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Gammerstang commented on the word spendthrift sigh
(noun) - The allusion in Hamlet to the current notion that sighs shorten life by drawing blood from the heart. The same notion is found in A Midsummer-Night's Dream: "With sighs of love that cost the fresh blood dear".
--John Phin's Shakespeare Cyclopædia and New Glossary, 1902
January 14, 2018
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