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And, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back Hath lost me in your liking.
Upon our kingdom : it, on the tenth day fol. Lear.

Better thon

Hadst not been born, than not lo na ve pleas'd Thy banish'd trunk be found in our dominions, me better The moinent is thy death. Away! By Jupiter, France. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature, This shall not be revok'd.

Which often leaves the history unspoke, Kent. Fare thee well, king: since thus thou That it intends to do ?-My lord of Burgnndy, wilt appear,

What say you to the lady? Love is not love, Freedom lives hence, and banishment is here. When it is mingled with respects, that stand The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid, Aloof from the entire point. Will you have her ?

[To Cordelia. She is herself a dowry. That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said ! Bur.

Royal Lear, And your large speeches may your deeds ap. Give but that portion which yourself propos'd, prove,

(T) Rogan and Goneril. And bere I take Cordelia by the hand, That good_effects may spring from words of Duchess of Burgundy:

Lear. Nothing, I have sworn; I am firm. Thus Kent, princes, bids you all adieu : bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a father, He'll shape his old course in a country new, That you must lose a husband.

[Exit. Cor.

Peace be with Burgundy!

Since that respects of fortune are his love,
Re-enter Gloster ; with France, Burgundy, and I shall not be his wife.

France. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble being poor; lord.

Most choice, forsaken; and most lov'd, despis'd ! Lear. My lord of Burgundy,

Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon : We first address towards yon, who with this king Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away. Hath rivall’d for our daughter; What, in the Gods, gods !' 'tis strange, that from their cold'st Jeast,

neglect Will you require in present dower with her, My love should kindle to inflam'd respect.Or cease your quest of love ?

Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my Bur.

Most royal majesty, chance, I crave no more than hath your highness offer'd, Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France ; Nor will you tender less.

Not all the dukes of wat'rish Burgundy Lear.

Right noble Burgundy, Shall buy this unpriz'd precious ma 1 of me When she was dear to 118, we did hold ber so; Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind: But now her price is fallin : Sir, there she stands; Thou losest bere, a better where to find. If anght within that little, seeming substance, Lear. Thou hast her, France : let her be thine ; Or all of it, with our displeasure piec'd,

for we And nothing more, may fitly like your grace, Have no such danghter, nor shall ever see She's there, and she is yours.

That face of hers again --Therefore be gone, Bur.

I kuow no answer. Without our grace, our love, pur benizon. Lear. Sir,

Come, noble Burgundy, Will you, with those infirmities she owes,

[Flourish. Ereunt Lear, Bor. Corn. Alb. Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate,

Glo. and Attendants. Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with France. Bid farewell to your sisters. our oath,

Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes Take her, or leave her?

Cordelia leaves you; I know you what you are : Bur.

Pardon me, royal sir; And, like a sister, am most loath to call Election makes not np on such conditions. Your faults, as they are nam'd. Use well our Lear. Then leave her, sir ; for, by the power father; that made me,

To your professed bosoms I commit him : I tell you all her wealth.-For you, great king, Put yet, alas! stood I within his grace,

( 7o France. I would prefer him to a better place. I would not from your love make such a stray, So farewell to you both. To match you where I hate ; therefore beseech Gon. Prescribe not us our duties. you


Let your study To avert your liking a more worthier way, Be, to content your lord; who hath receiv'd you Than on a wretch whom nature is asham'd At fortune's alis. You have obedience scanied, Almost to acknowledge hers.

And well are worth the want that you have France.

This is most strange! wanted. That she, that even but now was your best object, Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning The argument of your praise, balm of yonr age, hides; Most best, most dearest, should in this trice of Who cover faults, at last shame them derides. time

Well may you prosper! Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle France.

Come, my fair Cordelia So many folds of favour! Sure, her offence

(Ereunt France and Cordelia. Must be of such unnatural degree,

Gon Sister, it is not a little I have to say, of That monsters it, or your forevouch'd affection what most nearly appertains to us both. I think, Fall into taint: which to believe of her,

our father will hence to-night. Must be a faith, that reason without miracle Reg. That's most certain, and with you ; next Could never plant in me.

month with us. Cor.

