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Edg. He faints ; my lord,
Kent. Vex not his ghost: 0, let him pass! He hates him,
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,
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
Kent. I have a journey, Sir, shortly to go ;
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.
TIMON, a noble Athenian.
several Servants to Usurers.
Thieves, Senators, Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Mercer, and
Merchant ; with divers servants and attendants.
SCENE, Athens; and the Woods not far