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Lear. c Hast thou given all to thy d two daughters? and art thou come to this?

Edg. Who gives any thing to poor Tom ? whom the foul fiend hath ied through fire and through Alame, through ' ford and 6 whirlpool, o'er bog and quagmire; that hath laid knives under his pillow, and halters in bis pew; fet ratsbane by his b pottage; made him proud of heart, to ride on a bay trotring horse over four * inch'd bridges, to course his own shadow for a traitor.-i Bless thy five wits Tom's a-cold-k o do, de, do, de, do, de-Bless thee from whirlwinds, ' ftar-blasting, and taking; do poor Tom some charity, whom the foul fiend vexes. There could I have him now—and there—and there again—" and there.

[Storm continues. Lear. + What, o have his daughters brought him to this

P pafs?
Couldst thou save nothing? 9 didst thou give 'em all?

© So the qu's; the rest did thou give, 6c.
d All but the qu's omit two.
e The qu's omit through flame.
f The fo's and R. read sword for ford.
& The qu's read whirli-poole. 7. inferts through before whirlpoole
h So the qu’s; the rest porridge.

The three last fo's and R. read arcb'd for inchid.
i The fo's read blijfe for b!ifs.
k The qu's omit O da, de, do, de, do, de.
| The qu's read star-blufting.
m The 4th f. and all after read here for ibere,
n The qu's omit and there.

The fo's, R. and P. omit what. o The quis omit have; the il, 2d, and 3d fo's bas for have, p The 4th f. reads alle for pass. 9 Thc fo's and R. read woulds for dids.

Fool,

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Fool. Nay, he reserv'd a blanket, else we had all been

Thamed,
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, fir.

Lear. Death! traitor. Nothing could have subdued nature
To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters.
Is it the fashion that discarded fathers
Should have thus little mercy on their felh ?
Judicious punishment! 'twas this flesh begot
Those pelican daughters.

Edg. • Pillicock fat on Pillicock hill,
Halloo, halloo, loo, loo!

Fool. This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.

Edg. Take heed o'th' foul fiend. Obey thy parents. Keep thy' word justly, Swear not, Commit not with man's fworn spouse. Set not thy · sweet heart on proud array. Tom's a-cold.

Lear. What has thou been?

Edg. A serving-man, proud in heart and mind; that curl'd my hair, w wore gloves in my cap, served the luft of my mistress' heart, and did the act of darkness with her ; swore as many oaths as I spake words, and broke them in the sweet

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The qu's read fall for light.
s The qu's read Pilicock sat on Pelicock's bill, a lo lo lo.

For word the qu’s read words. The ift f. word's justice; the other fo's word, juflice; R. word, do justice.

" The fo's, R. P. and T.'s 8vo read sweet-heart.

* It was a custom to wear gloves in the hat, upon three different motives; either as the favour of a mistress; in honour of some other respected friend ; pp as a mark to be challenged by an adversary where a duel was de

pending.

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face of heaven. One that Nept in the contriving ' of lust, and wak'd to do it. Wine lov'd I Y deeply; dice dearly, and in woman out-paramour'd the Turk. False of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand; hog ia Noth, fox in stealth, wolf in greediness, dog in madness, lion in prey. Let not the creaking of shoes, nor the a rulings of silks, betray thy poor heart to women. Keep thy foot out of brothel, thy hand out of c placket, thy pen from lender's c book, and defy the foul fiend. Still through d the hawthorn blows the cold wind : • says suum, mun, nonny, dolphin my boy, boy Seley: let him trot' by.

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pending. And to this custom in all these three cases, has our author at difa ferent times alluded.

King RICHARD II.
His answer was he would unto the fiews,
And from the common'st creature pluck a glove
And wear it as a favour,

King HENRY V.
Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with crowns,

And give it to this fellow. Kecpit, fellow,
And wear it for an honour in thy cap.

And, again, in the fame play. K. Hen. Give me any gage of thine, and I will wear it in my bonnet; then if ever thou darft acknowledge it, I will make it my quarrel.

Will. Here's my glove. T.
* So the qu’s and fo's; the rest omit of.
y The fo's and R. read dearly for deeply.
z The ud f. reads bloody hand; the 3d and 4th and R. bloody handed.

a So the qu’s; which echoes the sense better than rustling, the reading of all the rest.

b So the qu's; the rest woman. < So the qu’s; the rest brothels, plackets, books, for brothel, placket, book. d The 3d and 4th fo's read thy for the. ¢ The qu's read hay no on ny, dolphin, my boy, my boy, cease, let him trot by, f The 3d and 4th fo's read ay for by.

Lear.

Lear. 6 Why, thou wert better in thy grave, than to anfwer with thy uncover'd body this extremity of the skies. Is man no more i but this ? Consider him well. Thou ow'll the worm no filk, the beast no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no perfume. "Ha! here's three 'on's are fophisticated, thou art the thing itself ; unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art. m Off,

, off, you lendings; come, unbutton here.

[Tearing off his cloaths. Fool. Pr’ythee, nuncle, be" content ; . this is a naughty night to swim in. Now a little fire in a P wide field were like an old lecher's heart, a small spark, and all the rest on's body cold. Look, here comes a walking fire.

Edg. This is the foul' fiend • Flibbertigibbet ; he begins at curfew, and walks + till the first cock. "He gives the web and the pin, squints the eye, and makes the hair-lip; mildews the white whreat, and hurts the

poor

creature of w the earth.

& All but the qu's omit wby.

The fo's, R. P. and H. read a for thy. i So the qu’s; the rest than for but. $ The qu's omit ha. I So the qu's, fo's, and R.; P. and the rest read of us for on's.

The qu’s read off, of you leadings, come on be true. * So the qu's; the rest contented. • So the qu's; the rest 'tis tor this is. p All editions read wild; but wide is better opposed to little. ? The qu's read in body. 1 All but the qu's omit fiend, $ The qu's read Siberdegibit.

The fo's and R. read at first cock. u The qu's read be gins the web, the pingueues (ad pingucuer) the eye, erd makes the bart lip.

The qu's and it f. omit the.

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*Saint Withold footed thrice they wold,
He met the night-mare, and her 2 name told,
Bid her alight, and her troth plight,

And aroynt thee, witch, a aroynt thee b.
Kent. How fares your grace?

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Lear. What's he?
Kent. Who's there? what is't you seek?
Glo. What are you

names?
Edg. Poor Tom, that eats the swimming frog, the toad,
the tadpole ; the wall-newt, and the water-newt; that
in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats
cow-dung for sallads; swallows the old rat, and the ditch-

* The qu's read Swithald footed thrice i he olde anelthu night moore and ber wine fold bid her, O light and her troth plight and arint thee, with arint thee.

* The fo's, R. and P. read Switbuld. y The fo's, R. and P. read old.

z All the editions before W. read ni..e-fold, who alters it to name told, and gives the following explanation of this pastage.

Saint W’ithold traversing the wold, or downs, met the night mare; who having told her name, he obliged her to alight from those perfons whom she rides, and plight her troth to do no more mischief. This is taken from a Story of him in his legend. Hence he was invoked as the patron faint against that distemper. And these verses were no other than a populer charm, or right siell againit the Epialtes, W. a Arsynt thee, i. e, avaunt,

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gone.

Glost,
b After thee W. reads right.
c The qu's read toade pold.

The qu's read wall-wort. ¢ The qu’s and fo's omit newt; first supplied by R. f The ad q. reads fruitc for fury.

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