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Enter Lear, CornwalL, ALBANY, GONERIL, More richer than my tongue.

And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's
REGAN, CORDELIA, and Attendants.

Lear. To thee, and thine, herelitary ever, Lear. Attend the lords of France and Bur- Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom; gundy, Gloster.

No less in space, valiility, and pleasure, Glo. I shall, my liege.

Than that confirm’d on Goneril.– Now, our jov, cabe! (Excunt Gloster and Edmund. Although the last, not least; to whose young love Lear. Mean-tiine we shall express our darker The vines of France, and milk of Burgundy, purpose.

Strive to be interess'd; what can you say, to
Give me the map there.—Know, that we have draw
divided,

A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak.
In three, our kingdom ; and 'tis our fast intent Cor. Nothing, my lord.
To shake all cares and business from our age; Lear. Nothing?
Conferring them on younger strengths, while we Cor. Nothing.
Unburden'd crawl toward death. Our son of Lear. Nothing can come of nothing: speak
Cornwall,

again.

- th And you, our no less loving son of Albany, Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave We have this hour a constant will to publish My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty Our daughters' several dowers, that future strife According to my bond ; nor more, nor less. May be prevented now. The princes, France Lear. How, how, Cordelia? mend your speich and Burgundy,

a little, Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love, Lest it may mar your fortunes. Long in our court have made their amorous so Cor. Good my lord, journ,

You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me: I And here are to be answer’d.—Tell me, my Return those duties back as are right fit, daughters,

Obey you, love you, and most honour you. (Since now we will divest us, both of rule, Why have iny sisters husbands, if they say, Interest of territory, cares of state,)

They love you, all? Haply, when I shall wed, Which of you, shall we say, doth love us most? That lord, whose hand must take my plight, That we our largest bounty may extend

shall carry Where merit doth most challenge it.--Goneril, Half my love with him, half my care, and duty: Our eldest-born, speak first.

Sure, I shall never marry

like miy sisters, Gon. Sir, I

To love my father all. Do love you more than words can wield the

Lear. But goes this with thy heart? matter,

Cor. Ay, good my lord. Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty ; Lear. So young, and so untender? Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare; Cor. So young, my lord, and true. No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, Lear. Let it be so,-Thy truth then be thy honour:

dower : As much as child e'er lov’d, or father found.

For, by the sacred radiance of the sun ; A love, that makes breath poor, and speech un- The mysteries of Hecate, and the night; able;

By all the operations of the orbs, Beyond all manner of so much I love you. From whom we do exist, and ccase to be; Cor. What shall Cordelia do ? Love, and be Here I disclaim all my paternal care, silent.

Aside. Propinquity and property of blood, Lear. Of all these bounds, even from this line And as a stranger to my heart and me to this,

Hold thee, from this, for ever. The barbarous With shadowy forests and with champains rich’d, Scythian, With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads, Or he that makes his generation messes We make thee lady: To thine and Albany's issue To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom Be this perpetual.—What says our second daugh- Be as well neighbourd, pitied, and reliev'd, ter,

As thou, my sometime daughter. Our dearest Regan, wife to Cornwall ? Speak. Kent. Good my liege,

Righ. I am male of that self metal as my sister, Lear. Peace, Kent! And prize me at her worth. in my true heart

Come not between the dragon and his wrath : I find, she names my very deed of love ;

I lov'd her most, and thought to set my rest Only she comes too short,—that I profess On her kind nursery.--Hence, and avoid my Myself an enemy to all other joys,

sight! Which the most precious square of sense pos- So be my grave my peace, as here I give sesses;

Her father's heart from her!--Call Trance ;And find, I am alone felicitate

Who stirs ? ' In your dear highness' love.

Call Burgundy.-Cornwall, and Albany, Cur. Then poor Cordelia! [Aside. I With my two daughters lowersdigest this third:

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Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry her. 1 (Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,)
I do invest you jointly with my power,

Our potency made good, take thy reward.
Pre-eminence, and all the large effects,

Five days we do allot thee, for provision
zube That troop with majesty. Ourself, by monthly To shield thee from diseases of the world ;
data
course,

Andl, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back With reservation of an hundred knights, Upon our kingdom: if, on the tenth day follow- By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode

ing, Mlake with you by due turns. Only we still Thy banish'd trunk be found in our doininions, retain

The moment is thy death : Away! By Jupiter, The name, and all the additions to a king; This shall not be revok'd.

Kent. Fare thee well, king : since thus thou 2017013 Revenue, execution of the rest,

Beloved sons, be yours: which to confirm, Freedom lives hence, and banishment is bere.
This coronet part between you.

The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid, [Giving the crown.

