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Edgar! Had he a hand to write this ? a heart and rough and lecherous.--Tut, I should have been brain to breed it in ? When came this to you that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmaWho brought it?
ment twinkled on my bastardizing. Edgar__ Edm. It was not brought me, my lord; there's the cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the case.
Enter Edgar. ment of my closet.
and pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old Glo. You know the character to be your bro-comedy : My cue is villainous melancholy, with a ther's ?
sigh like Tom o'Bedlam.--0, these eclipses do por Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I durst tend these divisions ! fa, sol, la, mi. swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would Edy. How now, brother Edmund ? What serious fain think it were not.
contemplation are you in ? Glo. It is his.
Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction Edm. It is his hand, my lord; but, I hope, his I read this other day, what should follow these heart is not in the contents.
eclipses. Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in Edg. Do you busy yourself with that? this business?
Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of, Edm. Never, my lord: But I have often heard succeed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between him maintain it to be fit, that, sons at perfect age, the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissoluand fathers declining, the father should be as ward tions of ancient amities; divisions in state, me. to the son, and the son manage his revenue. naces and maledictions against king and nobles;
Glo. O villain, villain !-His very opinion in needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissi the letter!-Abhorred villain ! Unnatural, detest-pation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know ed, brutish villain! worse than brutish !-Go, sir- not what. rah, seek him ; I'll apprehend him :-Abominable Edg. How long have you been a sectary astronovillain ! - Where is he?
mical? * Edm. I do not well know, my lord. If it shall Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father please you to suspend your indignation against my
last ? brother, till you can derive from him better testi. Edg. Why, the night gone by. mony of his intent, you shall run a certain course; Edm. Spake you with him? where, if you violently proceed against him, mis- Edg. Ay, two hours together. taking his purpose, it would make a great gap in Edm. Parted you in good terms ? Found you no your own honour, and shake in pieces the heart of displeasure in him, by word, or countenance ? his obedience. I dare pawn down my life for him, Edg. None at all. that he hath writ this to feel my affection to your Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have honour, and to no other pretence of danger.
offended him: and at my entreaty, forbear his preGlo. Think you so ?
sence, till some little time hath qualified the heat Edm. If your honour judge it meet, I will place of his displeasure ; which at this instant so rageth you where you shall hear us confer of this, and by in him, that with the mischief of your person it an auricular assurance have your satisfaction; would scarcely allay. and that without any further delay than this very Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong. evening:
Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a conti. Glo. He cannot be such a monster.
nent forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes Edm. Nor is not, sure.
slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord loves him.- Heaven and earth Edmund, seek speak; Pray you, go; there's my key :-If you do him out; wind me into him, I pray you ; frame the stir abroad, go armed. business after your own wisdom: I would unstate Edg. Armed, brother ? myself, to be in a due resolution.
Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best ; go armed ; Edm. I will seek him, sir, presently : convey the I am no honest man, if there be any good meaning business as I shall find means, and acquaint you towards you: I have told you what I have seen withal.
and heard, but faintly; nothing like the image and Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon horror of it: Pray you, away. portend no good to us : Though the wisdom of na- Edg, Shall I hear from you anon? ture can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds Edm. I do serve you in this business. itself acourged by the sequent effects: love cools,
[Exit Edgar. friendship falls off, brothers divide : in cities, mu- A credulous father, and a brother noble, tinies; in countries, discord ; in palaces, treason ; Whose nature is so far from doing harms, and the bond cracked between son and father. That he suspects none : on whose foolish honesty This villain of mine comes under the prediction ; My practices ride easy XI see the business.there's son against father : the king falls from Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit : bias of nature; there's father against child. We All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. (Exit. have seen the best of our time : Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders, SCENE 111.- A Room in the Duke of Albany's follow us disquietly to our graves ! Find out this
Palace. villain, Edmund; it shall lose thee nothing; do it
Enter Goneril and Steward. carefully :-And the noble and true-hearted Kent banished ! his offence, honesty !--Strange! strange! Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for
[E.cit. chiding of his fool ? Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the world! Steni. Ay, madam. that, when we are sick in fortune, (often the sur- Gon. By day and night! he wrongs me; every feit of our own behaviour,) we make guilty of our He flashes into one gross crime or other, [hour disasters, the sun, the moon, and the stars : as if That set us all at odds: I'll not endure it : we were villains by necessity; fools, by heavenly His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us compulsion ; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by On every trifle :- When he returns from hunting, spberical predominance; drunkards, liars, and I will not speak with him; say, I am sick :adulterers, by an enforced obedience of planetary If you come slack of former services, influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer. thrusting on : An admirable evasion of whore- Stew. He's coming, madam ; I hear him. master man, to lay his goatish disposition to the
[Horns within. charge of a star! My father compounded with my Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, mother under the dragon's tail: and my nativity You and your fellows; I'd have it come to queswas under ursa major: so that it follows, I am If he dislike it, let him to my sister, [tion
Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, Knight. My lord, I know not what the matter Not to be over-rul'd. Idle old man,
is; but, to my judgment, your highness is not en. That still would manage those authorities, tertain'd with that ceremonious affection as you That he hath given away !--Now, by my life, were wont; there's a great abatement of kindness Old fools are babes again ; and must be us'a appears, as well in the general dependants, as in With checks, as flatteries,--when they are seen the duke himself also, and your daughter. Remember what I have said.
