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Strong and fasten'd villain ! From hence attend despatch. Our good < Would he deny his letter ?-I never got him. friend,

[Trumpets within. Lay comforts to your bobom; and bestow
Hark, the duke's trumpets! I know not why Your needful counsel to our business,
he comes :

Which craves the instant use.
All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not scape; Glo.

I serve you, madar
The duke must grant me that: besides, his Your graces are right welcome. [Ereua

I will send far and near, that all the kingdom

SCENE II. Before Gloster's Castle.
May have due note of him; and of my land,

Enter KENT and Steward, severally. Loyal and natural boy, I'll work the means Stew. Good dawning to thee, friend : A To make thee capable*.

of the house? Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, 8; Attendants. Kent. Ay. Corn. How now, my noble friend? since I Stew. Where may we set our horses? came hither,

(strange news. Kent. L' the mire. (Which I can call bnt now,) I have heard Stew. Pr'ythee, if thou love me, tell me, Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too Kent. I love thiee not. short,

(my lord? Stew. Why, then I care not for thee. Which can pursue the offender. How dost, Kent. If I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold Glo. 0, madam, my old heart is crack’d, would make thee care for me. is crack'd!

[your life? Stew. Why dost thou use me tirus? I kn Reg. What, did my father's godson seek thee not, He whóm my father named ? your Edgar? Kent. Tellow, I know thee.."

Glo. 0, lady, lady, shame would have it hid! Stew. What dost thou know me for?

Reg. Was lie not companion with the riotous Kent. Aknave; a rascal, an eater of brok That tend upon my father? [knights neats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly,thra Glo.

I know not, madam : suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocki It is too bad, too bad.

knave; 'a lily-livered, action-taking knave; Edm.

Yes, madam, he was. whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, fi Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill cal rogue; one-trunk inheriting slave; o affected;

that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good-si 'Tis they have put him on the old man's death, vice, and art nothing but the composition of To have the waste and spoil of his revenues. knave, beggar, coward, pander, and the s I have this present evening from my sister and heir of a mongrel bitch : one whom Been well inform'd of them; and with such will beat into clamorous whining, if thou cantions,

niest the least syllable of thy addition. That, if they come to sojourn at my house, Stew. Why, what a monstrous fellow : I'll not be there.

thou, thus to rail on one, that is neither knur
Corn. Nor I, assure thee, Regan.-- of thee, nor knows thee?
Edmund, I hear that you have shown your Kent. What a brazen-faced varlet art the
A child-like office.

[fattier to deny thou knowest me? Is it two di Edni. 'Twas my duty, sir. (ceived ago, since I tripped up thy heels, and be

Glo. He did bewray + his practice t; and re- thee, before the king? Draw, you'rogne: f This hurt you see, striving to apprehend him, though it be night, the moon shines ; I'll ma Corn. Is he pursued ?

a sop o' the moonshine of you : Draw, ! .

Ay, my good lord, he is. whoreson, cullionly barber-monger, drank Corn. If he be taken, he shall never more

[Drawing his sunt Be fear'd of doing barm: make your own Stew. Away; I have nothing to do with the purpose,

[Edinund Kont. Draw, you rascal: you come w. How in my strength you please.-For you, letters against the king; and take vanity Whose virtue and obedience doth this instant the puppet's part, against the royalty of l, So much commend itself, you shall be ours; father : Draw, you rogue, or I'll so carbona Natures of such deep trust we shall much need; your shanks :-draw, you rascal; tome yo You we first seize on,


I shall serve you, sir, Stew. Help, ho! murder! help!
Truly, however else.

Kent. Strike, you slave; stand,' rogu
Gió. For him I thank your grace.

stand; you neat slave, strike. (Beating hi? Corn. You know not why we came to visit Stew. Help, ho! murder! murder! you,-

{eyed night. Enter EDMUND), CORNWALL, REGAN, Reg. Thus out of season; threading dark

GLOSTER, and Servants.
Occasions, noble Gloster; of some poizes, Edm. How now? What's the matter? Par
Wherein we must have use of your advice: Kent. With you, goodman boy;if you please
Qur father he hath writ, so hath our sister, come, I'll flesh you; come on, young master.
Of differences, which I best thought it fit (gers Glo. Weapons! arms ! What's the matt
To answer from our home; the several messers- here?
* 1. e., Capable of succeeding to my land. ++ Betray. Í Wicked purpose.
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Corn. Keep peace, upon your lives ; Harbour inore craft, and more corrupter ends, edies, that strikes again: What is the matter? Than twenty silly # ducking observants, Reg. The messengers from our sister and That stretch their duties nicely. e king.

