LET. XXIII. To Monsieur LE. GVAY.
YOu had an intention to per∣forme an act of Humility, when you did dedicate your Poem to me; for to expect protecti∣on from a man that is not recko∣ned of the world, and light from a name so obscure as mine, you could not (sure) forget your selfe in this sort. The same virtue which obligeth the Saints to acknowledge Superiors where ever there are men, hath carried you to this depth of lowlinesse, and you have chosen an unhappy man, for to bestow ho∣nour upon, that you might loose that, which you would faine be∣stow. Page 88 I must confesse, that no man ever commended his neigh∣bour more Christian-like, and doth more decline the trade of those Mercenaries, who sell their testimo∣nies and credit to any, that have wherewith to requite them. These are Hucksters of Poetry and Rheto∣rick; that prostitute to the first com∣mers, even those whō you stile the Kindred of the Gods & Daughters of Iupiter; and make Pegasus a ve∣ry hackney of commendation, (as I may so say) for all the world. You have a heart of a farre better mould then theirs; and though men consi∣der not as they ought, the graces ces and elegancies of your Muse, we must notwithstanding infinite∣ly commend their noblenesse and generosity. I confesse for my part, that J am a debtor to them as farre Page 89 as any, and that J know not how to requite in any measure, the fa∣vours that I have received from them. Yet notwithstanding, J for∣beare not to loade my Porter with a pretty grosse▪ bundle; not pre∣tending thus to acquit my selfe, or thinking that I am hereby lesse then before
Balzac. 1. April 1636.