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That hast within thee undivulged crimes,
Unwhipt of justice. Hide thee, thou bloody hand,
Thou Perjure, and thou Simular of virtue,
That art incestuous. Caitiff, shake to pieces,
3 That under covert and convenient feeming,
Haft practis'd on man's life !-Close pent-up guilts,
Rive your + concealing continents and ask
These dreadful summoners grace.--I am a man,
More finn'd against, than sinning.

Kent. Alack, bare-headed ?
Gracious my Lord, hard by here is a hovel,
Some friendship will it lend you’gainst the tempest;
Repose you there, while I to this hard house,
More hard than is the stone whereof 'tis rais'd,
Which ev'n but now, demanding after you,
Deny'd me to come in, return, and force
Their scanted courtesy.

Lear. My wits begin to turn.
Come on, my boy. How doft, my boy ? art cold?

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with bim, and pledges With otber foure of theyr affy The breath of him in a divided nyte,

draught; Dyfdayne, ryotte, Diffymuler, Is th' readiest man to kill him. fubiylte.

WARBURTON. The bouge of Courte. Convenient needs not be unWARBURTON. derstood in

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sense ; accommoconvenient seeming.] This date to the present purpose ; may be right. And if so, con- fuitable to a design. Convenient venient is used for commodious Seeming is appearance such as may or friendly. But I rather think promote his purpose to destroy. the poet wrote,

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I'm cold myself. Where is the straw, my fellow?
The art of our necessities is strange,
That can make vile things precious. Come, your

hovel.
Poor fool and knave, l’ve Sone part in my heart,
That's forry yet for thee.
Fool. He that has an a little tyny wit,

With heigh bo, the wind and the rain ;
Must make content with b's fortunes fit,

Though the rain it aineth every day. Lear. True, my good boy. Come, bring us to this hovel.

[Exit. Fool. 'Tis a brave night to cool a curtezan, I'll speak a prophecy ere 1 go.

When 5 - one part in my heart,] Ihen nobles are their tvilers Some edicions read,

tulos; --thing in my heart,

No hereticks burn'd, but wencber' from which Hanmer, and Dr. Juitors; Warburton after him, have made When every case in law is right, Aring, very unnecessarily; both No 'Squire in debt, nor no peer the copies have part.

Knight; 6 He that has but

tyny When fanders do not live in wil,) I fancy that the fe tongues, cond line of this stanza had once And cut-purses come a termination that rhymed with throngs ; the fourth; but I can only fancy Whenuiners tell their gold i'th' it; for both the copies agree.

fried, It was once pe haps written, And bawds, and whores, de With heighbo, the wind and the churches birild: rain in his way.

Then all the realm of Albion The meaning seems likewise to Come to great confufion require this insertion. He that Then comes the time, who lives 'bas wit, however fall, and to feel, fints wind and rain in his way, That Going shall be us'd with muft content himself by thinking, feel.] The judicious reader that somewhere or other it raineth will observe through this heap every day, and others are there of nonsense and confusion, that fore suffering like himfilf. this is not one, but two prophe 7 l'll speak a prophecy or erel go; cies. The first, a satyrical deWhen priests are more in words scription of the present manners

as future: And the second, a When brewers marr their malt fatyrical description of future with water ; manners, which the corruption of

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When priests are more in words than matter,
When brewers marr their malt with water ;
8 When nobles are their tailors' tutors;
9 No hereticks burnt, but wenches' suitors;
Then comes the time, who lives to fee't,
That going shall be us’d with feet.
When every case in law is right,
No squire, in debt, and no poor knight;
When Nanders do not live in tongues ;
And cut-purses come not to throngs ;

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ib? present would prevent from When fianders do not live in ever happening. Each of these

tongums; prophecies has its proper inte And cut-puites comie not to rence or deduction : yet, by an unaccountable ftupidity, the first When afurers tell their gold editors took the whole to be all i'ch' field; one prophecy, and fo jumbled And auds and whores do the two contrary inferences toge

chaches build : ther. The whole then should Then jhall the realm of Albion be read as follows, only premi Come to great confufion. i. e. sing that the firit line is corrupt:d

Never. by the loss of a word-or ere I go, The jagacity and acuteness of is not Englijb, and should be Dr. Vi art urton are very conspi. helped thus,

cuous in this note, He has dira 1. I'll speak a prophecy or two entangled the confusion of the

paffage, and I have inserted his When priefts are more in words emendation in the text Or e'er

is proved by Mr. Upsou to be When brewers marr their malt good English, but the contro

versy was not necessary, for or When nobles are their tailors' is not in the old copies.

ere I go.

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do bereticks burnt, but wenches' 8 Wben nobles are their tailors' Juitors;

tutors ;] i.e. invent fashions Then comes the time, who lives for them. WARBURTON.

10 feet, That Going shall be usd with No berelicks burnt, but flet. i. e. Now,

wercbes' fu.tors;] The dis2. When every "Je in law is ease to which wenches Ju tors are righe

particularly exposed, was called No jyuirz in debt, and no poor in Shakespeare's time the brenning knight;

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When usurers tell their gold i'th' field ; And bawds and whores do churches build: Then shall the realm of Albion Come to great confusion. This prophecy Merlin shall make, for I do live before his time, 1

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An Apartment in Glo'ster's Castle.

Enter Glo'ster, and Edmund. Glo. LACK, alack, Edmund, I like not this un

natural dealing; when I desir'd their leave that I might pity him, they took from me the use of mine own house; charg'd me on pain of perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for him, or any way sustain him.

Edm. Most favage and unnatural !

Glo. Go to; say you nothing. There is division between the Dukes, and a worse matter than that. I have receiv'd a letter this night. 'Tis dangerous to be spoken. I have lock'd the letter in my closet. These injuries, the King now bears, will be revenged home, there is part of a power already footed'; we must incline to the King ; I will look for him, and privily relieve him; go you, and maintain talk with the Duke, that my charity be not of him perceiv'd; if he ask for me, I am ill, and gone to bed. If I die for it, as no less is threaten'd me, the King my old master must be reliev'd. There are strange things toward, Edmund; pray, you, be careful.

[Exit. Edm. This curtesy, forbid thee, shall the Duke Instantly know, and of that letter too. This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me That which my father loses ; no less than all. The younger rises, when the old doth fall. [Exit,

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Enter Lear, Kent, and Fool.
Kent. ERE is the place, my Lord; good my

Lord, enter.
The tyranny o’the open night's too rough
For nature to endure.

[Storm fill.
Lear. Let me alone.
Kent. Good my Lord, enter here.
Lear. Let me alone.
Kent. Good my Lord, enter here.
Lear. Will't break my heart ?
Kent. I'd rather break mine own; good my Lord,

enter.

Lear. Thou think'st'tis much, that this contentious

storm
Invades us to the skin ; fo 'tis to thee;
But where the greater malady is fixt,
The lesser is scarce felt. Thou’dft shun a bear;
But if thy flight lay toward the roaring sea,
Thou’dst meet the bear i'th’mouth. When the mind's

free,
The body's delicate ; the tempeft in my mind
Doth from my senses take all Feeling else,
Save what beats there. Filial ingratitude !
Is it not, as this mouth should tear this hand
For lifting food to’t ?-But I'll punish home;
No, I will weep no more-In such a night,
To Put me out ?- Pour on, I will endure-
In such a night as this ? O Regan, Gonerill!
Your old kind father, whose frank heart all -
O, that way, madness lies ; let me shun that ;
No more of that.
Kent. Good my Lord, enter here.

Lear,

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