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“Ear-bussing arguments," i e., rohispered arguments ?" Toward," i. e., in preparation.--"Queazy," i e, delicate
Lb“Upon his party," i. e., upon the party formed by Liu
Osro. Ay, madam.
Enter Gentleman. Gon. Take you some company, and away to horse : How now! Are the horses ready? Inform her full of my particular fear;
Gent. Ready, my lord. And thereto add such reasons of your own,
Lear. Come, boy.
[departure, As may compact it more. Get
you gone, [lord, Fool. She that's a maid now, and laughs at mg And basten your return. [Exit Osw.] No, no, my Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter. This milky gentleness, and course of yours,
SCENE I.-A Court within the Castle of the Earl Alb. Well, well; the event.
Enter EDMUND and CURAN, meeting.
Edm. Save thee, Curan.
Cur. And you, sir. I have been with your father, Lear. Go you before to Gloster with these letters, and given him notice, that the duke of Conwall, Acquaint my daughter no farther with any thing you
and Regan his duchess, will be here with lnim to know, than comes from her demand out of the letter.
Edm. How comes that ? If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be there
Cur. Nay, I know not. You have heard of the Kent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have de- news abroad: I mean, the whispered ones, for they livered your letter.
are yet but ear-bussing arguments. Fool. If a man's brains were in's heels, were't not
Edm. Not I: I pray you, what are they? in danger of b kibes?
Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars 'toward, Lear. Ay, boy.
'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Albany?
Edm. Not a word. Fool. Then, I pr’ythee, be merry; thy wit shall not go slip-shod.
Cur. You may do, then, in time. Fare you well,
sir. Lear. Ha, ha, ha! Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use thee
Edm. The duke be here to-night? The better!
Best! kindly; for though she's as like this, as a crab is like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.
This weaves itself perforce into my business. Lear. What canst tell, boy?
My father hath set guard to take my brother; Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does to
And I have one thing, of a b queazy question, a crab. "Canst thou tell why one's nose stands i' the Which I must act.—Briefness, and fortune, work ! middle on's face ?
Brother, a word ;-descend:-brother, 1 say! Lear. No.
Enter EDGAR. Fool. Why, to keep one's eyes of either side's My father watches.— sir! fly this place; nose; that what a man cannot smell out, he may spy Intelligence is given where you are hid: into.
You have now the good advantage of the night.... Lear. I did her wrong.-
Have you not spoken 'gainst the duke of Corral! Fool. Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell ? He's coming hither; now, i' the night, 'in haste, Lear. No.
And Regan with him: have you nothing said Fool. Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail Upon his " party 'gainst the duke of Albany ? has a house.
iAdvise yourself. Lear. Why?
am sure on't, not a word. Fool. Why, to put his head in; not to give it Edm. I hear my father coming.–Pardon me ; away to his daughters, and leave his horns without In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you:
Draw: seem to defend yourself. Now 'quit you well Lear. I will forget my nature.—So kind a father! Yield:-come before my father;-Light, hol bere! -Be my horses ready ?
Fly, brother ;-Torches ! torches !-So, farewell.Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason why the seven stars are no more than seven is a Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion pretty reason. Lear. Because they are not eight?
Of my more fierce endeavor: I have seen drunkarda Fool. Yes, indeed. Thou wouldest make a good Do more than this in sport.-Father! father! fool.
Stop, stop! No help? Lear. To take it again perforce !-Monster ingratitude !
Enter GLOSTER, and Servants with Torckes. Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee
Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain? [ beaten for being old before thy time.
Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sven' Lear. How's that?
Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the mora Fool. Thou shouldst not have been old before thou
To stand auspicious mistress. hadst been wise.
Glo. Lear. O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven!
Edm. Look, sir, I bleed.
Glo. Keep me in temper: I would not be mad !
Where is the villain, Edmund! ." Attask'd,” i. e., taxed; reprehended. - Kibes are chil. force ; violently.
i. e., recollect yourself.
