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Most choice, forsaken, and most lov'd, despis'd, SCENE II.-A Hall in the Earl of GLOSTER'S Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon :

Castle. Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away. Gods, gods! 'tis strange, that from their cold'st Enter EDMUND, S the Bastard, with a Letter. neglect

Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law My love should kindle to inflam'd respect.

My services are bound. Wherefore should I Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my chance, Stand 4 on the plague of custom, and permit Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France :

The curiosity of nations to u deprive me, Not all the dukes of waterish Burgundy

For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines Shall buy this unpriz'd precious maid of me.

Lag of a brother? Why bastard ? wherefore base, Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind:

When my dimensions are as well compact, Thou losest here, a better where to find. Lear. Thou hast her, France: let her be thine, As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us

My mind as generous, and my shape as true, for we

With base ? with baseness ? bastardy? base, base ? Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see That face of hers again :- Therefore, be gone

Who in the lusty stealth of nature take

More composition and fierce quality, Without our grace, our love, our benison.

Than doth within a dull, stale, tired bed, Come, noble Burgundy. [Flourish. Exeunt Lear, BURGUNDY, CORN- Got 'tween asleep and wake?—Well then,

Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops, WALL, ALBANY, GLOSTER, and Attendants. Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: France. Bid farewell to your sisters.

Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, Cor. 1 Ye jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes

As to the legitimate. Fine word, -legitimate ! Cordelia leaves you: I know you what you are ;

Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed,
And, like a sister, am most loath to call
Your faults as they are nam'd. Love well our father: Shall top the legitimate.' I grow; I prosper :-

And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
To your professed bosoms I commit him ;
But yet, ala ! stood I within his grace,

Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

6[Reads the Letter. I would prefer him to a better place. So, farewell to you both.

Enter GLOSTER. Gon. Prescribe not us our duty.

Glo. Kent banish'd thus! And France in choler Reg.

Let your study

parted! Be to content your lord, who hath receiv'd you

And the king gone to-night! 'subscrib'd his power! 2 As fortune's alms: you have obedience scanted,

Confin'd to exhibition ! All this done And well are worth the want that you have d wanted. Upon the 'gad !- Edmund. How now! what news ? Cor. Time shall unfold what pliglated cunning

Edm. So please your lordship, none. hides;

[ Hiding the Letter. Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.

Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that Well may you prosper!

letter? France. Come, my fair Cordelia.

Edm. I know no news, my lord. [Exeunt France and CORDELIA.

Glo. What paper were you reading? Gon. Sister, it is not little I have to say of what

Edm. Nothing, my lord. most nearly appertains to us both. I think, our father

Glo. No! What needed, then, that terrible dewill hence to-night.

spatch of it into your pocket? the quality of nothing Reg. That's most certain, and with you; next hath not such need to hide itself. Let's see: come; month with us.

if it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles. Gon. You see how full of changes his age is; the

Edm. I beseech you, sir, pardon me: it is a letter observation we have made of it hath not been little : from my brother, that I have not all o'er-read; and he always loved our sister most, and with what for so much as I have perused, I find it not fit for poor judgment he hath now cast her off appears your o'erlooking. too grossly.

Glo. Give me the letter, sir. Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age; yet he hath Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give it. ever but slenderly known himself. Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath been Are to blame.

The contents, as in part I understand them, but rash; then, mụst we look to receive from his Glo. Let's see, let's see. age, not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted

Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification, he condition, but, therewithal, the unruly waywardness wrote this but as an messay or taste of my virtue. that infirm and choleric years bring with them. Glo. [Reads.] “This policy, and reverence of

Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to have age, makes the world bitter to the best of our times; from him, as this of Kent's banishment.

keeps our fortunes from us, till our oldness cannot Gon. There is farther compliment of leave-taking relish them. I begin to find an idle and a fond bond between France and him. Pray you, let us hit to- age in the oppression of aged tyranny, who sways, gether: if our father carry authority with such dis- not as it hath power, but as it is suffered. Come to positions as he bears, this last surrender of his will me, that of this I may speak more. If our father but offend us.

would sleep till I waked him, you should enjoy Reg. We shall farther think of it.

half his revenue for ever, and live the beloved of Gon. We must do something, and i the 'heat. your brother, EDGAR."-Humph !--Conspiracy!

