Lear. This is a slave, whose easy-borrow'd Speak 'gainst so great a number? How, xa que pride

house, Dwells in the fickle grace of her be follows: Should many people, under two commande Out, varlet, from my sight!

Hold amity ? 'Tis hard ; almost impossible. Corn. What means your grace?

Gon. Why might you not, my lord, receive Lear. Who stock'd my servant? Regan, I have

attendance good hope

(heavens, From those that she calls servants, or from mine? Thou didst not know of't. Who comes here? O Reg. Why not, my lord? If then they chanc'd Enter Goneril.

to slack you, If you do love old men, if your sweet sway We could control them : If you will come to me, Alow obedience, if yourselves are old, part!-(For now I spy a danger,) I entreat you Make it your cause; send down, and take my | To bring but five-and-twenty; to no more Art not asham'd to look upon this beard ? Will I give place, or notice.

[to Gon.

Lear. I gave you all 0, Regan, wilt thou take her by the hand ? Reg. And in good time you gave it. Gon. Why not by the hand, sir ? how have I Lear. Made you my guardians, my depositaries; offended ?

But kept a reservation to be follow'd All's not offence, that indiscretion finds,

With such a number: What, must I come to you And dotage terms so.

With five-and-twenty, Regan? said you so ? Lear. O, sides, you are too tough! (stocks? Reg. And speak it again, my lord; no more Will you yet hold ?--How came my man i'the

with me.

[favour'd, Corn. I set him there, sir : but his own dis- Lear. Those wicked creatures yet do look wellDeserved much less advancement. [orders When others are more wicked; not being the worst, Lear. You ! did you ?

Stands in some rank of praise :-I'll go with thee; Reg. I pray you, father, being weak, seem so.

[to Goneril. If, till the expiration of your month,

Thy fifty yet doth double five-and-twenty, You will return and sojourn with my sister, And thou art twice her love. Dismissing half your train, come then to me; Gon. Hear me, my lord; I am now from home, and out of that provision, What need you five-and-twenty, ten, or five, Which shall be needful for your entertainment. To follow in a house, where twice so many

Lear. Return to her, and fifty men dismiss'd? Have a command to tend you? No, rather I abjure all roofs, and choose

Reg. What need one? To wage against the enmity o'the air;

Lear. O, reason not the need: our basest begTo be a comrade with the wolf and owl, Are in the poorest thing superduous: [gars Necessity's sharp pinch Return with her ? Allow not nature more than nature needs, Why, the hot-blooded France, that dowerless took Man's life is cheap as beast's: thou art a lady; Our youngest born, I could as well be brought If only to go warm were gorgeous, To knee his throne, and, squire-like, pension beg Why, nature needs not what thon gorgeous wearist, To keep base life a-foot :- Return with her ? Which scarcely keeps thee warm.- -But, for true Persuade me rather to be slave and sumpter


[Deed! To this detested groom. [looking on the Steward. You heavens, give me that patience, patience I Gon. At your choice, sir.

[mad! You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, Lear. I prythee, daughter, do not make me As full of grief as age ; wretched in both! I will not trouble thee, my child; farewell : If it be you that stir these daughters' hearts We'll no more meet, no more see one another :- Against their father, fool me not so much But yet thou art my flesh, my blood, my daughter; To bear it tamely; touch me with noble anger! Or, rather, a disease that's in my flesh,

O, let not women's weapons, water-drops, Which I must needs call mine: thou art a boil, Stain my man's cheeks!—No, you unnatural A plague-sore, an embossed carbuncle,

I will have such revenges on you both, (hags, In my corrupted blood. But I'll not chide thee; That all the world shall— I will do such thingsLet shame come when it will, I do not call it: What they are, yet I know not; but they shall be I do not bid the thunder-bearer shoot,

The terrors of the earth. You think, I'll weep. Nor tell tales of thee to high-judging Jove : No, I'll not weep; Mend, when thou canst; be better, at tby leisure: I have full cause of weeping ; but this heart I can be patient; I can stay with Regan, Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws, I, and my hundred knights.

