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Because, that . . . Syllables Ritson (Cursory Criticism, etc., p. 80) offers the following arrangement of these lines as being more harmonious than that given by Malone: ‘Because
That now it lies you on to speak to th' people,
Not by your own instruction, nor by th' matter
Which your heart prompts you to, but with such words
That are but roted in your tongue, but bastards,
Of no allowance to your bosom's truth.’

[It is, I think, unnecessary to transcribe the coarse abuse of Malone with which this re-arrangement is accompanied.—Ed.]—Bayfield (p. 198): Line 73 can be scanned if we make ‘heart’ a monosyllabic foot, but it has no rhythm and is not such a line as Shakespeare would have written. I venture to suggest the following arrangement. There can be no omission of own before ‘heart,’ as Badham suggests [see Text. Notes]; the antithesis is between his heart and his tongue: ‘Because that now it lies you on to speak
To the people; not by your own instruction, nor
By the | matter | which your | heart | prompts you, but | with
Such words that are but rooted in your tongue,
Though but | bastards and | sylla | bles of | no al | lowance
To your | bosom's truth.’

The play itself, to go no further, affords abundant parallels to the enjambement at ll. 71 and 72.—Stapfer (p. 452): This whole passage recalls the famous line in

Hippolytus, for which Aristophanes so severely blamed Euripides as for a maxim of more than doubtful morality, ‘My mouth has sworn, but not my heart,’ [l. 612. Verity also compares this passage to the ‘Euripidean formula,’ though he gives a slightly different rendering of the Greek line: ‘The tongue hath sworn but the mind is unpledged.’—Ed.]

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