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mother “swells up toward my heart! Hysterica passio—O, how this,” KING LEAR, ii. 4. 55. Percy remarks that the disease called the mother, or hysterica passio, in Shakespeare's time, was not thought peculiar to women only; and that probably our poet derived those terms from Harsnet's Declaration of egregious Popish Impostures, 1603; which, it would appear, furnished him with the names of certain supposed fiends mentioned in the present tragedy.

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