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Fall into taint: which to beliere of her,
Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of lis age : yet he hath Nite a faith, that rearoa without miracle ever but olenderly known himself. (vald never plant in ne.
Gen. The best and soundest of his time hath been (r. Iyet beseech your majesty,
but rash; then must we look to receive from his (lir i want that glid and only art,
age, not alone the imperfections of long.engrafted To speak ani purpose not: Bioee what I well intend, condition, but there withal, the unruly wayward1.se't before I speak), that you make known ness that infirm and choleric years bring with them. It is no vicious biot, murder, or fouiness,
R". Such unconstant staiis are we like to have
freva him, as this of Kent's wishment.
gelber: it our father carry authority with such dis. That I am giud I lave not, though not to have it, peellions as he bears, this last surrender of his will lath lost me in your liking.
but oflend us. Lear. Better thou
R. We shall further think of it. Haast not been born, than not to have pleased me Gun. We must do something, and i' the heat t. better.
SCEVE II.-A Hall in the Earl of Gloster's Castle.
Enter EDMUND, with a Latter. 54 n it is muingled with respects, that stand
Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law
Stand in the plague of custom; and permit
The curiosity ý of nations to deprive me,
Lag of a brother? Why bastard ? wherefore base
When my dimensions are as well compact, Lar. Nothing : I have sworn; I am firm. My mind as generous, and niy shape as true,
Ber. I am sorry then, you have so lost a father, As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us TDI: you must lose a husband.
With base ? with baseness? Lastardyi base, base ? Cor. Peace be with Burgundy!
Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take Smce that respects of fortune are his love,
More composition and fierce quality, ishall not be his wife.
Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed, France. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, Go to the creating a whole tribe of tops, being poor;
Got 'ween asleep and wakel-Well then, Birst choice, forsaken; and most loved, despised ! Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land : Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon :
Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away.
As to the legitimate: Fine worti, legitimale! Gods, gods! 'tis suange, that from their cold'st Well, my legitimate, if this letter speerl, Deglert
And my invention thrive, Edmund ihe lase
Shall lop the legitimate. I grow; I prosper:--
parted! Tka losest here, a better where to find.
And the king gone in-night! subscribed || his power! Lear. Thou hast her, France : let her be thine; Contined to exhibition C! All this done for we
Upon the gad* * !- Edmond! How now? what news! Hare no such danghter, nor shall ever see
Edm. So please your lordship, none. That face of hers again :--Therefore be gone,
(Pitling up the Letter. Without our grace, our love, our benizon).
Glo. Why so earnestly seek you lo put up that
null, Albany, Gloster, and attendants. Glo. What paper were you reading? France. Bid farewell to your sisters.
Edm. Nothing, my lord.
hath not such need to hide itself. Let's see : come,
Edm. I beseech you, Sir, parilon me: it is a letter To yonr professed bosoms I commit him:
from my brother, that I have not all o'er-read ; for But yet, alas! stood I within his grace,
so much as I have perused, I find it not fit for your Iwould prefer him to a better place.
over-looking. So farewell to you both.
Glo. Give me the letter, Sir. Gon. Prescrite not us our duties.
Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give it.
The contents, as in part I understand them, are to
Glo. (Reads.) This policy, and reverence of age,
our fortunes from us, till our oldness cannot relish France. Come, my fair Cordelia.
them. I begin to find an idle and fond #1 bonduge in (Ereu:nt France and Cordelia. the oppression of aged tyranny; who sways, not as it Gor. Sister, it is not a little I have to say, of hath ;ower. bui as it is suffered. Come to me, that what most nearly appertains to us both. I think, of this I may speak more. If our father rould sleep our father will hence to-night.
till I waked him, you should enjoy hulf his revenue Reg. That's most certain, and with you; next for ever, and live the beloved of your brother, Edgar.month with us.
Humph-Conspiracy!--Sleeplill I uaked him,- you Gon. You see how full of changes his age is; the should enjoy half his revenue - My son Edgar! Had observation we have made of it hath not been little: he a hand to write this? a heart and brain to breed he always loved our sister most; and with what it in ?-When came this to you? Who brought it? poor judgment he hath now cast her off, appears wo grossly
• Qualities of mind.
t' Strike while the iron's hot.' The injustice. • Reproach or censure.
