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In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones,
Edm. Take them away.
Lear. Upon such facrifices, my Cordelia, The Gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee? He that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven, And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine P eyes, The 9 goujeres shall devour them, * felh and fell, Ere they shall make us weep; we'll see 'em starve first. Come.
[Exeunt Lear and Cordelia guarded. Edm. Come hither, captain, hark". Take thou this note; go, follow them to prison. w One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost As this instructs thee, thou doit make thy way To noble fortunes. Know thou this, that men Are as the time is; to be tender minded Does not become a sword. * Thy great employment Will not bear question; either say thou'lt do't, Or thrive by other means.
Capt. I'll do't, my lord.
So the qu's and ist f.; the rest eye. ^ The qu's read good for gonjeres; the fo’s, F. and P. good years ; T. good-yers.
ri. c. flesh and fin. J. Tre qu's read fleach and fell.
omits coine. u Here #. gives a direction for Edmund to whisper ; but how is this? Is he to whisper his speech? how then thall.the audience hear it? Besides, he had no need to whisper when none, but the captain to whom he speaks, was
issing. But I apprehend there were many foldiers remaining, who
ole trusted with the ficret. ruq. reads and for one.
H. read my for thy. Sce Heath in loc.
Edm. About it, and write happy, when thou's done.
Capt. I cannot draw a carț, nor eat dry'd oats,
Enter Albany, Gonerill, Regan, and soldiers.
Alb. Sir, you have ? shew'd to day your valiant straia,
Edm. Sir, I thought it fit
y All but the qu’s omit this speech.
The qu's and P. read then for them. • P. and H. omit fir and it.
The ist q. reads save for send. • The ist 4. the fo's, and R. omit and appointed guard.
The sft q. reads coren for commor. $ The ist q. reads bolom; ad q. bloffomes; P. and all after bojoms. The qu's read of for on.
Which do command them. With him I sent the queen ;
Alb. Sir, by your patience,
Reg. That’s as we list to grace him.
Gon. Not so hot;
Reg. In my 9 right,
i All but the 2d q. omit a.
k All editions but H. read you and your for we and our; but H.'s reading feems necesary, or how can we account for the next speech of Aliany,
| What is in italic is omitted in the fo's, R. P. and' H.
Alb. That were the most if he should husband you.
Gon. Holla, holla!
Reg. Lady, I am not well, else I should answer
Dispose of them, of me; 'thy will is mine :
Gon. Mean you to enjoy him?
"[To Edmund: they offer to go cuf. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason. Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and in thine attaint, [Pointing to
" This line is not in the qu’s.
• The ift f. reads the walls are thine; the other fo's and the rest the walls are mine ; cxcept H. who reads they all are tbine; but the reading most agreeable to the context and to the traces of the letters in the ift f. seems to be this, thy will is mine. W. fays, the walls are thine, is a metaphorical expreflion taken from the camp, and signifying, to surrender at discretion.
+ The qu's and P. give this speech to Edmund, and instead of the last word ibine read good.
u This direction is H.'s.
'Tis she is sub-contracted to z this lord;
c Gon. An enterlude !
Alb. Thou art arm'd, Gloʻster ; let the trumpet found :
Reg. Sick, O fick
Edm. There's my exchange. What in the world he is,
Alb. A herald, ho!
% The 2d q. reads her for this. · The qu’s read the for your.
b So the qu's; and right; for it is spoken to Regan only : the rest read loves. « This speech is omitted in the qu's.
The qu's omit let the trumpet found. • So the qu's; the reft person for head. f The fo's and R. read make for prove. & The fo's, R. and J. read medicine for poison.
So the qu's, T. W. and 7.; the rest the for thy. i H. reads whom not? k This speech is omitted by all but the qu's.