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Round-hoofd, short-jointed, fetlocks shag and long, Broad breast, full eye”, small head, and nostril wide, High crest, short ears, straight legs, and passing
strong, Thin mane, thick tail, broad buttock, tender hide:
Look what a horse should have, he did not lack, Save a proud rider on so proud a back.
Sometime he scuds far off, and there he stares;
sings, Fanning the hairs, who wave like feather'd wings.
He looks upon his love, and neighs unto her;
9 - full eye,] So the original copy 1593, and the 16mo. 1596. Later editions—full eyes. Malone.
Anon he starts at stirring of a feather ;] So, in King Richard III.:
“ Tremble and start at wagging of a straw.” MALONE. 2 TO Bid the wind A Base he now prepares,] To “bid the wind a base,” is to challenge the wind to a contest for superiority.' Base is a rustick game, sometimes termed prison-base; properly prison bars. It is mentioned by our author in Cymbeline : “ lads more like to run the country base," &c. Again, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona :
“ Indeed I bid the base for Protheus.” MALONE. 3 And whe'r he run, or fly, they know not whether;] Whe'r, for whether. So, in King John:
“Now shame upon thee, whêr he does or no.” Again, in a poem in praise of Ladie P-, Epitathes, Epigrammes, &c. by G. Turberville, 1567:
“ I doubt where Paris would have chose
“ Dame Venus for the best." Malone. 4 — outward STRANGENEss,] i. e. seeming coyness, shy
Spurns at his love, and scorns the heat he feels, Beating his kind embracements with her heels.
Then, like a melancholy malecontent,
His love perceiving how he is enrag'd,
His testy master goeth about to take him;
As they were mad, unto the wood they hie them,
All swoln with chasing, down Adonis sits,
For lovers say, the heart hath treble wrong,
ness, backwardness. Thus Iachimo, speaking of his servant to
“ But trust me, gentlemen, I'll prove more true,
MALONE, s He valls his tail,] To vail, in old language, is to lower.
MALONE. 6 – to his melting Buttock lent ;] So the quarto 1593, and the 16mo. of 1596. That of 1600 and the modern editions have -buttocks. MALONE 7 BANNING —] i. e. cursing. So, in King Richard III. :
“ Fell banning hay," &c. STEEVENS. 8- the heart hath treble wrong,
When it is barr'd the aidance of the tongue.] So, in Macbeth :
An oven that is stopp'd, or river stay'd,
But when the heart's attorney once is mute,
He sees her coming, and begins to glow,
Taking no notice that she is so nigh,
O, what a sight it was, wistly to view
“ the grief that does not speak,
STEEVENS. 9 Free vent of words love's Fire doth assuage.] Fire is here, as in many other places, used by our poet as a dissyllable.
MALONE. 1 But when the heart's ATTORNEY once is mute, The client breaks, &c.] So, in King Richard III. :
“ Why should calamity be full of words?
66 Windy attorneys to their client woes " STEEVENS. The heart's attorney is the tongue, which undertakes and pleads for it. MALONB.
2 Looks on the DULL EARTH, &c.] So, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona:
“ She excells each mortal thing
“ Upon the dull earth dwelling." STEEVENS. 3 — the fighting conflict of her hue ! How white and red, &c.] So, in the Taming of the Shrew :
“ Such war of white and red within her cheeks." Again, in Hamlet :
“Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting.” W.
But now, her cheek was pale, and by and by
Now was she just before him as he sat,
His tend'rer cheek receives her soft hand's print,
O, what a war of looks was then between them!
And all this dumb play had his acts 4 made plain
Full gently now she takes him by the hand,
This beauteous combat, wilful and unwilling,
Once more the engine of her thoughts began :
4 — had his acts -] His for its. So, in Hamlet :
“- the dram of base
“ To his own scandal.” Malone.
With tears, which, CHORUS-LIKE, her eyes did rain.] From the present passage, I think it probable, that this first production of our author's muse was not composed till after he had left Stratford, and became acquainted with the theatre. MALONE. 6 -- thy heart my wound;] i. e. thy heart wounded as mine is.
For one sweet look thy help I would assure thee,
Give me my hand, saith he, why dost thou feel it ?
Then love's deep groans I never shall regard,
For shame, he cries, let go, and let me go;
For all my mind, my thought, my busy care,
Thus she replies: Thy palfrey, as he should,
The sea hath bounds, but deep desire hath none”;
How like a jade he stood, tied to the tree,
7 - lest thy hard heart do steel IT,] So, in Othello :
" thou dost stone my heart.” STEEVENS. 8 - soft sighs can never GRAVE IT ;] Engrave it, i. e. make an impression on it. Steevens.
I The sea hath bounds, but deep desire hath none;] So, in Macbeth :
“ – but there's no bottom, none,
• To my voluptuousness.” W. 1- tied to the tree,] Thus the quarto 1593, and the 16mo. 1596; for which the edition of 1600 and all subsequent have substituted-a tree. Malone.