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Edg. The night gone by.
Edm. Parted you in good terms, found you no displeasure in him, by word or countenance ?
Edz. None at all.
Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you have offended bim : and, at my intreary, forbear his presence, until fome little time hach qualified the heat of his displeafure ; which at this inftant so rageth in him, that with the mischief of your person it would scarcely allay.
Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong.
Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a continent forbearance 'till the speed of his rage goes flower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my Lord speak. Pray you, go, there's my key. If you do ftir abroad, go arın'd..
Edg. Arm’d, brother!
Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best; I am no honest man, if there be any good meaning toward you : I have told you what I have seen and heard, but faintly; nothing like the image and horror of it. Pray yoll, away.
Edg. Shall I hear from you anon ?
seed!'s disidences, banisment of ture only what he already forefriedis, di lipation of courts, nup- knows by confederacy, or can sial breacles, and I know not attain by probable conjecture. auhat.
7 that with the mischief of It is easy to remarks, that in your person] This reading is in this speech, which ought, I think, both copies, yet I believe the to be inserted in the text, Ed. authcur gave it, that but with mund, with the common craft of the mischief of your person it fortune-tellers, mingles the past would scarce allay. and future, and cells of the in
Edm. I do serve you in this business. [Exit Edgar. A credulous father, and a brother noble, Whose nature is so far from doing harms, That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty My practices ride easy ; I see the business. Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit ; All with me's meet, that I can falhion fit. (Exit.
The Duke of Albany's Palace.
Enter Gonerill and Steward.
Gen. By day and night, he wrongs me. Every hour He flashes into one gross crime or other, That sets us all at odds; I'll not endure it. His Knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us On ev'ry trife. When he returns from hunting, I will not speak with him ; say, I am sick. If you come lack of former services, You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer.
Stew. He's coming, Madam, 1 hear him.
Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, You and your fellows ; I'd have it come to question. If he distaste it, let him to my sister, Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, Not to be over-rul'd. Idle old Man, That still would manage those Authorities,
8 Idle old Man,] The follow- themselves, and very much in lowing Lines, as they are fine in Character for Goneriil, I have re
That he hath giv'n away!-Now, by my Life,
stored from the Old Quarto. was not difficult to find, had The last verse, which I have cominon sense been attended to, ventured to amend, is there which tells us Shakespear must printed thus :
have wrote, With Checks, like Flatt'rics wher Old Folks are Babes again ; and' they are feen abusid.
muft be used THEO BALD. Vi ith Checks, NOT FLATT'RIES 9 Old Fools are babes again; when they're seen «bus'd. and must be used
i... Old folks being grown chilWith Checks LIKE Flatt’ries dren again, they should be used
when they're seen abus'd.] as we use children, with Checks, Thus the old Quario reads these when we find that the little Flatlines. It is plain they are cor t'ries we employed to quiet them rupt. But they have been made are abufed, by their becoming worse by a fruitless attempt to more peevith and perverse by incorrect them. And first, for dulgence. Old Fools are bahes again;
When they're feen abus'd. A proverbial expression is here i. e. when we find that those plainly alluded to; but it is a Flatt'ries are abused. Itrange proverb which only in
WARBURTON. forms us that fools are innocents. These lines hardly deserve a We should read,
note, though Mr. Theobald thinks Old Folks are Babes again ;- them very fine. Whether fools Thus speaks the proverb, and or folks thould be read is not with the usual good sense of one, worti enquiry. The contro. The next line is jumbled out of verted line is yet in the old all meaning.
quarto, not as the editors repreWith Checks LIKE Flatı'ries sent it, but thus :
when they're seen abus’d. With checks as fiatteries wh:n Mr. Theobald reitores it thus,
they are seen abus d. With Checks like Flatirers when I am in doubt whether there is
they're fien to abuse us. any errour of transcription. The Let us consider the sense a little. fense seems to be this: Old men Old Folks, says the speaker, ere must be treated with checks, when Bibes acoin; well, and what as they are seen to be deceived then? Why then they must be with flatteries : or, when they are ufed like Flittere s. But when
once zveak enough to be seen abused Shakespear quoted the Proverb, by flatieries, they are then weak we may be assured his purpose enough to be used with checks. was to draw some inference from There is a play of the words it, and not run rambling after a ujed and abused.' To abuse is, in fimilitude. And that inference our authour, very frequently the
Remember what I have said.
Stew. Very well, Madam.
Gon. And let his Knights have colder looks among you ; what grows of it, no matter ; advise your fellows fo. I'll write strait to my sister to hold my course. Prepare for dinner.
S CE N E
Changes to an open Place before the Palace.
Enter Kent disguis'd.
And can my speech disuse, my good intent
Horns within. Enter Lear, Knights and Attendants. Lear. Let me not stay.a jot for dinner. Go, get it
ready. How now, what art thou ?
[To Kent. Kent. A man, Sir.
Lear. What dost thou profess? what wouldlt thou with us?
Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem; to serve him truly, that will put me in trust; to love him that is honest; to converse with him that is wife
same as to deceive. This confruc. ousnefs of his editors, who retion is harsh and upgrammatical; ftore what they do not understand. Shakef care perhaps thought it I him that is uife AND SAYS vitious, and chose to throw away little ; ] Tho' saying little may the lines rather than correct them, be the character of wisdom, it nor would now thank the offici. was not a quality to chuse a com
and says little ; to fear judgment; to fight when I
Lear. What art thou ?
Lear. If thou be'st as poor for a subject, as he is for a King, thou art poor enough. What wouldest thou?
Kent. No, Sir, but you have that in your countenance, which I would fain call Master.
Lear. What's that?
panion by for his conversation. eating fish, on a religious ac. We thould read, TO SA Y little; count, being then esteemid such which was prudent when he a badge of popery, that when it chole a wise companion to profit was enjoin'd for a season by act by. So that it was as much as of parliament, for the encouto say, I profess to talk little my. ragement of the fish-towns, it felf, that I may profit the more was thought necessary to declare by the conversation of the wise. the rcalon; hence it was called
WARBURTON. Cecil's Faft. To this disgraceful To converse nifies immedi- badge of popery, Fletcher alludes ately and properaj to keep compa. in his Woman-hater, who makes zr, not to discows, e or talk. His the courtezan say, when Lazameaning is, that he chooses for rillo, in scarch of the Umbrano's his companions, pen of reserve head, was seized at her house by and caution; men who are no the Intelligencers, for a traytor. tattlers nor talespearers. The Gentlemen, I am glad you have old reading is the true.
discovered bim. He should not 2 und to eat no fish.] In Queen have eaten under my roof for Elizabeth's time the Papists were twenty powrds. And sure I did esteemed, and with good reason, not like himn when he called for enemies to the government. filh. And Marfion's Dutch CourHence the proverbial phrase of, tizan. I trust I am none of the He's an hon.ft man and eat na fill; wicked that cat fijh a fryday. to fignify he's a friend to the Go
WARBURTON. vernment and a Proteítant.' The