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Edm. That's my fear. 1. pray you, have a | May carry through itself to that full issue continent *.forbearance, till the speed of his For which I razed i my likeness.-Now, ba rage goes slower; and, as I say, retire with nish'a Kent,

(condenin'd me to my lodging, from whence I will fitly If thou canst 'serve where thou' dost stand bring you to hear my lord speak : Pray you, (So may it come!) thy master, whom thou go; there's my key :- If you do stir abroad, Shall find thee full of labours. [Iovest, go armed.

Horns within. Enter LEAR, Knights, and Edg. Armed, brother?

Attendants. Elm. Brother, I advise yon to the best : go Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner; armed; I am no honest man, if there be any go, get it ready. (Exit an Attendant.] How good meaning towards you: I have told you now, what art thou? what I have seen and heard, but faintly; no- Kent. A maa, sir. thing like the image and horror of it: Pray Lear. What dost thou profess? What you, away..

wouldst thou with us? Edg. Shall I hear from you anon? ·Kent: I do profess to be no less than I Edm. I do serve you in this business, seem; to serve bim truly, that will put ine in

[Exit EDGAR. trust; to love him that is honest; to converse 5 A credulous father, and a brother noble, "," with him that is wise, and says little; to fear Whose nature is so far from doing harms, judgment; to fight, when I cannot choose; That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty and to eatno' fish. My practices ride easy! I see the business. Lear. What art thou? Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: : Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow;' and All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. (Exit: as poor as the king.

Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as SCENE III. A Room in the Duke of he is for a king, thou art poor enough. What Albany's Palace.

wouldst thou?

Kent. Service.
Enter GONERIL and Steward.

Lear. Who wouldst thon serve ?
Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman Kent. You.
Stew. Ay, madam.. [for chiding of his fool? Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow
Gon. By day and night! he wrongs me; every Kent. No, sir; but you have that in your
lle flashes into one gross crime or other, · [hour countenance, which I would fain call master.
That sets us all at odds : I'll not endure it: Lear. What's that?
His knights grow riotous, and himself up- Kent. Authority::
braids ns

11 [ing, Lear. What services canst thou do? On every trifle :- When he returns from hunt- Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, I will not speak with him; says; I am sick: mar a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a If you come slack of former services, plain message bluntly: that which ordinary You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer. men are fit for, I am qualified in; and the Stew. He's coming, madam; I hear him. best of me is diligence.

[Horns within. Lear. How old art thou? Gon. Put on what weary negligence you Kent. Not so young, sir, love a woman please,

[question: for singing ; nor so old, to dote on her for You and your fellows; I'd have it come to any thing: I have years on my back, forty-eight. If he dislike it, let him to my sister, i Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me; if Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, I like thee no worse after dinner, I will not Not to be over-ruled. Idle old man, part from thee yet.-Dinner, ho, dinner!That'still would manage those authorities, Where's my knave? any fool?' Go you,

and That he hath given away!-Now, by my life, call my fool hither: Old fools are babes again; and must be used

Enter Steward.
With checks, as flatteries,--when they are seen You, you, sirrah, where's my daughter ?
Remember what I have said. [abused. Stew. So please you,

[Erit. Stew.

Very well, madam. Lear. What says the fellow there? Call Gon. And let his knights have colder looks the clotpoll back.--Where's my fool, ho?_I among you;

(tellows so: think the world's asleep. How now? where's What grows of it, no matter; advise your that mongrel ? I would breed from hence occasions, and I Knight. He says, my lord, your 'danghter shall,

(sister, is not well. That I may speak :-I'll write straight to my Lear. Why came not the slave back to me, To hold my very course :- Prepare for dinner. when I called him?

[Exeunt. Knight. Sir, he answered me in the roundSCENE IV. A Hall in the same.

est manner, he would not.

Lear. He would not!
Enter KENT, disguised.

Knight. My lord, I know not what the Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow, matter is; but to my judgment, your highness That can my speech diffusé t, my good intent:is not entertained with that ceremonious affer

• Temperate. + Disorder, disguise. | Effaced. Keep company

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tion as you were wont; there's a great abate- Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel ? he ment of kindness appears, as well in the must be whipped out, wlten Lady, the brachy, general dependants, as in the duke himself may stand by the fire, and stink. also, and your daughter.

