Theirs for their style Ill read, his for his love.
Note 1. Sonnet xxxii. in Shake-speares Sonnettes, 1609. From the thought of dead friends of whom he is the survivor. Shakespeare passes to the thought of his own death, and his friend as the survivor. This sonnet reads like an envoy. (Dowden.) [back]
Note 2. Thy deceased lover: The term was used by writers of the Elizabethan age generally for one who loves another, without the meaning of a special passion of love between man and woman. [back]
Note 3. Lines 56, Compare them every pen: May we infer from these lines (and 10), asks Prof. Dowden, that Shakespeare had a sense of the wonderful progress of poetry in the time of Elizabeth? [back]