(Wounds kis ars
But where is he!
Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means he 'Tis they have put him on the old man's death, could
To have the expense and waste of his revenues. Glo. Pursue him, ho!-Go after.- [Exit Serv.] I have this present evening from my sister By no means,---what?
Been well inform'd of them; and with such cautions Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship; That if they come to sojourn at my house, But that I told him, the revenging gods
I'll not be there. 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend;
Nor I, assure thee, Regan. Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond Edmund, I hear that you have shown your father The child was bound to the father;-sir, in fine, A child-like office. Seeing how loathly opposite I stood
'Twas my duty, sir. To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion,
Glo. He did bewray his k practice; and receiv'd With his prepared sword he charges home This hurt you see, striving to apprehend him. My unprovided body, lanc'd mine arm :
Corn. Is he pursued ? But whether he saw my best alarum'd spirits, Glo.
Ay, my good lord, he is. Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to th' encounter, Corn. If he be taken, he shall never more Or whether #ghasted by the noise I made,
Be fear'd of doing harm: make your own purpose, Full suddenly he fled.
How in my strength you please. — As for you, EdGlo. Let him fly far:
mund, Not in this land shall he remain uncaught;
Whose virtue and obedience doth this instant And found, 2 dispatch'd.—The noble duke my master, So much commend itself, you shall be ours: My worthy barch and patron, comes to-night: Natures of such deep trust we shall much need; By his authority I will proclaim it,
You we first seize on.
I shall serve you, sir,
For him I thank your grace. Edm. When I dissuaded him from his intent, Corn. You know not why we came to visit you. And found him pight to do it, with curst speech Reg. Thus out of season,threading dark-ey'd night. I threaten'd to discover him: he replied,
Occasions, noble Gloster, of some 'poize, “Thou unpossessing bastard ! dost thou think, Wherein we must have use of your advice. If I would stand against thee, would the @reposal Our father he hath writ, so hath our sister, of any trust, virtue, or worth, in thee
Of differences, which I best 8 thought fit
Lay comforts to our bosom, and bestow
I serve you, madam. Were very pregnant and potential spurs
Your graces are right welcome.
[Eceunt. To make thee seek it." Glo.
Strong and fasten'd villain! SCENE II.-Before Gloster's Castle. Would he deny his letter ?-I never got him.
Enter Kent and Oswald, severally.
Kent. I' the mire.
Osw. Pr'ythee, if thou love me, tell me. Loyal and natural boy, I'll work the means
Kent. I love thee not. To make thee i capable.
Osu. Why, then I care not for thee. Enter CORNWALL, Regan, and Attendants.
Kent. If I had thee in 10 Finsbury opinfold, I would
make thee care for me. Corn. How now, my noble friend! since I came
Osw. Why dost thou use me thus? I know thee not. hither,
[news. (Which I can call but now) I have heard strange
Kent. Fellow, I know thee.
Osw. What dost thou know me for ? Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short,
Kent. A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats; Which can pursue th' offender. How dost, my lord ? Glo. O, madam! my old heart is crack'd, it's a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, huncrack'd.
dred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lilyReg. What! did my father's godson seek your life?
liver'd, action-taking knave, a whoreson glass-guzing, He whom my father nam'd ? #your heir, your Edgar? slave; one that wouldest be a bawd, in way of good
super-serviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting Glo. O, lady, lady! shame would have it hid. Reg. Was he companion with the riotous knights knave,' beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and
service, and art nothing but the composition of a That tend upon my father ?
Glo. I know not, madam : 'tis too bad, too bad. heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into Edm. Yes, madam, Øyes; he was of that consort. clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllaReg. No marvel, then, though he were ill-affected: ble
of thy Paddition.