Lear. A pestilent gall to me! Lear. Ha! sayst thou so 3

Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech. Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my Lear. Do lord, if I be mistaken; for my duty cannot be Fool. Mark it, nuncle : silent, when I think your highness is wronged. Have more than thou showest,

Lear. Thou but remember'st me of mine Speak less than thou knowest, own conception; I have perceived a most Lend less than thou owest||, faint neglect of late; which I have rather Ride more than thou goest, blamed as mine own jealous curiosity *, than Learn more than thou trowest 1, as a very pretence+ and purpose of unkind- Set less than thou throwest; ness: I will look further into't. But where's Leave thy drink and thy whore, my fool? I bave not seen him this two days. And keep in-a-door,

Knight. Since my young lady's going into And thou shalt have more France, sir, the fool hath much pined away.

Than two tens to a score. Lear. No more of that; I have noted it Lear. This is nothing, fool. well.-Go you, and tell my daughter I would Fool. Then: 'tis like the breath of an unspeak with her.-Go you, call hither my fool.feed lawyer: you gave me nothing for't: Cani Re-enter Steward.

you make no use of nothing, nuncle? O, you sir, you sir, come you hither : Who Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made am 1, sir?

out of nothing." Stew. My lady's father.

Fool. Pry'thee, tell him, so much the rent of Lear. My lady's father! my lord's knave: his land comes to; he will not believe a fool. you whoreson dog; you slave! you cur !

[TO Kent. Stew. I am none of this, my lord; I be- Lear. A bitter fool! seech you, pardon mé.

Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you boy, between a bitter fool and a sweet fool? rascal?

[Striking him. Lear. No, lad; teach me. Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord.

Fool. That lord, that counseli'd thee Kent. Nor tripped neither; you base foot.

To give away thy land, ball player. (Tripping up his heels.

Come, place him here by me, Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest

Or do thou for him stand: me, and I'll love thee.

The sweet and bitter fool Kent. Come, sir, arise, away; I'll teach

Will presently appear; you differences; away, away: If you will

The one in motley here, measure your lubber's length again, tarry:

The other found out there. but away: go to; Have you wisdom's so. Lear. Dost thon call me fool, boy?

[Pushes the Steward out. Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given Lear, Now, my friendly knave, I thank away; that thou wast born with.. thee: there's earnest of thy service.

Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord. (Giring Kent money. Fool. No, faith, lords and great men will Enter Fool.

not let me; if I had a monopoly out, they Fool. Let me hire him too;-Here's my would have part on't: and ladies too, they coxcomb.

(Giving Kent his Cap. will not let me have all fool to myself; they'll Lear. How now, my pretty knave? how be snatching - Give me an egg, nuncle, and dost thou?

I'll give thee two crowns. Fool Sirrah, you were best take my cox- Lear. What two crowns shall they be? comb.

Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i' the Kent. Why, fool ?

middle, and eat up the meat; the two crowns Fool. Why? For takiug one's part that is of the egg. When tliou clovest thy crown i'the out of favour : Nay, an thou canst not smile middle, and gavest away both parts, thou as the wind sits, thoul't catch cold shortly: borest thine ass on thy back over the dirt: There, take my coxcomb: Why, this fellow Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown, when has banished two of his daughters, and did the thou gavest thy golden one away. If I third a blessing against his will; if thou follow speak like myself in this, let him be whipp'd him, thou must needs wear my coxcomb.- that first finds it so

... How now, nuncle? Would I had two cox- Fools had neer lessgrace** in a year; [Sings. combs, and two daughters !

For wise men are grown foppisk ;** Lear. Why, my boy?

And know not how their wits to wear, Fool. If I gave them all my living t, I'd Their manners are so apish. keep my coxcombs myself: There's mine; Lear. When were you wont to be so full of beg another of thy daughters.

songs, sirrah Lear. Take heed, sirrah; the whip.

Fool, I have used it, nuncle, ever since theu • Punctilious jealousy. + Design.

Estate or property.

Bitch hound. || Ownest, possessest,

I Believest.

