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* Whereof I know you are fraught, and put away These dispositions, / which of late " transform you From what you rightly are.
Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse! Whoop, jug, I love thee.
Lear. Does any here know me? i Why this is not Lear. Does Lear walk thus? speak thus ? where are his eyes? Either his notion k weakens, 'or his discernings Are a lethargy'd Ha! waking? 'Tis not so. Who is it that can tell me who I am ? Lear's shadow? I would learn P that; for by the marks 4 Of fubftantiality, knowledge, and reason, I mould be faft persuaded I kad daughters.
Perhaps this is a mistake of the printer, for wherewith. To be fraught ef, is hardly English.
8 The qu's read that for which.
who I am.
Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman, &c. All but the qu’s omit that. 9 The qu's read (bating that they have not the two of's between the crotchets which are put in by P. and read by T. H. and W.)
of pverciguly, [f] knowledge, and of reason,
I should be false persuaded I had daughters. Now it is plain that knowledge and reason are not the marks of sovereignty, for then every man would be a king: therefore Shakespear could never write Sovereignty, as it Itands in the qu's. Again if we admit of P.'s of's (but it i unlikely that two omissions of the same word should happen to near toge
: Fool. Which s of thee will make an obedient father.
Gon. Come, fir;
ther) then by W.'s explanation of it, the forereignty of knowledge is the upderstanding. So we shall have this sense, For by the marks of understanding end of reason I fiould be false persuaded I had daughters. Who sees not how bald this is? The plain case is this; Lear says he would learn whether he is a fi adow or no : for by knowledge and reason, the consciousness of which prove him to be a substance, he should be fully persuaded he had daughters; though the behaviour of this is enough to make him doubt it. So that the fenfe seems naturally to lead us to alter fovereignty to fubji antiality, and falle to faft, full, or firm.
? This speech is omitted in all but the qu’s.
5 The qu’s read which they will make, br. So that of thee is set down coajetturally.
i So the qu’s; the rest omit come, and read fir after admiraticn.
The qu’s read deboyf; the fo's and R.'s oft, debosh'd; all the rest de taucb'd.
z The fo's read makes.
For instant remedy. Bed then defir'd
your age, & And know themselves and you.
Lear. Darkness and devils !
Gon. You ftrike my people, and your disorder'd rabble Make servants of their betters.
Lear. Fool! that too late repent'stio, sir, are you come? Is it your will? speak, sir. [To Alb.] — * Prepare
[To his servants.
The qu's read thou for ther. e All before P. read a little for of fifty.
A little is the common reading; but it appears from what Lear fays in the next scene, that this number fifty was required to be eut off, (which as the edition stood) is no where specified by Gonerill. P.
f So the qu’s; all the relt remainders.
h The ift q. reads we thai too late repent's; the 2d we that too late reo pent's us : the rest woe! that too late repents. But what sense can be made of any of these readings? The above is not an unlikely conjectare.
i The fo's, R. and P. omit 0, sir, are you come?
k R. and all after direct this whole verfe to be fpoken to Albany; but the Latier part of it is certainly spoke to his servants. He was going to ask whe
Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend,
Alb. m Pray, fir, be patient.
Which, like an engine, wrencht my frame of nature
blb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant,
Lear. It may be so, my lord
ther it was Albany's will that he should be used thus; but his rage and impa-
i Upton (on Shakespear p. 203) conjectures, than i'th' sea monster.
This hear is omitted in the qu's.
To make this creature fruitful ;
[Exit. Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, % whereof comes this?
Gon. Never afflict yourself to know a the cause, But let his disposition have that scope, b That dotage gives it.
Lear. What, fifty of my followers at a clap? Within a fortnight?-
Alb. What's the matter, sir?
w The qu’s read tbou’rt difuctur'd for thwart difratur'd.
y The qu’s read go, go, my people. But away, away, scems better than a repetition of the words he had used at the end of the speech before. At the same time (for the fo's and R. direct Exit, which is omitted by P. and all after) he flings out in a rage; but returns presently to vent more reproaches and curfes, which his rage suggested.
2 J. reads wherefore.
a So the qu’s; the ift f. reads for the cause, more of it; the rest of it, omitting more. b The fo's, P. P. and H. read as for that.