« PreviousContinue »
Love is a babe; then might I not say so,
8 — to the MARRIAGE of true minds -] To the sympathetick union of souls. So, in Romeo and Juliet, 4to. 1599;
“ Examine every married lineament-" MALONE. 9 - Love is not love,
Which alters when it alteration finds; &c.] So, in King Lear :
" Love's not love,
“ Aloof from th' entire point.” Steevens. "O no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken ;] So, in King Henry VIII. :
“— though perils did
star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be
If this be error, and upon me prov'd,
“ As doth the rock against the chiding flood,
“ And stand unshaken yours." Again, in Coriolanus :
“ Like a great sea-mark, standing every flaw,
“ And saving those that eye thee.” MALONE. * Love's not Time's pool,] So, in King Henry IV. Part I.: “ But thought's the slave of life, and life Time's fool."
MALOne. 3 But BEARS IT out even to THE EDGE of doom.] So, in All's Well That Ends Well :
“ We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake,
“To the extreme edge of hazard.” MALONE. 4—that I have scanned all
Wherein I should your great deserts repay ;) So, in King Lear:
** Than she to scant her duty." Steevens. s Whereto all BONDS DO TIE me day by day;] So, in King Richard II. :
“ There is my bond of faith,
“ To tie thee to my strong correction." Again, in Macbeth :
“ to the which my duties
That I have frequent been with unknown minds,
Since my appeal says, I did strive to prove
CXVIII. Like as, to make our appetites more keen, With eager compounds we our palate urge; As, to prevent our maladies unseen, We sicken to shun sickness, when we purge; Even so, being full of your ne'er-cloying sweetness, To bitter sauces did I frame my feeding ; And, sick of welfare, found a kind of meetness To be diseas'd, ere that there was true needing. Thus policy in love, to anticipate The ills that were not, grew to faults assur'd, And brought to medicine a healthful state, Which, rank of goodness, would by ill be cur'd;
6 Bring me wiTHIN THE level of your frown,] So, in King Henry VIII. :
“ — I stood i' the level
“ Of a full-charg'd confederacy." STEEVENS. Again, in The Winter's Tale :
“— the harlot king
“ And level of my brain." Malone.
“ Than answer my wak'd wrath." STEEVENS. 8 With eager compounds -] Eager is sour, tart, poignant. Aigre, Fr. So, in Hamlet :
“ Did curd like eager droppings into milk." STEbvENS. 9 – RANK of goodness-] So, in Antony and Cleopatra :
“ Rank of gross diet.” Steevens.
But thence I learn, and find the lesson true,
CXIX. What potions have I drunk of syren tears, Distillid from limbecks foul as hell within, Applying fears to hopes, and hopes to fears, Still losing when I saw myself to win! What wretched errors hath my heart committed, Whilst it hath thought itself so blessed never! How have mine eyes out of their spheres been fitted, In the distraction of this madding fever"! O benefit of ill! now I find true, That better is by evil still made better”; And ruin'd love, when it is built anew, Grows fairer than at first, more strong, far greater.
i How have mine eyes out of their spheres been fitTED,
In the distraction of this madding fever!) How have mine eyes been convulsed during the frantick fits of my feverous love! So, in Macbeth:
“ Then comes my fit again ; I had else been perfect,
“ Whole as the marble," &c. The participle fitted, is not, I believe, used by any other author, in the sense in which it is here employed. In A Midsummer-Night's Dream, the same image is presented :
“ Made me compare with Hermia's sphery eyne.” MALONE. We meet in Hamlet the same image as here : “ Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres."
STEEVENS. 2 O benefit of ill! now I find true,
That better is by evil still made better;] So, in As You Like It:
“Sweet are the uses of adversity." STEEVENS. 3 And RUIN'D LOVE, when it is built anew,] So, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona :
“ Shall love in building grow so ruinate ?" Again, in Antony and Cleopatra:
most noble Antony,
So I return rebuk'd to my content,
CXX. That you were once unkind, befriends me now, And for that sorrow, which I then did feel, Needs must I under my transgression bow, Unless my nerves were brass or hammer'd steel. For if you were by my unkindness shaken, As I by yours, you have pass'd a hell of time; And I, a tyrant, have no leisure taken To weigh how once I suffer'd in your crime. O that our night of woe might have remember'd" My deepest sense, how hard true sorrow hits; And soon to you, as you to me, then tender'd The humble salve which wounded bosoms fits!
But that your trespass now becomes a fee; Mine ransoms yours, and yours must ransom me.
CXXI. 'Tis better to be vile, than vile esteemid, When not to be receives reproach of being;
Again, in Troilus and Cressida :
“ But the strong base and building of my love
“ Drawing all things to it.” MALONE.
“But oh, what damned minutes tells he o'er,
“ Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!" Again, in The Rape of Lucrece:
“ And that deep torture may be callid a hell,
MALONE, Again, in King Richard III. :
“— for a season after
“Could not believe but that I was in hell." STERVENS. s-might have remember'd — ] That is, might have reminded. So, in King Richard II.:
“ It doth remember me the more of sorrow." MALONE.