Or ere I'll weep :-0, fool, I shall go mad! Reg. Not altogether so, sir;

[excunt Lear, Gloster, Kent, and Food. I look'd not for you yet, nor am provided

Corn. Let us withdraw, 't will be a storm. For your fit welcome: Give ear, sir, to my sister ;

(storm heard at a distance, For those that mingle reason with your passion, Reg. This house Must be content to think you old, and som Is little; the old man and his people cannot But she knows what she does.

Be well bestow'd. Lear. Is this well spoken now?

[lowers ?

Gon. 'Tis his own blame; he hath put Tieg. I dare avouch it, sir : What, fifty fol- Himself from rest, and must needs taste bis folly. Is it not well? What should you need of more ? Reg. For his particular, I'll receive him gladly, Yea, or so many? sith that both charge and danger | But not one fullower.




Gon. So am I purpos'd.

Do sorely ruffle ; for many miles about
Where is my lord of Gloster?

There's scarce a bush.
Re-enter Gloster.

Reg. O, sir, to wilful men,
Corn. Follow'd the old man forth:-he is re- The injuries, that they themselves procure,
Glo. The king is in high rage. (turn'd. Must be their schoolmasters: Shut up your doorzi
Corn. Whither is he going ?

He is attended with a desperate train;
Glo. He calls to horse; but will I know not And what they may incense him to, being apt

[himself. To have his ear abus'd, wisdom bids fear. Corn. 'Tis best to give him way; he leads Corn. Shut up your doors, my lord; 'tis a wild Gon. My lord, entreat bim by no means to stay.

night; Glo. Alack the night comes on, and the bleak My Regan counsels well: come out o'the storm. winds

[exeunt ACT III. SCENE I. A HEATH. A STORM IS HEARD, WITH THUN-(As fear not but you shall,) show her this ring ,

And she will tell you who your fellow is,
Enter Kent and a Gentleman, meeting. That yet you do not know. Fie on this storm!
Kent. Who's bere, beside foul weather?

I will go seek the king.

(to say? Gent. One minded like the weather, most un- Gent. Give me your hand; have you no more Kent. I know you; where's the king ? [quietly. Kent. Few words, but, to effect, more than all Gent. Contending with the fretful element:


[your pain Bids the wind blow the earth into the sea,

That, wben we have found the king (in which Or swell the curved waters 'bove the main, [hair : That way; I'll this;) be, that first lights on him, That things might change, or cease : tears his white Holla the other.

[exeunt severally. Which the impetuous blasts, with eyeless rage, Catch in their fury, and make nothing of:

Storm continues. Enter Lear and Fool Strives, in his little world of man, to out-scorn Lear. Blow, wind, and crack your cheeks! The to-and-fro conflicting wind and rain.

rage ! blow! This night, wherein the cub-drawn bear would You cataracts, and burricanoes, spout (cocks! The lion and the belly-pinched wolf [couch, Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the Keep their fur dry, unbonneted he runs,

You sulphurous and thought-executing fires, And bids what will take all.

Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunder-bolts, Kent. But who is with him ?

Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking Gent. None but the fool; who labours to out

thunder, His heart-struck injuries.

[jest Strike flat the thick rotundity o'the world! Kent. Sir, I do know you;

Crack nature's moulds, all germens spill at once, And dare, upon the warrant of my art,

That make ingrateful man ! Commend a dear thing to you. There is division, Fool. O nuncle, court holy-water in a dry Although as yet the face of it be cover'd (wall; house is better than this rain-water out o'door.– With mutual cunning, 'twixt Albany and Corn- Good nuncle, in, and ask thy daughter's blessing: Who have (as who have not, that their great stars here's a night pities neither wise men nor fools. Thron’d and set high?) servants, who seem no less; Lear. Rumble thy belly-full! Spit, fire! spout, Which are to France the spies and speculations

rain ! Intelligent of our state; what hath been seen, Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters: Either in snuffs and packings of the dukes ; I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness, Or the hard rein which both of them have borne I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children, Against the old kind king; or something deeper, You owe me no subscription; why then, let fall Whereof, perchance, these are but furnishings ;- Your horrible pleasure; here I stand, your slave, But, true it is, from France there comes a power A poor, infirm, weak, and despis’d old man: Into this scatter'd kingdom; who already,

But yet I call you servile ministers, Wise in our negligence, have secret feet

That have with two pernicious daughters join'd In some of our best ports, and are at point Your high engender'd battles, 'gainst a head To show their open banner. Now to you: So old and white as this. O! O! 'tis foul ! If on my credit you dare build so far

Fool. He that has a house to put his head is To make your speed to Dover, you shall find has a good head-piece. Some that will thank you, making just report

The cod-piece that will house, Of how unnatural and bemadding sorrow

Before the head bas any,

The head and he shall louse ; The king hath cause to plain.

