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Changes again to the earl of Glo'ster's casile.

Enter Lear, Fccl, and Gentleman.
Lear. 'Tis strange, that they should so depart from home,
And not fend back my messenger.

Gent. As I learn’d
The night before there was no purpose c in them
Of a this remove.

Kent, Hail to thee, noble master! Lear. „ How? mak'st thou f this shame thy pastime? & Koszt. No, my lord. Fool. Ha, ha! I look! he wears cruel garters. Horses are ty'd by the i heads, dogs and bears by the neck, monkeys by

th' loins

% This defcription of the secne is first inserted by P. 7. says, it is not very clearly discovered why Leur comes hither. In the foregoing part he sent letters to Gliter, but no hint is given of their contents. He seems to have gone to visit Glrcr, while Cernvall and Pisin might prepare to entertain him. 3. --

Posibly Gloter's castle might be in the way to Regan's; though their name and situation are forgot to be mentioned. See Acti. Se, xvii.

a The qu's read hence for home. • The ist and 2d fo's read melegers. • The qui's omit in tbcm. d The qu's read his for this. e So the qu's; the rest ha for how.

f So the qu's, fo's, and R.; P. and H. omit this; T. W. and ). read try for this.

& This Ipeech is not in the qui's.

h So the qu's; all the rest omit look; and quisie d crewvel garters; to jd and 4th fo's, and R.'s 810.

The qu’s read heels for heads : herses are tied by the heels when they art iuiti led to fced in a corn-lield; Lut izat's forms preciable. The fool

th' loins, and men by th’ legs. When a man's over-lusty ar legs, then he wears wooden nether k stocks,

Lear. What's he, that hath so much thy place mistook, To set thee here?

Kent. It is both he and she,
Your son and daughter.

Lear. No.
Kent. Yes.
Lear. No, I say.
Kent. 1 i fay, yea.
* Lear. No, 19, they would not.
Kent, Tes, they have.
Lear. By Jupiter, 'I swear, no.
n Kent. By Juno, I swear, ay.

Lear. They durft not do't:
They would not, could not do't; 'tis worse than murder,
To do upon respect such violent outrage.
Resolve me with all modeft hatte, which way
Thou P might'st deserve, or they 4 impofe this usage,
Coming from us?

Kent. My lord, when at their home I did commend your highness' letters to them, 'Ere I was risen from the place, that shew'd

makes a progression downwards, from the head to the neck, the neck to the Joins, and the loins to the legs.

Heath is of opinion we should read focks.
1 H. reads but Is%, yen.
m Thcfe two speeches in italic are omitted by all but qu's,
^ This speech is omitted in the qu's.

So the qo's; all the rest could not, would not. 9 The qu's read nnay'}t for might'jt,

The cu's read purpose for impofe.


My duty kneeling, 'there çame a reeking post,
Stew'd in his haste, half-breathless, panting forth,
From Gonerill his mistress, s falutations ;
Deliver'd letters spight of intermission,
Which presently they read; ton whose contents
They summun'd up their men, strait took horse,
Commanded me to follow, and attend
The leisure of their answer; gave me cold looks;
WI, meeting here the other messenger,
Whose welcome, I perceiv’d, had poison'd mine,
(Being the very fellow, * which of late
Display'd so fawcily against your highness)
Having more man than wit about me, y drew;
He rais'd the house with loud and coward cries.
Your son and daughter found this trespass worth
The same which here it suffers.

2 Fool. Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese Ay that way,
Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind;
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.

So all before P.; he and all after omii there. • So the qu's and it f.; all the rest salutation. i So the qu's, T. W. and J.; the rest those for whose. u So the qu’s; the rest meiney, which P. interprets people.

w All the editions read and fos 1; which cannot be right, as it makes Cornwall and Regan meet the messenger; but Kent's intention is to tell Lear that he met the mesienger. * The qu's read that for which.

y Before drew R. inserts I, (followed by the rest) which is necessary, but more proper above. Sce Note W.

2 This speech of the fool is omitted in the qu’s.


Fortune, that arrant whore,
Ne'er turns the key to the poor.
But for all this thou shalt have as many • dolours b from thy
dear daughters, as thou canst tell in a year.

Lear. Oh, how this mother swells up to my heart !
Hysterica palio, down, thou climbing sorrow,
Thy element's below. Where is this daughter?

Kent. With the earl, sir, d here within.
Lear. Follow me not; Naye here.

[Exit. Gent. Made you no more offence' but what you speak of ?

Kent. 6 None.
How chance the king comes with so small a b train ?

Fort. i An thou hadst been set i'th' stocks for that question, thou'dft well k deserved it.

Kent. Why, fool ?

Fosl. We'll set thee to school to an ant, to teach thee there's no labouring i'th' winter. "All that follow their noses are led by their eyes, but blind men ; and there's not a nose among o twenty, but can smell him that's stinking. Let go thy hold, when a great wheel ruas down a hill, left it break

• A quibble intended between dolours and dollars. H.

All before T. read for for from, • The sft f, and J. omit dean

The qu's omit bere. • The qu's read there for here. i The qu's read than for but. 1 The qu's read no for none.

So the qu's; the rest number for train. A The ad q. reads if for an. k P. reads deferve: so that by thou'dft he means thou wouldjf not thou hadit.

17. pretends to read All men are led by their eyes, but blind men, and they follow their noses, and there's not a nose, &c. But pray, Dr. J. don't all men follow their noses, as well as blind men? # The qa's real a tundred for twenty.


thy neck with following it; but the great one that goes up the hill, let him draw thee after. When a wise man gives better counsel, give me mine again; I would have gone but knaves follow it, since a fool gives it.

That, sir, P which serves 9 and seeks for gain,

And follows but for form,
Will pack when it begins to rain,

And leare thee in r the storm.

s But I will tarry, the fool will stay

And let the wise man fly;
i The knave turns fool, that runs away ;

The fool no knave, perdy.

Kent. Where learn'd you this, fool?
Fool. Not i'th' stocks, u fool.



Enter Lcar and Glo'fter.

Lear. Deny to speak with me? they're sick? they're weary? w They have travellid all the night? Meere fetches;

n The fo's, R. P. and H. omit it.
• So the qu’s; all the rest upward for up the hill.
p The qu's read that for which.
9 The qu's, P. T. H. W, and J. omit and seeks.

The 4th f. R. P. and H. read a for the.
• The qu's, the 1st and 2d fo's, T. W. and 7. read but; the rest anda
7. propofos reading,

The food turns knave, that runs away;

The knave 110 foolu The qu's omit foci. * The qu's read they traveld bard. 10-niglt, meare juice, I the images, bei


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