+ Because. The nicety of civil institution. 1' W'ho seeks for aught in love but love alone !
11 Wcals and foolish.
Edm. It was not bronght me, my lord, there's the sigh like Tom o'Bedlam.-Q, these eclipses do por cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the casement tend these divisions ! Fa, sol, la, mi.. of my closet.
Edg. How now, brother Edmund? What serious Gló. You know the character to be your bro. contemplation are you in? ther's ?
Edin. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I durst read this other day, what should follow these swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would eclipses. fain think it were not
Edg. Do you busy yourself with that? Glo. It is his.
Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of suc- 27Edm. It is his hand, my lord ; but, I hope, his ceed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between the heart is not in the contents.
child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions of Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and this business?
maledictions against king and nobles; needless dit Edm. Never, my lord: but I have often heard tidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohim maintain it to be fit, that, sons at perfect age, horts t, nuptial breaches, and I know not what. and fathers declining, the father should be as ward Edg. How long have you been a sectary astronoto the sun, and the son manage his revenue.
micals Glo. O villain, villain !- His very opinion in the Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father letter !- Abliorred villain ! Unnatural, detested, last? brutish villain! Worse than brutisha !-Go, sirrah, Edg. Why, the night gone by. seek him ; I'll apprehend him :- Abominable vil- Edm. Spake you with him? lain !- Where is he?
Edg. Ay, two hours together. Edm. I do not well know, niy lord. If it shall Edm. Parted you in good terms? Found you no please you to suspend your indignation against my displeasure in him, by word or countenance ? brother, till you can derive froni huim better testi- Edg. None at all. mony of his intent, you shall run a certain course; Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have where, if you violently proceed against hun, mis- offended him: and at my entreaty, forbear his pretaking his purpose, it would make a greai gap in sence, till some little time hath qualitied the heart your own honour, and shake in pieces the heart of of his displeasure ; which at that instant so rageth his obedience. I dare pawn down my life for him, in him, that with the mischiet' of your person it that he hath writ this to feel my affection to your would scarcely allay: honourt, and to no other pretence of danger. Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong. Glo. Think you so?
Edm. That's my fear. I pray you have a conti. Edm. If your honour judge it meet, I will place nent | forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes you where you shall hear us conter of this, and by slower; and, as I say, retire with ine to my lodging, an auricular assurance have your satisfaction; and from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my that without any further delay than this very even. lord speak: pray you, go; there's my key :-16 ing.
you do suir abroad, go armed. Glo. He cannot be such a monster,
Edg. Armed, brother? Edm. Nor is not, sure.
Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best : go armed; Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely I am no honest man, it there be any good meaning loves him.-Heaven and earth!- Edmund, seek towards you : I have told you what I have seen him out; wind me into him, I pray you : frame the and heard, but faintly ; nothing like the image and business after your own wisdom: I would unstate horror of it: Pray you, away. myself, to be in a due resolution 5.
Edg. Shall I hear from you anon? Edm. I will seek bim, Sir, presently; convey || Edm. I do serve you in this business.the business as I shall find means, and acquaint
(Exit Edgar. you withal.
A credulous father, and a brother noble, Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon por- Whose nature is so far from doing harms, tend no good to us : though the wisdom of nature That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself My practices ride easy !- I see the business.scourged by the sequent effects : love cools, friend. Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: ship falls off, brothers divide: in cities, mutinies ; | All with me's meet, that I can fashion til. (Erit. in countries, discord; in palaces, treason : and the bond cracked between son and father. This villain SCENE NI.-A Room in the Duke of Albany's of mine comes under the prediction; there's son
Palace. against father: the king falls from bias of nature;
Enter GONERIL and STEWARD. there's father against child. We have seen the best of our time: machinations, hollowness, treachery, Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman foz and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to
chiding of his fool ? our graves !-Find out this villain, Edmund, it shall Stew. Ay, madam. lose thee nothing ; do it carefully :-And the noble Gon. By day and night! he wrongs me ; every and true-hearted Kent banished his offence, ho.
honr nesty !-Strange! strange!
