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Thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful
 Derogate—for degraded; blasted. Okinson.
É Cadent tears—i.e. falling tears. . . STEEVENS.
3] Untented wounds—means wounds in their worst state, not having a #ent in them to digest them, and may posssibly signify here such as will not admit of having a tent put into them for that purpose, STEEVENS.
To the great love I bear you, -
So the fool follows after. [Ezit. Gon. This man hath had good counsel :—A hundred knights
'Tis politic, and safe, to let him keep
 At point—I believe, means completely armed, and consequently ready at appointment or command on the slightest o: STEEVENS,
Lear. Go you before to Gloster with these letters: acquaint my daughter no further with any thing you know, than comes from her demand out of the letter: If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be there before you. Rent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have delivered our letter. [Exit. Fool. If a man’s brains were in his heels, were’t not in danger of kibes 2 Lear. Ay, boy. Fool. Then, I pr’ythee, be merry ; thy wit shall not go slip-shod. ." Lear. Ha, ha, ha! Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use thee kindly : for though she's as like this as a crab is like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell. Lear. Why, what canst thou tell, my boy 2 Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does to a crab. Thou canst tell, why one’s nose stands i' the middle of his face 2 Lear. No. Fool. Why, to keep his eyes on either side his nose ; that what a man cannot smell out, he may spy into. Lear. I did her wrong : 6 Fool. Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell ? Lear. No. Fool. Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail has a Thouse. Lear. Why? Fool. Why, to put his head in ; not to give it away to his daughters, and leave his horns without a case. Lear. I will forget my nature.—So kind a father — Be my horses ready ? Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason why the seven stars are no more than seven, is a pretty reason. Lear. Because they are not eight 2 Fool. Yes, indeed : Thou wouldest make a good fool. Lear. To take it again perforce 17—Monster ingratitude : Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I’d have thee beaten for being old before thy time.
 He is musing on Cordelia. , JOHNSON. 71 He is meditating on his daughter's having in so violent a mann r deproved him of those privileges which before she had agreed to grant him. stEEVENS.
Lear. How’s that 2
Fool. Thou shouldst not have been old, before thou hadst been wise.
Lear. O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven ' Keep me in temper ; I would not be mad —
How now are the horses ready ?
SCENE I.-A Court within the Castle of the Earl of Gloster, Enter EDM UND and Cup.AN, meeting.
Edm. SAVE thee, Curan. Cur. And you, sir. I have been with your father ; and given him notice, that the duke of Cornwall, and Regan his duchess, will be here with him to-night. Edm. How comes that 2 Cur. Nay, I know not : You have heard of the news abroad ; I mean, the whispered ones, for they are yet but ear-kissing arguments." Edm. Not I ; 'Pray you, what are they Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward, 'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Albany ” Edm. Not a word. Cur. You may then, in time. Fare you well, sir. [Erit. Edm. The duke be here to-night The better! Best: This weaves itself perforce into my business My father hath set guard to take my brother ; And I have one thing, of a queazy question,” Which I must act :-Briefness, and fortune, work — Brother, a word ;-descend :-Brother, I say :
. Ear-kissing arguments means that they are yet in reality only whi:per’d ones. STEEVENS.  Queazy—means delicate, what requires to be handled nicely. STEEV.
4. WOL. Willi,
Intelligence is given where you are hid ;
Glo. Now, Edmund, where’s the villain * Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out, Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon To stand his auspicious mistress.” Glo. But where is he * Edm. Look, sir, I bleed. Glo. Where is the villain, Edmund 2 Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means he could— KGlo. Pursue him, ho!—Go after. [Exit Serv.]—By no means,—what Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship ; But that I told him, the revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend ; oke, with how manifold and strong a bond The child was bound to the father ; –Sir, in fine, To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion, With his prepared sword, he charges home My unprovided body, lanc'd mine arm : But when he saw my best alarum’d spirits, Bold in the quarrel's right, rous’d to the encounter, Or whether gasted by the noise I made,°
 This was a proper circumstance to urge to Gloster; who appears, by what passed between him and his bastard son in a soregoing scene, to be very superstitious with regard to this matter. WARBURTON.