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And gladly shunn'd who gladly fled from me..
Mon. Many a morning hath he there been seen,
Ben. My noble uncle, do you know the cause?
Mon. Both by myself, and many other friends:
0 And gladly shunn'd &c.] The ten lines following, not in edition 1597, but in the next of 1599. Pope.
? Ben. Have you importun'd &c.] These two speeches also omitted in edition 1597, but inserted in 1599. Pope
8 Or dedicate his beauty to the sun.] [Old copy-same.) When we come to consider, that there is some power else besides balmy air, that brings forth, and makes the tender buds spread them. selves, I do not think it improbable that the poet wrote:
Or dedicate his beauty to the sun. Or, according to the more obsolete spelling, sunne; which brings it nearer to the traces of the corrupted text. Theobald.
I cannot but suspect that some lines are lost, which connected this simile, more closely with the foregoing speech: these lines, if such there were, lamented the danger that Romeo will die of his melancholy, before his virtues or abilities were known to the world Johnson.
I suspect no loss of connecting lines. An expression somewhat similar occurs in Timon, Act IV, sc. ii:
“ A dedicated beggar to the air." I have, however, adopted Theobald's emendation. Mr. M. Ma. son observes “that there is not a single passage in our author
Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow,
Enter Romeo, at a distance.
Mon. I would, thou wert so happy by thy stay,
[Exeunt Mon. and Lady,
Is the day so young?
Ah me! sad hours seem long.
avhere so great an improvement of language is obtained, by so slight a deviation from the text.” Steevens.
Dr. Johnson's conjecture is, I think unfounded; the simile re. lates solely to Romeo's concealing the cause of his melancholy, and is again used by Sbakspeare in Twelfth Night:
She never told her love,
“ Feed on her damask cheek.”
- And whilst thou spread'st unto the rising sunne,
Daniel's Sonnets, 1594 The line quoted by Mr. Steevens does not appear to me to be adverse to this emendation. The bud could not dedicate its beauty to the sun, without at the same time dedicating it to the air.
A similar phraseology, however, to that of my text may be found in Daniel's 14th, 320, 44th, and 53d Sonnets. Malone, VOL. XII.
Rom. Out of her favour, where I am in love,
Ben. Alas, that love, so gentie in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!
Rom. Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will !9 Where shall we dine!- me!- What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here's much to do with hate, but more with love: Why then, O brawling love!? O loving hate!
! — to his will!] Sir T. Hanmer, and after him Dr. War. burton, read-to bis ill. The present reading has some obscurity; the meaning may be, that love finds out means to pursue his desire. That the blind should find paths to ill is no great wonder.
Fohnson. It is not unusual for those who are blinded by love to overlook every difficulty that opposes their pursuit. Nichols
What Romeo seems to iament is, that love, though blind, should discover pathways to his will, and yet cannot avail bim. self of them; should perceive the road which he is forbidden to take. The quarto, 1597, reads
Should, without laws, give path-ways to our will! i. e. being lawless itself, prescribe laws to others. Steevens.
This passage seems to have been misapprehended. Benvolio has lamented that the God of love, who appears so gentle, should be a tyrant.- It is no less to be lamented, adds Romeo, that the blind god slould yet be able to direct his arrows at those whom he wishes to hit, that he should wound whomever he wills, or desires to wound. Malone.
1 Why then, O brawling love! &c.] Of these lines neither the sense nor occasion is very evident. He is not yet in love with an enemy; and to love one and hate another is no such uncommon state, as can deserve all this toil of antithesis. Johnson.
Had Dr. Johnson attended to the letter of invitation in the next scene, he would have found that Rosaline was niece to Capulet.
Anonymus. Erery sonnetteer characterises Love by contrarieties. Watson begins one of his canzonets:
“Love is a sowre delight, a sugred griefe,
“ A living death, an ever-dying life,” &c. Turberville makes Reason harangue against it in the same manner:
“ A fierie frost, a fiame that frozen is with ise!
vice!” &c. This kind of antithesis was very much the taste of the Provençal and Italian poets; perhaps it might be hinted by the ode of Sappho preserved by Longinus. Petrarch is full of it:
O any thing, of nothing first create!
No, coz, I rather weep.
At thy good heart's oppression.
“ Pace non trovo, e non ho da far guerra ;
“E nulla stringo, e tutto’l mondo abbraccio." &c. Sonnet 105. Sir Thomas Wyat gives a translation of this sonnet, without any notice of the original, under the title of Description of the contrarious Passions in a Louer amongst the Songes and Sonnettes, by the Earle of Surrey, and others, 1574. Farmer.
2 Why, such is love's transgression. ] Such is the consequence of unskilful and mistaken kindness. Johnson.
3 Being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;] The author may mean being purged of smoke, but it is perhaps a meaning never given to the word in any other place. I would rather read, Being urg'd, a fire sparkling Being excited and inforced. To urge the fire is the technical term. Johnson.
Dr. Akenside in his Hymn to Cheerfulness, has the same expression:
“ Haste, light the tapers, urge the fire,
“ And bid the joyless day retire.” Reed. Again, in Chapman's version of the 21st Iliad:
“ And as a caldron, under put with store of fire
“ Bavins of sere wood urging it.” &c. Steevens. 4 Being vex’d, &c.] As this line stands single, it is likely that the foregoing or following line that rhymed to it is lost. Johnson.
It does not seem necessary to suppose any line lost. In the former speech about love's contrarieties, there are several lines which have no other to rhyme with them; as also in the following, about Rosaline's chastity Steevens.
What is it else? a madness most discreet,
Soft, I will go along; An if you leave me so, you do me wrong.
Rom. Tut, I have lost myself; I am not here;
Ben. Tell me in sadness, 5 who she is you love.
Groan? why, no; But sadly tell me, who.
Rom. Bid a sick ma: in sadness make his will:-
Ben. I aim'd so near, when I suppos'd you lov’d.
Rom. Well, in that hit, you miss: she 'll not be hit With Cupid's arrow, she hath Dian's wit; And, in strong proof of chastity well arm’d, 6 From love's weak childish bow she lives unharm’d. She will not stay the siege of loving terms,? Nor bide the encounter of assailing eyes, Nor ope her lap to s.int-seducing gold: O, she is rich in beauty; only poor, That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store.8*
& Tell me in sadness,] That is, tell me gravely, tell me in seriousness. Yohnson.
6 And, in strong proof &c.] As this play was written in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, I cannot help regarding these speeches of Romeo as an oblique compliment to her majesty, who was not liable to be displeased at hearing her chastity praised after she was suspected to have lost it, or her beauty commended in the 67th year of her age, though she never possessed any when she was young. Her declaration that she would continue unmarried, increases the probability of the present supposition. Steevens.
in strong proof -) In chastity of proof, as we say in armour of proof. Johnson.
7 She will not stay the siege of loving terms] So, in our author's Venus and Adonis :
“Remove your siege from my unyielding beart;
" To love's 'alarm it will not ope the gate.” Malone. com with beauty dies her store.] Mr. Theobald reads, “With