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What grows of it, no matter ; advise your fel- | from thee yet.--Dinner, ho, dinner !-Where's lows so:
my knave ? ny fool? Go you, and call my fool I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall, hither : That I may speak :—I'll write straight to my sister,
Enter Steward. To hold my very course :-Prepare for dinner. You, you, sirrah, where's my daughter? [Exeunt. Stew. So please you,
Lear. What says the fellow there? Call the SCENE IV.-A hall in the same.
clot-poll back.—Where's my fool, bo?-I think
the world's asleep.-How now? Where's that Enter Kent, disguised.
Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow,
not well. That can my speech diffuse, my good intent Lear. Why came not the slave back to me, May carry through itself to that full issue, when I called him ? For which I raz'd
my likeness.—Now, banish'd Knight. Sir, he answered me in the roundest Kent,
manner, he would not. If thou canst serve where thou dost stand con Lear. He would not ! demn'd,
Knight. My lord, I know not what the mat(So may it come !) thy master, whom thou lov'st, ter is; but, to my judgment, your highness is Shall find thee full of labours.
no entertained with that ceremonious affection Horns within. Enter LEAR, Knights, and
as you were wont; there's a great abatement of
kindness appears, as well in the general dependAttendants.
ants, as in the duke himself also, and your Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner ; go, daughter. get it ready. [Exit an Attendant.] How now, Lear. Ha! say’st thou so ? what art thou?
Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, Kent. A man, sir.
if I be mistaken; for my duty cannot be silent, Lear. What dost thou profess? what would'st when I think your highness is wronged. thou with us?
Lear. Thoú but remember'st me of mine Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem ; own conception : I have perceived a most faint to serve him truly, that will put me in trust; neglect of late ; which I have rather blamed as to love him that is honest ; to converse with mine own jealous curiosity, than as a very prehim that is wise, and says little; to fear judg-tence and purpose of unkindness : I will look ment; to fight, when I cannot choose ; and to further into't. --But where's my fool ? I have cat no fish.
not seen him this two days. Lear. What art thou ?
Knight. Since my young lady's going into Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as France, sir, the fool hath much pined away, poor as the king.
Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well. Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he Go you, and tell my daughter I would speak is for a king, thou art poor enough. What with her.-Go you, call hither my
fool. would'st thou ? Kent. Service.
Re-enter Steward. Lear. Who would'st thou serve?
0, you sir, you sir, come you hither: Who am Kent. You.
I, sir? Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow ?
Stew. My lady's father. Kent. No, sir ; but you have that in your Lear. My lady's father ! my lord's knave: countenance, which I would fain call master. you whoreson dog! you slave!
you Lear. What's that?
Stew. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech Kent. Authority.
you, pardon me. Lear. What services canst thou do?
Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rasKent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, cal ?
[Striking him. mar a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord. plain message bluntly: that which ordinary men Kent. Nor tripped neither; you base footare fit for, I am qualified in ; and the best of me ball player.
[Tripping up his heels. is diligence.
Lear. I thank thee, fellow ; thou servest me, Lear. How old art thou ?
and I'll love thee. Kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for Kent. Come, sir, arise, away; I'll teach you singing ; nor so old, to dote on her for any differences; away, away: If you will measure thing: I have years on my back forty-eight. your lubber's length again, tarry: but away:
Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me; if I go to; Have you wisdoin ? so. like thee no worse after dinner, I will not part
[Pushing the Steward out.
Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee : Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy? there's earnest of thy service.
Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given [Giving Kent money. away; that thou wast born with.
Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord. Enter Fool.
Fuol. No, 'faith, lords and great men will not Fool. Let me hire him too ;-Here's my cox- let me; if I had a monopoly out, they would comb.
[Giving Kent his cup. have part on't: and ladies too, they will not let Lear. How now, my pretty knave? how dost me have all fool to myself; they'll be snatchhou ?
ing.–Give me an egg, nuncle, and I'll give the Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb. Kent. Why, fool ?
