To the reader-
"This figure that thou here seest put
It was for gentle Shakespeare cut
Wherein the graver had a strife
With nature to outdo the life
O, could he but have drawn his wit
As well in brass he hath hit
His face, the print would then surpass
All that was ever writ in brass!
But since he cannot, reader, look
Not on his picture, but his book."
- Ben Jonson