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Gon. No more, ° the text is foolish.
Alb. Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile,
'Twill come, w humanity must perforce prey on It felf, like monsters of the deep.
Gon. Milk liver'd man !
• So the qu's; P. and the editors after him, omitting the text, read-oniy 'tis foolish.
P P. and H. omit this line.
Bith plumed helmn thy a state begins to threat ;
Alb. See thyself, devil:
Gon. O vain fool !
* Alb. Thou changed, and * self-cover'd thing, for foame,
Enter a Messenger.
Mej. Oh, my good lord, the duke of Cornwall's dead,
Alb. Gloster's eyes?
Meff. A servant, that he bred, -thrillid with remorse,
· The il q. reads thy state begins thereat ; the 2d thy saier begins threats; T. and all after, thy (H. the) Nayer begins bis threats.
b The ist q. reads pews for seems.
To his great master; who, i thereat enraged,
Alb. This shews you are above,
Mel. Both, both, my lord.
Gon. [afide.] One way, I like this well; But being widow, and my Gloster with her, May all the building ” in my fancy pluck Upon my hateful life. Another way, The news is not so n tart. I'll read, and answer. [Exit.
915. Where was his son, when they did take his eyes? Mel. Come with my lady hither. 115. He is not here. Mel. No, my good lord, I met him back again. Alb. Knows he the wickedness ?
Mef. Ay, my good lord, 'twas he inform'd against him, And quit the house o on purpose that their punishment Might have the freer course.
i The 1st f. reads threat-enrag'd.
The qu's read tooke for tart.
Alb. P Glofter, I live
[Afide. To thank thee for the love thou shew'dst the king, And to revenge thine eyes. Come hither, friend, Tell me what more thou knowelt.
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Enter Kent and a Gentleman.
Kent. - Why the king of France is so suddenly gone back Koow you the reason ?
s Gent. Something he left imperfect in the state,
Kent, u Who hath he left behind him general ?
Kent. Did your letter pierce the queen to any demonstration of grief? Gent.'Ay, fir, she ? took them, read them in my pre
! 7. marks this speech to be spoken aside; but gives not the reason, which is because it was not proper the messenger should know his intention of revenging the ill usage of Glofter.
9 This whole scene is omitted in the fo's and R.
" So the qu’s and J.; P. and the rest read the king of France so suddenly göre back, Gr.
• This speech is printed prose-wife in the qu’s.
1 T.'s duodecimo, W. and J. read whom for who; but who is frequently ased as the accusative case, as well as whom.
W The qu's read marshal.
And now and then an ample tear trillid down
Kent. 0, then it mov'd her.
Patience and sorrow c strove
Kent. Made she no verbal' question ?
Gent. k Faith, once or twice the heav'd the name of father Pantingly forth, as if it presy her heart.
* So the qu's; P. alters who to which; followed by all after : but here passion is personised as a rebel; and who more strongly marks the personification. Altering in this manner is in effect turning poetry into prose.
b So the qu's and Y.; the rest but not to rage, oc.
P.'s duodecimo reads happiest ; which error is fullowed by all but H. ḥ So the qu's, a diminutive of Shakespeare's coining, which not only serves to vary the expression from (miles, in the verse before, but is in this place a great beauty; for as the smiles are to play, he personifies them by infants, calling them smilets, or young smies, that they might seem the better adapted to che office he engages them in: and the idea that was formed in the poct's mind, might put him in the humour of playing with the word, and producing from it that pretty one, smilets. P. and all after read smiles.
i For question, H. reads quests; W. queft, i. e. complaint, from quellus, k So the qu’s; P. omits faith; the rest yes for faith,