Colin Burrow (ed.), The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Sonnets and Poems
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- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus1How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus2Upon that blessèd wood whose motion sounds
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus3With thy sweet fingers when thou gently sway'st
- Editor’s Note4The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus5Do I envy those jacks that nimble leap
- Editor’s Note6To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
- Critical Apparatus7Whilst my poor lips, which should that harvest reap,
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus8At the wood's boldness by thee blushing stand.
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus9To be so tickled they would change their state
- Editor’s Note10And situation with those dancing chips,
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus11O'er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
- 12Making dead wood more blest than living lips.
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus13 Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
- Critical Apparatus14 Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.
1 my music] q; deere deerist bod4
2 motion] q; mocions bod4
2 that blessèd wood the wood of the keyboard, graced by the player's touch
3 sway'st] q; swaies bod4
3 gently sway'st (a) rule over with gentleness (transitive; the object is The wiry concord); (b) move gently in time to the music. The line-ending allows the verb momentarily (and unusually for the period) to be intransitive, 'move gently'.
4 The wiry … confounds the harmonious sound of the strings which overpowers and amazes my ear
5 Do I] q; o how bod4
jacks] q; kies bod4
leap] q; leapes bod4
5 jacks 'In the virginal, spinet, and harpsichord: An upright piece of wood fixed to the back of the key-lever, and fitted with a quill which plucked the string as the jack rose on the key's being pressed down. (By Shaks. and some later writers erron. applied to the key.)' (OED 14); playing on 'a lad, fellow, chap; esp. a low-bred or ill-mannered fellow, a "knave"' (OED 2a)
that nimble leap Like agile courtiers, the jacks leap to kiss the player's hand.
6 the tender inward of thy hand Compare Leontes' objections when his wife takes Polixenes' hand: 'But to be paddling palms and pinching fingers, | As now they are … Still virginalling | Upon his palm?' (Winter's Tale 1.2.117–18; 127–8). To paddle palms is to share a quasi-sexual intimacy.
7 reap] q; reped bod4
8 wood's] q; wood bod4
8 by beside
9 tickled] q; tuched bod4
they] q; the faine bod4
9 tickled punning on 'excited, stimulated by touch' and 'to play or operate (the keys of a keyboard instrument or machine)' (OED 6a)
10 dancing chips the keys
11 thy] gildon; their q; youre bod4
13 saucy jacks] q; then those keyes bod4
13 saucy jacks cheeky upstarts (widely used slang)
14 thy fingers] benson; their fingers q; youre fingers bod4
thy lips] q; youre lipes bod4