I yet beseech your majesty Gon. You see how full of changes his age is; (If for I want that glib and oily art,

the observation we have made of it hath not been To speak and purpose not ; since what I well little: he always loved our sister most; and with intend,

what poor judgment he hath now cast her off, l'll do't before I speak,) that you make known appears 100 grossly. It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness, Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he hath No inchaste action, or dishonour'd step, ever but slenderly known himself. That hath depriv'd me of your grace and favour : Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath Bit rven for want of that, for which I am richer; been but rash; then must we look to receive A stili-soliciting eye, and snch a tongue from his age, not alone the imperfections of longThat I am glad I have not, though not to have it, lengrasted condition, but therewithal, the unruly

waywardness that infirm and cholerick years venue for ever, and live the beloved of your bring with them.

brother, Ergar-Humph-Conspiracy Slep Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to till I waked him-you should enjoy half his have froni him, as this of Kent's banishment. revenue, -My son Edgar! Had he a hand to

Gon. There is further compliment of leave write this ? a heart and brain to breed it in ?taking between France and him. 'Pray you, let When came this to you? Who brought it? us hit together: If our father carry authority Edm. It was not brought me, my lord, there's with such dispositions as he bears, this last sur- the cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the render of his will but offend us.

casement of my closet. Reg. We shall further think of it.

Glo. You know the character to be your bro Gon. We must do something, and i' the heat. ther's?

[Exeunt Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I dure

swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would SCENE II.

fain think it were nol. A Hall in the Earl of Gloster's Castle.

Glo. It is his.

Edm. It is his hand, my lord; but, I hope, his Enter Edmund, with a Letter.

heart is not in the contents. Edm. Thou, natóire, art my goddess; to thy law Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in My services are bound ; Wherefore should I this business? Stand in the plague of custom ; and permit Edm. Never, my lord : But I have often beard The curiosity of nations to deprive me, him maintain it to be fit, that, sons al perfect For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon- age, and fathers declining, the fauher should be shines

as ward to the son, and the sop manage his ro Lag of a brother? Why bastard ? wherefore venue. base ?

Glo. O villain, villain !-His very opinion in When my dimensions are as well compact, the letter !-Abhorred villain! Unnatural, de My mind as generous, and my shape as true, tested, brutieb villain! wone taau brutish!-G As honest madam's issue? Why brand they n sirrah, seck him ; I'll apprehend him:- AbomiWith base? with baseness ? bastardy? base, nable villaiu !-- Where is he? base ?

Edm. I do not well know, my lord. If it shal Who, in the Insty stealth of nature, take please you to suspend your indignation against More composition and fierce quality,

my brother, uill you can derive from him better Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed, testimony of his intent, you shall run a certain Go to the ci eating a whole tribe of fops, course: where, if you violently proceed against Got 'tween asleep and wake 7-Well then, him, mistaking his purpose, it would make ! Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: great gap in your own honour, and shake in Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare pawn As to the legitimate: Fine word, -legitimate ! down my life for him, that he hath writ this to Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed, feel my affection to your honour, and to no other And my invention thrive, Edmund the base pretence of danger. Shall top the legitimate. 'I grow : 1 prosper : Gio. Think you so ? Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

Edm. If your honour judge it meet, I will

place you where you shall'hear is confer of this Enter Gloster.

and by an auricular assurance have your satis Glo. Kent banish'd thus! And France in choler faction; and that without any further delay than

tiis very evening. And the king gone to-night! subscrib'd his Glo. He cannot be such a monster. power!

Edm. Nor is not, sure. Confin'd to exhibition ! All this done

Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and entire Upon the gad! Edmund! How now? what ly loves him.--Heaven and earth!- Edmund, new's ?

seek him out; wind me into him, I pray you; Edm. So please your lordship, none. frame the business after your own wisdom : 1

(Putiing up the Letter. would unstate myself, to be in a due resolution Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that! Edm. I will seek hím, sir, presently, convert Edm. I know no news, my lord. [letter ? the business as I shall find means, and acquais Glo. What paper were you reading?

yon withal. Edm. Nothing, my lord.

Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon Glo. No? What needed then that terrible de portend no good to us: Though the wisdom of spatch of it into your pocket ? the quality of nature can reason it thus and Thus, yet nature nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Let's finds itself scourged by the sequent effects : lore sce; Come, if it be nothing, I shall not need cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide: in spectacles.

cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in person Edm. I beseech you, sir, pardon me: it is a laces, treason; and the bond cracked between letter from my brother, that I have not all o'er- son and father. This villain of mine comes 1sread ; for so much as I have perused, I find it der the prediction; there's son against father not fit for your over-Inoking.

the king falls from bias of nature, there's father Glo. Give me the letter, sir.

against child. We have seen the best of our Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give it time: Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and The contents, as in part I understand thein, are all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our to blame.

graves !-Find out this villain, Edmund, it shal Glo. Let's see, let's see.

lose thee nothing i do it carefully :- And the soEdm. I hope, for my brother's justification, he ble and true-hearted Kent banished! his orience, wrote this but as an essay or taste of my virtue. honesty !_Strange! strange!

(E. Glo. [Reads. This policy, and rererence of Edm. This is the excellent foppers of the age, makes the world bitter to the best of our world! that, when we are sick in fortune forma times; keeps our fortunes from us, till our old the surfeit of our own behaviour,) we make godine ness cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle ty of our disasters, the sun, the moon, and the and fond bondage in the oppression of aged stars: as if we were villains by necessity : tous tyranny; who says, not as it hath power, but by heavenly compulsion ; kpaves, thieves, 2 as it is suffered. Come to me, that of this I treachers, by spherical predominance : drunk may speak more. If our father would sleep ards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced oted till I waked him, you should enioy half his rc-ence of planetary influence : and all that we at


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evil in, by a divine thrusting on : An admirable On every trifle ;-When he returns from hunting, evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish I will not speak with him : say, I am sick ;disposition to the charge of a star: My father If you cone slack of former services, compounded with my mother under the dragon's You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer. tail ; aud iny nativity was under ursa major; Stew. He's coming, madam; I hear him. so that it follows, I am rough and lecherous.

[Horns within Tut, I should have been that I am, had the maid Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, enliest star in the firmament twinkled on my You and your fellows ; I'd have it come to ques. bastardizing. Edgar

If he dislike it, let him to my sister, (tion: Enter Edgar.

Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one,

Not to be overrul'd. Idle old man, and put he comes, like the catastrophe of the That still would manage those authorities, old comedy : My cue is villanous melancholy, That he hath given away |--Now, by my life, with a sigh like Tom o Bedlam.-0, these eclipses Old fools are babes again; and must be us'd do portend these divisions ! fa, sol, la, mi. With checks, as flatteries, when they are seen Edg. How now, brother Edmund ? What seri

abus'd. ous contemplation are you in ?

Remember what I have said.
Edm I ain thinking, bro er, of a prediction I Stew.

Very well, madam. read this other day, what should follow these Gon. And let his knights have colder looks eclipses.

among you; Edg. Do you busy yourself with that?

What grows of it, no matter; advise your felEdm. I promise you, the effects he writes of,

lows so: succeed unhappily : as of unnaturalness between I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall, the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolu. That I may speak :-I'll write straight to my tions of ancient amities; divisions in state, me naces and maledictions against king and nobles; To hold my very course :-Prepare for dinner. needless ditlidences, banishment of friends, dis

(Exeunt sipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I

SCENE IV. A Hall in the same. know not what. Edg. How long have you been a sectary astro

Enter Kent, disguised. nomical ?

Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow, Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father That can my speech diffuse, my good intent last ?

May carry through itself to that lull issue Edg. Why, the night gone by.

For which I raz'd my likeness. -Now, banish'd
Edm. Spake you with him 1

Edg. Ay, iwo hours together.

If thou canst serve where thou dost stand con-
Edm. Parted you in good terms ? Found you demn'd,
no displeasure in him, by word or countenance ? (So may it come!) thy master, whom thou lov'st,
Edg. None at all.

