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SCENE VII. A Room in Gloster's Castle. Tom will make them weep and wail: For, with throwing thus my head,

Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GONERIL, Dogs leap the hatch, and all are fied.

EDMUND, and Servants. Do de, de de. Sessa. Come, march to wakes Corn. Post speedily to my lord your hus and fairs, and market towns :-Poor Tom, thy band; show him this letter :--the army of horn is dry.

France is landed:-Seek ont the villain GlosLear. Then let them anatomize Regan, see ter.

[Ereunt some of the Servants. what breeds about her heart: Is there any Reg. Hang him instantly. cause in nature, that makes these hard hearts? Gon. Pluck out his eyes. -You, sir, I entertain you for one of my hun. - Corn. Leave him to mý displeasnre.Edmund, dred; only, I'do not like the fashion of your keep you our sister company; the revenges garments : you will say, they are Persian we are bound to take upon your traitorous attire; but let them be changed. [70 EDGAR. father, are not fit for your beholding. Advise

Kent. Now, good my lord, lie here, and the duke, where you are going, to a most festirest awhile.

nate preparation; we are bound to the like. Lear. Make no noise, make no noise; draw Our posts shall be swift, and intelligent betwixt the curtains : So, 80, 80: We'll go to supper us. Farewell, dear sister;-farewell, my lord i' the morning: So, so, so.

of Gloster I. Fool. And I'll go to bed at noon.

Enter Steward.
Re-enter GLOSTER.

How now? Where's the king ? (him hence: Glo. Come hither, friend: Where is the Stew. My lord of Gloster hath convey'd king my master ?

Some five or six and thirty of his knights, Kent. Here, sir; but trouble him not, his Hot questristsg after him, met him at gate; wits are gone.

(thy arms; Who, with some other of the lord's dependants, Glo. Good friend, I pr’ythee take him in Are gone with him towards Dover; where I have o'er-beard a plot of death upon bim : To have well-arm'd friends. (they boast There is a litter ready; lay him in't,


Get horses for your mistress. And drive towards Dover, friend, where thou Gon. Farewell, sweet lord, and sister. shalt meet


(Erennt GONEŘIL and EDMUND. Both welcome and protection. Take up thy Corn. Edinund, farewell.-Go, seek the If thou shouldst dally half an hour, his life,

traitor Gloster, With thine, and all that offer to defend him, Puiou him like a thief; bring him before us: Stand in assured loss : Take up, take up;

[Ereunt other Servants. And follow me, that will to soine provision Though well we may not pass upon his life Give thee quick conduct.

Without the form of justice; yet our power Kent. Oppress’d nature sleeps :- (senses, Shall do a courtesy || to our wrath, which men This rest might yet have balm'd thy broken May blame, but not control. Who's there? Which, if convenience will not allow,

The traitor ? Stand in hard core.Comé, help to bear thy Re-enter Servants, with GLOSTER. master;

Reg. Ingrateful fox! 'tis he.
Thou must not stay behind. [To the Fool. Corn. Bind fast his corky arms.

Come, come, away. Glo. What mean your graces ?-Good my (Exeunt KENT, GLOSTER, and the Fool, friends, consider bearing off the King.

You are my guests : do me no foul play, friends. Edg. When we our betters see bearing our Corn. Bind him, I say. (Servants bind him. woes,

Reg. Hard, hard :-O filthy traitor! We scarcely think our miseries our foes. GI Unmerciful lady as you are,

I am none. Who alone suffers, suffers most i’ the mind; Corn. To this chair bind him :-Villain, thou Leaving free things, and happy shows, behind : shalt find- [REGAN plucks his beard. But then the mind much sufferance doth o'er- Glo. By the kind gods, 'tis most ignobly done skip,

To pluck me by the beard.
When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship. Reg. So white, and such a traitor.
How light and portable my pain seems now, Glo.

Naughty lady, When that, which makes me bend, makes the These hairs, which thou dost rayish from my king bow;


host; He childed, as I father'd l-Tom, away: Will quicken **, and accuse thee: I am your Mark the high noises *; and thyself bewrayt, With rubbers’ hands, my hospitable favours tt When false opinion, whose wrong thought de-You should not ruffle thus, What will you do? tiles thee,

Corn. Come, sir, what letters had you late In thy just proof, repeals, and reconciles thee. from France ?

(truth. Whai will hap more to-night, safe scape the Reg. Be simple-answer'd, for we know the king!

Corn. And what confederacy have you with Lurk, lurk.

(Exit. Late footed in the kingdom? [the traitors • The great events that are approaching.

