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SCENE I. A COURT WITHIN THE CASTLE OF THE
EARL OF GLOSTER.
Lear. Ay, boy.
Lear. I will forget my nature.-So kind a Fool. Then, I prythee, be merry; thy wit father.- Be my horses ready? shall not go slip shod.
Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The Lear. Ha, ha, ha!
reason why the seven stars are no more than Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use seven, is a pretty reason. thee kindly: for though she's as like this as a vrab Lear. Because they are not eight? is like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell. Fool. Yes, indeed: thouwould'st make a good fool.
Lear. Why, what can'st thou tell, my boy? Lear. To take it again perforce !-Monster
Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does ingratitude ! to a crab. Thou canst tell, why one's nose stands Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have l'the middle of his face?
thce beaten for being old before thy time. Lear. No.
Lear. How's that? Fool. Why, to keep his eyes on either side his Fool. Thou should'st not have been old, before nose; that what a man cannot smell out, he may thou hadst been wise.
Lear. O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet Lear. I did her wrong ;
heaven! Keep me in temper: I would not be mad!Fool. Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?
Enter Gentleman. Lear. No.
How now! are the horses ready? Fool. Nor I neither ; but I cau tell wliy y Gent. Ready, my lord. snail has a house.
Lear. Come, buy.
[departure, Lear. Why?
Fool. She that is maid now, and laughs at my Fool. Why, to put his head in ; not to give it Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter. away to his daughters, and leave his hords with
[ereunt. out a case.
before my father; Light, ho
here! Enter Edmund and Curan, meeting. Fly, brother:
-Torches! torches !--So, farewell.Edm. Save thee, Curan.
[exit Edgar. Cur. And you, sir. I have been with your Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion father; and given him notice, that the duke of
(wounds his arm. Cornwall, and Regan his duchess, will be here of my more fierce endeavour: I have seen drunkwith him to-night.
Do more than this in sport.- Father ! father! [ards Edm. How comes that ?
Stop, stop! No help? Cur. Nay, I know not: you have heard of the Enter Gloster, and Servants with torches. news abroad ; I mean, the whispered ones, for Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain? they are yet but car-kissing arguments ?
Edm. Here stood be in the dark his sharp Edm. Not I: 'Pray you, what are they?
sword out, Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward, Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon 'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Albany ? To stand his auspicious mistress :Edm. Not a word.
Glo. But where is he? Cur. You may then, in time. Fare you well, Edm. Look, sir, I bleed. sir.
[erit. Glo. Where is the viyain, Edmund ? (couldEdm. The duke be here to-night ? the better ! Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means le best!
Glo. Pursue hini, bo !--Goafter.– [exit Servant} This weaves itself perforce into
[lordship; My father hath set guard to take my brother ;
Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your And I have one thing, of a queazy question, But that I told him, the revenging gods Which I must act :-Briefness, and fortune, 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend work !
Spoke, with how manjfold and strong a bond Brother, a word; descend :-Brother, I say ; The child was bound to the father ;-Sir, in fine, Enter Edgar.
Seeing how loathly opposite I stood
2 Intelligence is given where you are hid ;
With his prepared sword, he charges home You have now the good advantage of the night:- My unprovided body, lanc'd mine aim : Have you not spoken'gainst the duke of Cornwall? But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits, Ho's coming hither; now, i'the night, i'the haste, Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to the encounter, And Regan with him : have you nothing said Or whether gasted by the noise I made, Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany? Full suddenly he fled. Advise yourself.
Glo. Let him fly far: Edg. I am sure on't, not a word.
Not in this land shall he remain uncaught. Edm. I hcar my father coming,—Pardon me: And found— Despatch.—The noble duke my. In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you:
master, Draw: Seem to defend yourself: now quit you My worthy arch and patron, comes to-night; well,
By bis authority I will proclaim it,
That he, which finds him, shall deserve our thanks, Natures of such deep trust we shall much need
Edm. I sball serve you, sir.