Shall find thee full of labours. Edn. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have offended him: and at my entreaty, for bear his

Horns within. Enter Lear, Knights, and presence, till some little time hath qualified the

Attendants. heat of his displeasure, which at this instant so Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner : go, rageth in him, that with the mischief of your per- get it ready. (Exit an Attendant.) How now, son it would scarcely allay. Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong. Kent. A man, sir. Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a Lear. What dost thou profess? What would'st continent forbearance, till the speed of his rage thou with us? goes slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem; lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to to serve him truly, that will put me in trust ; to hear my lord speak : Pray you, go; there's my love him that is honest ; to converse with him key ;-If you do stir abroad, go armed. that is wise, and says little; to fear judgment; to Edg. Armed, brother?

fight, when I cannot choose ; and to eat no fish. Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best ; go Lear. What art thou ? armed; I am no honest man, if there be any Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as good meaning towards you: 'I have told you poor as the king. what I have seen and heard, but faintly ; no Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is thing like the image and horror of it: 'Pray you, for a king, thou art poor enough. What would'st away

Edg. Shall I hear from you anon ?

Kent. Service.
Edm. I do serve you in this business.

Lear. Who would'st thou serve ?

(Erit Edgar. Kent. You. A credulous father, and a brother noble,

Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow ? Whose nature is so far from doing harms, Kent. No, sir ; but you have that in your That he suspects none : on whose foo ish honesty countenance, which I would fain call master. My practices ride easy !-I see the business. Lear. What's that? Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: Kent Authority. All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. Lear. What services canst thou do?

[Erit. Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar SCENE III.

a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain

message bluntly: that whích ordinary men are A Room in the Duke of Albany's Palace. fit for, I am qualified in ; and the best of me is Enter Goneril and Steward.


Lear. How old art thou ? Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for Kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for chiding of his fool ?

singing ; nor so old, to dote on her for any thing: Stew aly, madam.

I have years on my back forty-eight.
Gon. By day and night ! he wrongs me; every Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me; ir 1

like thee no worse after dinner, I will not part He flashes into one gross crime or other, from thee yel.-Dinner, ho, dinner!-Where's That sets us all at odds: I'll not endure it: my kuave ? my fool ? Go you, and call my fool His knight grow riotous, and himself upbraids us, hither :


Enter Steward.

Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel 1 be Yon, you, sirrah, where's my daughter? must be whipp'd ont, when lady, the brach, may Slei. So please you,

(Erit. stand by the fire, and stink. Lear. What says the fellow there ? Call the Lear. A pestilent gall to me! cloipoll back-Where's my fool, ho?-I think

Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech. the world's asleep.-How now? where's that Lear. Do.

Fool. Mark it, nuncle mongrel ? Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is

Have more than thou showest,

Speak less than thou knowest, not well.

Lend less than thou owest, Lear. Why came not the slave back to me, when I call'd him?

Ride more than thou goest, Knight. Sir, he answer'd me in the roundest

Learn more than thou trowest, manner, he would not.

Set less than thou throwest, Lear. He would not !

Leave thy drink and thy whore, Knight. My lord, I know not what the matter

And keep in-a-door, is; but, to my judgment, your highness is not

And thou shalt have more entertain'd with that ceremónions affection as you

Than two tens to a score. were wont; there's a great abatement of kind.

Lear. This is nothing, fool. ness appears, as well in the general dependants, lawyer ; you gave me nothing for's ; Can you

Fool. Then 'uis like the breath of an unfeed as in the duke bimself also, and your daughter. Lear. Ha ! say'st thou so ?

make no use of nothing, nuncle ? Knight I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if Leat. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made I be mistaken ; for my duty cannot be silent, Fhol. "Priythee, tell him, so much the rent of

Lear. Thou but remember'st me of mine own his land comes to; he will not believe a fool. conception ; I have perceived a most faint neg: Lear. A bitter fool!

(To Kent Inine own jealous curiosity, than as a very pre- Fool. Dost thon know the difference, my boy, tence and purpose of unkindness: I will look between a bitter fool and a sweet fool 1 further into't.--But where's my fool ? I have not Lear. No, lad ; teach me. seen hin this two days.

Fool. That lord that counsel'd thee Knight. Since my young lady's going into

To give away thy land, France, sir, the fool hath much pined away.

Come place himn here by me, Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well.

Or do thou for him stand: Go you, and tell my daughter I would speak

The sweet and bitter fool with her.-Go yon, and call hither my fool.

