Shakespeare’s Sonnets And A Lover’s Complaint, with an Introduction by W.H. Hadow (Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1907). https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/118,
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A good modern edition of all of Shakespeare’s sonnets and A Lover’s Complaint accompanied by a scholarly introduction and notes on the poems.
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She was certainly acquainted with some members of Shakespeare’s company, for Kempe dedicated to her his Morris to Norwiche. See Mr. Wyndham’s Introduction, p. xliv, and Mr. Tyler’s Introduction, ch. viii.
On this question see Professor Dowden’s Introduction, pp. xl-xlv, and Mr. Beeching’s Essay in the ‘Shakespeare Head’ Edition, vol. x, pp 368-71. See on the other side Mr. Sidney Lee’s Life of Shakespear, pp. 85-7.
The whole duration of the story is said in civ to be three years, which would fit the hypothesis 1597-9.
Compare, at this point, Sonnets cxxxiii, cxxxiv, where the fear for his friend is even more poignantly expressed.
Critics who press into detail the view that the Sonnets are autobiographical have asserted these favourites to be Daniel and Chapman, both of whom were patronised by the Earl of Pembroke.
cxxvi is a stanza of six couplets which seems to be intended as an Envoy to the group. It is inferior in value to the rest and may possibly be an interpolation.
Sonnets cliii and cliv, two variant adaptations of a Greek epigram, are evidently occasional pieces which do not belong to this collection.
Love’s Labour’s Lost, iv. iii, beginning ‘That like a rude and savage man of Inde’: Comedy of Errors, iii. ii.
Much Ado about Nothing, iii. i. For a burlesque parallel see the prologue to the Clowns’ Play in Midsummer Night’s Dream.
All’s Well that Ends Well, iii. iv.
The three ‘letters’ and two passages of dialogue in i. i. For further extensions of the pattern, in which the final couplet is preceded by four and five quatrains respectively, see v. ii. of the same play.
2 l. 11 excuse:] excuse Q
l. 14 could.] could, Q
3 l. 8 loue,] loue Q
5 l. 7 gon,] gon. Q (us vid.)
l. 8 where.] where, Q (us vid.)
6 l. 4 beauties] beautits Q
7 l. 5 steepe-vp] steepe vp Q
l. 13 noon,] noon: Q
8 l. 6 married,] married Q
9 l. 10 it,] it Q
10 l. 1 For shame] It is usual to put a point after shame, but is is not certain that this is not to corrupt the sense.
l. 2 vnprouident,] vnprouident Q
11 l. 12 cherrish.] cherrish, Q
12 l. 4 all] or Q
13 l. 7 Your selfe] You selfe Q
14 l. 4 quallity;] quallity, Q
l. 5 tell,] tell; Q
15 l. 2 moment:] moment. Q
16 l. 14 skill.] skill, Q
17 l. 14 twise,] twise Q
it] it, Q
18 l. 14 thee.] thee, Q
19 l. 5 fleet’st] fleets conj. Dyce
l. 13 Time,] Time Q
20 l. 5 rowling,] rowling: Q
l. 6 gazeth:] gazeth, Q
21 l. 6 gems,] gems: Q
l. 8 hems.] hems, Q
23 l. 9 books] looks conj. Sewell
l. 14 with . . . wit] wit . . . wiht Q
24 l. 1 steeld] usually corrected to stelled. Cf. Lucrece 1444, Venus and Adonis 376, and Mr. Wyndham’s notes.
l. 3 ’tis] ti’s Q (The practice is not consistent; cf. 62 l. 13, T’is; 97 l. 13, 114 ll. 9, 13, 121 l. 1, tis; 85 l. 9, ’tis.)
l. 12 thee.] thee Q
l. 13 art,] art Q
25 ll. 9, 11 worth . . . quite Q: Theobald proposed to read fight . . . quite or worth . . . forth The former emendation has been universally accepted; but neither can be regarded as certain.
26 l. 12 thy] their Q
l. 14 me.] me Q
27 l. 10 thy] their Q
28 l. 12 guild’st the eauen] guil’st th’ eauen Q (guildest th’ eauen seems less likely).
l. 14 length] strength Capell MS. stronger.] stronger Q
29 l. 4 fate,] fate. Q
ll. 11, 12 Most editors remove the parensheses and punctuate after earth; but the text is defensible. Brackets are often used in Q to guard against a grammatical ambiguity (cf. 30 l. 5).
