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Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us, Thai.

"Twas Helicanus taon. Where, by hier own most clear remembrance, she Per. Still confirmation . Made known herself my daughter.

Embrace him, dear Thaisa ; this is he. Thai.

Voice and favour! - Now do I long to hear how you were found;
You are, you are- royal Pericles ! - (She faints. How possibly preserv'd ; and whom to thank,

Per. What means the woman ? she dies ! help, Besides the gods, for this great miracle.
Cer. Noble sir,

[gentlemen! Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man
told Diana's altar true,

Through whom the gods have shewn their power ; thao This is

From first to last resolve you.

(can Per. Reverend appearer, no;


Reverend sir,
I threw her o'erboard with these very arms. The gods can have no mortal officer
Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.

More like a god than you. Will you deliver

'Tis most certain. , How this dead queen re-lives? Cor. Look to the lady ; -0, she's but o'erjoy'd. Cer.

I will, my lord. Early, one blust'ring morn, this lady was

Beseech you, first go with me to my house,
Thrown on this shore. I op'd the coffin, and Where shall be shewn you all was found with her ;
Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and plac'd her How she came placed here within the temple ;
Here in Diana's temple.

No needful thing omitted.
May we see them ?


Pure Diana! Cor. Great sir, they shall be brought you to my I bless thee for thy vision, and will offer Whither I invite you.' Look! Thaisa is [house, My night oblations to thee. Thaisa, Recover'd.

This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter, Thai. 0, let me look!

Shall marry her at Pentapolis. And now, If he be none of mine, my sanctity

This ornament that makes me look so dismal, Will to my sense bend no licentious ear,

Will I, my lov'd Marina, clip to form ; But curb it, spite of seeing.

O, my lord,

And what this fourteen years no razor touch'd, Are you not Pericles ? Like him you speak,


grace thy marriage-day, I 'll beautify. Like him you are : Did you not name a tempest,

Thai. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, A birth, and death?

Sir, that my father's dead. Per.

The voice of dead Thaisa ! Per. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my Thai. That Thaisa am 1, supposed dead, We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves (queen, And drown'd.

Will in that kingdom spend our following days ; Per. Immortal Dian!

Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign. Thai.

Now I know you better.-Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay, When we with tears parted Pentapolis,

To hear the rest untold.--Sir, lead the way. (Exeunt. T'he king, my father, gave you such a ring.

Enter Gower. (Shews a ring Per. This, this : no more, you gods' your present Gow. In Antioch, and his daughter, you have heard kindness

Of monstrous lust the due and just reward : Makes my past miseries sport: You shall do well, In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen Tbat on the touchiug of her lips I may

(Although assail'd with fortune fierce and keen,) Melt, and no more be seen.

O come, be buried

Virtue preserv'd from fell destruction's blast, A second time within these arms.

Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last. Mar.

My heart

In Helicanus may you well descry, Leaps to be gone into my mother's bošom.

A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty :

[Kneels to Thaisa. In reverend Cerimon there well appears Per. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy flesh, The worth that learned charity aye wears. Thy burden at the sea, and call d Marina, [Thaisa; For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame For she was yielded there.

Had spread their cursed deed, and honour'd name Thai.

Bless'd, and mine own! Of Pericles, to rage the city turn; Hel. Hail, mamad, and my queen!

That him and his they in his palace burn. Thai,

I know you not. The gods for murder seemed so content Per. You have heard, me say, when I did Ay from To punish them; although not done, but meant. I left behind an ancient substitute. (Tyre, So on your patience evermore attending, Can you remember what I call'd the man?

New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending. I have pam'd him oft

(Exit Gower.

