Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means he

couldGlo. Pursue him, ho!-Go after.—[Exit Sero.

By no means,—what ?
Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lord-

But that I told him, the revenging * gods
'Gainst parricides did all their thunders o bend;
Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond
The child was bound to the father ;-Sir, in fine,
Seeing how loathly opposite I stood
To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion,
With his prepared sword, he charges home
My unprovided body, lanc'd mine arm:
But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits,
Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to the encounter,
Or whether gasted' by the noise I made,
Full suddenly he fled.

Let him fly far: Not in this land shall he remain uncaught; And found_Dispatch.—The noble duke ? my mas

ter, My worthy arch and patron, comes to-night :

* Quartos, revengive.

9 — their thunders --] First quarto; the rest have it, the thunder. Johnson

1 gasted -] Frighted. Johnson.

So, in Beaumont and Fletcher's Wit at several Weapons : – either the sight of the lady has gasted him, or else he's drunk.” Steevens 2 Not in this land shall he remain uncaught;

And found_Dispatch.—The noble duke, &c.] The sense is interrupted. He shall be caught—and found, he shall be punished. Despatch. Johnson.

3 — arch —] i. e. Chief; a word now used only in composition, as arch-angel, arch-duke.

So, in Heywood's If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody, 1613:

“ Poole, that arch of truth and honesty.” Steevens.

By his authority I will proclaim it,
That he, which finds him, shall deserve our thanks,
Bringing the murderous coward 4 to the stake ;
He, that conceals him, death.

EDM. When I dissuaded him from his intent,
And found him pight to do it, with curst speech 5
I threaten’d to discover him : He replied,
Thou unpossessing bastard! dost thou think,
If I would stand against thee, would the reposal
Of any trust, virtue, or worth, in thee
Make thy words faithd? No : what I should deny,
(As this I would ; ay, though thou didst produce
My very character) I'd turn it all
To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practice* : .
And thou must make a dullard of the world®,
If they not thought the profits of my death
Were very pregnant and potential spurs 9
To make thee seek it.

* Quartos, pretence. *— murderous coward -] The first edition reads caitiff.

Johnson. s And found hiin pight to do it, with curst speech -] Pight is pitched, fixed, settled. Curst is severe, harsh, vehemently angry. Johnson. So, in the old morality of Lusty Juventus, 1561 :

“ Therefore my heart is surely pyght

“ Of her alone to have a sight.” Thus, in Troilus and Cressida :

tents “ Thus proudly pight upon our Phrygian plains.” 6 — would the reposal -] i. e. Would any opinion that men have reposed in thy trust, virtue, &c. WARBURTON.

The old quarto reads, “ could the reposure." STEEVENS. · I though thou didst produce

My very CHARACTER,–] i. e. my very handwriting. See vol. ix. p. 180. Malone. 8 — make a DULLARD of the world,] So, in Cymbeline: .

“What, mak'st thou me a dullard in this act?” STEEVENS. 9 -pregnant and potential SPURS -] Thus the quartos. Folio : potential spirits. • Malone.




Strong and fasten'd villain'! Would he deny his letter?- I never got him?.

[Trumpets within. Hark, the duke's trumpets ; I know not why he

comes :All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'scape ; The duke must grant me that: besides, his picture I will send far and near, that all the kingdom May have due note of him ; and of my land, Loyal and natural boy, I'll work the means To make thee capable .

Enter CORNWALL, Regan, and Attendants. Corn. How now, my noble friend ? since I came

hither, (Which I can call but now,) I have heard strange

news *

STRONG and fasten'd villain !] Thus the quartos. The folio reads- strange and fasten'd villain. Malone.

Strong is determined. Of this epithet our ancestors were uncommonly fond. Thus in the ancient metrical romance of The Sowdon of Babyloyne, MS :

“And my doghter that hore stronge

“ Ibronte shal be," &c. The same term of obloquy is many times repeated by the hero of this poem. Steevens.

2 Would he deny his letter?-I never got him.] Thus the quartos. The folio omits the words—I never got him ; and, instead of them, substitutes--said he? MALONE. 3 — of my land,

To make thee capable.] i. e. capable of succeeding to my land, notwithstanding the legal bar of thy illegitimacy.

So, in The Life and Death of Will Summers, &c.-" The king next demanded of him (he being a fool) whether he were capable to inherit any land,” &c.

Similar phraseology occurs also in Chapman's version of the sixteenth Iliad:

“ an inmate in a towne,
“ That is no city libertine, nor capable of their gowne."

SteeVENS. 4 - strange news.] Thus the quartos. Instead of these words the folio has-strangeness. MALONE.

Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short, Which can pursue the offender. How dost, my

; lord ? Glo. O, madam, my old heart is crack’d, is

crack'd ! REG. What, did my father's godson seek your

He whom my father nam'd ? your Edgar ?

Glo. O, lady, lady, shame would have it hid !
Reg. Was he not companion with the riotous

That tend upon my father ?

I know not, madam : It is too bad, too bad. EDM.

Yes, madam, he was 5. Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill af

fected; 'Tis they have put him on the old man's death, To have the waste and spoil of his revenues 6. I have this present evening from my sister Been well inform'd of them; and with such cautions, That, if they come to sojourn at my house, I'll not be there. CORN.

Nor I, assure thee, Regan.

5 Yes, madam, he was.] Thus the quartos. The folio deranges the metre by adding

- of that consort.” Steevens. 6 To have the waste and SPOIL of his revenues.] Thus quartos A and C; quarto B, reads

“ To have these—and waste of this his revenues." The folio:

“ To have the expence and waste of his revenues.” These in quarto B was, I suppose, a misprint for the use.

Malone. The remark made in p. 73, is confirmed by the present circumstance; for both my quartos read with Mr. Malone's

quarto B:

“ To have these and waste of this his revenues.” It is certain therefore that there is a third quarto which I have never seen. STEEVENS.

Edmund, I hear that you have shown your father
A child-like office.

'Twas my duty, sir. Glo. He did bewray his practice?; and receiv'd This hurt you see, striving to apprehend him.

Corn. Is he pursued ? Glo.

Ay, my good lord, he is 8.
Corn. If he be taken, he shall never more
Be fear'd of doing harm : make your own purpose,
How in my strength you please. For you, Edmund,
Whose virtue and obedience doth this instant
So much commend itself, you shall be ours;
Natures of such deep trust we shall much need;
You we first seize on.

I shall serve you, sir,
Truly, however else.

For him I thank your grace". Corn. You know not why we came to visit you,REG. Thus out of season ; threading dark-ey'd

night 2.

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5 He did BEWRAY his practice ;] To bewray is to reveal or discover. See Minsheu's Dictionary, 1617, in v. “ To bewraie, or disclose, a Goth. bewrye.” MALONE. So, in The Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntingdon, 1601 :

“We were bewray'd, beset, and forc'd to yield.” Again, in The Devil's Charter, 1607 :

" Thy solitary passions should bewray

“ Some discontent ." Practice is always used by Shakspeare for insidious mischief. So, in Sidney's Arcadia, book ii. : “ — his heart fainted and gat a conceit, that with bewraying this practice, he might obtaine pardon.”

The quartos read-betray. · STEEVENS.

8 - he is.] These words were supplied by Sir Thomas Hanmer to complete the measure. STEEVENS

9 Whose virtue and obedience doth -1 i. e. whose virtuous obedience. Malone.

FOR HIM I thank your grace.] Sir Thomas Hanmer, judiciously, in my opinion, omits-For him, as needless to the sense, and injurious to the metre. STEEVENS.

- THREADING dark-ey'd night.] The quarto reads :

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