Kent. Sir, in good sooth, in sincere verity, Corn. What is your difference? speak. Under the allowance of your grand aspect, Stew. I am scarce in breath, my lord. Whose innuence, like the wreath of radiant Kent. No marvel, you have so bestirred on flickering Phabusfront,- [fire vur valour. You cowardly rascal, nature Corn.

What mean'st by this?

go Corn. Thou ari a stranger fellow: a tailor discommend so much. my know, sir, I am no ake a man ?

Aatterer : he that beguiled you, in a plain Kent. Ay, a tailor, sir; a stone-catter, or a accent, was a plain knave; which, for my unter, could not have made him so ill, though part, I will not be, though I should win your ey had been but two hours at the trade. displeasure to entreat me to it.. Corn. Speak yet, how grew your quarrel? Corn. What was the offence you gave him? Stow. This ancient ruffian, sir, whose life I Stew.

Never any; : suit of his grey beard, (have spared, It pleased the king his master, very tate, Kent. Thou whoreson zed! thou unneces. To strike at me, upon his misconstruction; ry letter! My lord, if you will give me when he, conjunct, and flattering bis disive, I will tread this unbolted villain into pleasure,

(rail'd, ortar, and daub the wall of a jakest with Tripp'd me behind; being down, insulted, m.-Spare my grey beard, you wagtail ? And put upon him such a deal of man, Corn. Peace, sirrah!

That worthy'd him, got praises of the king on beastly knave, know you no reverence? For him atteinpting who was self-subdued; Kent. Yes, sir ; but anger has a privilege. And, in the flestiment of this dread exploit, Corn. Why art thou angry?

Drew on me here. 1. ent. That such a slave as this should wear Kent. None of these rogues, and cowards, a sword,

(as these, But Ajax is their foolit. ho wears no honesty. Such smiling rogues Corn.

Fetch forth the stocks, bo! ke rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain You stubborn ancient knave, you reverend hich are too intrinset t' unloose : smooth We'll teach you

(braggart, every passion

Kent. Sir, I am too old to learn : at in the natures of their lords rebels; Call not your stocks for me: I serve the king; ing oil to fire, snow to their colder moods; On whose employment I was sent to you: nege y, aftīrm, and turn their halcyon || beaks You shall do small respect, show too bold ih every gale and vary of their masters,

malice kuowing nought, like dogs, but following.-- Against the grace and person of my master, plague upon your epileptic visage! Stocking his messenger. ile you my speeches, as I were a fool? Coren.

Fetch forth the stocks : ose, if I had you upon Sarum plain, As I've life and honour, there shall be sit till drive ye cackling home to Camelot T.

(all night too. worn. What, art thou mad, old fellow? Reg. Tin noon! till night, my lord; and Ylo.

How fell you out? Kent. Why, madam, if I were your father's , that.

You should not ose me so.

(dog, Tent. No contraries hold more antipathy,


Sir, being his knave, I will. in I and such a knave. (his offence ?

Stocks brought out. 'orn. Why dost thou call him knave? What's Corn. This is a fellow of the self-same colour Kent. His conntenance likes me not**. Our sister speaks of:-Come, bring away the Corn. No more, perchance, does mine, or stocks. his, or hers.

Glo. Let me bestech your grace not to do so: Kent. Sir, 'tis my occăpation to be plaio; His fault is much, and the good king his master tave seeu better faces in my time,

Will check him fort: your purposed low cor. an stands on any shoulder that I see

rection fore me at this instant.

Is gach, as basest and contemned'st wretches, Corn.

This is some fellow, (affect For pilferings and most common trespasses, ho, having been praised for bluntness, doth Are punish'd with: the king must take it ill, saucy roughness; and constrains the garb, That he's so slightly valued in his messenger, aite from his nature: He cannot flatter, he!-- Should have him thus restraiu'd. u honest mind and plain, he must speak truth: Corn.

I'll answer that. n they will take it, so; if not, he's plain. Reg. My sister may receive it much more hese kind of knaves I know, which in this worse, plainness

To have her gentleman abused, assaulted, • Unrefined. + Privy. I Perplexed.

Disowned. The bird called the king-fisher, which, when dried and hung up by a thread, is sapposed

to turn his bill to the point from whence the wind blows. In Somersetshire, where are bred great quantities of geese.

Pleases me not. 11 Simple or rustic. II i. e., Ajax is a fool to them.


** i. e.,

For following her affairs.-Put in his legs.- And not send back my messenger. [KENT is put in the Stocks. Gent.

