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ear. I'll tell thee-Life and death! I am alham'd That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus; [To Gon. That these hot tears, which break from me perforce, d Should make thee worth them.-Blasts and fogs upon thee! Th' untented woundings of a father's curse * Pierce every f sense about thee! Old fond eyes,

Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck' ye out,
And cast you, with the waters that you 'make,
To temper clay. m Ha! " is it come to this?

Let it be fò: PI have another daughter,
Who, I am sure is kind and comfortable ;
When the shall hear this of thee with her nails
She'll 9 fiay thyr wolfish visage. Thou shalt find,
That I'll resume the shape, which thou dost think
I hare cast off for ever. s Thou shalt I warrant thee.

[Exeunt Lear and attendants.

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¢ The qu's read that for which.

d The qu's read Showld make the worst blasts and fogs upon the untented (ad q. entender, fo P.) woundings, bo.

· The ad q. read peruse for pierce.
i W, reads fence.
& The qu's read the old fond eyes, Gc.

So the qu's, ift f. T. W. and J. the other fo’s beweep thee once again, & P. and H. beweep her once again.

i The qu's read you for ye.
k The qu's read you cast for cast yout.
I So the qu’s; the uit and ad fo's loose for make; the rest lose.
* The qu's read yea for ba!
a Tbe it q. reads is't for is it. The fo's and R. omit is it come e this:
• The qu's omit let it be fo.
p The qu's read get have I left a daughter.
9 The qu's read flay; all the relt flea.
"So T. W. and J. the rest wolvish.
• All but the qu's omit thou shalt I warrant inee.



Gon. Do you mark that, “my lord ?

Alb. I cannot be fo partial, Gonerill,
To the great love I bear you,
Gon. "Pray you,

w be content. * What, Oswald, ho! You, y fir, more knave than fool, after your mafter. [To the

fool. Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, ? and take the fool with a thee.

A fox, when one has caught her,
And such a daughter,
Should sure to the slaughter,
If my cap would buy a halter ;
So the fool follows after.

[Exit. Gon. This man hath had good counsel.- A hundred knights! < 'Tis politic, and safe, to let him keep At point a hundred knights; yes, that on ev'ry dream, Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike, He may enguard his d'otage with their powers, And hold our lives d at mercy. Oswald, I say.

Alb. Well, you may fear too far.

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All but the qu's omit mny lord. u The qu's read come, jir, no more, for pray you, be content, w Be is not in the fo's; R. fir puts it in. * The qu's omit what, Oswald, ho! y The qu's omit sir. ? All but the qu's omit and. a The qu's omit thec. b. What is in italic is omitted in the qu's. C H. roads is't for 'ris.

The fo's and R, reid in for ai.


Gon. Safer than trust too far.
Let me ftill take away the harms I fear,
Not fear ftill to be e taken. I know his heart!
What he bath utter'd, I have writ my sister;
If fjbe sustain him and his hundred knights,
When I have sbew'd th' unfitness-

Enter Steward.

& How now, Oswald?
What, have you writ that letter to my fifter?

Stew. 6 Yes, madam.

Gon. Take you some company, i and away to horse ;
Inform her full of my particular * fears,
And thereto add such reasons of your own,
As may compact it more.

Go, get you gone,
And n hasten your return.

[Exit Steward, No, no, my lord, • This milky, gentle, easy course of yours,

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e P. and all after but 7. read herm’d for taken.

So the 1st and 2d fo's: the rest fe'll. & The qu's read what Oswald, ho!

Ofw. Here, madam.

Gon. What have you writ this letter, Goa h So the qu's, the fo's, J. the rest ay. i P. and H. omit and.

The fo's, R. and J. read fear. | There is no word in the place of go in either qu's, fo's, or R.; P. puts 19; followed by the rest.

For bafter the 2d 9. reads after.

The qu's read now, my lord, &c. • All the editions read this milky (2d q. mildie) gentleness and course, 6cm So that the alteration in the text is conjectural.

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Though I P condemn 9 not, yet under r your pardon, s You are much more ' at task for want of wisdom, Than w prais'd for * harmless mildness.

Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell; y Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.

Gon. Nay, then-
Alb. Well, well, th' event.


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? A court-yard belonging to the Duke of Albany's palace.

Enter, Lear, Kent, & Gentleman, and Fool.

Lear. [to a Gentleman.] Go you before to Glo'ster with these letters. You with this to my daughter Regan. [to Kent.] Acquaint my daughter no further with any thing you know, than comes from her demand out of the letter ; if your diligence be not speedy, I shall be there before you.

P The qu's read dislike for condemn.
9 After condemn, P. and all after read it.
r Your is conjectural, being in none of the editions.
s The ift f. reads your are, doc.

For at task the aft q. reads attajkt; which perhaps Shakespear might have written, meaning thereby call'd to task. The ad q. reads alapt for at task.

w The qu's read praise. ? So R. P. and H. the rest rcad harmful. y The qu's read striving to better ought, we mar, &c. 2 This description of the scene first given by T. followed by W. and 7.

* The qu’s omit, the rest add Gentleman after Kent: and rightly: for it is plain the letter to Regan was sent by Kent; those to Gloffer by another : the order to kent is left out; I have therefore fupplied it. So thi qu's; all the rest «fore.


Rent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have delivered your letter.

[Exit. Fool. If a man's c brains d were in his heels, wer't not in danger of kibes?

Lear. Ay, boy.'

Fool. Then I pr’ythee, be merry, thy wit shall e not go Nip hod.

Lear. Ha, ha, ha.

Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use thee kindly; for though she's as like this as a crab's like an apple, yet ' I can tell what I can tell.

Lear. & Why what can'st thou tell, my boy?

Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does to a crab. Thou can'st not tell why one's nose stands i'th' middle i of one's face?

Lear. No.

Fool. Why to k keep one's eyes of either side one's nose, that what a man cannot smell out, he may spy into.

Lear. I did her wrong-
Fool. Can'st tell how an oyster makes his shell?
Lear. No.
Fool. Nor I neither ; but I can tell why a snail has a house.
Lear. Why?

· P. alters this to brain; followed by all after.
• The aft q. reads where.
• The qu's read nere for not.

The qu's read I con what I can tell.
& So the qu's; the rest what can'st tell, boy?

So the qu’s; the ist and 2d fo's thou can'jf tell, &c. the 3d fi and all after can't thou tell, 6c. i The qu's read of his face; the fo's and R. on's face.

The qu's read keep his eyes on either side his nose, bo. 1 The fo's read fide's nofe, &c.



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