Osw. Why, what a monstrous fellow art thou, thus
to rail on one, that is neither known of thee, nor "Ghasted," i. e., aghasted; frighted. -- " Arch," 1 e., knows thee. ehief." Pight," i. e, fixed in his purpose. * Curst," i. e. angry; bitter.-" The reposal," i. e.. the opinion reposed in thee. --** Faith'd," i e., to be believed ; to be credited. * Bewray his practice," L. e., reveal his treacherous de
" Character," I. e., hand-writing ; signature.--"Strong," vices. -- Poize is toeight, moment.--* From our home," i. e., 1 e., determined ; resolute." Capable," i. e., capable of arpay from our home. Dawning for morning.--* Pin. succeeding to my land.
fold," i. e., pound.-" of thy addition," i. e., of thy titles.
Kent. What a brazen-faced varlet art thou, to deny Corn. No more, perchance, does mine, nor his, thou knowest me. Is it two days since I tripped up
nor hers. thy heels, and beat thee, before the king? Draw, Kent. Sir, 'tis my occupation to be plain : you rogue; for, though it be night, yet the moon I have seen better faces in my time, shines: I'll make a sop o' the moonshine of you : Than stand on any shoulders that I see [Drawing his Sword.] Draw, you whoreson cullion- Before me at this instant. ly barber-monger, draw.
This is some fellow, Osw. Away! I have nothing to do with thee. Who, having been prais'd for bluntness, doth affect
Kent. Draw, you rascal : you come with letters A saucy roughness, and constrains the garb against the king, and take a Vanity, the puppet's, Quite from his nature: he cannot flatter, he ; part, against the royalty of her father. Draw, you An honest mind and plain, he must speak truth: rogue, or I'll so carbonado your shanks :--draw, you An they will take it, so; if not, he's plain. rascal; come your ways.
These kind of knaves I know, which in this plainness Osw. Help, ho! murder! help!
Harbor more craft, and more corrupter ends, Kent. Strike, you slave: stand, rogue, stand; you Than twenty silly ducking observants, neat slave, strike.
[Beating him. That stretch their duties nicely. Osw. Help, ho! murder! murder!
Kent. Sir, in good sooth, in sincere verity, Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GLOSTER, EDMUND, and Under th' allowance of your grand aspect, Servants.
Whose influence, like the wreath of radiant fire
On flickering Phæbus' front,
What mean'st hy this! Kent. With you, goodman boy, if you please :
Kent. To go out of my dialect, which you disco I'll flesh you; come on, young master. Glo. Weapons! arms! What's the matter here? mend so much. I know, sir, I am no flatteret: he
that beguiled you in a plain accent was a plaia Corn. Keep peace, upon your lives :
knave; which, for my part, I will not be, though I He dies that strikes again. What is the matter? Reg. The messengers from our sister and the king. should win your displeasure to entreat me to't.
Corn. What was the offence you gave bim ! Corn. What is your difference ? speak.
Osw. I never gave him any. Osw. I am scarce in breath, my lord.
It pleas'd the king, luis master, very late, Kent. No marvel, you have so bestirred your
val. or. You cowardly rascal, nature disclaims in thee: To strike at me upon his misconstruction; a tailor made thee.
When he, compact, and flattering his displeasure, [man?
Tripp'd me behind; being down, insulted, rail'd, Corn. Thou art a strange fellow: a tailor make a Kent. Ay, a tailor, sir: a stone-cutter, or a paint. That worthied him, got pruises of the king
And put upon him such a deal of man, er, could not have made him so ill, though they had For him attempting who was self-subdu'd; been but two hours at the trade,
And, in the fleshment of this dread exploit, Corn. Speak yet, how grew your quarrel ?
Drew on me here again. Osw. This ancient ruffian, sir, whose life I have
Kent. At suit of his grey beard,
None of these rogues, and cowards, Kent. Thou, whoreson zed ? thou, unnecessary
But Ajax is their i fool. letter ? – My lord, if you will give me leave, I will You stubborn ancient knave, you reverend braggart,
Fetch forth the stocks! tread this unbolted villain into mortar, and daub the
We'll teach you wall of a djakes with him.-Spare my grey beard,
Sir, I am too old to learn. you wagtail ?
