it is a wonder how ſo many graces and beauties which others attaine not but with much labour, increaſed in him, as in a ſoyle naturall for eloquence.
This Character flowing from ſo learned a pen, may of it ſelf be a fair invitation to your Highneſſe, to peruſe the work which I have here drawne up to a tranſlation: it is an ex tractA4 tract viA4v tract of ſeverall Hiſtories culled out of two Treatiſes intituled Singular Events, and Morall Relations, an argument not improper for a vertuous minde, whether profit or pleaſure be aymed at, for Hiſtories are the ſtore-houſes, where vertues are faithfully conſerved to poſterities veneration, and vices deteſtation: it is an armory where armour of proofe for all degrees is fitted to the hand; it is a glaſſe wherein to behold, adorne, and faſhion out the life to what is worthy imitation, and to have in horrour and avoydance what is deformed in the beginning, or foule in the end: in fine, they are the only monuments of truth, which they purely deliver, no way flattering or concealing any thing.
Give leave then, moſt gracious Princeſſe, where I began, thereto determine my thrice humble Dedication, with homage and binding oblation of theſe firſt fruits of my ſmall induſtry to your all-atracting goodneſſe, which let it deigne to aſſume unto favourable acceptance, herein imitating the precious amber, that commands the aſcent of ſmall, and worthleſſe ſubſtances, not for their me ritsrits viiA5r rits ſake, but for the honour of its force, and vertue to attract. Thus my preſumption I hope, may be excuſed, your Highneſſe all commanding vertue being graciouſly inclined
To the humbleſt and loweſt of all your Majeſties moſt devoted ſervants,
S. Du Verger.
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