So beggars marry many. I am a gentleman of blood and breeding;

The man that makes his toe And, from some knowledge and assurance, offer

What he his heart should make,

Shall of a corn cry woe,
This office to you.

And turn his sleep to wake.
Gent. I will talk further with you.

- For there was never yet fair voman, but she Kent. No, do not.

mode mouths in a glass. For confirmation that I am much more

Enter Kent. Than any out-wall, open this purse, and take Lear. No, I will be the pattern of all patience, What it contains : if you shall see Cordelia,

will say nothing.

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Kent. Who's there?

mine own house ; charged me, on pain of their Fool. Marry, here's grace, and a cod-piece; perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him, en that's a wise man, and a fool.

(night, treat for him, nor any way sustain him. Kent. Alas, sir, are you here ? things that love Edm. Most savage, and unnatural ! Love not such nights as these ; the wrathful skies Glo. Go to; say you nothing: there is division Gallow the very wanderers of the dark,

between the dukes; and a worse matter than thai. And make them keep their caves: since I was I have received a letter this night ;-'tis dangerman,

ous to be spoken; I have locked the letter in my Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder, closet: these injuries the king now bears will be Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never revenged home; there is part of a power already Remember to have heard : man's nature cannot footed: we must incline to the king. I will seek The affliction, nor the fear.

(carry him, and privily relieve him : go you, and mainLear. Let the great gods,

tain talk with the duke, that my charity be not That keep this dreadful pother o'er our heads, of him perceived: if he ask for me, I am ill, and Find out their enemies now. Tremble, thou gone to bed. If I die for it, as vo less is threatThat hast within thee undivulged crimes, (wretch, ened me, the king, my old master, must be relieved. Unwhipp'd of justice : bide thee, thou bloody There is some strange thing toward Edmund; hand; pray you be careful.

[e.rit. Thou perjur'd, and thou simular man of virtue, Edm. This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duko That art incestuous: Caitiff, to pieces shake, Instantly know; and of that letter too :That under covert and convenient seeming This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me Hast practis'd on man's life!-Close pent-up guilts, That which my father loses : no less than all : Rive your concealing continents, and cry The younger rises, when the old doth fall. [erit. These dreadful summoners grace.--I am a man, SCENE IV. A PART OF THE HEATH, WITH A HOVEL More sinn'd against, than sinning.

Enter Lear, Kent, and Fool. Kent. Alack, bare-headed !

Kent. Here is the place, my lord; good, my Gracious my lord, hard by here is a hovel ; [pest ;

lord, enter : Some friendship will it lend you 'gainst the tem- The tyranny of the open night's too rough Repose you there: while I to this hard house For nature to endure.

(storm still. (More hard than is the stone whereof 'tis rais'd ; Lear. Let me alone. Which even but now, demanding after you,

Kent. Good my lord, enter here. Denied me to come in), return, and force

Lear. Wilt break my heart? [lord, enter. Their scanted courtesy.

Kent. I'd rather break mine own: good my Lear. My wits begin to turn.

Lear. Thou think'st 'tis much, that this couten. Coine on, my boy: how dost, my boy? Art cold?

tious storm I am cold myself.—Where is this straw, my fel- Invades us to the skin: so 'tis to thee; The art of our necessities is strange, (low? But where the greater malady is fix'd, That can make vile things precious. Come, your The lesser is scarce felt. Thou'dst shun a bear: hovel.

