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Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the world! that, when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit SCENE III.-A Room in the Duke of Albany's of our own behaviour,) we make guilty of our dis
Palace. asters, the sun, the moon, and the stars : as if we were villains by necessity; fools, by heavenly coin.
Enter GONERIL and Steward. pulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for predominance ; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by chiding of his fool ? ad enforced obedience of planetary influence; and Stew. Ay, madam. all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on: An Gon. By day and night he wrongs me! every hour admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his He flashes into one gross crime or other, goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My fa. That sets us all at odds : I'll not endure it: ther compounded with my mother under the dragon's His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us lail: and my nativity was under ursa major ; 80 On every trifle :- When he returns from hunting, that it follows, I am rough and lecherous.-Tut, I will not speak with him; say, I am sick :I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest If you come slack of former services, star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer, Edgar
Stew. He's coming, madam ; I hear him.
[Horns within Enter EDGAR.
Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, and pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old You and your fellows; I'd have it come to question : comedy : My cue is villainous melancholy, with a If he dislike it, let to my sister, sigh like Tom o’Bedlam.-0, these eclipses do por- Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one tend these divisions! fa, sol, la, mi.
Not to be over-rul'd. Idle old man, Edg. How now, brother Edmund ? What serious That still would manage those anthorities, contemplation are you in ?
That he hath given away !-Now, by my life, Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction 1 Old fools are babes again ; and must be us'd read this other day, what should follow these eclipses. With checks, as flatteries, when they are seen Edy. Do you busy yourself with that?
abus'd. Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of, suc- Remember what I have said. ceed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between the Stew.
Very well, madam. child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions of Gon. And let his knights have colder looks among ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and ma
you: ledictions against king and nobles; veedless diff. What grows vf it, no matter; advise your fellows 80 dences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.
That I may speak :-I'll write straight to my sister, Edg. How long have you been a sectary astrono- To hold my very course :-Prepare for dinner. mical?
(Ereuni. Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father last ? Edg. Why, the night gone by.
SCENE IV.-A Hall in the same,
Enter Kent, disyuised.
May carry through itself to that full issue Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have For which I raz'd my likeness.-Now, banisb'd offended him: and at my entreaty, forbear his pre.
[demn'd, sence, till some little time hath qualified the heat of If thou can'st serve where thou dost stand conhis displeasure ; which at this instant so rageth in (So may it come!) thy master, whom thou luv'st, him, that with the mischief of your person it would Shall find thee full of labours. scarcely allay. Edg. Soms villain hath done me wrong.
Horns within. Enter Lear, Knights, and Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a con
Attendants. tinent forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner; go, get slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, it ready. (Exit an Attendant.] How now, what art from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord thou ? speak : Pray you, go ; there's my key :--If you do Kent. A man, sir. stir abroad, go armed.
Lear. What dost thou profess? What would'st Edy. Arned, brother ?
thou with us ? Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best; go armed ; Kent. I do profess to be no less than 1 seem; to I am no honest man, if there be any good meaning serve him truly, that will put me in trust; to love towards you: I have told you what I have seen and him that is honest; to converse with him that is heard, but faintly; nothing like the image and hor wise, and says little ; to fear judgment; to fight, ror of it: Pray you, away.
when I cannot choose ; and to eat no fish. Edy. Shall I hear from you anon?
Lear. What art thou ? Edm. I do serve you in this business.
Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poos
[Exit Edgar. as the king. A credulous father, and a brother noble,
Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is Whose nature is so far from doing harms,
for a king, thou art poor enough. What would'st That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty thou ? My practices ride easy !--I see the business.
Kent, Service. Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit:
Lear. Who would'st thou serre ? Al witb me's meet, that I can fashion fit. (Erre. Kent. You
Lear, Dost thou know me, fellow ?
Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee : Kent. No, sir; but you have that in your coun- there's earnest of thy service. (Giving Kent money. tenance, which I would fain call master. Lear. What's that?
