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'Tis on such ground, and to such wholesome end,
Lear. My curses on her!
O sir, you are old ;
Ask her forgiveness !
3 on my knees I beg, [Kneeling. That you'll vouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food.
Reg. Good sir, no more; these are unsightly tricks. Return you to my sister. Lear.
Fie, fie, fie!
O the blest gods !
Lear. No, Regan, thou shalt never have my curse; Thy tender-hefted 5 nature shall not give
1 « Say," &c. This line and the following speech is omitted in the quartos.
2 i. e. the order of families, duties of relation.
4 Fall seems here to be used as an active verb, signifying to humble or pull down.
5 Tender-hefted may mean moved, or heaving with tenderness. The
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Thee o'er to harshness; her eyes are fierce, but thine
Good sir, to the purpose.
[Trumpets within. Lear. Who put my man i’the stocks ? Corn.
What trumpet's that?
Enter Steward. Reg. I know't, my sister's; this approves her letter, That she would soon be here.--Is your lady come?
Lear. This is a slave, whose easy-borrowed pride Dwells in the fickle grace of her he follows.-Out, varlet, from my sight! Corn.
What means your grace? Lear. Who stocked my servant? Regan, I have
good hope Thou didst not know of't.-Who comes here?
Enter GONERIL. If you do love old men, if your sweet sway Allow 2 obedience, if yourselves are old, Make it your cause; send down, and take my part. Art not ashamed to look upon this beard ?
IT. GONERIL. O Regan, wilt thou take her by the hand ?
quartos read tender-hested, which may be right, and signify giving tender
A size is a portion or allotment of food. The word and its origin
2 To allow is to approve, in old phraseology.
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Gon. Why not by the hand, sir ? How have I of
O sides, you are too tough!
Corn. I set him there, sir; but his own disorders
Lear. Return to her, and fifty men dismissed ?
[Looking on the Steward
your choice, sir.
1 By less advancement, Cornwall means that Kent's disorders had entitled him to a post of even less honor than the stocks.
2 Since you are weak, be content to think yourself weak. 3. See p. 14, note 6, ante.
4 Sumpter is generally united with horse or mule, to signify one that carried provisions or other necessaries; from sumptus (Lat.). In the present instance horse seems to be understood,
A plague-sore, an embossed' carbuncle,
Not altogether so, sir ;
Is this well spoken, now?
Gon. Why might not you, my lord, receive attend
From those that she calls servants, or from mine?
lord? If then they chanced to
We could control them. If you will come to me,
Lear. I gave you all
And in good time you gave it.
Reg. And speak it again, my lord ; no more with
1 Embossed here means swelling, protuberant.
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Lear. Those wicked creatures yet do look well favored, When others are more wicked; not being the worst, Stands in some rank of praise : 1- I'll go
[T. GONERIL. Thy fifty yet doth double five-and-twenty, And thon art twice her love.
Hear me, my lord ;
What need one?
[Exeunt LEAR, GLOSTER, KENT, and Fool.
1 i. e. to be not the worst deserves some praise.
3 Flaws anciently signified fragments, as well as mere cracks. Among the Saxons it certainly had that meaning. The word, as Bailey observes, was 6 especially applied to the breaking off shivers or thin pieces from precious stones."
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