[To Cordelin. Kent. Royal Lear,

That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said!-Whom I have honour'd as my king,

And your large speeches may your deeds

?pprove, m. It Lov'd 23 my father, as my master follow'd,

[To Regan and writ. ; * As my great patron thought on in my prayers - That good effects may spring from works of Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from

love.the shaft.

Thus Keni, () princes, bids you all adieu ; Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork in- I'll sliape liis old course in a country new. vade

[Exit. The region of my heart: be Kent unmanncrly, cze, bits When I ear is inad. What would'st thou do, Re-enter GLOSTER, with France, BURGUNDS,

and Attendants. old man? movedbe Think'st thou, that duty shall have dread to Gle. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble speak,

lord. rivitale When power to flattery bows? To plainness ho Lear. My lord of Burgundy, nour's bound,

We first address towards you, who with this kirmy When majesty stoops to folly. Reverse thy Hath rivall’d for our daughter. Whut, in the

least, LLEAnd, in thy best consideration, check

Will you require in present dower with her,
This liideous rashness : answer my life my Or ceuse your quest of love?
judgment,

Bur. Most royal majesty,
Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least; I crave no more than hath your highness offord,
Nor

are thosa empty-hearted, whose low sound Nor will you tender less.
Reverbs no hollowness.

Lcar. Right nobie Burgundy,
Laur. Kent, on thy life, no inore.

When she was dear to us, we did hoid her sey;
Kent. My life I never held but as a pawn

But now her price is fall'n: Sir, there she stands;
Towage against thine enemies; nor fear to lose it, Ifaught within that little, seeming substance,
Thy safety being the motive.

Or all of it, with our displeasure piec'd,
Lear. Out of my sight!

And nothing more, may fitly like your grace,
Kent. See better, Lear; and let me still re- She's there, and she is yours.
main

Bur. I know no answer.
The true blank of thine eye.

Lear. Sir,
Lear. Now, by Apollo,

Will you, with those infirmities she owes,
Kent. Now, by Apollo, king,

Unfriendel, new-adopted to our hate,
Thou swear'st thy gols in vain.

Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with our
Lear. O, vassal! miscreant !

oath,
[Laying his hand on his sword. Take her, or leave her?
Alb. & Corn. Dear sir, forbear.

Bır. Parcon me, royal sir ;

Election makes not up on such conditions. Kil thy physician, and the fee bestow

Leur. Then leave her, sir; for, by the power Upon the foul disease. Hevoke thy gift;

that made me, Os, whilst I can vent clainour from my throat, I tell you all her wealth.-For you, great king, I'll tell thee, thou dost evil.

[To Finnly Lear. Hear me, recreant !

I would not from your love make such a stray, On thine allegiance hear me!

To match you where I hate ; therefore besuech Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow, you (Which we durst never yet,) and, with strain's To avert your liking a more worthier

way, pride,

Than on a wretch, whom nature ia ashain'a To colne bet wisit our sentence and our power; Almost to acknowledge herr,

doom ;

Kent. Do;

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Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to the

France. This is most strange!

That face of hers again:– Therefore be gone,
That she, thateven but now was your best object, Without our grace, our love, our benizon.-
The argument of your praise, balm of your age, Come, noble Burgundy.
Most best, most dearest, should in this trice of [Flourish. Exeunt Lear, Burgerdy, Cors-
time

wall, Albany, Gloster, and Attendants.
Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle France. Bid farewell to your sisters.
So many folds of favour ! Sure, her offence Cor. The jewels of our father, with wacha
Must be of such unnatural degree,

eyes
That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd affection Cordelia leaves you: I know

you
what

you are ;
Fall into taint: which to believe of her, And, like a sister, am most loath to call
Must be a faith, that reason without miracle Your faults, as they are nam'd. Use well our
Could never plant in me.

father : Cor. I yet beseech your majesty,

To your professed bosoms I commit him; (If for I want that glib and oily art,

But yet, alas! stood I within his grace, To speak and purpose not ; since what I well I would prefer him to a better place. intend,

So farewell to you both.
I'll do't before I speak,) that you make known Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.
It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness,

Reg. Let your study
No unchaste action, or dishonour'd step, Be, to content your lord; who hath receiv'd you
That hath depriv'd me of your grace and favour: At fortune's alms. You have obedience scanted

, But even for want of that, for which I am richer ; | And well are worth the want that you

hare A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue,

wanted.
That I am glad I have not, though not to have it, Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning
Hath lost me in your liking.
Lear. Better thou

Who cover fáults, at last shame them derides

. Hadst not been born, than not to have pleas'd Well may you prosper! me better.

