Note 1. This ditty first appeared in Puttenhams Art of English Poetry, 1589, to illustrate the Epimone, or the love burden. The following year it was inserted in the Arcadia, with the six additional lines quoted below:
His heart his wound received from my sight,
My heart was wounded with his wounded heart;
For as from me on him his hurt did light,
So still methought in me his hurt did smart:
Both equal hurt, in this change sought our bliss,
My true-love hath my heart and I have his.
In this sonnet form the refrain is transferred to the close. Dr. Grosart, in his Introduction to the Shepherds Calendar, in his ed. of Spensers Works, vol. iv., p. xxxvi., says of this ditty: Outside the magical circle of Shakespeare, I cannot find the truth and tenderness of this song anywhere equalled among our Elizabethan amourists. [back]