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Osr. 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 my And hasten your return. [Exit Osw.] No, no, my Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut aborter. This milky gentleness, and course of yours,

[Ezeunt.
Though I condemn it not, yet, under pardon,
You are much more "attask'a'for want of wisdom,
Than prais'd for harmful mildness.
Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell :

ACT II.
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
Gon. Nay, then-

SCENE I.-A Court within the Castle of the Earl Alb. Well, well; the event.

[Exeunt.

of GLOSTER.

Enter EDMUND and CURAN, meeting.
SCENE V.-Court before the Same.

Edm. Save thee, Curan.
Enter Lear, Kent, and Fool.

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 Corsal, Acquaint my daughter no farther with any thing you

and Regan his duchess, will be here with him to know, than comes from her demand out of the letter.

night.

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.

[Exit. 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 wel,

sir. Lear. Ha, ha, ha! Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use thee

Edm. The duke be here to-night? The better !

Best! e 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 & 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, I say! Lear. No.

Enter EDGAR. Fool. Why, to keep one's eyes of either side's My father watches.-0 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 nightLear. I did her wrong:

Have you not spoken 'gainst the duke of Cornwall 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.

i Advise yourself. Lear. Why?

Edg. I 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 wel Lear. I will forget my nature. --So kind a father! Yield:-come before my father;-Light, ho! here! -Be my horses ready?

Fly, brother ;-Torches ! torches !-So, farewel! Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason

[Exit Edaan why the seven stars are no more than seven is a Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion pretty reason,

( Wounds his ars Lear. Because they are not eight?

Of my more fierce endeavor: I have seen drunkará 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 in

Enter GLOSTER, and Servants with Torches. gratitude! Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee

Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain? [ords beaten for being old before thy time.

Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp swund Lear. How's that?

Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the IDOS Fool. Thou shouldst not have been old before thou To stand auspicious mistress.

Glo. hadst been wise.

But where is he ? Lear. O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven!

Edn. Look, sir, I bleed.

Glo. Keep me in temper: I would not be mad !

Where is the villain, Edmund!

"Ear-bussing arguments," I. e., tohispered arguranta" Attask'd," i. o., taxed ; reprehended. Kibes are chil. ""Toward," i. e., in preparation.-8"Queazy," i en del.ca blains.- A quibble upon kindly, i. e., like the rest of her - "Upon his party," 1. e., upon the party formed by to kind, and kindly, affectionately. -1 * Perforce," 1 e., by (Cornwall) against the duke of Albany. - " Advise yours!" force ; violently.

i. e., recollect yourself.

a case.

Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means he | 'Tis they have put him on the old man's death, could

To have thi' 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, -W -what?

Been well inform'd of them; and with such cautions Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship; That if they come lo sojourn at my house, But that I told him, the revenging gods

I'll not be there. 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend;

Corn.

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

Edm.

'Twas my duty, sir. To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion,

Glo. He did bewray his " practice; and receiv'd With his prepared sword he charges home This hurt you see, striving to apprehend bim. 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 a 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, a 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.
That he, which finds him, shall deserve our thanks, Edm.

I shall serve you, sir,
Bringing the murderous coward to the stake; Truly, however else.
He, that conceals him, death.

Glo.

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
Make thy words 'faith'd ? No: what I should deny, To answer from our m home: the several messengers
(As this I would ; 3 although thou didst produce From hence attend despatch. Our good old friend,
My very character) I'd turn it all

Lay comforts to 'our bosom, and bestow
To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practice : Your needful counsel to our business,
And thou must make a dullard of the world, Which craves the instant use.
If they not thought the profits of my death

I serve you, madam. Were very pregnant and potential spurs

Your graces are right welcome.

[Exeunt. 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.

[ Tucket within. Hark! the duke's trumpets. I know not why he Osw. Good - dawning to thee, friend: art of this

house? All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'scape ;

Kent. Ay.
The duke must grant me that: besides, his picture Osw. Where may we set our horses ?
I will send far and near, that all the kingdom

Kent. l' the mire.
May have due note of him; and of my land,

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.

