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My thoughts and my discourse as maamen s are,
blind, Lest eyes well-seeing thy foul faults should find.
“ Great reason ; for past cure is still past care." It was a proverbial saying. See Holland's Leaguer, a pamphlet published in 1632 : “She has got this adage in her mouth; Things past cure, past care." MALONE.
6 - as black as hell, as dark as night.] So, in Love's Labour's Lost :
“ - Black is the badge of hell,
Steevens. 7 That CENSURES falsely -] That estimates falsely. Malone.
8 When I, against myself, with thee PARTAKE?] i. e. take part with thee against myself. STEEVENS, VOL. XX.
Do I not think on thee, when I forgot
But, love, hate on, for now I know thy mind;
O, from what power hast thou this powerful might,
A partaker was in Shakspeare's time the term for an associate or confederale in any business. Malone.
§ - all tyrant, for thy sake?] That is, for the sake of thee, thou tyrant. Perhaps however the author wrote:
“ when I forgot
“ Am of myself, ali truant for thy sake ?" So, in the 101st Sonnet :
"O truant Muse, what shall be my amends
« For thy neglect of truth -" MALONE. 1 Commanded by the motion of thine eyes ?] So, in Coriolanus :
“ He wag'd me with his countenance." STEEVENS. Again, more appositely, in Antony and Cleopatra :
“ Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides,
“And made their bends adornings ?" MALONE. ? And swear that brightness doth not grace the day?] So, in Romeo and Juliet :
Whence hast thou this becoming of things ill ?,
If thy unworthiness rais'd love in me,
CLI. Love is too young to know what conscience is ; Yet who knows not, conscience is born of love ? Then, gentle cheater, urge not my amiss, Lest guilty of my faults thy sweet self prove. For, thou betraying me, I do betray My nobler part to my great body's treason; My soul doth tell my body that he may Triumph in love ; flesh stays no farther reason;
“ I am content, if thou wilt have it so:
Steevens. 3 Whence hast thou this becomiNG OF THINGS ILL,] So, in Antony and Cleopatra :
“ vilest things
“ Become themselves in her." Again, ibidem :
“ Fie, wrangling queen!
“ To weep.” Malone. 4 Who taught thee how to make me love thee more, The more I hear and see just cause of hate?] So Catullus :
Odi et amo ; quare id faciam, fortasse requiris :
Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior. The following lines in one of Terence's Comedies contain the same sentiment as the Sonnet before us :
O indignum facinus ! nunc ego
But rising at thy name, doth point out thee
No want of conscience hold it that I call
For I have sworn thee fair : more perjur'd I,
swear against the thing they see ;] So, in Timon:
“ Swear against objects.” Steevens. 7 — more perjur'd I,
To swear, against the truth, so foul a lie !) The quarto is here certainly corrupt. It reads-more perjur'd eye, &c.
MALONE. 8 Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep;} This and the following Sonnet are composed of the very same thoughts differently versified. They seem to have been early essays of the poet, who perhaps had not determined which he should prefer. He hardly could have intended to send them both into the world. Malone.
That the poet intended them alike for publication, may be in. ferred from the following lines in the 1051h Sonnet :
And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep
But found no cure : the bath for my help lies
CLIV. The little love-god lying once asleep, Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand, Whilst many nymphs that vow'd chaste life to keep, Came tripping by; but in her maiden hand The fairest votary took up that fire Which many legions of true hearts had warm'd;
“ Since all alike my songs and praises be,
“ To one, of one, still such and ever so ." Again :
“ Therefore my verse
“ One thing expressing, leaves out difference.” Again :
“ Fair, kind, and true, is all my argument,
I— the help of Bath desir'd,
And Thiruer hied,] Query, whether we should read Bath (i. e. the city of that name). The following words seem to authorise it. STEEVENS.
The old copy is certainly right. See the subsequent Sonnet, which contains the same thoughits differently versified :
“ Growing a bath,
“ Came there for cure.”
" And grew a seething bath " Malone.