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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 :
By Apollo, king,
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
of the comparative conjunction “ as," here,
“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'll do't before I speak.”
“ Duchess of Burgundi.”
“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
“ 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 :