Enter Fool. Kent. Authority.
Fool. Let me hire him too ;-Here's my coxcomb. Lear. What services canst thou do?
[Giving Kent his car. Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar Lear How now, my pretty knave? how dost thoi ? a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain mes- Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb. sage bluntly; that which ordinary men are fit for, I Kent. Why, fool ? am qualify'd in: and the best of me is diligence. Fool. Why? For taking one's part that is out of Lear. How old art thou ?
favour: Nay, an thou canst not smile as the wind Kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for sits, thou'lt catch cold shortly: There, take my coxsinging ; nor so old, to dote on her for any thing : comb: Why, this fellow has banish'd two of his I have years on my back forty-eight.
daughters, and did the third a blessing against his Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me; if I like will; if thou follow him, thou must needs wear my thee no worse after dinner, I will not part from thee coxcomb.—How now, nuncle ? 'Would I had two yet.—Dinner, ho, dinner.- Where's my knave? my coxcombs, and two daughters ! fool ? Go you, and call my fool hither:
Lear. Why, my boy?
Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep my Enter Steward.
coxcombs myself: There's mine; beg another of You, you, sirrah, where's my daughter?
thy daughters. Stew. So please you,
Lear. Take heed, sirrah; the whip. Lear. What says the fellow there? Call the clot- Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel; he must poll back.- Where's my fool, ho?-I think the be whipp'd out, when Lady, the brach, may stand world's asleep.—How now? where's that mongrel ? by the fire and stink.
Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is not Lear. A pestilent gall to me! well.
Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech,
Fool. Mark it, nuncle :-
Speak less than thou knowest, Lear. He would not!
Lend less than thou owest, Knight. My lord, I know not what the matter is ; Ride more than thou goest, but, to my judgment, your highness is not enter- Learn more than thou trowest, tain'd with that ceremonious affection as you were Set less than thou throwest; wont; there's a great abatement of kindness ap- Leave thy drink and thy whore, pears, as well in the general dependants, as in the And keep in-a-door, duke himself also, and your daughter.
And thou shalt have more Lear. Ha! say'st thou so ?
Than two tens to a score. Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if I Lear. This is nothing, fool. be mistaken: for my duty cannot be silent, when I Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd lar. think your highness is wrong'd.
yer; you gave me nothing for't: Can you make no Lear. Thou but remember’st me of mine own use of nothing, nuncle ? conception; I have perceived a most faint neglect Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made out of late; which I have rather blamed as mine own of nothing. jealous curiosity, than as a very pretence and pur- Fool. Prythee, tell him, so much the rent of his pose of unkindness : I will look further into't.-But land comes to ; he will not believe a fool. where's my fool ? I have not seen him this two days.
[To KENT. Knight. Since my young lady's going into France, Lear, A bitter fool! sir, the fool hath much pined away.
Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, be. Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well.-tween a bitter fool and a sweet fool ? Go you, and tell my daughter I would speak with Lear. No, lad ; teach me. her.-Go you, call hither my fool.
Fool. That lord, that counsel'd thee
To give away thy land,
Come place him here by me, 0, you sir, you sir, come you hither: Who am I, sir ?
Or do thou for him stand: Stew. My lady's father.
The sweet and bitter fool Lear. My lady's father! my lord's knave : you
Will presently appear; whoreson dog! you slave ! you cur!
The one in motley here, Stew. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech you,
The other found out there, pardon me.
Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy? Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal ? Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away;
(Striking him. that thou wast born with. Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord.
Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord. Kent. Nor tripped neither; you base foot-ball Fool. No, 'faith, lords and great men will not let player.
