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Gon. Do you mark that?

Alb. I cannot be so partial, Gonerill, To the great love I bear you, —

Gon. Pray you, be content. What, Oswald, ho! -You, Sir, more knave than fool, after your master,

[To the Fool. Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, take the

fool with thee.
A Fox, when one has caught her,
And such a daughter,
Should sure to the daughter,
If my cap would buy a halter,
So the fool follows after.

(Exit. Gon. This man hath had good counsel.-a hundred

Knights ! 'Tis politick, and safe, to let him keep At point a hundred Knights ; yes, that on ev'ry dream, Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike, He may enguard his dotage with their pow’rs, And hold our lives at mercy. Oswald, I say.

Alb. Well, you may fear too far

Gon. Safer than trust too far,
Let me still take away the harms I fear,
Not fear ftill to be taken. I know his heart.
What he hath utter'd, I have writ my sister ;
If she'll sustain him and his hundred Knights,
When I have thew'd th' unfitnels

Enter Steward.

How now, Oswald?
What, have you writ that letter to my sister?

Stew. Ay, Madam.

Gon. Take you some company, and away to horse Inform her full of my particular fear,

And

And thereto add such reasons of your own,
As may ? compact it more. So, get you gone,
And hasten your return.

(Exit Steward.
-No, no, my Lord,
This milky gentleness and course of yours,
Though I condemn it not, yet, under pardon,
You are much more at task for want of wisdom,
Than prais’d for harmful mildness.

Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell;
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.

Gon. Nay, then--
Alb. Well, well, th' event.

[Exeunt.

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A Court-Yard belonging to the Duke of Albany's

Palace.
Re-enter Lear, Kent, Gentleman and Fool.

O you before to Glo'ster with these letters.

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thing you know, than comes from her demand out of the letter ; if your diligence be not speedy, I shall be • there afore you.

Kent. I will not sleep, my Lord, 'till I have delivered your letter.

(Exit. Fool. If a man's brain were in his heels, wer't not in danger of kibes?

Lear. Ay, boy.
Fool. Then, I prythee, be merry, thy wit shall not

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go lip-shod.

Lear. Ha, ha, ha.
Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use thee

7-Compact it more. ) Unite * there afore you.] He seems one circumstance with another, to intend to go to his daughter, so as to make a consistent ac. but it appears af erwards that he count.

is going to the house of Glo'fer.

kindly:

kindly; for though she's as like this as a crab's like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.

Lear. What can'st tell, boy?

Fool. She will tafte as like this, as a crab does to a crab. Can'st thou tell, why one's nose stands i'ch' middle of one's face?

Lear. No.
Fool

. Why, to keep one's eyes of either side one's nose, that what a man cannot smell out, he may spy into.

Lear. ' I did her wrong
Fool. Can'st tell how an oyster makes his shell?
Lear. No.
Fool. Nor I neither ; but I can tell, why a snail has
a house.

Lear. Why?

Fool. Why, to put's head in, not to give it away to his daughters, and leave his horns without a case.

Lear. I will forget my nature.—So kind a father! Be my

horses ready? Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason, why the seven stars are no more than seven, is a pretty season. Lear. Because they are not eight. Fool. Yes, indeed. Thou wouldst make a good fool. Lear, 9 To tak’t again perforce !-Monster ingratitude !

Fool. If you were my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee beaten for being old before thy time.

Lear. How's that?

Fool. Thou shouldst not have been old, 'till thou hadft been wise.

Lear. O, let me not be mad, not mad. Sweet heav'n, Keep me in temper; I would not be mad.

* I did her wrong. ] He is is meditating on the resumption musing on Cordelia.

of his royalty. 9 To tak't aga:perforce!) He

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Enter Gentleman.
How now, are the horses ready?

Gent. Ready, my Lord.
Lear. Come, boy.
Fool. She that's a maid now, and laughs at my de-

parture, Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter.

[Exeunt.

ACT II.

SCENE I.

A Castle belonging to the Earl of Glo'ster.

Enter Edmund and Curan, severally.

EDMUND

SAY

AVE thee, Curan.

Cur. And you, Sir. I have been with your father, and given him notice that the Duke of Cornwall, and Regan his Dutchess, will be here with him this night. Edm. How comes that?

Cur. Nay, I know not; you have heard of the news abroad; I mean the whisper'd ones; for they are yet but ear-killing * arguments.

Edm. Not I; pray you, what are they?

Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward *ewixt the Dukes of Cornwall and Albany?

Edm. Not a word. Cur. You may do then in time. Fare you well, Sir.

[Exit. Edm. The Duke be here to-night! The better! Best! This weaves itself perforce into my business ; • Subjects of discourfe; topicks.

My

My father hath set guard to take my brother,
And I have one thing of a * queazy question
Which I must act. Briefness, and fortune work!
Brother, a word. Descend.

Descend. Brother, I say ;

Enter Edgar. My father watches; O Sir, fly this place, Intelligence is giv’n where you are hid; You've now the good advantage of the nighe Have you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornwall? He's coming hither, now i'th' night, i'th' haste, And Regan with him ; ' have you nothing said Upon his Party 'gainst the Duke of Albany? Advise yourself. Edg. I'm sure on't, not a word.

Edm. I hear my father coming. Pardon me. In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you Draw, seem to defend yourielf. Now, quit you wellYield— Come before my father -Light hoa, here! Fly, brother-Torches!—So farewel — [Ex. Edgary Some blood, drawn on me, would beget opinion

Wounds bis armo Of

my more fierce endeavour. I've seen drunkards Do more than this in sport. Father ! father! Stop, stop. No help? To bim, Enter Glo'ster, and servants with torches. Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain ? Edm. Here food he in the dark, his sharp sword

out,

queazy question] Some- is, have you said nothing upon the thing of a spicious, questionable parry formed by him against the and uncertain nature. This is, Duke of Albany?

HANMER.

I cannot but think the line -have you nothing faid

corrupted, and would read, Upon bis pariy gain the Duke

Against his party, for the Duke of Albany? The meaning

of Albany?

Mumb

I think, the meaning

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