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Edm. Well thought on. Take
Take my sword,
That the foredid herself.
[Edmund is borné off
Enter Lear, with Cordelia dead in his arms.
Lear. e Howl, howl, howl, howl, O, you are men
of 6 flone;
Kent. Is this the promis'd end ?
< So the ift q.; the rei omit the captain.
· So the 1st q. the fo's, R. and J.; the ad q. P. and the rest omit that fee foredid herself.
¢ The fo's and R. repeat hewl but three times,
* Edg. O image of true honour !
Lear. This feather stirs, the lives; if it be fo,
Lear. A plague upon you murd'rous traytors all!
Gent. 'Tis true, my lords, he did.
Lear. Did I not, fellow? 9 I have seen the day, with my good biting faulchion
* The qu's, fo's, R. and 3. read,
Edg. Or image of that borror.
Alb. Fall and cease. P. not being able to amend these two speeches, leaves them out, and the rest of the editors after him (besides 7.): as they have done other passages. But this is undoubtedly a corruption of something which Shakespeare wrote; and it had been but fair to print it, that every reader might try to restore the original reading. Till a better emendation is proposed, read as in the text,
Edg. O image of true bonour !
Alb. Fair and chajte.
I So the qu’s; the rest which for that.
I would have made them skip: I am old now,
Who are you?
Kert. If fortune ' brag of two. The lov'd and hated,
Lear, x This is a dull " light. Are z you not Kent ?
Kent. The same ; your servant Kent. Where is your servant Caius ?
Lear. • 'Twas a good fellow, I can tell you that,
Kent. No, my good lord, I am the very man
Kent. That from your first of difference and decay,
Lear. You are welcome hither.
The fo's and R. read him for them.
The 2d, 3d, and 4th fo's omit not; the 2d q. reads none; followed by the after-editors.
+ The qu's read bragd.
Though all the editions read we behold; it is evident we fould read
* The qu's, P. T. H. and W. omit this is a dull light.
y Though all the editions that have this passage read fight for light; the context seems to require we should read light.
2 The qu's read not you, 2 All before T. read,
He's a good fellow, I can tell you (the qa's omit you] that,
He'll strike, and quickly too : he's dead and rotten. 1 The qu's and P. read life for firft. « P. reads 'twas for nor ; followed by H. * T. reads dead (as no edition before) followed by W. and J.
Your eldest daughters have e fore-done themselves,
Lear. * Ay, fo I think,
Alh. He knows not what he sfees; and vain "it is, That we present us to him.
Edg. Very bootless.
i Enter a Messenger
Mel. Edmund is dead, my lord.
Alb. That's but a trifle k here. You lords and noble friends, know our intent; What comfort to this great decay may come, Shall be applied. For us, we will resign, During the life of this old Majesty, To him our absolute power ; m to you, your rights, [To Edg. . With boot, and such addition as your n honours Have more than merited. All friends shall taste The wages of their virtue, and all foes The cup of their deservings. O see, see
Lear. And my poor fool is hang'd. P No, no, no life. Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life,
e The ist q. reads foredoome; the 2d fore-doom'd.
8 So the qu’s; all the rest Jays for fees. But the sense is, he won't know us when he sees us, therefore 'tis in vain to present ourselves to him
h So the qu's; the rest is it.
And thou no breaih at ail? ' O thou wilt come no more, • Nerer, never, neverPray you, undo this button. "Thank
" Thank you, fir. Do you fee this? Look on her look-u her lips Look there, look there
w [He dies, Edg. He faints ; * my lord, my lordy Kent. Break, heart, I pr’ythee, break! Edg. Look 2 up, my lord.
Kent. Vex not his ghost. O let him pass. He hates himą, That would upon the rack of this tough world Stretch him out longer.
Edg. O he is gone indeed.
Kent. The wonder is he hath endur'd so long ; He but usurp'd his life.
Alb. Bear them from hence; our present bufiness Is d general woe. Friends of my soul, you twain
[To Kent and Edgar. Rule in this realm, and the 'gor'd state fustain
So the qu's; the rest thou'lt come no more, omitting 0. • So the qu’s; the rest repeat never five times.
· The qu’s conclude this speech, tharik you, sir. 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, omitting do you see this, &c.
"So the art f.; all after in sert on before ber lips.
The qu’s give this speech to Lear.
a The ad q. reads much after him.
• All but the qu's omit 0.