( Tripping up his heels. me; if I had a monopoly out, they would have part Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest me, and on't: and ladies too, they will not let me have all I'll love thee.
fool to myself; they'll be snatching.--Give me an Kant. Come, sir, arise, away; I'll teach you dif- egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two crowns. ferences; away, away: If you will measure your Lear, What two crowns shall they be? lubber's length again, tarry: but away: go to; Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i'the middle, Have you wisdona ? so. [Pushes the Steward out. and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the exs. When thou clovest thy crown i'the middle, and Lear. Does any here know me ?—Why this is not gavest away both parts, thou borest thine ass on Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus ? Where thy back over the dirt: Thou had'st little wit in thy are his eyes? Either his notion weakens, or his disbald crown, when thou gavest thy golden one away. cernings are lethargied. ---Sleeping or waking ? If I speak like myself in this, let him be whipp'd Ha! sure 'tis not so.-Who is it that can telline that first finds it so.
who I am ?-Lear's shadow ? I would learn that; Fools had ne'er less grace in a year; [Singing. reason, I should be false persuaded I had daugh
for by the marks of sovereignty, knowledge, and For wise men are grown foppish ;
ters. And know not how their wits to wear,
Fool. Which they will make an obedient father. Their manners are so apish.
Lear. Your name, fair gentlewomaa? Lear. When were you wont to be so full of songs,
Gon, Come, sir; sirrah?
This admiration is much o'the favour Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since thou of other your new pranks. I do beseech you madest thy daughters thy mother: for when thou To understand my purposes aright: gavest them the rod, and put'st down thine own As you are old and reverend, you should be wise breeches,
Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires
Men so disorder'd, so debauch'd and bold, Then they for sudden joy did weep, (Singing. That this our court, infected with their manners, And I for sorrow sung,
Shows like a riotous inn : epicurism and lust
Make it more like a tavern or a brothel,
Than a grac'd palace. The shame itself doth speak Pr'ythee, nuncle, keep a school-master that can
For instant remedy : Be then desir'd teach thy fool to lie; I would fain learn to lie. By her, that else will take the thing she begs Lear. If you lie, sirrah, we'll have you whipp’d.
A little to disquantity your train ; Fool. I marvel, wbat kin thou and thy daughters And the remainder, that shall still depend, are : they'll have me whipp’d for speaking true, To be such men as may besort your age, thou'lt have me whipp'd for lying; and, sometimes, And know themselves and you.
Lear. I am wbipp'd for holding my peace. I had rather
Darkness and devils ! be any kind of thing, than a fool: and yet I would Saddle my horses; call my train together. not be thee, nuncle; thou hast pared thy wit o'both Degenerate bastard ! I'll not trouble thee; sides, and left nothing in the middle: Here comes Yet have I left a daughter.
(rabble one o'the parings.
Gon. You strike my people ; and your disorder'd
Make servants of their betters.
Enter ALBANY. frontlet on? Methinks, you are too much of late Lear. Woe, that too late repents,-0, sir, are you i'the frown.
(my horses Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thou had’st Is it vour will? (To Alb.] Speak, sir.—Prepare no need to care for her frowning; now thou art an Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, O without a figure: I am better than thou art now: More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, I am a fool, thou art nothing.-Yes, forsooth, I will Than the sea-monster! hold my tongue; so your face [to Gon.] bids me, Alb.
Pray, sir, be patient. though you say nothing. Mum, mum,
Lear. Detested kite! thoa liest : [To GONEBIL
My train are men of choice and rarest parts,
That all particulars of duty know:
Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licens'd fool, The worships of their name.-O most small fault, But other of your insolent retinue
How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show! Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth Which, like an engine, wrench'd my frame of nature In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir,
From the fix'd place; drew from my heart all love, I had thought, by making this well known unto you, and added to the gall
. O Lear, Lear, Lear! To have found a safe redress; but now grow fearful, Beat at this gate, that let thy folly in, By what yourself too late have spoke and done,
Striking his head. That you protect this course, and put it on And thy dear judgment out !-Go, go, my people. By your allowance ; which, if you should, the fault Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant Would not 'scape censure, nor the redresses sleep: Of what hath inov'd you.
[hear, Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal,
Lear. It may be so, my lord, -Hear Nature, Might in their working do you that offence, Dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if Which else were shame, that then necessity Thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful ! Will call discreet proceeding.