Betray, discover. 1 Meaning Edmund invested with his father's title. $ Inquirers. #Bend to our wrath.

** Live.

ft Features.

Reg. To whose hands have you sent the Serv. Nay, then come on, and take the Speak.

[lunatic king?

chance of anger.
Glo. I have a letter guessingly set down, [Draws. They fight. Corn.is wounded.
Which came from one that's of a neutral heart, Reg. Give me thy sword. [To another Serv.]
And not from one opposed.

A peasant stand up thas!

(Snatches a Sword, comes behind, and Reg.

And false.
stabs him.

[one eye left Corn. Where hast thou sent the king? Serv, O, I am slain !-My lord, you have Glo.

To Dover.

To see some mischief on him :-0! [ Dies. Reg.

Wherefore Corn. Lest it see more, prevent it :-Out, To Dover? Wast thou not charged at thy peril- Where is thy lustre now? (vile jelly! Corn. Wherefore to Dover? Let him first [Tears out GLOSTER's other Eye, and answer that. (stand the course.

throu's it on the Ground. Glo. I am tied to the stake, and I must Glo. All dark and comfortless. Where's Reg. Wherefore to over?

my son Edmund? Glo. Because I would not see thy cruel nails Edmund, enkindle all the sparks of nature, Pluck out his poor old eyes; nor thy fierce sister To quit I this horrid act. In his anointed flesh stick boarish fangs.


Out, treacherous villain! The sea, with such a storm as his bare head Thou call'st on him that hates thee: it was be In hell-black night endured,would have buoy'd That made the overture of thy treasons to us; up,

[heart, Who is too good to pity thee. And quench'd the stelled * fires : yet, poor old


O my follies! He holp the heavens to rain.

Then Edgar was abused.If wolves had at thy gate howl'd that stern Kind gods, forgive me that, and prosper him! time,

(the key; Reg. Go, thrust him out at gates, and let Thou shouldst have said, Good porter, turn him smell

[look you? All cruels else subscribedt :- But I shall see His way to Dover.--How is't, my lord ? How The winged vengeance overtake such children. Corn. I have received a hurt:--Follow me, Corn. See it shalt thou never :-Fellows, lady.-hold the chair:

Turn out that eyeless villain ;-throw this slave Upon these eyes of thine I'll set my foot. U

pon the dunghill. Regan, I bleed apace: (GLOSTER is held down in his Chair, Untimely comes this hart: Give me your arm,

while CornwALL plucks out one of [Exit Corn. led by REGAN;-Servants his Eyes, and sets his Foot on it.

unbind GLOSTER, and lead him out. Glo. He, that will think to live till he be old, 1 Serv. I'll never care what wickedness I do, Give me some help: O cruel! O ye gods! If this man comes to good. Reg. One side will mock another; the other 2 Serv.

If she live lovg, Corn. If you see vengeance, [too. And, in the end, meet the old course of death, Serv.

Hold your hand, my lord: Women will all turn monsters. I have served you ever since I was a child; i Sero. Let's follow the old earl, and get the But better service have I never done you,

Bedlam ||

(madness Than now to bid yon hold.

To lead him where he wonld; his roguish Reg. How now, you dog?

Allows itself to any thing. (whites of eggs, Serv. If you did wear a beard upon your chin, 2 Serv. Go thou; I'll fetch some flax, and I'd shake it on this quarrel; What do you mean? To apply to his bleeding face. Now, heaven Corn. My villain! [Draws, 4 runs at him.

help him!

(Exeunt severally.

SCENE I. The Heath.

Enter GLOSTER, led by an old Man.

My father,poorly led —World, world, world! Enter EDGAR,

But that thy strange mutations ft make us hate Edg. Yet better thus, and known to be con- Life would not yield to age.

(thee, temn'd,

(worst, Old M. O, my good lord, I have been your Than still contemn’d and flatter'df. "To be tenant, and your father's tenant, these foorscore The lowest and most dejected thing of fortune, years.

(gone: Stands still in esperance**, lives not in fear: Glo. Away, get thee away; good friend, be The lamentable change is from the best; Thy comforts can do me no good at all, The worst returns to laughter. Welcome then, Thee they may hurt. Thou unsubstantial air, that I embrace!

Old M. Alack, sir, you cannot see your way. The wretch, that thou hast blown unto the Glo. I have no way, and therefore want no worst,


eyes; Owes nothing to thy blasts.-But who comes I stumbled when I saw: Full oft'tis seen, • Starred.

+ Yielded, submitted to the necessity of the occasion. # Requite.