31 l. 8 there Q: usually corrected to thee
32 l. 2 couer:] couer Q
l. 3 re-suruay] re-suruay: Q
33 l. 3 greene,] greene Q
l. 14 staineth] stainteh Q
34 l. 12 crosse. Capell MS.: losse. Q
35 l. 11 commence:] commence, Q
l. 14 me.] me, Q
36 l. 8 delight.] delight, Q
37 l. 7 their] thy Capell MS., and so most editors. The authority of Q on this particular point is extremely slight; but Mr. Wyndham shows that their may be right here; see his note.
39 l. 3 bring?] bring; Q (us vid.)
l. 4 thee?] thee, Q
l. 7 giue] giue: Q
l. 12 dost] doth conj. Malone
40 l. 7 this] thy edd.
l. 14 spights,] spights Q
41 l. 8 he] she conj. Malone
preuailed?] preuailed. Q
l. 9 mighst] cf. 96 l. 11 mighst, 100 l. 14 preuenst.
42 l. 8 her.] her, Q
43 l. 11 thy] their Q
44 l. 4 stay.] stay, Q
l. 12 attend] attend, Q
l. 13 naught] naughts Q
45 l. 12 thy] their Q
46 l. 3 thy] their Q
l. 4 freedome] freeedome Q
l. 8 thy] their Q
l. 13 thy] their Q
l. 14 thy] their Q
47 l. 10 are] perhaps a printer’s error for art
l. 11 nor] usually corrected to not or no; the change is gratuitous.
49 l. 12 part.] part, Q
51 l. 3 should] shoulld Q
l. 6 slow?] slow, Q
l. 10 perfect] perfects Q: perfect’st is also possible.
54 l. 14 by] my Capell MS., followed by modern editors; but there seems no reason why distils should not be used intransitively.
55 l. 1 monuments,] monument, Q
55 l. 7 burne] burne: Q
l. 9 all-obliuious] all obliuious Q
enmity] emnity Q
56 l. 11 see] see: Q
l. 13 As] Or conj. Malone: Else conj. Palgrave; the text is probably corrupt, but can be made to yield a meaning.
57 l. 11 Saue,] Saue Q
58 l. 7 tame] tame, Q
59 l. 11 where] scil. whether
60 l. 5 light,] light. Q
62 l. 11 read,] read Q
l. 12 louing,] louing Q
iniquity.] iniquity Q
l. 13 ’Tis] T’is Q (cf. on 24 l. 3)
65 l. 12 of conj. Malone: or Q (it is just possible that or = ore = o’er)
66 l. 11 simple Truth] simple-Truth Q
l. 12 captiue good] captiue-good Q
68 l. 7 a second] a scond Q
head;] head, Q
69 l. 3 due Tyrwhitt: end Q
l. 4 commend] Commend Q
l. 5 Thy] Their Q
l. 12 weeds.] weeds, Q
l. 14 soyle] solye Q. The usual reading is solve; but soyle (which has the same sense, see quotations in Mr. Wyndham’s note) is the simpler change.
70 l. 6 Thy] Their Q
l. 12 inlarged.] inlarged, Q
71 l. 1 longer] Longer Q
72 l. 2 loue,] loue Q
73 l. 4 ruin’d] rn’wd Q
74 l. 1 contented:] contented Q
l. 12 remembred.] remembred, Q
75 l. 14 away.] away, Q
76 l. 7 tel] fel Q: spell conj. Nicholson.
l. 14 told.] told, Q
77 l. 3 The] These Capell MS.
l. 10 blancks] blacks Q
79 l. 14 pay.] pay, Q
80 l. 13 if] If Q
81 l. 8 lye.] lye, Q
82 l. 14 blood;] blood, Q
83 l. 8 grow.] grow, Q
84 ll. 1-2 Many editors insert a mark of interrogation after most in l. 1; but this gives the wrong sense.
l. 2 you?] you, Q
l. 4 grew.] grew, Q (often punctuated grew? But whose in l. 3 is relative not interrogative)
85 l. 12 before.] before, Q
88 l. 1 disposde] dispode Q
l. 8 shall] The correction shalt seems unnecessary.
89 l. 7 disgrace;] disgrace, Q
l. 9 walkes;] walkes Q
90 l. 3 bow,] bow. Q (ut vid.)
l. 11 shall] stall Q
91 l. 9 better] bitter Q
92 l. 13 blot?] blot, Q
93 l. 2 husband:] husband Q (ut vid.)
95 l. 3 name!] name? Q (but cf. ll. 4, 12)
96 l. 11 mighst] See on 41 l. 9
l. 12 state!] state? Q
97 ll. 2-4 yeare! . . . seene! . . . where!] yeare? . . . seene? . . . where? Q (! seems to be normal in Q, though sometimes replaced by?)