[abus'a. Lear. Ha ! say'st thoa so? Stew.
Very well, madam. Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if I Gon. And let his knights have colder looks be mistaken: for my duty cannot be silent, when I among you;
[so: think your highness is wrong'd. What grows of it, no matter; advise your fellows Lear. Thou but remember'st me of mine own I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall, conception; I have perceived a most faint neglect That I may speak :- I'll write straight to my sister, of late; which I have rather blamed as mine oyn To hold my very course :-Prepare for dinner, jealous curiosity, than as a very pretence and pur.
(Exeunt. pose of unkindness: I will look further into't.
But where's my fool ? I have not seen him this SCENE IV. A Hall in the same.
Knight. Since my young lady's going into France, Enter Kent, disguised.
sir, the fool hath much pined away. Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow, Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well.That can my speech diuffse, my good intent Go you, and tell my daughter I would speak with May carry through itself to that Pull issue
her.-Go you, call hither my fool. For which I raz'd my likeness.- Now, banish'd Kent,
[demnd, If thou can'st serre where thou dost stand con- o, you sir, you sir, come you hither : Who'am I, (So may it come!) thy master, whom thou lov'st, sir? Shall find thee full of labours.
Stem. My lady's father. Horns within. Enter Lear, Knights, and
Lear. My lady's father! my ford's knave: you
whoreson dog! you slave! you cur! Attendants.
Stem. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech you, Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner ; go, get pardon me. it ready. [Exit an Attendant.] How now, what art Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal? thou?
(Striking him. Kent. A man, sir.
Sten. 1'11 not be strack, my lord. Lear. What dost thou profess? What would'st Kent. Nor tripped neither; you base foot-ball thou with us?
(Tripping up his heels. Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem ; to Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest me, and serve him truly, that will put me in trust; to love I'll love thee. him that is bonest; to converse with him that is Kent. Come, sir, arise, away ; I'll teach you difwise, and says little; to fear judgment; to fight, ferences; away, away. If you will measure your when I cannot choose ; and to eat no fish.
lubber's length again, tarrybut away: go to : + Lear. What art thou ?
Have you wisdomso. [Pushes the Steward out. Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee: as the king
there's earnest of thy service. [Giving Kent money. Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is
Enter Fool. for a king, thou art poor enough. What would'st! thou?
Fool. Let me hire him too :-Here's my cox Kent. Service.
(Giving Kent kis cap. Lear. Who would'st thou serve?
Lear. How now, my pretty knare? how dost. Kent. You.
thou? - Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow ?
Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb. Kent. No, sir; but you have that in your coun- Kent. Why, fool ? tenance, which I would fain call master.
Fool. Why? For taking one's part that is out of Lear. What's that?
favour: Nay, an thou canst not smile as the wind Kent. Authority,
sits, thoul't catch cold shortly : There, take my Lear. What services canst thou do?
coxcomb : Why, this fellow has banish'd two of his Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar daughters, and did the third a blessing against his
urious tale telling it, and deliver a plain me- will; if thou follow him, thou must needs wear sage bluntly; that which ordinary men are fit for, my coxcomb.-How now, nuncle ? 'Would I had I am qualify'd in: and the best of me is diligence. two coxcombs, and two daughters ! Lear. How old art thou ?