Will presently appear ;

The one in motley here,
Re-enter Steward.

The other found ont there.

Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy ? o, you sir, you sir, come you hither: Who am 1, sir ?

Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away; Stew. My lady's father.

that thou wast born with. Lear. My lady's father! my lord's knave : yon font. No, 'faith, lords and great men

will not

Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord. whoreson dog! you slave ! you cur !

Stev. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech let me; if I had a monopoly out, they word you, pardon me.

have part on't: and ladies too, they will not let Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, yon rascal ? me have all fool to myself; they'll be sales

[Siriking him. ing.-Give me an egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee Sleno. I'll not be strick, my lord.

two crowns. Kent. Nor tripped neither you base foot-ball Lear. What two crowns shall they be? player. { Tripping up his heels.

Fool. Why, after I have cnt the egg i' the midLear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest me, dle, and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the and I'll love thee.

egg. When thou clovest thy crown i' the most Kent. Come, sir, arise, away: I'll teach you dle, and gavest away both parts.thou borestitie differences : away, away: If you will measure ass on thy back over the dirt : Thou had's Etile your lubber's length again, tarry: but away: wit iu thy bald crown, when thou ga ves: the go to : Have you wisdom ? so.

golden one away. If I speak like myself in this [Pushes the Steward out. let him be whipp'd that first finds it so Lear. Now, my frienilly knave, I thank thee: Fools had ne'er less grace in a yor; (Singing there's earnest of thy service.

For wise men are groron foj.pish;
Giving Kent money. And know not how their vits to wear,
Enter Fool.

Their manners are so apish. Fool. Let me hire him too ;-Here's my cox. Lear. When were you wont to be so full comb.

(Giving Kent his Cap. songs, sirrah? Lear. How now, my pretty knave? how dost Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since that thou ?

nadest thy daughters thy mother: for when Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb. thou gavest them the rod, and put'st down the Kent. Why, fool ?

own breeches, Fool. Why ? For taking one's part that is ont of favour: Nay, an thou canst not smile as the

Then they for sudden joy did weep, [Singing wind sits, thon't catch cold shortly. There,

And I for SOTTOW sung, fake my coxcoinb: Why, this fellow has han

That such a king should play bo-peep, ish'd two of his daughters, and did the third a

And go the fools among. blessing against his will : if thou follow him, thou Pr'ythee, nuncle, keep a schoolmaster that css must needs wear my coxcomb.-How now, teach thy fool to lie ; I would fain learn to nuncle? 'Would, I had two coxcombs, and two Lear. If you lie sirrah, we'll have you whipp daughters!

Fool. I marvel, what kin thou and thy dange Lear. Why, my boy?

ters are : they'll have me whipp'd for speakong Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep true, thou'lt have me whipp'd for lying ; Axe my coxcombs myself: There's mine ; beg ano- sometimes, I am whipp'd for holding my peace ther of thy daughters. Lear. Take heed, sirrah ; the wbip.

I had rather be any kind of thing, than a fool and yet I would not be thee, nuncle; thoe han

you coine 7

pared thy wit of both sides, and left nothing in

Enter Albany. ihe middle: Here comes one o' the parings. Lear. Wo, that too late repents,-0, sir, are Enter Goneril.

Is it your will? (To A.b.] Speak, sir-Prepare Lear. How now, daughter! what makes that frontlet on? Methinks, you are too much of late Ingratitude: thou marble-hearted fiend,

my horses. i' the frown. Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thou Than the sea monster!

More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, had'st no need to care for her frowning ; now


'Pray, sir, be patient thou art an O without a figure : I am betier than Lear. Det ested kite; thou liest : [ To Gon. thou art now; I am a fool, thou art nothing. - My train are men of choice and rarest parts, Yes, forsooth, I will hold iny tongue ! so your that all particulars of duty know : face ( To Gon.) bids me, though you say nothing. And in the most exact regard support Mum, mum,

The worships of their name. most small fault,
He that keeps nor crust nor crum, How igly didst thou in Cordelia show!
Weary of all, shall want some.