Glo. For him, I thank your grace. [you, [ threaten'd to discover him: He replied,
Corn. You know not why we came to visit “ Thou unpossessing bastard! dost thou think, Reg. Thus out of season; threading, dark-ey'd If I would stard against thee, would the reposal Occasions, noble Gloster, of some poize, (night. Of any trust, virtue, or worth, in thee
Wherein we must have use of your advice :Make thy words faith'd ? No: what I should deny Our father he hath writ, so hath our sister, (As this I would; ay, though thou didst produce of differences, which I best thought it fit My very character,) I'd turn it all
To answer from our home; the several messengers To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practice : From hence attend despatch. Our good old friend, And thou must make a dullard of the world, Lay comforts to your bosom ; and bestow If they not thought the profits of my death
Your needful counsel to our business, Were very pregnant and potential spurs
Which craves the instant use. To make thee seek it.”
Glo. I serve you, madam: Glo. Strong and fasten'd villain !
Your graces are right welcome. (ereunt. Would he deny bis letter ?- I never got him.
SCENE II. BEFORE GLOSTER'S CASTLE. (trumpets within.
Enter Kent and Steward, severally.
Kent. I love thee not.
Stew. Why, then I care not for thee. Enter Cornwall, Regan, and Attendants. Kent. If I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I Corn. How now, my noble friend ? since I would make thee care for me. came hither
[news. Stew. Why dost thou use me thus? I know (Which I can call but now,) I have heard strange thee. not.
Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short, Kent. Fellow, I know thee. Which can pursue the offender.
How dost, my
Stew. What dost thou know me for? lord ?
(crack’a! Kent. A krave; a rascal, an eater of broken Glo. O, madam, my old heart is crack’d, is meats ; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, threeReg. What, did my father's godson seek your suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking He whom my father nam’d?—your Edgar ? [life? knave; a lily-liver'd, action-taking knave; a
Glo. O, lady, lady, shame would bave it hid! whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable, finical Reg. Was he not companion with the riotous rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that That tend upon my father ?
[knights would'st be a bawd, in way of good service, and Glo. I know not, madam:
art nothing but the composition of a knave, begIt is too bad, too bad
gar, coward, pander, and the son and heir of a Edm. Yes, madam, he was.
mongrel bitch : one whom I will beat into clam. Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill affected; orous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable 'Tis they have put him on the old man's death, of thy addition. To have the waste and spoil of his revenues. Stew. Why, what a monstrous fellow art thou I have this present evening from my sister thus to rail on one, that is neither known of theey Been well inform'd of them; and with such nor knows thee ! cautions,
Kent. What a brazen-faced varlet art thou, to That, if they come to sojourn at my house, deny thou know'st me! Is it two days ago, since I'll not be there.
I tripped up thy heels, and beat thee, before the Corn. Nor I, assure thee, Regan.
king? Draw, you rogue : for, though it be night, Edmund, I bear that you have shown your father the moon shines; Tu make a sop o'the moonshine A cbild-like office.
of you: draw, you whoreson cullionly barber. Edm. 'Twas my duty, sir.
[drawing his sword Glo. He did bewray his practice; and receiv'd Stew. Away; I have nothing to do with thea This hurt you see, striving to apprehend him. Kent. Draw, you rascal ; you come with letters Corn. Is he pursued ?
against the king; and take. vanity the puppet" Glo. Ay, my good lord, he is.
part, against the royalty of her father : draw, Corn. If he be taken, he shall never more you rogue, or I'll so carbonado your shanks :Be fear'd of doing harm: make your own purpose, draw, you rascal; come your ways. How in my strength you please. —For you, Stew. Help, ho! murder ! help! Edmund,
Kent. Strike you slave; stand, rogue, stand; Whose virtue and obedience doth this instant you neat slave, strike. So much commend itself, you shall be ours ;
Stew. Help, ho! murder ! murder
Enter Edmund, Cornwall, Regan, Gloster, and Harbour wore craft, and more corrupter ende,
Than twenty silly ducking observants,
Kent. With you, goodman boy, if you please; Kent. Sir, in goud sooth, in sincere verity, some, I'll flesh you ; come on, young master. Under the allowance of your grand aspéct,
Glo. Weapons ! arms! What's the matter here? Whose influence, like the wreath of radiant fire
On flickering Phæbus' front,
Reg. The messengers from our sister and the Kent. To go out of my dialect, which you disking,
commend so much. I know, sir, I am no flatterCorn. What is your difference? speak. er: he that beguiled you in a plain accent, was a Stew. I am scarce in breath, my lord.
plain knave; which, for my part, I will not be, Kent. No marvel, you have so bestirred your though I should win your displeasure to entreat valour. You cowardly rascal, nature disclaims me to it. in thee; a tailor made thee.
