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Edm. Well thought on. Take my sword, · The captain-give it the captain. Edg. Haste thee for thy life.
That the foredid herself.
[Edmund is borné off
Enter Lear, with Cordelia dead in his arms,
Lear. e Howl, howl, howl, howl, O, you are mea
of stone; Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so, That heaven's vault should crack. O lhe is gone for ever, I know when one is dead, and when one lives ; She's dead as earth! Lend me a looking-glass, If that her breath will mist i and stain the stone, Why then the lives.
Kent. Is this the promis'd end ?
< So the ift q.; the reß omit the captain.
• So the alt q. the fo's, R. and J.; the ad q. P. and the rest omit thai fee foredid berfelf.
Ć The fo's and R. repeat bowl but three times,
So the ad q. ; the rest she's gone for ever, i So the 2d q.; the rest or for anda
k Edg. O image of true honour !
Lear. This feather stirs, the lives; if it be fo,
[Kneeling. Lear. Pr'ythee, awayEdg. 'Tis noble Kent, your friend.
Lear. A plague upon you murd'rous traytors all!
Gent. 'Tis true, my lords, he did.
Lear. Did I not, fellow? 9 I have seen the day, with my good biting faulchion
* The qu's, fo's, R. and J. read,
Edg. Or image of that horror.
Alb. Fall and cease. P. not being able to amend these two speeches, leaves them out, and the rest of the editors after him (besides F.): as they have done other paffages. But this is undoubtedly a corruption of something which Shakespeare wrote; and it had been but fair to print it, that every reader might try to restore the original reading. Till a better emendation is proposed, read as in the text,
Edg. O image of true honour !
Alb. Fair and chajte.
| So the qu's; the rest which for that.
I would have made' them skip: I am old now,
Who are you?
Kent. If fortune ' brag of two she lov'd and hated,
Lear. x 'This is a dull y light. Are z you not Kent ?
Kent. The same ; your servant Kent, Where is your servant Caius ?
Lear. ''Twas a good fellow, I can tell you that,
He's dead and rotten.
Kent. That from your first of difference and decay,
Lear. You are welcome hither.
: The fo's and R. read bin for them.
« The 2d, 3d, and 4th fo's omit not; the ad q. reads none; followed by the after-editors.
+ The qu's read bragd.
Though all the editions read we behold; it is evident we should read
* The qu's, P. T. H. and W. omit this is a dull light.
y Though all the cditions that have this passage read fight for light; the context seems to require we should read light.
2 The qu's read not you. a All before T. read,
He's a good fellow, I can tell you [the qu's omit you] that,
He'll strike, and quickly too : he's dead and rotten. • The qu's and P. read life for first. · P. reads 'twas for nor ; followed by H. * T. reads dead (as no edicion before) followed by W. and J.
Your eldest daughters have e fore-done themselves,
Lear. Ay, fo I think.
Alh. He knows not what he 8 fees; and vain " it is, That we present us to him.
Edg. Very bootless.
i Enter a Messenger:
Mel. Edmund is dead, my lord.
Alb. That's but a trifle k here. You lords and noble friends, know our intent; What comfort to this great decay may come, Shall be applied. For us, we will resign, During the life of this old Majesty, To him our absolute power ; m to you, your rights, [To Edg. With boot, and such addition as your n honours Have more than merited. All friends shall taste The wages of their virtue, and all foes The cup of their deservings. O fee, see
'Lear. And my poor fool is hang'd. P No, no, no life. Why should a dog, a horse, a rat 9 have life,
e The ist q. reads foredcome ; the 2d fore-doom'd.
& So the qu’s; all the rest says for sees. But the sense is, he won't know us when he sees us, therefore 'tis in vain to present ourselves to him.
b So the qu's; the rest is it.
And thou no breath at all? O thou wilt come no more,
Never, never, never
w [He dies,
. Kent, Vex not his ghost. O let him pass. He hates him ?, That would upon the rack of this tough world Stretch him out longer.
Edg. O he is gone indeed.
Kent. The wonder is he hath endur'd so long; He but usurp'd his life.
Alb. Bear them from hence; our present business Is d general woe. Friends of my soul, you twain
[To Kent and Edgar. Rule in this realm, and the 'gor'd state sustaina.
So the qu's; the rest thou'lt come no more, omitting 0. . So the qu's; the rest repeat never five times. ! The qu's conclude this speech, thank you, fir. 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, omitting do you see this, &c.
"So the ift f.; all after infert on before her lips.
The qu's give this speech to Lear.