Madman. fi. l., It is better to be thus contemned and know it, lian to be flattered by those who secretly contemn us.

** In hope. ++ Changes.

Lald open


Our mean secures us; and our nere defects Let the superfluous, and lust-dieted man, Prove our commodities.--Ah, dear son Edgar, 'That slaves your ordinancet, that will 110t see The food of thy abused father's wrath! Because he doth not feel, feel your power Might I but live to see thee in my touch, So distribution should undo excess, [quickly; I'd say, I'd eyes again?

And each man have enough.- Dost thou Old M. How now? Who's there? Edg. Ay, master.

(know Dover? Edg. [Aside.] O goås! Who is't can say, Glo. There is a cliff, whose high and bending I am at the worst !

Looks fearfully in the confined deep: (head I am worse than e'er I was.

Bring me but to the very brim of it, Old M.

'Tis poor mad Tom. And I'll repair the misery thou dost bear, Edg. [Aside.] And worse I may be yet: With something rich about me: from that place The worst is not,

I shall no leading need. So long as we can say, This is the worst. Edg:

Give me thy arm; old M. Fellow, where goest?

Poor Tom shall lead thee.

[Exeunt. Glo.

Is it a beggar-man?
Old M. Madman and beggar too. (not beg. SCENE II. Before the Duke of Albany's

Glo. He has some reason, else he could
I'the last night's storm I such a fellow saw;

Enter GONERIL and EDMUND; Steward Which made me think a man a worm: My son

meeting them. Came then into my mind; and yet my mind Gon. Welcome, my lord: I marvel, our mild Was then scarce friends with him: I have


(master? heard more since:

Not met us on the way :

-Now, where's your As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods ; Stew. Madam, within; but never man so They kill us for their sport.

changed; How should this be- I told him of the army that was landed; Bad is the trade must play the fool to sorrow, He smiled at it: I told him, yon were coming; Angering itself and others. (Aside.Bless His answer was, The worse: of Gloster's treathee, master!

And of the loyal service of his son, (cbery, Glo. Is that the naked fellow

When I inform'd him, then he call'd me sot ; Old M.

Ay, my lord. And told me, I had turn'd the wrong side out:Glo. Then, prøythee, get thee gone: If, for What most he should dislike, seems pleasant my sake,

What like, offensive.

(to bim; Thou wilt o'ertake us, hence a mile or twain, Gon.

Then shall you go no further. l'the way to Dover, do it for ancient love;

[TO EDMUND. And bring some covering for this naked soul, It is the cowish terror of his spirit, Whom l'll entreat to lead me.

That dares not undertake: he'll not feel wrongs, Old M.

Alack, sir, he's mad. Which tie him to an answer: Our wishes, on Glo. 'Tis the time's plague, when madmen

(brother: lead the blind.

May prove effects I. Back, Edmund, to my Do as I bid thee, or rather do thy pleasure; Hasten his musters, and conduct his powers: Above the rest, be gone.

[have, I must change arms at home, and give the distaff Old M. I'll bring him the best 'parel that i Into my husband's hands. This trusty servant Come on't what will.

[Erit. Shall pass between us: ere long, you are like Glo. Sirrah, naked fellow!

to hear, Edg. Poor Tom's a-cold-I cannot daub* If you dare venture in your own behalf, it further. [4side. A mistress's command.

Wear this; spare Glo. Come hither, fellow.


[Giving a favour. Edg. ( Aside.) And yet I must. -Bless thy Decline your head: this kiss, if it durst speak, sweet eyes, they bleed.

Would stretch thy spirits up into the air ;Glo. Knowst thou the way to Dover? Conceive, and fare thee well.

Edg. Both stile and gate, horse-way, and Edm. Yours in the ranks of death. foot-path. Poor Tom hath been scared out of Gon.

My most dear Gloster! his good wits : Bless the good man from the

(Erit EDMUND. foul fiend! Five fiends have been in poor Tom 0, the difference of man, and man! To thee at once; of lust, as Obidicut; Hobbididance, A woman's services are due; my fool prince of dumbness; Mahu,of stealing; Modo, Usurps my bed. of murder; and Flibbertigibbet, of mopping Stew. Madam, here comes my lord. and mowing; who since possesses chamber.

[Erit Steward, maids and waiting-women. So, bless thee,

Enter ALBANY. master!

Gon. I have been worth the whistle $. Glo. Here, take this purse, thou whom the Alb.

O Goneril! heaven's plagues

You are not worth the dust which the rude wind Have humbled to all strokes: that I am wretched Blows in your face-I fear your disposition; Makes thee the happier :-Heavens, deal so That nature, which contemns its origin, still!

