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Very honored, gentle and dear reader, etc. This Simplicissimus is a work by Samuel Greifnson von Hirschfeld. (…) He also left behind some fine satirical poems which, if this work becomes popular, can also be printed. Because I was not prepared to keep anything from the reader, I did not want to hold back the conclusion of this book, for the first five parts had already been given to the printer during the lifetime of the author. Adieu to the reader. dat.
Rheinnec, the 22nd of April, Anno 1668.