** Favour.

madest thy danghters thy mother : for when is not Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus 3 thou gavest them the rod, and put'st down Whereare his eyes? Either his notion weakens, thine own breeches,

or his discernings are lethargied.Sleeping or Then they for suddenjoy did weep, (Sings. waking ?-Ha! sure 'tis not so.-Who is it And I for sorrow sung,

that can tell me who I am ?-Lear's shadow? That such a king should play bopeep, I would learn that; for by the marks of soAnd go the fools among.

vereignty, knowledge, and reason, I should Pry'thee, puncle, keep a school-master that can be false persuaded I had daughters. teach thy fool to lie; I would fain learn to lie. Fool, Which they will make an obedient

Lear. If you lie, sirrah, we'll have you father. whipped.

Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman? Fool. I marvel, what kin thou and thy Gon. Come, sir; daughters are: they'll have me whipped for This admiration is much o' the favour** speaking true, thou'lt have me wbipped for of other your new pranks. I do beseech you lying; and, sometimes, I am whipped for bold. To understand my purposes aright: ing my peace. I had rather be any kind of As you are old and reverend, you should be thing, than a fool: and yet I would not be thee, wise:

squires; nuncle; thou hast pared thy wit o'both sides, Here do you keep a hundred knights and and left nothing in the middle: Here comes Men so disorder'a, so debauch’d, and bold, one o'the parings.

That this our court,infected with their manners, Enter GONERIL.

Shows like a riotous inn: epicurism and lust Lear. How now, daughter! what makes Make it more like a tavern or a brothel, that frontlet* on? Methinks, you are too much Than a graced palace. The shame itself doth of late i' the frown.

For instant remedy: Be then desired (speak Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when By her, that else will take the thing she begs, thou hadet no need to care for her frowning; A little to disquantity your train; now thou art an Ot without a figure: I am And the remainder, that shall stil depend tt, better than thou art pow; I am a fool, thou To be such men as may besort your age, art nothing. Yes, forsooth, I will hold my And know theinselves and you. tongue; so your face (To Gon.] bids me, Lear,

Darkness and devils! though you say nothing. Mum, mum, Saddle my horses; call my train together.

Ile that keeps nor crust nor crum, Degenerate bastard! I'll not trouble thee;
Weary of all, shall want some.

Yet have I left a danghter. (order'd rabble That's a shealed peascodi, (Pointing to LBAR. Gon. You strike my people; and your die

Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licensed fool, Make servants of their betfers. But other of your insolent retinue

Enter ALBANY. Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth Lear. Woe, that too late repents,-0, sir, 1 In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir,

are yon come? [pare my horses. i I had thought, by making this well known unto Is it your will? [7b ALB.) Speak, sir.--Pre) you,

(fearful, Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, To have found'a safe redress; but now grow More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a By what yourself too late have spoke and done, Than the sea-monster!

(child, That you protect this course, and put it on


Pray, sir, be patient. By your allowances; wbich if you should, the Lear. Detested kite! thou liest : (To Gon. fault

(sleep; My train are men of choice and rarest parts, 1 Would not 'scape censure, nor the redresses That all particulars of duty know:

Which in the tender of a wholesome weall, And in the most exact regard support [fault, N Might in their working do you that offence, The worships of their name.-0 most smali T

Which else were shame, that then necessity How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show!
Will call discreet proceeding.

Which, like au engine ti wrench'd my frame Fool. For you trow, pupele,

of nature

[love, 0 V

The hedge sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, From the fix'd place; drew from my heart all

That it had its head bit off by its young. R

And added to the gall. O Lear, Lear, Lear! So, out went the candle, and we were left Beat at this gate tbat let thy folly in. darkling,

[Striking his head. Lear. Are you our daughter?

And thy dear jndgment out!-Go,go,my people. V

Gon. Come, sir, I would, you would make Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignoI ise of that good wisdom whereof I know you Of what hath moved you.

[rant are fraughty; and put away these dispositions, Lear. It may be so, my lord.--Here, na. T which of late transform you from what you

ture here; î rightly are.

Dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if Fool. May not an ass know when the cart Thou didst intend to make this creature fruit. draws the horse ---Whoop, Jag! I love thee. Into her womb convey sterility! [ful!

