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Glo. I do remember now. Henceforth I'll bear
Edg. Bear free and patient thoughts.
But who comes here?
Lear. No, they cannot touch me for 6 coining; I am the king himself.
Edg. O thou fide-piercing fight!
Lear. Nature's above art in that respect. There's your press-money. That fellow handles his bow like a c crowkeeper. Draw me a clothier's yard. Look, look, a mouse! Peace, peace;—this d piece of toasted cheese will e do't.There's my gauntlet, I'll prove it on a giant. Bring up the
2 So the zit q.; the ad often would he say; all the rest often 't would say. . *w.alters Sifor to sober; and J. proposes saner; but I choose to read, with all the copies before, fafcr : Nor do I think the man of safe discretion, that does affedt to alter it. See Measure for Measure, Sc. I.
b The fo's read crying for coining.
© R. and P. read cow-keeper. All before and after, crow-keeper; and T. says this must be the reading, meaning the fame as scare-crow, viz. a stuff'd figure representing a man armed with a bow and arrow, set up to fright the crows from the fruit and corn.
The qu's omit piece of. c The qu's read do it.
brown bills. 0, well-down, bird ! i'th' clout, i'th' clout: hewgh.Give the word.
Edg. Sweet marjoram.
Lear. & Ha! Goneri!!! Ha! Regan! They Matter'd me like a dog, and told me, I had h white hairs in my beard, ere the blck ones were there. To say ay and no to ievery thing k that I said-Ay and no too, was no good divinity. When the rain came to wet me ouce, and the wind to make ine chatter; when the thunder would not peace at my bidding; there I found l'em, there I smelt l 'em out. Go to, they are not men o' their words; they told me I was every thing; 'tis a lye; I am not mague-proof.
'f So all before T. who reads barb, by W.'s conjecture; followed also by H.-W. has the folloxing note,
Lear is here raving of aribery, and shooting at buts, as is plain by the words i'th' clut, that is, the white mark they set up and aim at : hence the phrase ia lit the white. So that we must read o well-fiown, barb! i. e, the barbed or tearded arrow, W.
But why might not Lear, by a metaphor, call his arrow bird, cspecially as he cries wc!l-ft? w'n to it, which is certainly a metaphor taken from the flying of a bird? Sec Heath.
The qu's read o well ficwre lird in the arre, hagh, give the word. Here, perhaps, the editor, not knowing what to make of a bird's being flow'n in the clout, put, initead thereof, in the air : which feems to prove that the true reading was bird.
The fo's, R. and 7. read Ha! Gonerill with a white beard? They fiata ter'd, &c.
h Before white the fo's insert the.
Glo. The trick of that voice I do well remember: Js't not the king?
Lear. Ay, every inch a king. When I do ftare, fee how the subject quakes. I pardon that man's life. What was a thy cause? Adultery? Thou shalt o not die: die for adultery? No. The wren goes to’t, and the small gilded fly ? Does lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive, for Gloʻster's bastard son Was kinder to his father, than my daughters Got 'tween the lawful sheets. To't, luxury, pell-mell; for I lack soldiers. Behold , yon fimpering dame, Whose face between her forks presages snow; That minces virtue, and does shake the head To hear of pleasure's name. The fitchew, nor the soyled horse, goes to't With a more riotous appetite; Down from the waist they are centaurs, cho' women all
above; But to the girdle do the gods inherit, Beneath is all the fiends; there's hell, there's darkness,
T.'s duodecimo, W. and 7. read the for tby,
The qu's read do fu ake the head bear of pleasure's name 10 fichew, &c.
There is the u sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, stench,
w consumption, Fie, fie, fie; pah, pah:
Glo. O let me kils that hand.
Glo. O ruin'u piece of nature! 'This great world ? Shall fo wear out to nought. Do
know me? Lear. I remember b thine eyes well enough : dost thou ( [quiny * at me? No, do thy worst, blind Cupid; I'll not love. Read thou this challenge, mark d but the penning
Glo. Were all f the letters suns, I could not sees one.
Edg. I would not take this from report: it is,
u The qu's read sulphury.
So the qu's; the rest dot thou,
h so all before R. who alters the to this, but without neceflity. Having loft ty eyes, would you have me read with the sockcts: R. is followed by all the ret.
head, nor i no money in your purse? Your eyes are in k a heavy case, your purse in a light; yet you see how this world goes.
Glo. I see it feelingly.
Lear. What, art mad? a man may see how this world goes, with no eyes. Look with I thine ears: see, how
yond justice rails upon yond fimple thief. Hark in thine ear : change places, and handy dandy, P which is the juftice, which is the thief? Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar?
Glo. 9 Ay, sir.
Lear. And the creature run from the cur. There thou might'st behold the great image of authority; ' a dog's obey'd in office. Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand : Why doft thou lash that whore ? strips thine own back;
Thou hotly luft'st to use her in that kind, For which thou whip'st her. The usurer hangs the "co
i The 2d q. P. and H. omit no.
The 3d and 4th fo's, R. P. and H. omit a. 1 The qu's read thy.
The qu's read yon. • The qu’s omit change places, and. p The qu’s read which is thief, which is the justice, 9 The 3d and 4th fo's omit ay.
The ift q. reads a dogge, so bade in office; the ad a dogge, fo bad ir ofice.
* So the qu's; the rest thy.