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That he did in the general bosom reign 3
Many there were that did his picture get,
So many have, that never touch'd his hand,
3 That he did in the GENERAL BOSOM reign--] So, in Hamlet: “And cleave the general ear with horrid speech."
STBEVENS. 4- he did in the general bosom reign
Of young, of old, and sexes both enchanted,
“ Such a holy wilch,
“ That he enchants societies to him," A similar panegyrick is bestowed by our author upon Timon :
“ his large fortune
“ All sorts of hearts." Malone. 5- following where he HAUNTED:] Where he frequented. So, in Romeo and Juliet:
“- here in the publick haunt of men.” Malone. 6- the true GOUTY LANDLORD which doth owe them :) So, Timon, addressing himself to the gold he had found :
“ — Thou'lt go, strong thief,
What with his art in youth, and youth in art,
Threw my affections in his charmed power, Reserv'd the stalk, and gave him all my flower.
Yet did I not, as some my equals did,
But ah! who ever shunn'd by precedent
Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood',
7 And was my own Fee-SIMPLE —] Had an absolute power over myself; as large as a tenant in fee has over his estate.
Malone. 8- the Foil Of this false Jewel,-) So, in King Richard II. :
" — thy weary steps
“ The precious jewel of thy home return." STEEVENS. 9 — to our blood,-) i. e. to our passions. See vol. vii. p. 41, 11. 1. MALONE.
For further I could say, this man's untrue,
And long upon these terms I held my city“,
' – the patterns of his foul beguiling ;] The examples of his seduction. Malone.
1- in others' ORCHARDS grew,] Orchard and garden were, in ancient language, synonymous. Our author has a similar allusion in his 16th Sonnet :
“ - many maiden gardens yet unset,
“Much liker than your painted counterfeit.” Malone. 2 Knew vows were ever BROKERS TO DEFILING;] So, in Hamlet:
“Do not believe his vows ; for they are brokers,
“ Meer implorators of unholy suits.” Steevens. A broker formerly signified a pandar. Malone.
3 Thought, characters, and words, merely but art,] Thought is here, I believe, a substantive. Malone.
4 And long upon these terms I held my city,) Thus, in The Rape of Lucrece:
“ So did I, Tarquin ; so my Troy did perish.” Again, ibidem :
“ This moves in him more rage, and lesser pity,
“ To make the breach, and enter this sweet city," Again, in All's Well That Ends Well :
“ Virginity being blown down, man will quickly be blown up; marry, in blowing him down again, with the breach yourselves made, you lose your city.” Malone.
All my offences that abroad you see,
Among the many that mine eyes have seen,
Look here, what tributes wounded fancies sent me,
5 Love made them not : with acture they may be,
Where neither party is nor true nor kind:] Thus the old copy. I have not found the word acture in any other place, but suppose it to have been used as synonyinous with action. We have, I think, enactures in Hamlet. His offences that might be seen abroad in the world, were the plants before mentioned, that he had set in others' gardens. The meaning of the passage then should seem to be-My illicit amours were merely the effect of constitution, and not approved by my reason : Pure and genuine love had no share in them or in their consequences ; for the mere congress of the sexes may produce such fruits, without the affections of the parties being at all engaged. MALONE.
6 Among the many that mine eyes have seen, &c.] So, in The Tempest :
" Full many a lady
“ With so full soul-.” STEEVENS. 7 Or my affection Put to the smallest teen,] Teen is trouble. So, in The Tempest :
“ O, my heart bleeds,
Of grief and blushes, aptly understood
And lo! behold these talents of their hair ,
The diamond; why 'twas beautiful and hard,
8 Look here, what tributes wounded PANCIES sent me,] Fancy is here used for love or affection. So, in The Rape of Lucrece :
“A martial man to be soft fancy's slave." MALONE. . 9 Encamp'd in HEARTS, but fighting outwardly.] So, in Hamlet:
“ Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting." Steevens. 1 And lo! behold these Talents of their hair, &c.] These lockets, consisting of hair platted and set in gold. MALONE,
2 - amorously impleACH'D,] Impleach'd is interwoven; the same as pleached, a word which our author uses in Much Ado About Nothing, and in Antony and Cleopatra :
“ Steal into the pleached bower,
“ His corrigible neck.” Malone 3 Each stone's dear nature, worth, and quality.] In the age of Shakspeare, peculiar virtues were imputed to every species of precious stones. STEEVENS. .
4 Whereto his invis'd properties did tend ;] Invis'd for invisible. This is, I believe, a word of Shakspeare's coining. His invised properties are the invisible qualities of his mind. So, in our author's Venus and Adonis :
“ Had I no eyes, but ears, my ears would love