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LIFE A.N’D WRITINGS
LOPE FELIX DE VEGA CARPIO.
HENRY RICHARD LORD HOLLAND.
PRINTED For LongMAN, HURST, REES, AND or ME,
my Richard TAYLOR AND Co., shoe-LANE, FLEET-STREET,
IN dedicating the following pages to you, I am not without apprehensions that my readers may accuse me of being actuated by motives very different from those which I should wish to assign, What is offered as a testimony of friendship, and an acknowledgment of obligations, they may very plausibly suspect of being an artifice, of authorship, and a gratification of vanity. Indeed, if I were disposed to assume authority with my countrymen on subjects of Castilian literature, how could I accomplish it more effectually than by insinuating that my researches were directed, and my studies assisted, by a Spaniard so eminent for purity of taste and discernment in literature as yourself? How could I more artfully imply my qualifications for judging of celebrated Spanish poets who are dead, than by proclaiming the intimacy and friendship with which I am ho