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Fool. Why, to put's head in, not to give it away m to his * daughters, and leave his horns without a cafe.

Lear. I will forget my nature. - So kind a father! Be my horses ready?

Fool. Thy afles are gone about them. The reason, why the seven stars are no more than seven, is a pretty reason.

Lear. Because they are not eight.
Fool. Yes o indecd; thou would'It make a good fool.
Lear. To take't again perforce Monster ingratitude!

Fool. If P thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee beaten for being old before thy time.

Lear. How's that?

Fool. Thou should not have been old, 9 before thou hadnt been wise.

Lear. ro, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heav'n! Kecp me in temper ; I would not be mad.

Enter Gentleman.

• How now, are the horses ready?

Gent, Ready, my lord.
Lear. Come, boy.

Fool. She that's' a maid now, and laughs at my departure, Shall not be a maid long, u unless things be cut shorter.

[Exeunt, m The 2d q. reads unto for to. n The qu’s read daughter. • The qu's omitiideed, P So the qu's, and two ist fo's; the rest you more. 9 So the qu's; the rest till for before.

? The qu's read o let me not be mad, Suect heaver! I would not be mad, keep me, ár.

$ The qu's omit low row.
! The qu's cmit a.
The qu's read except for unless:

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Edmund. SAVE thee, Curan.

Curan. And you, sir. I have been with your father, and given him notice that the Duke of Cornwall, and Regan his Dutchess, will be here with him b this night.

Edm. How comes that?

Curan. Nay, I know not; you have heard of the news abroad; I mean the whisper’d ones; for 6 they are yet but dear-kissing arguments.

Edm. Not I; pray you, what are they?

• Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars towards 'twixt the f two Dukes of Cornwall and Albany.

Edm. Not a word.
Cur. You may & then in time. Fare you well, sir. [Exit.

* The qu's omit Regan.

The qu's omit to-night. < The qu's read there for they. . & The qu's read ear-bussing. * The two speeches in italic are omitted in the 2d q. ( All but the q. omit two. & After may all but the qu's insert do.

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Edm. The duke be here to-night? the better! best!
This weaves itself perforce into my business;
My father hath fet guard to take my brother,
And I have one thing of a h queazy question
i Which I must act. Briefness, and fortune work!
Brother, a word. Descend. Brother, I say;

Enter Edgar.

My father watches; Ok sir, fly this place,
Intelligence is given where you are hid;
You have now the good advantage of the night-
Have you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornwall 'aught?
He's coming hither now i'th' night, mi’th' haste,
And Regan with him ; have you nothing said
n Upon his party 'gainst the Duke of Albany?
• Advise yourself.

Edg. I'm sure on't, not a word.

Edı. I hear my father coming. Pardon me PIn cunning, I must draw my sword upon you ? Draw; seem to defend yourself.

h The qu's read quefie.
i The qu's read which must afke breefrege and fortune help,
k The qu's omit sir.
| All but the qu's omit aught.

P. omits ith. H. reads in for ilh'.
n 1. would read against his party for the Duke of Albany.
• The qu's read advise your
p. The qu's read'in crazing, 6c.
4 The ga's omit draw,

Now,

Now, quit you well-
Yield--Come before my father-Light ho, here!
* Fly, brother -- Torches, torches !---So farewell,

[Exit Edgar. Some blood, drawn on me, would beget opinion [Wounds

his arm,

Of my more fierce endeavour. I have seen drunkards
Do more than this in sport. Father ! father!
Stop, stop. No help?

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To him enter Glo'ster and servants with torches.

Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain ?
Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,
Mumbling of wicked charms, conj'ring the moon
To stand w his auspicious mistress.

Glo. But where is he?
Edin. Look, sir, I bleed.
Gl. Where is the villain, Edmund ?
Edm. Fled this way, sir, when by no means he could
Glo. Pursue him, 'ho! Go after. By no means, what?

Edm. Persuade me to the murther of your lordship;-
But that, I told him, the revenging gods

* The qu's read light beere, heere,
· The qu's read flie, brother, flie.
" So the qu's and ift f. the rest have torches but once.
• The qu's read warbling for mumbling.
w The 1st and 2d fo's omit his.
» The qu's omit bo!
1 The qu's read revengive.

'Gaiolt

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'Gainst parricides did all ? their a thunders bend,
Spoke with how manifold and strong a bond
The child was bound to th'father.—Sir, b in fine,
Seeing how lothly opposite I stood
To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion
With his prepared' sword he charges home
My unprovided body, dlanc'd my arm;
e But when he saw my best f alarum'd spirits
Bold in the quarrels & right, rouz'd to th' encounter,
Or whether h 'ghafted by the noise I made,
i Full suddenly he fled.

Glo. Let him fly far;
Not in this land shall he remain uncaught;
k And found_Dispatch—The noble Duke my master,

My m worthy arch and patron comes to-night;
By his authority I will proclaim it,
That he " which finds him shall deserve our thanks,

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Z So the qu’s and J. all the rest read the for their. a So the qu's; all the rest read thunder. b The qu's read in a fine.. e The qu's read with for in. & The ist 9. reads lancht; the ad launcht; so R. P. and H. the fo's latchid. e So the qu’s; all the rest read and for but.

f So the qu's, and ift, 2d, and 3d fo's; the 4th f. alarm’d; all the rest alarmed.

& The ist q. reads rights.

b 'Ghajted, contraction of aghafted, i. ei affrighted. All editions read gasted.

i The qu’s read but for full.
k W. reads and found, dispatch'd.

T, reads my worthy and arcb-patron, &c.
m The 4th f, reads worth.
n T.'s duodccimo reads who for which; followed by 1. and .

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