As I learn'd, Come, my good lord; away.

The night before there was no purpose in thein [Exeunt REGAN and CORNWALL. Of this remove. Glo. I am sorry for thee, friend; 'tis the Kent. Hail to thee, noble master! duke's pleasure,

Lear. How !
Whose disposition, all the world well knows, Makest thou this shame thy pastime?
Will not be rubb’d, nor stopp'd : I'll entreat


No, my lord. for thee.

[and travell'd bard; Fool. Ha, ha; look! he wears erueill garKent. Pray, do not, sir: I have watch'd, ters! Horses are tied by the heads; dogs, and Some time I shall sleepout, the rest I'll whistle. I bears, by the neck; monkeys by the loins, A good man's fortune may grow out at heels : and men by the legs : when a man is overGive you good morrow!

| lusty at legs, then he wears wooden netherGlo. The duke's to blame in this; will be stocks 1. ill taken.

[Erit. Lear. What's he, that bath so much thy Kent. Good king, that must approve the To set thee here?

[place mistook common saw #!


It is both he and she,
Thou out of heaven's benediction comest Yonr son and daughter.
To the warm sun!

Lear. No.
Approach, thou beacon to this ander globe, Kent. Yes.
That by thy comfortable beams I may (cles, Lear. No, I say.
Peruse this letter!--Nothing almost sees mira.

Kent. I say, yea.
But misery ;-I know 'tis from Cordelia ; Lear. No, uo; they would not.
Who hath most fortunately been inform'd Kent. Yes, they have.
Of my obscured course; and shall find time Lear. By Jupiter, I swear wo.
From this enormous state,-seeking to give Kent. By Juno, I swear, ay
Losses their remedies:-All weary and o'er- Lear. They durst not do't; (than murder

They could not, would not do't ; 'tis worse Take vantage, heavy eyes, not to behold To do upon respect such violent outrage : This shameful lodging.

Resolve me, with all modest haste, which way Fortune, good night ; smile once more ; turn Thou mightst deserve, or they impose, thi thy wheel! (He sleeps. Coming from us.


Kent. My lord, when at their hom SCENE III. A part of the Heath,

I did commend your highness' letters to then Enter EDGAR.

Ere I was risen from the place that show'd Edg. I heard myself proclaim'd;

My duty kneeling, came there a reeking poe And, by the happy hollow of a tree,

Stew'd in his haste, half breathless, pantir Escaped the hunt. No pont is free; nu place, From Goneril his mistress, salutations; (for That guard, and most unusual vigilance, Deliver'd letters, spite of intermission, Does not attend my taking. While I may scape, Which presently they read: on whose content I will preserve myself : and am bethought They summond up their meiny **, straig To take the basest and most poorest sbape,

took horse; That ever penury, in contempt of man, (filth; Commanded me to follow, and attend Brought near to beast: my fáce P'Il grim with The leisure of their answer; gave mecold look Blanket my loins; elft all my hair in knots, And meeting here the other messenger, And with presented nakedness outface Whose welcome, I perceived, bad poison The winds, and perseontions of the sky. (Being the very fellow that of late [mii The country gives me proof and precedenti Display'd so saucily against your highness, Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices, Having more man than w about me, dres Strike in their numb'd and mortified barearms He raised the house with loud and coward cri Pins, wooden pricks t, nails, sprigs of rosemary; Your son and daughter found this trespi And with this horrible object, from low farms, The sbame which here it suffers. (wo Poor pelting villages, sheep cotes and mills, Fool. Winter's not gone yet, if the w Sometime with lunatic bansy, sometime with geese fly that way. prayers,

[Tom! Fathers, that wear rags, Enforce their charity-Poor Turlygood! poor Do make their children blind; That's something yet;-Edgar I nothing am. Bat fathers, that bear bags,

[Erit. Shall see their children kind. SCENE IV. Before Gloster's Castle.

Fortune, that arrant whore,

Ne'er turns the key to the poor.-
Enter LEAR, Fool, and Gentleman.

But, for all this, thou shalt have as mai Lear. 'Tis strange, that they should so de-dolours + for thy daughters as thou canst ti part from home,

in a year. * Saying or proverb. + Hair thus knotted was supposed to be the work of elves and fairi in the night. I Skewers.

♡ Carses. || A quibble on crewell, worste The old word for, stockings.

** People, train or retinue. It A quibble between dolours and dollars.

ear. O, how this mother

swells up To take the indisposed and sickly fit toward my heart!

