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

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Enter the Jailer's Daughter alone

jailer's daughter Let all the dukes and all the devils roar,

Editor’s Note2He is at liberty! I have ventured for him,

3And out I have brought him. To a little wood

4A mile hence I have sent him, where a cedar

Editor’s Note5Higher than all the rest spreads like a plane,

Editor’s Note6Fast by a brook, and there he shall keep close

7Till I provide him files and food, for yet

Editor’s Note8His iron bracelets are not off. O Love,

9What a stout-hearted child thou art! My father

Editor’s Note10Durst better have endured cold iron than done it.

Editor’s Note11I love him beyond love and beyond reason,

Editor’s Note12Or wit, or safety. I have made him know it;

13I care not, I am desperate. If the law

Editor’s Note14Find me, and then condemn me for't, some wenches,

Editor’s Note15Some honest-hearted maids, will sing my dirge

16And tell to memory my death was noble,

Editor’s Note17Dying almòst a martyr. That way he takes,

18I purpose, is my way too. Sure, he cannot

19Be so unmanly as to leave me here.

20If he do, maids will not so easily

21Trust men again. And yet, he has not thanked me

22For what I have done; no, not so much as kissed me,

Link 23And that, methinks, is not so well; nor scarcely

24Could I persuade him to become a free man,

25He made such scruples of the wrong he did

26To me and to my father. Yet I hope,

27When he considers more, this love of mine

28Will take more root within him. Let him do

Editor’s Note29What he will with me, so he use me kindly,

Editor’s Note30For use me so he shall, or I'll proclaim him,

Editor’s Note31And to his face, no man. I'll presently

32Provide him necessaries and pack my clothes up,

Editor’s Note33And where there is a patch of ground I'll venture,

pg 3306Editor’s Note34So he be with me. By him, like a shadow,

35I'll ever dwell. Within this hour the hubbub

36Will be all o'er the prison; I am then

37Kissing the man they look for. Farewell, father;

Editor’s Note38Get many more such prisoners and such daughters,

Editor’s Note39And shortly you may keep yourself. Now to him.


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2.6.2 at liberty i.e. freed
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2.6.5 plane (a tall deciduous tree)
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2.6.6 Fast near
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2.6.6 close concealed
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2.6.8 bracelets shackles
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2.6.8 Love i.e. Cupid
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2.6.10 iron shackles (i.e. been imprisoned)
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2.6.10 done it i.e. freed Palamon
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2.6.11 beyond reason Probably somewhat changed in manner since 2.4, the Daughter may now seem frantic and perhaps mentally ill.
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2.6.12 wit reason
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2.6.14 Find me find me out
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2.6.15 dirge lament
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2.6.17 martyr (for love)
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2.6.17 That …takes wherever he goes
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2.6.29 so provided that
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2.6.29 use me kindly treat me gently; use me sexually
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2.6.30 use (more emphatically sexual)
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2.6.31 no man i.e. impotent
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2.6.33 where wherever
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2.6.34 So provided that
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2.6.34–5 like … dwell the notion is proverbial (see: Dent, S263)
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2.6.38 Get obtain; beget
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2.6.39 keep imprison
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