To a former edition of this play were subjoined two Disser- cribed to him by several dramatic writers. I wish not to rely, tations : one written by Mr. Steevens, the other by me. In the on any circumstance of that kind; because, in all questions of latter I urged such arguments as then appeared to me in have this nature, interual evidence is the best that can be prod'iced, weight, to prove that it was the entire work of Shakspeare, and and, to every person intimately acquainted with our poet's writ. one of his earliest compositions Mr. Steevens on the other ings, must in the present case be decisive. The congenial sen. band maintained.cbat it was originally the production of some timents, the numerous expressions bearing a striking similitude elder playwrighi, and afterwards improved by our poel, whose to passages in his undisputed plays, some of the incidents, the hand was acknowledged to be visible in many scenes throughout situation of many of the persons, and in various places the colour the play. On a review of the various arguments which each of of the style, all these combine to set the seal of Shakspeare oa as produced in favour of his own hypothesis, I am now cun the play before us, and furnish us with internal and irresistible vinced that the theory of Mr. Sleeveus was right, and have no proofs, that a considerable portion of this piece, as it now apa difficulty in acknowledging my own to be erroneous.

pears, was written by him. The greater part of the last three This play was entered on the Stationers books, together with acts may, I think, on this ground be safely ascribed to him; intory and Cleopatra, in the year 1608, by Edward Blount, a and his hand may be traced occasionally in the other two diviboobseller or eminence, and one of the publishers of the first sions. folio edition of Shakspeare's works. It was printed with his To alter, new-model, and improve the unsucoessful dramas of name in the title-page, in his life-c!me : but this circunstance preceding writers, was, I believe, much Osre common in the proves were becerised

by the knavery of booksellers, other time of Shakspeare than is generally supposed. This piece hav. indubitably wrote pot a line. .lor is il necessary to urge, ia happy strokes from his peo, is unquestionably entitled to that apport of its genuineness, that ar a subsequent period it was as-1 place among his works, which it has now obtained.-MILONS.


THis tragedy was entered in tbe books of the Stationers' Com.

yapy, Nov. 26. 1607, and is there mentioned as having been played the preceding Christmas before his majesty, at Whiteball It must have been written after 1603, as Shakspeare has borrowed several fanstastic uanses of spirits, mentioned .y this play, from Harsnett's Declaration of Popish Impostore, which was published that year. King Lear was not printed till 1008. There was an old play on the same subject, which had been in

possession of the stage for many years before the production of Suakspeare's tragedy; but from which our author has co

pied one passage only. The story of King Lear and history Daughters, is found in Holioshed's Chronicle; und wu ori

ally told by Geoffry of Moumouth, who says that lear wu the eldest son of Bladud, and “pobly governed his country for sixty years." According to the historian, hr died about quo years before Christ. Shakspeare has taken the hiut for the behaviour of the steward, and the reply of Cordel a to her father concerning her future marriage, frous the Mirror Magistrales. 1587. According to Steerens. the episode of Guns ter and his sons is borrowed

from Sidney's Arcadia.

PERSONS REPRESENTED. Glo. My lord of Rent: remember him hereafter

as my honourable friend. LEAR, King of Britain.

Edm. My services to your lordship. Kixo or FRANCE.

Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you better. DUKE OF BURGUNDY.

Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving. Duke or CORNWALL.

Glo. He hath been oui nine years, and away he DUKE OF ALBANY.

shall again :— The king is coming. EARL or Kext.

[Trumpets sound withir. EARL OF GLOSTER. EDGAR, son to Gloster.

Enter LEAR, CORNWALL, ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, EDMUND, bastard son to Gloster.

CORDELIA, and Attendants. CURAN, a courtier.

Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy, Old Man, tenant to Gloster.

Gloster. Physician. Fool.

Glo. I shall, my liege. (Exit GLOSTER & EDMUND. OSWALD, steward to Goneril.

Lear. Mean-time we shall express our darker purAn Officer employed by Edmund.


(vided, Gentleman, attendant on Cordelia.

Give ine the map there.—Know, that we have diA Herald. Servants to Cornwall.

In three, our kingdom: and 'tis our fast intent GONERIL, REGAN, CORDELIA, daughters to Lear.

To shake all cares and business from our age;

Conferring them on younger strengths, while we Knights attending on the King, Officers, Messengers, Unburden'd crawl toward death. Our son of CoraSoldiers, and Attendants.

And you, our no less loving sor of Albany, (wall

We have this hour a constant will to publish
Our daughters' several dowers, that future strife
May be prevented now. The princes, France and Bur-

Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love. (gundy,

Long in our court have made their amoruus sojourn,

And here are to be answer'd.- Tell me, my daughters, SCENE I.- A Room of State in King Lear's Palace. (Since now we will divest us, both of rule,

Interest of territory, cares of state,)
Enter Kent, GLOSTER, and EDMUND.