Lear. Why, my boy? Kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep my singing ; nor so old, to dote on her for any thing : coxcombs myself ; There's mine; beg another of I have years on my back forty-eight.
thy daughters. Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me; if I like Lear. Take heed, sirrah; the whip. thee no worse after dinner, I will not part from Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel; he thee yet. -Dinner, ho, dinner. Where's my must be whipp'd out, when Lady, the brach, may knáve? my fool ? Go you, and call my fool hither : stand by the fire and stink. Enter Steward.
Lear. A pestilent gall to me
Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech. You, you, sirrah, where's my daughter?
Lear. Do. Stew. So please you,
[Erit.) Fool. Mark it, nuncle : Lear. What says the fellow there? Call the clot
Have more than thou showest, poll back. Where's my fool, ho?-I think the Speak less than thou knowest, world's asleep.--How now where's that mongrel ?
Lend less than thou owest, Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is not Ride more than thou goest, well.
Learn more than thou trowest, Lear. Why came not the slave back to me, when
Set less than thou throwest; I call'd him?
Leave thy drink and thy whore, Knight. Sir, he answer'd me in the roundest And keep in-a-door, manner, he would not.
And thou shalt have more tu Lear. He would not !
Than two tens to a score.
Lear. This is nothing, foot.
Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd law. In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir, yer ; you gave me nothing for't: Can you make no I had thought, by making this well known unto use of nothing, nuncle ?
you, Leur. Why, no, boy ; nothing can be made out To have found a safe redress; but now grow fear. of nothing:
By what yourself too late have spoke and done, Fool. Pr's thee, tell him, so much the rent of his That you protect this course, and put it on land comes to ; he will not believe a fool.
By your allowance; which, if you should, the fault
[To Kent. Would not 'scape censure, nor the redresses sleep; Lear. A bitter fool !
Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal,
Which else were shame, that then necessity
Will call discreet proceeding.
Fool. For you trow, nuncle,
The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long,
That it had its head bit off by its young. Or do thou for him stand :
So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling,
Lear. Are you our daughter ?
Gon. Come, sir, I would you would make use
of that good wisdom whereof I know you are The other found out there,
fraught ; and put away these dispositions, which Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy ?
of late transform you from what you rightly are. Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away ; Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws that thou wast born with.
the horse ? - Whoop, Jug! I love thee. Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord.
Lear. Does any here know me ?--Why this is Fool. No, 'faith, lords and great men will not let not Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus ? me; if I had a monopoly out,
they would have part where are his eyes ? Either his notion weakens, or on't : and ladies too, they will not let me have all his discernings are lethargied. ---Sleeping or wak. fool to myself; they'll be snatching.-Give ine an ing ?-Ha ! sure 'tis not so. Who is it that can egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two crowns. tell me who I am - Lear's shadow P I would Lear. What two crowns shall they be?
learn that; for by the marks of sovereignty, knowFool. Why, after I have cut the egg i'the middle, ledge, and reason, I should be false persuaded I and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the egg: had daughters.When thou clovest thy crown i' the middle, and Fool. Which they will make an obedient father. gavest away both parts, thou borest thine ass on thy Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman? Back over the dirt : 'Thou had'st little wit in thy Gon. Come, sir; bald crown, when thou gavest thy golden one away: This admiration is much o'the favour If I speak like myself in this, let him be whipp'd of other your new pranks. I do beseech you that first finds it so.
To understand my purposes aright :
As you are old and reverend, you should be wise :
Men so disorder'd, so debauch'd and bold,
That this our court, infected with their manners,
Shows like a riotous inn : epicurism and lust Lear. When were you wont to be so full of songs, Make it more like a tavern or a brothel, sirrah ?
Than a grac'd palace. The shame itself doth Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since thou For instant remedy: Be then desir'd [speak madest thy daughters thy mother : for when thou By her, that else will take the thing she begs, gavest them the rod, and put'st down thine own A little to disquantity your train; breeches,
And the remainder, ihat shall still depend,
To be such men as may besort your age,
Darkness and devils.
Saddle my horses ; call my train together.--
Degenerate bastard ! I'll not trouble thee;
a school-master that can Yet have I left a daughter. teach thy fool to lie ; would fain learn to lie. Gon. You strike my people : and your disorder'd Lear. If you lie, sirrah, we'll have you whipp'd. Make servants of their betters.