(Exit. He flashes into one gross crime or other, Eim. This is the excellent foppery of the world ! That sets us all at odds : I'll not endure it: that, when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeit His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us of our behaviour), we make guilty of our disasters, on every tritle :- When he returns from hunting the sun, the moon, and the stars : 'as if we were vil. I will not speak with him; say, I anı sick :lains by necessity; fools, by heavenly compulsion ; If you come slack of former services, knaves, thieves, and treachers **, by spherical pre. You shall do well; the fault of it l'Il' answer. dominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an Stew. He's coming madam; I hear him. enforced obedience of planetary intiuence; and all
[Horns within. that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on : an Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his You and your fellows; I'd have it come to ques. goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My fa
tion: ther compounded with my mother under the dra. If he dislike it, let him to my sister, gon's tail; and my nativity was under ursa major t; Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, so that it follows, I am rongh and lecherous.-Tul, Nol 'o be over-ruled. Id!: old man, I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest That still would manage those authorities, star in the firmament twinkled on my baslardizing. That he hath given away!--Now, by my life, Edgar
Old fools are babes again ; and must be used
With checks, as flatteries, when they are seen Enter EDGAR.
abused. and rat he comes, like the catastrople of the old Remember what I have said. Comedy: my cue is villainous melancholy, with a Stew. Very well, madam.
Gon. And let his knights have colder looks Whereas. The usual address to a lord.
among you; Design.
Give all that I am possessed of, to be certain of . These sounds are unnatural and offensive in the truth. || Manage.
Following. .. Traitors.
+ For cohorts some editors read courts. + Great Bear, the constellation so named.
W bat grows of it, no matter ; advise your fellows jealous curiosity, than as a very pretence 1 and
purpose of unkindness: I will look further into't. -
[Exeunt. Sir, the young lady hath much pined away.
Laar. No more of that; I have noted it well.-
her.-Go you, call hither my fool.Kent. If bat as well I other accents borrow,
Leur. My lady's father! my lord's knave : you
Stiw. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech you,
Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal ?
[Siriking him. Horns within.- Enter LEAR, KNIGHTS, and Attend
Ster. I'll not be struck my lord. ants.
Kent. Nor tripp'd neither; you base foot-ball Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner; go, get player.
(Tripping up his Heels. A ready. [Erit an Attendant.) How now, what art Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest me, thoo!
and I'll love thee. Kent. A man, Sir.
Kent. Come, Sir, arise, away: I'll teach you dif. Lear. What dust thou profess? What wouldest ferences; away, away: if you will measure your thos with us!
Jubber's length again, tarry : but away: go to; Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem ; to Have you wisdom? so. (Pushes the Slen ard out. serre bim truly, that will put me in trust , to love Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee : ho that is honest; to converse : with him that is there's earnest of thy service, Fise, and says little: to fear judgment; to fight
(Giving Kent Money. when I cannot choose ; and to eat no fish. Lear. What art thou !
Enter Fool. Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor Fool. Let me hire him tov ;-Here's my coxas the king.
(Giving Kent his Cap. Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is Lear. How now, my pretty knave? How dost for a king, thou art poor enough. What wouldest thou? that
Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb. Kent. Service.
Kent. Why, fool ? Lear. Who wouldest thou serve?
Fool. Why? for taking one's part that is out of Kent. You.
favour: nay, an thou canst not smile as the wind Leur. Dost thou know me, fellow?
sits, thou'lt catch cold shortly: there, take my Kert, No, Sir; but you have that in your coun. cuxcomb: why, this fellow has banish'd two of tenance, which I would fain call master.
his daughters, and did the third a blessing against Lear. What's thati
his will; if thou follow him, thou must needs wear Kent. Authority.
my coxcomb.-How now, nuncle! Would I had leer. What services canst thou do?
two coxcombs, and two daughters ! Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar Lear. Why, my boy? a carous tale in telling it, and deliver a plain Fool. If I gave them all my living., I'd keep message bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit muy coxcombs myself: there's mine; beg another for, I am qualified in; and the best of me is dili of thy daughters. sence.
Lear. Take heed, sirrah; the whip. lear. How old art thou ?
Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel? He
Lear. A pestilent gall to me!
Have more than thou showest,
Speak less than thou knowest,
Lend less than thou owest ll, You, you, sirrah, where's niy daughter ?
Ride more than thou goest, stet. So please you,
Learn more than thou trowestP; Lear. What says the fellow there? Call the clot.
