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Courtly Masquing
A Y R E S,
Composed to 5. and 6
Parts, for Violins, Consorts,
and Cornets,
I O H N   A D S O N.

L O N D O N :
Printed by T S. for Iohn Browne,
and are to be sold in St. Dun-
stans Churchyard in Fleetstreet.
1 6 2 1.

and iudicious Fauorer of all good Arts and Learning,
G E O R G E, Marquesse of Buckingham , Lord high Admirall of
England, Viscount Villiers, Baron of Whaddon, Master of his
M A I E S T I E S Horse, Knight of the most noble Order
of the Garter, Gentlemen of his Highnesse Bed-cham-
ber , and one of his most honourable

       Right Noble, and most honoured L O R D,
THere are three Vertues, (Goodnesse, Truth, and Newnesse) which as they embolden a Worke, and make it an unblushing Offering at the Noblest Altar : So doe they also preserue from Taxation the Presenter ; and from disparagement, the Protector : All which (I hope) will be found in these my poore labours. I haue long serued that Excellent Mistris, and Maiden-Science of Musicke : and to testifie, that I no more scorne to weare her Liuery in publique, then to honour her in my heart; I haue here published to the generall Eye, this my seruice towards her. They are all (for the most part) Courtly Masquing Ayres, framed onely for Instruments; of which kinde, these are the first that haue beene euer Printed: At which, should any curious Carper cast his venome, I will onely stop his mouth with his owne Ignorance. And (right Noble Lord) I haue thus sought your honourable Patronage, meerely out of the earnest desire of my heart, which hath long endeauoured (in some especiall way) to expresse, and giue some signall how much I honour your goodnesse: If your Lordship (in your true Noblenesse) shall be but pleased to beleeue, that I speake Truth, there cannot but spring from that beliefe, many excellent fruits : And amongst others, the exceeding joy and comfort which my poore selfe shall reape, by remembring how I haue (hereby) in some measure discarged my present Obligation of Duetie, and taken a happie incouragement for a future seruice ; As also, giuen content to so true and noble a Gracer of all good Intents.

Your good Lordships most faithfull,   
and humble Honourer,

I. A.

Airs for five voices
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
#11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20
Airs for six voices
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10

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