[rabble Fool. I marrel, what kin thou and thy daughters
Enter Albany. are • they'll have me whipp'd for speaking true, thou'lt have me whipp'd for lying; and, some Lear. Woe, that too late repents,-0, sir, are times, I am whipp'd for holding my peace. I had
you come ?
(my horses. rather be any kind of thing, than a fool : and yet I Is it your will ? [To Alb.) Speak, sir. ---Prepare would not be thee, nuncle ; thou hast pared thy Ingratitude ! thou marble-hearted fiend, wit o'both sides, and left nothing in the middle : More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, Here comes one oʻthe parings.
Than the sea-monster!
Pray, sir, be patient.
Lear. Detested lite ! thou liest : (To Goneril. Lear. How now, daughter what makes that My train are nien of choice and rarest parts, frontlet on? Methinks, you are too much of late i' That all particulars of duty know ; the frown.
And in the most exact regard support Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thou had'st The worships of their name.. most small fault, no need to care for her frowning; now thou art an How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show! o without a figure: I am better than thou art now: Which, like an engine, wrench'd my frame of nature I am a fool, thou art nothing.--Yes, forsooth, I From the fix'd place; drew from my heart all love, will hold my tongue; so your face (to Gon.) bids and added to the gall. Lear, Lear, Lear! me, though you say nothing. Mum, mum, Beat at this gate, that let thy folly in,. He that keeps nor crust nor crum,
[Striking his head. Weary of all, shall want some.
And thy dear judgment out !Go, go, my people. That's a sheard peascod. [Pointing to Lear. Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licens'd fool, Of what hath mov'd you.
(hear But other of your insolent retinue
Lear. It may be so, my lord, Mear, natures
Dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if You are much more attask'd for want of wisdom,
Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell; Dry up in her the organs of increase ;
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. And from her derogate body never spring
Gon. Nay, thenA babe to honour her! If she must teem,
Alb. Well, well; the event.
Exeunt. Create her child of spleen; that it may live, And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her
SCENE V.-Court before the same.
Enter Lear, Kent, and Fool.
Lear. Go you before to Gloster with these letters: To laughter and contempt ; that she may feel
acquaint my daughter no further with any thing How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
you know, than comes from her derrand ont of the To have a thankless child !-Away, away! (Exit. letter : If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes there before you. this ?
Kent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have de. Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause;
livered your letter.
(Exit But let his disposition have that scope
Fool. If a man's brains were in his heels, were't That dotage gives it.
not in danger of kibes?
Lear. Ay, boy.
Fool. Then, I pr'ythee, be merry; thy wit shall Lear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap !
not go slip-shod. Within a fortnight?
Lear. Ha, ha, ha!
Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use thee Lear. I'll tell thee ;-Life and death! I am kindly: for though she's as like this as a crab is lite asbam'd
an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell. That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus :
Lear. Why, what canst thou tell, my boy? [To Goneril.
Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does to That these hot tears, which break from me per: a crab. Thou canst tell, why one's nose stands i'the force,
(upon thee! middle of his face ?
Fool. Why, to keep his eyes on either side his Pierce every sense about thee !-Old fond eyes,
nose; that what a man cannot smell out, he may Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out;
spy into. And cast you, with the waters that you lose,
Lear. I did her wrong: To temper clay.-Ha! is it come to this?
Fool Can'st tell how an oyster makes his shell ? Let it be so :-Yet have I left a daughter,
Lear. No. Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable;
Fool. Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails
has a house. She'll flay thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find,
Lear. Why? That I'll resume the shape which thou dost think
Fool. Why, to put his head in ; not to give it I have cast off for ever; thou shalt, I warrant thee, away to his daughters, and leave his horns without [Exeunt Lear, Kent, and Attendants.
a case. Gon. Do you mark that, my lord ?
Lear. I will forget my nature.--So kind a father! Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril,
Be my horses ready ? To the great love I bear you,
Fou. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason Gon. Pray you content.-What, Oswald, ho!
why the seven stars are no more than seven, is a You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master.
[To the Fool. Lear. Because they are not eight? Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and take
Fool. Yes, indeed: Thou wouldst make a good the fool with thee,
fool. A fox when one has caught her,
Lear. To take it again perforce ! - Monster in. And such a daughter,
gratitude ! Should sure to the slaughter,
Fool. If thou wert my fool,
nuncle, I'd have thee If my cap would buy a halter ;
beaten for being old before thy time. So the fool follows after.
