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« Thy heart ?" Cord. Ay, good my lord” – Lear. “ So young, and so

“Untender !" Cord. No, my lord, so young, and

true.” 315. Peace, Kent !

" Come not,” &c. We might read, without a hemistic, Peace, --come not 'twixt (or 'tween) the dra

gon and his wrath.” 316. That troop with majesty. Ourself, by

monthly course." We might obtain tolerable measure by reading: “That troop with majestý. We by monthly

course.” “ Of the rest.These words, which have no meaning, or no useful meaning, are, I am persuaded, an interpolation, and their dismissal will restore order to the passage, which they encumber and deform.It may proceed thus : “ We shall our abode Make with you by due turns, only, we still “ Retain the name and all the addition “ To å king--the sway, revenue, execution. “ Beloved sons be yours," &c.

We might regulate : “When power to flattery bows, to plainness

honour “ Is bound, when majesty to folly stoops :


" Reverse thy doom; in best consideration “ This rashness check: answer my life, my

judgment, &c.”— - To wage against thine enemies; nor fear “ To lose it now, thy safety being the

motive." Lear.

Out of my sight!” Kent. “ See better, Lear; and let

“ Me still remain the true blank of thine :

Lear. “Now, by Apollo, ----"
Kent. "

By Apollo, king,
“ Thou swear'st in vain.”
Lear. " O, vassal! recreant !” (Quarto.)
Alb. “ Dear sir.”
Corn. “ Forbear.”

The interposition by Cornwall and Albany seems to be impertinent, and is not in the quarto. 318.“ Reverbs no hollowness.

" Kent, on thy life, no more.“Kent” should be omitted. 319. Kent. - Do kill thy physician,&c.

There is no occasion for “ do," to spoil the metre. “On thine allegiance hear, and bide thy doom.

" Strain'd pride.The quarto reads “ straied pride,” which may be right; pride deviating from its proper course : but the present reading seems preferable :“pride inordinately stretched, or unnaturally exerted. 320.Our potency make good..

This, the reading of the quarto, I believe, is right: “ Since thou hast sought to make us break our

vow,” &c. "Our potency make good.”

i. e. Since you have dared thus to offend us, now prove or evince our power to punish you. 321. Upon our kingdom : if, on the tenth day

following.“On” should be ejected.

The moment,” &c. I would propose this regulation : " That moment is thy death: Away-begone ! " By Jupiter, this shall not be revok’d”. 322. “ My lord of Burgundy.

Samething has been lost here. Perhaps, They are welcome both, my lord of Burgundy." “ We first, &c. “ Or cease your quest of love?" Burg. “ Most royal Lear.323. “ Sir, "Will you, with those infirmities she

owes.“Sir” only spoils the linę. 324. “ Should in this trice of time Commit a thing so monstrous, to dis.

mantle “ So many folds of favour !"“So monstrous, to dismantle.” The omission

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of the comparative conjunction “ as," here,
though not singular, is unwarrantable.
That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd affec-

Fall into taint : which to believe of her,
Must be a faith,&c.

“Which,” here, very loosely refers to its antecedent, “ her offence." Perhaps, we might, with better connexion, read~"and to believ't of her,” &c. What succeeds wants regulation, both for the metre and the meaning. I would propose:

“ Must be a faith, that, without miracle,

" Reason could never plant in me.” Cord.

I yet
“ Beseech your majesty, if, for I want
“ The glib and oily art to speak, and not
“ To purpose, (since what I do well intend,
“ I'll do't before I speak,) you will make

326." - What I well intend,

" I'll do't before I speak.
What I conceive to be right, I will do, with
out speaking of it.

This may be the true interpretation, but I am
rather inclined to explain it thus :- What I well
intend-what I purpose to do, that is laudable or
good, I always fully determine in my mind, be-
fore I talk about it.
327. That it intends to do ?-My lord of

“To do,” should be ejected.”

Duchess of Burgundi.
Lear. Nothing : I have sworn; I am firm."

“I have sworn,” could be spared.

That you must lose a husband,&c. We might repair the metre here:

“ That you must lose a husband too." Cord.Well, peace

“ Be to my lord of Burgundy! for since
“ That cold respects of fortune are his love,

Certain I shall not be his wife.” 6 0 , fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, běing poor,”

&c. 328. Come, noble Burgundy,&c. “Noble” may well be spared.

The jewels of our father,

Cordelia leaves you." It appears strange that Mr. Steevens should not have adopted (especially after his fair defence of it) the change from “the” to “ ye.” 329. “ (So) farewell (to you both.)Gon.Prescribe not us Cour duties.)” Reg.

But let your study.The words enclosed might be omitted. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning

hides; Who cover faults, at last shame them

derides." This passage, notwithstanding the endeavours of the ingenious commentators, remains in perplexity, both with regard to sense and construction. Perhaps it is incorrigible. The best I can do with it is this :

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