Cannot be border'd certain in itself; • Disguise. + i. e., To make it subject to us, instead of acting in obedience to it. i. e., Qur wishes on the road may be completed.

Worth calling for.

the way,

She that herself will sliver * and disbranch Upon my hateful life: Another way,
From her material sap, perforce must with


The news is not so tart.-I'llread and answer. And come to deadly use.

[Erit. Gon. No more; the text is foolish. (vile: Alb. Where was his son, when they did take Alb. Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem

his eyes? Filths savour but themselves."What have you Mess. Come with my lady hither. done?


He is not here. Tigers, not daughters,what have yon perform'd? Mess. No, my good lord; I met him back A father, and a gracious aged man,

Alb. Knows he the wickedness? (again. Whose reverence the head-lugg'd bear woul Mess. Ay, iny good lord; 'twas he inform'd lick, [madded. against him;

(punishment Iost, barbarous, most degenerate! have you and quit the house on purpose, that their Could my good brother suffer you to do it? Might have the freer course. A man, a prince, by him so benefited?


Gloster, I live If that the heavens do not their visible spirits To thank thee for the love thou show'dst the Send quickly down to tame these vile offences, king,

[friend; 'Twill come,

And to revenge thine eyes. Come hither, Humanity must perforce prey on itself, Tell me what more thou knowest. [Ereunt. Like monsters of the deep. Gon. Milk-liver'd man!

SCENETII, The French Camp near Dover. That bearst a cheek for blows, a head for

Enter Kent, and a Gentleman. wrongs;

Kent. Why the king of France is so suddenly Who hast not in thy brows an eye discerning gone back know you the reason? Thine honour from thy suffering; that not Gent. Something he left imperfect in the state, know'st,

Which since his coming forth is thought of; Fools do those villains pity, who are punish'd


[danger, Ere they have done their mischief. Where's Imports to the kingdom so much fear apd thy drum ?

land; That hie personal return was most required, France spreads his banners in our noiseless And necessary, With plumed helm thy slayer begins threats; Kent. Who hath he left behind him general? Whilst thou, a moral fool, sit’st still, and criest, Gent. The Mareschal of France, Monsieur Alack! why does he so?

le Fer. Alb.

See thyself, devil! Kent. Did your letters pierce the queen to Proper deformity seems not in the fiend any demonstration of grief? So horrid, as in woman.

Gent. Ay, bir; she took them, read them in Gon,

Ovain fool! [for shame, my presence;
Alb. Thou changed and self-cover'd thing, And now and then an ample tear trill'd down
Be-monster not thy feature. Were it my fitness Her delicate cheek: it seem'd, she was a queen
To let these hands obey my blood +,

Over her passion; who, most rebel-like,
They are apt enough to dislocate and tear Sought to be king o'er her.
Thy flesh and bones :-Howe'er thou art a fiend, Kent.

0, then it moved her. A woman's shape doth shield thee.

Gent. Not to a rage: patience and sorrow Gon. Marry, your manhood now !

[seen Enter a Messenger.

Who should express her goodliest. You have Alh. What news?

(wall's dead, Sunshine and rain at once : her smiles and tears Mess. O, my good lord, the duke of Corn Were like a better day: Those happy smiles, Slain by his servant, going to put out That play'd on her ripe lip, seem'd not to The other eye of Gloster.


(thence, Alb.

Gloster's eyes! [remorse, What guests were in her eyes; which parted Mess. A servant that he bred, thrilld with As pearls from diamonds droppa.-In brief, Opposed against the act, bending his sword Would be a rarity most beloved, if all (sorrow To his great master; who, thereat enraged, Could so become it. Flew on him, and amongst them felld him dead: Kent. Made she no verbal questiont? But not without thatharmful stroke, which since Gent. 'Faith, once, or twice, she heaved the Hath pluck'd him after.

name of father Alb.

This shows you are above, Pantingly forth, as if it press'd her heart; You justicers, that these our nether crimes Cried, Sisters! sisters!--Shame of la-ties! So speedily can venge!-But, o poor Gloster! sisters!

[P'the night! Lost he his other eye?

Kent! father! sisters! What? i'the storm? Mess.

Both, both, my lord. Let pity, not be believed !--There she shook This letter, madam, craves a speedy answer; The holy water from her heavenly eyes, 'Tis from your sister.

And clamour moisten'd: then away she started Gon. (Aside.] One way I like this well; To deal with grief alone. tut being widow, and my Gloster with her, Kent.

