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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
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."
“ 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
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
" 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