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He's coming hither; now i'the night, i’ the haste,
I am sure on 't, not a word.
[Erit EDG. Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion
(Wounds his Arm. Of my more fierce endeavour: I have seen drunkards Do more than this in sport.1-Father! father! Stop, stop! No help?
Enter GLOSTER, and Servants with Torches. Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain? Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out, Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon?
i' the haste,] I should have supposed we ought to read only -in haste, had I noi met with our author's present phrase in XII merry Jests of the Widow Edyth. 1573 :
“ To London they tooke in all the haste
Have you nothing said Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany?] The meaning is, hare you said nothing upon the party formed by him against the duke of Albany:?
Hanmer. I cannot but think the line corrupted, and would read :
Against his party, for the duke of Albany? Fohnson. Upon his party — ] i.e. on his behalf. Henley. 9 Advise yourself. ] i. e. consider, recollect yourself. So, in Twelfth Night: “ Advise you what you say.” Steevers.
I have seen drunkards Do more than this in sport.] So, in a passage already quoted in a note on The Winter's Tale, Act II, sc. ij. “Have I not been drunk for your health, eat glasses, drunk urine, stabbed arms, and done all offices of protested gallantry for your sake?”—Marston's Dutch Courtezan. Steevens.
2 Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon – ] This was a proper circumstance to urge to Gloster; who appears, by what passed between him and his bastard son in a foregoing scene, to be very superstitious with regard to this matter. Warburton.
The quartos read, warbling instead of mumbling. Steevens:
To stand his auspicious mistress :3
But where is he?.
Where is the villain, Edmund ? Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means he could Glo. Pursue him, ho!-Go after.- [Exit Serv.] By
no means, -what? Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship; But that I told him, the revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders* bend; Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond The child was bound to the father ;-Sir, in fine, Seeing how lothly 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. Glo.
Let him fly far: Not in this land shall he remain uncaught; And found-Despatch.-The noble duke6 my master, My worthy arch? and patron, comes to-night: By his authority I will proclaim it, That he, which finds him, shall deserve our thanks,
conjuring the moon To stand his auspicious mistress :] So, in All’s Well that Endo Well :
6. And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm,
Fohnson. gasted -] Frighted. Johnson. So, in Beaumont and Fletcher's Wit at several IVeapons: “ - either the sight of the lady has gasted him, or else he 's drunk.” Steevens. 6 Not in this land shall he remain uncaught;
And found — Despatch.- The noble duke &c.] The sense is interrupted. He shall be caught-and found, he shall be punish’d. De. spatch. Johnson.
- 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 for truth and honesty.” Steevens.
Bringing the murderous coward to the stake;
Edm. When I dissuaded him from his intent,
Strong and fasten'd villain !5
[Trumpets within. Hark, the duke's trumpets! I know not why he comes:
murderous coward - ] The first edition reads caitif
Johnson. 9 And found him 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 :
“ Thus proudly pight upon our Phrygian plains.” Steevens:
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.
though thou didst produce My very character, -, i.e. my very handwriting. Malone.
- make a dullard of the world,] So, in Cymbeline : “ What, maks't thou me a dullard in this act ?" Steevens.
pregnant and potential spurs —] Thus the quartos. Folio : potential spirits. Malone.
5 Strong and fasten'd villain.!] Thus the quartos. The folio reads - strange and fasten'd villain. Malone.
6 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.
All ports I 'll bar; the villain shall not ’scape;
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.8
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 life? Ile whom my father nam’d? your Edgar?
Glo. O, lady, lady, shame would have it hid!
Reg. Was he not companion with the riotous knights
I know not, madam :
Yes, madam, he was.9
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 Deail of Vill Summers, &c.-" The king next demanded of him (he being a fool) whether he were capable to inherit any land,” &c. Steevens.
strange news.] Thus the quartos. Instead of these words the folio has--strangeness. Malone.
9 Yes, madam, he was.] Thus the quartos. The folio deranges the metre by adding
of that consort. Steevens. 1 To have the waste and spoil of his revenues.] Thus quarto B. The other quarto reads
To have these and waste of this his revenues. The folio:
To have the expense and waste of his revenues. These in quarto A was, I suppose, a misprint for the use. Malone.
The remark made in p. 186, n. 5, is confirmed by the present circumstance; for both my quartos read with Mr. Malone's quarto A:
To have these--and waste of this his revenues.
I have this present evening from my sister
Nor I, assure thee, Regan.-
father A child-like office.
Edm. 'Twas my duty, sir.
Glo. He did bewray his practice ;2 and receiv’d
Corn. Is he pursued?
Ay, my good lord, he is.3
I shall serve you, sir,
For him I thank your grace.5
2 He did bewray his practice;) i. e. Discover, betray. So, in The Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntington, 1601:
“ We were betray'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.
See Minsheu's Dict. 1617, in v. “ To bewraie, or disclose, a Goth. bewrye.” Malone.
he is.] These words were supplied by Sir Thomas Hanmier to complete the measure. Siecvens. 4 Whose virtue and obedience doth -] 1.è. whose virtuous obedience.
Malone. 5 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: threatning dark-ey'd night. Johnson.