thou drain the life-blood of the child To bid the father wipe his eyes withal, And yet be seen to bear a woman's face?
(20) Her mode is consistently ironic; "Couldst
thou have thought there were such merry times in a Mad House?" she tauntingly asks the lady, when she sees her husband languishing in an asylum racked by riotous shrieks and shouting (9:203).
129-133) Consumed by his bitterness towards Glaucon, the speaker can no longer recall even his own early idealized feelings for Lucilla, who in his mind grew "hateful that thou couldst
love him" (l.
Speaking for herself, she shares her dream with the priest, and he replies as follows: Magnificke Virgin, in that queint disguise How couldst
thou weene, through that disguized hood, To hide thy state from being vnderstood?
Thou wilt be sick with love, and yearn for Him, And feel as though thou couldst
but pity Him, That one so sweet should e'er have placed himself At disadvantage such, as to be used So vilely by a being so vile as thee.
The first two stanzas hint at a crisis that is not made explicit: My love, this is the bitterest, that thou -- Who art all truth, and who dost love me now As thine eyes say, as thy voice breaks to say -- Shouldst love so truly, and couldst
love me still A whole long life through, had but love its will, Would death that leads me from thee brook delay.
Drink with me, and drink as I: Freely welcome to my cup, Couldst
thou sip, and sip it up: Make the most of life you may, Life is short and wears away.
when time was, thou couldst
not find a syllable of all that thou hadst read, or studied, to utter in her behalfe [...] when the cause of God and his Church was to be pleaded, for which purpose that tongue was given thee which thou hast, God listen'd if he could heare thy voice among his zealous servants, but thou wert domb as a beast; from hence forward be that which thine own brutish silence hath made thee.
And had she yielded, I not only had Rejected her (for it was ne'er my purpose, Heaven I call thee to witness, to commit A sin with her), but laid a punishment Upon her greater than thou couldst
10) connect to the "sweetness" of the young voices that Tighe "couldst
not hear" (l.
When Puck says "I remember," Oberon continues: That very time I saw, but thou couldst
not, Flying between the cold moon and the earth Cupid, all armed.
Lucreces question might thus become our own about the very status of the text at hand: "Why work'st thou mischief in thy pilgrimage, / Unless thou couldst
return to make amends?" (960-1).
Tall sturdy Puritan knave for soe tearmed was thy name By playeres whome thou tearmest rogues to thy face spake ye same Thou saiedst by the statutes thou woulds affirme thy talle which when thou hadst brought them forth thou couldst
not at all.
neither of which places belonged to thee, and whereto thou couldst
not make any lawful pretence:(5) And thou threatenest me every day to take away that little which is left me: What shall become of the poor miserable Caribbian?
Yet hadst thou alway visions of our light, And long with men of care thou couldst
not stay, And soon thy foot resumed its wandering way, Left human haunt, and on alone till night.