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When priests are more in words than matter,
When brewers marr their malt with water ;
• When nobles are their tailors' tutors;
9 No hereticks burnt, but wenches' fuitors
Then comes the time, who lives to see't,
That going Niall be us’d with feet.
When every case in law is right,
No squire in debt, and no poor knight;
When Nanders do not live in tongues ;
And cuc-purses come not to throngs ;

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ere I go.

the present would prevent from W ben Manders do not live in ever happening. Each of thefe

tongues ; prophecies has its proper infe- And cut-purfes come rence or deduction : yet, by an throngs ; unaccountable ftupidity, the first When ulurers tell their gold editors took the whole to be all i'rb' field; one prophecy, and so jumbled And barnds and whores do the two contrary inferences toge- churches build :

ther. The whole then should Then all the realm of Albion - be read as follows, only premi- Come to great confufion.

fing that the first line is corrupted Never. by the loss of a word-morere I go, The fagacity and acuteness of is not English, and hould be Dr. Warburton are very confpihelped thus,

cuous in this note. He has dif1. I'll speak a prophecy or two entangled the confusion of the

passage, and I have inserted bis Il ben priests are more in words emendation in the text. Or e'er than matier ;

is proved by Mr. Upson to be Hlken brewers marr their malt good English, but the controwiib water ;

verfy was not necessary, for or Whennables are their tailors' is not in the old copies.

tutors ; No hereticks burnt, but werches' 8 Wben nobles are their tailors' fuitors;

tutors;] i... invent fashions Tben comes the time, who lives for them. WARBURTON,

to jest, That Going ball be us'a with 9 Ne bereticks burnt, but frit. i. c. Now,

wencher' fuiter's ;] The dif2. W ben ev'ry case in law is ease to which wenches fuitors are right,

particularly exposed, was called Ne jquire in debt, and no poor in Shakespeare's time the brenning knigbı;

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When usurers tell their gold i'th' field;
And bawds and whores do churches build:
Then shall the realm of Albion
Come to great confusion.
This prophecy Merlin shall make, for I do live before
his time.


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An Apartment in Glo'ster's Castle.

Enter Glo'ster, and Edmund. Glo. LACK, alack, Edmund, I like not this un

natural dealing ; when I defir'd their leave that i might pity him, they took from me the use of mine own houle; charg'd me on pain of perpetual displeasure, neither to ipeak of him, entreat for him, or any-way sustain him.

Edm. Mott favage and unnatural !

Gto. Go to ; lay you nochi g. There is division between the Dukes, and a worle matter than that. ! have receiv'd a letter this night. 'i is dungerous to be spoken. I have lock'd the letter in my closet. These injuries, the King now bears, will be revenged home, there is part of a power already tooted; we must incline to the King; I will look for him, and privily Felieve him; go you, and maintain talk with the Duke, that my charity be not of him perceiv'd ; if he ask for me, I am ill, and gone to bed. If I die for it, as no less is threaten'd me, the king my old master must be reliev'd. There are strange things toward, Edmund; pray, you, be careful.

[Exit, Edm This curtesy, forbid thee, shall the Duke Instantly know, and of that letter too. This feems a fair deferving, and must draw me That which


father loses; no less than all.. The younger rises, when the old doth fall, [Exit.


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Changes to a part of the Heath with a Hovel.


tyranny o'the

Enter Lear, Kent, and Fool.
Kent. ERE is the place, my Lord; good my

Lord, enter.

open night's too rough
For nature to endure.

[Storm still.
Lear. Let me alone.
Kent. Good my Lord, enter here.
Lear. Let me alone.
Kent. Good my Lord, enter here.
Lear. Will't break my heart?
Kent. I'd rather break mine own; good my Lord,

Lear. Thou chink'st 'tis much, that this contentious

Invades us to the skin; so 'tis to thee;
But where the greater malady is fixt,
The leffer is scarce felt. Thoud' it shun a bear;
But if thy flight lay toward the roaring sea,
Thou'dft meet the bear i'ch' mouth. When the mind's

The body's delicate; the tempest in my mind
Doth from my senses take all feeling else
Save what beats there. Filial ingratitude !
Is it not, as this mouth should tear this hand
For lifting food to't ?-But I'll punish home ;
No, I will weep no more-In such a night,
To shut me out?--Pour on, I will endure
In such a night as this? O Regan, Gonerill !-
Your old kind father, whose frank heart gave

O, that way, madness lies; let me shun that;
No more of that.
Kent, Good my Lord, enter here,


Lear. Pr'ythee, go in thyself; seek thine own ease; This Tempest will not give me leave to ponder On things would hurt me more-But I'll go in. * In, boy, go first. To the Fool.] You houseless po

vertyNay, get thee in , I'll pray, and then I'll neep

[Fool goes in. Poor naked wretches, wherefoe'er you are, That 'bide the pelting of this pitiless storm! How shall your houseless heads, and unfed sides, Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you From sealons such as these? O, I have ta'en Too little care of this. Take physick, Pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou may'st shake the superflux to them, And shew the Heav'ns more just.

Edg. [within.] Fathom and half, fathom and half!

poor Tom.

Fool. Come not in here, nuncle, here's a spirit. Help me, help me. [The Foil runs out from tbe kerek

Kent. Give me thy hand, who's there?
Fool. A spirit, a spirit; he says, his name's poor Tom,
Kent, What art thou, that doft grumble there i'th'

straw? Come forth.

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Enter Edgar, disguis'd like a madman,
Edg. Away! the foul fiend follows me.
Through the fharp hawthorn blows the cold wind.
* Humph, go to thy bed and warm thee.

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Lear. Didst thou give all to thy daughters and art thou come to this?

Edg. Who gives any thing to poor Tom?. whom the foul fiend hath led through fire and through fame, through ford and through whirlpool, o'er bog and quagmire; that hath + laid knives under his pillow, and halters in his pew; set ratsbane by his porridge ; made him proud of heart, to ride on a bay trotting horse over four-inch'd bridges, to course his own fhadow for a traitor. Bless thy five wits. ;. Tom's 2-cold. O do de, do de, do de. Bless thee from whirl-winds, star-blasting, and s taking. Do poor Tom fome charity, whom the foul fiend vexes. There could I have him now--and there and here again, and there.

[Storm ftillo Lear. What, have his daughters brought him to

this pass? -Couldst thou save nothing ? didit thou give 'em all ?

Fool. Nay, he reserved a blanket, else we had beca all shamed.

Lear. Now all the plagues, that in the pendulous air
Hang fated o'er men's faults, light on thy daughters !

Kent. He hath no daughters, Sir.
Lear. Death! traitor, Nothing could have fubdued

To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters.
Is it the fashion, that discarded fathers
Should have thus little mercy on their fesh?
Judicious punishment ! 'twas this Hesh begot,
Those * pelican daughters,
3 led through fire and through curred to him in his melancholy

fame,] Alluding to the ige moods. nis fatuus, fupposed to be lights s taking.) To take is to blast,. kindled by mischievous beings to or frike with malignant influlead travellers into destruction.

4 laid knives under his pilloru,] -irike ber young limbs He recounts the temptations by re taking airs with lameneli. which he was prompted to sui- pelican daughters.] The cide; the opportunities of de- young pelican is fabled to fuck ftroying himself which often oc- the mother's blood.



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