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Lo, in the orient when the gracious light
But when from high-moft pitch, with weary car,
Musick to hear, why hear'ft thou mufick fadly?
2 And baving climb'd the fleep-up heavenly bill,
Refembling frong youth in his middle age,] Perhaps our authour had the facred writings in his thoughts: "in them hath he fet a tabernacle for the fun, which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course. It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again; and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof." MALONE. 3 Yet mortal looks adore bis beauty still,
Attending on his golden pilgrimage;] So, in Romeo and Juliet :
"Peer'd forth the golden window of the east,-." MALONE. Mufick tobear, &c.] Thou, whom to hear, is mufick, why, &c. I have fometimes thought Shakspeare might have written-Mufick to ear, &c. i. e. thou, whole every accent is mufick to the ear. So, in the Comedy of Errors:
"That never words were mufick to thine car."
Hear has been printed inftead of ear in the Taming of the Shrew; or at least the modern editors have fuppofed fo. See Vol. III. p. 275, D. 7. MALONE.
If the true concord of well-tuned founds,
Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye,
That thou confum'ft thyfelf in fingle life?
The world will wail thee, like a makeless wife;
5 If the true concord of well-tuned founds,
By unions married,] So, in Romeo and Juliet, quarto, 1599:
"And fee how one another lends content."
Again, in Troilus and Creffida:
"The unity and married calm of states-,"
Milton had perhaps thefe lines in his thoughts when he wrote a
"And ever against eating cares
"Lap me in loft Lydian airs,
"Married to immortal verfe,
"Such as the meeting foul may pierce,
"In notes with many a winding bout
"Of linked fweetnefs long drawn out." MALONE.
6 like a makelefs wife;] As a widow bewails her loft husband. Make and mate were formerly fynonymous. So, in Kyng Appolyn of Thyre, 1510: "Certes, madam, I fholde have great joy yie ye had fuch a prynce to your make."
Again, in The Tragicall Hyftory of Romeus and Juliet, 1562:
Betwixt the armes of me, thy perfect-loving make." MALONE.
No love toward others in that bofom fits,
For fhame! deny that thou bear'ft love to any,
Grant if thou wilt, thou art belov'd of many,
As faft as thou shalt wane,
fo faft thou grow'st
In one of thine, from that which thou departeft;
And that fresh blood which youngly thou beftow'ft,
Without this, folly, age, and cold decay:
If all were minded fo, the times fhould cease,
And threescore years would make the world away.
7 That on bimself such murderous shame commits.] So, in Romeo and
"And here is come to do fome, villainous shame
"To the dead bodies." MALONE.
Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate, &c.] This is a metaphor of which our author is peculiarly fond. So, in The Comedy of Errors: "Shall love in building grow fo ruinate?"
Again, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona:
O thou, that doft inhabit in my breast,
"Leave not the manfion fo long tenantlefs,
"Left, growing ruinous, the building fall,
"Repair me with thy prefence, Silvia." STEEVENS.
Let those whom nature hath not made for store,
When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And fable curls, all filver'd o'er with white 3;
9 —for ftore—1 i. e. to be preserved for ufe. MALONE. Look, rubom she best endow'd, she gave thee more; Which bounteous gift thou should't in bounty cherish :] On a furvey of mankind, you will find that nature, however liberal fhe may have been to others, has been ftill more bountiful to you. The old copy reads-fhe gave the more; which was evidently a misprint. MALONE. 2 Thou should ft print more, nor let that copy die.] So, in Twelfth
"Lady, you are the cruelleft the alive,
"If you will lead thefe graces to the grave,
"And leave the world no copy." MALONE.
3 And fable curls, all filwer'd o'er with white;] The old copy reads: or filver'd o'er with white.
Or was clearly an error of the prefs. Mr. Tyrwhitt would read :-are filver'd o'er with white. MALONE.
So, in Hamlet:
"His beard was, as I've feen it in his life,
"A fable filver'd." STEEVENS.
4 When lofty trees I fee, baren of leaves,
Which erft from beat did canopy the berd,] So, in A MidsummerNight's Dream:
"Quite over-canopy'd with lufcious woodbine." MALONE. 5 And fummer's green all girded up in fheaves,
Borne on the bier with white and briftly beard;] So, in A MidSummer-Night's Dream:
-and the green corn
"Hath rotted, ere his youth attain'd a beard," C.
Then of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the waftes of time must go,
And nothing 'gainst time's fcythe can make defence,
O, that you were yourfelf! but, love, you are
When your fweet iffue your fweet form fhould bear.
Which husbandry in honour might uphold,
6 Save breed, to brave him-] Except children, whofe youth may fet the feythe of Time at defiance, and render thy own death less pain. ful. MALONE.
7 Against this coming end you should prepare,
And your feet femblance to fome other give.] This is a fentiment that Shakspeare is never weary of expreffing. We meet with it again in Venus and Adonis:
"By law of nature thou art bound to breed,
"That thine may live, when thou thyfelf art dead;
And fo in fpite of death thou doft furvive,
"In that thy likenefs ftill is left alive." MALONE.
8 that beauty which you bold in leafe,
Find no determination :] So Daniel, in one of his Sonnets, 1592; "-in beauty's leafe expir'd appears
"The date of age, the calends of our death."
Again, in Macbeth:
"But in them nature's copy's not eterne."
Determination in legal language means end. See Vol. V. p. 403 n. I; and Vol. VI. p. 84, n. *. MALONE.
So, in Macbeth:
"our high-plac'd Macbeth
"Shall live the leafe of nature." STEEVENS.
Which husbandry in boncur might uphold,] Husbandry is generally fed by Shakspeare for economical prudence. So, in King Henry V: "For our bad neighbours make us early ftirrers,
"Which is both healthful and good busbandry." MALONE. Against