« PreviousContinue »
We two have sworn shall come.
O lady Fortune,
See, your guests approach :
Enter Shepherd, Clown, MOPSA, DORCAS, and
others, with POLIXENES and Camillo dis
[To Pol.] Sir, welcome : It is my father's will I should take on me The hostess-ship o' the day. [To Cam.] You ’re
You're welcome, sir. Give me those flowers there, Dorcas. Reverend sirs, 56. pantler, pantry-maid (or man).
rosemary and rue ; these keep
Sir, the year growing ancient,
Are our carnations and streak'd gillyvors,
Wherefore, gentle maiden,
For I have heard it said
Say there be ;
76. Grace and remembrance. pollen from one flower to another Rosemary was for remem- of different colour, which may brance,' rue (through a confusion be done either by the hand of with rue, 'regret') for 'grace'; man, or by nature, by means of cf. Ham. iv. 5.
the air and by bees' (Roach 82. gillyvors, 'gilliflowers'; Smith, The Rural Life of Shakevariously interpreted as wall- speare, quot. Deighton). flowers, or a kind of carnation. 92 f. Polixenes illustrates the
* artificial' process of producing 86. For, because.
crosses between flowers of differ87. an art. • The art is ent colours by the process of simply the transmission of the grafting.
A gentler scion to the wildest stock,
So it is.
I'll not put
Here's flowers for you; Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram; The marigold, that goes to bed wi' the sun And with him rises weeping: these are flowers Of middle summer, and I think they are given To men of middle age. You're very welcome. Cam. I should leave grazing, were I of your
my fair’st friend,
ITO 1 20
100. dibble, a pointed instru. with the sun.' ment for making holes.
116. O Proserpina. This
image is from Ovid's narrative 104. Hot, aromatic.
in Metam. (bk. v.), a book with 105. that goes to bed wi' the which Shakespeare' was (prob. sun. The marigold or sunflower in the original, but certainly was called the Sponsus solis, in Golding's translation) very • because it slept and awakened familiar.
For the flowers now, that frighted thou let'st fall
What, like a corse ?
What you do
Dis's waggon, Pluto's chariot.
120. dim, of subdued, unobtrusive colour.
126. crown imperial, the Fritillaria imperialis, or fritillary. It had been introduced into England from Constantinople, and was highly prized for itsstately beautifulness.'
127. flower-de-luce, a kind of iris ; elsewhere (as by Spenser) often called the flower Delice (flos deliciarum).
134. Whitsun pastorals, plays performed at Whitsuntide. Cf. Two Gentlemen, iv. 4.,
where Julia feigns to have played 'at Pentecost... a lamentable part'
' 'twas Ariadne passioning for Theseus' perjury.'
To sing them too: when you do dance, I wish you 140
I think you have
I'll swear for 'em.
But smacks of something greater than herself,
He tells her something
Come on, strike up! Dor. Mopsa must be your mistress : marry,
garlic, To mend her kissing with! Mop.
Now, in good time! 144. singular, unique.
160. out, Theobald's emenda146. queens, each unique and tion for F, on't. supreme in its kind.
163. in good time, used ironi147. large, unreserved. cally, like Fr. à la bonne heure. 152. skill, reason.
Cf. Tam. of Shrew, ii. 1. 96.