Which of you, shall we say, doth love us most! Kent. I thought, the king had more affected the That we our largest bounty may extend duke of Albany, than Cornwall.

Where merit doth most challenge it.-Goneril, Glo. It did always seem so to us : but now, in the Our eldest-born, speak first. division of the kingdom, it appears not which of the Gon.

Sir, I dukes he values most ; for equalities are so weigh’d, Do love you more than words can wield the matter, that curiosity in neither can make choice of either's Dearer than eye-sight, space and liberty ; moiety.

Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare ; Kent. Is not this your son, my lord ?

No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour: Glo. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge : As much as child e'er lov'd, or father found. I have so often blush'd to acknowledge him, that now A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable ; I am brazed to it.

Beyond all manner of so much I love you. Kent. I cannot conceive you.

Cor. What shall Cordelia do ? Love, and be silent Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could: where

[ Aside upon she grew round-wombed ; and had, indeed, sir, Lear. Of all these bounds, even from this line to a son for her cradle, ere she had a husband for her

this, bed. Do you smell a fault?

With shadowy forests and with champains rich'd, Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads, it being so proper.

We make thee lady: To thine and Albany's issue Glo. But I have sir, a son by order of law, some Be this perpetual.-- What says our second daughter year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my ac. Our dearest Regan, wife to Cornwall ? Speak count: though this knave came somewhat saucily Reg. I am made of that self metal as my sister, into the world before he was sent for, yet was his And prize me at her worth. In my true heart mother fair ; there was good sport at his making, and I find, she names my very deed of love ; the whoreson must be acknowledged.- Do you know Only she comes too shori,--that I profess this poble gentleman, Edmund ?

Myself an enemy to all other joys, Edm. No, my lord.

Which the most precious square of sense possesses,

And find, I am alone felicitate

Lov'd as my father, as my master follow'd, In your dear highness' love.

As my great patron thought on in my prayen, Cor.

Then poor Cordelia ! [Aside. Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from the And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's

shaft. More richer than my tongue.

Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork invado Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever, The region of my heart: be Kent unmannerly, Remains this ample third of our fair kingdom; When Lear is mud. What would'st thou do, old man No less in space, validity, and pleasure,

Think'st thou, that duty shall have dread to speak, Than that confirm's on Goneril.-Now, our joy, When power to flattery bows? To plainness honour's Although the last, not least; to whose young


bound, The vines of France, and milk of Burgundy, When majesty stoops to folly. Reverse thy doom ; Strive to be interess'd; what can you say, to draw And, in thy best consideration, check A third more opulent than your sisters ? Speak. This hideous rashness: answer iny life my judgment, Cor. Nothing, my lord.

Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least; Lear. Nothing ?

Nor are those empty-hearted, whose low sound Cor. Nothing.

Reverbs no hollowness. Lear. Nothing can come of nothing: speak again. Lear.

Kent, on thy life, no mon. Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave

Kent. My life I never held but as a pawn My heart into my mouth : I love your majesty To wage against thine enemies; nor fear to love According to my bond ; nor more, nor less. Thy safety being the motive. Lear. How, how, Cordelia ? mend your speech a Lear.

Out of my sight! Lest it may mar your fortunes.

[little, Kent. See better, Lear; and let me still remata Cor.

Good my lord, The true blank of thine eye. You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me: I

Lear. Now, by Apollo, Return those duties back as are right fit,


Now, by Apollo, king, Obey you, love you, and most honour you.

Thou swear'st thy gods in vain. Why have my sisters husbands, if they say


O, vassal! miscreant' They love you, all? Haply, when I shall wed,

[Laying his hand on his sword. That lord, whose hand must take my plight, shall carry Alb. Corn. Dear sir, forbear: Half my love with him, half my care, and duty! Kent. Do; Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters,

Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow To love my father all.

Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift; Lear. But goes this with thy heart?

Or, whilst I can vent clamour from my throat, Cor.

