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In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones,
That ebb and flow by th' moon.

Edm. Take them away.

Lear. Upon such facrifices, my Cordelia, The Gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee? He that parts us, fall bring a brand from heaven, And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine P eyes, The 9 goujeres fhall devour them, ' Aesh and fell, Ere they shall make us weep; we'll see 'em • starve first. i Come.

[Exeunt Lear and Cordelia guarded. Edm. Come hither, captain, bark". 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's, Or thrive by other means.

Capt. I'll do't, my lord.

So the qu's and it f.; the rest eye. 4 The qu's read good for goujeres; the fo’s, R. and P. good years ; T. good-yers.

Pi. c. flesh and skin. J. Tre qu's read fleach and fell.
• So the qu's; the rest starv'd.
i The 2d q. omits come.

u Here H. 'gives a direction for Edmund to whisper ; but how is this? Is he to whisper his speech? how then Ihall.the audience hear it? Besides, he had no need to whisper when none, but the captain to whom he speaks, was within hearing. But I apprehend there were many foldiers remaining, who were not to be trusted with the fecret.

w The It q. reads ard for one.
* T.-an? 11. read my for thy. Sce Heatb in loc.

Edm.

Edm. About it, and write happy, when thou'st done.
Mark, I say, instantly; and carry it so,
As I have set it down.

y Capt. I cannot draw a carț, nor eat dry'd oats, If it be man's work I'll do't.

[Exit.

S CE N E VI.

Enter Albany, Gonerill, Regan, and soldiers.

1

Alb. Sir, you have ? shew'd to day your valiant straia, And fortune led you well; you have the captives, Who were the opposites of this day's strife : * We do require b them of you, so to use them, As we shall find their merits and our safety May equally determine.

Edm. Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
To some retention, cand appointed guard,
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, ,
To pluck the common 8 bosom h on his side;
And turn our imprest lances in our eyes,

y All but the qu's omit this speech.
z The 2d q. reads pewne.
* So the qu's, T. W. and J.; the rest I for we.
• The qu's and P. read then for them.
• P. and H. omit fir and it.

The ist q. reads fave for send. • The aft q. the fo's, and R. omit and appointed guard. í The aft q. reads coren for common. & The ist q. reads boljom; 2d q. blossomes; P. and all after bojoms. The qu's read of for on.

Which do command them. With him I sent the queen ;
My reason all the same; and they are ready
Tomorrow, or at i a further space, to appear
Where k we shall hold k our session. At this time,
W& sweat and bleed; the friend hath lost his friend;
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curft
By those that feel their m fbarpness.
The question of Cordelia and her father,
Requires a fitter place,

Alb. Sir, by your patience,
I hold you but a subject of this war,
Not as a brother.

Reg. That’s as we list to grace him. .
Methinks, our pleasure n might have been demanded,
Ere you had spoke fo far. He led our powers ;
Bore the commission of my place and person ;
The which immediacy may well stand up,
And call itself your brother,

Gon. Not so hot;
In his own grace he doth exalt himself,
More than in your p advancement.

Reg. In my 9 right,
By me invested, he compeers the best.

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i All but the ad q. omit a.

k All editions but H. read you and your for we and our; but H.'s reading fecms neceslary, or how can we account for the next speech of Albany,

| What is in italic is omitted in the fo's, R. P. and H.
m The ift q. reads skarpes for sharpness.
1 The qu's read fould for might.
• The qu's, P. and H. read immediate.
p The fo's and R. read addition for advancement,
9 The fo's and R. read rights.

Alb.

Alb. That were the most if he should husband you.
Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets.

Gon. Holla, holla!
That eye that told you fo look'd but a-fquint.

Reg. Lady, I am not well, else I should answer
From a full-flowing ftomach. General,
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony,
* Dispose of them, of me; thy will is mine :
Witness the world, that I create thee here
My lord and master.

Gon. Mean you to enjoy him?
Alb. The let alone lies not in your good will.
Edm. Nor in thine, lord.
Alb. Half-blooded fellow, yes.
'Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine.

"[To Edmund: they offer to go out. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason. Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and in thine attaint, [Pointing to

Gon.
This gilded serpent. For your claim, fair * sister,
I bar it in the interest of my wife ;

* This line is not in the qu’s.

• The oft f. reads the walls are thine; the other fo's and the rest the walls are mine ; except H, who reads they all are thine; 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 expreffon 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 shine read good.

u This direction is H.'s.
* So the qu's; the rest thy arreft.
* The fo's read fifters.
9 The qu's and fo's read bare.

'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord;
And I, her husband, contradict your banes.

. If you will marry, make your b love to me, , My lady is bespoke.

c Gon. 'An enterlude!

Alb. Thou art arm'd, Glofter; let the trumpet found :
If none appear to prove upon thy - head
Thy heinous, manifeft, and many treasons,
There is my pledge, I'll * prove it on thy heart
Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less,
Than I have here proclaim'd thee.

Reg. Sick, Ofick
Gon. If not I'll ne'er trust 5 poison.

Edm. There's my exchange. What in the world he is,
That calls me traitor, villain.like, he lies.
Call by h thỳ trumpet: he that dares approach,
On him, on you, (who not?). I will maintain
My truth and honour firmly.

Alb. A herald, ho!
k Edm. A herald ho, a herald !

% The 2d q. reads her for this. 2 The qu's read the for your.

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 rest person for head. f The fo's and R. read make for prove. & The fo's, R. and J. read medicine for poison. h 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.

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