Lear. What two crowns shall they be? Fool. Why? for taking one's part, that is Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i'the out of favour: Nay, an thou canst not smile as middle, and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the wind sits, thou'lt catch cold shortly: There, the egg. When thou clovest thy crown i'the take my coxcomb: Why this fellow his banish- middle, and gavest away both parts, thou boed two of his daughters, and did the third a rest thine ass on thy back over the dirt: Thou blessing against his will; if thou follow him, hall'st little wit in thy bald crown, when thou thou must needs wear my coxcomb.—How now, gavest thy golden one away. If I speak like nuncle? 'Would I had iwo coxcombs, and two myself in this, let him be whipped that first daughters !
finds it so. Lear. Why, my boy?
Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep my Fools had ne'er less grace in a year ; [Singing. çoxcombs myself: There's mine ; beg another For wise men are grown foppish; of thy daughters.
And know not how their wits to wear, Lear. Take heed, sirrah ; the whip.
Their manners are so apish. Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel; he must be whipped out, when Lady, the brach, Lear. When were you wont to be so full of may stand by the fire and stink. Lear. A pestilent gall to me!
Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since thou Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech. madest thy daughters thy mother : for when Lear. Do.
thou gavest them the rod, and put'st down thine Fool. Mark it, nuncle:
Then they for sudden joy did weep, [Singing.
And I for sorrow sung,
That such a king should play bo-peep,
the fools among
. And thou shalt have more
Lear. If you lie, sirrah, we'll have you whipThan two tens to a score.
ped. Lear. This is nothing, fool.
Fool. I marvel, what kin thou and thy daughFool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd ters are: they'll have me whipped for speaking lawyer ; you gave me nothing for't: Can you true, thou'lt have me whipped for lying ; and, make no use of nothing: nuncle?
sometimes, I am whipped for holding my peace. Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made I had rather be any kind of thing, than a fool: out of nothing.
and yet I would not be thee, nuncle; thou hast Fool. Pry’thee, tell him, so much the rent of pared thy wit o' both sides, and left nothing in his land comes to; he will not believe a fool. the middle: Here coines one o' the parings.
[To Kent. Lear. A bitter fool.
Enter GONERIL. Fool. Dost thou know difference, my
Lear. How now, daughter? what makes that boy, between a bitter fool and a sweet fool ? frontlet on? Methinks, you are too much of Lear. No, lad ; teach me.
late i'the frown. Fool. That lord, that counsel'd thee
Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thou To give away thy land,
had'st no need to care for her frowning ; now Come place him here by me,
thou art an O without a figure: I am better Or do thou for him stand:
than thou art now; I am a fool, thou art noThe sweet and bitter fool
thing.-Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue; Will presently appear ;
so your face [ To Gon.] bids me, though you The one in motley here,
say nothing. Mum, mum, The other found out there.
pare my horses.
To be such.men as may besort your age, He that keeps nor crust nor crum,
And know themselves and you. Weary of all, shall want some.
Lear. Darkness and devils ! That's a shealed peascod. [Pointing to Lear. Saddle my horses ; call my train together.-
Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licens’d fool, Degenerate bastard ! I'll not trouble thee; But other of your insolent retinue,
Yet have I left a daughter. Do hourly carp and quarrel ; breaking forth Gon. You strike my people ; and your disIn rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir,
order'd rabble I had thought, by making this well known unto Make servants of their betters.
you, To have found a safe redress; but now grow
Enter ALBANY. fearful,
Lear. Woe, that too late repents.--0, sir, By what yourself too late have spoke and done, are you come? That
you protect this course, and put it on Is it your will ? [To Alb.] Speak, sir.-PreBy your allowance; which if you should, the fault
Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, Would not’scape censure, nor the redresses sleep; More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal, Than the sea-inonster! Might in their working do you that offence, Alb. Pray, sir, be patient. Which else were shaine, that then necessity Lear. Detested kite! thou liest: Will call discreet proceeding.
[To Goneril. Fool. For you trow, nuncle,
My train are men of choice and rarest parts, The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, That all particulars of duty know; That it had its head bit off by its young:
And in the most exact regard support So, out went the candle, and we were left dark- The worships of their name.—Omost small fault, ling.
How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show! Lear. Are you our daughter ?
Which, like an engine, wrench'd my frame of Gon. Come, sir, I would, you would make nature use of that good wisdom whereof I know you From the fix'd place; drew from my heart all love, are fraught ; and put away these dispositions, and added to the gall. O Lear, Lear, Lear! which of late transform you from what you Beat at this gate, that let thy folly in, rightly are.
