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Beware my follower. Peace, Smolkin, peace, thou Smolkin
fiend! Glo. What, hath your Grace no better company?
Edg. The Prince of Darkness is a gentleman ; Moo Modib. bx he's called, and abu.
Maho. Glo. Our Aesh and blood, my Lord, is grown fo vile, That it doth hate what gets it.
Edg. Tom's a-cold.
Glo Go in with me; my duty cannot fuffer
Lear. First, let me talk with this Philosopher. - What is the cause of thunder?
Knt. My good Lord, take his offer.
Lear. I'll talk a word with this fame learned Tbeban,
Kent. Importune him once more to go, my Lord.
Lear. O cry you mercy, Sir.
Edg. Tom's a-cold.
Corn. Edm. How, my Lord, I may be censur'd
Lear. Come, let's in all.
Lear. With him ;
Kent. Good my Lord, sooth him ; let him take the fellow.
Glo. Take him you on.
Edg. 3 Child Rowland to the dark tower came,
(Exeunt. SCENE VIII.
Changes to Glo'ster's Castle.
Will have revenge, ere I depart his house. that Nature thus gives way to loyalty, something fears me to think of.
Corn. I now perceive, it was not altogether your brother's evil disposition made him seek his death; + but a provoking merit, set a-work by a reprovable badness in himself.
3 Child Rowland-] In the maker translated, Child Roland. old times of chivalry, the noble
WARBURTON. youth who were candidates for This word is in some of our knighthood, during the season ballads. There is a song of of their probation, were called Child Walter, and a Lady. Infans, Varlets, Damoyfels, Bache 4 but a provoking merit] i.e. liers. The most noble of the a merit which being neglected youth particularly, Infans. Here by the father, was provoked to a story is told, in some old bal.
an extravagant act. The Oxo lad, of the famous hero and ford Editor, not understanding giant killer Roland, before he this, alters it to provoked spirit. was knighted, who is, therefore,
WAR BURTON called Infans; which the ballad
Edm. How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be juft? This is the lecter, which he spoke of; which approves him an intelligent party to the advantages of France. Oh heavens! that this treason were not ; or not I the detector !
Corn. Go with me to the Dutchess.
Edm. If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty business in hand,
Corn. True or false, it hath made thee Earl of Gloʻster. Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehension.
Edm. [Afide.) If I find him comforting the King, it will stuff his suspicion more fully. I will persevere in
my course of loyalty, though the conflict be fore between that and my blood.
Corn. I will lay trust upon thee ; and thou shalt find a dearer father in my love.
Glo. ERE is better than the open air, take it
thankfully. I will piece out the comfort with what addition I can; I will not be long from you.
Exit. Kent. All the power of his wits has given way to his impatience. The Gods reward your kindness!
comforting ] He uses the its derivation ; falvia confortat word in the juridical sense for ne, vos. Schol. Sal. Supporting, helping, according to
Enter Lear, Edgar, and Fool. Fralaretto Edg. Fraterreto calls me, and tells me, Nera is an
angler in the lake of darkness. Pray, Innocent, and beware the foul fiend.
Fool. Prythee, nuncle, tell me, whether a madman be a gentleman, or a yeoman?
Lear. A King, a King.
Fool. No, he's a yeoman, that has a gentleman to his son ; for he's a mad yeoman, that fees his son a gentleman before him.
Lear. To have a thousand with red burning spits Come hizzing in upon 'em
Edg. The foul fiend bites my back.
Fool. He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, ? a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's oa'b.
Lear. It shall be done, I will arraign them strait.
6 Come hizzing in upon 'em---] ing restor d. THBOBALD. Then follow in the old edition What is omitted in the folio, feveral speeches in the mad way, and inserted from the older copy, which probably were left out by I have printed in Italicks. the Players, or by Shakespea 7 the HEALTH of a horse, himself; I shall however infert Without doubt we should read them here, and leave them to the HEELS, 1. e. to stand behind him. Pope.
WARBURTON. As Mr. Pope had begun to in Shakespeare is here speaking fert several Speeches in the mad not of things maliciously treachway, in this Scene, from the erous, but of things uncertain Old Edition ; I have ventured to and not durable. A horse is above seplace several others, which all other aniinals subject to difstand upon the same Footing, eases. and had an equal Right of be
Come o'er the Broom, Bely, to me.
Why lhe dares not come over to thee. Edg. The foul fiend baunts poor Tom in the voice of a nightingale. Hopdance cries in Tom's belly for two Hoberà i a bite Herrings., Croak not, black angel, I have no food - dance for tbee.
Kent. How do you, Sir? 'Stand you not so amaz’d;
Thy Sheep be in the Corn;
Thy Sheep Shall take no Harm;
Lear. Arraign her first; 'tis Gonerill. I here take miy
Fool. Come bitber, Misress, is your name Gonerill ?
Edg. Bless tby five wits.
& Come oer The Broom, Besly, we may better read,
to me ] As there is no rela Come o'er the brook, Bessy, to tion between broom and a boat, Vol. VI.