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Gloster, I live Kent. Well, sir, I'll bring you to our master To thank thee for the love thou show'dst the Lear, king,
[friend; And leave you to attend him: some dear cause And to revenge thine eyes.—Come hither, Will in concealment wrap me up awhile; Tell me what thou knowest.
[Exeunt. When I am known aright, you shall not grieve SCENE 1II. The French Camp near Dover. Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go
Along with me.
(Ereunt. Enter KENT, and a Gentleman.
SCENE IV. The same. A Tent. Kent. Why the King of France is so suddenly gone back know you the reason?
Enter CORDELIA, Physician, and Soldiers. Gent. Something he left imperfect in the state, Cor. Alack, 'tis he; why, he was met e'en now Which since his coming for this thought of; As mad as the vex'd sea : singing aloud; which
(ger, Crown'd with rank fumiter, and furrow weeds, Imports to the kingdom so much fear and dan- With harlocks, hemlock, rettles,cuckoo-flowers, That his personal return was most required,
Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow And necessary. Kent. Who hath he left behind him, general ? Search every acre in the high grown field,
In our sustaining corn.-A century send forth; Gent. The Mareschal of France, Monsieur le And bring him to our eye. (Exit an Oflicer.}Fer.
What can man's wisdom do, Kent. Did your letters pierce the queen to any in the restoring of his bereaved sense ? demonstration of grief?
He, that helps him, take all my outward worth, Gent. Ay, sir, she took them, read them in
Phy. There is means, madam : my presence;
Our foster-nurse of nature is repose, And now and then an ample tear trill'd down The which he lacks; that to provoke in him, Her delicate cheek: it seem'd, she was a queen Are many simples operative, whose power Over her passion; who, most rebel-like, Will close the eye of anguish. Sought to be king o'er her.
All bless'd secrets, Kent.
0, then it mov'd her. All you unpnblish'd virtues of the earth, Gent. Not to a rage: patience and sorrow Spring with my tears! be aidant, and remediate, strove
seen in the good man's distress!-Seek,seek for him; Who should express her goodliest. You have Lest his ungovern'd rage dissolve the life Sunshine and rain at once; her smiles and tears That wants the means to lead it. Were like:-a better way. Those happy smiles,
Enter a Messenger. That play'd on her ripe lip, seem'd not to know
Madam, news; What guests were in her eyes; which parted The British powers are marching hitherward. thence,
(sorrow As pearls from diamonds dropp d... In brief, In expectation of them.-0 dear father
Cor. 'Tis known before, our preparation stands
It is thy business that I go about;
Therefore great France
No blown ambition doth our arms incite, name of father Pantingly forth, as if it press'd her heart;
But love, dear love, and our ag'd father's right;
(Exeunt. Cried, Sisters ! sisters !--Shame of ladies! sisters! Soon may 1 hear, and see him. k'ent! father ! sisters! What? i' the storm i' the
SCENE V. A Room in Gloster's Castie. night? Let pity not be believed !- There she shook
Enter REGAN and Steward. The holy water from her heavenly eyes, Reg. Put are my brother's powers set forth ? And clamour moisten'd: then away she started Stero.
Ay, madam, To deal with grief alone.
It is the stars,
In person there? The stars above us, govern our conditions ; Steu.
Madam, with much ado: Else one self mate and mate could not beget Your sister is the better soldier, Such different issues. You spoke not with her Reg. Lord Edmund spake not with your lord Gent, No. (since ? Stew. No, madam.
(at home? Kent. Was this before the king return'd ? Reg. What might import my sister's letter Gent.
No, since. to him?
(matter. i' the town:
Reg. 'Faith, he is posted hence on serious Who sometime, in his better tune, remembers It was great ignorance, Gloster's eyes being out, What we are come about, and by no means To let him live; where he arrives, he moves Will yield to see his daughter.
All hearts against us; Edmund, I think, is gone, Gent.
Why, good sir? In pity of his misery, to despatch Kent. A sovereign shame so elbows him: his Iis nighted life; moreover, to descry own unkindness,
[her The strength o' the enemy. (my letter. That stripp'd her from his benediction, turn'd Stew. I must needs after him, madam, with To foreign casualties, gave her dear rights Reg. Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay To his dog-hearted daughters,--these things The ways are dangerous.
(with us; sting
I may not, madam; His mind so venomously, that burning shame My lady charg'd my duty in this business. Detains him from Cordelia.
Reg. Why should she write to Edmund? Might Gent. Alack, poor gentleman!
not you Kent. Of Albany's and Cornwall's powers you Transport her purposes by word! Belske, heard not!