Corn. What was the offence you gave him? Corn. Thou art a strange fellow : a tailor make
Stew. Never any : a man?
It pleas'd the king, his master, very late, Kent. Ay, a tailor, sir : a stone-cutter, or a To strike at me, upon his misconstruction; painter, could not have made him so ill, though When he, conjunct, and flattering bis displeasure, they had been but two hours at the trade.
Tripp'd me behind; being down, insulted, rail'd,
For him attempting wbo was self-subdu'd ; At suit of his grey beard, —
And, in the fleshment of this dread exploit, Kent. Thou whoreson zed! thou unnecessary Drew on me here. letter ! — My lord, if you will give me leave, I Kent. None of these rogues, and cowards, will tread this unbolted villain into mortar, and But Ajax is their fool. daub the wall of a jakes with him.-Spare my Corn. Fetch forth the stocks, ho! grey beard, you wagtail !
You stubborn antientknave, you reverend braggart,
We'll teach your
Kent. Yes, sir ; but anger has a privilege. Call not your stocks for me : I serve the king ;
[sword, On whose employment I was sent to you: Kent. That such a slave as this should wear a You shall do small respect, show too bold malice Who wears no honesty. Such smiling rogues Against the grace
of my master, Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain, [as these, Stocking his messenger. Which are too intrinse t'unloose : smooth every Corn. Fetch forth the stocks! That in the natures of their lords rebels ; [passion As I've life and honour, there shall he sit till noon. Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods; Reg. Till noon! till night, my lord ; and all Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks
[dog, With every gale and vary of their masters,
Kent. Why, madam, if I were your father's As knowing nought, like dogs, but following.– You should not use me so. A plague upon your epileptic visage !
Reg. Sir, being his knave, I will. Smile you my speeches, as I were a fool ?
[stocks brought out. Goose, if I had you upon Sarum plain,
Corn. This is a fellow of the self-same colous: I'd drive ye cackling home to Camelot.
Our sister speaks of:-Come, bring away the Corn. What, art thou mad, old fellow?
stocks. Glo. How fell you out?
Glo. Let me beseech your grace not to do so: Say that
His fault is much, and the good king his master Kent. No contraries, hold more antipathy, Will check him fort: your purposd low COITECThan I and such a knave.
tion Corn. Why dost thou call him knave? What's Is such, as basest and contemned'st wretches, his offence?
For pilferings and most common trespasses, Kent. His countenance likes me not. for hers. Are punish'd with: the king must take it ill, Corn. No more, perchance, does mine, or his, That he's so slightly valued in his messenger
Kent. Sir, 'tis my occupation to be plain; Should have him thus restrain'd. I have seen better faces in my time,
Corn. I'll answer that. Than stands on any shoulder that I see
Reg. My sister may receive it much more wors) Before me at this instant.
To have her gentleman abus'd, assaulted,
[affect For following her affairs. Pat in his leg Who, having been prais'd for bluntness, doth
(Kent is put in the stocks. A saucy roughness; and constrains the garb, Come, my good lord; away. Quite from his nature : he cannot flatter, he!
[ezeunt Reg. and Corm. An honest mind and plain, he must speak truth : Glo. I am sorry for thee, friend ; 'tis the duke's An they will take it, so; if not, he's plain. (ness pleasure, These kind of knaves I know, which in this plain- Whose disposition, all the world well knows,
SCENE III. A PART OF THE HEATH.
Will not be rubb'd, nor stopp'd : I'll en treat for legs; when a man is over-lusty at legs, then be thee.
wears wooden nether stocks. Kent. Pray, do not, sir : I have watch'd, and Lear. What's he, that hath so much thy place travell'd hard ;
To set thee here?
(mistock Some time I shall sleep out, the rest I'll whistle.
Kent. It is both he and she, A good man's fortune may grow out at heels :
Your son and daughter.
Lcar. No, I say. Kent. Good king, that must approve the com
Kent. I say, yea. mon saw!
