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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 composition of a knave, beggar, pander, and the fon and heir of a mungril bitch; one whom I will beat into 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' moonDraw, you whorefon, cullionly barber[Drawing his fword.
fhine of you. monger, draw.
Stew. Away, I have nothing to do with thee.
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 fo carbonado your shanks-Draw, you rafcal; come your ways.
Stew. Help, ho' murther! help!
Kent. Strike, you flave; ftand, rogue, ftand; you neat
Stew. Help, ho! murther! murther!
n The qu's read fuper-finical.
• The qu's omit one.
P The ift and ad fo's read clamours.
9 The qu's read deny.
The qu's read the for thy.
The qu's omit why.
t 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!
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 please; 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 strikes again. What's the matter?
Reg. The messengers from our fifter and the king.
Stew. I am fcarce in breath, my lord.
Kent. No marvel, you have so bestirr'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 stone-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 fpar'd at
fuit of his grey beard
2 The qu's read after Edmund, with his rapier drawn.
a 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 ay.
• The qu's read be for they.
f Fo's and R. read two years.
So the qu's; the rest o'th' trade,
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 i wall of a jakes with him. Spare my grey beard? you wagtail!
You beaftly knave, I know you no reverence?
Corn. Why art thou angry?
Kent. That fuch a flave as this fhould wear a fword, Who wears no honefty. Such fmiling rogues as thefe, Like rats, oft bite a thofe o holy cords Pa-twain
9 Which are too intricate s t'unloofe; smooth ev'ry passion That in the "natures of their lords w rebel;
* Bring oil toy fire, fhow to their colder moods,
a Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks
iThe qu's read walls.
The qu's read fir for firrah.
I 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 rest. 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 inlogfe.
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 fir for fire.
Z The fo's read the for their.
a The qu's read reneag; the 1ft f. revenge.
With ev'ry gale and vary of their masters,
Smile you my fpeeches, as I were a fool?
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 feen 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 fiift fo's fmcilé,
f The qu's read fend for drive.
The qu's read Camulet.
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 bis, nor hers. *So all before P.; he and all after stand. 1 The qu's read a for fame.
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 plainnefs
That stretch their duties nicely.
Kent. Sir, in good s footh, or in fincere verity,
Corn. What mean'ft thou by this?
Kent. To go out of my dialect, which you difcommend 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 displeasure to entreat me to it.
Corn. y What was th' offence you gave him?
Stew. I never gave him any.
m The qu's read ruffines.
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 N. and W.; the rest filly.
So the qu's; all the rest faith for footh
The fo's and R. read great for grand. w The fo's and R. read flicking.
* All but the qu's omit thou.
y The qu's read what's th' offence, &c. H. reads never any, &c.