Note to King Lear, 2.4.57: "Hysterica passio, down,
thou climbing sorrow"


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Act 2, Scene 4, line 57
Hysterica passio: hysteria
Hysteria—uncontrollable emotion resulting in gasps, weeping, outbursts of laughter, etc.—was thought to be the result of vapors rising from the bowels to the head. This is probably because it feels like a "climbing sorrow," one which we now (C.E. 2014) describe as making us "choke up."
Happy Hysteria in Sense and Sensibility starring Emma Thompson