Lear. How's that? Gon. This man hath had good counsel :- A hun
Fool. Thou should'st not have been old, before dred knights !
thou hadst been wise. 'Tis politick, and safe, to let him keep [dream, Lear. O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet At point a hundred knights. Yes, that on every Keep me in temper ; I would not be mad!
How now ! are the horses ready?
Safer than trust :
Gent. Ready, my lord. Let me still take away the harms I fear,
Lear. Come, boy.
(departure, Not fear still to be taken. I know his heart:
Fool. She that is maid now, and laughs at my What he hath utter'd, I have writ my sister;
Shall not be maid long, unless things be cut If she sustain him and his hundred knights,
[Breunt. When I have show'd the unfitness.-How now, Oswald ? Enter Steward.
ACT II. What, have you writ that letter to my sister ? SCENE I.--A Court within the Castle of the Bart Stem. Ay, madam.
Edm. Save thee, Curan.
Edm. How comes that?
My very character,) I'd turn it all
If they not thought the profits of my death
Were rery pregnant and potential spurs
Strong and fastend villain! Edm. Not a word.
Would he deny his letter ?-I never got him. Cur. You may then, in time. Fare you well, sir.
[Erit. Hark, the duke's trumpets! I know not why he Edm. The duke be here to-night? The better !
Loyal and natural boy, I'll work the means
Enter Cornwall, Regan, and Attendants.
Corn. How now, my noble friend ? since I came Intelligence is given where you are hid;
[news. You have now the good advantage of the night:-(Which I can call but now,) I have heard strange Have you not spoken 'gainst the duke of Cornwall ? Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short, He's coming hither; now, i'the night, i't he haste, Which can pursue the offender. How dost, my And Regan with him; Have you nothing said
[crackd? Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany ?
Glo. 0, madam, my old heart is crack'd, is Advise yourself.
Reg. What, did my father's godson seek your life
I am sure on't, not a word. He whom my father nam'd ? your Edgar?
I know not, madam: Yield: come before my father ;-Light, ho, here! It is too bad, too bad.-Fly, brother ;-Torches ! torches ! So, farewell.-
Yes, madam, he was. [Exit Edgar. Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill af. Bome blood drawn on me would beget opinion
[Wounds his arm. 'Tis they have put him on the old man's death, Of my more fierce endeavour: I have seen drunk-To have the waste and spoil of his revenues. Do more than this in sport.- Father! father! (ards I have this present evening from my sister (tions, Stop, stop ! No help?
Been well inform'd of them; and with such cau.
That, if they come to sojourn at my house,
I'll not be there.
Nor I, assure thee, Regan.-
"Twas my duty, sir. Glo.
But where is he? Glo. He did bewray his practice; and receiv'd
This hurt you see, striving to apprehend him.
Ay, my good lord, he is. could
Corn. If he be taken, he shall never more
How in my strength you please.-For you, Ed
mund, But that I told him, the revenging gods (ship; Whose virtue and obedience doth this instant Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend; So much commend itself, you shall be ours; Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond Natures of such deep trust we shall much need; The child was bound to the father ;-Sir, in fine, You we first seize on. Seeing how loathly opposite I stood
I shall serve you, sir, To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion,
Truly, however else. With his prepared sword, he charges home
For him I thank your grace. My un provided body, lanc'd mine arm :
Corn. You know not why we came to visit you,But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits,
Reg. Thus out of season ; threading dark-ey'a Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to the encounter, Occasions, noble Gloster, of some poize, (night, Or whether gasted by the noise I made,
Wherein we must have use of your advice :-Full suddenly he fled.
Our father he hath writ, so hath our sister,
Of differences, which I best thought it fit
I serve you, madam : He, that conceals him, death.
Your graces are right welcome.
[Ereunt, Édm. When I dissuaded him from his intent, And found him pight to do it, with curst speech
SCENE II. Before Gloster's Castle, I threaten'd to discover him: He replied,
Enter Kent and Steward, severally. Thou unpossessing bastard ! dost thou think, US I would stand against thee, mould the reposal Stew. Good dawning to thee, friend : Art of the of any trust, virtue, or worth, in thee
[house? wake thy words faith'd ! No: what I should deny, Stew. Where may we set our horses? (As this I would ; ay, though thou didst produce Kent. I'the mire.