Into her womb convey sterility! Fool. For you trow, nuncle,
Dry up in her the organs of increase;
A babe to honour her! If she must teem,
And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her! Gon. Come, sir, I would you would make use of Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; that good wisdom whereof I know you are fraught; With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks; and put away these dispositions, which of late trans- Turn all her mother's pains, and benefits, form you from what you rightly are.
To laughter and contempt; that she may feel Pool. May not an ass know when the cart draws How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is the horse? --Whoop, Jug! I love thee.
To have a thankless child !-Away, away!
Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
Gon. Nay, then-.
(Eseunt. But let his disposition have that scope That dotage gives it.
SCENE V.-Court before the same.
Enter LEAR, KENT, and Fool.
Lear. Go you before to Gloster with these letters : Within a fortnight?
acquaint my daughter no further with any thing Alb. What's the matter, sir ?
you know, than comes from her demand out of the Lear. I'll tell thee ;-Life and death! I am letter : If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be asham'd
there before you. That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus :
Kent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have de[To GONERIL. livered your letter.
(Eril. That these hot tears, which break from me perforce,
Fool. 'If a man's brains were in his heels, were't Should make thee worth them.—Blasts and fogs not in danger of kibes ?
Lear. Ay, boy The untented woundings of a father's curse
Fool. Then, I pr’ythee be merry; thy wit sball Pierce every sense about thee !-Old fond eyes,
not go slip-shod. Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out;
Lear. Ha, ha, ha! And cast you, with the waters that you lose,
Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use thee To temper clay.--Ha! is it come to this?
kindly: for though she's as like this as a crab is like Let it be so :-Yet have I left a daughter,
an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell. Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable;
Lear. Why, what canst thou tell, my boy? When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails
Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does She'll flay thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find,
to a crab. Thou canst tell, why one's nose stands
i'the middle of his face ? That I'll resume the shape which thou dost think I have cast off for ever; thou shalt, I warrant thee.
Lear. No. (Exeunt LEAR, Kent, and Attendants. Fool. Why, to keep his eyes on either side bis Gon. Do you mark that, my lord ?
nose; that what a man cannot smell out, he may Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril, To the great love I bear you,
'Lear. I did her wrong:Gon. Pray you content - What, Oswald, ho!
Fool. Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell ? You, sir, more koave than fool, after your master.
[ To the Fool. Fool. Nor I neither; but I can tell why a sua. Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and take has a house. the fool with thee.
Fool. Why, to put his head in; not to give it
away to his daughters, and leave his borns without Should sure to the slaughter, If my cap would buy a halter;
Lear. I will forget my nature. -So kind a fa. So the fools follow after.
(Exit. ther!-Be my horses ready ? Gon. This man hath had good counsel :-A hun- Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason dred knights!
why the seven stars are no more than seven, is 'Tis politick, and safe, to let him keep (dream, pretty reason. At point a hundred knights. Yes, that on every
Lear, Because they are not eight? Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike,
Fool. Yes, indeed: Thou wouldest make a good He may enguard his dotage with their powers,
fool. And hold our lives in mercy.-Oswald, 1 say!
Lear. To take it again perforce !—Monster Alb. Well, you may fear too far.
Safer than trust : Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee Let me still take away the barms I fear,
beaten for being old before thy time. Nou fear still to be taken I know his heart:
Lear. How's that ? What he hath utter'd, I have writ my sister; Fool. Thou should'st not have been old, before If she sustain him and his hundred knights,
thou hadst been wise. When I have show'd the unfitness, How now, Lear. O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet Oswald ?
heaven! Keep me in temper; I would not be mad! Enter Steward.
How now! Are the horses ready ? What, have you writ that letter to my sister?
Gent. Ready, my lord. Stevr. Ay, madam.
Lear. Come, boy. Gon. Take you some company, and away to horse: Fool. She that is maid now, and laughs at my Loform her full of my particular fear;
departure, And thereto add such reasons of your own,
Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut As may compact it more.
