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With this thin helm ? ( e Mine f enemy's dog,
Though he had bit me, Mould have stood that night
Against my fire. And was thou fain, poor father,
To hovel thee with swine and rogues forlorn,
In short and musty straw? 8 alack, alack !
'Tis wonder, that thy life and wits, at once,
Had not concluded hall. - He wakes ; speak to him.
Phys. Madam, do you i, 'tis fittest.
Cor. How does my royal lord? how fares your majesty ?
Lear. You do me wrong to take me out o'th' grave,
Thou art a soul in bliss, but I am bound
Upon a wheel of fire; that mine own tears
Do scald like molten lead.
Cor. * Sir, do you know me?
Lear. 1 You are a spirit I know: m when did you die ?
Cor. Still, ftill, far wide-
Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone awhile.
Lear. Where have I been? where am I? fair day-light
I'm " mightily abus'd. I should e'en die with pity,
To see another thus. I know not what to say ;
I will not swear these are my hands. Let's see,
I feel this pin prick : 'would I were allur'd
Of my condition.
¢ T. W. and 7. read my very enemy's, &c.
f The qu's read injurious for enemy's.
& H. reads alack! but once,
h W. reads ab! for all. See Heath in loc,
i After you H. adds speak.
k The ist q. reads fir know me; the ad fir, know ye nie;
! The ist q. reads yar; the 2d y'are.
n The ift q. and ift and 2d fo's read where for whon.
» H. reads much abus'd,
Cor. O look upon me, fir.
And hold your hands in benediction o'er me.
9 No, fir, you must not kneel.
Lear. Pray, do not mock r me?
I am a very foolish, fond, old man,
Fourscore and upwards; and, to deal plainly',
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.
Methinks, I should know you, and know this man;
Yet I am doubtful; for I'm mainly ignorant,
What place this is; and all the skill I have,
Remembers not these
garments; w nor I know not
Where I did lodge last night. Do not laugh at me,
For, as I am a man, I think this lady
To be my child Cordelia.
Cor. And so * I am; I am.
Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray you,
If you have poison for me, I will drink it;
I know, you do not love me; for your sisters
Have, as I do remember, done me wrong.
You have some cause, they have not.
H. reads on me.
So the qu’s; the rest hand. 9 The fo's and R. omit no, fir. " The oft q. omits me. . After apward, the fo’s and R. add not an hour more, nor lesse
After plainly, H. adds with you. u The qu's read not perfeit in niy mind. * So all before P. who alters rior to nay; followed by the relt. * The qu's read I am but once. 1 R. first inferts you; followed by all after,
Cor. No cause, no cause.
Lear. Am I in France?
Kent. In your own kingdom, fir.
Lear. Do not abuse me.
Phys. Be comforted, good madam; the great rage,
You see is z cur'd in him : and yet b'tis danger
• To make him even o'er the time he has loft.
Desire him to go in; d trouble him no more
Till further settling.
Cor. Will't please your highness walk?
Lear. You must bear with me; Pray you now, forget and forgive, I am old and foolish. [Exeunt Lear, Cordelia, Physi
cian, and attendants.
* Manent Kent and Gentleman.
Gent. Holds it true, fir, that the duke of Cornwall was so
Nain ? Kent. Most certain, fir. Gent. Who is conductor of his people ? Kent. As 'tis said, the bastard son of Glofter, Gent. They say, Edgar, his banilht son is with the earl
of Kent in Germany.
* Thc fo's and R, read kill'd for cur'd. * What is in italic is omitted in the fo's, R. P. and H.. b The qu's read it is; T. W. and J. 'iwere. • To make him even, &c.) i. e. to reconcile it to his apprehension. W. di Before trouble, P. and H. insert and.
The qu's omit you. f This remaining part of the scene is omitted in the fo's, R. P. and H.
Kent. Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look about
i the powers of the kingdom approach apace. Gent. The arbitrement is like to be bloody-Fare you well, fir.
[Exit Gentleman. Kent. My point and period will be throughly wrought, Or well; oc ill, as this day's bartle's fought. [Exit Kent.
Enter Edmuod, Regan, . and their powers.
KNOW of the duke, if his last purpose hold ;
Or whether since he is advis'd by aught,
To change the course? He's full of alteration,
c And self-reproving. Bring d his constant pleasure,
Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried.
Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam.
Reg. Now, sweet lord,
You know the goodness I intend upon you ;
Tell me-but truly—but then speak the truth,
Do you not love my sister?
Edm. In honour'd love.
Reg. But have you never found my brother's
way To the fore-fended place?
f Edm. That thought abuses you.
* So the qu's, which seems sufficient, as no particular gentleman appears. W. and J. read gentleman and fuldiers; the rest gentlemen and soldiers for and sheir powers.
b The it q, reads abdication.
CP reads and self-reproving brings bis conflant pleasure.
di. e. his settled resolution. J.
• J. omits the four following speeches, without giving notice.
f The two following speeches are omitted by all but the qu's,