Something I know not what: rll love thee Gent. 'Tis so, they are afoot.
Let me unseal the letter.
Madam, I had rather- This would I do renounce; and, in your sights Reg. I know, your lady does not love her Shake patiently my great affliction off : husband;
If I could bear it longer, and not fall I am sure of that: and, at her late being here, To quarrel with your great opposeless wills, She gave strange ceiliads, and most speaking My snuff, and loathed part of nature, should looks
(bosom. Burn itself out. If Edgar live, o bless him!To noble Edmund: I know, you are of her Now, fellow, fare thee well. Stero. I, madam ?
(He leaps, and falls along. Reg. I speak in understanding; you are, I
Gone, sir? farewell. know it:
And yet I know not how conceit may rob Therefore, I do advise you, take this note : The treasury of life, when life itself (thought, My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talk'd; Yields to the theft: Nad he been where he And more convenient is he for my hand, By this, had thought been past.-Alive, or dead? Than for your lady's:-You may gather more. Ho, you sir ! friend !--Hear you, sir?-speak! If you do find him, pray you give me this; Thus might he pass indeed --Yet he revives: And when your mistress hears thus much from What are you, sir? I pray, desire her call her wisdom to her. [you,
Away, and let me die. So, fare you well.
Edg. Hadist thou been aught but gossamer, If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor, feathers, air, Preferment falls on him that cuts him off. So many fathom down precipitating,
Stew. 'Would, I could meet him, madam! I Thou had'st shiver'd like an egg: but thou dost What party I do follow. (would show breathe;
[art sound. Reg.
Fare thee well. [Exeunt. Hast heavy substance; bleed'st not; speak'st; SCENE VI. The Country near Dover.
Ten masts at each make not the altitude,
Which thou hast perpendicularly fell; Enter GLOSTER,and EDGAR, dressed like a Peasant. Thy life's a miracle: Speak yet again. Glo. When shall we come to the top of that
Glo. But have I fallen, or no ? [bourn: same hill?
[labour. Edg. From the dread summit of this chalky Edg. You do climb up it now: look how we Look up a height;---the shrill gorg'd lark so far Glo. Methinks the ground is even.
Cannot be seen or heard : do but look up. Edg.
Horrible steep :
Glo. Alack, I have no eyes.Ilark, do you hear the sea ?
Is wretchedness depriv'd that benefit, Glo.
To end itself by death? 'Twas yet some comfort, Edg. Why, then your other senses grow im- When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage, By your eyes' anguish.
(perfect And frustrate his proud will. So may it be, indeed: Elg.
Give me your arm : Methinks, thy voice is alter'd; and thou speak’st Up:-So;-How is 't? Feel you your legs? You In better phrase, and matter, than thou didst. Glo. Too well, too well.
[stand. Edg. You are much deceiv'd ; in nothing am Edg.
This is above all strangeness. But in my garments.
[I chang'd, Upon the crown o' the cliff, what thing was that Glo. Methinks, you are better spoken. Which parted from you? Edg. Come on, sir; here's the place :-stand
A poor unfortunate beggar. still.--How fearful
Edg. As I stood here below, methought, his And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low! (air, eyes The crows, and choughs, that wing the midway Were two full moons; he had a thousand noses, Show scarce so gross as beetles: Half way down Horns walk'd, and wav'd like the enridged sea; Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful It was some tiend: therefore, thou happy father, trade!
Think that the clearest gods, who make them Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head: honours The fisherman, that walk upon the beach, Of men's impossibilities, have preserv'd thee. Appear like mice; and yon' tall anchoring bark, Glo. I do remember now; henceforth I'll bear Diminish'd to her cock; her cock, a buoy Affliction, till it do cry itself, Almost too small for sight: The murmuring Enough, enough, and, die. That thing you speak of, surge,
I took it for a man; often 'twould say, That on the unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes, The fiend, the fiend: he led me to that place. Cannot be heard so high ;-I'll look no more; Edg. Bear free and patieut thoughts.-But Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight
who comes here? 'Topple down headlong.
Enter LEAR fantastically dressed up with Flowers. Glo.
Set me where you stand. The safer sense will ne'er accommodate Eig. Give me your hand : You are now within His master thus. a foot
Lear. No, they cannot touch me for coining; Of the extreme verge: for all beneath the moon I am the king himself. Would I not leap upright.
Edg. O thou side-piercing sight! Glo.
