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Earthly honours flow and waste,
Love only reigns in death; though art
Arm. Look to the queen!
Bass. Her "heart is broke" indeed.
Oh, royal maid, 'would thou hadst mist this part!
Arm. Wise Tecnicus! thus said he:
When youth is ripe, and age from time doth part,
Near. I am your king.
All. Long live
Nearchus, king of Sparta!
Near. Her last will
Shall never be digress'd from; wait in order
WHERE noble judgments and clear eyes are fix'd
I CANNOT ascertain when this Tragedy was first given to the stage; but it was printed in the same year as the Broken Heart. The old title is "Love's Sacrifice. A tragedie, received generally well, acted by the Queene's Majestie's servants, at the Phoenix in Drury-Lane. London: Printed by J. B. for Hugh Beeston, dwelling next the Castle in Cornhill. 1633." 4to. It has neither Prologue nor Epilogue.
MY TRUEST FRIEND, MY WORTHIEST KINSMAN,
JOHN FORD OF GRAYE'S INNE, Esq.
THE title of this little work, my good cousin, is in sense but the argument of a dedication;' which, being in most writers a custom, in many a compliment, I question not but your clear knowledge of my intents will, in me, read as the earnest of affection. My ambition herein aims at a fair flight, borne up on the double wings of gratitude for a received, and acknowledgement for a continued love. It is not so frequent to number many kinsmen, and amongst them some friends, as to presume on some friends, and amongst them little friendship. But in every fulness of these particulars, I do not more partake through you, my cousin, the delight, than enjoy the benefit of them. This Inscription to your name is only a faithful
The title of this little work, my good cousin, is in sense but the argument of a dedication.] i. e. LOVE'S SACRIFICE. The affection between the cousins appears to be mutual; for, on the appearance of Perkin Warbeck, this gentleman returned the compliment with an introductory copy of verses, which are neither the best nor the worst called forth by that drama.