[Striking his head. Fool. May not an ass know, when the cart And thy dear judgment out !-Go, go, my draws the horse ? - Whoop, Jug! I love thee.
Lear. Does any here know me?-Why this Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant is not Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus ? Of what hath mov'd you. Where are his eyes? Either his notion weakens, Lear. It may be so, my lord.--Hear, nature, or his discernings are lethargied.-Sleeping or
hear; waking ?-Ha ! sure'tis not so. - Who is it that Dear goddess, hear ! Suspend thy purpose, if can tell me who I am?-Lear's shadow? I would Thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful ! learn that ; for by the marks of sovereignty, Into her womb convey sterility! knowledge, and reason, I should be false per- Dry up in her the organs of increase ; suaded I had daughters.-
And from her derogate body never spring Fool. Which they will make an obedient fa- A babe to honour her! If she must teem, ther.
Create her child of spleen ; that it may live, Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman? And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her! Gon. Come, sir ;
Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; This adıniration is much o’the favour
With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks; Of other your new pranks. I do beseech you Turn all her mother's pains, and benefits, To understand my purposes aright:
To laughter and contempt; that she may feel As you are old and reverend, you should be wise : How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires; To have a thankless child !-Away, away! Jlen so disorder'd, so debauch'd, and bold,
[Erit. That this our court, infected with their manners, Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes Shows like a riotous inn: epicurism and lust
this? Make it more like a tavern, or a brothel,
Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause; Than a grac'd palace. The shame itself doth But let his disposition have that scope, speak
That dotage gives it.
Lear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap! And the remainder, that shall still depend, Within a fortnight?
Alb. What's the matter, sir?
Though I condemn it not, yet, under pardon, Lear. I'll tell thee ;-Life and death! I am You are much more attask'd for want of wis. asham'd
dom, That thou hast power to shake my manhood Than prais'd for harmful mildness.
[To Goneril. Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot That these hot tears, which break from me perforce,
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. Should make thee worth them.-Blasts and fogs Gon. Nay, then upon thee!
Alb. Well, well; the event. The untented woundings of a father's curse Pierce every sense about thee -Old fond eyes, SCENE V.-Court before the same. Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out; And cast you, with the waters that you lose,
Enter LEAR, Kent, and Fool. To temper clay.-Ha! is it come to this ? Lear. Go you before to Gloster with these Let it be so :--Yet have I left a daughter, letters :
: acquaint my daughter no further with Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable; any thing you know, than comes from her de When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails mand out of the letter: If your diligence be not She'll flay thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find, speedy, I shall be there before you. That I'll resume the shape which thou dost think Kent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have deI have cast off for ever; thou shalt, I warrant livered your letter.
Fool.' If a man's brains were in his heels, [Ereunt Lear, Kent, and Attendants. were't not in danger of kibes? Gon. Do you mark that, my lord ?
Lear. Ay, boy Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril,
Fool. Then, í pr’ythee, be merry; thy wit To the great love I bear you,
Gon. Pray you, content.-What, Oswald, ho! Lear. Ha, ha, ha! You, sir, more knave than fool, after your mas Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use
[To the Fool. thee kindly: for though she's as like this as a Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Leaf, tarry, and crab is like an apple, yet I can tell what I can take the fool with thee.
tell. A fox, when one has caught her,
Lear. Why, what canst thou tell, my boy? And such a daughter,
Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does Should sure to the slaughter,
to a crab. Thou canst tell, why one's nose stands If my cap would buy a halter;
i'the middle of his face? So the fool follows after.
[Exit. Lear. No. Gon. This man hath had good counsel :-A Fool. Why, to keep his eyes on either side his hundred knights!
nose; that what a man cannot smell out, be 'Tis politic, and safe, to let him keep
may spy into At point, a hundred knights. Yes, that on every
Lear. I did her wrong:
Fool. Can’st tell how an oyster makes his Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike, shell? He may enguard his dotage with their
powers, Lear. No. And hold our lives in mercy.-Oswald, I say ! Fool. Nor I neither : but I can tell why a Alb. Well, you may fear too far.
snail has a house. Gon. Safer than trust:
Lear. Why? Let me still take away the harms I fear,
Fool. Why, to put his head in; not to give it Nor fear still to be taken. I know his heart : away to his daughters, and leave his horns withWhat he hath utter'd, I have writ my sister ; If she sustain him and his hundred knights, Lear. I will forget my nature.-So kind a faWhen I have show'd the unfitness, How now, ther!-Be my horses ready? Oswald ?
Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The
reason why the seven stars are no more than se Enter Steward.
ven, is a pretty reason. What, have you writ that letter to my sister ? Lear. Because they are not eight? Stew. Ay, madam.
Fool. Yes, indeed: Thou would'st make : Gon. Take you some company,
away to good fool. horse :
Lear. To take it again, perforce Monster Inform her full of my particular fear;
ingratitude ! And thereto add such reasons of your own, Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, r'd have As may compact it more. Get you gone ;
thee beaten for being old before thy time. And hasten your return. [Exit Stew.] No, no, Lear. How's that? my lord,
Fool. Thou should'st not have been old, be This milky gentleness, and course of yours, fore thou hadst been wise.
out a case.
Lear. O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet
heaven! Keep me in temper: I would not be mad!
Enter Gentleman. How dow! Are the horses ready?
Gent. Ready, my lord.
Of my more fierce endeavour: I have seen SCENE I. -A court within the castle of the
drunkards Earl of GLOSTER.
Do more than this in sport.-Father ! father!
Stop, stop! No help?
Enter Gloster, and Servants with torches. Cur. And you, sir. I have been with your Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain ? father ; and given him notice, that the duke of Edm. Here stood hé in the dark, his sharp Cornwall
, and Regan his duchess, will be here sword out, with him to-night.
Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon Edm. How comes that?
To stand his auspicious mistress :-Cur. Nay, I know not: You have heard of Glo. But where is he? the news abroad ; I mean the whispered ones, Edm. Look, sir, I bleed. for they are yet but ear-kissing arguments ? Glo. Where is the villain, Edmund ? Edm. Not I; 'Pray you, what are they? Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means
Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars to he could Ward, 'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Al Glo. Pursue him, ho!-Go after.-[Exit bany?
Serv.] By no means,—what? Edm. Not a word.
Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your Cur. You may then, in time. Fare you well, lordship; sir,
[Exit. But that I told him, the revenging gods Edm. The duke be here to-night? The bet- | 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend; ter! Best !
Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond This weaves itself perforce into my business ! The child was bound to the father;—Sir, in fine, My father bath set guard to take my brother ; Seeing how loathly opposite I stood And I have one thing, of a queazy question, To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion, Which I must act :-Briefness, and fortune, With his prepared sword, he charges home work!
My unprovided body, lanc'd mine arm : Brother, a word ;-descend:-Brother, I say ; But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits,
Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to the enEnter EDGAR.
counter, My father watches : sir, fly this place : Or whether gasted by the noise I made, Intelligence is given where you are hid; Full suddenly he fled. You have now the good advantage of the night: Glo. Let him fly far ; Have you not spoken 'gainst the duke of Corn- Not in this land shall he remain uncaught ; wall ?
And found—Despatch.—The noble duke my He's coming hither; now i'the night, i'the haste, master, And Regan with him : Have you nothing said My worthy arch and patron, comes to-night : Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany ? By his authority I will proclaim it, Advise yourself.
That he, which finds nim, shall deserve our Edg. I am sure on't, not a word.
thanks, Edm. I hear my father coming, -Pardon me:- Bringing the murderous coward to the stake ; In cunning I must draw my sword upon you : He, that conceals him, death, Draw: Seem to defend yourself: Now quit you Edm. When I dissuaded him from his intent, well.
And found him pight to do it, with curst speech Yield ;-come before my father :-Light, ho, I threaten'd to discover him : he replied, here!
Thou unpossessing bastard! dost thou think, Fly, brother :-Torches ! torches !-So, fare- If I would stand against thee, would the reposal well.
[Erit Edgar. Of any trust, virtue, or worth, in thee Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion DIake thy words faith’d? No: what I should
[Wounds his arm.