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Enter FORTINBRAS, the English Ambassadors,
What is it ye would see ? If aught of woe, or wonder, cease your search.
Fort. This quarry cries on havoc.-O proud death!
The sight is dismal,
Not from his mouth,
Let us haste to hear it,
Hor. Of that I shall have also cause to speak,
Let four captains
ordnance is shot off.
1 And let this SCENE) “Scene” is same in the old editions, but amended to scene in the Corr. fol. 1632—no doubt rightly, as the words “audience” in the preceding, and “perform'd” and “stage” in the next speech establish : “But let this same” is miserably flat and inexpressive, and the old compositor mis-read “scene" same.
LEAR, King of Britain.
Knights of Lear's train, Officers, Messengers, Soldiers, and
SCENE : Britain.
1 This play was printed three times in 4to., all with the date of 1608, before it appeared in the folio of 1623. There was an older drama upon the same story, which was printed in 1605, 4to. In 1709 Rowe first gave the Dramatis Persona.