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To the orbed earth; sometimes they do extend
Her hair, nor loose, nor tied in formal plat,
And, true to bondage, would not break from thence,
A thousand favours from a maund she drew'
Or monarchs' hands, that let not bounty fall
Where want cries "some," but where excess begs all.
Of folded schedules had she many a one,
Which she perus'd, sigh'd, tore, and gave the flood;
These often bath'd she in her fluxive eyes,
from a MAUND she drew] The word "maund," for a basket, is still in use in several parts of the country, particularly in the North. See Holloway's “General Provincial Dictionary," 8vo, 1838.
2 and of BEDDED jet,] Possibly a misprint for "beaded jet," and so, Malone remarks, it was formerly printed; but as the original may mean jet set in metal, we do not alter it. The Rev. Mr. Dyce ("Remarks," p. 275) is for "beaded jet ;" but in a doubtful case we adhere to the old text.
3 With SLEIDED silk FEAT and affectedly] i. e. "Sleided silk" is stated by Percy to be untwisted silk. See this Vol. p. 437. "Feat" is of course neat, nice, and sometimes clever. See this Vol. p. 261.
4 and often 'GAN to tear ;] The old copy, probably, but not necessarily a misprint.
"and often gave to tear most
What unapproved witness dost thou bear!
Ink would have seem'd more black and damned here.
This said, in top of rage the lines she rents,
A reverend man that graz'd his cattle nigh,
So slides he down upon his grained bat,
Father, she says, though in me you behold
But woe is me! too early I attended
She was new lodg'd, and newly deified.
His browny locks did hang in crooked curls,
5 Towards this afflicted FANCY] "Fancy," especially in Shakespeare, is often used for love, and here it is applied to the subject of the passion. The adverb "fastly" in this line is of uncommon occurrence.
Upon his lips their silken parcels hurls :
Small show of man was yet upon his chin :
His qualities were beauteous as his form,
Well could he ride, and often men would say,
But quickly on this side the verdict went.
6 – in paradise was sawn.) Boswell thought that Shakespeare here meant to use the northern provincialism “sawn” for sown, while Malone contended that
was put for seen, in the distress of the rhyme. Surely the latter could hardly be Shakespeare's reason for using so irregular and unprecedented a parti. ciple, particularly when it would have been easy for him to have constructed the pas. sage differently.
Came for additions', yet their purpos'd trim Piec'd not his grace, but were all grac'd by him.
So on the tip of his subduing tongue,
That he did in the general bosom reign
Many there were that did his picture get,
So many have, that never touch'd his hand,
Yet did I not, as some my equals did,
7 Came for additions,] The old copy, “ Can for additions :" the correction, which seems necessary, was made by Malone.
Of proofs new-bleeding, which remain❜d the foil
But ah! who ever shunn'd by precedent
Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood,
For farther I could say, "this man's untrue,"
And long upon these terms I held my city,
That's to you sworn, to none was ever said;
All my offences that abroad you see,
Are errors of the blood, none of the mind;
Love made them not: with acture they may be,
8 nor never vow.] So the 4to, 1609, although we may suspect that woo might be the poet's word, misread by the compositor. If, however, woo best suits the rhyme, "vow seems preferable for the sense.
9 with ACTURE they may be,] This is the word in the old copy, and "acture" is supposed to be synonymous with action, for which word it may easily