Call not your stocks for me; I serve the king,
On whose employment I was sent to you:
You shall do small respect, show too bold malice
Against the grace and person of my master, Kent. That such a slave as this should wear a sword,
Stocking his messenger.
Corn. Who wears no honesty. Such smiling rogues as these, As I have life and honor, there shall be sit till noot.
Fetch forth the stocks! Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain [sion Which are too intrinse t'unloose; smooth every pas
Reg. Till noon! till night, my lord; and all night That in the natures of their lords rebels;
Kent. Why, madam, if I were your father's dog, Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods;
You should not use me so. "Renege, affirm, and turn their 8 halcyon beaks With every gale and vary of their masters,
Sir, being his knave, I wil
[Stocks brought eat. And knowing nought, like dogs, but following:
Corn. This is a fellow of the self-same color
Our sister speaks of.--Come, bring away the stocks
Glo. Let me beseech your grace not to do so. Goose, if I had you upon Sarum plain,
His fault is much, and the good king his master I'd drive ye cackling home to Camelot.
Will check him for't: your purpos'd low correction Corn. What, art thou mad, old fellow? Glo. How fell you out ? say that.
Is such, as basest and condemned'st wretches, Kent. No contraries hold more antipathy,
For pilferings and most common trespasses, Than I and such a knave.
Are punish'd with. The king must take it ill, Corn. Why dost thou call him knave? What's That be, so slightly valued in his messenger,
Should have him thus restrain'd. Kent. His countenance "likes me not.
I'll answer thal
Reg. My sister may receive it much more work, • Vanity, a character in the old moralities. Disclaims To bave her gentleman abus'd, asenulted, in for disclaims. — Unbolted.”. i. c;; coarse ; upretined... For following her affairs.-Put in his legs. d." Jake," i. e., privy.--"Intrinse," i. e., intricate; per. plexed. - To renege is to deny, disown.—5 The halcyon is
KENT is set in the Stacka the kingfisher, which, when dried and hung up by a thread, is supposed to turn his bill to the point whence the wind blows.-“ Likes," i, e., pleases,
1" Is their fool," i. e., is a fool to them,
Come, my lord, away.
legs. When a man is over-lusty at legs, then he [Exeunt Regan and CORNWALL. wears wooden nether-stocks.
[mistook, Glo. I am sorry for thee, friend; 'tis the duke's Lear. What's he, that hath so much thy place pleasure,
To set thee here? Whose disposition, all the world well knows,
It is both he and she;
Kent. I say, yea.
Lear. No, no; they would not. Glo. The duke's to blame in this: 'twill be ill taken. Kent. Yes, they have.
[Exit. Lear. By Jupiter, I swear no. Kent. Good king, that must approve the common Kent. By Juno, I swear, ay. Thou out of heaven's benediction com'st [asaw: Lear.
They durst not do't ; To the warm sun.
They could not, would not do't: 'tis worse than murApproach, thou beacon to this under globe, To do upon respect such violent outrage. [der, That by thy comfortable beams I may
Resolve me with all modest haste which way Peruse this letter.-Nothing almost sees miracles, Thou might'st deserve, or they impose, this usage, But misery :-I know, 'tis from Cordelia ;
Coming from us. Who hath most fortunately been informid
My lord, when at their home of my obscured course; and shall find time I did commend your highness' letters to them, From this enormous state, -seeking to give Ere I was risen from the place that show'd Losses their remedies.-All weary and o'er-watch'd, My duty kneeling, came there a reeking post, Take vantage, heavy eyes, not to behold
Stew'd in his haste, half-breathless, panting forth This shameful lodging. Fortune, good night; From Goneril, his mistress, * salutation ; Smile once more ; turn thy wheel ! (He sleeps. Deliver'd letters, spite of intermission,
Which presently they read : on whose contents,
Commanded me to follow, and attend
The leisure of their answer; gave me cold looks: Edg. I heard myself proclaim'd;
And meeting here the other messenger, And by the happy hollow of a tree
Whose welcome, I perceiv'd, had poison'd mine, Escap'd the hunt. No port is free; no place, (Being the very fellow which of late That guard, and most unusual vigilance,
Display'd so saucily against your highness) Does not attend my taking. While I may 'scape, Having more man than wit about me, drew: I will preserve myself; and am bethought
He rais'd the house with loud and coward cries. To take the basest and most poorest shape,
Your son and daughter frund this trespass worth That ever penury, in contempt of man,
The shame which here it suffers. [that way. Brought near to beast: my face I'll grime with filth,
Fool. Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fiy Blanket my loins, elf all my hair in knots,
Fathers, that wear rags, And with presented nakedness out-face
Do make their children blind; The winds, ané persecutions of the sky.
