I find it a bit hard to understand this epitaph of the deer in Love's Labour's Lost.
The preyful princess pierced and prick'd a pretty pleasing pricket;
Some say a sore; but not a sore, till now made sore with shooting.
The dogs did yell: put L to sore, then sorel jumps from thicket;
Or pricket sore, or else sorel; the people fall a-hooting.
If sore be sore, then L to sore makes fifty sores one sorel.
Of one sore I an hundred make by adding but one more L.
I get only the following wordplay but not enough for the whole thing:
sorel = young deer
pricket = young deer
L (in the last line) = roman numeral for fifty.
What do the following mean?
- sore (second line first half),
- L to sore (third line),
- whole fifth line
- sore (last line),