encomions. Encomia, praises.

Henry Wootton. Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639) was Ambassador to Venice and various other European states. From 1624 he served as Provost of Eton College, about five miles from Milton's Horton home. Milton wrote to Sir Henry on the 6th of April 1638 for his advice about his intended tour of the continent and for possible letters of introduction to important people abroad. He enclosed a copy of A Mask as a gift, and perhaps as a means to help Sir Henry take him seriously as a poet. Milton published his kind response as a preface to A Mask (in Poems (1645).

Mr. Wallers late choice Peeces. Humphrey Moseley, the publisher of Milton's 1645 collection of Poems, published quite a number of such collections, including one by Edmund Waller just a few months before Milton's. See also Richard Crashaw's Steps to the Temple, published near this time as well.

Airs. Songs, or short lyrics.