Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 1

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PP17 Title flasket gives the poem a title: ¶ The unknowne Sheepheards complaint.
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17.1 flocks feede . . . breed 1judson; flocke feedes . . . breeds Harley 6910
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17.2 My Rams speed not 1judson; all is a-misse weelkes. A repeated phrase instead of a new line in weelkes.
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17.2 speed . . . amis 1judson; speedes not in their blis Harley 6910
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17.3 dieng, Faithes 1judson; denying, Faith is flasket; dyinge, fayth
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17.4 Harts denieng 1judson (harts denieng); Harts nenying 2judson; Harts renying flasket; her denyinge harley 6910; Causer of this weelkes. weelkes simply repeats the phrase twice. 1judson does not capitalize 'harts', and the line it indented for no obvious reason in printed texts to benson. Unconscious substitution in flasket is possible, but 'renying' is a plausible reading (see OEDrenay, v) that may suggest conscious emendation, perhaps to break up the alliteration.
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17.5 my 1judson; our weelkes. The weelkes reading is more appropriate for a three-part song.
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17.5 Iigges 1judson; gigs weelkes. Most likely a spelling variant, but see the OED entry on 'gig' for possible distinctions between French and English derivations of the word.
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17.5 quite 1judson; cleane harley 6910
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17.6 Ladyes loue is 1judson; layes of Loue are harley 6910
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17.7 her 1judson; our weelkes
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17.7 her faith was firmely fixt in 1judson; my ioyes were firmly linkt harley 6910
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17.7 loue: 1judson; ~, 2judson
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17.8 a nay is 1judson; annoy is weelkes; annoyes are harley 6910
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17.8 remoue, 1 judson; ~. 2judson
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17.9 One silly 1judson; our seely weelkes
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17.9 crosse, wrought all my 1judson; poore crosse hath wrought me this harley 6910
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17.10 frowning . . . cursed fickle 1judson; fickle . . . cruell cursed harley 6910
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17.11 For . . . see 1judson; Now you may see that harley 6910
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17.12 More . . . remaine 1judson; In women more then I my selfe haue found harley 6910
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17.12 men remaine 1judson; many men to be weelkes
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17.13 In . . . I 1judson; not in weelkes. The phrase is the listed title in 'The Table' but does not appear in the text of weelkes.
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17.13 feares 1judson; feare harley 6910, weelkes
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17.14 Loue . . . liuing 1judson; lo how forlorne I, liue in harley 6910
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17.14 forlorne 1judson. The past participle of 'forlese', meaning 'To leave, abandon, desert, forsake' (OED forlese, v., 3.).
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17.15 Hart is bleeding 1judson; not in weelkes. The song repeats the previous half-line, with an echo: 'liuing in thrale, in thrale'.
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17.15 helpe 1judson; helpes harley 6910
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17.16 creull 1judson; cursed harley 6910
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17.16 fraughted 1judson = freighted; fraught harley 6910, weelkes
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17.17 can 1judson; will harley 6910, weelkes
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17.17 deale 1judson; not in harley 6910. An 'x' in the margin of harley 6910 may indicate the word's omission.
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17.18 bell rings 1judson; ringe a Harley 6910
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17.18 knell 2judson; kuell 1judson
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17.19 curtaile . . . to 1judson; curtail'd Dogge wch would harley 6910
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17.20 afraid, 1judson; ~. 2judson; dismayd harley 6910
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17.21 With . . . procures 1judson; My sights so deepe, doth cause him harley 6910
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17.21 With 1judson; my weelkes
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17.21 weepe 1judson; ~, 2judson
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17.22 In houling wise 1judson; with howling noyse harley 6910, weelkes
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17.22 see my dolefull 1judson; wayle my woefull harley 6910
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17.23 How . . . ground 1judson; My shrikes resoundes, through Arcadia groundes Harley 6910
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17.23 hartles 1judson; harcklesse weelkes
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17.24 a thousand 1judson; thousandes harley 6910
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17.24 vanquisht 2judson; vanpuisht 1judson
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17.24 blodie 1judson; deadly harley 6910
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17.26 Greene . . . dye, 1judson; Lowde bells ring not, cherefully weelkes
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17.26 plants . . . their 1judson; palmes . . . yor harley 6910
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17.27 Heards 1judson; Heard wells. See following note.
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17.27 stand harley 6910, flasket; stands 1judson. The compositor may have erroneously picked up the plural form from 'Heards'. wells emends the line by making 'Heards' singular, but the error is more plausible here.
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17.27 flocks all 1judson; Ecchoes harley 6910
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17.28 Nimphes . . . fearefully: 1judson; fearefully sleeping fearefully weelkes. The 'Cantus Primus' of weelkes omits 'sleeping', possibly in error.
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17.28 backe peeping fearefully flasket; blacke peeping fearfully 1judson; back creping weelkes; looke peeping, pittyfully harley 6910. It is difficult to make sence of 1judson's 'blacke peeping'. weelkes's and flasket's 'backe' supports emendation, and a simple substitution error may be to blame in 1judson.
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17.29 our pleasure 1judson; the pleasures harley 6910; our pleasures weelkes
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17.30 meetings 1judson; meeting flasket
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17.31 sport . . . vs is 1judson; sportes from greenes are harley 6910; sports . . . us are weelkes, flasket
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17.32 All . . . dead 1judson; All alas is lost now Dolus is dead harley 6910. harley 6910 ends here.
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17.32 loue is 1judson; loues are weelkes
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17.33 loue thy 1judson; lasse, the weelkes. 'Cantus Primus' in weelkes omits the comma.
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17.33 nere 1judson; neere 3jaggard. Possibly misread as a form of 'near' in 3jaggard.
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17.34 a sweet 1judson; sweete flasket
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17.34 moane flasket; woe 1judson. The flasket reading properly rhymes with 'alone'. 'Woe' might result for confusing the initial 'm' for 'w'.
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17.36 him, 1judson; ~ 2judson
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17.36 see that there is 1judson; know ther's weelkes
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