Ay, good my lord. I'll tell thee thou dost evil. Lear. So young, and so untender ?


Hear me, recreant ! Cor. So young, my lord, and true.

On thine allegiance hear me ! Lear. Let it be so, --Thy truth then be thy dower: Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow, For, by the sacred radiance of the sun ;

(Which we durst never yet,) and, with strain'd prido, The mysteries of Hecate, and the night;

To come betwixt our sentence and our power; By all the operations of the orbs,

(Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,) From whom we do exist, and cease to be ; Our potency made good, take thy reward. Here I disclaim all my paternal care,

Five days do we allot thee, for provision Propinquity and property of blood,

To shield thee from diseases of the world; And as a stranger to my heart and me

And, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back Hold thee, from this, for ever.-The barbarous Scy. Upon our kingdom: if, on the tenth day following, Or he that makes his generation messes [thian, Thy banish'd trunk be found in our dominions, To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom

The moment is thy death : Away! by Jupiter, Be as well neighbour'd, pitied, and reliev'd, This shall not be revok'd.

[appear, As thou my sometime daughter.

Kent. Fare thee well, king ; since thus thou wik Kent.

Good my liege,– Freedom lives hence, and banishment is here.Lear. Peace, Kent!

The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid, Come not between the dragon and his wrath :

[ To CORDELIA I lov'd her most, and thought to set my rest That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said ! On her kind nursery.—Hence, and avoid my sight! And your large speeches may your deeds approve, So be my grave my peace, as here I give [ TO ČOR.

[To REGAN and GONERIL. Her father's heart from her -Call France ;-Who That good effects may spring from words of love. Call Burgundy.--Cornwall, and Albany, (stirs ? Thus Kent, O princes, bids you all adieu ; With my two daughters' dowers digest this third : He'll shape his old course in a country new. (Exil Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry her. I do invest you jointly with my power,


and Attendants. Pre-eminence, and all the large effects [course, That troop with majesty:- Ourself, by monthly Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord With reservation of an hundred knights,

Lear. My lord of Burgundy, By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode

We first address towards you, who with this king Make with you by due turns. Only we still retain Hath rivall’d for our daughter; What, in the least, The name, and all the additions to a king; Will you require in present dower with her,

Or cease your quest of love ? Revenue, execution of the rest,


Most royal majesty,
Beloved sons, be yours: which to confirm, I crave no more than hath your highness offer'd,
This coronet part between you. [Giving the crown. Nor will you tender less.

Royal Lear,

Right noble Burgundy, Whom I have ever honour'd as my king,

When she was dear to us, we did hold her su;

The sway,

But now her price is fall'n: Sir, there she stands ; Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind;
If aught within that little, seeming substance, Thou losest here, a better where to find. (for
Or all of it, with our displeasure piec'd,

Lear. Thou hast her, France; let her be thino;
And nothing more may fitly like your grace, Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see
She's there, and she is yours.

That face of biers again :-Therefore be gone, Bur.

I know no answer. Without our grace, our love, our benizon. Lear. Sir,

Come, noble Burgundy. Will you, with those infirmities she owes,

(Flourish. Exeunt LEAR, BURGUNDY, CORE Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate,

WALL, ALBANY, GLOSTER, and Attendants Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with our oath, France. Bid farewell to your sisters. Take her, or leave her ?

Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes Bur.

Pardon me, royal sir; Cordelia leaves you: I know you what you are; Election makes not up on such conditions. (made me, And, like a sister, am most loath to call

Lear. Then leave her, sir; for, hy the power that your faults as they are nam'd. Use well our father! I tell you all her wealth.–For you, great king, To your profess’d bosoms I commit him:

[ To FRANCE. But yet, alas! stood I within his grace,
I would not from your love make such a stray, I would prefer him to a better place.
To match you where I hate; therefore beseech you So farewell to you both.
To avert your liking a more worthier way,

Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.
Than on a wretch whom nature is asham'd


Let your study Almost to acknowledge her's.

Be, to content your lord; who hath receiv'd you France.

