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“ I hate” she alter'd with an end,
“ I hate” from hate away she threw,
So shalt thou feed on death, that feeds on men,
8 Fool'D BY THOSE rebel powers that thee array,] This is Malone's necessary emendation of an evident corruption in the quarto, 1609, which reads,
“ My sinful earth these rebel powers that thee array ;”. the words “ My sinful earth” having been repeated by the old compositor from the end of the preceding line. Steevens would read, “ Staro'd by those rebel powers," &c. ; but we prefer the change made by Malone.
-- to aggravate the store ;] Copies of the same edition of the Sonnets rarely differ, but in this line some of them read “ my store.” That belonging to Lord Francis Egerton has it correctly, “thy store," the error having been discovered as the sheet was passing through the press.
Past cure I am, now reason is past care,
For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, · Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.
O cunning love! with tears thou keep’st me blind,
1, again on thee, for the
But, love, hate on, for now I know thy mind :
1- with thee PARTAKE?] i. e. “ with thee take part.” So in Psalm 1. “ Thou hast been partaker with adulterers.”
O! from what power hast thou this powerful might,
If thy unworthiness rais'd love in me,
No want of conscience hold it, that I call
CLII. In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn, But thou art twice forsworn, to me love swearing ; ; In act thy bed-vow broke, and new faith torn, In vowing new hate after new love bearing. • My nobler part to my gross body's treason ;] In Malone's Shakspeare, by Boswell, “ gross” is printed great. It was merely an error of the press in that edition, as the word is “gross" in Malone's “Supplement," 1780.
But why of two oaths' breach do I accuse thee,
For I have sworn thee fair: more perjur’d I',
But found no cure: the bath for my help lies
CLIV. The little Love-god lying once asleep, Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand, Whilst many nymphs, that vow'd chaste life to keep, Came tripping by; but in her maiden hand The fairest votary took up that fire Which many legions of true hearts had warm'd:
3 -- more perjur'd 1,] There is no doubt that this is the true reading ; but the quarto, 1609, has “more perjur'd eye."
- the help of Bath desired And thither hied,] As Steevens observes, it may be a question whether “ bath” ought not to be printed with a capital letter, the poet referring to the city so called.
5 — my mistress' EYES.] The original copy has eye, in the singular. 6 – water cools not love.] These two last sonnets have no connection with those that precede them. They are, in fact, only to be looked upon as one sonnet, the same thought running through both, as if the author had first composed one, and not quite pleasing himself, had afterwards written the other.
And so the general of hot desire
Came there for cure, and this by that I prove,