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Edg. Bear free and patient thoughts. But Lear. I remember thine eyes well enough. who comes here?

80 Dost thou squiny at me! No, do thy worst,

blind Cupid ; I'll not love. Read thou this Enter LEAR, fantastically dressed with wild

challenge; mark but the penning of it. flowers.

Glou. Were all thy letters suns, I could not The safer sense will ne'er accommodate

see. His master thus.

Eug. Aside. I would not take this from report; Lear. No, they cannot touch me for coining ; it is, I am the king himself.

And my heart breaks at it. Edg. O thou side-piercing sight!

Lear. Read Lear. Nature's above art in that respect. Glou. What! with the case of eyes? There's your press-money. That fellow handles Lear. O, ho! are you there with me? No his bow like a crow-keeper : draw me a clothier's eyes in your head, nor no money in your purse? yard. Look, look! a mouse. Peace, peace! | Your eyes are in a heavy case, your purse in a this piece of toasted cheese will do't. There's light : yet you see how this world goes. my gauntlet ; I'll prove it on a giant. Bring Glou. I see it feelingly. up the brown bills. O! well flown, bird ; i' the Lear. What! art mad ? A man may see how clout, i' the clout : hewgh! Give the word. 93 this world goes with no eyes. Look with thine Edg. Sweet marjoram.

ears : see how yond justice rails upon yond Lear. Pass.

simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: change Glou. I know that voice.

places; and, handy-dandy, which is the justice, Lear. Ha! Goneril, with a white beard! They which is the thief? Thou hast seen a farmer's fattered me like a dog, and told me I had white dog bark at a beggar? hairs in my beard ere the black ones were there. Glou. Ay, sir. To say 'ay' and 'no' to every thing I said ! Lear. And the creature run from the cur? * Ay' and 'no' too was no good divinity. When There thou might'st behold the great image of the rain came to wet me once and the wind to authority ; a dog's obeyed in office. make me chatter, when the thunder would not Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand ! peace at my bidding, there I found 'em, there I Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine smelt 'em out. Go to, they are not men o' their own back; words : they told me I was every thing ; 'tis a Thou hotly lusts to use her in that kind lie, I am not ague-proof.

For which thou whipp'st her, The usurer Glou. The trick of that voice I do well hangs the cozener. remember :

Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear ; Is't not the king ?

Robes and furr'd gowns hide all. Plate sin with Lear. Ay, every inch a king :

gold, When I do stare, see how the subject quakes. And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks; I pardon that man's life. What was thy cause ? Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw does pierce it. Adultery?

112 None does offend, none, I say, none; I'll able Thou shalt not die : die for adultery! No:

'em : The wren goes to 't, and the small gilded fly Take that of me, my friend, who have the power Does lecher in my sight.

To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes ; Let copulation thrive; for Gloucester's bastard And, like a scurvy politician, seem

To see the things thou dost not. Now, now, Was kinder to his father than my daughters

now, now: Got 'tween the lawful sheets.

Pull off my boots ; harder, harder ; so. To't, luxury, pell-mell! for I lack soldiers. Edg. Aside. 0! matter and impertinency Behold yond simpering dame,

mix'd ; Whose face between her forks presageth snow ; | Reason in madness. That minces virtue, and does shake the head Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take To hear of pleasure's name ;

my eyes; The fitchew nor the soiled horse goes to 't I know thee well enough; thy name is GlouWith a more riotous appetite.

cester ; Down from the waist they are Centaurs,

Thou must be patient; we came crying hither : Though women all above:

Thou know'st the first time that we smell the air But to the girdle do the gods inherit,

We waul and cry. I will preach to thee : mark Beneath is all the fiend's :

Glou. Alack, alack the day! There's hell, there's darkness, there's the Lear. When we are born, we cry that we are

sulphurous pit, Burning, scalding, stench, consumption ; fie, fie, To this great stage of fools. This a good fie! pah, pah! Giv me an ounce of civet, block ! good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination: It were a delicate stratagem to shoe there's money for thee.

