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No love toward others in that bosom sits,
That on himself such murderous shame commits?.

For shame! deny that thou bear’st love to any,
Who for thyself art so unprovident.
Grant if thou wilt, thou art belov'd of many,
But that thou none lov'st, is most evident ;
For thou art so possess'd with murderous hate,
That 'gainst thyself thou stick'st not to conspire;
Seeking that beateous roof to ruinate ,
Which to repair should be thy chief desire.
O, change thy thought, that I may change my

Shall hate be fairer lodg’d than gentle love?
Be, as thy presence is, gracious and kind,
Or to thyself, at least, kind-hearted prove:

Make thee another self, for love of me,
That beauty still may live in thine or thee.


As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow'st
In one of thine, from that which thou departest;
And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestow'st,
Thou may'st call thine, when thou from youth



7 That on himself such murderous SHAME COMMITS.] So, in Romeo and Juliet:

" And here is come to do some 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 so ruinate ? Again, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona :

“O thou, that dost inhabit in my breast,
“Leave not the mansion so long tenantless,
" Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,
“ And leave no memory of what it was.

Repair me with thy presence, Silvia." STEEVENS.

Herein lives wisdom, beauty, and increase;
Without this, folly, age, and cold decay:
If all were minded so, the times should cease,
And threescore years would make the world away.
Let those whom nature hath not made for store”,
Harsh, featureless, and rude, barrenly perish:
Look, whom she best endow'd, she gave thee more;
Which bounteous gift thou should'st in bounty

cherish: She cary'd thee for her seal, and meant thereby, Thou should'st print more, nor let that copy die”.

When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls, all silver'd o'er with white;
When lofty trees I see bạrren of leaves,
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd *,

9 — for store,] i. e. to be preserved for use. MALONE. 1 Look, whom she best endow'd, she gave thee more;

Which bounteous gift thou should'st in bounty cherish:] On a survey of mankind, you will find that nature, however liberal she may have been to others, has been still more bountiful to you. The old copy reads-she gave the more; which was evidently a misprint. MALONE.

• Thou should'st print more, NOR LET THAT COPY die.] So, in Twelfth Night:

Lady, you are the cruellest she alive,
“ If you will lead the graces to the grave,

“ And leave the world no copy.MALONE. 3 And sable curls, ALL silver d o'er with white;] The old copy reads :

or silver'd o'er with white." Or was clearly an error of the press. Mr. Tyrwhitt would read :-are silver'd o'er with white. MALONE. So, in Hamlet:

“ His beard was, as I've seen it in his life,

“ A sable silver'd." Strevens. 4 When lofty TREES I see barren of leaves,

Which erst from heat did CANOPY the herd,] So, in A Midsummer-Night's Dream :

And summer's green all girded up in sheavés,
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard ";
Then of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake,
And die as fast as they see others grow ;
And nothing 'gainst time's scythe can make de

fence, Save breed, to brave himo, when he takes thee


O, that you were yourself ! but, love, you are
No longer yours, than you yourself here live :
Against this coming end you should prepare,
And your sweet semblance to some other give?.
So should that beauty which you hold in lease,
Find no determination ®: then you were


a bank “ Quite over-canopy'd with luscious woodbine." MALONE. s And SUMMER’S GREEN all girded up in sheaves,

Borne on the bier with white and bristly BEARD ;] So, in A Midsummer-Night's Dream :

and the

green “ Hath rotted, ere his youth attain'd a beard.” C. 6 Save breed, to brave him,] Except children, whose youth may set the scythe of Time at defiance, and render thy own death less painful. MALONE. 7 Against this coming end you should prepare,

And your sweet semblance to some other give. This is a sentiment that Shakspeare is never weary of expressing. We meet with it again in Venus and Adonis :

By law of nature thou art bound to breed,
“ That thine may live, when thou thyself art dead;
“ And so in spite of death thou dost survive,
“ In that thy likeness still is left alive.” Malone.
that BEAUTY which you

hold in LEASE, Find no DETERMINATION:] So Daniel, in one of his Sonnets, 1592:

in beauty's lease expir'd appears
“ The date of age, the calends of our death."


Yourself again, after yourself's decease,
When your sweet issue your sweet form should

Who lets so fair a house fall to decay,
Which husbandry in honour might uphold',
Against the stormy gusts of winter's day,
And barren rage of death's eternal cold?
O! none but unthrifts :-Dear my love, you

know. You had a father; let your son say so.

Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck;
And yet methinks I have astronomy;
But not to tell of good, or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons' quality :
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain, and wind;
Or say, with princes if it shall
By oft predict' that I in heaven find :

go well,

Again, in Macbeth :

“ But in them nature's copy's not eterne.” Determination in legal language means end. Malone. So, in Macbeth:

our high-plac'd Macbeth “ Shall live the lease of nature.” Steevens. 9 Which HUSBANDRY in honour might uphold,] Husbandry is generally used by Shakspeare for economical prudence. So, in King Henry V.:

For our bad neighbours make us early stirrers,
“ Which is both healthful and good husbandry.

MALONE. • By Oft predict - Dr. Sewel reads-By aught predict; but the text is right.—So, in the Birth of Merlin, 1662 :

How much the oft report of this bless'd hermit

“ Hath won on my desires!" MALONE. The old reading may be the true one. “ By oft predict " may mean-By what is most frequently prognosticated.


But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive?,
And (constant stars) in them I read such art,
As truth and beauty shall together thrive,
If from thyself to store thou would'st convert":

Or else of thee this I prognosticate,
Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.

When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment;
That this huge state presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and check'd even by the self-same sky;
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful time debateth with decay
To change your day of youth to sullied nights;
And, all in war with time, for love of

you, As he takes from you, I engraft you new.

2 But from thine Eyes my knowledge I DERIVE,] So, in Love's Labour's Lost :

From women's eyes this doctrine I derive.” Steevens. 3 If from thyself to STORE thou would'st convert :) If thou would'st change thy single state, and beget a numerous progeny. So, before:

“ Let those whom nature hath not made for store." Again, in Romeo and Juliet :

0, she is rich in beauty; only poor,
“ That when she dies, with beauty dies her store."

MALONE. 4 Where wasteful TIME DEBATETH with decay,] So, in All's Well That Ends Well :

nature and sickness Debate it at their leisure." MALONE. 5 To change your day of youth to sullied night;] So, in King Richard III.: “ Hath dimm'd your infant morn to aged night.”


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