[Exeunt. Sleep till I waked him,-you should enjoy half

That is Thou losest preferment here, to find a better 8" The curiosity of nations," i. e., the nicety, the strictness elsewhere - Benison is blessing.- Professed for professing. of civil institutions. To deprive, here, is to disinherit.- That is, 'And well deserve the loss of the dower that “Subscribed," i. e., yielded ; surrendered.-- Exhibition is you have failed to obtain.'-—- Long-engrafted condition," an allowance, a stipend. Upon the gad," i. e., upon the 1. e., qualities of mind confirmed by long habit"l' the spur; in haste.-m** As an essay," i. e., as a trial.- Fond," beat," i, e., While the iron is hot."

i. e., weak; foolish,

his revenue.”—My son Edgar! Had he a hand to asters, the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we write this ? a heart and brain to breed it in ?-When were villains by necessity; fools, by heavenly comcame this to you? Who brought it?

pulsion; knaves, thieves, and 6 treachers, by spheriEdm. It was not brought me, my lord; there's cal predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, the cunning of it: I found it thrown in at the case by an enforced obedience of planetary influence, and ment of my closet.

all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. Glo. You know the character to be your brother's ? An admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his

Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I durst goatish disposition to the charge of 1 stars! My swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would father compounded with my mother under the dra fain think it were not.

gon's tail, and my nativity was under ursa major; Glo. It is his.

so that, it follows, I am rough and lecherous.--Tut! Edm. It is his hand, my lord; but, I hope, his I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest heart is not in the contents.

star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing, Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in Edgar this business?

Enter EDGAR. Edm. Never, my lord; but I have often heard him maintain it to be fit, that sons at perfect age, and and pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old fathers declined, the father should be as ward to the comedy: my cue is villainous melancholy, with a son, and the son manage his revenue.

sigh like Tom O'Bedlam.-0! these eclipses do Glo. O villain, villain !-His very opinion in the portend these divisions. Fa, sol, la, mi. letter! - Abhorred villain ! Unnatural, detested, Edg. How now, brother Edmund! What serios brutish villain! worse than brutish !-Go, sirrah, seek contemplation are you in! him; I'll apprehend him. Abominable villain ! Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I Where is he?

read this other day, what should follow these! Edm. I do not well know, my lord. If it shall eclipses.

1 please you to suspend your indignation against my Edg. Do you busy yourself with that? brother, till you can derive from him better testimony Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of so of bis intent, you shall run a certain course ; a where, ceed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between the if you violently proceed against him, mistaking his child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolution of purpose, it would make a great gap in your own ancient amities; divisions in state; menaces and honor, and shake in pieces the heart of his obedi- maledictions against king and nobles; needless ence. I dare pawn down my life for him, that he diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of em hath writ this to feel my affection to your honor, and horts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what. to no other pretence of danger.

Edg. How long have you been a sectary astro Glo. Think you so ?

nomical ? Edm. If your honor judge it meet, I will place Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father last you where you shall hear us confer of this, and by Edg. The night gone by. an auricular assurance have your satisfaction; and Edm. Spake you with him ? that without any farther delay than this very evening. Edg. Ay, two hours together. Glo. He cannot be such a monster.

Edm. Parted you in good terms? Found you w Edm. Nor is not, sure.

displeasure in bim, by word, or countenance ! Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely Edg. None at all. loves him.—Heaven and earth !-Edmund, seek him Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have out; wind me into him, I pray you: frame the busi- offended him: and at my entreaty forbear his per ness after your own wisdom. 'I would unstato my- ence, till some little

time hath qualified the best of self to be in a due resolution.

his displeasure, which at this instant so rageth in Edm. I will seek him, sir, presently, d convey the him, that with the mischief of your person it would business as I shall find means, and acquaint you scarcely allay. withal.

Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong. Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon

on por

Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a com tend no good to us: though the wisdom of nature tinent forbearance, till the speed of his rage man can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging

, scourged by the sequent effects . Love cools, friend from whence I will fitly bring you

to hear my dari ship falls off, brothers divide : in cities, mutinies; speak. Pray you, go : there's my key. If you do in countries, discord; in palaces, treason, and the stir abroad, go armed. bond cracked between son and father. This villain Edg. Armed, brother? of mine comes under the prediction; there's son Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best; I am against father: the king falls from bias of nature ; honest man, if there be any good meaning towards there's father against child. We have seen the best you: I have told you what I have seen and heard of our time : machinations, hollowness, treachery, but faintly; nothing like the image and horror of it and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our Pray you, away. graves ! Find out this villain, Edmund; it shall lose Edg. Shall I hear from you anon? thee nothing: do it carefully. -And the noble and Edm. I do serve you in this business. true-hearted Kent banished his offence, honesty:"Tis strange.

[Éxit. A credulous father, and a brother noble, Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the world, whose nature is so far from doing harms, that, when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeit That he suspects none, on whose foolish honesty of our own behavior) we make guilty of our dis- My practices ride easy. I see the business.“

Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: Where for whereas. "Pretence," i. e., design; purpose.

All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. [ExK That is. 'I would give all I am possessed of to be satis"The wisdom of nature, " ' i. e., natural philosophy.fied of the truth. '-. * Convey, i. e., conduct manage ** The sequent effects," i e., the consequences.

8 " Treachers," i. e., traitors. Continent," I lay bet perate.

[Exit Edeie

SCENE III.-A Room in the Duke of ALBANY's Lear. What services canst thou do?

Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar

a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain mesEnter GONERIL, and Oswald her Steward.

sage bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit for, Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence. chiding of his fool?

Lear. How old art thou ? Osw. Ay, madam.

Kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for Gon. By day and night he wrongs me: every hour singing; nor so old, to dote on her for any thing: I He flashes into one gross crime or other,

have years on my back forty-eight. That sets us all at odds : I'll not endure it.

Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me: if I like His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us thee no worse after dinner, I will not part from thee On every trifle.—When he returns from hunting, yet.-Dinner, ho! dinner!-Where's my knave? my I will not speak with him ; say, I am sick:

fool ? Go you, and call my fool hither. If you come slack of former services, You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer.

Enter OswALD.
Osu. He's coming, madam; I hear him.

You, you, sirrah, where's my daughter ?
[Horns within.
Osw. So please you, —

[Exit. Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, Lear. What says the fellow there? Call the clodYou and your fellows; I'd have it come to question: pole back. '[Exit Knight. ]-Where's my fool, ho? If he distaste it, let him to my sister,

-I think the world's asleep.- [Re-enter Knight.] Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one,

How now, where's that mongrel ? Not to be over-rul'd. Idle old man,

Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is not That still would manage those authorities,

well. That he hath given away !-Now, by my life,

Lear. Why came not the slave back to me, when Old fools are babes again; and must be us'd

I called him? With checks; as flatteries, when they are seen, abus'd. Knight. Sir, he answered me in the roundest manRemember what I have said.

ner, he would not. Osro.

Well, madam. [you. Lear. He would not ! Gon. And let his knights have colder looks among

Knight. My lord, I know not what the matter is ; What grows of it, no matter; advise your fellows so: but, to my judgment, your highness is not enterI would breed from hence occasions, and I shall, tained with that ceremonious affection as you were That I may speak.- I'll write straight to my sister, wont: there's a great abatement of kindness apTo hold my course.e.-Prepare for dinner. [E.ceunt. pears, as well in the general dependants, as in the

duke himself also, and your daughter. SCENE IV-A Hall in the Same.

Lear. Ha! sayest thou so ?

Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if I Enter Kent, disguised.

be mistaken ; for my duty cannot be silent, when I Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow,

think your highness wronged. That can my speech a diffuse, my good intent

Lear. Thou but rememberest me of mine own May carry through itself to that full issue

conception. I have perceived a most faint neglect For whichi braz'd my likeness.-Now, banish'd Kent, of late; which I have rather blamed as mine own If thou canst serve where thou dost stand condemn’d, jealous curiosity, than as a very pretence and (So may it come !) thy master, whom thou lov'st, purpose of unkindness: I will look farther into't.Shall find thee full of labors.

Bui where's my fool! I have not seen him this

two days. Horns within. Enter LEAR, Knights, and Attend

Knight. Since my young lady's going into France, ants.

sir, the fool hath much pined away. Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner: go, get it Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well.ready. [Exit an Attendant.] How now! what artGo you, and tell my daughter I would speak with thou?

her.-Go you, call hither my fool.Kent. A man, sir. Lear. What dost thou profess? What would'st

Re-enter OSWALD. thou with us? Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem; to

O! you sir, you sir, come you hither. Who am I,

sir ? serve him truly that will put me in trust; to love

Osw. My lady's father. .him that is honest; to converse with him that is wise, and says little; to fear judgment; to fight whoreson dog! you slave! you cur !

Lear. My lady's father? my lord's knave : you when I cannot choose, and to eat no fish.

Osw. I am none of these, my lord
Lear. What art thou ?
Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor


Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal? as the king.

[Striking him. Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is for

Osw. I'll not be 3 stricken, my lord. a king, thou art poor enough. What would'st thou ? Kent. Service.

Kent. Nor tripped neither, you base foot-ball Lear. Whom would'st thou serve?


[ Tripping up his heels.

Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest me, and Kont. You.

I'll love thee. Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow? Kent. No, sir ; but you have that in your coun- ferences : away, away! If you will measure your

Kent. Come, sir, arise ; away! I'll teach you diftenance which I would fain call master.

lubber's length again, tarry; but away! Go to: Lear. What's that? Kent. Authority.

have you wisdom ? 80. [Pushes Oswald out. • "Diffuse," 1. e., disguise. "Raz'd," i. e., effaced.- d“ Jealous curiosity," i. e., punctilious jealousy.-e "A "To converse," i. e., to keep company.

very pretence," i, e., an absolute design.

beseech your

Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee: Lear. What two crowns shall they be ? there's earnest of thy service.

Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i' the middle, [Giving Kent money. and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the egg. Enter Fool.

When thou clovest thy crown i' the middle, and

gavest away both parts, thou borest thine ass on the Fool. Let me hire him too :-here's my coscomb. back o'er the dirt: thou hadst little wit in the bald [Giving Kent his Cap. crown, when thou gavest thy golden one sway

. If Lear. How now, my pretty knave! how dost thou? I speak like myself in this, let him be whipped that Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb. first finds it so. Lear. Why, my boy? Fool. Why? For taking one's part that's out of

Fools had ne'er less grace in a year; [Singing. favor.--Nay, an thou canst not smile as the wind

For wise men are groton foppish; sits, thou'lt catch cold a shortly: there, take my cox

? And well may fear their wits to tear, comb. Why, this fellow has banished two on's

Their manners are so apish. daughters, and did the third a blessing against his Lear. When were you wont to be so full of songs, will: if thou follow him, thou must needs wear my sirrah? coxcomb.—How now,

bnuncle! Would I had two Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since thon coxcombs, and two daughters !

madest thy daughters thy mothers : for, when toon Lear. Why, my boy?

gavest them the rod and putt'st down thine ou Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep my breeches, Icoxcomb myself. There's mine ; beg another of

Then they for sudden joy did weep, [Singing thy daughters.

And I for sorrow sung,
Lear. Take heed, sirrah ; the whip.
Fool. Truth's a dog must to kennel : he must be

That such a king should play bo-peep,

And go the fools among. whipped out, when the lady d brach may stand by the fire and stink.

Pr'ythee, nuncle, keep a school-master that can teach Lear. A pestilent gall to me.

thy fool to lie: I would fain learn to lie. Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.

Lear. An you lie, sirrah, we'll have you whipped. Lear. DS.