[row, For the sound man.-Death on my state! sterica passio! down, thou climbing sor- wherefore :[Looking on KENT.

clement's below!-Where is this danghter? Should he sit here? This'act persuades me, ent. With the earl, sir, here within. That this reniotiont of the duke and her star.

Follow me not; Is practice f only. Give me my servant forth: y here.

[Erit. Go, tell the duke and his wife, I'd speak with Sent. Mare you no more offence than what them,

[hear me, Kent. None.

(you speak of? | Now, presently : bid them come forth and w chance the king comes with so small a Or at their chamber door I'll beat the drum, train?

Till it cry-Sleep to death. rool. An thou hadst been set i’ the stocks Glo. I'd have all well betwist you. (Exit: that question, thou hadst well deserved it. Lear. O me, my heart, my rising heart! ment. Why, fool ?

bat, down. Fool. We'll set thee to school to an ant, to Fool. Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockney did ch thee there's no labouring in the winter. to the eels, wlien she pnt them i' the paste 5 that follow their noses are led by their alive; she rapp'd 'em o'the coxcombs with a s, but blind men ; and there's not a nose stick, and cry'd, Doun, wantons, down: ong twenty, but can smell him that's stink- 'Twas her brother, that in pure kindness to his · Let go thy hold, when a great wheel | horse, butter'd his hay. s down a hili, lest it break thy neck with Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GLOSTER, and owing it; but the great one that goes

Servants. the hill, let him draw thee after. When Lear. Good morrow to you both, ise man gives thee better counsel, give me Corn.

Hail to your grace! ne again: I would have none but knaves

(KENT is set at liberty. ow it, since a fool gives it.

Reg. I am gład to see your highness. That, sir, which serves and seeks for gain, Lear. Regan, I think you are; I know And follows but for form,

what reason

(glad, Will pack, when it begins to rain, I have to think so: if thou shouldst not be And leave thee in the storm.

I would divorce me from thy mother's tomb, But I will tarry, the foul will stay, Sepulchring an adultress.--0, are you free? And let the wise man fly :

(To KENT. The knave turns fool, that runs away ; Some other time for that.-Beloved Regaw, The fool no knave, perdy.

Thy sister's naught: 0 Regan, she hath tied Kent. Where learn'd you this, fool 3 Sharp-tooth'd unkindness,like a vulture here, Fool. Noti' the stocks, fool.

[Points to his heart. Re-enter LEAR, with GLOSTER. I can scarce speak to thee; thou'lt not believe, Lear. Deny to speak with me? They are Of how depraved a quality- Regan !

sick? they are weary? [fetches; Reg. I pray you, sir, take patience; I have ey have travelld hard to-night? Mere You less know how to yalue her desert, (hope, e images of revolt and flying off!

Than she to scant || ber duty, .. tch me a better answer.


Say, how is that? Glo.

My dear lord, Reg. I cannot think, my sister in the least u know the fiery quality of the duke; Would fail hér obligation: If, sir, perehance, w unremoveable and fix'd he is

She have restrain'd the riots of your followers, his own course,

[sioul- 'Tis on such ground, and to such wholesome Lear. Vengeance ! plagne! death? confu- As clears her from all blame. 'ifc. (end, ry? what quality ? why Gloster, Gloster, Lear. My curses on her! speak with the duke of Cornwall, and his Reg.

•'0, sir, you are old ; wife.

(them so. Nature in you stands on the very verge zlo. Well, my good lord, I have inform’d Of her confine: you should be ruled, and led Ceur. Inform’d them! Dost thou under- By some discretion, that discerns your state 920. Ay, my good lord. (stand me, man? Better than you yourself: Therefore, I pray Cear. The king would speak with Corn- That to our sister you do make return; (you,

wall; the dear father [her service : Say, you have wrong'd her, sir. iuld with his daughter speak, commands Lear.

Ask her forgiveness? b they inform’d of this ? - My breath and Do you but mark how this becomes the house f: biood!

[that- Dear daughter, I confess that I am old; ry? the fiery duke?--Tell the hot duke, Age is unnecessary: on my knees I beg, , but not yet :-may be, he is not well:

[Kpeeling: Girmity doth still neglect all office, (selyes, That you'll vouchsafe me raiment,

bed, and hereto our health is bound; we are not our- food. hen nature, being oppress’d, commands the Reg. Good sir, no more; these are unsightly suffer with the body: I'll forbear; (mind Return you to my sister.

(tricks : id am fallen out with my more headier will, Lear.

Never, Regan : The disease called the mother. + Removing from their own house. | Afrifice

Crust of a pie. || Be wanting in. The order of families.