But fathers, that bear bags, The country gives me proof and precedent
Shall see their children kind. Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices,
Fortune, that arrant whore, Strike in their numb'd and mortified bare arms
Ne'er turns the key to the poor. Pins, wooden d pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary;
But, for all this, *it follows, And with this horrible object, from low farms,
Thou shalt have as many m dolors Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes and mills,
For thy daughters * dear, Sometime with lunatic (bans, sometime with prayers,
As thou canst tell in a year. Enforce their charity.- Poor Turlygood! poor Tom! Lear. O, how this mother swells up toward my That's something yet :-Edgar I nothing am. [E.cit.
Hysterica passio! down, thou climbing sorrow, SCENE IV.-Before GLOSTER's Castle.
Thy element's below.-Where is this daughter?
Kent. With the earl, sir ; here, within.
Follow me not: Lear. 'Tis strange that they should so depart from Stay here.
[Exit. And not send back my messenger.
Gent. Made you no more offence than what you Gent.
As I learn'd,
[speak of? The night before there was no purpose in them
How chance the king comes with so small a train ? Of this remove.
Fool. An thou hadst been set i' the stocks for that Kent. Hail to thee, noble master! '[Waking question, thou hadst well deserv'd it. Lear. Ha!
Kent. Why, fool ? Mak'st thou this shame thy pastime?
Fool. We'll set thee to school to an ant, to teach
No, my lord. thee there's no laboring i' the winter. All that folFool. Ha, ha! look; he wears 6 cruel garters. low their noses are led by their eyes, but blind men ; Horses are tied by the head; dogs, and bears, by and there's not a nose among twenty but can smell the neck; monkeys by the loins, and men by the him that's stinking. Let go thy hold, when a great
" Approve the common saw," i. e., verify the common Naher-stocks, the old word word for stockings.-i "Upon saying.- Enormous," i. e., irregular ; disordered. - Hair respect," }, e., upon consideration ; deliberately.--" " Spite thus knotted was supposed to be the work of elves and fairies of intermission," i. e., spite of leaving me unanswered. in the night.— Skewers.-Paltry.- Curses. Cruel, a 1" Meiny," i. e., people; train ; suite. A quibble between quibble on crewel, a sort of worsted.
dolors and dollars. A disease called the mother.
wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thiy neck with some other time for that.-Beloved Regan, following it; but the great one that goes up the hill, Thy sister's naught: 0 Regan ! she hath tied let him draw thee after. When a wise man gives Sharp-toothed unkindness, like a vulture, here.thee better counsel, give me mine again: I would
[Points to his heart. have none but knaves follow it, since a fool gives it. I can scarce speak to thee: thou’lt not believe,
That sir, which serves and seeks for gain, With how deprav'd a quality— Regan :-
Reg. I pray you, sir, take patience. I have hope, Will pack when it begins to rain,
You less know how to value her desert,
Than she to scant her duty.
Say, how is that? And let the wise man fly:
Reg. I cannot think, my sister in the least
Would fail her obligation : if, sir, perchance,
She have restrain'd the riots of your followers, Kent. Where learn'd you this, fool?
'Tis on such ground, and to such wholesome end, Fool. Not i' the stocks, fool.