Lear. No, no; they would not. Thou out of heaven's benediction com'st
Kent. Yes, they have. To the warm sun!
Lear. By Jupiter, I swear, no.
Kent. By Juno, I swear, ay.
Lear. They durst not do't;
(murder, Peruse this letter!— Nothing almost sees miracles, They could not, would not, do't ; 'tis worse than But misery ;-I know, 'tis from Cordelia ;
To do upon respect such violent outrage : Who hath most fortunately been inform'd
Resolve me, with all modest haste, which way Of my obscured course; and sball find time Thou might'st deserve, or they impose, this usage, From this enormous state,-seeking to give Coming from us. Losses their remedies :- All weary and o'er- Kent. My lord, when at their home watch'd,
I did commend your highness' letters to them, Take vantage, heavy eyes, not to behold
Ere I was risen from the place that show'd This shameful lodging.
[he sleeps. My duty kneeling, came there a reeking post, Fortune, good night; smile once more; turn thy Stew'd in his haste, half-breathless, panting forth wheel!
From Goneril his mistress, salutations;
Deliver'd letters; spite of intermission,
Which presently they read; on whose contents, Edg. I heard myself proclaim'd;
They summon'd up their meiny, straigbt tools And, by the happy hollow of a tree,
Commanded me to follow, and attend · [horse: Escap'd the hunt. No port is free; no place,
The leisure of their answer; gave me cold looks • That guard, and most unusual vigilance,
And meeting here the other messenger, Does not attend my taking. While I may 'scape Whuse welcome, I perceiv'd, had poison'd mine, I will preserve myself; and am bethought (Being the very fellow that of late To take the basest and most poorest shape,
Display'd so saucily against your highness, That ever penury, in contempt of man,
Having more man than wit about me, drew); Brought near to beast: my face I'll grime with He rais'd the house with loud and coward cries:
Your son and daughter found this trespass worth Blanket my loins : elf all my hair in knots,
The shame which here it suffers. And with presented nakedness out-face
Fool. Winter's not gone yet if the wild geese The winds, and persecutions of the sky.
fly that way. The country gives me proof and precedent
Fathers, that wear rags,
Do make their children blind; Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices,
But fathers, that bear bags, Strike in their numb'd and mortified bare arms
Shall see their children kind.
Fortune, that arrant whore, Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary ;
Ne'er turns the key to the poor. And with this horrible object, from low farm.s, But, for all this, thou shalt have as many dolours Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes, and mills, for thy daughters, as thou canst tell in a year. Sometime with lunatic bans, sometime with Lear. O, how this mother swells up toward prayers,
Kent. With the earl, sir, here within.
Lear. Follow me not;
(erit. from home,
Gent. Made you no more offence than what And not send back my messenger.
[you speak of? Gent. As I learn'd,
How chance the king comes with so small a train ? The night before there was no purpose in them Fool. An thou hast been set i'the stocks for Of this remove.
that question, thou hadst well deserved it. Kent. Hail to thee, noble master!
Kent. Why, fool ? Lear. How!
Fool. We'll set thee to school to an ant, to Mak'st thou this shame thy pastime?
teach thee there's no labouring in the winter. Kent. No, my lord.
AU that follow their noses, are led by their eyes, Fool. Ha, ha; look! }e wears cruel garters! | but blind men; and there's not a nose among Horses are tied by the heads; dogs, and bears, by twenty, but can smell him that's stinking. Les the neck; monkeys by the loins; and men by the go thy hold, when a great wheel runs down a hill,
west it break thy neck with following it: but the I have to think so: if thou shouldst not be glach, grcat one that goes up the hill, let him draw thee I would divorce me from thy mother's tomb after. When a wise man gives thee better counsel, Sepulch'ring an adultress.-0, are you free give me mine again: I would have none but knaves
[to Kent. follow it, since a fool gives it.
Some other time for that.-Beloved Regan, That, sir, which sorves and seeks for gain,
Thy sister's naught: O Regan, she hath tied And follows but for form,
Sharp-tooth'd unkindness, like a vulture, here. Will pack, when it begins to rain,
(points to his heart. And leave thee in the storm, But I will tarry; the fool will stay,
I can scarce speak to thee; thou'lt not believe,
Of how deprav'd a quality - O Regan !