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She hath abáted me of half my train; (tongrie, I am now from home, and out of that provision
Look'd black upon me; struck me with her Which shall be needil for your entertainment.
Most serpent-like, upou the very heart:- Lear. Return to her, and tifty men dismiss'
All the stored vengeances of heaven fall No, rather I abjure all roofs, and choose
On her ingrateful top! Strike her young bones, To wage against the enmity o' the air ;
You taking airs, with lameness

To be a comrade with the wolf and owl,-Corn.

Fie, fie, fie! Necessity's sharp pinch |--Return with her? Lear. You nimble lightnings, dart your Why, the hot-blooded France, that dowerless blinding flames

took Into her scornful eyes! Infect her beauty, Our youngest born, I could as well be brought You fen-suck'd fogs, drawn by the powerful To knee his throne, and, squire-like,pension beg To fall and blast her pride!

(sun, To keep base life afoot:--Return with her? Reg.

O the blest gods! Persuade me rather to be slave and sumpter Ø So will you wish on me, when the rash mood's To this detested groom.

[my curse;

(Looking on the Steward. Lear. No, Regan, thou shalt never have Gon.

At your choice, sir. (mad; Thy tender-befted nature shall not give [thine Lear. I proythee, daughter, do not make me Thee o'er to harshness; her eyes are fierce, but I will not trouble thee, my child; farewell : Do comfort, and not burn: 'Tis not in thee We'll no more meet,no more see one another:To grudge my pleasures, to cut off my train, But yet thou art my flesh, my blood, my daughTo bandy hasty words, to scant my sizes*, Or, rather, a disease that's in my flesh, ster; And, in conclusion, to oppose the bolt Which I must needs call mine: thou art a boil, Against my coming in: thou better know'st

A plague-sore, an embossed | carbuncle, (thee; The offices of nature, bond of childhood, Iu my corrupted blood. But I'll not chide Effects of courtesy, dues of gratitude; Let shame come when it will, I do not call it : Thy half o'the kingdom bast thou not forgot, I do not bid the thunder-bearer shoot, Whesein I thee endow'd.

Nor tell tales of thee to high-judging Jove: Good sir, to the purpose. Mend, when thou canst; be better, at thy lel

(Trumpets within. I can be patient; I can stay with Regan, [sure: Lear. Who put my man i'the stocks? I and my hundred knights. What trumpet's that? Reg.

Not altogether so, sir; Enter Steward.

I look'd not for you yet, nor anı provided Reg. I know't, niy sister's: this approves For your fit welcome: Give ear, sir, to my sister; her letter,

(come? For those that minglereason with your passion, That she would soon be here.- Is your lady Must be content to think yon old, and 80Lear. This is a slave, whose easy-borrow'd But she knows what she does. pride


Is this well spoken now? Dwells in the fickle grace of her he follows: Reg. I dare avouch it, sir: What, fifty fol. Out, varlet, from my sight?

lowers? Corn.

What means your grace? Is it not well? What should you need of more? Lear. Who stock'd my servant? Regan, IYea, or so many? sith that both charge and have good hope (0 heavens, danger

(one house, Thou didst not know of 't.-Who comes here Speak ’gainst so great a number? How, in Enter GONERIL.

Should many people, under two commands, If you do love old men, if your sweet sway Hold amity? 'Tis hard; almost impossible. Allowt obedience, if yourselves are old, Gon. Why might not you, my lord, receive Make it your cause; send down, and take my


(mine? part!

From those that she calls seryants, or from Art not ashamed to look upon this beard? Reg. Why not, my lord ? If then they

(To GONERIL. chanced to slack you, 0, Regais, wilt thou take her by the hand? We could control them: If you will come to me, Gon. Why not by the hand, sir ? How have (For now I spy a danger,) I entreat you I offended ?

To bring but five and twenty; to no more All's not offence, that indiscretion finds, Will I give place or notice. And dotage terms so.

Lear. I gave you all.-Lear.

0, sides, yon are too tough! Reg. And in good time you gave it. Will you yet hold? How came my man i'the Lear. Made you my guardians, my depositastocks

[orders But kept a reservation to be follow'd [ries; Corn. I set him there, sir ; but his own dis-With such a number: What, must I come to you Deserved much less advancement.

With five and twenty, Regan? said you go? Lear.

You! did you ?

Reg. And speak it again, my lord; no more Reg. I pray you, father, being weak, seem so.

with me,

(well-favour'd, If, till the expiration of your month,

Lear. Those wicked creatures yet do look You will returu and sojourn with my sister, Wben others are more wicked ; not being the Dismissing half your train, come theu to me; worst,

Contract my allowances. + Approve, War.
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