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feel my affection to your Honour, and to no other
pretence of danger.
Gls. Think you so ?

Edin. If your Honour judge it meet, I will place you where you Mall hear us confer of this, and by an auricular assurance have your satisfaction, and that without

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further delay than this very evening.
Gio. He cannot be such a monster.
Edm. Nor is not, sure.

Glo. To his Father, that so tenderly and entirely loves him-Heav'n and Earth ! Edmund, seek him out; wind me into him, I pray you. Frame the bufiness after your own wisdom; ? I would unstate myfelf, to be in a due resolution.

Edm. I will seek him, Sir, presently, 'convey the business as I shall find means, and acquaint you withal.

Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us ; tho'? the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself scourg'd

? Pretence is design. purpose. be in a due resolution, to be setSo afterwards in this play, tied and composed on such an Pretence and purpose of unkind- occasion.

The words would and should 8 wind me into him.] I once are in old language often conthought it should be read, you in- founded. to him; but, perhaps, it is a fa 'convey the business] Convey, miliar phrase like, di me thisa for introduce : but convey is a

9 I would unfiote mflf, to be fine word, as alluding to the in a due r flution ) i.e. I will practice of clandestine conveying throw aside all confideration of goods so as not to be found upon my relation to him, that I may the felon. WARBURTON. act as juilice requires.

To convey is rather to carry WARBURTON. through than to introduce; in Such is this learned man's ex. this place it is to manage artfully; panation. I take the meaning we say of a juggler, that he has to be rather this, Do you frane a clean conveyance, the bzfin.fi, who can act with less 2 tle uifdim of nature] That emotion ; I would uniate myself; is, though natural philosophy can it would in me be a departure give account of eclipses, yet we from the paternal character, to feel their consequences.

by the sequent effects. Love cools, frie Ship falls off, brothers divide. In cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason ; and the bond crack'd ’owixt son and father. This villain of mine comes under the prediction, there's son against father ; the King falls from biais of nature, there's father against child. We have seen the best of our time. Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves !--Find out this villain, Edmund; it shall loose thee nothing, do it carefullyand the noble and true-hearted Kent banish'd! his offence, Honesty. 'Tis strange.

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Manet Edmund. Edın. This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are fick in fortune, (often the surfeits

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3. This is the excelent foppery tion I read this order day, wlat of the world, &c.] in Shane fould follow these ecitjes. Howspear's best plays, besides the ever this be, an impious cheat, vices that arise from the subject, which had so little foundation in there is generally some peculiar nature or reason so detellable prevailing folly, principally ri an original, and such fatal condiculed, that runs thro’ the whole sequences on the manners of the piece. Thus, in the Tempeft, the people, who were at that time lying dif.ofition of travellers, and tirangely beforted with it, cerin A you like i', the fanta'tick tainly delerved the severit lah humour f courtiers, is exposed of satire. It was a fundamental and fa'i sed with infinite plea

in this noble science, that whatfantry. In like manner, in his ever feeds of good difpofitions play of Lear, the dotages of ju- the infant unborn mig i be endicial attrology are severely ridi dowed with, either from nature, culed. If n-y, was the date of or traductively tiom iis parents, its first performance well confi- yet if, at the time of its birih, dered, it would be found that the delivery was by any casualty something or oths happened at fo accelerated or retarded, as to that me which cave a more than fall in with the pri dominancy of ordinary run to this deceit, as a malignant constellation, that thele words feem to intimate, I morrentary influence would enam thinking, brother, of a predic- tirely change its nature, and

of our own sehaviour) we make guilty of our disalters, the sun, the moon and stars; as if we were

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bias it to all the contrary ill qua- quiconque Coignée perdra, foub-
lives. So wreiched and non dan deviendra ai.si riche?-
strous an opinion did it set out Aou. Prol. du IV. Livre.
with. But ine lralians, to whom but to return to Shakifpear.
we owe tuis, as well as moito So blasphemous a delusion, there-
ther unna.ural crimes and fol. fore, it became the honelty of
lies of these latter

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foment our puet to expose. But it was ed its ori inal inpitty to the a tender point, and required mot deteitabie height of extra- managing For this impious vagince. Parus af; one ifis, an juggle had in his time a kind of liaan ph; fician of the XIith religious reverence paid to it. century, assuies us that those It was therefore to be done o. prayers which are made to God bliquely; and the circumliances when the moon is in conjunction of ihe scene furnished him with with Jupiter in the Dragon's as good an opportunity as he tai, are in allibiy hea d. Tie could wiih. The persons in the grea: Vilten with a juft indigia

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pagans, tion of this infiry, hath, in in compliance to cultom, his his Paradise Re aine', latrized good characters were not to sp.ak it in a very b.autiful manner, ill of judicial Astrology, they by putting here reveriis into could on account of their relithe mouth of the Devil. Nor gion give no reputation to it. could the licentinus Rabela's But in order to expose it the him elf forbear to ridicule this more, he, with great juugment, impious dotage, which he does makes these

pagans Facalists ; as with exquisite address and hu- appears by these words of Lear, mour, woere, in the fable which

