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My shepherd's pipe can sound no deal',
In howling-wise, to see my doleful plight.
Like a thousand vanquish'd men in bloody fight!
Clear wells spring not,
Forth their dye';
9 My shepherd's pipe can sound no deal,] “Deal” is part, and “no deal” is therefore no part.-“ My shepherd's pipe cannot sound.”
1 My sighs so deep,] Both editions of “ The Passionate Pilgrim” have With for“ My,” which last not only is necessary for the sense, but is confirmed as the true reading by Weelkes' Madrigals, 1597. 2 Green plants bring not
Forth their dye ;) So both editions of the “ Passionate Pilgrim " and “ England's Helicon.” Malone preferred the passage as it stands in Weelkes' Madrigals :
“ Loud bells ring not
Cheerfully." But the variation was, perhaps, arbitrarily introduced for the sake of the music. Malone says, by mistake, that “ The Passionate Pilgrim” reads “ Forth : they die,” and modern editors have followed him in this error, not having consulted the old copies.
3 Farewell, sweet lass,] “ The Passionate Pilgrim” and “ England's Helicon” both have love for “lass,” which the rhyme shows to be the true reading, as it stands in Weelkes' Madrigals, 1597.
For a sweet content, the cause of all my moan* Poor Coridon Must live alone,
Other help for him I see that there is none.
When as thine eye hath chose the dame', ,
Take counsel of some wiser head,
And when thou com'st thy tale to tell,
But plainly say thou lov'st her well,
What though her frowning brows be bent,
the cause of all my MOAN :) So “ England's Helicon” and Weelkes' Madrigals : “ The Passionate Pilgrim,” 1599, has woe for “moan.”
5 When as thine eye hath chose the dame,] In some modern editions, the stanzas of this poem have been given in an order different to that in which they stand in “ The Passionate Pilgrim,” 1599 : to that order we restore them, and that text we follow, excepting where it is evidently corrupt. The line,
“ As well as partial fancy like," we have corrected by a manuscript of the time. The edition of 1599 reads,
“ As well as fancy party all might,” which is decidedly wrong. Malone substituted
“ As well as fancy, partial tike.” The manuscript by which we have corrected the fourth line of the stanza also gives the two last lines of it thus :
“ Ask counsel of some other head,
Neither unwise nor yet unwed.” But no change from the old printed copy is here necessary. In the manuscript the whole has the initials of Shakespeare's names at the end.
6 And set thy person forth to sell.] So the manuscript in our possession, and another that Malone used : the old copies read, with obvious corruption,
“ And set her person forth to sale."
And twice desire, ere it be day,
What though she strive to try her strength,
“ Had women been so strong as men,
In faith you had not had it then."
The strongest castle, tower, and town,
The golden bullet beats it down.
When time shall serve, be thou not slack
To proffer, though she put thee back.
Have you not heard it said full oft,
A woman's nay doth stand for nought! ?
Were kisses all the joys in bed,
But soft ! enough,—too much, I fear ;
? She will not stick to warm my ear,] So the manuscript in our possession : “ The Passionate Pilgrim," 1599, has it,
“ She will not stick to round me on th’ear," which cannot be right.
To teach my tongue to be so long :
Yet will she blush, here be it said,
Live with me and be my love",
There will we sit upon the rocks,
There will I make thee a bed of roses,
A belt of straw and ivy buds,
If that the world and love were young,
8 Live with me and be my love,] This poem, here incomplete, and what is called “ Love's Answer,” still more imperfect, may be seen at length in Percy's “Reliques,” vol. i. p. 237. They belong to Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh : the first is assigned by name to Marlowe in “ England's Helicon," 1600, (sign. A 2) and the last appears in the same collection, under the name of Ignoto, which was a signature sometimes adopted by Sir Walter Raleigh. They are, besides, assigned to both these authors in Walton's “ Angler ” (p. 149. edit. 1808) under the titles of " The milk-maid's song,” and “ The Milk-maid's Mother's answer.”
9 As it fell upon a day] This poem is contained in R. Barnfield's “Encomion of Lady Pecunia,” 1598. It is also inserted in “ England's Helicon," 1600, (H. 2) under the signature of Ignoto; but as Barnfield reprinted it as his in 1605, there can be little doubt that he was the author of it.
1 Which a grove of myrtles made,] Some modern editors state, that in “ England's Helicon,” 1600,“ grove” is printed group: the fact is otherwise ; the mistake having arisen from not consulting the original edition of that poetical miscellany : it is group in the reprint of “ England's Helicon” in 1812. ? Careless of thy sorrowing.) “ England's Helicon” here adds this couplet :
“ Even so, poor bird, like thee,
None alive will pity me.” 3 Whilst as fickle fortune smild,] This is the last poem in " The Passionate VOL. VIII.