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of the quartos authorises, and what Theobald and Dr. Warburton adopted :

“Why do I trifle thus with his despair ?

" "Tis done to cure it.” 537. Ho, you sir ! friend! what are you?

Hear you 2-speak !" 538. But hare I falln, or no ? beseech you

mock not." 539. "

Do but look up." Glo. Look up! alack ! I cannot, I hăve no

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Enter Lear. There can be no reason, except corruption, for the first speeches of Lear, in this scene, being prose, when what follows is in measure: but the depravity is too rooted to admit of any attempt to obtain purity. 540. “ Gods, who make them honour's

Of men's impossibilities."
Who acquire glory by performing miracles.

The safer sense will ne'er accommodate

His master thus.A man in his right mind would never make such an appearance as this : “ the safer sense” is the unimpaired understanding, according to a mode of speech common enough-my better fortune; my better angel; my worser spirit, i. e. my evil genius. 543. They flatter'd me like a dog."

As a dog flatters, by fawning: Hotspur uses the same comparison :

“Why what a deal of candied courtesy “ This fawning greyhound then did proffer me.”

K. Henry IV. First Part. To say ay, and no, to every thing I said !-

Ay and no too was no good divinity." I know not whether this means, contradictions cannot agree with true orthodoxy or divinity, or to say ay and no at the same time was no good omen or divination; it did not bode good to me. Mr. Tooke, in The Diversions of Purley, derives aye or yea from the imperative of a northern verb, signifying, have it, enjoy it, possess it. If this be admitted there is a peculiar force in these words of Lear, alluding to his kingly authority. 544. “ Adultery."

This word has been foolishly inserted, as if necessary to the sense, which is better without it: I pardon that man's life: What was the cause ?"

The answer is made in the mind of the speaker, who proceeds: “Thou shalt not die: Die for adultery! No:

“Thou shalt a small gilded flyet copulation

Does letcher in my sight. Let copulation " Go on and thrive, for Gloster's bastard son Was kinder to his father, than my daughters, Got’tween the lawful sheets. To't luxury, “ For I lack soldiers.-Mark yon'simpering dame, " Whose face, between her forks, presageth snow, " That minces virtue, and with feign'd distaste, Does shake the head to hear of pleasure's name Not the fitchew, nor the soiled horse, goes to't With a more riðtous appetite; from the waist; Down, they are céntaŭrs, though women all

above." VOL 11.


Or, perhaps, better: '“With a more riotous appetite ; though women “ Above, down from the waist they are centaurs . áll. “There is the sulphurous pit, there burning,

scalding, “ Consumption, stench ;-fie! fie! fie ! pah !

give me “An ounce of civet, good apothecary, ...? " To sweeten my imagination there is į in “Is money for thée." . ..

Glo. O, let me kiss that hand?" is
Lear. Let me wipe it first; it smells of

mortality.It is not easy to utter this as an harmonious line : “Let me wipe't first; for it smells of mortálytý.” I do remember well enough thine eyes :. .:. “What, dost thou squinny at me ? No, no, do “ Thy worst, blind Cupid, I'll not love, read

thou “This challenge, mark you but the penning of it." 549. “ This a good block !" ,"'; ***

I believe Lear now alludes to the eyeless head of Gloster, to which succeeds the idea of the hat and felt. It. .

L:..,111 i prosed is 'n 552. "

Thou hast one daughter. ! ! Who redeems nature from the general

Which twain have brought her to.,.. · This thought, not so widely extended, Mr.


Pope has introduced into his Elegy on the Death of an Unfortunate Lady :

“ Nor left one virtue to redeem her race.” 553. “ A most poor man, Who, by the art of known and feeling

sorrows, *“Am pregnant to good pity.9. This is incorrectly expressed; the art of known and feeling sorrows, for the art or habit acquired by knowing and feeling sorrows.' Mr. Gray has adopted the sentiment in his Ode to Adversity : " What sorrow was thou bad'st her know, "And from her own, she learn'd to melt at others

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" My worser spirit,.... i. e. My evil genius; an expression consonant to “ the safer sense,” i. e. the same, or the sound. sense, line 429.

" By the art,&c. 1 The words may admit of this construction, who, by the effect of acknowledged and deepfelt sorrows,” &c.

“: B. STRUTT. 558.“ O, undistinguish'd space of woman's mtr.ri.will !";

I am doubtful - whether this means, “O, incomprehensible extent of woman's desires !" or that it is a reflection on the fickleness and uncertainty, the varium et mutabile semper of woman's appetite; Dr: Warburton gives the latter interpretation, and that may receive support from some words that Posthumus utters on the subject :


For even to vice “ They are not constant, but are changing still, " One vice but of a minute old, for one “ Not half so old as that."

" Ingenious feeling." Thus in Hamlet: That robb’d thee of thy most ingenious sense."

“And every measure of requital fail me.'! These words seem wanting.

SCENE VII. $64. Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears

Do scald like molten lead." “That” for “ insomuch that,” “ so that;" as in other places : " There's one did laugh in his sleep, and one cried

murder ! “ That they did wake each other,” &c. 566. Be your tears wet?»

Is your sorrow unfeigned? Do you weep in deed? “ Be” for “ are," the subjunctive mood instead of the indicative, especially in this auxi, liary verb, is too common with the old writers.

" No cause! no cause!" More disorder of the metre. I would regulate


“You have some cause, they none." Cord. “ No cause ! no cause !

“Do not abuse me now, I pray you, de


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