By all the opera:ions of the orbs, he lo agreeably tells from £/?p, From whom we do exijl and cease of the man who applied to jupi'er for the loss of his hatcher, For the doctrine of fate is the he makes those, who, on the true foundation of judicial Arpoor man's good fuccefi, had trology. Having thus discreprojected to trick suiter by the dited it by the

very commendafame petition, a kind of altro. tions given to it, he was in no lugick athenits, who afcribed this danger of having his direct fatire guod fortune, that they imagin- againit it mistaken, by its being ed they were now all going to put (as he was obliged, both in partake of, to the influence of paying regard to custom, and in lome rare conjunction and con- following nature) into the mouth figuration of the ilars. Hen, of the villain and atheit, espeben, d fent ils-Er doucques, telle cially when he has added such eff au ten.ps profine la revolution force of rcason to his ridicule, des Cielx, la confiellation des Al- in the words referred to in the tres, e aspect des Planetes, que beginning of the note. WARB.

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villains on necessity ; fools, by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treacherous, by spherical predominvice; drunkards, lyars, and adulterers, by an inforc'd obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. 4 An admirable evasion of whore master Man, to lay his goatih difpofition on the charge of a star! my father compounded with my mother under the Dragon's tail, and my nativity was under Ursa major ; fo that it follows, I am rouzh and lecherous. I should have been what I am, had the maidenlieft ftar in the firmament twinkled on my baftarizing.

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To him, Eiter Edgar. Pat! ----s he comes, like the Catastrophe of the old con.cdy; my cue is villainous Melancholy, with a

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4 An a'm'rab'e evaí on--to lay troduction of the perfins of the kis-dip filen in the CHARGE Druna into the scene, juič in the of a hlar!) We should real, nick of time, or fal, as our auCHANGE of a fia"! which both t'or Luys, inates the finiliwie the find and groommar require. very proper. This, wit'orticulit, It was the opinion of Aitrolo- is the fupreme beauty of Condegeis, (ie whati: fuid juli alove) dy, Czcied as an action. sind tiat the momentary iniluence did a, it deper's folely on a ítrict.ba all; and we do not liv, 1 ay a förvance of the i'n yil, i: fieis thing on 1'e ilumie, bit to tie thetike Cruies 2.2 in nature, care. Dicies, cispantver- and in the ran of things, and ing to evojen jut alove, gives not in a mecr arbitrary invention aditional'e'e unce to tc eis of the Giceks, as fuine oi sur prenion. VAREURTON.

own count y critici, of a luw s lie come, like the Caturo, mechanic ginius, have, by ibeir ple of the old comedy;] This works, perluadelour its to bewe are to understand, as a com lieve. For conm. Ene re. pliment, intended by the Au quring that this in'; of thor, on the ratur.d winding up Come thould ise 61eni 77, of the plot in the Comedy of the thu that action mould be conancients; which as it was owing tained nearly within the period to the artful and yes natural in- of time wh ch the repretentation

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sigh like Tom o' Bedlam__0, these eclipses portend these divisions ! fa, sol, la, me

Edg. How now, brother Edmund, what serious contemplation are you in?

Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day, what fould follow these eclipses.

Edg. Do you busy yourself with that?

Eam. 'I promise you, the effects, he writes of, succeed unhappily. When faw you my father last?

Edg.

of it takes up; hence we have persons of the Drama just where the unities of Time and Aition; he would have them; and this and, from these, unavoidably a- requiring no art, the beauty we rifes the third, which is that of speak of is not to be found. Plaie. For when the whole of Consequently a violation of the one aflion is included within a unities deprives the Drama of proportionable small face of one of its greatelt beauties; lize, there is no room to change which proves what I asserted, the fiere, but all must be done that the three unities are no arbiupon one spot of ground. Now trary mechanic invention, but from this lall unity (the necessary founded in reason and the nature itive of the two other, which de: of things. The Tempest of Shakerive immediately from nature) Spear fufficiently proves him to proceeds all that beauły of the be well acquainted with these Catajiropke, or the winding up unities; and the pallage in quelthe plot in the ancient comedy. tion thews him to have been For all the persons of the Drama feruck with the beauty that results being tɔ appear and act on one from them. WARBURTON, limited spot, and being by their 6 I promise you,] The folio ediseveral interests to embarras, and tion commonly differs from the at lengih to conduct the action firit quarto, by augmentations or to its destind period, there is inercions, but in this place it need of confummate skill to brirg varies by omifion, and by the then on, and take them oil, na omillion of fomething which natural'y and nec arly: for the turally introduces the following grace of action requires the one, dialogue. The quarto has the and the perfection of it the o- passage thus : ther. Which conduct of the ac I primire jout, the offels, he tion, muit needs produce a beau- writes of, fucceed unhappily, as of ty that will give a jujicious mind unnaturalnejs between the child the highest i leafure. On the o- and parent, death, dearth, dif;other hand, when a comic writer lutions of ancient amities, divikas a whole country to range in, hons in jat?, minaces and malenothing is eafier than to find the dictions against king and nobles,

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