This is most strange! At fortune's alms. You have obedience scanted, That she, that even but now was your best object, And well are worth the want that you have wanted. The argument of your praise, balm of your age, Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides; Most best most dearest, should in this trice of time Who covers faults, at last shame them derides. Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle Well may you prosper! 80 many folds of favour! Sure, her offence


Come, my fair Cordelia. Must be of such unnatural degree,

[Exeunt FRANCE and CORDELIA. That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd affection Gon. Sister, it is not a little I have to say, of Fall into taint: which to believe of her,

what most nearly appertains to us both. I think, Must be a faith, that reason without miracle our father will hence to-night. Could never plant in me.

Reg. That's most certain, and with you; next Cor.

I yet beseech your majesty, month with us. (If for I want that glib and oily art,

Gon. You see how full of changes his age is; the To speak, and purpose not; since what I well intend, observation we have made of it hath not been little; I'll do't before I speak,) that you make known he always loved our sister most; and with what poor It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness,

judgment he hath now cast her off,appears too grossly. No unchaste action, or dishonour'd step,

Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age; yet he bath That hath deprived me of your grace and favour: ever but slenderly known himself. But even for want of that, for which I am richer; Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath been A still soliciting eye, and such a tongue

but rash; then must we look to receive from his That I am glad I have not, though not to have it, age, not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted Hath lost me in your liking.

condition, but, therewithal, the unruly waywardnes Lear.

Better thou [better. that infirm and choleric years bring with them. Hadst not been born, than not to have pleas'd me Reg. Such unconstant starts we are like to have

France. Is it but this ? a tardiness in nature, from him, as this of Kent's banishment. Which often leaves the history unspoke,

Gon. There is further compliment of leave-taking
That it intends to do ?—My lord of Burgundy, between France and him. Pray you, let us hit to
What say you to the lady ? Love is not love gether: If our father carry authority with such dis-
When it is mingled with respects, that stand positions as he bears, this lust surrender of his wil
Aloof from the entire point. Will you have her ? but offend us.
She is herself a dowry.

Reg. We shall further think of it.
Royal Lear,

Gon. We must do something, and i' the heat. Give but that portion which yourself propos'd,

(Ezeunte And here I take Cordelia by the hand,

SCENE II.-A Hall in the Earl of Gloster's Castle Duchess of Burgundy. Lear. Nothing: I have sworn; I am firm.

Enter EDMUND, with a letter. Bur. I am sorry, then, you have so lost a father, Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law That you must lose a husband.

My services are bound : Wherefore should I Cor.

Peace be with Burgundy! Stand in the plague of custom; and permit Since that respects of fortune are his love,

The curiosity of nations to deprive me, I shall not be his wife.


For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-chines France. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, being Lag of a brother? Why bastard ? wherefore base 1 Most choice, forsaken ; and most lov'd, despis'd! When my dimensions are as well compach, Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon :

My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away. [lect As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us
Gods, guds ! 'tis strange, that from their cold'st neg. With base ? with baseness ? bastardy ? base, base ?
My love should kindle to inflam'd respect.-

Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my chance, More composition and fierce quality,
Lo queen of us, of ours, and our fair France : Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
Not all the dukes of wat'rish Burgundy

Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops,
Shall buy this unpris'd precious maid of mo.- Got 'tween asleep and wake 7-Well then,

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Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land : purpose, it would make a great gap in your own Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, honour, and shake in pieces the heart of his oboAs to the iegiliniale : Fine word,- legitimate ! dience. I dare pawn down my life for him, that Well, tay legitimate, if this letter speed,

he bath writ this to feel my affection to your honour, And my invention thrive, Edmund the base

and to no other pretence of dange:. Shall top the legitimate. I grow; 1 prosper :

Glo. Think you so ? Now, gods, stand up for bastards !

Edm. If your honour judge it meet, I will place Enter GLOSTER.

you where you shall hear us corfer of this, and by an

auricular assurance have your satisfaction; and that Gis. Kent banish'd thus! and France in choler parted without any further delay than this very evening. And the king gone to-night! subscrib'd his power ! Glo. He cannot be such a monster. Confin'd to exhibition ! All this done

Edn, Nor is not, sure. Upon the gad!--Edmund! How now; what news? Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely Edm. So please your lordship none.

loves hiin.-Heaven and earth!- Edmund, seek him

(Putting up the letter. out; wind me into him, I pray you; frame the busiGl. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that let. Dess after your own wisdom: I would unstate myself, Edm. I know no news, my lord.

