Comments. In the chapter “Symptoms of Love”, of Robert Burton’s “Anatomy of Melancholy”, we find that ancient playwright Eustathius has his character “panting at the heart at the sight of his mistress,” he could not sleep, his bed was thorns. All (writers) make leanness, want of appetite, want of sleep ordinary symptoms, and by that means they are brought often so low, so much altered and changed that, as Terence jested in the comedy, ‘one can scarce know them to be the same men.”
“Attenuant juvenum vigilatae corpora noctes,
Curaque et immense qui fit amore dolor.”
“Young men grow pale and lean from the sleepless
Nights and the cares and pangs of love.”
To see entries 1 and 2 on the same subject go respectively to the blogs of May 13, 2012 and May 14, 2012.
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In the play. Beatrice to Benedick after they engage in a witty exchange on mutual protestations of love.
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