Lear. Does any here know nie?Why this Dry up in her the organs of increase ; * Part of a woman's head-dress to which Lear compares her frowning brow.

† A cipher. I A mere hosk which contains nothing. Approbation. 7 Well-governed state. 1 Stored. ** Complexion.

F Continue in service. # The rack.

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And from her derogate body never spring

Enter Steward.
A babe to honour her! If she must teem, What, have you writ that letter to my sister?
Create her child of spleen; that it may live, Stew. Ay, madam.

(to horse : And be a thwart dispatured torment to her! Gon. Take you some company, and away Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth;

Inform her full of my particular fear;
With cadentt tears fret channels in her cheeks; And thereto add such reasons of your own,
Turn all her mother's pains, and benefits, As may compact it more.

Get you gone ;
To laughter and contempt; that she may feel And hasten your return. (Erit Stew.] No,
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is

no, my lord,
To have a thankless child!--Away,away![Erit. This milky gentleness, and course of yours,
Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof Though I condemn it not, yet, under pardon,
comes this?

(cause; You are much more attask'd || for want of wisGon. Never afflict yourself to know the Than praised for harmful mildness. dom But let his disposition have that scope

Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I can That dotage gives it.

not tell;
Re-enter Lear.

Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
Lear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap! Gon. Nay, then-
Within a fortnight?

Alb. Well, well; the event. [Freuni
Alb. What'y the matter, sir? (ashamed

SCENE V. Court before the same.
Lear. I'll tell thee ;-Life and death! I am
That thou hast power to shake my manhood

Enter LEAR, KENT, and Fool.

[To GONERIL. Lear, Go you before to Gloster with thes That these hot tears, which break from me letters: acquaint my daughter no further wit perforce,

[fogs upon thee! any thing you know, than comes from herd
Should make thee worth them.-Blasts and mand out of the letter: If your diligence t
The untented I woundings of a father's curse not speedy, I shall be there before you,
Pierce every sense about thee!--Old fond eyes, Kent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I hav
Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out; delivered your letter.

And cast you, with the waters that you lose, Fool. If a man's brains were in his heel
To temper clay.-Ha! is it come to this ? were't not in danger of kibes ?
Let it be $0:-Yet have I left a daughter,

Lear. Ay, boy.
Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable; Fool. Then, I pr’ythee, be merry; thy #
When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails

shall not go slip-shod.
She'll fay thy wolfish visage! Thou shalt find, Lear. Ha, ha, ha!
That I'll resume the shape which thou dost think Fool. Shalt see, thy other danghter will i
Jhave cast off forever;thou shalt, I warrant thee. thee kindly: for though she's as like this a

[Exeunt LEAR, KENT, and Attendants. crab is like an apple,yetIcan tell what I can ta Gon. Do you mark that, my lord ?

Lear. Why, what canst thou tell, my be Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril,

Fool, She will taste as like this, as a ca To the great love I bear you,


does to a crab. Thon canst tell, why on Gon. Pray you, content.-What, Oswald, ho! nose stands i' the middle of his face? You, sir, more kpave than fool, after your Lear. No. master.

[To the Fool. Fool. Why, to keep his eyes on either so Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle. Lear, tarry, and his nose; that what a man cannot smell take the fool with thee.

he may spy into.
A fox, when one has caught her,

Lear. I did her wrong:-
And such a daughter,

Fool.Canst tell how an oyster makes his sh
Should sure to the slaughter,

Lear. No.
If my cap would buy a balter ;

Fool. Nor I neither ; but I can tell why
So the fool follows after. [Exit. snail has a house.
Gon. This man hath had good counsel :--A Lear. Why?
hundred knights!

Fool. Why, to put his head in; not to g
Tis politic, and safe, to let him keep

it away to his daughters, and leave his ha
At points a hundred knights. Yes, that on without a case.
every dream,

Lear. I will forget my nature.-So kin
Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike, father !-Be my horses ready?
He may enguard his dotage with their powers, Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em.
And hold our livesin mercy.-Oswald, I say!- reason why the seven stars are no more th
Alt. Well, you may fear too far.

seven, is a pretty reason.