99 l. 3 breath? The] breath, the Q
l. 5 died.] died, Q
l. 9 One] Our Q
100 l. 4 light?] light. Q
l. 14 preuenst] See on 41 l. 9
102 l. 1 seeming,] seeming Q
l. 8 his] her conj. Housman (1835)
106 l. 12 still] skill Capell MS.; the emendation has been almost universally accepted; but the text may be sound; see Mr. Wyndham’s note.
108 l. 3 now] perhaps a printer’s error for new
109 l. 5 loue;] loue, Q
l 8 staine.] staine, Q
110 l. 8 loue.] loue, Q
l. 10 grinde] grin’de Q
111 l. 1 with] wish Q
l. 8 renu’de.] renu’de, Q
112 l. 14 is usually corrected to methinks are dead or the like; but the result is not very satisfactory, and the text of Q may be right.
113 l. 6 latch conj. Malone: lack Q (cf. Macbeth, iv. iii. 195)
l. 10 sweet sauor] sweet-sauor Q
l. 13 more, repleat] more repleat Q
117 l. 10 surmise] surmise, Q
l. 14 loue.] loue Q
118 l. 4 purge:] purge. Q
l. 10 were not,] were, not Q
119 l. 10 is] is, Q
better,] better. Q
121 l. 11 beuel,] beuel Q
122 l. 1 THY] T Thy Q (repeating T after the initial)
125 l. 6 more,] more Q
l. 7 sweet; Forgoing] sweet forgoing most editors; there seems no sufficient reason for altering the text.
126 after l. 12 Q has double brackets, as if to indicate the omission of a couplet.
l. 2 sickle, hower] variously emended, but with no great success.
126 l. 7 skill,] skill. Q
l. 8 time,] time Q
mynuits] mynuit Q
127 l. 4 shame:] shame, Q
l. 9 Mistresse] Mistersse Q
ll. 9-10 eyes . . . eyes] hairs, wires, brows, etc. have been conjectured for eyes in l. 9 or in l. 10.
128 l. 11 thy] their Q
l. 11 thy fingers] their fingers Q
129 l. 3 blouddy,] blouddy Q
l. 9 Madde] Made Q
in pursut] In pursut Q
l. 11 proud a] proud and Q
l. 12 dreame.] dreame, Q
132 l. 2 torments 1640: torment Q
l. 6 the East] th’ East Q
136 l. 6 I] scil. Ay
137 l. 11 not,] not Q
l. 12 face?] face, Q
138 The version in The Passionate Pilgrim is as follows:—
138 l. 12 to haue 1599: t’ haue Q
140 l. 4 pittie-wanting] pittie wanting Q
l. 13 belyde] be lyde Q
143 l. 12 part,] part Q
144 The version in The Passionate Pilgrim is as follows:—
l. 2 still:] still, Q
l. 3 faire,] faire; Q
l. 6 side 1599: sight Q
146 ll. 1-2 cannot be restored with certainty; most editors regard My sinfull earth in l. 2 as due to dittography; supplying the gap with some such words as Fool’d by (Malone), Foil’d by (Palgrave), etc. Massey, followed by Wyndham, reads My sinful earth these rebel powers array. See Mr. Dowden’s note.
149 l. 12 eyes?] eyes. Q
151 l. 2 loue?] loue, Q
152 l. 13 eye] usually corrected to I; but Q may possibly be right, cf. ll. 11, 12.
153 l. 14 eyes] eye Q
154 l. 4 by;] by, Q
l. 12 diseasd;] diseasd, Q
p. 83 l 7 sorrowes (scil. sorrow’s)] sorrowes, Q
p. 84 l. 7 commixt] commxit Q
p. 86 l. 1 attended] atttended Q
l. 2 suit,] suit Q
p. 87 l. 4 course,] course Q
l. 7 mannadg (scil. manege)] mannad’g Q th’] ’th Q makes!] makes Q
p. 89 l. 12 vowes] vowes, Q
l. 21 vow (vovv) Q: woo conj. Dyce
l. 28 containes.] containes, Q
p. 90 l. 3 th’] th, Q
l. 19 the] th’ Q
p. 92 ll 6, 7 emur’d . . . procur’d] enur’d . . . procure Q. For the form emure (=immure, Sildon’s conjecture) cf. Love’s Labour’s Lost, iii. i. 18.
l. 15 Sunne] nun conj. Malone
p. 93 l. 17 But] Put Q (ut vid.)
eyes,] eyes: Q
l. 20 O] Or Q