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Corn. Lest see more, prevent it :-Out, vile jelly ! Where is thy lustre now ! [Tears out GLOSTER's other
eye, and throws it on the ground. Glo. All dark and comfortless.- Where's my son
Reg. Out, treacherous villain !
Glo. O my follies !
Reg. Go, thrust him out at gates, and let him smell His way to Dover.-How is't, my lord ? How look you ?
Corn. I have receiv'd a hurt : - Follow me, lady.Turn out that eyeless villain ;-throw this slave Upon the dunghill.–Regan, I bleed apace : Untimely comes this hurt : Give me your arm.
(Exit CORNWALL, led by REGAN ;-Servants
unbind GLOSTER, and lead him out. 1 Serv. I'll never care what wickedness I do, If this man comes to good.
2 Serv. If she live long, And, in the end, meet the old course of death, Women will all turn monsters.
1 Serv. Let's follow the old earl, and get the Bedlam To lead him where he would ; his roguish madness Allows itself to any thing.
2 Ser. Go thou ; I'll fetch some flax,and whites of eggs, To apply to his bleeding face. Now, heaven help him!
ACT IV. SCENE I.-The HBATH. Enter EDGAR. Edgar. Yet better thus, and known to be contemn'd, Than still contemn'd and flatter'd.
To he worst,5 The lowest, and most dejected thing of fortune, Stands still in esperance, lives not in fear :
 I cannot help thinking that this passage should be written thus :
Yer better thus unknown to be contemn'd,
The lamentable change is from the best ;
Enter GLOSTER, led by an old Man.
Olu Man. O my good lord, I have been your tenant, and your
father's tenant, these fourscore years.
Old Man. Alack, sir, you cannot see your way.
Glo. I have no way, and therefore want no eyes ;
Old Man. How now? Who's there?
the worst ?
Old Man. 'Tis poor mad Tom.
Edg [Aside.] And worse I may be yet: the worst is not, So long as we can say, This is the worst.
Old Man. Fellow, where goest?
Glo. He has some reason, else he could not beg.
since : As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods ; Thy kill us for their sport.
Edg. How should this be?
[63 Mean is here a substantive, and signifies a middle state. STEEVENS
Bad is the trade must play the fool to sorrow,
Glo. Is that the naked fellow ?
Glo. Then, pr’ythee, get thee gone : If, for my sake,
Old Man. Alack, sir, he's mad.
Old Man. I'll bring him the best 'parel that I have, Come on't what will.
[Exit. Glo. Sirrah, naked fellow. Edg. Poor Tom's a-cold. I cannot daub it further.?
[.Aside. Glo. Come hither, fellow.
Edg: [Aside.] And yet I must.--Bless thy sweet eyes, they bleed.
Glo. Know'st thou the way to Dover?
Edg. Both stile and gate, horse-way and foot-path. Poor Tom hath been scared out of his good wits : Bless the good man from the foul fiend ! five fiends have been in poor Tom at once ; of lust, as Obidicut ; Hobbididance, prince of dumbness ; Mahu, of stealing ; Modo, of murder ;and Flibbertigibbit, of mopping and mowing ; who since possess chamber-maids and waiting-women. 8 So bless thee, master !
 Daub-disguise. WARBURTON.
 Shakspeare has made Edgar, in his feigned distraction, frequently allude to a vile imposture of some Englisha jesuits, at that time much the subject of conversation; the history of it having been just then composed with great art and vigour of style and composition by Dr. S. Harsenet, afterwards archbishop of York, by order of the privy council, in a work intitled, " A Decla. “ration of egregious Popish Impostures to withdraw her Majesty's Subjects “ from their Allegiance, &c. practised by Edmunds, alias Weston, a Jesuit,
and divers Romish priests his wicked Associates" ; printed 1603. The imposture was in substance this. While the Spaniards were preparing their armada against England, the jesuits were here busy at work to promote it by inaking converts : one method they employed was to dispossess pretended demoniacks, by which artifice they made several hundred converts among the common people. The principal scene of this farce was laid in the family of one Mr. Edmund Peckham, a Roman catholic, where Marwood, a servant of Anthony Babington (who was afterwards executed for treason), Trayford,an attendant upon Mr. Peckham, and Sarah and Priswood Williams, and Anne Smith. three chambermaids, in that family, came into the priest's hands for cure. But the discipline of the patients was so long and severe, and the priests so elate and careless with their success, that the plot was discover.