Puslapio vaizdai


To him enter Edgar.

Edgar!and pat, he comes like the catastrophe of the old comedy; y my cue is villainous melancholy, with a figh like Tom o' Bedlam-O, thefe eclipfes a do portend thefe divifions.

Edg. How now, brother Edmund, what serious contemplation are you in?

Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day, what should follow thefe eclipses.

Edg. Do you bufy yourself about that?

Edm. I promised you, the effects, he writ of, fucceed unhappily; f as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent, death, dearth, diffolutions of ancient & amities, divifions in ftate, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles, needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of ↳ comforts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.

So the qu's; the reft omit Edgar!—and.

* The qu's read out for pat.

The qu's read mine for my cue.

2 The qu's read them of Bedlam.

* Do is omitted by P. and all after him.

After divifions, all but the qu's read fa, fol, la, me.

So the qu's; the reft read with for about.

The 2d, 3d, and 4th fo's omit you.

So the qu's; the rest writes for writ.

f What is in italic is omitted by all but the qu's; F. indeed puts part of it among his notes, and fays he thinks it ought to be inferted in the text, but neglects doing it.

The ad q. reads armies for amities.

The qu's read coborts; 7. reads courts.


i Edg. How long have you been a fectary aftronomical? Edm. Come, come; when faw you my father last?


Edg. Why, the night gone by.

Edm. Spake you with him?

Edg. Ay, two hours together.

Edm. Parted you in good terms? found you no difpleasure in him, by word, m or countenance?

Edg. None at all.

Edm. Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him and, at my intreaty, forbear his prefence, until fome little time hath qualified the heat of his displeasure, which at this inftant fo rageth in him, that with the mischief of your P person it would a fcarcely allay.

Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong.

Edm. That's my fear. I pray you have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes flower: and, as I fay, retire with me to my lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord fpeak. Pray you go, there's my key. If you do ftir abroad, go arm'd.

Edg. Arm'd, brother?

Edm. Brother, I advife you to the beft, s go arm'd: I am no honeft man, if there be any good meaning toward you:

i J. takes no notice of the reft from hence.

k All but the qu's omit why.

The qu's omit ay.

The fo's and R. read nor.

The 3d and 4th fo's, and all after, omit may.

• The qu's read till for until.

The 1ft q. reads parfon.

The qu's read foarce.

What is in italic is omitted in the qu's.

All but the qu's omit go arm'd

I have told you what I have seen and heard but faintly; nothing like the image and horror of it. Edg. Shall I hear from you anon?

Pray you, away.


Edm. I do ferve you in this business.

[Exit Edgar.

A credulous father, and a brother noble,
Whofe nature is fo far from doing harms,
That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty
My practices ride eafy; I fee the business.
Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit;

All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit.


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Gen. Did my father strike my gentleman for chiding of his fool?

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Gon. By day and night he wrongs me: every hour

He flashes into one grofs crime or other,

That fets us all at odds; I'll not endure it.

P. and H. omit do. Heath would read I'll ferve you, &c. to make it proper answer to Edgar's question: but I am apt to think it is a proper anfwer already; by I do ferve you, &c. is meant I am your fervant in this bafinefs.

"The fo's call this feena tertia.

The 1st q. reads and gentleman; the ad and a gentleman.

So the qu's: all the rest ay for yes.

His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us
On every trifle. When he returns from hunting,
I will not speak with him; fay, I am fick.
If you come flack of former services,

You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer.

Stew. He's coming, madam, 1 hear him.

Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please,

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You and your y fellows; I'd have it come to question.
If he distaste it, let him to my fifter,

Whofe mind and mine, I know, in that are one,
b Not to be over-rul'd. Idle old man,

That ftill would manage thofe authorities,
That he hath giv'n away.-Now, by my life,
Old folks are babes again; and must be us'd

With checks, by flatteries when they're seen abus'd.


Remember what I tell you.

Stew. Very well, madam.

Gon. And let his knights have colder look among you; what grows of it, no matter; advise your fellows fo.

The qu's read fellow-fervants.

z The qu's read in for to.

The qu's read diflike for diftafte.

b Thefe lines in italic were first restored from the old qu's by Theobald, and inferted by W. and J. But JF. fays, that Shakespear perhaps threw these lines away, nor would thank the officioufaefs of his editors in restoring the paffage. So this pailage, that J. thinks fould rot fland in the text, he has put there; as, a while ago, he neglected to infert a paffage which he thought fhould ftand in the text. A very reafonable way of proceeding!

This is W's emendation; the reft read fools for folks.

The qu's read as for by; fo f.; W. reads not; T. reads like flatt'rers

when they're feen t' abuse us.

So the qu's; the rest read I bave faid for I tell you.

f The fo's, R. and P. omit very,

Before advife H. inferts and,

I'll write ftraight to my fifter to hold my very course. k Go, I prepare for dinner.




Changes to an open place before the palace.

Enter Kent difguifed.

Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow;
That can my fpeech n diffufe, my good intent
May carry thro' itself to that full iffue

For which I raz'd my likenefs. Now, banifh'd Kent,
If thou canft ferve where thou doft ftand condemn'd,
*So may it come, thy mafter whom thou lov❜st
Shall find thee full of P labours.

Horns within. Enter Lear, knights, and attendants. Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner. Go, get it ready; -How now? what art thou?

Kent. A man, fir.

[To Kent.

h The qu's add I would breed from hence occafions; and I shall—that Ï may speak.

i So the qu's; all the reft omit very.

* All but the qu's and H. omit go; H. reads go and, not that he had feen the qu's, but to eke out the verse.

1 Before prepare H. reads and.

R. and all after him, read and for that.

The qu's and 3 fo's read defufe; the 4th f. difufe; R. P. and J. diffe. To diffuse here fignifies to diforder; to put out of a regular course. It is ufed in other places in this author; diffufed attire, diffused founds. H.Let them forth from a faw pit rub at once with fome diffufed fong, i. e, wild fong. Merry Wives of Windfor. Though perhaps Shakespear might here write difguife.

The qu's omit fo may it come.
The qu's read labour.


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