A troop of horse with felt; 'll put 't in proof, Glou. O! let me kiss that hand.

And when I have stoln upon these sons-in-law, Lear. Let me wipe it first; it smells of Then, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill ! mortality

Enter a Gentleman, with Attendants. Glou. O ruin'd piece of nature! This great world

Gent. O! here he is; lay hand upon him. Shall so wear out to nought. Dost thou know Sir, me ?

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Lear. No rescue? What! a prisoner? I am Edg. Chill not let go, zur, without yurther

'casion, The natural fool of fortune. Use me well ; Osw. Let go, slave, or thou diest. You shall have ransom. Let me have surgeons ; Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait, and let I am cut to the brains.

poor volk pass. An chud ha' bin zwaggered oat Gent.

You shall have any thing. of my life, 'twould not ha' bin zo long as 'tis by Lear. No seconds ? all myself?

a vortnight. Nay, come not near th' old man; Why this would make a man a man of salt, 200 keep out, che vor ye, or ise try whither your To use his eyes for garden water-pots,

costard or my ballow be the harder. Chiil be Ay, and laying autumn's dust.

plain with you. Gent.

Good sir,

Osw. Out, dunghill ! Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom. Edg. Chill pick your teeth, zur. Come; no What !

matter vor your foins. I will be jovial : come, come; I am a king,

They fight, and EDGAR knocks him doct. My masters, know you that?

Osw. Slave, thou hast slain me. Villain, take Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you. my purse.

Lear. Then there's life in 't. Nay, an you get If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body ; it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa. And give the letters which thou find'st about

Erit; Attendants follow. Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest To Edmund Earl of Gloucester ; seek him out wretch,

Upon the English party: 0! untimely death. Past speaking of in a king! Thou hast one Death!

Dies daughter,

Edg. I know thee well: a serviceable villain ; Who redeems nature from the general curse As duteous to the vices of thy mistress Which twain have brought her to.

As badness would desire. Edg. Hail, gentle sir !


What! is he dead? Gent. Sir, speed you : what's your will ? Edg. Sit you down, father ; rest you. Edy. Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle Let's see these pockets: the letters that he toward ?

speaks of Gent. Most sure and vulgar; every one hears May be my friends. He's dead; I am only that,

sorry Which can distinguish sound.

He had no other death's-man. Let us see: Edg.

But, by your favour, Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blame us How near 's the other army ?

not: Gent. Near, and on speedy foot; the main To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their descry

hearts ; Stands on the hourly thought.

Their papers is more lawful. Edg.

I thank you, sir : that's all. Gent. Though that the queen on special cause have many opportunities to cut him off; if your acil

Let our reciprocal vows be remembered. You is here, Her army is mov'd on.

want not, time and place will be fruitfully offered Edg. I thank you, sir. Exit Gentleman.

There is nothing done if he return the conqueror , Glou. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath then am I the prisoner, and his bed my gaol; from from me :

the loathed warmth whereof deliver me, and suppdy Let not my worser spirit tempt me again

the place for your labour. To die before you please!

Your-wife, so I would say
Well pray you, father.

Affectionate servant,
Glou. Now, good sir, what are you?

GONERIL Edg. A most poor man, made tame to for. O undistinguish'd space of woman's will ! tune's blows;

A plot upon her virtuous husband's life, Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows, And the exchange my brother! Here, in the Am pregnant to good pity. Give me your hand, sands, I'll lead you to some biding.

Thee I 'll rake up, the post unsanctified Glou.

Hearty thanks : Of murderous lechers; and in the mature time The bounty and the benison of heaven 230 With this ungracious paper strike the sight To boot, and boot !

Of the death-practis'd duke. For him 'tis

well Enter OSWALD.

That of thy death and business I can tell. 0890. A proclaim'd prize! Most happy! Glou. The king is mad : how stiff is my vile That eyeless head of thine was first fram'd flesh sense, To raise my fortunes. Thou old unhapp: That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling traitor,

Of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract: Briefly thyself remember: the sword is out So should my thoughts be sever'd from my That must destroy thee.

griefs, Glou.