Get you gone;
Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell;
My unprovided body, lanc'd mine arm:
But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits,
Or whether gasted by the noise I made,
Let him fly far:
Not in this land shall he remain uncaught ; Enter EDMUND and CURAN meeting. And found-Despatch.—The noble duke my mastor, Edm. Save thee, Curan.
My worthy arch and patron, comes to-night : Cur. And you, sir. I have been with your fa- By his authority I will proclaim it, ther; and given him notice, that the duke of That be, which finds him, shall deserve our thanks, Cornwall
, and Regan his duchess, will be here with Bringing the murderous coward to the stake; him to-night.
He that conceals him, death. Edm. How comes that?
Edm. When I dissuaded him from his intent, Cur. Nay, I know not: You have heard of the And found him pight to do it, with curst speech news abroad; I mean, the whispered ones, for they I threaten'd to discover him: He replied, are yet but ear-kissing arguments ?
Thou unpossessing bastard! dost thou think, Edm. Not I; 'Pray you, what are they? If I would stand against thee, would the reposal
Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward, Of any trust, virtue or worth, in thee 'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Albany ?
Make thy words faith'd ! No: what I should deny, Edm. Not a word.
(As this I would ; ay, though thou didst produce Cur. You may then, in time. Fare you well, sir. My very character,) I'd turn it all
(Exit. To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practice : Edm. The duke be here to-night? The better ! And thou must make a dullard of the world, Best!
If they not thought the profits of my death
Strong and fasten'd villain ! Which I must act:-Briefness, and fortune, work !- Would he deny his letter ?--I never got him. Brother, a word ;-descend :--Brother, I say;
[Trumpets wrthinen Hark, the duke's trumpets ! know not why he Enter EDGAR. My father watches :— sir, fly this place ; All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'scape ; Intelligence is given where you are hid;
The duke must grant me that: besides, his pieture
To make thee capable.
Enter CornwALL, Regan, and Attendants.
Corn. How now, my noble friend ? since I camo Edm. I hear my father coming, -Pardon me :
[news. In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you :
(Which I can call but now,) I have heard strange Draw: Seem to defend yourself: Now quit you well. Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short, Yield: come before my father;-Light, ho, here !- Which can pursue the offender. How dost, my lord ? Fly, brother ;-Torches ! torches !-so, farewell.- Glo. O, madam, my old heart is crack’d, is
crack'd! Som · blood drawn on me would beget opinion Reg. What, did my father's godson seek your life!
(Wounds his arm. He whom my father nam'd ? your Edgar ? Of my more fierce endeavour: I have seen drunkards Glo. O, lady, lady, shame would have it hid! Do more than this in sport.-Father ! father! Reg. Was be not companion with the riotous Stop, stop! No help?
knights Enter GLOSTER and Servants with torches. That tend upon my father ? Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain ? [out Glo.
I know not madam · Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword It is too bad, too bad.Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon
Yes, madam, he was. To stand his auspicious mistress :
Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill affected; Glo.
But where is he? 'Tis they have put him on the old man's death, Edm. Look, sir, I bleed.
To have the waste and spoil of his revenues. Glo.
Where is the villain, Edmund ? I have this present evening from my sister Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means Been well inform’d of them; and with such cautions, he could
That, if they come to sojourn at my house,
Nor I, assure thee, Regan. Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship; Edmund, I hear that you have shown your father But that I told him, the revenging gods
A child-like office. 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend;
'Twas my duty, sir. Spoke, with bow manifold and strong å bond Glo. He did bewray his practice; and receiv'd The child was bound to the father;-Sir, in fine, This hurt you see, striving to apprehend hin. Seeing how loathly opposite I stood
Carn. Is he pursued ? To bis unnatural purpose, in fell motion,
Ay, my good lord, he is With his preparert word, he charges home
Com !f be be taken, he shall never mor