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• Mumbling of wicked Charms, conj'ring the moon To stand's auspicious mistress.

Glo. But where is he?
Edm. Look, Sir, I bleed.
Glo. 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 'Gainst Parricides did all 3 their thunder bend, Spoke with how manifold and strong a bond The child was bound to th' father. -Sir, in fine, Seeing how lothly opposite I stood To his unnat’ral purpose, in fell motion With his prepared sword he charges home My unprovided body, lanc'd my arm; And when he saw my best alarmed spirits, Bold in the quarrel's right, rous’d to th' encounter, Or whether *gafted by the noise I made, Full suddenly he fled.

Glo. Let him fly far ; s Not in this land shall he remain uncaught; And found.-Despatch. The noble Duke my master, My worthy arch and patron, comes to night;

2 Mumbling of wicked Charms, ble Duke, &c.] This non

conj'ring the moon] This was sense should be read and pointed a proper circumstance to urge to thus, Glo'ster; who appears, by what Not in this land Mall be remain passed between him and his baf- uncangbi; tard son in a foregoing scene, to And

found, dispatcbd. be very superstitious with regard

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; their thunder --First edition; mends the sense: I think it may the rest have it, the thunder. be better regulated as in the page *gafted] Frighted.

above. The sense is interrupted. s Not in this land shall be re. He shall be caught-and found main uncaught;

be shall be punished. Despatch. And found dispatch the no



By his authority I will proclaim it,
That he, who finds him, shall deserve our thanks,
Bringing the murtherous coward to the stake ;
He that conceals him, death.

Edın. When I diffwaded him from his intent,
· And found him pight to do it, with curst speech
I threaten'd to discover him.

He replied,
Thou unpoffefling Bastard ! do'st thou think,
If I would stand against thee, 8 would the reposal

any trust, virtue, or worth in thee
Make thy words faith'd ? no; when I should deny,
As this I would, although thou didst produce
My very character, I'd turn it all
To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practice ;
And thou must make a dullard of the world,
If they not thought the profits of my death
Were very pregnant and potential spurs
To make thee seek it.

[Trumpets within.
Glo. Oo strange, faften'd villain !
Would he deny his letter ? – I never got him. —
Hark, the Duke's trumpets! I know not why he

-All Ports I'll bar; the villain shall not ’scape ;
The Duke must grant me that ; besides, his picture
I will send far and near, that all the Kingdom
May have due note of him. And of my land,
Loyal and natural Boy, I'll work the means
To make thee capable.

o murd'rous coward] The first 8 — would the reposal] 1. t. edition reads, caitiff

would any opinion that men 7 And f.und him pight to do it, have reposed in thy trust, virtue, with curf Speech] Pight is &c.

WARBURTON. pitched, fixed, settled. Curft is 9 Strong and fastened. 4to. Tevere, harsh, vehemently angry.

Vol. VI.



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Enter Cornwall, Regan, and Attendants. Corn. How now, my noble friend ? Since I came

hither, Which I can call but now, I have heard strange news.

Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short, Which can pursue th' offender. How does my lord ? Glo. O Madam, my old heart is crack’d, it's

crack’d. Reg. What, did my father's godson seek your life? He whom my father nam'd? Your Edgar ?

Glo. O lady, lady, Shame would have it hid.
Reg. Was he not companion with the riotous

That tend upon my father?

Glo. I know not, Madam. 'Tis too bad, too bad.
Edm. Yes, Madam, he was of that consort.

Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill affected ;
'Tis they have put him on the old man's death,
To have th' expence and waste of his revenues.
I have this present evening from my fifter
Been well inform'd of them; and with such cautions,
That if they come to fojourn at my house,
I'll not be there.

Corn. Nor I, I assure thee, Regan.
Edmund, I hear, that you have shewn your father
A child like office.

Edm. 'Twas my duty, Sir.

Glo. He did bewray his practice, and receiv'd
This hurt you see striving to apprehend him.

Corn. Is he pursu'd ?
Glo. Ay, my good lord.

Corn. If he be taken, he shall never more
Be fear'd of doing harin. Make your own purpose,
How in my strength you please. As for you, Edmund,



Whose virtue and obedience in this instance
So much commends itself, you shall be ours ;
Natures of such deep Trust we shall much need:
You we first feize on.

Edm. I shall serve you, Sir,
Truly, however else.

Glo. I thank your Grace.
Corn. You know not why we came to visit you-
Reg. Thus out of season threading dark-ey'd

* Occasions, noble Gloʻster, of some prize,
Wherein we must have use of your advice.
Our father he hath writ, fo hath our fifter,
Of diff'rences, which I best thought it fit
To anfwer 4 from our home: the sev'ral messengers
From hence attend despatch. Our good old friend,
Lay Comforts to your bofom; and bestow
Your needful counsel to our businesses,
Which crave the instant use.

Glo. I serve you, Madam. Your Graces are right welcome.


1-threading dark-ey'd Night.] a Needle in the dark. THEOB. I have not ventur'd to displace The quarto reads, this Reading, tho' I have great -threat'ning dark-eyed night. Suspicion that the Poet wrote, ? Occasions, noble Glo'ster, of

-treading dark eyd Night. Some PRIZE, ] We should i. e. travelling in it. The other read, Poise, i. e. weight. carries too obscure and mean an

WAR BURTON. Allufion. It muft either be Why not prize or price for vaborrow'd from the Cant-phrase lue? of tbreading of Alleys, i. e. go- from our home :] Not ing thro' bye passages to avoid at home, but at some other place. the high Streets; or to threading


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Enter Kent, and Steward, severally.
Stew. + Good dawning to thee, friend. Art of this

Kent. Ay.
Stew. Where may we set our horses ?
Kent. I'th' mire.
Stew. Pr’ythee, if thou lov'st me, tell me.
Kent. I love thee not.
Stew. Why then I care not for thee.

Kent. If I had thee in s Lipsbury pinfold, I would make thee care for me.

Stew. Why dost thou use me thus ? I know thee not.

Kent. Felow, I know thee.
Stew. What dost thou know me for?

Kent. A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats, a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-Itocking knave ; a lillyliver'd, action-taking knave ; a whorson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting Nave; one that would'it be a bawd in way of

4 Good evening) In the com- In the violent eruption of mon editions it is Good DAWN- reproaches which bursts from ING, tho' the time be apparent- Kent in this dialogue, there are ly night. But this was not: kake some epithets which the comfpear's phrase. The common edi. mentators have left unexpoundtions were corrupt indeed, and ed, and which I am not very should have given it us, as the able to make clear. Of a three. poet wrote it, GOOD DOWNING. fuited knave I know not the i. e. good rest, the common meaning, unless it be that he has evening-falutation of that time. different dresses for different ocWARBURTON. cupations.

cupations. Lilly-liver'd is cow. It is plainly past evening, and ardly; white-blooded and whitemay, without any inconvenience, liver'd are still in vulgar use. be supposed to be dawning. An one trunk inheriting have I

s Lipsbury pinfold.] The allu. take to be a wearer of old caftfion which seems to be contained off cloaths, an inheritor of torn in this line I do not underitand. breeches.


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