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No unchafte action, or dishonour'd flep,
Lear. Better thou
France. Is it but this! a tardiness in nature,
Bur. Royal King,
Cor: Peace be with Burgundy,
France. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, being poor,
what's cait away: Gods, Gods ! 'tis strange, that from their cold'ít neglect My love should kindle to endam'd respect. Thy dow'rless daughter, King, thrown to my chance, Is Queen of us, of ours, and our fair France : Not all the Dukes of wat’rish Burgundy Can buy this unpriz’d, precious, maid of me. Bid them farewel, Cordelia, tho' unkind; Thou loseft here, a better where to find.
Lear. Thou haft her, France; let her be thine, for we Have no such daughter; nor shall ever fee That face of hers again; therefore be gone.
Without our grace, our love, our benizon :
[Flourish. [Exeunt Lear and Burguady. France. Bid farewel to your fifters.
Cor. Ye jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes Cordelia leaves you : I know what you are, And, like a fitter, am moft loth to call Your faults, as they are nam’d. Love well our father : To your profefling bofoms I commit him; But yet, alas ! ftood I within his grace, I would prefer him to a better place. So farewel to
both. Reg. Prescribe not us our duty.
Gon. Let your study Be to content your Lord, who hath recciv'd you At fortune's alms; you have obedience scanted, And well are worth the want that you have wanted. (2)
Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides, Who covers faults, at last with shame derides.. Well may you profper! France. Come, my fair Cordelia.
[Exeunt France and Cor.. Gon. Sister, it is not little I've to say, Of what most nearly appertains to us both; I think, our father will go hence to-night.
Reg. That's certain, and with you; next month with us.
Gon. You see how full of changes his age is, the obfervation we have made of it hath not been little; he always lov'd our fifter most, and with what poor judgment he hath now cast her off, appears too grossly.
Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age; yet he hath ever but fenderly known himself.
Gon. The best and foundest of his time hath been but
(2) And well are worth the Want that you have wanted.] This is a very obscure Expression, and mus be pieced out with an implied Sense to be understood. This I take to be the Poet's Meaning, Atripe of the Jingle which makes it dark : “ You well deserve to “ meet with that Wane of Love from your Husband, which you have. « professed to want for our Father."
rash; then must we look, from his age, to receive not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted condition, but therewithal the unruly waywardness, that infirm and cholerick years bring with them.
Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to have from. him, as this of Kent's banishment.
Gon. There is further compliment of leave-taking between France and him ; pray you, let us hit together: if our father carry authority with such difpofition as he bears, this last surrender of his will but offend us.
Reg. We shall further think of it.
SCENE changes to a Castle belonging to the
Earl of Glo'ster.
Enter EDMUND, with a Letter.
Hou, Nature, art my Goddess; to thy law
Stand in the plague of custom, and permit
(3) The Nicety of Nations] This is Mr. Pope's Reading, ex Catbedra; for it has the Sanction of none of the copies, that I have met with. They all, indeed, give it us, ly a foolih Corruption,
the Curiosity of Nations; but I some time ago proved, that our Author's Word was, Curtefy. Nor must we forget that Tenure in our Laws, whereby some Lands are held by the Curtesy of England.
Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land;
To him, Enter Glo'fter.
-Edmund, how now? what news ? Edm. So please your lordship, none.
[Putting up the letter. Glo. Why fo earnestly seek you to put up that letter? Edm. I know no news, my
Glo. No! what needed then that terrible dispatch of it into your pocket ? the quality of nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Let's see; come, if it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles.
Edm. I beseech you, Sir, pardon me, it is a letter from my brother, that I have not all o'er read ; and for so much as I have perus’d, I find it not fit for your overlooking
Glo. Give me the letter, Sir.
Edm. I Mall offend, either to detain, or give it; the contents, as in part I understand them, are to blame.
Glo. Let's see, let's see.
Edm. I hope, for my brother's juftification, he wrote this but as an essay, or taste of my
virtue, Glo. reads.] This policy and reverence of ages makes the world bitter to the best of our times ; keeps our fortunes from us, till our oldness cannot relih them. I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in the oppreffion of aged tyranny'; which fways, not as it hath power, but as it is suffered. Come to me, that of this I may Speak more. If our father would sleep, till I wak'd him, you should enjoy half his revenue for ever, and live the beloved of your brother Edgar-Hum-Conspiracy!
-leep, till I wake him-you should enjoy half his revenue *My son Edgar! had he a hand to write this! a heart and brain to breed it in! when came this to you? who brought it?
Edm. It was not brought me my Lord; there's the cunning of it. I found it thrown in at the casement of
Glo. You know the character to be
your brother's ? Edm. If the matter were good, my Lord, I durit swear it were his; but in respect of that, I would fain think, it were not.
Glo. It is his.
Edm. It is his hand, my Lord; I hope, his heart is not in the contents.
Glo. Has he never before founded you in this business?
Edm. Never, my Lord. But I have heard him oft maintain it to be fit, that fons at perfect age, and fathers declining, the father should be as a ward to the fon, and the son manage
his Glo. O villain, villain ! his very opinion in the letter. Abhorred villain! unnatural, detefted, brutish villain ! worse than brutish ! Go, firrah, feck him ; I'll
apprehend him. 'Abominable villain! where is he?
Edm. I do not well know, my Lord; if it shall please you to suspend your indignation against my brother,'till you can derive from him better testimony of his intent you should run a certain course; where, if you viclently proceed against him, miftaking his purpose, it would make a great gap in your own honour, and shake in pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare pawn
down my life for him, that he has writ this to feel my affećtion to your Honour, and to no other pretence of danger Glo. Think
fo? Edm. If your honour judge it meet, I will place you where you shall hear us confer of this, and by an auricular assurance have your satisfaction : and that, without any further delay than this very evening.