John Donne

Helen Peters (ed.), John Donne: Paradoxes and Problems

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Editor’s Note paradox ii

Critical Apparatus That women ought to paint themselves

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Editor’s Note
(Paradox II. 1633a)
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Title: themselves] omit Dob, S, 1633+
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1 too Bur, TC: omit W, Dob, S, 1633+
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2 gird TCC, Dob, S, 1633+: girt W, ? Bur, TCD
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3 shooing] shoaring Bur
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l. 3. shooing. The reading of Bur, shoaring, is possibly authorial; 'shore' in the sense of prop or stay is possible. However, according to the OED, in the seventeenth century the term was chiefly nautical and was normally used transitively. Other minor peculiar readings of Bur which are possibly authorial are complayne for exclaime (l.14) and the smoother but less rhetorically effective what can be a more heynous adultery for what a hainous adultery is it (ll. 17–18).
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4 breathe? ed.: breathe. W
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6–7 conceald, offending] concealinge offendinge Dob: Concealinge offendinges S: concealing offendors 1633+
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ll. 6–7.conceald, offending without witnes. The agreement of W,Bur, with TC and S 962 establishes this as the true reading from which concealinge (Group III and P) has arisen from the following present participle.S further corrupts the reading by the plural offendinges which the edition 'improves' to offendors. It is not certain whetherBur supports W in its comma. Apart from O'F which has a comma, and P which has a semi-colon, the other witnesses have no stop.
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8 neede les] ? Bur: needs the lesse S, 1633+
respect; ed.: respect, W
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9 Survayes and examinations] examinations, and surveyes TC, Dob, S,1633+
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10 eye] eyes Dob, S, 1633+
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10–11 allso is most] alsoe is TC: it is also Dob, S: it is 1633+
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l. 10. jealousy. Zeal or vehemence of feeling in favour of a person or thing; devotion, eagerness, anxiety to serve, OED 2, obs.
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ll. 11–12. kissing, the strange and misticall union of Soules. Cf. 'To Sir Henry Wotton' ('Sir, more then kisses, letters mingle Soules'), and:

… in this spirituall love, and this expressing of it, by this kisse, there is a transfusion of the soule too: …, (Sermons, iii. 320).

The conceit of the soul in the kiss is traced by S. Gasalee from its first recorded appearance, in an epigram attributed to Plato, to its use in the twentieth century in The Soul in the Kiss'. Criterion, ii (1924), 349–59.
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13 Worthy] vnworthy Dob, S, 1633+; TCC inserts 'vn' see note
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l. 13. Worthy. The agreement of W, Bur with TC and S 962 establishes this reading. The sense of the sentence must be taken with the next. Adultery even with a worthy partner i just cause for complaint, with ravishers and sodain deflowrers it is hainous. It is easier to see why a scribe taking the sentence by itself might 'correct' worthy to unworthy than to see why, finding unworthy, he should correct to make a witty point. TCC alters its text by inserting 'vn'.
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14 how justly] iustly 1633+
exclaime] complayne Bur
Then] That S, 1633+
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15 easy] easier Dob, S, 1633+
and ready way of Σ‎: omit W
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16 ruine and] omit Bur
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16–17 ravishers … deflowrers ] ravisher … deflowrer Bur
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17 sodain] omit Dob
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17–18 what … it ] what can be a more heynous adultery Bur
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18 lov'st most TC, Dob, S: most lov'st W, ? Bur: louest 1633+
this] omit Dob, S, 1633+
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19 that] it TC
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20 only] omit 1633+
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21 Starrs … Sun ] Sunne … starrs Dob Skye Σ‎: Skies W
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22 alas] omit TC
seeme] … to be Dob, S, 1633+
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25 upon] ? Bur: on 1633+
a wall] wall TC, S, 1633+
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27 then] omit Dob
smiles, speekes] speakes, smiles Dob, S, 1633+
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28–9 Is … painted Bur, TC which omits new; sentence omitted in other MSS and in the editions; see note
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ll. 28–9. Is not … new painted. This sentence which is found in Bur also occurs in TC and S 962, but TC and S 962 omit new. The omission of this sentence in the majority of the manuscripts and the editions is easy to understand since the preceding sentence also ends in painted. It may well have occurred independently in W which does not normally agree with Group III, S, 1633+, and P.
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29–30 fruits, and birds] Birds Bur: Birds, and fruits TC: byrdes, fruits Dob, S, 1633+
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ll. 29–30. fruits, and birds, and beasts. The order in W is probably correct as it is supported in part by two independent manuscripts, Bur and P; like W, they keep birds and beasts together.
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30 with the Naturalls] wee are with naturalls TC, S, 1633+: with naturalls Dob
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31 Shapes] ? Bur: shape S, 1633+
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ll. 31–2. And do we not … durst not regard. Cf. 'and why do we regard the pictures and images of such terrible things as ferocious beasts and corpses without fear and horror, when the things themselves affect us with these feelings'. Giulio Paolo Crasso, Quaestiones naturales in Medici antiqui graeci (Basel, 1581), cited by Lawn, 131–2.
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32 Devills and Monsters] Monsters and Deujlls Dob, S, 1633+
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ll. 32–7. We repayre … is prevented. I have altered the full stop after offended in W (l. 36) to a colon. The first two statements are in parallel against the third:
  1. l. We repair our houses because we are made uncomfortable.

  2. 2. We mend and wash our clothes because they offend us.

  3. 3. But women paint themselves before we have a chance to be offended.

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33 ruines Σ‎: ruine W
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33—4 tempest warns … bites ] tempests warns … bites TCD, 1633+: tempests warne …bite TCC, Dob: Tempests warn/ … bytes S
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35 washe the] omit Dob, S, 1633+
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36 our eye, and other body is Bur, TC: our ey and body is W: our eyes, and other bodies are Dob, S, 1633+; see note
offended: ed.: offended. W
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l. 36. our eye, and other body is offended. This is a difficult reading which W appears to have simplified by dropping other; S 962 follows W in reading our eyes and boddy is offended. The presence of other in the remaining manuscripts points to its having been present in Donne's original. Other body, i.e. other parts of the body, our noses, hands, etc. are offended. Dob and B, S, and 1633+ by reading bodies for body and are for is imply that it is our eyes and those of other bodies which are offended; O'F makes this implication clear by inserting owne, contrasting our owne eyes and other bodyes. The reading of P, our Eyes and our other bodyes, supports the sense of W, Bur, TC, S 962 that it is we who are offended.
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37 or Σ‎: and W
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38 off ed.: of W
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39 so Σ‎: so to, W
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39–41 if thou … painted Bur
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ll. 39–41. if thou beginst … she is not painted. Bur clarifies the quibbling of this sentence by reading 'if thou begin to hate when it falls thou hatest her … '. The sense of the sentence with that of the next is 'You loved her when she was painted (though you did not realize that she was painted); if you begin to hate her when her paint comes off, you are hating her for not being painted. If you say now that you hated her before (for being painted), then you hated her and loved her at the same time.'
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40 it is] 'tis 1633+
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41–2 hate her … hate her … love her TCC, Dob, S, 1633+: hate … hate … love W, ? Bur: hate her… hate … loue her TCD
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43 her great Σ‎: great W: her Dob
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44 by taking] ? Bur: in … S, 1633+: in TCD
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