Critical prefaces of the French Renaissance

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JEAN DE LA TAILLE
DEDICATION TO JACQUES DE LA TAILLE'S Daire
1573

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Daire, Tragedie de feu Iacques de la Taille, du Pays de Beauce. A Paris. Par Federic Morel Imprimeur du Roy. M. D. LXXIII. Auec Priuilege dudit Seigneur. [B. N., Paris.]

[Cf. Brunet, III, 870; Tchemerzine, VII, 107; and Cat. Rothschild, Nos. 1094 and 3317 (1093a). The work was reprinted by Morel in 1574; the British Museum lists an edition of 1598.]

Jacques de la Taille, born in 1542, was a younger brother of Jean. He went to Paris in 1556 to study under Jean Dorat. There, in 1561, he wrote his tragedy of Daire; there, in 1562, he died of the plague. Later, when Jean was preparing an edition of his own works, he also published some of those of his brother. For the tragedy of Daire he wrote a dedication, dated "ce premier jour de I'an1573."


[A ij] A FRANÇOIS DE DANGENES, CHEVALIER, SEIGNEUR DE MONLOUËT,a JEHAN DE LA TAILLE DE BONDAROY

Ayant ouy le recit de vos vertus et sceu l'alliance que vous faictes en vous des armes et des muses et le bon vouloir qu'il vous plaist me porter (sans m'avoir jamais veu), persuadé (possible) que j'ayme ce que vous aymez et qu'en moy j'ay allié ces mesmes choses, ayant fait preuve des unes et profession des autres, j'ay pensé que je ne pourrois choisir un meilleur curateur à ce pauvre orflin (dont le pete fur né gentilhomme) qu'à un si sçavant et courtois chevalier que vous, encore que ne soyez [A ij v] prince, duc, ny compte; aymant mieux l'addresser à un qui n'estant né prince merite de l'estre qu'à tel qui l'estant ne merite de l'estre. C'est, monsieur, la tragedie presente que feu mon frere fit en l'aage de dix-neuf ans, et qui le vintiéme de ses ans mourut à Paris de peste, avec un autre mien frere et un cousin getmain, presque tous trois en un jour. Et si le souverain moteur de l'univers luy eust presté autant de vie et d'heur que de sçavoir, il eust bientost en la carriere des muses jecté la poussiere et le soleil en la veuë (ainsi que vous-mesme pourrez juger par ses vets) de nos poëtes François, voire des plus excellents, et non seulement de ceux qui si depiteusement déchirent et tirent au poil nostre pauvre poësie et n'y entendent rien; m'asseurant, monsieur, si vous l'eussiez cogneu autant par hantise comme vous pourrez faire par le peu de ses escripts abortifs, que

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