I point one of the poniards at La Ramee's breast and I say to him, `My friend, I am sorry for it, but if thou stirrest, if thou utterest
one cry, thou art a dead man!'"
Haunted by fears about the duration of love, the sonnet sequence expresses a compulsion to prove love's depth, comparing it to a still, silent lake and a void "filled to the utterest
." (3) Written retrospectively, after her daughter was an adult, and when Webster herself was close to death, Mother and Daughter is concerned with the mother's passing, and even in one instance, with the child's.
the Agony Toyed coolly with you Until you felt your Sense numb-- your Doubt the utterest
Along with the suggestive ambiguity of address and point of view in these poems, Holmes uses spacing to maximal effect.
(11) For manly forgiveness, see Enchiridion 148: "who so ever can overcomme his owne hert who so ever can wyl them good, whiche doth hym harme praye for them, whiche curse hyme: to this man is due the propre name of a holde and stronge man, and of an excellent mynde." For revenge, see 201: "Thou woldest be counted a man of great stomacke and therfore thou suffrest not injury to be unavenged: but in conclusyon by this meanes thou utterest
thy childishness sayinge thou canst not rule thyne owne mynde, whiche is the very property and offyce of a man."
Though noting the odd ambiguities and evasiveness of his mother's words: "Ambigua voce verba perplexa iacis" ("Words of doubtful meaning thou utterest
with riddling lips," v.