France. Come, my fair Cordelia. France. Is it but this ? a tardiness in nature,

[Ereunt France and Cordelia

. Which often leaves the history unspoke,

Gon. Sister, it is not a little I have to say, of That it intends to do?-My lord of Burgundy, what most nearly appertains to us both. I think

, What say you to the lady? Love is not love, our father will hence to-night. When it is mingled with respects, that stand Reg. That’s most certain, and with you ; next Aloof from the entire point. Will you have her? month with us. She is herself a dowry.

Gon. You see how full of changes his age is ; Bur. Royal Lear,

the observation we have made of it hath not been Give but that portion which yourself propos’d, little: he always loved our sister most ; ani And here I take Cordelia by the hand, Duchess of Burgundy:

with what poor judgment he hath now cast her

off, appears too grossly. Lear. Nothing: I have sworn; I am firm. Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age : yet he Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a fac hath ever but slenderly known himself

. ther,

Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath That you must lose a husband.

been but rash; then must we look to receive Cor. Peace be with Burgundy!

from his age, not alone the imperfections of loupSince that respects of fortune are his love, engrafted condition, but, therewithal, the uI shall not be his wife.

ruly waywardness, that infirm and choleric years France. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, bring with them. being poor;

Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to Most choice, forsaken ; and most lov’d, despis’d! have from him, as this of Kent's banishment

. Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon: Gon. There is further compliment of lear Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away. taking between France and him. Pray you, ki Gods, gods !'tis strange, that from their cold'st us hit together : If our father carry authority neglect

with such dispositions as he bears, this last surMy love should kindle to inflam'd respect. render of his will but offend us. Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my Reg. We shall further think of it. chance,

Gon. We must do something, and i'the best Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France: Not all the dukes of wat’rish Burgundy Shall buy this unpriz'd precious maid of me.

SCENE II.--A hall in the Earl of GLOSTIE'S Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind:

Castle.
Thou losest here, a better where to find.
Lear. Thou hast her, France : let her be

Enter EDMUND, with a letter.
thine ; for we
llave no such daughter, nor shall ever see

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be Shall top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper :

My services are bound: Wherefore should I waked him, you should enjoy half his revenue for
Stand in the plague of custom; and permit ever, and live the beloved of your brother, Ed-

The curiosity of nations to deprive me, gar.-Humph-Conspiracy !-Sleep till I waked Sie k For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines him, -you should enjoy half his revenue, --My son

Lag of a brother? Why hastard? wherefore base? Edgar! Had he a hand to write this? a heart
When dimensions are as well compact,

and brain to breed it in ?-When came this to u take My mind as generous; and my shape as true, you? who brought it?

As honest madam's issue? why brand they us Edm. It was not brought me, my lord, there's STOF FUTS With basc? with baseness ? bastardy? base, the cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the base?

casement of my closet. * Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take

Glo. You know the character to be your bro. More composition and fierce quality,

ther's ? 13 / moto, Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed, Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I erikoin less Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops, durst swear it were his; but, in respect of that, a bezpër Got 'tween asleep and wake? Well then, I would fain think it were not.

Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: Glo. It is his. is over det Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, Edm. It is his hand, my lord, but, I hope,

As to the legitimate: Fine word, - legitimate ! his heart is not in the contents. i potpisali Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed, Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you terme period. And my invention thrive, Edmund the base in this business?

Edm. Never, my lord: But I have often Now, gods, stand up for bastards !

heard him maintain it to be fit, that, sons at

perfect age, and fathers declining, the father Enter GLOSTER:

should be as ward to the son, and the son maGlo. Kent banish'd thus ! and France in cho-nare his revenue. ler parted!

Glo. O villain, villain !--His very opinion in And the king gone to-night! subscrib'd his the letter !-Abhorred villain! Unnaturel, depower !

tested, brutish villain! worse than brutish ! Confin'd to exhibition ! All this done

Go, sirrah, seek him; I'll apprehend him :Upon the gad !-Edmund! how now? what Abouinable villain !—Where is he? newa?

Edm. I do not well know, my lord, If it Edm. So please your lordship, none.

shall please you to suspend your indignation [Putting up the letter. against my brother, till you cari derive from him Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that better testimony of his intent, you shall run a letter?

certain course; where, if you violently proceed Edm. I know no news, my lord.

against him, mistaking his purpose, it would Glo

. What paper were you reading ? make a great gap in your own honour, and : Edm. Nothing, my lord:

shake in pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare Glo. No? What needed then that terrible pawn down my life for him, that he hath writ despatch of it into your pocket? the quality of this to feel my affection to your honour, and to nothing hath not such need to hide itselt. Let's no other pretence of danger. tee : Come, if it be notling, I shall not need! Glo. Think you so ? spectacles.

