I glossed over this line for ages. Dead, Death-bed – makes sense.
But now – with a little bit of consideration, I’m questioning it.
Who is she talking about?
HE is dead. HE will not come again…all third person.
Whose death bed is she talking about? THY deathbed. Second.
Who is the thou?
Based on what happens next, I’d wager the thou is herself…but it’s weird to sing thou to yourself.
Who is she looking at when she suggests they retire to their death bed? Her brother? The king? The Queen? It’s much more complex than I had previously understood.
Close reading, y’all. It asks as many, if not more, questions as it answers. Who is she suggesting should now die?