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ADDITIONAL NOTES TO SONNETS 86 TO 126.
Lines 5 to 9.
By whom thou cans't accomplish,
Lines 5 to 10.
SATIRE TO A BAD POET.
Free and unus'd to drudgery or pain,
Lines 13, 14.
Lost his argument.”—Troilus and Cressida.
" Or to live
“But words came halting forth."-Sidney's Arcadia.
As Vulcan or the founder of Cripplegate.”—Jonson.
Much Ado about Nothing.
They are blazoned there, there they are tricked :
Lines 1 to 2. “Hearts that are tied together with these consecrated bonds, are like man and wife, joined together inseparable ; no encomiums could be too lavish for them : certainly there is nothing more ravishing upon earth than a friendship thus entertained. It is indeed that which surmounts the possibility of an exact description, and reserves its full discovery to the prize of experience.”
The Gentleman's Calling, 1682,
Lines 1 to 12. “ The vow of marriage may be properly considered as a vow of perpetual indissoluble friendship. It is easy by pursuing the parallel between friendship and marriage to show how exact a conformity there is between them; to prove that all the precepts laid down with respect to the contraction, and the maxims advanced with regard to the effects of friendship are true of marriage, in a more literal sense and a stricter interpretation.”
Sermon by J. Taylor, LL.D., 1790.
. Lines 1 to 14.
SONNET OF FRIENDSHIP.
As he, the North East Passage, that is blind!
* Two cousins, meaning also two cozens, i.e., cheats.
They make a glorious show a little space,
William Earl of Pembroke.
Lines 12, 13.
Comedy of Errors.
I look on thee, and thought of thee,
In vastness and in mystery ;
Line 14. “Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.”—Edward III., 1597.
Lines 13, 14. Shakespeare elsewhere repeats himself, using word for word. Thus in the "Taming of the Shrew,” the line “Pisa renowned for grave citizens,” is repeated in the 1st and 4th acts.
Lines 1 to 4. “ If, as I say, I compare it all unto the four years, I so happily enjoyed the sweet company and dear, dear society of that worthy man, it is nought but a vapour ; nought but a dark and irksome night, since the time I have lost him, which I shall ever hold a bitter day.”—Montaigne's Essays, Edit. 1603.
Lines 1 to 6.
Lines 5 to 14.
But though I seem in star and flower
To feel thee-some diffusive power,
Lines 1 to 5.
A violet in the youth of primy nature ;
Lines 1 to 14.
Lines 1 to 4. In a conversation between Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, recorded in Lansdowne’s “ Essays on Poetry” (1721), Ben is said to have asked Shakespeare why he wrote historical plays. He replied, that finding the people generally very ignorant of history, he wrote them in order to instruct them in that particular, which this Sonnet seems to confirm. “ I thought all words were lost that were not spent on thee.”
Lines 1 to 8.
Yet he does not drop from his honied verse
Lines 7 to 12.
When neither is attended ; and I think
10. "Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.”—King Lear.
Lines 9 to 12. “The fixure of her eye hath motion in it."—Winter's Tale.
Lines 1, 2.
Lines 1 to 4.
“ TO MY MUSE.
Shakespeare, his patron lord, and Muse.
“One will I serve.”-Motto of the Pembroke Family.
When time hath somewhat mellowed it, and made