Which, like an engine, wrench'd my frame of That's a shealed peascod. [Pointing to Lear

nature Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licens'd fool, From the fix'd place : drew from my heart all But other of your insolent retinue,

love, Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth

And added to the gall. O Lear, Lear, Lear! In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir, Beat at this gate that let thy folly in, I had thought, by making this well known unto

( Striking his Hend. you,

And thy dear judgment ont.--Go, go, my people. To have found a safe redress, but now grow Alb. My lord. I am guiltless, as


am ignorant fearful,

Of what hath mov'd you. By what yourself too late bave spoke and done, Lear. It may be so, my lord. --Hear, nature That you protect this course, and put it on

hear; By your allowance; which if you should, the fanlı Dear goddess hear! Suspend thy purpose, if Would not 'scnpe censure, nor the redresses sleep; Thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful! Which in the tender of a wholesome weal, Into her womb convey sterility! Might in their working do you that offence,

Dry op in her the organs of incrense ; Which else were sh me, that then necessity And from her derogate body never spring Wili call discreet proceeding.

A babe to honour her! If she must teem, Fool. For you trow, nuncle,

Create her child of spleen ; that it may live The hedge sparrow fed thee cuckoo so long, And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her!

That it had its head bit oft hy its young Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; Bo, out went the candle, and we were left dark. With carlent tears fret channels in her cheeks: ling.

Turn all her mother's pains, and benefits, Lear. Are you our danghter ?

"To langhter and contempt ; that she may feel Gon. Come, sir, I would, you wonld make use How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is of that good wisdom whereot I know you are To have a thankless child !-Away, away! fraught, and put away these dispositions, which

[Erit. of late transform you from what you rightly are.

Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes Fool. May not an ass know when the cart this? draws the horse ? Whoop, Jug! I love thee. Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause ;

Lear. Does any here know me!-Why this is But let his disposition have that scope
not Lear: does Lear walk thus? speak thus ? That dotage gives it.
Where are his eyes ? Either his notion weakens,
or his discernings are lethargied. --Sleeping or

Re-enter Lear. waking ?-Ha ! sure 'tis not so.-Who is it ihat Lear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap! can tell me who I am ?

Within a fortnighi ? Fool. Lear's shadow,


What's the matter, sir ? Lear. I would learn that; for by the marks of Lear. I'll tell thee ;-Life and death! I am sovereignty, knowledge, and reason, I should he asham'd false persuaded I had daughters.

That thou hast power to shake my manhood Fool. Which they will make an obedient father. thus :

To Goneril. Lrar. Your name, fair gentlewoman? That these hot tears, which break frora me perGon. Come, sir ;

force, This admiration is much o' the favonr

Shonld make thee worth them.-Blasts and fogs Of other your new pranks. I do beseech you

upon thee! To understand my purposes aright;

The untented woundings of a father's cuirse As you are old and reverend, you should be wise : Pierce every sense about theel-Old fond eyes, Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires; Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out; Men so disorder'd, so debauch'd and bold, And cast you, with the waters that you lose, That this our court, infected with their manners, To temper clay.-Ha! is it come to this? Shows like a riotous inn: epicurism and lust Let it be so :-Yet have I left a daughter, Make it more like a tavern or a brothel, Who, I am sure. is kind and comfortable; Than a grac'd palace. The shame itself doth When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails speak

She'll Hay thy wolfish visage. Thou snalt find, For instant remedy: Be then desir'd

That I'll resume the shape which thou dost think By her, that else will take the ibing she begs, I have cast off for ever, thou shalt, I warrant A little to disquantity your train :

thee Ereunt Lear, Kent, and Attend. And the remainder, that shall still depend, Gon. Do you mark that, my lord ? To be such men as may besort your age,

Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril, And know themselves and you.

To the great love I bear you.-. Lear.

Darkness and devils ! Gon. "Pray you, content.-What, Oswald, hol Saddle my horses ; call my train together. You, sir, niore knave than fool, after your masDegenerate bastard ! I'll not trouble thee;


[ 70 the Fool. Yet have I left a daughter.

Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and Gon. You strike my people; and your disor- take the fool with thee. der'd rabble

A fox when one has caught her, Make servants of their betters.

And such a daughter,

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