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A00563 [Diuers & sundry waies of two parts in one, to the number of fortie, vppon one playnsong] Farmer, John, fl. 1591-1601. 1591 (1591) STC 10698; ESTC S111790 4,866 46

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To the right honorable my very good lord master Edward de Vere Earle of Oxenford vicount Bulbecke lord of Escales Badlesmere Lord great Chamberlayne of England Iohn Farmer wisheth long and happie life with encrease of honor IT was mine exercise right honorable and my singuler good Lord to make vppon a playnsong not long a goe fortie seuerall waies of 2. parts in one with what cōmendation I shall then perceiue when other shall haue iudged with what study my selfe am priuie neither long nor serious This poore conceit I haue presumed of your honorable fauour to present vnto your Lordship vnder couerture of whome to the view of the world not but that I knew it vnworthie of so high a personage but rather that it needed the more noble patronage the lesse is in it to recōmend it selfe which how litle it is I am greatly in feare Hervnto my good Lord I was the rather emboldened for your L. great affection to this noble ●●ience hoping for the one you might pardō 〈◊〉 other desirous to make knowē your inclination this way For howsoeuer my skill be nothing such as in least part to expresse the dignitie of the art yet this I am sure of if graue auctors haue rightly informed mee that the wisest men as Pythagoras Plato haue made it their studie and most honorable persons as Hercules and Achilles their earnest practise Besides this my good Lord I beare this conceit that not onelie my self am vowed to your commaundement but all that is in me is dedicated to your Lordships seruice so that albeit I am vnable to make shew of my deuty in such sort as I wish yet to transport to other what I owe to your Lordship I demeed not to sitte with such a profession Onelie if it shall please your honorable minde to measure my deede by my desire it may happily seeme somewhat which of it selfe is lesse then nothing Which beseeching your Lordship with all instancie and as before hoping so now most humbly crauing pardon of my presumption I rest in prayer for the preseruation of your honour in long life and great happynesse in the one to match the oldest in the other the blesseddest Your Lordships most bounden seruaunt and at all commaundement most ready Iohn Farmer Philomusicis MAruaile not gentlemen who soeuer shal see this little book that Musicke shewes hir selfe in this vnusuall vayne For if in other arts it be a common practise and yet not so ordinarie as commendable euerie way to deuise to further the studie of each perticuler why should Musicke be denied that which is graunted the rest Certes how men do thinke of hir I do not know I doubt but bassely how they should I am out of doubt that is most honourablie No man can denie but that God is authour as of all other excellent qualities so of this for so euen the Philosophers who had not right knowledge of the heauenlie maiestie by instinct of nature did see and confesse and as of the 7. liberall sciences which therefore haue that name because they are befitting men of most free birth she is one in number so peraduenture nay without peraduenture not the last if not the first in dignitie for delight wonderfull for depth infinite for commoditie it may happilie be doubted whether any more necessarie Were it not so it had not beene to write which Tullie writes truelie of the countrie of Graecia where being the fountaine of all learning and the verie seate of wisdome sic Musici floruerunt as he saith vt omnes id discerent nec qui nesciebat satis excultus doctrina putaretur In the same countrie Themistocles a Prince of Athens for that at a feast he refused to play on the Harpe an instrument at that time of highest credit although in other respects in a maner peerelesse onely for this defect was thought somewhat rude The ende of my speech and purpose is this that the science being so excellent and yet so couldlie followed euerie one that knowes any thing of her should euerie waie be doing for her aduauncement and such as are not are greatly in her debt such as are are fauorably to be accepted howsoeuer it be not each mans fate to performe what is singuler I professe if any lesse wise then I could wish them misconstrue my meaning to doe nothing of ostentacion for alas what is this nay what haue I in me whereof iustlie to bost I was in hope that students in this art such as may learne as my selfe may and haue not yet proceeded so farre as I haue might finde somthing heere not vnworthie their labor If it so fall out I shall be glad if otherwise it was the error of myne opinion which I desire may be pardoned to my good will so shall I endeuour my selfe to continue my poore labours without repentance for this I haue done Fare yee well Iohn Farmer 1 WHo so delights in Musickes skill and thereof iudges right May here perceiue a straunge deuise most plainly in his sight 2 Two parts in one vppon a ground in number fortie wayes A thing most rare surpassing farre most songsters now a dayes 3 If this in youth performed be as plainly you may see What fruite hereafter may wee hope to haue of such a tree 4 As farmer good or busye bee still laboreth in the field So doth this Farmer that he may to others much fruite yeeld 5 Farewell with praise and good report of those that know thy skill What thou desernest in Musicks art this booke will witnes still Richard Wilkinson 1 VVHether in Musickes prayse to wright In generall or of the skill That did conduct this auctors quill I feare I pearch aboue my might 2 Since then I can not as I would I spare to do it as I can Least I do wrong both art and man Not giuing either as I should 3 The rather cause it's to well knowen What Musicke is without my pen And he among the skilfull men Wanting my praise will worke his owne 4 Onely for that I loue not ill The arte it selfe and arts man both To lend my hand I was not loath Both waies to witnesse my good will Francis Yomans I The plainsong 2. parts in one 2. parts in one 2. parts in one in the fourth a sembriefe after the other the plainsong beneath II The plainsong 2. parts in one 2. parts in one 2. parts in one in the fifth a minom after the other The plainsong in the midst the Treble before III The plainsong 2. parts in one 2. parts in one 2. parts in one in the fifth a sembriefe after the other the plainsong beneath IIII The plainsong 2. parts in one 2. parts in one 2. parts in one in the fifth the Basse before the Treble follow a minome The plainsong in the midst V The plainsong 2. parts in one 2. parts in one 2 parts in one in the fifth the Basse before the Treble follow a sembreefe