Set XI, Runes 141-154: Texts and Comments
Fifth lines, Set XI (Sonnets 141-154)
(Fifth lines, Set XI: Sonnets 141-154)
Nor are mine ears with thy tongues tune delighted
Or, if it do, not from those lips of thine
Whilst her neglected child holds her in chase.
4 To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Straight in her heart did mercy come.
Why so large cost, having so short a lease
My reason, the physician to my love
8 If that be fair whereon my false eyes dote?
Who hateth thee that I do call my friend?
Whence hast thou this becoming of things ill?
For, thou betraying, me I do betray;
12 But why, of two oaths breach, do I accuse thee
Which borrowed from this holy fire of love,
The fairest votary, took up that fire?
Glosses: 2) if it do = if the tune delights; 3) Whilst puns on Will Shakespeare, with st the family name cipher; a larger pun is Will Shakespeare here in a glazed ed[ition] see held...; 3) “to hold in chase” alludes to printing, since a chase is a printing mechanism, an iron frame holding the type in place; 3-4) pun: ...herein see haste own me: Sandell [and] my female evil [i.e., Anne]..., a likely allusion to Wills hasty marriage and to Fulke Sandells, a Stratfordian who posted Wills marriage bond; see, as related elements, neglected child in 3; the pun marry in 7; I do with Hath.-punsin 9, 11; and oaths in 12; 5) heart puns on “art”; did mercy come = did mercy become; 6) eyepun: halving so short a leaf [i.e., page], alluding to the pattern in Q that bifurcates the Sonnets/Runes cycle(s) and also to line 5, which is atypically short; 7) pun: Marry, son the physician [i.e., Dr. John Hall], to my love [i.e., Susanna, Wills daughter]; 9) pun: That I do see, Hall, my friend; 10) hast puns on haste; 12) two oaths suggests the marriage and Hippocratic oaths, further implicating Dr. John Hall, Wills son-in-law; 13) Which puns on Witch (see female evil in 4); 14) ..., took up = [and] took up....
Neither, my pretty Sonnets, do my ears
enjoy the lyrics you sing
I read the text to try to make the most sense of it, the ambiguous
scenario in Rune 145 shows the Quarto texts personified as a female who
is having to chase her darting child—figuratively, the unruly Runes.
This “female,” I propose, is one version of the poet’s
“Perverse Ms.,” the much-discussed Dark Lady who dominates
the last two sets of the visible texts, particularly Sonnets 127-152.
This “mistress” intervenes to create a triangular relationship
between herself, the poet, and his unnamed male muse--the provocative
figure whom the Sonnets (and thus the Runes) purport to immortalize.
Know rare mine (mind) eerie, sweet; Know our ermine arras, witty to you
in jest; Not a rhyme Annie hears; In O rare, m Annie arrays
wit; Know (in O) rear, m Annie-arse witty t own;
m Annie, arse witty, ton, ingest you, knight; too, an idol I jetted
1-2) Knight Lady Doris eyed; stunned lady (laddie) adores Edo, notice Rome, too
2) O, riftd O, knotty form, thou see; seall I piss; Whorey Phaedo-knot formed Hosea-lisps t Annie; Awry Fido note
2-3) fillip is oft high, new; O Southy, neigh, Will Shakespeare, Harry neglected, see, eyelid old sharing chase; Austin wills foreign eagles t Ed; Phillips oft eying Wills tern, eagles
3) laced edge will dolts herein chase
3-4) Harry inches (in jest; injgest) to win, my sonnet old may seem all evil (may smell vile); John chased Owen; John chaste, O win my Sue, nettle my female level; see two enemies, wan Ptolemy, Semele vile; seeded child-hole t share inches, too (two); herein see hazy twin, my son, to hell
3-5) eye Satan (Seton) ms., OO [=eyes], nigh Ptolemys Himalayas tirret inert