Reg. I pray you, sir, take patience; I have hope, Kent. Where learn'd you this, fool ?
You less know how to value her desert,
Than she to scant ber duty.
Lear. Say, how is that? Lear. Deny to speak with me? They are sick ? Reg. I cannot think, my sister in the least they are weary?
Would fail her obligation : If, sir, perchance, They have travell’d hard to-night? Mere fetches; She have restrain’d the riots of your followers, The images of revolt and flying off!
'Tis on such ground, and to such wholesome end, Fetch me a better answer.
As clears her from all blame. Glo. My dear lord,
Lear. My curses on her! You know the fiery quality of the duke;
Reg. O sir, you are old; How unremovable and fix'd he is
Nature in you stands on the very verge In his own course.
Of her confine: you should be rul'd, and led Lear. Vengeance ! plague ! death ! confusion !-- By some discretion, that discerns your state Fiery! what quality? Why, Gloster, Gloster, Better than you yourself: Therefore, I pray you, I'd speak with the duke of Cornwall and his wife. That to our sister you do make return; Glo. Well, my good lord, I have inform’d them Say, you have wrong'd her, sir.
[me, man? Lear. Ask her forgiveness ? Lear. Inform'd them? Dost thou understand | Do you but mark how this becomes the house : Glo. Ay, my good lord.
• Dear daughter, I confess that I am old; Lear. The king would speak with Cornwall ; Age is unnecessary: on my knees I beg, [kneeling. the dear father
(service : That you'll vouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food. Would with his daughter speak, commands her Reg. Good sir, no more; these are unsightly Are they inform’d of this ?—My breath and Return you to my sister.
(tricks blood !
Lear. Never, Regan : Fiery? the fiery duke ?— Tell the hot duke, that She hath abated me of half my train ; No, but not yet:-may be, he is not well : Look'd black upon me; struck me with her tongue, Infirmity doth still neglect all office,
Most serpent-like, upon the very heart:Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves, | All the stor'd vengeances of heaven full When nature, being oppress’d, commands the mind On her ingrateful top! Strike her young bones, To suffer with the body: I'll forbear;
You taking airs, with lameness ! And am fallen out with my more headier will, Corn. Fie, fie, fie!
[ing flames To take the indispos'd and sickly fit
Lear. You nimble lightnings,, dart your blindFor the sound man.--Death on my state ! where- Into her scornful eyes! Infect her beauty, fore
[looking on Kent. You fen-suck'd fogs, drawn by the powerful sun, Should he sit here? This act persuades me, To fall and blast her pride! That this remotion of the duke and her
Reg. O the blest gods ! Is practice only. Give me my servant forth : So will you wish on me, when the rash mood's on. Go, tell the duke and his wife, I'd speak with Lear. No, Regan, thou shalt never have iny them,
[me, Thy tender-hefted nature shall not give [curse; Now, presently: bid them come forth and hear Thee o'er to harshness; her eyes are fierce, but Or at their chamber door I'll beat the drum, Do comfort, and not burn: 'Tis not in thee (thine Till it cry-Sleep to death.
To grudge my pleasures, to cut off my train, Glo. I'd have all well betwixt you. [exit. To bandy hasty words, to scant my sizes, Lear. O me, my heart, my rising heart?—but, And, in conclusion, to oppose the bolt down.
Against my coming in : thou better know'st Fool. Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockpey did to The offices of nature, bond of childhood, she eels, when she put them i'the paste alive; she Effects of courtesy, dues of gratitude; Tapp'd 'em o’the coxcombs with a stick, and cried, Thy half o'the kingdom hast thou not forgot, Down, wantons, down: 'Twas her brother, that, | Wherein I thee endow'd. in pure kindness to his horse, butter'd his hay. Reg. Good sir, to the purpose. (trumpets within. Enter Cornwall, Regan, Gloster, and Servants. Lear. Who put my man i'the stocks ? Lear. Good morrow to you both.
Corn. What trumpet's that? Corn. Hail to your grace! (Kent is set at liberty.
Enter Steward. Reg. I am glad to see your highness.
Reg. I know't, my sister's: this approves her Lear. Regan, I think you are; I know what letter,
(come? That she would soon be here.—Is your lady