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Cry'd, listers! fisters!—Isbame of ladies ! Sisters!
Kent. - ' It is the stars,
Kent. *Well, sir; the poor distressed Lear's ' i'th' town,
Gent. Why, good sir?
I This in italic is omitted by P. and H.
P. and H. omit well, sir.
So the qu's; P. and all after in town.
That stript her from his benediction, turn'd her
His mind fo venemoully, that burning shame
Gent. Alack, poor gentleman!
Kent. Well, fr : I'll bring you to our master Lear,
A Camp .
Enter Cordelia, Phyfcian, and Soldiers.
Cor. Alack, 'tis he; why, he was met even now
b So the qu’s and J.; instead of his mind, P. and the rest read him.
f The qu's read femiter ; the fo's, R. and P. fenitar; H. fumitory, which is only another name for fumiterr; Chaucer has femeterre to signify the fame weed, (see the glossary in Urry's Chaucer) which very nearly agrees with the feeling of the qu's. Lat. fumaria. Miller.
With & burdocks, hemlock, nettles, cuckow flowers,
Phy. There m are means, madam.
power Will close the eye of anguish.
Cor. All blest secrets,
Enter à Messenger.
8 The qu's read hor-docks; the fo's, R. P. T. and W. hardocks; but Heatb says he never heard of such a plant. It is not to be found in Miller.
Bur dock frequently grows among corn, and is most likely to be what Shakespeare means.
J. reads nettle. 1 The qu's read a century is sent forth; P. T. H. and W. fend forth a sent'rg. J. spells the word sentry.
§ After wisdom the 2d q. reads do. I The qu's read can belp him.
The fo's and qu's read is for are. * J. reads remediant, as no other edition. For difirefs, the three firdt fo's read desires; the 4th and R. desire.
Cor. 'Tis known before. Our preparation stands
O dear father,
5 S CE N E
Enter Regan and Steward.
Reg. But are my brother's powers set forth?
Stew. Madam, with much ado.
Reg. Lord Edmund spake not with your u lord at home?
P Important, as in other places in this author, for importunate. J. The fo's and R. read importun'd.
9 The il q. reads in sight; the 2d insite.
u So the fo's and R.; the qu's and the rest read lady; and J. says lady is the better reading : but why? The second scene of this act, to which this pallage molt probably refers, will clear this matter up. 7
It was great ignorance, Glo'ster's eyes being out,
w Edmund, I think, is gone,
Stew. I must needs after him, madam, with my y letter.
Reg. Our troops set forth to-morrow ; stay with us;
Stew. I may not, madam ;
Reg. Why should she write to Edmund ? might not you
Something-I know not what I'll love thee much Let me unseal the letter.
Stew. Madam, I had rather
Reg. I know your lady does not love her husband;
Stew. I, madam ?
" The qu's read and now I think is gone.
The fo's and R. read some things. tw.omits strange.
• The qu's read aliads; the 1st f. Eliads; the other fo's Iliads. Delinds, glances; Fr. allades. The emendation is R.’s.
d So the fo's; R.'s octavo you're; all after you are ; the qu's read for I know's.