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Or monarchs' hands, that let not bounty fall
Of folded schedules had she many a one,
Which the perus'd, figh'd, tore, and gave the flood;
Pope fpeaks of the "weeping amber,” and Mortimer obferves that rye-grafs grows on we ping ground," i. e. lands abounding with wet, like the margin of the river on which this damfel is fitting. The rock from which water drops, is likewife poetically called a weeping rock: Κρή η τ' αέναον πέτρης απὸ ΔΑΚΡΥΟΕΣΣΗΣ, STEEVENS,
3 Where want cries fome,-] I once fufpected that our authour wrote: Where want craves fome-, MALONE.
I cry halves, is a common phrase among school-boys. STEEVENS. 4 Bidding them find their fepulchers in mud;] So, in The Tempeft: "My fon i' the ooze is bedded." MALONE.
Myself were mudded in that oozy bed
"Where my fon lies." STEEVENS.
5 With fleided filk feat and affectedly-] Sleided filk is, as Dr. Percy has elsewhere obferved, untwisted filk, prepared to be used in the weaver's fley or flay. So, in Pericles:
"Be't, when the weav'd the fleided filk."
A weaver's fley is formed with teeth like a comb. - Feat is, curioufly, nicely. See Vol. VIII. p. 312, n. 6.
• With flelded filk feat and affectedly
Enfwatb'd, and feal'd to curious fecrecy.] To be convinced of the propriety of this defcription, let the reader confult the Royal Letters, &c. in the British Museum, where he will find that anciently the ends of a piece of narrow ribbon were placed under the feals of letters, to connect them more clofely. STEEVENS.
Florio's Italian and English Dialogues, entitled his Second Frutes, 1591, confirm Mr. Steevens's obfervation. In p. 89, a perfon, who is fuppofed to have just written a letter, calls for fome wax, fome fealing thread, his dust-box, and his feal." MALONE.
Thefe often bath'd fhe in her fluxive eyes,
Ink would have feem'd more black and damned here!
A reverend man that graz'd his cattle nigh,
7 And often kiss'd, "and often 'gan to tear,] The old copy reads, I think, corruptedly:
and often gave to tear.
We might read:
and often gave a tear.
But the correfponding rhyme rather favours the conjectural reading which I have inferted in the text. Befides, her tears had been mentioned in the preceding line. MALONE.
8-that the ruffle knew-] Rufflers were a fpecies of bullies in the time of Shakspeare. "To ruffle in the common-wealth," is a phrafe in Titus Andronicus. STEVENS.
In Sherwood's French and English Dictionary at the end of Cot. grave's Dictionary, Ruffle and burliburly are fynonymous. See alfo Vol. III. p. 325, n. 7. MALONE.
9 and bad let go by
The fwifteft hours-] Had paffed the prime of life, when time appears to move with his quickest pace. MALONE.
1-obferved as they flew ;] i. e. as the fcattered fragments of paper few. Perhaps, however, the parenthefis that I have inferted, may not have been intended by the authour. If it be omitted, and the favifteft bours be connected with what follows, the meaning will be, that this reverend man, though engaged in the bustle of court and city, had not fuffered the bufy and gay period of youth to pafs by without gaining fome knowledge of the world. MALONE.
2 —this afflicted fancy-] This afflicted love fick lady. Fancy, it has been already obferved, was formerly fometimes ufed in the fenfe of love. So, in A Midsummer-Night's Dream:
"Sighs and tears, poor fancy's followers." MALONE.
So flides he down upon his grained bat3,
Father, fhe fays, though in me you behold
But woe is me! too early I attended
3-bis grained bat,] So, in Coriolanus:
"My grained afh-."
His grained bat is his ftaff on which the grain of the wood was visible.
A bat is a club. The word is again ufed in King Lear: "Ife try whether your coftard or my bat be the harder." MALONE.
4-ber fuffering ecftafy-] Her painful perturbation of mind. See Vol. IV. p. 361, n. 9. MALONE.
5 The injury of many a blasting hour,] So in K. Henry IV. P. II. every part about you blafted with antiquity." MALONE.
6 Let it not tell your judgment I am old ;
but forrow, over me bath power:] So, in Romeo and
"These griefs, these woes, these forrows, make me old."
Thus Lufignan, in Voltaire's Zayre:
"Mes maux m'ont affaibli plus encor que més ans.
7 Of one by nature's outwards so commended,] The quarto reads: O one by nature's outwards, &c.
Mr. Tyrwhitt propofed the emendation inferted in the text, which appears to me clearly right. MALONE.
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Love lack'd a dwelling, and made him her place;
His browny locks did hang in crooked curls;
Small show of man was yet upon his chin;
His qualities were beauteous as his form,
9-made bim her place;] i. e. her feat, her manfion. In the facred writings the word is often ufed with this fenfe. STEEVENS. So, in As you like it, Vol. III. p. 147, n. I.
"This is no place; this houfe is but a butchery."
Plas in the Welch language fignifies a manfion-house. MALONE. What's fweet to do, to do will aptly find:] I fuppofe he means, things pleafant to be done will eafily find people enough to do them. STEEVENS.
2-inparadife was fawn.] i. e. feen. This irregular participle, which was forced upon the authour by the rhyme, is, I believe, ufed by no other writer. MALONE.
The fame thought occurs in King Henry V:
"Leaving his body as a paradife.”
Again, in Romeo and Juliet:
"In mortal paradise of such sweet flesh." STEIVENS,
3 His phoenix down] I fuppofe the means matcblefs, rare, down. MALONE.
4 Yet fhow'd bis vifage] The words are placed out of their natural order for the fake of the metre:
Yet his wifage show'd, &c. MALONE.
Yet, if men mov'd him, was he fuch a ftorm 5
When winds breathe fweet, unruly though they be❝.
Did livery falfeness in a pride of truth.
Well could he ride, and often men would say,
What rounds, what bounds, what course, what top he makes!
And controversy hence a queftion takes,
5 Yet, if men mov'd bim, was be fuch a form, &c.] Thus alfo in Troilus and Creffida that prince is defcribed as one
"Not foon provok'd, nor being provok'd, foon calm'd."
So alfo, in Antony and Cleopatra:
66 -his voice was property'
"As all the tuned fpheres, and that to friends;
"But when he meant to quail, and shake the orb,
"He was as rattling thunder."
Again, in K, Henry IV. P. II:
"He hath a tear for pity, and a hand
"Open as day to melting charity;
"Yet notwithstanding, being incens'd he's flint;
"As humourous as winter, and as fudden
"As flarus congealed in the spring of day.”
Again, in K. Henry VIII:
The hearts of princes kifs obedience,
"So much they love it; but to ftubborn spirits
Again, in Cymbeline :
r and yet as rough,
"Their royal blood enchaf'd, as the rudeft wind,
"That by the top doth take the mountain pine,
"And make him ftoop to the vale." STEEVENS.
6 When winds breathe fweet, unruly though they be.] So, Amiens in As you like it, addreffing the wind:
"Thou art not so unkind,
"Although thy breath be rude." MALONE.
7 That borfe bis mettle from bis rider takes :] So, in King Henry II"
"For from his metal was his party fteel'd." STEEVENS.
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