Osw. 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 hither,

[news.

Osw. Why dost thou use me thus? I know thee not. (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,
Which can pursue th' offender. How dost, my lord ?

Kent. A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats; 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 service, and art nothing but the composition of a That tend upon my father ?

beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and Glo. I know not, madam : 'tis too bad, too bad.- heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into Edm. Yes, madam, 6yes; 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,

Osu. 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. chief. –“ Pight," i. e., fixed in his purpose. Curst," }, 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.h" Strong," vices. -- Poize is toeight, nomeni. -- " From our home," i. e., 1 e., determined ; resolute.- Capable," i. e., capable of away from our home. - Dawning for morning.-" Pin: succeeding to my land.

fold," i, e., pound.— " Of thy addition," i. e., of thy titles,

Glo.

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comes,

knave,

[come,

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.

Corn.

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 Edm. How now! What's the matter? Part.

On flickering Phæbus' front,
Corn.

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;

When he, compact, and flattering his displeasure, a tailor made thee.

[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,

[spar'd

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,

Corn.

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,

Kent.

Sir, I am too old to learn. you wagtail ?

Call not your stocks for me; I serve the king, Corn. Peace, sirrah!

On whose employment I was sent to you:
You beastly knave, know you no reverence ?
Kent. Yes, sir ; but anger hath a privilege.

You shall do small respect, show too bold malice

Against the grace and person of my master, Corn. Why art thou angry?

Stocking his messenger. Kent. That such a slave as this should wear a sword,

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,

Reg.

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 A plague upon your epileptic visage!

Our sister speaks of.--Come, bring away the stocks Smile lat my speeches, as I were a fool?

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.

(his offence?

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.

Corn.

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,

too..

Come, my lord, away.

| legs. When a man is over-lusty at legs, then he [Exeunt Regan and CORNWALL. wears wooden bnether-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,

Kent.

It is both he and she;
Will not be rubb'd, nor stopp'd: I'll entreat for thee. Your son and daughter.
Kent. Pray, do not, sir. I have watch'd, and Lear. No.
traveli'd hard ;

Kent. Yes.
Some time I shall sleep out, the rest I'll whistle :

Lear. No, I say. A good man's fortune may grow out at heels.

Kent. I say, yea. Give you good morrow!

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 (a saw:- 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 i 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 inform’d

Kent.

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 k intermission,

Which presently they read: on whose contents,
SCENE III.-A Part of the Heath. They summon’d up their 'meiny, straight took horse;

Commanded me to follow, and attend
Enter EDGAR.

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 found 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 fly Blanket my loins, elf all my hair in knots,

Fathers, that wear rags, And with presentad) nakedness out-face

Do make their children blind; The winds, and 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 pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary;

But, for all this, 3 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 fbans, 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. [ Exit.

heart!

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.
Enter LEAR, Fool, and a Gentleman.

Lear.

Follow me not: Lear. 'Tis strange that they should so depart from Stay here.

[E.cit. And not send back my messenger.

[home,

Gent. Made you no more offence than what you Gent.

As I learn'd,
Kent. None.

[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 Kent.

thee there's no laboring i' the winter. All that folFool. Ha, ha! look; he wears 6cruel 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

lord.

No, my

" Approve the common saw," i. e., verify the common b Nether-stocks, the old word word for stockings.-i * Upon saying.- Enormous," i. e., irregular; disordered. - Hair respect," i, 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 ?" Meiny," i. e., people; train; suite.-* A quibble between quibble on crewel, a sort of worsted.

dolors and dollars.- A disease called the mother.

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wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy 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 bath 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!-
And follows but for form,

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,
And leave thee in the storm.

Than she to scant her duty.
But I will tarry; the fool will stay,

Lear.

Say, how is that? And let the wise man fly:

Reg. I cannot think, my sister in the least
The I foolturnsknave that runs away,

Would fail her obligation : if, sir, perchance,
The knave no fool, perdy.

