To the most Illustrious Lord, William of Bavaria, Freiherr of Hollinghofen, Knight of the Golden Spur.
In the time that this city happened to have you and I happened to be with you for some time, I saw and clearly discerned that
among the study of literature and elegance this art of painting of ours highly delighted you. So after you left I often asked
myself what specimen of my art and talent I would for preference offer and consecrate to you. Finally I remembered that there
were some Love-Emblems in my papers which I had conceived and drawn a long time ago in my youth and I thought that although
they would not become my age now, they befit enough yours, that is the good and vigorous age, and that they can contribute
to its recreation. Let by these thoughts I incised them into copper and had them printed and look, I now send them to the
one for whom I had determined them. And I offer you these emblems wishing that you accept them with pleasure and willingly
and keep me devoted to you with the love you used to show me. Most Illustrious Lord, thus may God give you what you want and
preserve you, Antwerps.