Fool. I marvel what kin thou and thy daughters Fool. Mark it, nuncle.

are: they'll have me whipped for speaking trie, Have more than thou showest,

thou'lt have me whipped for lying; and sometimes Speak less than thou knowest,

I am whipped for holding my peace. I had rather Lend less than thou e owest,

be any kind o' thing than a fool; and yet I would Ride more than thou goest,

not be thee, nuncle : thou hast pared thy wit o' both Learn more than thoa ftrowest,

sides, and left nothing i' the middle. Here comes Set less than thou throwest;

one o' the parings.
Leave thy drink and thy whore,

And keep in-a-door,
And thou shalt have more

Lear. How now, daughter! what makes that "frozt

let on? Than two tens to å score.

Methinks, you are too much of late i' the frosn. Lear. This is nothing, fool. Fool. Then, 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd law- no need to care for lier frowning; now thou art sa

Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thoa balst yer: you gave me nothing for't. Can you make no 0 without a figure. I am better than thou art now use of nothing, nuncle? Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made out of hold my tongue! so your face [ To Gox.] bide eR;

I am a fool; thou art nothing.--Yes, forsooth, 1 il nothing Fool. Pr'ythee, tell him, so much the rent of his

though you say nothing. Mum, mum: land comes to: he will not believe a fool.

He that keeps nor crust nor crum, *[Singing, Lear. A bitter fool!

Weary of all, shall want somë. Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, be- That's a shealed "peascod. tween a bitter fool and a sweet one!

Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licens'd fool, Lear. No, lad ; teach me.

But other of your insolent retinue
Fool. That lord, that counsell'd thee

Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth
To give away thy land,

In rank, and not to be endured, riots. Sir,
Come place him here by me;

I had thought, by making this well known unto yoo
Do thou for him stand:



by ladies of old to prevent wrinkles, or froins *AR O

To have found a safe redress, but now grow The sweet and bitter fool

By what yourself too late have spoke and done, Will presently appear;

That you protect this course, and put it 'on, The one in motley here,

By your allowance; which if you should, the fans The other found out there.

Would not scape censure, nor the redresses sleep, Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy?

Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal, Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away, Might in their working do you that offence, that thou wast born with.

Which else were shame, that then necessity Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord. Will call discreet proceeding.

Fool. No, 'faith ; lords and great men will not let Fool. For you know, nuncle, me: if I had a monopoly out, they would have part on't, and loads too: they will not let me have all

The hedge-sparrona fed the cuckoo so long, fool to myself; they'll be snatching:-Give me an

That it had its head bit off by its young. egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two crowns.

& Grace is favor. A frontlet, or forehead cloth, was para Nuncle, a familiar contraction of mine uncle of Living" 1 e., a shelled peapod : a mere empty husk Porno 1. e., estato ; property. "A brach is a bitch-hound. I. e., promote reja

instigate the remorcance for a prolatice est. -- " Trowest," 1 e., believest.

- "A wholesome weal," i e, a well-goverted state.


upon thee!

So, out went the candle, and we were left a darkling. | Dry up in her the organs of increase ;
Lear. Are you our daughter?

[wisdom, And from her 6 derogate body never spring
Gon. I would, you would make use of your good | A babe to honor her! If she must teem,
Whereof I know you are bfraught, and put away Create her child of spleen; that it may live,
These dispositions, which of late transform you And be a h thwart i disnatur'd torment to her!
From what you rightly are.

Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws With k cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks; the horse ? --Whoop, Jug! I love thee.

Turn all her mother's pains, and 'benefits, Lear. Does any here know me ?-Why this is not to laughter and contempt; that she may feel Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus ? Where How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is are his eyes ? Either his notion weakens, or his To have a thankless child !--Away! away! [Exit. discernings are lethargied.--Sleeping or waking ?- Alb. Now, gods that we adore, whereof comes this? Ha ! sure 'tis not so.- Who is it that can tell me Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause ; who I am ?-Lear's shadow? I would learn that; But let his disposition have that scope for by the marks of sovereignty, knowledge, and That dotage gives it. reason, I should be false persuaded I bad daughters.