But if thy flight lay toward the raging sea, Poor fool and knave, I have one part in my heart Thou’dst meet the bear i'the mouth. When the That's sorry yet for thee.

mind's free, Fool. He that has a little tiny wit,

The body's delicate: the tempest in my mind With heigh, ho, the wind and the rain,- Doth from my senses take all feeling else, Must make content with his fortunes fit;

Save what beats there.- Filial ingratitude ! For the rain it raineth every day. Is it not as this mouth should tear this hand, Lear. True, my good boy.-- Come bring us to For lifting food to't ?- But I will punish home :

this hovel. [exreunt Lear and Kent. No, I will weep no more.—In such a night Fool. This is a brave night to cool a courtezan.- To shut me out !- Pour on; I will endure:l'll speak a prophecy ere I go:

In such a night as this! O Regan, Goneril!When priests are more in word than matter;

Your old kind father, whose frank heart gare all. When brewers mar their malt with water;

O, that way madness lics; let me shun that;
No heretics burn'd, but wenches' suitors :

No more of that,
When erery case in law is right;

Kent. Good my lord, enter here.
No squire in debt, nor no poor knight;
When slanders do not live in tongues ;

Lear. Priythec,goin thyself: seek thine own ease;
Nor outpurscs come not to throngs :

This tempest will not give me leave to ponder
When usurers tell their gold i'the field;
And bawds and whores do churches build

On things would hurt me more. - -But I'll go in:
Then shall the realm of Albion

In, boy; go first. [to the Fool] You houseless poverty;
Come to great confusion,
Then comes the time, who lives to see't,

Nay, get thee in. I'll pray, and then I'll sleep.
That going shall be us'd with feet.

[Fool goes ira This prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live before Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, bis time.

[exit. That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, SCENC III. A ROOM IN GLOSTER'S CASTLE. How shall your houseless heads, and unfed sides Enter Gloster and Edmund.

Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you Glo. Alack, alack, Edmund. I like not this From seasons such as these ? O, I have ta'en annatural dealing: when I desired their leave that Too little care of this! Take physic, pomy I might pity him, they took from me the use of Expose thyself to feel what wretchos feed;

When nobles are their tailors' tutors :

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That thou may'st shake the superflux to them, madness, lion in preg.

Let not the crcaling ut and show the heavens more just.

shoes, nor the rustling of silks, betray thy room Eng. [within) Fathom and half, fatbom and half! beart to women : keep thy foot out of brothers, Poor Tom !

thy hand out of plackets, thy pen from lenders' [the Fool runs out from the hovel. books, and defy the foul fiend. Still through the Fool. Come not in here, nuncle, here's a spirit. hawthorn blows the cold wind; says suuin, inun, Help mc, help me!

ha no nonny, dolphin my boy, my boy, sessa ; let Kent. Give me thy hand. Who's there? him trot by.

[storm still continues. Fool. A spirit; a spirit; he says his name's Lear. Why, thou were better in thy grave, than

to answer with thy uncovered body this extremity Kent. What art thou that dost grumble there of the skies. Is man no more than this? ConCome forth.

[i'the straw ? sider him well: thou owest the worm no silk, Enter Edgar, disguised as a madman. the beast no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no Edg. Away! the foul fiend follows me!- perfume: ha! here's three of us are sophisticated ! Through the sharp hawthornblowsthe cold wind.- -Thou art the king itself: unaccommodated man Humph! go to thy cold bed, and warm thee. is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal

Lear. Hast thou given all to thy two daughters? | as thou art. Off, off, you lendings : come; unAnd art thou come to this?

button here.

(tearing off his clothes. Edg. Who gives any thing to poor Tom? whom Fool. Pr'ythee, nuncle, be contented; this is a the foul fiend hath led through fire and through naughty night to swim in.- Now a little fire in Pame, gh ford and whirlpool, over bog and a wild field were like an old lecher's heart: a quagmire; that hath laid knives under his pillow, small spark, all the rest of his body cold. Look, and halters in his pew; set ratsbane by his por- here comes a walking fire. ridge; made him proud of heart, to ride on a bay Edg. This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet; he trotting-horse over four-inched bridges, to course begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock; he his own shadow for a traitor :- Bless thy five gives the web and the pin, squints the eye, and wits! Tom's a-cold.- O do de, do de, do de.- makes the hare-lip; mildews the white wbeat,. Bless thee from wbirlwinds, star-blasting, and and hurts the poor creature of earth. taking! Do poor Tom some charity, whom the

Saint Withold footed thrice the wold; foul fiend vexes: there could I have him now,

He met the night-mare and her nine-fold ;

Bid her alight, and there,—and there, and there again, and

And her troth plight, there.

