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Enter a Herald,
Alb. Trust to thy single 1 virtue; for thy soldiers,
Reg. This sickness grows upon me.
Come hither, herald. Let the trumpet sound,
[A trumpet sounds
If any man of quality or degree, within the lists of the army, will maintain upon Edmund fupposed earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear o at the third sound of the trumpet. He is bold in his defence. P Sound.
[1 trumpet. 9 Again.
[2 trumpet. Again.
[3 trumpet. '[Trumpet answers him within.
I The two last fo's, R. P. and H. read virtues.
This speech of the Captain is omitted by all but the qu's.
P All but the qu's omit found; and they give it to the Bastard; but this seems to be a mistake, for I suppose it was the Herald's business to bid the trumpet found.
4 The qu's have again but once, and this is also given to the Bastard.
s Enter Edgar, armed, with a trumpet before him.
Her. What are you?
Edg. 'o know my name is lost,
Yet am I noble was the adversary
Alb. Which is that adversary?
Edg. Draw thy sword,
Behold, it is the privilege of mine z honours,
• The qu's read Enter Edgar, at the third sound, a trumpet before him. The fo's and the rest Enter Edgar, armed.
* So the qu's; the rest omit 0.
* The ad q. omits yet am I noble; for which the ift q. reads yet are I mou't, i. e. (I suppose) get ere I move it.
w The qu's read where is the adversary, &c. * So the qu's; the rest omit witbal.
y The fo's, R. P. and J. read bebold, it is my privilege, the privilege of mine bonours, 6o.
% The qu's read tongue for bonours.
* The charge he is here going to bring against the Bastard, he calls the privilege, bo. fo understand which phraseology, we must consider the old rites of knighthood are here alluded to; whose oath and profesion required him to discover all treasons, and whose privilege was to have his challenge
Maugre thy b strength, youth, place, and eminence,
Edm. In wisdom I should ask thy name,
accepted, or otherwise to have his charge taken pro confesso. For if one who was no knight accused another who was, that other was under no obligation to accept the challenge. On this account it was necessary, as Edgar came disguised, to tell the Bastard he was a knight. W.
But I should rather think privilege refers to his sword; he says, Draw tby sword, &c. here is mine, it is the privilege, &c. i. c. I don't wear my sword in the common way, merely as my defence, but as a privilege, granted at my being knighted, for the vindicating betrayed innocence, and puniling the traitor. For by the words here is mine, he cannot well refer to my speech in the foregoing line : had he intended to refer to his following speech, then che grammar would have requir’d to be here it is, and not here is mine.
b So the qu’s; the rest strength, place, youth, &c.
€ So the qu's and R.; the fo's read despise for despight; P. and the rest Spite of.
d The qu's read fortun'd.
So the qu’s; the rest below thy foot.
i Say for essay, fome few or probability. P. But perhaps fag may here
k What safe and nicely I might well delay
[Alarm. Fight. Edmund falls,
Alb. y Shut your mouth, dame, Or with this paper shall I 2 stop it
Gon. 2 Hold, fir
k The qu's omit this line.
The qu's read hell-batedly.
IT. W. and J. read thou fvalt reft. 1. So all before T. who reads O save him, &c. followed by W. and F: -H. reads save him, O fave him, &c.—Save him, save him, is made Albany's fpeech by all before T. who puts it to Gonerill's ; followed by all after but f.
All but the qu's omit mere. u So the qu's; the rest war for arms, w The qu's read art for wast. * The 2d q. reads offer for answer.
The qu's read stop for sbut. z The ist q. reads stople.
a The fo's, R. and 3. read hold, fir, after stop it, making it a part of Albany's speech ; but this seems to be a mistake; for if it be read at all, it hould be Gonerill's speech. All the rest omit it.
Alb. Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil. Nay, no tearing, lady; I perceive you know it d.
Gon. Say, if I do ; the laws are mine, not thine;
Alb. f Monster, know'st thou this paper ?
[Exit Gonerill. Alb. Go after her. She's desperate ; govern her.
Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that 8 have I done,
Edg. Let us exchange charity.
b So the fo's, R. and J.; the rest thing for name. © So the qu's; all the rest omit nay.
d Here 7. puts this direction, [gives the letter to Edmund.] But why fo? Does it not appear that he had given it to Gonerill, for he bids her read, and not tear it : and afterwards having taken it from her, fays, Monfier, know'st that this paper? which thews the paper to be then in Albany's hand. * So the qu's; the reft can for fall.
so the ad q. ; the ist most monstrous knowlt thou this paper? The fo's 20d R. moft monjirous! O, know'st ihou tiris paper ? the rest follow the zod q.
. So all before T. who alters have I to I have ; followed by the rest,