The emendation of
this line from Q's A blisse in proofe and proud and very
generally accepted. See the extensive
note by SB contra an article by Graves and Knight ' A
Original Punctuation and Spelling ' & L.
in Graves's The Common Asphodel London 1949. (SB.
that proved looks like proud in
the original, suggesting a
visual if not an oral pun at least on proud = erect. The reading proved
is confirmed more by the sequence of thought than
anything else, from
proof to proved , since the
orthography would not in any case
distinguish between proud or proved. The other uses of proved
the sonnets are :
And worse essays proved thee my best of love. 110
If this be error and upon me proved, 116
for which Q gives prou'd and proued respectively.
Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murd'rous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoy'd no sooner but despisèd straight;
Past reason hunted, and, no sooner had,
Past reason hated, as a swallowed bait,
On purpose laid to make the taker mad -
Mad in pursuit, and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and prov'd, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.