4) sonnet, oil (hold) my fame; my son too, Hall; Two I name fon, Knight o Hell, my Female Evil (a vial); Sue, nettle my fame
4-5) Sue natal, my female, youll stare at; a mall you eye; you eye Leicester again here; my simile vile is to write (read); female wills turd, inner art; Female Will S. tried inner art (hard); see malevolist; see Malvolios tirret ( is trading, is striating her heart)
5) in Herod did mercy come; inherited Mersey see, homme; eye a jet, inherited mer; Stare at inner art, diadem or sick homme
5-6) seek Amos, old Argos, oft; did America see O, museO largess o Shakespeare, half-inches o fortless mire? homme wise, owe large cost of inches overt; America, see, O, my weasel or Jesus; Strait eye, ner arty, did Americas amuse all our guests, having foe shored, alive (halving so-shored olive)
6) Wise O large coughed, heaving so farty a leaf ( olive); a farty laugh; foe large coughed heaven guffaws, hearty laugh; inches overt, awl, ease; foe is heartless; hone gesso, fart ( gesso shored) a leafy mirror; foe large, cuffed, avenge; Wassailer Jesus, thieving, suffered, alas
6-7) ( a life miry); a leaf immersing thee; whore tallies Emerson tough; in Jesus whore, t olive mire avanti! I leave miry Avon, the visit I own, to my loo; having so short awl, a femur avant physician, Tommy love; a lazy Myras on the physician, too; so short a leaf mirrors Auntie; guffaw shard (short) a laugh mirrors
6-8) love my Harry, a son, the physician to my I
7) Marry a son, the physician, to my love
7-8) The fist I shun, Tommy lusted, beefy, rearing; I shun Tommy-love if that be Pharaoh here on my saucy ass; my loo is that pissoir where enemies awl (Hall; all) seize; Tommy loves t hate Bess, a rare enemy; If thought be fair, we rune, my S. Hall see, eyes, dote; my low I, fatted (sated), be fair, W., Harry, on my saucy I sedate you, awed, ate [also, 8 inches]; my lowest thought be fair: W.H., a rune-missal see
8-9) rearing muff, Hall seized O, tee, hooted oddity t Hat.; missal, if Alsace doubt you, hoe it (hoot); all see assed-oat Waite (wight) that, hated (heated), I do call my friend
9) W.H. O hateth; heated I dose Hall, my [physician] friend; W.H., O, hateth that Hat. I do, see aisle, my friend; eye docile misery end
9-10) hated ideas Hall may surrender hence; my friend W., Hen., seize T.T.; I deckle ms.-rune twins
10) Shakespeare touts becoming often; see homme in gauze, things ill; We incise T.T., haughty his beak
10-11) W., Hen, ceased thou; homme-inches, things ill, soared; ill sword, halbert, range meadow, beat Rabbett (rabbit) wise; has Titus become engulfed in Jesse-livered hope?
11-12) I daubed Rabbett (rabid) wife-twat, his breach doughy, as(s) you see; Forth, obit, rangemeadow, bed-rape; I, to bed, raped wife, twats breach twice see; in game I do betray bawdiest twat; meadow, betray (better eye) beauty
12) oft Wyatts bray see
12-13) oft, Wyatts bare shadow, I accused you; O, the sober (speary) shadows you see, the huge Hebrewd form t hiss
12-14) Fetus H. borrowed from this holy series, ludus, air of twat awry
13) this alias eye, rife, low
13-14) aver, Oslo, this airiest twat awry t hook up t Hat.s ire; thy soul aye is ires ludus
14) Thesaurus taught a right hook ( twat awry took); The sourest twat aye, right, OO [= eyes], kept Hat. sour; arid; ewe-pit I desire; This aerie is too watery to hook up to Hats aerie; The fair Shakespeare wot [i.e., knew] a right hook? You bet! Hats ire.
lefthand vertical acrostic code typically houses potential wit.
Particularly its elements suggest plays on the poet’s daughter Susanna
(with SW = Sue) and on “my wife” (code: MI WWF). The possible
encoding Swami is also particularly interesting.