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Some that will thank you, making just report
Gent. I will talk further with you.
No, do not.
Gent. Give me your hand: Have you no more to say?
Kent. Few words, but, to effect, more than all yet; That, when we have found the king, in which your pain That way, I'll this ;) he that first lights on him, Holla the other.
Enter LEAR and Fool.
7 (As fear not but you shall)] Thus quarto B and the folio. Quarto A- As doubt not but you shall. Malone.
the king, (in which your pain, That way; I'll this ;) he that first &c.] Thus the folio. The fate reading:
for which you take
« That when we have found the king,
“ On him, hollow the other.” Steevens. 9 Blow, wind, and crack your cheeks.'] Thus the quartos. The folio haswinds. The poet, as Mr. M. Mason has observed in a note on The Tempest, was here thinking of the common representation of the winds, which he might have found in many books of his own time. So again, as the same gentleman has observed, in Troilus and Cressida:
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
Fool. O nuncle, court holy-waters in a dry house is bet
" Blow, villain, till thy sphered bias cheek
“Outswell the cholick of puff'd Aquilon.". We find the same allusion in Kempe's Nine Daies Wonder, &c. quarto, 1600: " - he swells presently, like one of the four winds."
Malone. thought-executing -] Doing execution with rapidity equal to thought. Johnson.
2 Vaunt couriers -] Avant couriers, Fr. This phrase is not unfa. miliar to other writers of Shakspeare's time. It originally meant the foremost scouts of an army. So, in Jarvis Markhan's English Arcadia, 1607 :
as soon as the first vancurrer encountered him face to
face.” Again, in The Tragedy of Mariam, 1613:
“ Might to my death, but the vaunt-currier prove." Again, in Darius, 1603 :
“ Th' avant-corours, that came for to examine.” Steevens. In The Tempest “ Jove's lightnings” are termed more familiarly
4 Crack nature's moulds, all germens spill at once,] Crack nature's mould, and spill all the seeds of matter, that are hoarded within it. Our author not only uses the same thought again, but the word that ascertains my explication, in The Winter's Tale:
“ Let nature crush the sides o' the earth together,
56 And mar the seeds within." Theobald. So again, in Macbeth:
and the sum
spill at once,] To spill is to destroy. So, in Gower, De Confessione Amantis, Lib. IV, fol. 67 :
“ So as I shall myself spill.” Steevens.
court holy-water -] Ray, among his proverbial phrases, p. 184, mentions court holy-water to mean fair words. The French have the same phrase, Eaủ benite de cour; fair empty words.Chambaud's Dictionary. The same phrase also occurs in Churchyard's Charitie, 1595.
“ The great good turnes in court that thousands felt,
ter than this rain-water out ó'door. Good nuncle, in, and ask thy daughters blessing; here's a night pities neither wise men nor fools.
Lear. Rumble thy bellyfull! Spit, fire! spout, rain! Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters: I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness, I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children, You owe me no subscription ;6 why then let fall Your horrible pleasure ; here I stand, your slave, A poor, infirm, weak, and despis'd old man:But yet I call you servile ministers, That have with two pernicious daughters join'd Your high-engender'd battles, 'gainst a head So old and white as this. 0!0! 'tis foul !7
Fool. He that has a house to put his head in, has a good head-piece.
The cod-piece that will house,
Before the head has any,
So beggars marry many.8
What he his heart should make,
And turn his sleep to wake. -for there never was yet fair woman, but she made mouths in a glass.
Cotgrave in his Dict. 1611, defines Eau benite de cour, court holie water; compliments, faire words, flattering speeches,”' &c. See also Florio's Italian Dict. 1598: “ Mantellizare, To flatter, to claw,--to give one court holie-water.” Malone. 6 You owve me no subscription;] Subscription for obedience.
Wurburton. See p. 155, n. 4. Malune.
'tis foul !] Shameful; dishonourable. Johnson. . So beggars marry many.] i. e. A beggar marries a wife and lice.
Johnson Rather, “ So many beggars marry;” meaning that they marry in the manner he has described, before they have houses to put their heads in. M. Mason.
cry woe,] i.e. be grieved, or pained. So, in K. Richard III: “ You live, that shall cry woe for this hereafter.” Malone.
I will say nothing.1
Kent Who's there?
Fool. Marry, here's grace, and a cod-piece; that's a wise man, and a fool.2
Kent. Alas, sir, are you here ?3 things that love night,
Let the great gods,
1 No, I will be the pattern of all patience,
I will say nothing.] So Perillus, in the old anonymous play, speaking of Leir: “ But he, the myrrour of mild patience,
up all wrongs, and never gives reply.” Steevens.
grace, and a cod-piece ; that's a wise man, and a fool.] In Shakspeare's time,“ the king's grace" was the usual expression. In the latter phrase, the speaker perhaps alludes to an old notion concerning fools. Malone.
Alluding perhaps to the saying of a contemporary wit; that there is no discretion below the girdle. Steevens.
are you here?] The quartos read-sit you here? Steevens. 4 Gallow the very wanderers of the dark,] So, in Venus and Adonis :
'stonish'd as night-wanderers are.” Malone. Gallow, a west-country word, signifies to scare or frighten.
Warburton. So, the Somersetshire proverb : “ The dunder do gally the beans." Beans are vulgarly supposed to shoot up faster after thunder-storm.
Steevens. - fear.] So the folio: the latter editions read, with the quarto, force for fear, less elegantly. Johnson.
keep this dreadful pother -] Thus one of the quartos and the folio. The other quarto reads thund'ring.
The reading of the text, however, is an expression common to others. So, in The Scornful Lady of Beaumont and Fletcher:
faln out with their meat, and kept a pudder.” Steevens.
That under covert and convenient seeming?
Alack, bare-headed !2
7 That under covert and convenient seeming - ] Convenient needs not be understood in any other than its usual and proper sense; accommodate to the present purpose ; suitable to a design. Convenient seeming is appearance such as may promote his purpose to destroy.
Fohnson. - concealing continents, ] Continent stands for that which contains or incloses. Johnson. Thus, in Intony and Cleopatra:
“ Heart, once be stronger than thy continent !" Again, in Chapman's translation of the twelfth Book of Homer's Odyssey:
I told our pilot that past other men
• The continent that all our spirits convey'd,” &c. The quartos read, concealed centers. Steevens.
These dreadful summoners grace.] Summoners are here the officers that summon offenders before a proper tribunal. See Chaucer's Sompnour's Tale, v.625-670. Mr. Tyrwhitt's edit. Vol. I. Steevens.
I find the same expression in a treatise published long before this play was written: -- they seem to brag most of the strange events which follow for the most part after blazing starres, as if they were the summoners of God to call princes to the seat of judgment.” Defensative against the Poison of supposed Prophecies, 1581. Malone.
1 I am a man,] Oedipus, in Sophocles, represents himself in the same light. Oedip. Colon. v. 258 :
των εργα μ8. « Πεπονθοτ' εςι μαλλον η δεδρακοτα” Tyroiitt. 2 Alack, bare-headed!] Kent's faithful attendance on the old king, as well as that of Perillus, in the old play which preceded Shakspeare's, is founded on an historical fact. Lear, says Geoffrey of Monmouth, “when he betook himself to his youngest daughter in Gaul, waited before the city where she resided, while he sent a mes. senger to inform her of the misery he was fallen into, and to desire her relief to a father that suffered both hunger and nakedness. Cor. deilla was startled at the news, and wept bitterly, and with tears ask. ed him, how many men her father had with him. The messenger · answered he had none but one man, who had been his armour-bearer, and was staying with him without the town." Malone. VOL. XIV.