Set I, Runes 1-14: Texts and Comments
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Fourteenth lines, Set I (Sonnets 1-14)
14. Print More, Not Let That Copy Die
To stomach the inevitable human outcomegiven your mortality
and have your blood boil just when you feel deaths chill,
die unmarried and alone, and your visible self dies with you,
4 a self that, properly engaged, survives to administer your estate:
Lose only the outward trappings of your mortal life; the essenceth heir-substance\can survive handsomely.
To become deaths victim and leave worms your inheritors
dying unnoticed, cut to bits without an heir
8 follow this line: Singly, nunlike, youll end up nothing, with no heir to prove your will,
a man who commits suicide if not heinous self-abuse.
In order that beauty can go on living in your offspring and thus in you,
you should duplicate your image so that the patternbeautys textbooklives on.
12 Keep the race going as a way of offering resistance to death when he comes for you.
You had a father. Give your son a chance to say he had one, too.
Your unmitigated death would write an epitaph for truth and beauty.
end-lines from Sonnets 1-14 recap the theme of Set I: The beautiful
auditor should sire offspring. Puns in this address suggest that Susannah
Shakespeare Hall, plausibly Sue, is a primary muse: Thou
shouldst print more, not let that copy die, / Sue. Breed. Too-brave Hamnet
eggs thee hence. / You had a father, let your son say so. / Thy end is
truths and beautys doom and date (11-14). As elsewhere,
the listener may also be a man—or Q itself, which, dyed [i.e.,
inked, printed] singly, will bury half its texts.
Sample Puns1) To eate = 2-8 = 28 (…poems in Set I ); due, deux, two; Twat t’ you, Earl; thick, raw Anne
1-2) by the ground (bitty gerund), the end see…; 28 [poems] the world’s due, by thee graven, dense (…bitty, graven thin, see thy “B” lewd were mewn); “To[m]ea[s]e Thewor[ip]” t’ you, by thee ground (suggesting Thorpe should “grind” the type bits and change letters to encode his name)
2) Anne, seethy, bloody, warm; End “feet” aye be lewd
2-3) fitted [stanza’d], see Old Days…; army, W., Hen., thou fieldest it, see Old Days, England, thy name aged aye is with thee
3) Dies (Dice) England 3-4 Annie, Magi dice, witty Witch
4) Witch Wife; you turd; Southy, “X” Hecate, whore to be 4-5 Witch whiffed loo’s texts, “veto’r” to police bawdier show; still [quiet] loo’s sweet “To be” (see 12)
5) Leaf; bawdier father-substance still lives sweet; loo’s Swede; loose ass witty; th’ air (etc.)
5-6) Anne see, still loose is Widow Betty [Anne Elizabeth?]
6) To bed; To Betty’s cunt queues ten, to make you whore, miss; To Bede, aye the sun-kissed Anne may queue, our misty Anne
6-7) I rune 7 low-key (look, ye), dawn dies to you unless thou get a sun
7-8) ton less thou jettison, sink, Southy is towed
8-9) Sings this to thee th’ house-angel, Will t’ prow nun, that…shame commits
9) That O-nymph, elf, f--k merd-rows; m’ hurt arouse, S., Ham., see Ham it is (Ham’et S.)
10) Th’ hot beauty still may live in th’ high North [cf. Hotspur]
11) The Household Dust-Parent, M’ Whore, Anne, owed leaded copy; Anne ought let that copy die; Hat.-coop pity
12) Sober Ed., to B-row aim, when He takes thee hence; hymn, Ham (cf. Hamlet, Hamnet); broma [a ship-worm]; Sue, breed two broma, Nate I kiss (knight aches)
12-13) Sue H. had a father, let…
13) suns eye, O
13-14) on asses’ oath ye end
14) I stirred his end; aye sturdy is Anne, thin-dic’d; Anne Bawdy-ass; deux/Dieu mandate; m’ Anne died; bawdy Sodom end date; bawdy ass demanded 8; antidote
downward acrostic codeline—TADW LT VS TT TS YT—suggests
such decodings, e.g., as “Today let us T.T. tease yet,” “Tight-willed
verse to T.T. sighed,” “Tad willed t’ use titties wide
(white),” “T’ A.D.-well dusty ’tis yet,”
“T’ a duel? (T’ O’Donnell?) To Southy? Decide,”
and “Tad [snippet of text] will two, Shakespeare, T.T. cite.”
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