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TEMPORA CINXISSET FOLIORUM DENSIOR UMBRA:
DEBETUR GENIO LAUREA SYLVA TUO.
TEMPORA ET ILLA TIBI MOLLIS REDIMISSET OLIVA;
SCILICET EXCLUDIS VERSIBUS ARMA TUIS.
ADMISCES ANTIQUA NOVIS, JUCUNDA SEVERIS:
HINC JUVENIS DISCAT, FEMINA, VIRGO, SENEX.
UT SOLO MINOR ES PHEBO, SIC MAJOR ES UNUS
OMNIBUS, INGENIO, MENTE, LEPORE, STYLO.
SCRIPSIT I. H. C.
р ENOV 1953
ROBERT HERRICK, to the variety and fertility of whose genius we are indebted for the following volumes, was descended in a direct line, by the father's side, from Robert Eyrick of Houghton, a gentleman of an ancient family in Leicestershire, who lived about the middle of the fifteenth century. His intermediate ancestors, of whom an elaborate account may be found in Nichols's History of the County of Leicester,' were Thomas Eyrick, who settled in Leicester, and became a member of the corporation of that city in 1511-John Eyrick, who was admitted a freeman of Leicester in 1535,