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Lear. Why, thou were better in thy grave, than to answer with thy uncovered body this extremity of the skies.- Is man no more than this ? Consider him well: thou owest the worm no silk, the beast no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no perfume.Ha! here's three of us are sophisticated; thou art the thing itself: unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art.— Off, off, you lendings : come; unbutton here.

[tearing off his clothes. Fool. Pr’ythee, nuncle, be contented; this is a naughty night to swim in. Now a little fire in a wild field were like an old lecher's heart; a small spark, all the rest of his 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 hare-lip; mildews the white wheat, and hurts the poor creature of earth.

Saint Withold 2 footed thrice the wold ; 3
He met the night-mare, and her nine-fold;

Bid her alight,

And her troth plight;
And, aroint 4 thee, witch, aroint thee!'

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1 Diseases of the eye.

? A saint, said to protect his devotees from the disease called the night-mare.

3 Open plain. 4 Avaunt.

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Lear. Why, thou were better in thy grave, than to answer with thy uncovered body this extremity of the skies.- Is man no more than this? Consider him well: thou owest the worm no silk, the beast no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no perfume.Ha! here's three of us are sophisticated; thou art the thing itself: unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art.Off, off, you lendings : come; unbutton here.

[tearing off his clothes. Fool. Pr’ythee, nuncle, be contented; this is a naughty night to swim in. Now a little fire in a wild field were like an old lecher's heart; a small spark, all the rest of his 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 hare-lip; mildews the white wheat, and hurts the poor creature of earth.

Saint Withold 2 footed thrice the wold ;
He met the night-mare, and her nine-fold;

Bid her alight,

And her troth plight;
And, aroint 4 thee, witch, aroint thee!'

3

1 Diseases of the eye.

? A saint, said to protect his devotees from the disease called the night-mare.

3 Open plain, 4 Avaunt.

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