Book II
The use of this feigned history 
hath been to give some shadow 
of satisfaction to the mind of man 
in those points wherein the nature 
of things doth deny it, the world being 
in proportion inferior to the soul; by reason 
whereof there is, agreeable to the spirit
 of man, a more ample greatness, a more
 exact goodness, and a more absolute variety,
 than can be found in the nature of things.
 Therefore, because the acts or events of 
true history have not that magnitude 
which satisfieth the mind of man, 
poesy feigneth acts and events greater 
and more heroical: because true history 
propoundeth the successes and issues of 
actions not so agreeable to the merits of 
virtue and vice, therefore poesy feigns 
them more just in retribution, and more 
according to revealed providence: because 
true history representeth actions and events 
more ordinary, and less interchanged, therefore 
poesy endueth them with more rareness, 
and more unexpected and alternative variations: 
so as it appeareth that poesy serveth and conferreth to 
magnanimity, morality, and to delectation. 
And therefore it was ever thought to have some participation 
of divineness, because it doth raise and erect 
the mind, by submitting the shows of things to the desires of the mind; 
whereas reason doth buckle and bow the mind into the nature of things.

Fiction As Nature (Reality)