Now let thy friendly hand | And woes by wrong imaginations lose Put strength enough to't. EDGAR interposes. The knowledge of themselves. Drum afar off. Osu. Wherefore, bold peasant, Edg.

Give me your hand Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence; Far off, methinks, I hear the beaten drum. Lest that the infection of his fortune take Come, father, I'll bestow you with a friend. Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.






Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
SCENE VII.- A Tent in the French Camp. Do scald like molten lead.
Enter CORDELLA, KENT, Doctor, and Gentleman.


Sir, do you know me?

Lear. You are a spirit, I know; when did you Cor. O thou good Kent! how shall I live and die? work

Cor. Still, still, far wide. To match thy goodness! My life will be too Doct. He's scarce awake ; let him alone awhile. short,

Lear. Where have I been ? Where am I ? Fair And every measure fail me.

daylight ? Kent. To be acknowledg'd, madam, is o'er. I am mightily abus'd. I should e'en die with paid.

pity All my reports go with the modest truth, To see another thus. I know not what to say. Nor more nor clipp'd, but so.

I will not swear these are my hands : let's see ; Cor.

Be better suited : I feel this pin prick. Would I were assur'd These weeds are memories of those worser Of my condition ! hours :


O! look upon me, sir, I prithee, put them off.

And hold your hands in benediction o'er me. Kent.

Pardon me, dear madam ; No, sir, you must not kneel. Yet to be known shortens my made intent:


Pray, do not mock me: My boon I make it that you know me not I am a very foolish fond old man, Till time and I think meet.

Fourscore and upward, not an hour more nor Cor. Then be't so, my good lord. To the

less ; Doctor. How does the king?

And, to deal plainly, Doct. Madam, sleeps still.

I fear I am not in my perfect mind. Cor. O you kind gods,

Methinks I should know you and know this man ; Cure this great breach in his abused nature ! Yet I am doubtful : for I am mainly ignorant The untun'd and jarring senses, 0! wind up What place this is, and all the skill I have Of this child-changed father.

Remembers not these garments ; nor I know not Doct.

So please your majesty Where I did lodge last night. Do not laugh at That we may wake the king ? he hath slept long.

me; Cor. Be govern'd by your knowledge, and For, as I am a man, I think this lady proceed

To be my child Cordelia. I'the sway of your own will. Is he array'd ? 29 Cor.

And so I am, I am. 70

Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, faith. I pray, Enter LEAR in a chair carried by Serrants.

weep not : Doct. Ay, madam; in the heaviness of sleep If you have poison for me, I will drink it. We put fresh garments on him.

I know you do not love me ; for your sisters Kent. Be by, good madam, when we do awake Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:

You have some cause, they have not. I doubt not of his temperance.


No cause, no cause. Cor.

Very well. Music. Lear. Am I in France ? Doct. Please you, draw near. Louder the Kent.

In your own kingdom, sir. music there!

Lear. Do not abuse me. Cor. O my dear father! Restoration hang Doct. Be comforted, good madam ; the great

1 Thy medicine on my lips, and let this kiss

rage, Repair those violent harms that my two sisters You see, is kill'd in him ; and yet it is danger Hare in thy reverence made!

To make him even o'er the time he has lost. Kent.

Kind and dear princess ! Desire him to go in; trouble him no more Cor. Had you not been their father, these Till further settling. white flakes

Cor. Will 't please your highness walk ? Did challenge pity of them. Was this a face Lear.

You must bear with me. To be oppos'd against the warring winds ? Pray you now, forget and forgive : I am old and To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder ? foolish.

Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, In the most terrible and nimble stroke

Doctor, and Attendants. Of quick cross lightning ? to watch, poor perdu ! Gent. Holds it true, sir, that the Duke of With this thin helm? Mine enemy's dog, Cornwall was so slain ? Though he had bit me, should have stood that k'ent. Most certain, sir. night

Gent. Who is conductor of his people ? Against my fire. And wast thou fain, poor K'ent. As 'tis said, the bastard son of Gloufather,

cester. To hovel thee with swine and rogues forlorn, Gent. They say Edgar, his banished son, is In short and musty straw ? Alack, alack ! 40 with the Earl of Kent in Germany. 'Tis wonder that thy life and wits at once

Kent. Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look Had not concluded all. He wakes ; speak to him. about; the powers of the kingdom approach Doct. Madam, do you ; 'tis fittest.

apace. Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares Gent. The arbitrement is like to be bloody. your majesty?

Fare you well, sir.

Erit. Lear. You do me wrong to take me out o' the kent. My point and period will be throughly grave;

wrought, Thou art a soul in bliss ; but I am bound Orwell or ill, as this day's battle's fought. Exit.




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Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this

letter. ACT V.

If you have victory, let the trumpet sound

For bim that brought it: wretched though I SCENE I.-The British Camp near Dover,

seem, Enter, with drum and colours, EDMUND, REGAN, I can produce a champion that will prove

What is avouched there. If you miscarry, Oficers, Soldiers, and Others.

Your business of the world hath so an end, Edm. Know of the duke if his last purpose And machination ceases. Fortune love you! hold,

Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. Or whether since he is advis d by aught


I was forbid it. To change the course ; he's full of alteration When time shall serve, let but the herald crs, And self-reproving; bring his constant pleasure. And I'll appear again.

To an Oficer, who goes out. Alb. Why, fare thee well: I will o'erlook thy Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. paper.

Exit EDGAR. S Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam. Reg. Now, sweet lord,

Re-enter EDMUND. You know the goodness I intend upon you :

Edm. The enemy's in view ; draw up your Tell me, but truly, but then speak the truth,

powers. Do you not love my sister ? Edm.

In honour'd love.

Here is the guess of their true strength and forces Reg. But have you never found my brother's Is now urg'd on you.

By diligent discovery; but your baste way


We will greet the time. Erit. To the forfended place?

Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my Edm. That thought abuses you.

love; Reg. I am doubtful that you have been con- Each jealous of the other, as the stung junct

Are of the adder. Which of them shall I And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.

take? Edm. No, by mine honour, madam.

Both ? one ? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd Reg. I never shall endure her: dear my lord,

If both remain alive : to take the widow Be not familiar with her.

Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril ; Edm.

Fear me not.

And hardly shall I carry out my side, She and the duke her husband !

Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use Enter, with drum and colours, ALBANY, GONERIL, His countenance for the battle; which being and Soldiers.


Let her who would be rid of him devise Gon. Aside. I had rather lose the battle than His speedy taking off. As for the mercy that sister

Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia, Should loosen him and me.

The battle done, and they within our power, Alb. Our very loving sister, well be-met. Sir, this I heard ; the king is come to his Stands on me to defend, not to debate.

Shall never see his pardon ; for my state

Erit. daughter, With others whom the rigour of our state Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, I never yet was valiant: for this business,

SCENE II. --A Field between the two Campe. It toucheth us, as France invades our land,

Alarum within. Enter, with drum and colours, Not bolds the king, with others, whom, I fear,

LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Porces; am Most just and heavy causes make oppose.

Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.
Why is this reason'd ?

Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy;
For these domestic and particular broils

Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this

tree Are not the question here. Alb.

Let's then determine For your good host ; pray that the right mas With the ancient of war on our proceeding.

thrive. Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent.

If ever I return to you again, Reg. Sister, you 'll go with us?

I'll bring you comfort. Gon. No.

Glou. Grace go with you, sir! Erit EDGAR Reg. 'Tis most convenient ; pray you, go with Alarum ; afterwards a retreat. Re-enter EDGJE Gon. A side. O, ho! I know the riddle. I Edg. Away, old man! give me thy hand : awar

King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta ed.

Give me thy hand; come on.
Enter EDGAR, disguised.

