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In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones,
Edm. Take them away.
Lear. Upon such facrifices, my Cordelia, The Gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee? He that parts us, fall bring a brand from heaven, And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine P eyes, The 9 goujeres fhall devour them, ' Aesh and fell, Ere they shall make us weep; we'll see 'em • starve first. i Come.
[Exeunt Lear and Cordelia guarded. Edm. Come hither, captain, bark". Take thou this note; go, follow them to prison. w One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost As this instructs thee, thou doit make thy way To noble fortunes. Know thou this, that men Are as the time is; to be tender minded Does not become a sword. * Thy great employment Will not bear question; either say thou'lt do's, Or thrive by other means.
Capt. I'll do't, my lord.
So the qu's and it f.; the rest eye. 4 The qu's read good for goujeres; the fo’s, R. and P. good years ; T. good-yers.
Pi. c. flesh and skin. J. Tre qu's read fleach and fell.
u Here H. 'gives a direction for Edmund to whisper ; but how is this? Is he to whisper his speech? how then Ihall.the audience hear it? Besides, he had no need to whisper when none, but the captain to whom he speaks, was within hearing. But I apprehend there were many foldiers remaining, who were not to be trusted with the fecret.
w The It q. reads ard for one.
Edm. About it, and write happy, when thou'st done.
y Capt. I cannot draw a carț, nor eat dry'd oats, If it be man's work I'll do't.
S CE N E VI.
Enter Albany, Gonerill, Regan, and soldiers.
Alb. Sir, you have ? shew'd to day your valiant straia, And fortune led you well; you have the captives, Who were the opposites of this day's strife : * We do require b them of you, so to use them, As we shall find their merits and our safety May equally determine.
Edm. Sir, I thought it fit
y All but the qu's omit this speech.
The ist q. reads fave for send. • The aft q. the fo's, and R. omit and appointed guard. í The aft q. reads coren for common. & The ist q. reads boljom; 2d q. blossomes; P. and all after bojoms. The qu's read of for on.
Which do command them. With him I sent the queen ;
Alb. Sir, by your patience,
Reg. That’s as we list to grace him. .
Gon. Not so hot;
Reg. In my 9 right,
i All but the ad q. omit a.
k All editions but H. read you and your for we and our; but H.'s reading fecms neceslary, or how can we account for the next speech of Albany,
| What is in italic is omitted in the fo's, R. P. and H.
Alb. That were the most if he should husband you.
Gon. Holla, holla!
Reg. Lady, I am not well, else I should answer
Gon. Mean you to enjoy him?
"[To Edmund: they offer to go out. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason. Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and in thine attaint, [Pointing to
* This line is not in the qu’s.
• The oft f. reads the walls are thine; the other fo's and the rest the walls are mine ; except H, who reads they all are thine; but the reading most agreeable to the context and to the traces of the letters in the ift f. seems to be this, thy will is mine. W. fays, the walls are thine, is a metaphorical expreffon taken from the camp, and signifying, to surrender at discretion.
? The qu's and P. give this speech to Edmund, and instead of the last word shine read good.
u This direction is H.'s.
'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord;
. If you will marry, make your b love to me, , My lady is bespoke.
c Gon. 'An enterlude!
Alb. Thou art arm'd, Glofter; let the trumpet found :
Reg. Sick, Ofick
Edm. There's my exchange. What in the world he is,
Alb. A herald, ho!
% The 2d q. reads her for this. 2 The qu's read the for your.
So the qu’s; and right; for it is spoken to Regan only: the rest read loves. « This speech is omitted in the qu's.
The qu’s omit let the trumpet found. • So the qu's; the rest person for head. f The fo's and R. read make for prove. & The fo's, R. and J. read medicine for poison. h So the qu's, T. W. and 7.; the rest the for thy. i H. reads whom not? k This speech is omitted by all but the qu's.