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Then give me welcome, next my heaven the best,
O, for my sake do you with a Fortune chide,
Than public means, which public manners breeds.
Your love and pity doth th' impression fill
That my steel'd sense' or changes right or wrong.
Of others' voices, that my adder's sense'
That all the world besides methinks are dead.
Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind;
do you with Fortune chide,-] The quarto corruptly reads, "wish," for "with." To chide with is to quarrel with. So, in "Cymbeline," Act V. Sc. 4,—
"With Mars fall out, with Juno chide," &c.
Again, in "Othello," Act IV. Sc. 3,
"The business of the state does him offence,
b eisel,-] "Eisel" is vinegar, which, as Malone remarks, was esteemed very efficacious in preventing the communication of infectious distempers.
None else to me, nor I to none alive,
That my steel'd sense' or changes right or wrong.]
Steevens explains this,-" You are the only person who has power to change my stubborn resolution, either to what is right, or to what is wrong."
- critic-] Cynic.
- methinks are dead.] In the old copy, "Methinks y'are dead."
Doth part his function, and is partly blind,
For it no form delivers to the heart
Of bird, of flower, or shape, which it doth latch:b
The most sweet favour or deformed'st creature,
My most true mind thus maketh mine untrue.c
Or whether doth my mind, being crown'd with you,
As fast as objects to his beams assemble?
Mine eye well knows what with his gust is 'greeing,
If it be poison'd, 't is the lesser sin
That mine eye loves it, and doth first begin.
Those lines that I before have writ do lie;
Might I not then say, "Now I love you best,"
Doth part his function,-] Performs part of his office.
b - which it doth latch] To latch is to seize, or catch. The quarto in error reads, "doth lack."
My most true mind thus maketh mine untrue.] "I once suspected that Shakespeare wrote,
'My most true mind thus makes mine eye untrue.'
" Thy most true mind thus maketh mine untrue.'
But the text is undoubtedly right. The word untrue is used as a substantive. sincerity of my affection is the cause of my untruth,' i. e. of my not seeing objects truly, such as they appear to the rest of mankind. So in Measure for Measure,'Say what you can, my false outweighs your true. "-MALONE.
When I was certain o'er incertainty,
To give full growth to that which still doth grow?
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;"
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
Accuse me thus:-that I have scanted all
Which should transport me farthest from your sight.
So in "Coriolanus," Act V. Sc. 3,
661 and stick i' the wars
Like a great sea-mark, standing every flaw,
c Love's not Time's fool,-] So, in "Henry IV." Part I. Act V. Sc. 4,
"But thought's the slave of life, and life Time's fool."
See note ad l. p. 788, Vol. I.
■ Bring me within the level of your frown,-] The "level" meant the tange in "The Winter's Tale," Act II. Sc. 3,
Since my appeal says I did strive to prove
Like as, to make our appetites more keen,
We sicken to shun sickness when we purge;
And, sick of welfare, found a kind of meetness
The ills that were not, grew to faults assur'd,
What potions have I drunk of Siren tears,
What wretched errors hath my heart committed,
How have mine eyes out of their spheres been fitted.c
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.
And gain by ill thrice more than I have spent.
That you were once unkind befriends me now,
And for that sorrow which I then did feel
eager-] "Eager," Fr. aigre, is tart, sour, poignant. So, in "Hamlet," Act I. Sc. 5,
66 it doth posset
And curd, like eager droppings into milk."
b- rank of goodness,-] That is, flush or brimful of goodness. So in "Antony and Cleopatra," Act V. Sc. 2,
Rank of gross diet."
66 their thick breaths,
e How have mine eyes out of their spheres been fitted,-] "Fitted" here means started, as by paroxysms. Compare, Hamlet," Act I. Sc. 5,"Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres;"
and also, "Pericles," Act II. Sc. 1,
"If it be a day fits you, scratch out of the calendar," &c. And gain by ill-] Old copy," by ills.”
Needs must I under my transgression bow,
'Tis better to be vile than vile-esteem'd,
Which in their wills count bad what I think good?
At my abuses reckon up their own:
I may be straight, though they themselves be bevel;c
All men are bad, and in their badness reign.
Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
Or, at the least, so long as brain and heart
remember'd-] Reminded. So in "Richard III." Act II. Sc. 4,-
b Give salutation to my sportive blood?] See note (*), p. 546, Vol. II.
That poor retention could not so much hold,-]" That poor retention is the tablebook given to him by his friend, incapable of retaining, or rather of containing, so much as the tablet of the brain.”—MALONE.