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Or like the deadly bullet of a guno,
And at his look she flatly falleth down,
The silly boy believing she is dead,
And all-amaz’d brake off his late intent,
For on the grass she lies, as she were slain,
He wrings her nose, he strikes her on the cheeks,
He kisses her; and she, by her good will,
• 6 Or like the deadly bullet of a gun,] So, in Romeo and Juliet: - "- that name
“Shot from the deadly level of a gun—," STEEVENS. ? His meaning struck her, ere his words begun.] So, in King Henry IV. Part II. :
“But Priam found the fire, ere he his tongue." Our author is inaccurate. He should have written began.
Malone. • 8 And ALL-AMAZ'D – ] Thus the quarto 1593. The copy of 1600 corruptly reads, “ And in a maze;" for which the moderns have given, “ And in amaze." Malone. 9 Fair fall the wit, &c.] So, in King John : “ Fair fall the bones that took the pains for me."
The night of sorrow now is turn'd to day:
And as the bright sun glorifies the sky,
Whose beams upon his hairless face are fix'd,
light, Shone like the moon, in water seen by night'.
· Her two blue windows -] So, in Antony and Cleopatra :
“ Downy windows, close ;
“Of eyes again so royal !" Again, in Romeo and Juliet :
thy eyes' windows fall
MALONB. This thought is more dilated in Cymbeline :
“ the enclosed lights now canopied
“ With blue of heaven's own tinct." Steevens. ? – GLORIfies the sky,] So, in King John :
“ Do glorify the banks that bound them in." Steevens. 3 — his HAIRLESS face -] So, in King John:
“ This unhair'd sauciness, and boyish troops.” Steevens. 4 — all their shine.] Shine was formerly used as a substantive. So, in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, 1609: .
“ Thou shew'dst a subject's shine." Again, in the 97th Psalm, v. 4: “ His lightnings gave shine unto the world." Malone. s But hers, which through the crystal tears gave light,
Shone like the moon, in water seen by night.] So, in Love's Labour's Lost:
“ Nor shines the silver moon one half so bright,
O, where am I, quoth she ? in earth or heaven,
But now I liv'd, and life was death's annoy;
0, thou didst kill me ;-kill me once again:
And these mine eyes, true leaders to their queen,
Long may they kiss each other, for this cure !
That the star-gazers, having writ on death,
Pure lips, sweet seals in my soft lips imprinted ,
6 — murder'd this poor heart -] So, in King Henry V.:
“ The king hath kill'd his heart.” Steevens. Again, in King Richard II. :
“_ 'twere no good part
“To take on me to keep, and kill thy heart." MALONB. 7 — their VERDURE still endure,
To drive INFECTION from the dangerous year!] I have somewhere read, that in rooms where plants are kept in a growing state, the air is never unwholesome. Steevens.
The poet evidently alludes to a practice of his own age, when it was customary, in time of the plague, to strew the rooms of every house with rue and other strong smelling herbs, to prevent infection. MALONE.
8 Pure lips, sweet SEALS in my soft lips imprinted,] We meet with the same image in Measure for Measure :
“ Take, O take those lips away,
To sell myself I can be well contented,
A thousand kisses buys ny heart from me?;
Fair queen, quoth he, if any love you owe me,
“ But my kisses bring again,
“ Seals of love, but seal'd in vain." Again, in Troilus and Cressida :
“With distinct breath, and consign'd kisses to them.” The epithet soft has a peculiar propriety. See p. 44, n. 2.
Malone. 9 — for fear of slips,] i. e. of counterfeit money. See note on Romeo and Juliet, Act II. Sc. IV.:
“ - what counterfeit did I give you ?
“ Mer. The slip, sir, the slip,” &c. STEEvens. "A thousand kisses Buys my heart from me;] So, in Troilus and Cressida :
“ We two, that with so many thousand sighs
“ Did buy each other," &c. Malone. 2 What is ten hundred touches -7 So the original copy 1593, and that of 1596. In the copy of 1600, and the modern editions, kisses is substituted for touches. Malone
3 Say, for non-payment that the debt should double,] The poet was thinking of a conditional bond's becoming forfeited for non-payment; in which case, the entire penalty (usually the double of the principal sum lent by the obligee) was formerly recoverable at law. Malone.
4 Measure my STRANGENESS -] i. e. my bashfulness, my coyness. See p. 28, n. 4. MALONE.
The mellow plumb doth fall, the green sticks fast, Or being early pluck’d, is sour to taste.
Look, the world's comforter', with weary gait,
Now let me say good night, and so say you;
Her arms do lend his neck a sweet embrace;
s Look, the world's comporter,] i. e. the sun. So in Timon of Athens :
“ Thou sun, that comfort'st, burn!" Again, in a subsequent stanza :
“ Love com forteth, like sunshine." MALONE. 6 The owl, night's HERALD, SHRIEKS, &c.] So, in Macbeth :
" It was the owl that shriek'd, the fatal bellman,
“ Which gives the stern’st good-night." In Romeo and Juliet, the lark is called the herald of the morn.
STEEVENS. 7- a sweet EMBRACE ; • Incorporate then they seem ; face grows to face.] So, in King Henry VIII.:
“- how they clung
Again, in All's Well that Ends Well: “I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured body.”- In the same manner as here, in Constable's Poem, Venus promises to let Adonis go, if he will give her a kiss. She complains of its shortness, and takes another :
“ When she had thus spoken,