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0, give thyself the thanks, if aught in me
If my slight muse do please these curious days,
XXXIX. O, how thy worth with manners may I sing, When thou art all the better part of me ? What can mine own praise to mine own self bring? And what is't but mine own, when I praise thee ? Even for this let us divided live, *And our dear love lose name of single one; That by this separation I may give That due to thee, which thou deserv'st alone. O absence, what a torment would'st thou prove, Were it not thy sour leisure gave sweet leave To entertain the time with thoughts of love, (Which time and thoughts so sweetly doth deceive?)
7 (Which time and THOUGHTS so sweetly Doth deceive,)] Which, viz. entertaining the time with thoughts of love, doth so agreeably beguile the tediousness of absence from those we love, and the melancholy which that absence occasions. So, in Venus and Adonis :
“ A summer day will seem an hour but short,
“ Being wasted in such time-beguiling sport.” Thought in ancient language meant melancholy. See vol. xi. p. 410, n. 7, and vol. xii. p. 318, n. 1.
The poet, it is observable, has here used the Latin idiom, probably without knowing it :
Jam vino quærens, jam somno fallere curam. The old copy reads :
“ Which time and thoughts so sweetly dost deceive.”
And that thou teachest how to make one twain, By praising him here, who doth hence remain 8.
Lascivious grace, in whom all ill well shows,
MALONE. Does would be nearer the original reading ; but I rather think it should be do, making of thoughts the nominative case.
BOSWELL. 8 how to make one twain,
By praising him here, who doth hence remain.] So, in Antony and Cleopatra :
“ Our separation so abides and fies,
STEEVENS. 9 - FOR my love thou usest ;] For has here the signification' of because. MALONE.
"But yet be blam'd, if thou thyself deceivest - The quarto reads—if thou this self deceivest. It is evidently corrupt.
Thy beauty and thy years full well befits,
Hers, by thy beauty tempting her to thee,
2 Gentle thou art, and therefore to be won,
Beauteous thou art, therefore to be ASSAIL'D;] So, in the first Part of King Henry VI.:
" She's beautiful, and therefore to be woo'd;'
“ She is a woman, therefore to be won.” STEEVENS. Again, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona:
“ That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man,
« If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.” MALONE. 3 — till she have prevail'd.] The quarto reads :-till he have prevail'd. But the lady, and not the man, being in this case supposed the wooer, the poet without doubt wrote:
“- till she have prevail'd.” The emendation was proposed to me by Mr. Tyrwhitt.
MALONE. 4 — but yet thou might'st, my sweet, forbear.] The old copy reads—thou might'st my seat forbear. The context proves it to have been a corruption : for the emendation I am responsible. So, in another Sonnet :
"- in my sight,
“ Dear heart, forbear to glance thine eye aside.” Again, in our author's Lover's Complaint :
“But O, my sweet, what labour is't to leave," &c. Again, in Othello:
“ The sooner, sweet, for you." Again, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona :
" Pro. Except my mistress.
“ Val. Sweet, except not any." Here a man is addressed by a man. Again, in Troilus and Cressida :
“ Sweet, rouse yourself.” Patroclus is the speaker, and Achilles the person addressed.
But here's the joy; my friend and I are one;
bright, How would thy shadow's form form happy show : To the clear day with thy much clearer light, When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so ? How would (I say) mine eyes be blessed made By looking on thee in the living day, When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade ? Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay ?
Mr. Boaden is of opinion that the context shews the original word to be right. Iago, as he observes, uses the word seat with the same meaning, vol. ix. p. 315. BoswELL.
5 If I lose thee, my loss is my Love's gain,] If I lose thee, my mistress gains by my loss. MALONE. o things UNRESPECTED] Things unnoticed, unregarded.
MALONE. 7 - thy fair imperfect shade —] The old copy reads--their.
All days are nights to see $, till I see thee,
Receiving nought by elements so slow
The two words, it has been already observed, are frequently confounded in these Sonnets. Malone. 8 All days are nights to see,] We should, perhaps, read :
“All days are nights to me.” The compositor might have caught the word see from the end of the line. MALONE.
As, fair to see (an expression which occurs in a hundred of our old ballads) signifies fair to sight, so,-all days are nights to see, means, all days are gloomy to behold, i. e. look like nights.
STEEVENS. 9 - do show thee me.] That is, do show thee to me.
MALONE. 1- can JUMP both sea and land,] Jump has here its common signification. In Shakspeare it often signifies to hazard. This is its meaning in the well known passage in Macbeth :
" We'd jump the life to come." MALONE. 2 — so much of EARTH AND WATER WROUGHT,] i. e. being so thoroughly compounded of these two ponderous elements. Thus, in Antony and Cleopatra :
" I am air and fire, my other elements
“ I give to baser life.” STEEVENS. A gain, in King Henry V. : “ He is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him.” MALONE,