Wherin if Pulianos strong affection and weake arguments
will not satisfie you, I wil giue you a nearer example
of my selfe, who I know not by what mischance in
these my not old yeares and idlest times, hauing slipt
into the title of a Poet, am prouoked to say somthing
vnto you in the defence of that my vnelected vocation, which if I handle with more good will, then
good reasons beare with me, since the scholler is to
be pardoned that followeth the steps of his maister.
And yet I must say, that as I haue more iust cause to
make a pittifull defence of poore Poetrie, which
from almost the highest estimation of learning, is
falne to be the laughing stocke of children, so haue
I need to bring some more auaileable proofes, since
the former is by no man bard of his deserued credit,
the silly later, hath had euen the names of Philosophers, vsed to the defacing of it, with great daunger
of ciuill warre among the Muses.