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Like rats oft bite the holy cords atwain
Plain, blunt Men.
This is some fellow,
SCENE VII. Description of Bedlam Beggars.
While I may 'scape,
conteinpt Brought near to beast: my face I'll grime with filth ; Blanket my loins ; elle all my hair in knots ;
the word, and what the critics would read, I have kept to the old editions, notwithstanding the quotation made by me from Mr. Edwards, in the place just referred to. I forbear quoting any similar passages here: Horace and Juvenal abound with + them, and Shakespear himself hath excellently painted the character in Polonius. See, particularly Hamki, Act
(8) Silly.] Some read silky : Filly is not always taken in a bad sense amongst the old writers. Vol. III.
And with presented nakedness out-face
country gives me proof and president
Scene X. The faults of Infirmity pardonable.
Fiery? the fiery duke? tell the hot duke, that
SCENE XI. Unkindness. .
[Points to bis hearh
SCENE XII. Offences mistaken. All's not offence that indiscretion (9) finds, And dotage terms fo.
Rifing (9) Finds] Finds is an allusion to a jury's verdict: and the word fo relates to that as well as to terms. We meet with the very same expreffion in Hamlet, Acto si Sc. 1.
Rising Pation. I pr’ythee, daughter, do not make me mad, I will not trouble thee, my child. Farewel; We'll no more meet, no more fee one another; But yet, thou art my flesh, my blood, my daughter, -Or rather a disease that's in my flesh, Which I must needs call mine; thou art a bile, A plague-fore, or imbossed carbuncle, In my corrupted blood; but I'll not chide thee. Let shame come when it will, I do not call it; I do not bid the thunder-bearer fhoot, Nor tell tales of thee to high-judging fove.
The Necessaries of Life, few. (10) O, reason not the need : our baseft beggars Are in the poorest things superfluous ;
Why, 'tis found for
The coroner hath set on her, and finds it christian burial. Ib. As you like it. A. 4. S. 2. Leander was drown'd, and the foolish chroniclers (perhaps coroners] of that age found it was-Hero of Seftos." Edwards,
(10) O, reason, &c.] The poets abound with sentiments fimilar to this : take the two following passages from Lucretius and Lucan.
O wretched man! in what a milt of life,
Allow not nature more than nature needs,
Lear on the Ingratitude of his Daughters. You see me here, you gods, a poor
man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both! If it be you that stir
these daughters' hearts Against their father, fool me not so much To bear-it tamely; (11) touch me with noble anger: O let not womens weapons, water drops, Stain
man's cheeks. No, you unnat'ral hags, I will have such revenges on you both, (12) That all the world fhallI will do such things;What they are, yet I know not; but they fall be
That wanting all, and setting pain aside,
See LUCRET, B. 2.
Behold, ye sons of luxury! behold,
See Lucan, B. 4. Rowe's trann. (11) Touch me, &c.] “ If you, ye gods, have stirred my daughters' hearts against me : at left let me not bear it with any unworthy támeness; but touch me with noble anger ; let me reSent it with such resolution as becomes a man. And let not woman's weapons, water-drops, stain my man's cheeks. See Canons of Crit. p. 78.
(12) That, &c.] This seems to have been imitated from the ene or the other of these passages following:
Haud quid fit scio,
Senec. Thyeste A. 2.
The terrors of the earth; you think, 1'11 weep :
Scene XIII. Wilful Men.
O, fir, to wilful men,
Description of Lear's Distress amidst the Storm. Kent. Where's the king ?
Gent. Contending with the fretful elements; Bids the wind blow the earth into the sea ; Or fwell the curled waters 'bove the main, That things might change, or ceafe: tears his white
hair, (Which the impetuous blasts, with cyeless rage, Catch in their fury ;) Strives in his little world of man t'out-scorn The to-and-fro conflicting wind and rain.
-Nefcio quid ferox
Magnum eft quodcunque paravi:
Ovid. Met. 6. 'Tis something great I've inly meditated
What it is, yet I'm doubtful. (13) I have, &c:] Perhaps this should be, Tho' I've full cause.