Safer than trust : Lear. Because they are not eight?
Let me still take away the harms I fear, Fool. Yes, indeed; thou wouldest mako
Not fear still to be taken. I know his heart: good fool.
What he hath utter'd, I have writ my sister ; Lear. To take it again perforce !-Mons-
If she sustain him and his hundred knights, ingratitude!
When I have show'd the unfitness, -How Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd ha
now, Oswald ?

thee beaten for being old before thy time. Degraded. + Falling Undressed. Ø Armed.

Liable to reprehension,

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Lear. How's that?

Enter Gentleman. tool. Thou shouldst not have been old, be- How now! Are the horses ready? e thou hadst been wise.

Gent. Ready, my lord. Lear. O let me not be mad, not mad, Lear. Come, boy. (my departure, sweet heaven!

Fool. She that is maid now, and laughs a ep me in temper; I would not be mad!- Shall not be a maid loug, unless things be cut




ACT II. ENE I. A Court within the Castle of Enter Gloster, and Servants with Torches. the Earl of Gloster.

Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain? Enter EDMUND and CURAN, meeting.

Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,

(moon Edm. Save thee, Curan.

Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the Cur. And you, sir. I have been with your To stand his auspicious mistress : her; and given him notice, that the duke Glo.

But where is he? Cornwall, and Regan bis duchess, will be Edm. Look, sir, I bleed. ce with him to-night.

Glo. Where is the villain, Edmund ? Edm. How comes that?

Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no Cur. Nay, I know not: You have heard of means he could e news abroad; I mean, the whispered ones, Glo. Pursue bim, hol-Go after. [Erit they are yet but ear-kissing arguments

Serv.] By no means,—what? Edm. Not I; 'Pray you, what are they? Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars to- lordship; Erd, 'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Al- But that I told him, the revenging gods

'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend; Edm. Not a word.

Spoke, with low manifold and strong a bond Cur. You may then, in time. Fare you the child was bound to the father; Sir, in fine, -11, sir.

[Exit. Seeing how loathly opposite I stood Edm. The duke be here to night? The bet- To his unnatural purpose, in'fell motion, ter! Best!

With his prepared sword, he charges home is weaves itself perforce into my business! My unprovided body, lanced my arı: father bath set guard to take my brother; But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits, d I have one thing, of a queazy question, Bold in the quarrel's right, roused to the enich I must 'act :-Briefness, and fortune, counter, work!

Or whether gasted by the noise I made, ther, a word; descend :-Brother, I say; Full suddenly he fled. Enter EDGAR.

Let him fly far: father watches:-O sir, fly this place; Not in this land shall he remain uncaught; lligence is given where you are hid; And found_Despatch.-The noble duke my i have now the good advantage of the master, night:

(Cornwall? My worthy arch and patron, comes to-night : Tre you not spoken 'gainst the duke of By his authority I will proclaim it, (thanks, is coming hither; now, i’ the night, i' the That he, which finds him, shall deserve our haste,

Bringing the murderous coward to the stake; 11 Regan with him; Have you nothing said He, that conceals him, death., in his party 'gainst the duke of Albany? Edm. When I dissuaded him from his intent, Priset yourself.

And found him pight to do it, with curst Odg.

I am sure on't, not a word. speech Vam. I hear, my father coming-Pardon I threaten'd to discover him: He replied, 1

(you :- Thou unpossessing bastard! dost thou think, cunning, I must draw my sword upon If I would stand against thee, would the w: Seem to defend yourself: Now quit reposal

(hiere!- of any trust, virtue, or worth, in thee Vd :-come before my father;--Light, ho, Make thy words faith'd? No: what I 1, brother; --Torches! torches!--So, fare. should deny,

[produce well.

[Exit Evgar. (As this I would; ay, though thou didst me blood drawn on me would beget opinion My very character**) I'd turn it all

(Wounds his arm. Tothy suggestion,plot,and damned práctice: my more fierce endeavour: I have seen And thou must make a dullard of the world, drunkards

If they not thought the profits of iny death more than this in sport.-Father! father! Were very pregnunt and potential spurs "P, stop! No help?

To make thee seek it. Dicate. + Consider, recollect yourself. Frighted. ý Chief. !! Pitched, fixed,

Severe, harsb. ** Hand-writing.

· Glo.


me :

you well.

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