Imatges de pÓgina


Lear. Haft thou given all to thy two daughters? and

art thou come to this?


Edg. Who gives any thing to poor Tom? whom the foul fiend hath led through fire and through flame, through 'ford and whirlpool, o'er bog and quagmire; that hath laid knives under his pillow, and halters in his pew; fet ratsbane by his h pottage; made him proud of heart, to ride on a bay trotting horfe over four inch'd bridges, to course his own fhadow for a traitor. i Blefs thy five wits-Tom's a-cold-k O do, de, do, de, do, de-Blefs thee from whirlwinds, ftar-blasting, and taking; do poor Tom fome charity, whom the foul fiend vexes. There could I have him now-and there-and there again—" and there.

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[Storm continues. Lear. What, have his daughters brought him to this

P pafs?

Couldst thou fave nothing? 9 didst thou give 'em all?

So the qu's; the reft did thou give, &c.

d All but the qu's omit two.

e The qu's omit through flame.

f The fo's and R. read fword for ford.

The qu's read whirli-poole. J. inserts through before whirlpool,

h So the qu's; the rest porridge.

The three laft fo's and R. read arch'd for inch'd.

i The fo's read bliffe for blefs.

k The qu's omit O do, de, do, de, do, de.

1 The qu's read ftar-blufting.

m The 4th f. and all after read here for there.

n The qu's omit and there.

The fo's, R. and P. omit what.

The qu's omit have; the ift, ad, and 3d fo's has for have,

P The 4th f. reads affe for pass.

The fo's and R. read wouldst for didft.


Fool. Nay, he referv'd a blanket, elfe we had all been


Lear. Now all the plagues that in the pendulous air

Hang fated o'er men's faults,

light on thy daughters!

Kent. He hath no daughters, fir.

Lear. Death! traitor. Nothing could have fubdued nature To fuch a lownefs, but his unkind daughters.

Is it the fashion that difcarded fathers

Should have thus little mercy on their flesh?
Judicious punishment! 'twas this flesh begot
Thofe pelican daughters.

Edg. Pillicock fat on Pillicock hill,

Halloo, halloo, loo, loo!

Fool. This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.

Edg. Take heed o'th' foul fiend.

thy word justly, Swear not.

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Obey thy parents. Keep

Commit not with man's

fworn spouse. Set not thy fweet heart on proud array.

Tom's a-cold.

Lear. What haft thou been?

Edg. A ferving-man, proud in heart and mind; that curl'd my hair, w wore gloves in my cap, ferved the luft of my mistress' heart, and did the act of darkness with her; fwore as many oaths as I fpake words, and broke them in the fweet

The qu's read fall for light.

The qu's read Pilicock fat on Pelicock's bill, a lo lo lo.


For word the qu's read words. The 1st f. word's juftice; the other fo's word, juflice; R. word, do juftice.

"The fo's, R. P. and T.'s 8vo read fweet-heart.

"It was a custom to wear gloves in the hat, upon three different motives; either as the favour of a mistress; in honour of fome other respected friend; or as a mark to be challenged by an adverfary where a duel was de


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face of heaven. One that slept in the contriving of luft, and wak'd to do it. Wine lov'd I deeply; dice dearly, and in woman out-paramour'd the Turk. Falfe of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand; hog in floth, fox in stealth, wolf in greediness, dog in madness, lion in prey. Let not the creaking of shoes, nor the rulings of filks, betray thy poor heart to women. Keep thy foot out of brothel, thy hand out of placket, thy pen from lender's book, and defy the foul fiend. Still through the hawthorn blows the cold wind: fays fuum, mun, nonny, dolphin my boy, boy Seffey let him trot by. [Storm continues.

pending. And to this cuftom in all these three cafes, has our author at different times alluded.


His anfwer was he would unto the fews,

And from the common'ft creature pluck a glove
And wear it as a favour.


Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with crowns,
And give it to this fellow. Keep it, fellow,
And wear it for an honour in thy cap.

And, again, in the fame play.

K. Hen. Give me any gage of thine, and I will wear it in my bonnet; then if ever thou dar't acknowledge it, I will make it my quarrel.

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* So the qu's and fo's; the reft omit of.

y The fo's and R. read dearly for deeply.

z The ad f. reads bloody hand; the 3d and 4th and R. bloody handed.

a So the qu's; which echoes the fenfe better than ruffling, the reading of

all the rest.

b So the qu's; the rest woman.

So the qu's; the rest brothels, plackets, books, for brothel, placket, book. The 3d and 4th fo's read thy for the.

e The qu's read hay no on ny, dolphin, my boy, my boy, cease, let him trot by. f The 3d and 4th fo's read ay

for by.


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Lear. Why, thou wert better in thy grave, than to anfwer with thy uncover'd body this extremity of the fkies. Is man no more i but this? Confider him well. Thou ow't the worm no filk, the beaft no hide, the fheep no wool, the cat no perfume. Ha! here's three' on's are sophisticated, thou art the thing itself; unaccommodated man is no more but fuch a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art. off, you lendings; come, unbutton here.

m Off,

[Tearing off his cloaths.

Fool. Pr'ythee, nuncle, be " content; this is a naughty night to fwim in. Now a little fire in a P wide field were like an old lecher's heart, a small spark, and all the rest on's body cold. Look, here comes a walking fire.

Edg. This is the foul' fiend Flibbertigibbet; he begins at curfew, and walks till the firft cock. "He gives the web and the pin, fquints the eye, and makes the hair-lip; mildews the white wheat, and hurts the poor creature of w the earth.

* All but the qu's omit why,

h The fo's, R. P. and H. read a for thy,

i So the qu's; the rest than for but.

*The qu's omit ha.

So the qu's, fo's, and R.; P. and the rest read of us for on's.

The qu's read off, off you leadings, come on be true.

So the qu's; the reft contented.

So the qu's; the reft 'tis tor this is.

All editions read wild; but wide is better opposed to little.

4 The qu's read in body.

All but the qu's omit fiend,

$ The qu's read Siberdegibit.

The fo's and R. read at first cock.

The qu's read he gins the web, the pinqueues (ad pinqueuer) the eye,

and makes the bart lip.

* The qu's and ift f. omit the.

*Saint Withold footed thrice they wold,
He met the night-mare, and her z name told,
Bid her alight, and her troth plight,

And aroynt thee, witch, a aroynt thee.
Kent. How fares your grace?



Enter Glofter with a torch.

Lear. What's he?

Kent. Who's there? what is't you seek?

Glo. What are you there? your names?


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Edg. Poor Tom, that eats the fwimming frog, the toad, the tadpole; the wall-newt, and the water-newt; that in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for fallads; fwallows the old rat, and the ditch

The qu's read Swithald footed thrice the olde anelthu night moore and her wine fold hid her, O light and her troth plight and arint thee, with arint thee. x The fo's, R. and P. read Swithold.

The fo's, R. and P. read old.

z All the editions before W. read nie-fold, who alters it to name told, and gives the following explanation of this paffage.

Saint Withold traverfing the weld, or downs, met the night mare; who having told her name, he obliged her to alight from those persons whom she rides, and plight her troth to do no more mischief. This is taken from a story of him in his legend. Hence he was invoked as the patron faint against that distemper. And thefe verfes were no other than a popular charm, or night fell against the Epialtes, W.

a Arcyat thee, i. e. avaunt, be gone. Gloff.

b After thee W. reads right.

The qu's read toade pold.

The qu's read wall-wort.

The qu's and fo's omit newt; firft fupplied by R.

f The ad q. reads fruite for fury..


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