Let go my hand. Lear. Nature's above art in that respect.-. Here, friend, is another purse; in it a jewel There's your press-money. That fellow handles Well worth a poor man's taking: Fairies, and his bow like a crow-keeper: draw me a clothier's gods,
yard.--Look, look, a mouse! Peace, peace;Prosper it with thee! Go thou further off; this piece of toasted cheese will do t.- There's Bid me farewell, and let me hear thee going. my gauntlet; I'll prove it on a giant.-Bring up Edg. Now fare you well, good sir.
the brown bills.-0, well flown, bird !--il the
Seems to go. clout, i' the clout; hewgh!-Give the word. Glo.
With all my heart. Edg. Sweet marjoram.
Glo. I know that voice.
Lear. Ha! Goneril with a white beard :
They flatter'd me like a dog; and told me, I had | Robes, and furr'd gowns, hide all. Plate sin white hairs in my beard, ere the black ones were
with gold. there. To say, ay, and no, to every thing I said! And the strong lace of justice hurtless breaks: --Ay and no too was no good divinity. When Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it. the rain came to wet me once, and the wind to None does offend, none, I say, none; I'll able make me chatter; when the thunder would not 'em: peace at my bidding; there I found them, there Take that of me, my friend, who have the power I smelt them out. Go to, they are not men To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes; o'their words: they told me I was every thing: And, like a scurvy politician, seem 'tis a lie; I am not ague-proof.
To see the things thou dost not. Now, now, Glo. The trick of that voice I do well remem
now, now: Is 't not the king?
(ber: Pull off my boots :-harder, harder; so. Lear.
Ay, every inch a king: Edg. O, matter and impertinency mix'd! When I do stare, see, how the subject quakes. Reason in madness!
[eyes. I pardon that man's life: what was thy cause?- Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my Adultery!
I know thee well enough; thy name is Gloster: Thou shalt not die; die for adultery! No: Thou must be patient; we came crying hither, The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly Thou know'st, the first time that we smell the Does lecher in my sight.
(me. Let copulation thrive, for Gloster's bastard son Wewawl, and cry:- I will preach to thee; mark Was kinder to his father, than my daughters Glo. Alack, alack the day! Got 'tween the lawful sheets.
Lear. When we are born, we cry, that
we are To't luxury, pell-mell, for I lack soldiers.
[block? Behold yon simpering dame,
To this great stage of fools ;--This a good Whose face between her forks presageth snow; It were a delicate stratagem, to shoe That min es virtue, and does shake the head A troop of horse with felt: I'll put it in proof; To hear of pleasure's name;
And when I have stolen upon these sons-in-law, The fitchew, nor the soiled horse, goes to t Then, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill. With a more riotous appetite.
Enter a Gentleman, with Attendants. Down from the waist they are centaurs, Gent. O, here he is, lay hand upon him.-Sir, Though women all above;
Your most dear daughterBut to the girdle do the gods inherit,
Lear. No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am even Beneath is all the tiends'; there's hell, there's The natural fool of fortune.-Use me well; darkness.
You shall have ransome. Let me have a surgeon, There is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, I am cut to the brains. steuch, consumption;-Fye, fye, fye; pah; pah! Gent.
You shall have any thing. Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to Lear. No seconds ? All myself? sweeten myimagination; there's money for thee. Why, this would make a man, a man of salt,
Glo. O, let me kiss that hand! (tality. To use his eyes for garden water-pots,
Good sir,Shall so wear out to nought--Dost thou know Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom: me ?
What? Iear. I remember thine eyes well enough. I will be jovial; come, come; I am a king, Dost thou squiny at me? No, do thy worst, My masters, know you that! blind Cupid; rll not love.- Read thou this Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you. challenge; mark but the penning of it. [one. Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you get
Gl. Were all the letters suns, I could not see it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa. Elg. I would not take this from report;-it is,
(Exit running ; Attendants jolime. And my heart breaks at it.
Geni, A sight most pitiful in the meanest Lear. Read.
(daughter, Gio. What, with the case of eyes ?
Past speaking of in a king !- Thou hast one læar. O, hó, are you there with me? No eyes Who redeems nature from the general curse in your head, nor no money in your purse? Your Which twain have brought her to. eyes are in a heavy case, your purse in a light: Edg. Hail, gentle sir. Yet you see how this world goes.
Gent. Sir, speed you: What's your will ? Glo. I see it feelingly.
Edg, Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward ? Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how Gent. Most sure, and vulgar: every one hears this world goes, with no eyes, Look with thine which can distinguish sound.
(that, ears: see how yon' justice rails upon yon' simple Edg.
But, by your favour, thief. Hark, in thine ear: Change places; and, How near's the other army?
[descry handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the Gent. Near, and on speedy foot, the main thief ?- Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at Stands on the hourly thought. a beggar?
