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Thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful
Into her womb convey sterility
Dry up in her the organs of increase ;
And from her derogate body" never spring
A babe to honour her ' If she must teem,
Create her child of spleen ; that it may live
And be a thwart dismatur'd torment to her .
Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth ;
With cadent tears” fret channels in her cheeks;
Turn all her mother’s pains, and benefits,
To laughter and contempt ; that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child,—Away, away [Exit.
JAlb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes this *
Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause ;
But let his disposition have that scope
That dotage gives it.
Re-enter LEAR.
Ilear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap
Within a fortnight -
.Alb. What's the matter, sir?
Lear. I’ll tell thee ;–Life and death ! I am asham'd
That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus:
[To Gon ERIL.
That these hot tears which break from me perforce,
Should ". thee worth them.—Blasts and fogs upon
The untented” woundings of a father's curse
Pierce every sense about thee —Old fond eyes,
Beweep this cause again, I’ll pluck you out ;
And cast you, with the waters that you lose, .
To temper clay.—Ha! is it come to this 2
Let it be so :—Yet have I left a daughter,
Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable ;
When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails
She’ll flay thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find,
That I’ll resume the shape which thou dost think
I have cast off for ever; thou shalt, I warrant thee.
[Eaceunt LEAR, KENT, and Attendants.
Gon. Do you mark that, my lord 2
Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril,

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[1] 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.

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To the great love I bear you, -
Gon. Pray you, content.—What, Oswald, ho
You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master.
- [To the Fool.
Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and take the
fool with thee.
A fox, when one has caught her,
And such a daughter,
Should sure to the slaughter,
If my cap would buy a halter;

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," a hundred knights. Yes, that on every
Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike,
He may enguard his dotage with their powers,
And hold our lives in mercy.—Oswald, I say –
.Alb. Well, you may fear too far.
Gon. Safer than trust:
Let me still take away the harms I fear,
Not fear still to be taken. I know his heart :
What he hath utter’d, I have writ my sister ;
If she sustain him, and his hundred knights,
When I have show'd the unfitness, How now, Oswald?
- Enter Steward.
What, have you writ that letter to my sister 2
Stew. Ay, madam.
Gon. Take you some company, and away to horse :
Inform her full of my particular fear ;
And thereto add such reasons of your own,
As may compact it more. Get you gone ;
And hasten your return. [Exit Stew.]—No, no, my lord,
This milky gentleness, and course of yours,
Though I condemn it not, yet, under pardon,
You are much more attask’d for want of wisdom,
Than prais'd for harmful mildness.
•Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell ;
Striving to better, oft we mar Myhat’s well.
Gon. Nay, then—
.Alb. Well, well ; the event. [Ezeunt.

[4] At point—I believe, means completely armed, and consequently ready at appointment or command on the slightest o: STEEVENS,

Court before the same. Enter LEAR, KENT, and Fool.

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.

[6] 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 —

Enter Gentleman.

How now are the horses ready ?
Gent. Ready, my lord.
Lear. Come, boy.
Fool. She that is maid now, and laughs at my de-
Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter.


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 :

Enter EDGAR.
My father watches:—O sir, fly this place ;

[6]. Ear-kissing arguments means that they are yet in reality only whi:per’d ones. STEEVENS. [7] Queazy—means delicate, what requires to be handled nicely. STEEV.

4. WOL. Willi,

Intelligence is given where you are hid ;
You have now the good advantage of the night:—
Have you not spoken 'gainst the duke of Cornwall 2
He’s coming hither ; now, i'the night, i'the haste,
And Regan with him ; Have you nothing said.
Upon his party,’gainst the duke of Albany ”
Advise yourself.
Edg. I am sure on’t, not a word.
Edm. I hear my father coming,-Pardon me :--
In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you :—
Draw : Seem to defend yourself: Now quit you well.
Yield :-come before my father ;–Light, ho, here !—
Fly, brother ;—Torches torches –So, farewell.—
[Exit EDGAR.
Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion
[Wounds his arm.
Of my more fierce endeavour : I have seen drunkards
Do more than this in sport.—Father father
Stop, stop No help ? - e
Enter GLos TER, and Servants with torches.

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,°

[8] 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.

tjJ.Gästed—frighted. JoHNSON.

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