As clears her from all blame.
Lear. My curses on her!
O, sir! you are old; Lear. Deny to speak with me? They are sick ?
Nature in you stands on the very verge
Of her confine : you should be rul'd, and led
Better than you yourself. Therefore, I pray you,
That to our sister you do make return :
Say, you have wrong'd her, sir.
Ask her forgiveness 1
Do you but mark how this becomes the 6 mouth:
“Dear daughter, I confess that I am old; Lear. Vengeance! plague ! death! confusion !Fiery? what quality? Why, Gloster, Gloster,
Age is d unnecessary: on my knees I beg, I'd speak with the duke of Cornwall and his wife.
[Kneeling. Glo. Well, my good lord, I have inform’d them so.
That you'll vouchisafe me raiment, bed, and food." Lear. Inform'd them! Dost thou understand me,
Reg. Good sir, no more: these are unsightly tricks
Return Glo. Ay, my good lord.
you to my sister. Lear. The king would speak with Cornwall; the She hath abated me of half my train;
Never, Regan. '[Rising. dear father
[vice: Would with his daughter speak, commands her ser
Look'd black upon me; struck me with her tongue, Are they inform'd of this ? My breath and blood !
Most serpent-like, upon the very heart.Fiery ? the fiery duke ?-Tell the hot duke, that
All the stor'd vengeances of heaven fall No, but not yet ;-may be, he is not well:
On her ungrateful top! Strike her young bones, Infirmity doth still neglect nll office,
You taking airs, with lameness !
Corn. Whereto our health is bound: we are not ourselves, When nature, being oppress'd, commands the mind Into her scornful eyes ! Infect her beauty, (fames
Lear. You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding To suffer with the body. I'll forbear;
You fen-suck'd fogs, drawn by the powertul sun, And am fallen out with my more headier will, To take the indispos'd and sickly fit
To e fall and blast her pride! For the sound man.-Death on my state! wherefore so will you wish on me, when the rash mood is om.
O the blest gods! 3 [Pointing to Kent. Should he sit here? This act persuades me,
Lear. No, Regan; thou shalt never have my curse: That this bremotion of the duke and her
Thy 8 tender-hearted nature shall not give
Thee o'er to harshness: her eyes are fierce ; but thise Is practice only. Give me my servant forth. Go, tell the duke and 's wife, I'd speak with them,
Do comfort, and not burn. 'Tis not in thee Now, presently: bid them come forth and hear me,
To grudge my pleasures, to cut off my train, Or at their chamber door I'll beat the drum,
To bandy hasty words, to scant my (sizes,
And, in conclusion, to oppose the bolt
Against my coming in : thou better know'st
The offices of nature, bond of childhood, down. Fool. Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockney did to the Thy half o' the kingdom thou hast not forgot,
Wherein I thee endow'd. eels, when she put them i' the paste alive; she
Good sir, to the purpose 4knapp'd 'em o' the coxcombs with a stick, and cried, “ Down, wantons, down:" 'twas her brother,
Lear. Who put my man i' the stocks ? that in pure kindness to his horse butter'd his hay.
Hail to your grace!
Reg. I know't; my sister's: this [Kent is set at liberty.
letter, Reg. I am glad to see your highness.
That she would soon be here.--Is your lady come! Lear. Regan, I think you are ; I know what reason
Lear. This is a slave, whose easy borrow'd pride I have to think so: if thou should'st not be glad,
Dwells in the fickle grace of her he follows.I would divorce 6 thee from thy mother's tomb,
Out, varlet, from my sight! Sepulchring an adult’ress,-0! are you free?
What means your grace ? [ To Kent.
. Unnecessary is used here in the sense of recerskott "Fetches," i. e., evasions." Remotion," e., retire .." To fall," i. e., to make fall; to humble. - A size is s pot ment." Practice, " i. e., artifice.
tion or allotment of food.
Fie, sir, fie!
(Tucket goikit. What trumpet's that?