I thank you, sir: that's all. Glo. Ay, sir.
Gent. Though that the queen on special canse Lear. And the creature run from the cur? There Her army is mov'd on.
[is here, thou might'st behoid the great image of autho- Eig.
I thank you, sir. rity: a dog's obey'd in office.
[Exit Gentleman. Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand : Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine own back;
Let not my worser spirit tempt me again Thou botly lust'st to use her in that kind To die before you please! For which thou whipp'st her. The usurer hangs Edg.
Well pray you, father. the cozener
Glo. Now, good sir, what are you?[blows: Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear | Edg. A most poor man made lame by fortune's
Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows, And woes, by wrong imaginations, lose
Give me your hand : The bounty and the benizon of heaven
Far oil, methinks, I hear the beaten drum, To boot, and boot!
Come, father, I'll bestow you with a friend. Enter Steward.
SCENE VII. A proclaim'd prize! Most happy! That eyeless head of thine was first fram'd flesh A Tent in the French Camp. LEAR on a Bed, To raise my fortunes.-Thou old unhappy trai- asleep: Physician, Gentleman, and Others attor,
tending : Enter CORDELIA and KENT. Briefly thyself remember ;-The sword is out
Cor. O thou good Kent, how shall I live, and That must destroy thee.
Now let thy friendly hand To match thy goodness? My life will be too short, Put strength enough to it. [EDGAR opposes. And every measure fail me.
Wherefore, bold peasant, Kent. To be acknowledg'd, madam, is o'erDar'st thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence; All my reports go with the modest truth; Lest that the infection of his fortune take
Nor more, nor clipp'd, but so. Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.
Be better suited: Edg. Ch’ill not let go, zir, without yurther These weeds are memories of these worser Stew. Let go, slave, or thou diest. . ['casion. I prythee put them off.
[hours; Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait, and let Kent.
Pardon me, dear madam; poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been zwaggerd Yet to be known, shortens my made intent: out of my life, 'twould not ha' been zo long as My boon I make it, that you know me not, 'tis by a vortnight. Nay, come not near the old Till time and I think meet. man; keep out, che vor'ye, or ise try whether
Cor. Then be it so, my good lord.—How does your costard or my bat be the harder: Ch'ill be
[To the Physician. plain with you. Stew. Out, dunghill!
Phys. Madam, sleeps still.
Cor. O yon kind gods, Eig. Ch'ill pick your teeth, zir; Come; no Cure this great breach in his abused nature ! matter vor your foins.
The untun'd and jarring senses, 0, wind up [They fight : and EDGAB knocks him down. Of this child-changed father! Stew. Slave, thou hast slain me:-Villain, take
So please your majesty, my purse;
That we may wake the king? he hath slept long. If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;
Cor. Be govern'd by your knowledge, ana And give the letters, which thou find'stabontme,
proceed To Edmund, earl of Gloster; seek him out
I'the sway of your own will. Is he array'd : Upon the British party : -0, untimely death!
Gent. Ay, madam; in the heaviness of his sleep,
[Dies. We put fresh garments on him. Edg. I know thee well: A serviceable villain; As duteous to the vices of thy mistress,
Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do awake I doubt not of his temperance.
[him ; As badness would desire.
Very well. Glo. What, is he dead ?
Phys. Please you, draw near.--Louder the Edg. Sit you down, father; rest you.-- [of,
musick there. Let's see his pockets; these letters, that he speaks
Cor. O my dear father! Restoration, hang May be my friends.-He's dead: I am only sorry Thy medicine upon my lips; and let this kiss He had no other deathsman.--Let us see:
Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blame us not: Have in thy reverence made ! To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their
Kind and dear princess! Their papers, is more lawful. [hearts;
Cor. Had you not been their father, these [Reads.] Let our reciprocal vows be remembered.
white flakes You have many opportunities to cut
him off: if your Had challeng'd pity of them. Was this a fa•s will want not, time and place will be fruitfully offered. To be expos'å against the warring winds? There is nothing done, if he return the conqueror : To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder? Then am I the prisoner, and his bed my gaol; from in the most terrible and nimble stroke the loathed warmth whereof deliver me, and supply of quick, cross lightning? to watch (poor perdu!) the place for your labour.