[ter? to be in a due resolution. Glo. What paper were you reading ?

Edm. I will seek him, sir, presently; convey the Edm. Nothing, my lord.

business as I shall find means, and acquaint you withal. Cilo. No? what needed then that terrible despatch Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon porof it into your pocket! the quality of nothing hath tend no good to us : Though the wisdom of nature Dot such need to hide itself. Let's see : Come, if can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles.

scourged by the sequent effects : love cools, friendEdm. I beseech you, sir, pardon me: it is a let- ship falls off, brothers divide: in cities, mutinies; in ler from my brother, that I have not all o'er read; countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond for so much as I have perused, I find it not fit for cracked between son and father. This villain of mine your o'erlooking.

comes under the prediction; there's son against Glo. Give me the letter, sir.

father : the king falls from bias of nature; there's faEdm. Ishall offend, either to detain or give it. The ther against child. We have seen the best of our contents as in part I understand them, are to blame. time: Klachinations, hollowness, treachery, and all Glo. Let's see, let's sce.

ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our graves ! Edm. 1 hope, for my brother's justification, he --Find out this villain, Edmund; ii shall lose thee wrote this but as an essay or taste of my virtue. pothing; do it carefully :--Avd the noble and true

Gl. (Reads] This policy, and reverence of age, hearted Kent banished! his offence, honesty !makes the world bitter to the best of our times; keeps Strange! strange!

[Exit. our furtunes from us, till our oldness cannot relish Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the world! them. I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in that, when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeit the oppression of aged tyranny; who sways, not as it of our own behaviour,) we make guilty of our disas. kath power, but as it is suffered. Come to me, that of ters, the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were this I may speak more. if our father would sleep till villains by necessity; fools, by heavenly compulsion; I waked him, you should enjoy' half his revenue for knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical predomi. wer, and live the beloved of your brother Edgar nance drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enHumph-Conspiracy!-Sleep till I waked him, - you forced obe i ence of planetary influence; and all that should enjoy half his revenue, My son Edgar! Had he we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on : An admia band to write this ? a heart and brain to breed it rable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his goatish in! When came this to you? Who brought it? disposition to the charge of a star! My father com

Edm. It was not brought me, my lord ; there's the pounded with ny mother under the dragon's tail : cunning of it ; I found it thrown in at the casement and my nativity was under ursa major; so that it folof my closet.

lows, I am rough and lecherous.-Í'ut, I should have Gio. You know the character to be your brother's ? been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the fire

Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I durst mament twinkled on my bastardizing. Edgarswear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would

Enter EDGAR. fajn think it were not. Glo. It is his.

and pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old Edm. It is his hand, my lord ; but I hope, his comedy. My cue is villagous melancholy, with a sigh beart is not in the contents.

like Tom o’Bedlam.-0, these eclipses do portend Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in this these divisions ! fa, sol, la, mi. business?

Edg. How now, brother Edmund ? What serious Edm. Never, my lord : But I have often heard contemplation are you in? him maintain it to be fit, that, sons at perfect age, Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read and fathers declining, the father should be as ward this other day, what should follow these eclipses. to the son, and the son manage his revenue.

Edg. Do you busy yourself with that? Glo. () villain, villain ! -His very opinion in the Edin. I promise you, the effects he writes of, sucletter ! -Abhorred villain ! Unnatural, detested, bru- ceed unhappily : as of unnaturalness between the tish villain! worse than brutish !-Go, sirrah, seek child and the parent ; death, dearth, dissolutions of him : I'll apprehend him :- Abominable villain !- ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and ma. Where is he?

ledictions against king and nobles ; needless dith Edm. I do not well know, my lord. If it shall dences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, please you to suspend your indignation against my nuptial breaches, and I know not what. brother, till you can derive from hiin better testimony Edg. Hou jong have you been a sectary astronoof his intent, you shall run a certain course ; where, mical? if you violently proceed against him, mistaking his Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father last!

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