Glou. No further, sir ; a man may rot eret Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man here. so poor,

Edg. What! in ill thoughts again? Men most Hear me one word.

endure Alb.

I'll overtake you. Speak. Their going hence, even as their coming hither : Excunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Officers, Ripeness is all. Come on. Soldiers, and Attendants. I Glou.

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Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, SCENE III. - The British Camp near Dover.

To pluck the common bosom on his side, Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes

Which do command them. With him I sent EDMUND; LEAR and CORDELIA, prisoners ; Oficers, Soldiers, etc.

My reason all the same ; and they are ready Edm. Some officers take them away : good To-morrow, or at further space, to appear guard,

Where you shall hold your session. At this time Until their greater pleasures first be known We sweat and bleed ; the friend hath lost his That are to censure them.

friend, Cor.

We are not the first And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst. By those that feel their sharpness ; For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down ; The question of Cordelia and her father Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown. Requires a fitter place. Shall we not see these daughters and these Alb.

Sir, by your patience, sisters!

I hold you but a subject of this war, Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to Not as a brother. prison ;


That's as we list to grace him : We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage : Methinks our pleasure might have been deWhen thou dost ask me blessing, I 'll kneel down, manded, And ask of thee forgiveness : so we'll live, Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh Bore the commission of my place and person ; At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues The which immediacy may well stand up, Talk of court news ; and we'll talk with them And call itself your brother. too,


Not so hot ; Who loses and who wins ; who's in, who's out; In his own grace he doth exalt himself And take upon's the mystery of things,

More than in your addition. As if we were God's spies : and we'll wear out, Reg.

In my rights, In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones By me invested, he compeers the best. That ebb and flow by the moon.

Alb. That were the most, if he should husband Edm.

Take them away. you.
Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets.
The gods themselves throw incense. Have I Gon.

Holla, holla! caught thee?

That eye that told you so look'd but a-squint.
He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven, Reg. Lady, I am not well ; else I should answer
And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes; From a full-flowing stomach. General,
The goujeres shall devour them, flesh and fell, Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony;
Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see 'em Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine ;
starve first.

Witness the world, that I create thee here
Come. Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded. My lord and master.
Edm. Come hither, captain ; hark.


Mean you to enjoy him? Take thou this note;

Giring a paper.

Alb. The let-alone lies not in your good will. Go follow them to prison. Edm. Nor in thine, lord. One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost Alb.

Half-blooded fellow, As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way Reg. To EDMUND. Let the drum strike, and To noble fortunes ; know thou this, that men

prove my title thine. Are as the time is; to be tender-minded

Alb. Stay yet; hear reason. Edmund, I Does not become a sword; thy great employment arrest thee Will not bear question ; either say thou ’lt do't, On capital treason ; and, in thy arrest, Or thrive by other means.

This gilded serpent. Pointing to GONERIL. 0.jf. I'll do't, my lord.

For your claim, fair sister, Edm. About it; and write happy when thou I bar it in the interest of my wife ; hast done.

'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord, Mark.--I say, instantly, and carry it so

And I, her husband, contradict your bans.
As I have set it down.

If you will marry, make your loves to me,
Of. I cannot draw a cart nor eat dried oats ; | My lady is bespoke.
If it be man's work I 'll do it.

Exit. Gon.

An interlude!

Alb. Thou art arm’d, Gloucester ; let the Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN,

trumpet sound : Officers, and Attendants.

If none appear to prove upon thy person Alb. Sir, you have show'd to-day your valiant Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, strain,

40 There is my pledge; Throws down a glove. And fortune led you well; you have the captives

I'll prove it on thy heart, Who were the opposites of this day's strife ; Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less We do require them of you, so to use them Than I have here proclaim'd thee. As we shall find their merits and our safety Reg.

Sick ! O, sick! May equally determine.

Gon. Aside. If not, I'll ne'er trust medicine. Edm.

Sir, I thought it fit Edm. There's my exchange : To send the old and miserable king

Throws down a glove. To some retention and appointed guard ;

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