Re-enter LEAR. Fool. Which they will make an obedient father.

Lear. What! fifty of my followers, at a clap, Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman?

Within a fortnight? Gon. This admiration, is much o' the cfavor


What's the matter, sir ?
Of other your new pranks. I do beseech you
To understand my purposes aright,

Lear. I'll tell thee.-Life and death! [To Gon. As you are old and reverend, should be wise.

ERIL.] I am asham'd, Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires;

That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus :

That these hot tears, which break from me perforce, Men so disorder'd, so debauch'd and bold,

Should make thee worth them. Blasts and fogs That this our court, infected with their manners, Shows like a riotous inn: epicurism and lust

Th' muntented woundings of a father's curse
Make it more like a tavern, or a brothel,

Than a grac'd palace. The shame itself doth speak Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out,

every sense about thee !-Old fond eyes, For instant remedy: be, then, desir'd By her, that else will take the thing she begs,

And cast you, with the waters that you lose, A little to disquantity your train ;

To temper clay:-Ha! And the remainder, that shall still 4 depend,

Let it be so:-I bave another daughter, To be such men as may besort your age,

Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable :

When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails Which know themselves and you. Lear. Darkness and devils !

She'll Hay thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find, Saddle my horses; call my train together.

That I'll resume the shape, which thou dost think

I have cast off for ever.
Degenerate bastard! I'll not trouble thee:
Yet have I left a daughter.

[Exeunt LEAR ? in fury, Kent, and Attendants,

Gon. Do you mark that, my lord ? Gon. You strike my people; and your disorder'd

Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril, rabble

To the great love I bear you, Make servants of their betters.

Gon. Pray you, content.- What, Oswald, ho! Enter ALBANY.

You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master. Lear. Woe, that too late repents,-0, sir! [To

[To the Fool. ALB.] are you come?

Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear! tarry, and take Is it your will? Speak, sir.— Prepare my horses !- the fool with thee. Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend,

A fox, when one has caught her, More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child,

And such a daughter,
Than the e sea-monster!

Should sure to the slaughter,
Pray, sir, be patient.

If my cap would buy a halter;
Lear. Detested kite! thou liest: ( To GONERIL.

So the fool follows after,

[Exit. My train are men of choice and rarest parts,

Gon. This man hath had good counsel.-A hunThat all particulars of duty know,

dred knights ! And in the most exact regard support

'Tis politic, and safe, to let him keep [dream, The I worship of their name.-0, most small fault! At "point a hundred knights : yes, that on every How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show,

Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike, Which, like an 'engine, wrench'd my frame of nature. He may ° enguard bis dotage with their powers, From the fix'd place, drew from my heart all love,

And hold our lives in mercy.-Oswald, I say ! And added to the gall. O Lear, Lear, Lear!

Alb. Well, you may fear too far. Beat at this gate, that let thy folly in,


Safer than trust too far. (Striking his head. Let me still take away the harms I fear, And thy dear judgment out!-Go, go, my people.

Not fear still to be taken: I know his heart. Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant

What he hath utter'd I have writ my sister: Of what hath mov'd you.

If she sustain him and his hundred knights, Lear.

It may be so, my lord. When I have show'd th' unfitness, - how now, Hear, nature, hear! dear goddess, hear!

Oswald !
Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend

Re-enter Oswald.
To make this creature fruitful!
Into her womb convey sterility!

What, have you writ that letter to my sister? "Darkling," i. e., in the dark.-b" Fraught," i. e., stored. &" Derogate," i. e., degenerate.-" Thwart." i. e., per. -Favor is complexion. -- " Depend," i, e., continue in ser. verse.--"Dienatur'd," i, e., uunatural. -" Cadent," i. e., rice. _ The sea monster is the hippopotamus, the hieroglyphi. falling. - Benefits are good ofices.--. “Untented," i. é.. rank. cal symbol of impiety and ingratitude, "An engine,'' i. e., ling; never healing." At point," i. e., completely armed. the rack.

Enguard," i. e., guard; protect

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