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,
Re-enter LEAR, with Gloster.

Lear. My curses on her!
Lear. Deny to speak with me? They are sick ? Nature in you stands on the very verge

Reg.

O, sir! you are old; they are weary? They have travell’d hard to-night? Mere a fetches, of her confine: you should be rul'd, and led The images of revolt and flying off.

By some discretion, that discerns your state

Better than you yourself. Therefore, I pray you, Fetch me a better answer.

That to our sister you do make return :
Glo.
My dear lord,

Say, you have wrong'd her, sir.
You know the fiery quality of the duke;

Lear.

Ask her forgiveness! How unremovable and fix'd he is

Do you but mark how this becomes the mouth: In his own course.

“Dear daughter, I confess that I am old; Lear. Vengeance! plague ! death! confusion ! Fiery? what quality? Why, Gloster, Gloster,

Age is dunnecessary: on my knees I beg,

[Kneeling I'd speak with the duke of Cornwall and his wife.

That you'll vouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food." Glo. Well, my good lord, I have inform'd them so. Lear. Inform’d them! Dost thou understand me; Return you to my sister.

Reg. Good sir, no more: these are unsightly tricks Glo. Ay, my good lord.

(man? Lear. The king would speak with Cornwall; the She hath abated me of half my train;

Lear.

Never, Regan. '[ Rising dear father

(vice :

Look'd black upon me; struck me with her tongue, ľ Would with his daughter speak, commands her serAre they inform'd of this ? My breath and blood! All the stor’d vengeances of heaven fall

Most serpent-like, upon the very heartFiery ? the fiery duke ?--Tell the hot duke, that

On her ungrateful top! Strike her Foung

bones, No, but not yet ;-may be, he is not well: Infirmity doth still neglect all office,

You taking airs, with lameness !
Corn.

Fie, sir, fie!
Whereto our health is bound: we are not ourselves,
When nature, being oppress’d, commands the mind Into her scornful eyes! Infect her beauty, (times

Lear. You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding To suffer with the body. I'll forbear;

You fen-suck'd fogs, drawn by the powerful sun, And am fallen out with my more headier will,

To ® fall and blast her pride! To take the indispos'd and sickly fit

Reg.

O the blest gods! For the sound man.—Death on my state! wherefore So will you wish on me, when the rash mood is on

3 [ Pointing to Kent. Should he sit here? This act persuades me,

Lear. No, Regan; thou shalt never have my cursei

Thy 8tender-hearted nature shall not give That this remotion of the duke and her

Thee o'er to harshness: her eyes are fierce ; but thizo Is practice only. Give me my servant forth.

Do comfort, and not burn. 'Tis not in thee Go, tell the duke and 's wife, I'd speak with them, 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, Till it cry~"Sleep to death."

And, in conclusion, to oppose the bolt Glo. I would have all well betwixt you. [Exit.

Against my coming in : thou better know'st Lear. O me! my heart, my rising heart!--but, Effects of courtesy, dues of gratitude;

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

Reg.

Good sir, to the purpose * knapp'd 'em o' the coxcombs with a slick, 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.

Corn.
Enter CORNWALL, Regan, Gloster, and Servants.

Enter OSWALD.
Lear. Good morrow to you both.
Corn.

Hail to your grace!

Reg. I know't; my sister's: this approres [Kent is set at liberty.

letter, Reg. I am glad to see your highness.

That she would soon be here.—Is your lady come! Lcar. 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 thee from thy mother's tomb,

Out, varlet, from my sight! Sepulchring an adult'ress,-0! are you free?

Corn.

What means your grace? [ To Kent. ." Fetches," i. e., evasions.-b" Remotion," 1. e., retire

& Unnecessary is used here in the sense of nucets

." To fall," i. e., to make fall ; to kumble. A size is a popa mont." Practice, " i. e., artifice.

tion or allotment of food,

1

(Tucket with What trumpet's ibat?

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