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Lear, Nothing can come of nothing; speak again.
Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
Cor. Good my Lord,
Lear. But goes thy heart with this?
Lear. Let it be so, thy truth then be thy dower
6 To love my father all.] first edition, without which the These words restored from the sense was not compleat. Pope.
Be as well neighbour'd, pitied, and reliev'd,
Kent. Good my Liege
Lear. Peace, Kent !
So be my grave my peace, as here I give
only retain the whole is,-) will only retain The name, and all th' addition the name and all the ceremonito a King ;
ous observances that belong to a I be sway, revenue, execution, King; the effentials, as sway,
Beloved fons, be yours ;). The revenue, administration of the old books read the lines thus, laws, be yours. The fuar, revenue, execution
WARBUR TON. OP THE REST,
Execution of the roj] I do not Beloved fons, be yours.
see any great difficulty in the This is evidently corrupt, and words, execution of the rest
, which the editors not knowing what to are in both the old copies. The make of of the rest left it execution of the rejl is, I supThe true reading, without · pose, all the other bufiness. Dr.
Warburton's own explanation of The fway, revenue, execution his amendment confutes it; if OF TH' HEST,
best be a regal command, they Beloved fons, be yours.
were, by the grant of Lear, to Heft, is an old word for regal have rather the hejt than the excommand : so that the sense of eca:iin,
This Coronet part between you. [Giving the Crown.
Kent. Royal Lear,
Lear. Kent, on thy life no more.
kave dread to fpak,) have or I wiljake ny life on my opini.n.
10 pluinness Honour numbers, with a degree of in Is bound, when Majeliy 10 folly fincerity, which, if not fome falls. umes detected and censured, Referve tby fate; with better muit impair the credit of antient
judgment check books. One of the editors, and Tb s hideous raftness; with my perhaps only one, kne:v how life I answer, much mischief may be done by T by loungefi dau brer, &c. foch clandeftine alteracions.
I am inclined to ihink that reThe quarto agrees with the ve' se iry doom was Shakespeare's folio, except that for refer ie thy fift reading, as more apposite Bare, it gives, rete le iby don, to the p:esent o cafion, and that and ha ft ceps initead of falls to he changed it afterwards to re
Jerve thy flate, which conduces The meaning of anf ver my more to the progress of she aclife they judgment is, Let my iifė Lion.
To wage against thine enemies, nor fear to lofe it,
Lear. Out of my fight!
Kent. See better, Leor, and let me still remain 9 The true blank of thine eye.
Lear. Now by Apollo
Kent. Now by Apollo, King, Thou swear'st thy gods in vain. Lear. O vaffal! miscreant !
(Laying his band on his sword. Alb. Corn. Dear Sir, forbear.
Kent. Kill thy physician, and thy fee bestow
Lear. Hear me, recreant ! Since thou haft sought to make us break our vow, Which we durft never yet; and with ' strain’d pride, * To come betwixt our sentence and our power; 'Which nor our nature, nor our place, can bear ;
Our 9 The true blank of thine eye ] stood before he corrupted the The blink is the white or exact words, was this: “ You have mark at which the arrow is shot. “ endeavour'd, says Lear, to See berter, says Kent, and k “ make me break my oath, always in your view.
you have presumed to stop the firaind pride, ] The “ execution of my sentence: oldest copy reads, firayed pride;
" the latter of these attempts that is, pride exorbitant; pride “ neither my temper nor bigha paling due bounds.
6 station will suffer me to bear ; : To come betwixt our fentence " and the other, had I yielded
and our power;] Power, for to it, my power could not execution of the sentence. “ make good, or excuse."
WARBURTON. Which, in the first line, referring 3 k'hich nor our nature, nur our to both attempts : But the amplace can bear,
biguity of it, as it might refer Our potency make good;] Mr. only to the latter, has occasioned Tbeobald, by putting the first all the obscurity of the paffage. line into a parenthesis and al
WARBURTON. tering make to made in the fee Theobald only inserted the cond line, had destroyed the parenthesis ; he found made good lenfe of the whole ; which, as it in the best copy of 1623. Dr.
Our potency made good, take thy reward.
(To Cordelia. That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said. And your large speeches may your deeds approve,
(To Reg. and Gon. That good effects may spring from words of love. Thus Kent, O Princes, bids you all adieu ; s He'll shape his old course in a country new. (Exit. Warbu: ton has very acutely ex Mr. Davies thinks, that our plained and defended the read- potency made good relates only to ing that he has chosen, but I am our place.—Which our nature cannot certain that he has chosen not bear, nor our place, without sight. If we take the reading departure from the potency of that of the folio, our potency made place. This is easy and clear. good, the sense will be less pro Lear, who is characterized as found indeed, but less intricate, hot, heady and violent, is, with and equally commodious. As very juft observation of life, made thou hast come with unrenfonable to entangle himself with vows, pride between the sentence which upon any sudden provocation to I had poljed, and the power by vow revenge, and then to plead which I jrall execute it, take thy the obligation of a vow in dereward in another sentence which fence of implacability. fall make good, shall efta'lib, 4 By Jupiter. ] Shakeficare pall maintain, that power.
makes his Lear too much a myIf Dr. Warburton's explana- thologist: he had Hecate and Ation be chosen, and every reader pollo before. will wish to choose it, we may
s He'll shape his old course-] better read,
He will follow his old maxims; Which nor our nature, nor cur he will continue to act upon the ftate can bear,
same principles. Or potency make good.