Editor’s NoteHe wrote to the same friend from Excester, this Sonet following.
- Editor’s Note1A hundreth sonnes (in course but not in kind)
- 2Can witnesse well that I possesse no joye:
- 3The feare of death which fretteth in my mynd
- 4Consumes my hart with dread of darke anoye.
- 5And for eche sonne a thousand broken sleepes,
- 6Devide my dreames with fresh recourse of cares:
- Editor’s Note7The youngest sister sharpe hir sheare she kepes,
- 8To cut my thred and thus my life it weares.
- 9Yet let such dayes, such thousand restlesse nightes,
- 10Spit forth their spite, let fates eke showe their force:
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus11Deathes daunting dart where so his buffets lights,
- pg 22212Shall shape no change within my friendly corse:
- 13But dead or live, in heaven, in earth, in hell
- 14I wilbe thine where so my carkase dwell.
Editor’s NoteSi fortunatus infœlix.
5. 0. 1. He wrote to the same friend. This sonnet resumes details from the preceding poem without clarifying the poet's separation from his friend. In 75 the table of contents to 'Flowers', if the pagination is to be trusted, entitles this poem and the two that follow 'The force of true Frendship'.
5. 1. A hundreth sonnes (in course but not in kind). An obscure line. Gascoigne's texts almost invariably spell 'sun' and 'son' with the modern vowel. ('Son[s]' appears 303 times but is spelled with a 'u' only once: P 27. 112. 'Sun[s]' appears 54 times but is spelled with an 'o' four times outside of this poem: 170. 22, 24; Droomme, 405; Grief, 537.) Consequently, the spelling of 'sun' with an 'o' here and in line 5 may be deliberate, but it is difficult to imagine why. Prouty (HSF, 261) took the parenthesis to gloss the spelling: 'suns (i.e. days) not sons. Course means in sequence; kind, nature.' 'Course' more probably means 'onward movement in a particular path, as of the heavenly bodies' (OED 2a), but the contrast between 'in course' and 'in kind' ('in nature'?) baffles me. Gascoigne may be playing with the common phrase 'course of kind' (natural order, natural progression), but to what point? The course of the sun leads to 'recourse of cares' (6).
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