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Fool. Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.
Lear. O, let me not be inad, not mad, sweet heaven! Keep me in temper; I would not be mad!
Gent. Ready, my lord.
II. SCENE I.
Cur. And you, Sir. I have been with your father, and given him notice that the duke of Cornwall and Regan his dutchess will be here with him to-night.
Edm. How comes that?
Cur. Nay, I know not: you have heard of the news abroad; I mean the whisper'd ones, for they are yet but I ear-kisling arguments.
Edm. Not I; pray you, what are they?
ear-kiffing argiments.] Subjects of discourse; topics. Johnson.
Ear-liffing arguments means no more than that they are yet in reality only whisper’d ones. STEEVENS.
Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward, 'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Albany ?
Edm. Not a word.
Cur. You may do then in time. Fare you well, Sir.
[Exit. Edm. The duke be here to-night! The better! best! This weaves itself perforce into my business; My father hath set guard to take my brother, And I have one thing, of a ? queazy question, Which I must act.-Briefness, and fortune work! Brother, a word:-descend.--Brother, I say
Enter Edgar. My father watches: O Sir, Ay this place, Intelligence is given where you are hid; You have now the good advantage of the night: Have you not spoken ʼgainst the duke of Cornwall ? He's coming hither; now, i' the night, 3 ;' the hafte, And Regan with him ; 4 have you nothing said Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany? Advise yourself.
queazy question,] Something of a suspicious, questionable, and uncertain nature. This is, I think, the meaning. JOHNS.
Queazy, I believe, rather means delicate, what requires to be handled nicely. So Ben Jonson in Sejanus,
“ Those times are somewhat queasy to be touch’d.
“ Have you not seen or read part of his book ?" So in Ben Jonson's New Inn,
“ Notes of a queasy and fick ftomach, labouring
i' the hafte,] I should suppose we ought to read only in haste; i' the being repeated accidentally by the press-fetter.
STEEVENS. have you nothing said Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany ?] The meaning is, have you said nothing upon the party formed by him againjt the duke of Albany ? HANMER. I cannot but think the line corrupted, and would read, Against his party, for the duke of Albany! JOHNSON.
Edg. I am sure on't, not a word.
Edm. I hear my father coming. -Pardon nie: In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you :Draw; seem to defend yourself: now quit you well. Yield :-come before my father ;- light ho, here ! Fly, brother--Torches ! torches ! _So farewell
(Exit Edgar. Some blood, drawn on me, would beget opinion
[Wounds his arm. Of my more fierce endeavour. I have seen drunkards Do more than this in sport. Father! father! Stop, stop! No help?
Enter Gloster, and Servants with torches. Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain ? Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword
out, 5 Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon To stand his auspicious mistress.
Glo. But where is he?
what? Ed:i. Persuade me to the murther of your lordship; But that, I told him, the revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all 6 their thunder bend, Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond The child was bound to the father. Sir, in fine,
s Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon] This was a proper circumstance to urge to Glo'fter ; who appears, by what passed between him and his baftard fon in a foregoing scene, to be very superstitious with regard to this matter.
WARBURTON. their thunder -] First quarto ; the rest have it, the thunder. JOHNSON.
Seeing how lothly opposite I stood
Glo. Let him fly far:
Edm. When I disswaded him from his intent, 2 And found him pight to do it, with curst speech I threaten'd to discover him : he replied, • Thou unpoffesfing bastard ! dost thou think,
gafted -] Frighted. JOHNSON. So in Beaumont and Fletcher's Wit at several Weapons,
either the fight of the lady has gafted him, or 66 else he's drunk." STEEVENS. Not in this land shall be remain uncaught;
And found dispatch— the noble duke, &c.] This nonsenfe should be read and pointed thus,
Not in this land shall he remain uncaught;
And found, dispatch’d. WARBURTON. I do not see how this change mends the sense : I think it may be better regulated as in the page above. The sense is interrupted. He shall be caught-and found, be shall be punished. Dispatch. JOHNSON.
9-arch--) i. e. Chief ; a word now used only in com. pofition, as arch-angel, arcb-duke. STEVENS.
murtherous caward] The first edition reads, caitiff. JOHNSON.
2 And found him pight to do it, with curft speech] Pight is pitched, fixed, fettled. Curft is fevere, harih, vehemently angry. Johnson.
- If I would stand against thee, 3 would the reposal
My very character) I'd turn it all
All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'scape ;
Enter Cornwall, Regan, and Attendants.
Corn. How now, my noble friend? Since I came
hither, (Which I can call but now) I have heard strange news.
Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short, Which can pursue the offender. How does my lord?
Glo. O madam, my old heart is crack’d, is crack'd!
Reg. What, did my father's godson seek your life? He whom my father nam'd? Your Edgar?
Glo. O lady, lady, shame would have it hid!
would the reposalj i.e. Would any opinion that men have reposed in thy trult, virtue, &c. WARBURTON.
The old quarto reads, could the reposure. STEEVENS. + Strong and feftened. Quarto. JOHNSON.