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Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means he
couldGlo. Pursue him, ho!-Go after.—[Exit Sero.
By no means,—what ?
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,
EDM. When I dissuaded him from his intent,
* 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
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,
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
Glo. O, lady, lady, shame would have it hid !
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
“ 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
'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.
I shall serve you, sir,
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
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 :