[storm still.

And, aroint thee, witch, aroint thee!

Kent. How fares your grace?
Lear. What, have his daughters brought him
to this pass ?

Enter Gloster, with a torch.

Lear. What's he Could'st thou save nothing? Didst thou give them

Kent. Who's there? What is't you seek? Fool. Nay, be reserved a blanket, else had we

Glo. What are you there? Your names ? all been shamed.

[lous air Lear. Now, all the plagues, that in the pendu- the tond, the tadpole, the wall-newt, and the water;

Edg. Poor Tom; that eats the swimming frog, Hang fated o'er men's faults, light on thy daugh-that, in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend

Kent. He hath no daughters, sir.
Lear. Death, traitor! nothing could have sub- rages, cats cow-dung for sallets; swallows the
du'd nature

old rat, and the ditch dog ; drivks the green manTo such a lowness, but his unkind daughters.

tle of the standing pool; who is whipped from Is it the fashion that discarded fathers

tytbing to tything, and stocked, punished, and iin

prisoned ; who hath had three suits to his back Should have thus little mercy on their flesh?

six shirts to his body, horse to ride, and weapon Judicious punishment ! 'twas this flesh begot

to wear, Those pelican daughters.

But mice, and rats, and such small deer,
Edg. Pillicock sat on pillicock's-hill;

Have been Tom's food for seven long year.
Halloo, halloo, loo, loo!

Beware my follower :-Peace, Smolkin ; peace, Fool. This cold night will turn us all to fools

thou fiend! and madmen,

Glo. What, halb your grace no better company. Edg. Take heed o'tbe foul fiend: obey thy pa- Edg. The prince of darkness is a gentleman ; rents; keep thy word justly ; swear not; com- Modo he's called, and Mahu. init 110t with man's sworn spouse; set not thy Glo. Our flesh and blood, my lord, is grown so sweet heart on proud array: Tom's a-cold. That it doth hate what gets it.

[vile, Lear. What hast thou been?

Edg. Poor Tom's a-cold. Edg. A serving-man, proud in heart and mind; Glo. Go in with me; my duty cannot suffer that curled my hair, wore gloves in my cap, served | To obey in all your daughters' hard com ands the lust of my mistress' hcart, and did the act of Though their injunction be to bar my doors, darkness with her; swore as many oaths as I spake And let this tyrannous night take hold upon you; words, and broke them in the sweet face of hea- | Yet have I ventur'd to come seek you out, ven: one, that slept in the contriving of lust, and And bring you where both fire and food is ready. waked to do it; wine loved I deeply; dice dearly; Lear. First let me talk with this philosopher :and in woman, outparamoured the Turk; false What is the cause of thunder? of beart, light of ear, bloody of hand; hog in Kent. Good my lord, take his offer; sloth, fox in stealth, wolf in greediness, dog in Go into the house.

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Lear. I'll talk a word with this same learned SCENE VI. A CHAMBER IN A FARM-UOUSE, AIJOINWhat is your study?

[Theban : Edg. How to prevent the fiend, and to kill Enter Gloster, Lear, Kent, Fool, and Edgar. vermin,

Glo. Here is better than the open air; take a: Lear. Let me ask you one word in private. thankfully: I will piece out the comfort with

Kent. Importune him once more to go, my lord, what addition I can: I will not be long irom you. His wits begin to unsettle.

Kent. All the power of his wits has given vas Glo. Canst thou blame bim ?

to his impatience. The gods reward your kind His daughters seek his death. - Ab, that goodness!

(erit Gloster. Kent!

