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But she, found sleeping, fearing no such thing,
Lies at the mercy of his mortal sting. Into the chamber wickedly he stalks', And gazeth on her yet unstained bed. The curtains being close, about he walks, Rolling his greedy eye-balls in his head: By their high treafon is his heart milled;
Which gives the watch-word to his hand full
To draw the cloud that hides the filver moon.
Look as the fair and firy-pointed sun',
3 Into the cbamber wickedly be stalks,] This line strongly confirms the correction that has been made in a passage in Macbeth:
“ With Tarquin's ravishing Arides, towards his design
« Moves like a ghost.” where the old copy reads-fides. So, in a subsequent pasfage, when Lucretia is describing Tarquin's entrance into her chamber, the says:
- For in the dreadful dark of deep midnight,
• And foftly cry'd
MALONE. • Which gives the watch-word to his hand full foon, ] The duodecimo, 1616, reads---too foon. MALONE.
-firy-pointed fun,] I would read :-fire-gpointed. So, Milton :
“ Under a fiar-ypointing pyramid.” STEEVENS. I have not observed that our author has any where, escept is the antiquated choruses of Pericles, (if they were his compofition) imitated the elder poets in prefixing y to any word, and there fore suppose the old reading to be right. In Shakspeare's edi. tion the word is fpeis fierie-pointed. MALONE.
That dazzleth them, or else some shame sup
And holy-thoughted Lucrece to their fight
Her lily hand her rosy cheek lies under",
Swelling • In bis clear bed ) Clear is pure, spotless. So, in Macbeth:
Cozening the pillore of a lawful kifo ;] Among the poems
angry to be robb’d of such a bliss :
Swelling on either side to want his bliss ;
Where, like a virtuous monument, she lies',
Without the bed her other fair hand was,
" The one look'd pale, and for revenge did long,
“ There lay this pretty perdue, safe to keep
“ Throwing a kind of light about the place,
• Curl'd back in rings, and seem'd to turn again
MALONE. 9 Where, like a virtuous monument, Ne lies,] On our ancient monuments the heads of the persons represented are commonly re. posed on pillows. Our author has nearly the same image in Cym. beline :
56 And be her sense but as a monument,
Thus far (Gays Suckling) Shakpeare. + From the want of rhime here, I suspect this line to be corrupt.
With pearly sweat, resembling dew of night':
And, canopied in darkness, sweetly lay,
Till they might open to adorn the day. Her hair, like golden threads, play'd with her breaths O modelt wantons ! wanton modesty ! Showing life's triumph ? in the map of death, And death's dim look in life's mortality. Each in her sleep themselves so beautify,
As if between them twain there were no ftrifes, But that life liv'd in death, and death in life.
Her breasts, like ivory globes circled with blue,
* With pearly sweat, resembling dew of night.] So, Dryden : « And sleeping flow'rs beneath the night-dew sweat.”
STEVENS. Her eyes, like marigolds, had sheath'd their light,
And canopied in darkness, sweetly lay, &c.] So, in Cyma beline :
The flame o' the taper
4 Under these windows. MALONE. 3 Showing life's triumph] The duodecimo, 1616, reads Showring. MALONE.
in the map of death,] So, in King Richard II :
But that life liv'd in death, and death in life.) So, in Macbeth:
" That death and nature do contend about them,
" Whether they live or die." STEEVENS. • A pair of maiden worlds unconquered,] Maiden worlds! How happeneth this, friend Collatine, when Lucretia hath so long lain by thy fide ? Verily, it infinuateth thee of coldness. AMNER.
? Save of their lord no bearing yoke they knew,] So, Ovid, de. fcribing Lucretia in the fame situation:
• Effugiet? pofitis urgetur pectora palmis,
And him by oath they truly honoured'.
Who, like a foul usurper, went about
What could he see, but mightily he noted ?
Her azure veins, her alabaster skin,
As the grim lion fawneth o'er his prey,
. And him by oath they truly honoured.] Alluding to the ancient practice of swearing domesticks into service. So, in Cymbeline :
“ Her fervants are all fworn and honourable." STEEVENS. The matrimonial oath was, I believe, alone in our author's thoughts. MALONE.
to heave the owner out.) So, in a subsequent sanza:
“ My fighs like whirlwinds labour hence to beave thee." The duodecimo, 1616, and the modern editions, read:
- to have the owner out. Malone. * And in his will his wilful eye he tired.] This may mean-He glutted his lustful eye in the imagination of what he had refolved to do. To tire is a term in falconry. So, in Heywood's Rape of Lucrece : “ Mult with keen fang tire upon thy flesh.” Perhaps we should read – And on his will &c. STEEVENS.
- by gazing qualified,] i. e. softened, abated, diminished. So, in The Mercbant of Venice:
- I have heard
" His rigorous courses.” STREVENS. Again, in Othello : “ I have drank but one cup to-night, and that was craftily qualified too." MALONE.