It is the stars, May all the building in my fancy pluck The stars above us, govern our conditions ; * Tear off. + Inclination,

Discourse, conversation. i, e., Let not pity be supposed to exist.



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Else one self mate and mate could not bezet: My mourning, and important tears, hath
Such different issues. You spoke not with her pitied.
Gent. No.

(since? No blown ** ambition doth our arms incite, Xent. Was this before the king return'd? But love, dear love, and our aged father's right: Gent.

No, since. Soon may I hear, and see him. i [Exeunt. Kent. Well, sir; The poor dictress'd Lear is

SCENE V. A Room in Gloster's Castle. i'the town; Who sometime, in his better tune, remembers

Enter REGAN and Steward. What we are come about, and by no means Reg. But are my brother's powers set forth i Will yield to see his daughter.


Ay, madam.
Why, good sir?

Kent. A sovereign shame so elbows him: In person there?
his own unkindness,


Madam, with much ado: That stripp'd her from his benediction, turn'd Your sister is the better soldier.

[at home? To foreign casualties, gave her dear rights Reg. Lord Edmund spake not with your lord To his dog-hearted daughters,—these things Stew. No, madam.

[him? sting

Reg. What might import my sister's letter to Ifis mind so venomously, that burning shame Stero. I know not, lady.

(matter. Detains him from Cordelia.

Reg. 'Faith, he is posted hence on serions Gent.

Alack, poor gentleman! It was great ignorance, Gloster's eyes being out, Kent. Of Albany's and Cornwall's powers* To let him live; where he arrives, he moves yon heard not?

Allhearts against ils : Edmund, I think, is gone, Gent. 'Tis so; they are afoot. [Lear, In pity of his misery, to despatch

Kent. Well, sir, I'll bring you to our master His nighted life it; moreover, to descry And leave you to attend him: some dear cause The strength o'the enemy. (my letter. Will in concealment wrap me up awhile; Stew. I must needs after him, madam, with When I am known aright, you shall not grieve Reg. Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go The ways are dangerous.

(with us; Along with me. (Exeunt. Stew.

I may not, madam; SCENE IV. The same. A Tent.

My lady charged my duty in this business.

Reg. Why ld she write to Edmund? Enter CORDELIA, Physician, and Soldiers.

might not you Cor. Alack, 'tis he; why, he was met evev Transport her purposes by word? Belike, As mad as the yex'd sea; singing aloud; [now Something-I know not what :-I'll love thee Crown'd with rank fumiter I, and furrow Let me uuseal the letter.

[much, weeds,

(ers, Stew.

Madam, I had ratherWith barlocksø, hemlock, nettles, euckoo-flow- Reg. I know, your lady does not love her Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow

busband; In our sistaining corn.Acentury send forth; I am sure of that: and, at her late being here, Search every acre in the high-grown tield, She gave strange wiliadski, and most speaking And bring him to our eye. [Erit an Oificer.! looks

(bosom. What can man's wisdom do,

To noble Edmund: I know, you are of her In the restoring his bereaved sense?

Stew. I, madam?

(know it: He, that helps him, take all my outward worth. Reg. I speak in understanding; you are, I Phy. There is means, madam:

Therefore, I do advise you, take this note ) : Our foster-nurse of nature is repose,

My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talk'd; The which he lacks; that to provoke in him, And more convenient is he for my hand, Are many simples operative, whose power Than for your lady's:-You may gather morellI. Will close the eye of anguish.

If you do find him, pray you, give him this; Cor.

All bless’u secrets, And when your mistress hears thus much from All you unpublish'd virtues of the earth, I pray, desire her call her wisdom to her. (you, Spring with my tears! be aidant,and remediate, So, fare you well. In the good man's distress !--Seek, seek for him; if you do chance to hear of that blind traitor, Lest his ungovern'd rage dissolve the life Preferment falls on him that cats him off. That wants the means to lead itl.

Stew.'Would I could meet him, madam! I
Enter a Messenger.

What party I do follow. (would show
Madam, news; Reg.

Fare thee well. [Ereunt.
The British powers are marching hitherward.
Cor. 'Tis known before; our preparation

SCENE VI. The Country near Dover. stands

Enter GLOSTER, and EUGAR, dressed like a In expectation of them.-0 dear father,

Peasant. It is thy business that I go about;

Glo. When shall we come to the top of that Therefore great France

same hill? # Forces. • Important business. Fumitory. Charlocks. It i. e., The reason which should guide it. Importunate. **' Inflated, swelling. # i. E., His life iade dark as night. A cast, or significant glance of the eye.

gg Observe what i am saying, All Infer more.

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