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Edg. He faints ; my lord,
Kent. Break heart, I pr'ythee, break!
Edg. Look up, my lord.

Kent. Vex not his ghost: 0, let him pass! He hates him,
That would upon the rack of this rough world
Stretch him out longer.

Edg. He is gone, indeed.

Kent. The wonder is, he hath endur'd so long : He but usurpt his life.. .

For Zeal, for Justice, Kindness, and for Care,
To God, his Subjeets, Me, and Common weale,
By his Appointment was ordayn'd for me.
I cannot wish the Thing that I do want ;
I cannot want the Thing, but I may have ;
Save only This which I shall ne're obtayne,
My Father's Love ; Oh, This I ne're fall gayne.
I would abstayne from any nutryment,
And pyne my body to the very bones :
Barefoote I would on pilgrimage set forth,
Unto the furthest Quarters of the Earth,
And all my Life time would I fackcloth weare,
And mourning-wife powre duft upon my head :
So he but to forgive me once would please,
That his gray haires might go to heaven in Peace.
And yet I know not how I him offended,
Or wherein justly I've deserved Blame.
Ob Sisters! You are much to blame in This ;
It was not He, but You, that did me Wrong.
Yet, God forgive both Him, and You, and Me,
Ev'n as I do in perfect Charity.
I will to Church, and pray unto my Saviour,
That, e're I dye, I may obtayne his Favour.


This is, surely, such Poetry as one might hammer out, Stans pede in uno ; or, as our Author says, “ it is the right Butter-Woman's Rank to Mar«« ket : and a Man might versify you so eight years together, dinners, “ and suppers, and sleeping hours excepted.” - Again, Shakespeare was too well vers'd in Holingshead not to know, that King Lear reign'd above 800 years before the Period of Christianity. The Gods his King talks of are Jupiter, Juno, Apollo ; and not any Deities more modern than bis own Time. Licentious as he was in Anachronisms, he would have judg'd it an unpardonable Absurdity to have made a Briton of Cordella's time talk of her Saviour. And, his not being trapt into such ridiculous Slips of Ignorance, seems a plain Proof to me that he stole neither from his Predecessors, nor Contemporaries of the English Theatre, both which abounded in them.


Alb. Bear them from hence, our present business
Is general woe: friends of my soul, you twain
Rule in this Realm, and the gor'd State sustain.

Kent. I have a journey, Sir, shortly to go ;
My master calls me; I must not say, no.

Dies. Alb. The weight of this sad time we must obey, (64). Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath born most ; we, that are young, Shall never see so much, nor live so long.

[Exeunt with a dead March,

(64) Alb. The Weight of this fad Time, &c.] This Speech from the Authority of the Old 4to is, rightly plac'd to Albany: in the Edition by the Players it is given to Edgar, by whom, I doubt not, it was of Custom fpoken. And the Case was this: He who play'd Edgar, being a more favourite Actor, than he who personated Albany ; in Spight of Decorum, it was thought proper he should have the last Word.

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Dramatis Perfonæ.

TIMON, a noble Athenian.
Lucius, 1 two flattering Lords.
Lucullus, 3 de journering Loras.
Apemantus, a churlis Philosopher.
Sempronius, another flattering Lord.
Alcibiades, an Athenian General,
Flavius, Steward to Timon.
Flaminius, ).
Lucilius, $ Timon's Servants.
Ventidius, one of Timon's false Friends.
Cupid and Maskers.

several Servants to Usurers.

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Thieves, Senators, Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Mercer, and

Merchant ; with divers servants and attendants.

SCENE, Athens; and the Woods not far

from it.

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