Colin Burrow (ed.), The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Sonnets and Poems
pg 434 pg 435 27
- 1Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed,
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus2The dear repose for limbs with travail tirèd,
- 3Bot then begins a journey in my head
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus4To work my mind, when body's work's expirèd.
- Editor’s Note5For then my thoughts (from far, where I abide)
- Editor’s Note6Intend a zealous pilgrimage to thee,
- 7And keep my drooping eyelids open wide,
- Editor’s Note8Looking on darkness which the blind do see;
- Editor’s Note9Save that my soul's imaginary sight
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus10Presents thy shadow to my sightless view,
- Editor’s Note11Which like a jewel (hung in ghastly night)
- 12Makes black Night beauteous, and her old face new.
- 13 Lo, thus by day my limbs, by night my mind,
- Editor’s Note14 For thee, and for myself, no quiet find.
2 travail] q; travel gildon 1714
tirèd] q; tir'd malone 1790
2 travail Q's 'trauaill' can mean either 'travail' (labour) or 'travel'. Since the pun is worked so strongly here Q's form has been retained.
4 expirèd] q; expir'd malone 1790
4 expirèd ended, with perhaps an allusion to the widespread view of sleep as a little death
5 from for far away from you
6 Intend (a) 'proceed on (a journey, etc.)' (OED 6); (b) 'have in the mind as a fixed purpose' (OED 18); (c) 'To turn one's thoughts to' (OED 12)
6 zealous is frequently used of enthusiastic religious devotion in the period, so it reinforces the devotedness of a pilgrimage.
8 which such as. It is a darkness so intense that it resembles the nothingness seen by the blind.
9 Save except
imaginary sight sight enabled by the faculty of imagination. Imagination is the faculty 'whereby the soul beholdeth the likeness of bodily things when they be absent', Batman upon Bartholomew (1582), fo, 14r.
10 thy] malone (conj. Capell); their q
10 thy Q reads 'their'. See 26.12 n.
shadow 'An unreal appearance; a delusive semblance or image; a vain and unsubstantial object of pursuit. Often contrasted with substance' (OED 6 fig. a). The shadow, dark though it is, has a mental brilliance since it is the image of the beloved, whose beauty makes even a shadow shine through the night.
11–12 Which … beauteous Cf. Romeo 1.5.44–5: 'It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night | As a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear'.
14 For … for (a) on account of; (b) 'to the comfort of'