Eilm. If your honour judge it meet, I will Edm. I beseech you, sir, pardon me: it is a place you where you shall hear us confer of this, letter froin my brother, that i have not all o’er- anil by an auricular assurance have your satisTead; for so much as I have perused, I find it faction; and that without any further delay not fit for your over-looking:

than this very evening. Glo. Give me the letter, sir.

G'lo. He cannot be such a monster. Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give Edm. Nor is not, sure. it. The contents, as in part I understand them, Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and enare to blame.

tirely loves him. Heaven and earth !-EdGlo. Let's

mund, seek liim ont; wind me into him, I Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification, he pray you: frame the business after your own wrote this but as an essay or taste of my virtue. wisriom : I would unstate myself, to be in a due

Glo. (Reads.] This policy, and reverence of resolution. ure, makes the world bitter to the best of our

Edm. I will seek him, sir, presently ; convey times ; keeps mir fortunes from us, till our old- the business as I shall find meaus, und acquaint hess cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle you withal. and fond bandage in the oppression of aged tyran,

Glo. Tirese late eclipses in the sun and moon nh, who sways, not as it hath power, but as it portend no good to us: though the wision of is suffered. Come to me, that of this I may

nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature speaki

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cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide : in have offended him: and at my entreary, for bear cities, mutinies; in countries, discord ; in pa- his presence, till some little time hath qualified for laces, treason ; and the bond cracked between the heat of his displeasure ; which at this in son and father. This villain of mine comes un stant so rageth in him, that with the mischief der the prediction; there's son against father: of your person it would scarcely allay. the king falls from bias of nature; there's fa Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong

. ther against child. We have seen the best of Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a our time: Machinations, hollowness, treachery, continent forbearance, till the speed of his rege and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to goes slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my our graves !- Find out this villain, Edmund; lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to it shall lose thee nothing ; do it carefully:

Shear my lord speak: Pray you, go; there's my And the noble and true-hearted Kent banished ! key :-İf you do stir abroad, go armed. his offence, honesty!-Strange! strange! [Exit. Edg. Armed, brother?

Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best ; ga world! that, when we are sick in fortune, (of- armed ; I am no honest man, if there be az ten the surfeit of our own behaviour,) we make good meaning towards you: I have told you guilty of our disasters, the sun, the moon, and what I have seen and heard, but faintly ; 20the stars : as if we were villains by necessity; thing like the image and horror of it: Pray fou, 13; fools, by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, away. and treachers, by spherical predominance; drunk Edg. Shall I hear from you anon? ards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obe Edm. I do serve you in this business.-. dience of planetary influence; and all that we

[Erit Edgar are evil in, by a divine thrusting on: An ad- A credulous father, and a brother noble, mirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his Whose nature is so far from doing harms, goatish disposition to the charge of a star ! My That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty father compounded with my mother under the My practices ride easy !I see the businessdragon's tail; and my nativity was under ursa Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: major ; so that it follows, I am rough and lech- | All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. erous.—Tut, I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing Edgar

SCENE III.-A room in the Duke of ALBANI'IES Enter Edgar

palace. And pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the

Enter Goneril and Steward. old comedy: My cue is villainous melancholy, Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for with a sigh like Tom o'Bedlam.-0, these eclip- chiding of his fool? ses do portend these divisions ! fa, sol, la, mi. Stew. Ay, madam.

Edg. How now, brother Edmund ? What (ion. By day and night! he wrongs me; serious contemplation are you in?

Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction He flashes into one gross crime or other, I read this other day, what should follow these That sets us all at odds: I'll not endure it: eclipses.

His knightsgrow riotous, and himself upbraids u Edg. Do you busy yourself with that? Onevery trifle:--When he returns frotn hunting,

Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of, I will not speak with him; say, I am sick: succeed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between If you come slack of former services, the child and the parent; death, dearth, disso You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer

. lutions of ancient amities; divisions in state, Stew. He's coming, madam; I hear him. menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless diffidences, banishment of friends, Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please

, dissipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and í You and your fellows; rå Þave it come to know not what.

question : Edg. How long have you been a sectary as- If he dislike it, let him to my sister

, tronomical?

Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father Not to be over-ruld. Idle old man, last?

That still would manage those authorities, Edg. Why, the night gone by.

That he hath given away!-Now, by my lite

, Edm. Spake you with him?

Old fools are babes again ; and must be usd Edg. Ay, two hours together.

With checks, as flatteries, when they are seen Edm. Parted you in good terms ? Found you

abus'd. no displeasure in him, by word, or counte- Remember what I have said,

Stew. Very well, madam. Edg. Ņone at all.

Gon. And let his knights have colder looke Edm. "Bethink yourself, wherein you may among you ;

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