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"finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting flave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good fervice; and art nothing but the compofition of a knave, beggar, pander, and the fon and heir of a mungril bitch; one whom I will beat into P clamorous whining, if thou 9 deny'st the least fyllable of thy addition.


Stew. Why, what a monftrous fellow art thou, thus to rail on one, that is neither known of thee, nor knows thee!

Kent. What a brazen-fac'd varlet art thou, to deny thou knoweft me! Is it two days ago, fince I " tript up thy heels, and beat thee before the king? Draw, you rogue; for, tho' it be night, yet the moon fhines; I'll make a fop o'th' moonfhine of you. * Draw, you whorefon, cullionly barber[Drawing his fword. Stew. Away, I have nothing to do with thee.

monger, draw.

Kent. Draw, you rascal. * You come with letters against the king; and take Vanity the puppet's part, against the royalty of her father. Draw, you rogue, or I'll so carbonado your fhanks-Draw, you rafcal; come your ways.

Stew. Help, ho' murther! help!—

Kent. Strike, you flave; ftand, rogue, ftand; you neat flave, ftrike.

Stew. Help, ho! murther! murther!

■ The qu's read fuper-finical.

• The qu's omit one.

P The 1st and 2d fo's read clamours.

q The qu's read deny.

The qu's read the for thy.

• The qu's omit why.

The fo's, R. P. and H. omit ago.

u The qu's read beat thee and tript up thy heels.

w All but the qu's omit draw.

The qu's read you bring letters, &c.

The qu's read murther! help!

[Beating him.



Enter Edmund 2, Cornwall, Regan, Glo'fter, and fervants.

Edm. How now, what's the matter? a Part-
Kent. With you, goodman boy, b if you pleafe; come
I'll flesh you; come on, young master.

Glo. Weapons? arms? what's the matter here?

Corn. Keep peace, upon your lives; he dies, that ftrikes again. What's the matter?

Reg. The messengers from our fifter and the king.
Corn. What is your difference? speak.

Stew. I am fcarce in breath, my lord.

Kent. No marvel, you have fo beftirr'd your valour, you cowardly rafcal. Nature difclaims all fhare in thee: a taylor made thee.

Corn. Thou art a strange fellow. A taylor make a man? Kent. Ay, a taylor, fir; a ftone-cutter, or a painter could not have made him fo ill, tho' they had been but f two hours g at the trade.

Corn. Speak " you, how grew your quarrel?

Stew. This ancient ruffian, fir, whofe life I have spar'd at fuit of his grey beard

2 The qu's read after Edmund, with his rapier drawn,

The qu's omit part———

The qu's read and for if.

The qu's and fo's omit all fare; these words are first supplied by R.

The fo's, R. P. and H. omit

• The qu's read he for they.


f Fo's and R. read two years.
So the qu's; the rest o'th' trade
All but P. and H. read yet for you.



Kent. Thou whorfon zed! thou unneceffary letter! My lord, if you will give me leave, I will tread this unbolted vil lain into mortar, and daub the wall of a jakes with him. Spare my grey beard? you wagtail!

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You beaftly knave, I know you no reverence?

Kent. Yes, fir, but anger hath a priviledge.

Corn. Why art thou angry?

Kent. That fuch a flave as this fhould wear a sword, in Who wears no honefty. Such fimiling rogues as thefe, Like rats, oft bite " thofe o holy cords Pa-twain.

q Which are too intricates t'unloofe; fmooth ev'ry passion That in the "natures of their lords rebel;



* Bring oil to y fire, fnow to their colder moods,

a Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks

iThe qu's read walls.

The qu's read fir for firrah.

The qu's read you have no reverence.

The qu's read that for who.

So the qu's and P.; the reft the for thefe.

The qu's and P. omit holy.

P So the qu's, fo's, and R.

P. alters this to in twain; followed by the reft.

So the qu's, fo's, and R. P. omits which are; followed by the reft.

For intricate the qu's read intrench; the fo's and R. intrince; H. intrinFick; T. W. and J. intrinficate; intricate is P.'s conjecture.

The qu's read to inlo fe.

So all before P. who alters it to forth; followed by the reft.

So all before P.; he and all after nature.

w So all before P.; he and all after rebels; but perhaps ev'ry paffion

(ie. all the paffions) will admit of a plural verb, as well as a fingular.

The fo's and R. read being for bring.

The qu's read ir for fire.

Z The fo's read the for their.

a The qu's read reneag; the 1ft f. revenge.

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With ev'rygale and vary of their masters,
< Knowing nought, like dogs, but following,
A plague upon your epileptic vifage!

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Smile you my fpeeches, as I were a fool?
Goofe, if I had you upon Sarum-plain,
I'd drive ye cackling home to & Camelot.
Corn. What art thou mad, old fellow?
Glo. How fell you out? fay that.

Kent. No contraries hold more antipathy,

Than I and fuch a knave.

Corn. Why doft thou call him knave? What's his of fence?

Kent. His countenance likes me not.

Corn. No more, perchance, does mine, or his, or hers,
Kent. Sir, 'tis my occupation to be plain;

I have seen better faces in my time,

Thank ftands on any shoulder that I fee

Before me at this inftant.

Corn. This is fome fellow,

The 1ft f. reads gall for gale.

© Before knowing P. inferts as; followed by the rest.

The 1ft q. reads fmoyle for fmile; the 2d q. and three first fo's fmcilé,

• The if q. reads and for if.

f The qu's read fend for drive.

The qu's read Camulet.

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In the parts of Somerfetfire near Camelot there are many large moors upon which great numbers of geefe are bred, fo that many other places in England are from thence fupplied with quills and feathers. H.

Camelot was the place where the Romances fay Arthur kept his court in
the weft; fo this alludes to fome proverbial speech in thofe romances. W.
▲ So the qu's; the rest what is his fault?

So the qu's; the reft nor his, nor hers.
So all before P.; he and all after ftand.
The qu's read a for fɔme.

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Who having been prais'd for bluntnefs, doth affect


A fawcy roughness; and constrains the garb,


Quite from his nature. He cannot flatter, he!
• An honest mind and plain, he must speak truth;
An they will take it, fo; if not, he's plain.

These kind of knaves I know, which in this plainness
Harbour more craft, and more corrupter ends,


Than twenty filky ducking obfervants,

That stretch their duties nicely.

Kent. Sir, in good s footh, or in fincere verity,
Under th' allowance of your "grand aspect,
Whose influence, like the wreath of radiant fire
On w flickering Phoebus' front-

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Corn. What mean'ft thou by this?

Kent. To go out of my dialect, which you discommend fo much. I know, fir, I am no flatterer; he that beguil'd you in a plain accent was a plain knave; which for my part I will not be, though I fhould win your difpleasure to entreat me

to it.

Corn. y What was th' offence you gave him?

Stew. z I never gave him any.

m The qu's read ruffines.

n So all before P.; he and all after can't. • The qu's read he must speak plain, &c. P The qu's, fo's, and R. read and.

P. and H. read far for more.

So M. and W.; the rest filly.

So the qu's; all the rest faith for footh
All but the qu's omit or.

The fo's and R. read great for grand.

w The fo's and R. read flicking.

* All but the qu's omit thou.

The qu's read what's th' offence, &c.
H. reads never any, &c.

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