With this thin helm? Mine enemy's dog, Your wife (so I would say), and your
Though he had bit me, should have stood that affectionate servant, GONERIL.
night O undistinguish'd space of woman's will! Against my fire; And wast thou fain, poor father, A plot upon her virtuous husband's life; To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn, And the exchange, my brother -Here, in the In short and musty straw ? A lack, alack ! Thee I'll rake up, the post unsanctified (sands, 'Tis wonder, that thy life and wits at once Of murderous lechers; and, in the mature time, Had not concluded all.--He wakes ; speak to With this ungracious paper strike the sight Phys. Madam, do you; 'tis fittest. [him. Of the death-practis'd duke: for him 'tis well, Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares your That of thy death and business I can tell
(grave:[Exit EDGAR, dragging out the Body. Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'the Glo. The king is mad: How stiff is my vile Thou art a soul
in bliss; but I am bound sense,
Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling Do scald like molten lead. Of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract: Cor.
Sir, do you know me? So should my thoughts be sever'd from my! Lear. You are a spirit, I know; When did griefs ;
Cor. Still, still, far wide!
Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone awhile. Reg. Our sister's man is certaiuly miscarried.
Now, sweet lord,
In honour'd love. Of my condition,
Reg. But have you never found my brother's Cor. 0, look upon me, sir, To the forefended place ?
(way And hold your hands in benediction o'er me;- Edm.
That thought abuses you. No, sir, you must not kneel.
Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conLear.
Pray do not mock me: junct I am a very foolish fond old man,
And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers. Fourscore and upward; and, to deal plainly, Edm. No, by mine honour, madam. I fear, I am not in my perfect mind. (man: Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord, Methinks, I should know you, and know this Be not familiar with her. Yet I am doubtful: for I am mainly ignorant Edm.
Fear me not: What place this is; and all the skill I have She, and the duke her husband,-Remembers not these garments; nor I know not
Enter ALBANY, GONEril, and Soldiers. Where I did lodge last night:Do not laugh atme; For, as I am a man, I think this lady
Gon. I had ratherlosethe battle,than that sister To be my child Cordelia.
Should loosen him and me.
[Aside. Cor. And so I am, I am.
Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray, Sir, this I hear,—The king is come to his daugh.
ter, weep not: If you have poison for me, I will drink it. With others, whom the rigour of our state I know you do not love me ; for your sisters
Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:
I never yet was valiant: for this business, You have some cause, they have not.
It toucheth us as France invades our land, Cor.
No cause, no cause. Not bolds the king; with others, whom I fear Lear. Am I in France ?
Most just and heavy causes make oppose. Kent.
In your own kingdom, sir. Edm. Sir, you speak nobly. Lear, Do not abuse me.
Why is this reason d ? Phys. Be comforted, good madam : the great
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy : You see, is cur'd in him: and yet it is danger For these domestick and particular broils To make him even o'er the time he has lost. Are not to question here. Desire him to go in; trouble him no more,
Let us then determine Till further settling.
With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Cor. Will't please your highness walk ?
Edm. I shallattend you presently at your tent. Lear.
You must bear with me: Reg. Sister, you'll go with us. 'Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old, and Gon. No. foolish.
Reg. 'Tis most convenient; 'pray you, go
with us. (Exeunt LEAR, Cor. Phy. and Attendants. Gent. Holds it true, sir,
Gon. O, ho, I know the riddle: (Aside.] I That the Duke of Cornwall was so slain ?
As they are going out, enter EDGAR, disguised. Kent.
Most certain, sir. Gent. Who is conductor of his people ? Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man Kent. As 'tis said, Hear me one word.
(so poor, The bastard son of Gloster.
I'll overtake you.-Speak. Gent.
They say, Edgar, (Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, OmHis banish'd son, is with the Earl of Kent
cers, Soldiers, and Attendants, In Germany.
Edg. Before you fight the battle,ope this letter. Kent. Report is changeable.
If you have victory, let the trumpet sound 'Tis time to look about; the powers o' the king. For him that brought it: wretched though I seein, Approach apace.
[dom I can produce a champion, that will prove. Gent. The arbitrement is like to be bloody. What is a vouched there: If you miscarry, Fare you well, sir.
[Exit. Your business of the world hath so an end, Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly And machination ceases. Fortune love you! wrought,
Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought. Edg.
I was forbad it. (Erit
. When time shall serve, let but the herald cry, And I'll appear again.
(Erit. Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy paper.
Re-enter EDMUXD. SCENE I. The Camp of the British Forces, near
Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your Dover.
powers, Enter, with Drums and Colours, EDMUND, REGAN, Here is the guess of their true strength and forces Officers, Soldiers, and Others.
By diligent discovery ;-but your haste Edm. Know of the Duke, if his last purpose is now urg'd on you.
We will greet the time. Or, whether since he is advis'd by aught
(Exit To change the course: He's full of alteration, Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my And self-reproving :-being his constant plea- love:
suro. (To an Oflicer, who goes out. Each jealous of the other, as the stung