Edg. Frateretto calls me; and tells me, Nero He said it would be thus:-poor banish'd man!— is an angler in the lake of darkness. Pray, inua Thou say'st the king grows mad; I'll tell thee, cent, and beware the foul fiend. friend,

Fool. Pr'ythee, nuncle, tell me, whether a I am almost mad myself: I had a son,

madman be a gentleman, or a yeoman ? Now outlaw'd from my blood; he sought my life, Lear. A king, a king ! But lately, very late; I lov'd him, friend,

Fool. No; he's a yeoman, that has a gentleNo father his son dearer: true to tell thee, man to his son: for he's a mad yeoman that sees

(storm continues. his son a gentleman before him. The grief hath craz'd my wits.

What a night's

Lear. To have a thousand with red burning I do beseech your grace, (this! Come hizzing in upon them :

(spits Lear. O, cry you mercy,

Edg. The foul fiend bites my back. Noble philosopher, your company.

Fool. He's mad, that trusts in the tameness of Edg. Tom's a-cold.

a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's Glo. In, fellow, there, to the hovel : keep thee oath.

(straight: Lear. Come, let's in all.

(warm. Lear. It shall be done, I will arraign them Kent. This way, my lord.

Come, sit thou here, most learned justicer; Lear. With him ;

[to Edgar. I will keep still with my philosopher.

Thou, sapient sir, sit here. [to the Fool.] Noir, Kent. Good my lord, sooth him ; let him take you she foxes ; — the fellow.

Edg. Look, where he stands and glares ! — Glo. Take him you on.

Wantest thou eyes at trial, madam ? Kent. Sirrah, come on ; go along with us.

Come o'er the bourn, Bessy, to me: Lear. Come, good Athenian.

Fool. Her boat hath a leak, Glo. No words, no words :

And she must not speak Hush.

Why she dares not come over to thee. Edg. Child Rowland to the dark tower came, Edg. The foul fiend haunts poor Tom in the His word was still,-Fie, foh, and fum, voice of a nightingale. Hopdance cries in Toni's

I smell the blood of a British man. [exeunt. belly, for two white herrings. Croak not, black SCENE Y. A ROOM IN GLOSTER'S CASTLE. angel, I have no food for thee.

[amaz'a: Enter Cornwall and Edmund.

Kent. How do you do, sir? Stand you not so Corn. I will have my revenge, ere

depart his | Will you lie down and rest upon the cushions? house.

Lear. I'll see their trial first;-briig in the Edm. How, my lord, I may be censared, that

evidence : nature thus gives way to loyalty, something fears Thou robed man of justice, take thy place; me to think of...

[to Edgur. Corn. I now perceive, it was not altogether And thou his yoke-fellow of equity, [to the Fool. your brother's evil disposition made him seek his Bench by his side. You are of the commission, death ; but a provoking merit, set a-work by a Sit you too.

[to Keni. reproveable badness in himself,

Edg. Let us deal justly. Edm. How malicious is my fortune, that I must

Sleepest, or wakest thou, jolly shepherd?

Thy sheep be in the corn ; repent to be just! This is the letter he spoke of,

And for one blast of thy minikin mouth, which approves him an intelligent party to the

Thy sheep shall take no harm. advantages of France. O heavens! that this trea- Pur! the cat is grey. son were not, or not I the detector!

Lear. Arraign her first; 'tis Goneril. I here Corn. Go with me to the duchess.

take my oath before this honourable assembly, Edm. If the matter of this paper be certain, she kicked the poor king, her father. you have mighty business in hand.

Fool. Come hither, mistress; is your nams Corn. Truc, or false, it hath made thee earl of Goneril? Gloster. Seek out where thy father is, that he Lear. She cannot deny it: may be ready for our apprehension.

Fool. Cry you mercy, I took you for a jointEdm. [aside] If I find him comforting the stool.

[proclaim king, it will stuff his suspicion more fully.--I Lear. And here's another, whose warp'd looky will persevere in my course of loyalty, though the What store her heart is made of.–Stop her there! conflict be sore between that and my blood, Arms, arms,sword, fire! Corruption in the place!

Corn. I will lay trust upon thee; and thou False justicer, why hast thou let her 'scape ? Ebajt find a dearer father in my love. [exeunt. Edg. Bless thy five wits !

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