Set less than thou throwest ; poll back.- Where's my fool, hol--I think the
Leave ihy drink and thy whore, world's asleep.-How now? Where's that mongrel?
And keep in-a-door, Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is not
And thou shalt have more veli.
Than two tens to a score.
Fool. Then 'uis like the breath of an um fee'd law. Knight. Sir, he answer'd me in the roundest yer; you gave me nothing for't: Can you make manner, he would not.
no use of nothing, nuncle ? Lear. He would not!
Lear. Why, no, boy ; nothing can be made out knight. My lord, I know not what the matter is; of nothing. bat, to my judgment, your highness is not enter: Fool. Pr’ythee, tell him, so much the rent of his tain'd with that ceremonious affection as you were land comes to; he will not believe a fool. want; there's a great abatement of kindness ap
"To K'ent. pears, as well in the general dependants, as in the Lear. A bitter fool ! duke himself also, and your daughter.
Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, Lear. Ha! sayest thou so?
between a bitter fool and a sweet fool? Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if I Lear. No, lad; teach me. be mistaken ; for my duty cannot be silent, when Fool. That lord, that counsel'd thee I think your highness is wronged.
To give away thy land, Lear. Thou but rememberest me of mine own
Come place him here hy me, conception; I have perceived a most faint neglect
Or do thou for him stand: oi lale; which I have rather blamed as mine own
• Punctilious jealousy.
+ Design. • Disorder, disguise. + Efaced. Estate or property.
Bitch hound. 1 Keep company.
1 Ownest, possessest.
like an ay
awa a ca
soome to this
of thee, with her nails
Teca shalt, I warrant thee. wł ba: Lat, Kent, ad Attendarts. Pr as lord 1
to partial Goneril,
, atacle Lear, tariy, and lake
a ne bas caoghit her,
esteca kad good counsel :-A hun
2, let him keep
The sweet and bitter fool
Gon. Come, Sir, I would, you would make use
Lear. I Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy?
of late transform you from what you rightly ark. Fool. All thy other lities thou hast given away; Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws Bole and death ! I am a-la crab.
Fool. that thou wast born with.
the horse ?-Whoor, Jug! I love thee.
the mid Foul. No, 'taith, lords and great men will not let Lear : Does Lear walk thus ? Speak thus? Where
Lear. are his eyes ? Either his notion weakens, or his tested break from me per. nose : 1
(To Goneril. Fool. me; it had a monopoly out, they would have part on't: and ladies too, they will not let me discernings are lethargied.--Sleeping or wahing ? me an egg, puucle, and I'll give thee two who I am!-Lear's shadow? I would learn that ;>
Leal for by the marks of sovereignty, knowledge and an ef a father's corse
Fool Leur. What two crowns shall they be? reason, I should be false persuaded I had daugles mathe -ia fond eyes,
Len Fool. Why, after I hare cut the ega i’ the middle, ters:
Foo and eat up the meat, the two crows of the egg. Frol: Woluich they will make annobedient failer. Tever (met jou tuiste
; When thou clovest thy crown i'the middle and
Le gavest away both parts, thou borest thine ass on Gon. Come, Sir;
As you are old and reverend, you should be wise : pe Shich tog dost think
That this our court, infected with their manners,
Shews like a riotous inn : epicurism and lust
Make it more like a tavern or a brothel,
hun to, aiter your master. 11 Fool. I have used it, muncle, ever since thou For instant remedy: be then desired madest thy daugiters thy mother: for when thou By her, that else will take the thing she begs,
(To the Fool. gavest them ile rod, and pul'st down thine own
A little to disquantity your train ; breeches,
And the remainder, that shall still depend
To be such men as may besort your age,
Lear. Darkness and devils -
Saddle my horses; call my train togetlier.
Degenerate bastard ! I'll not trouble thee :
nights. Yes, that on ere! ters aie : they'll bave me wlipp'd for speaking
Lear. Woe, that too late repents,-0, Sir, are
you come ?
Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,
More hideous, when thou shew'st thee in a child,
Than the sea-monster!
My train are men of choice and rarest parts,
Prom the fix'd place; drew from my heart all love, reasons of your or
And added to the gall. O Lear, Lear, Lear!
Beat at this gate that let thy folly in,
[Striking his Head.
And thy dear judgment ont !-Go, go, my people.
Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant
Lear. It may be so, my lord. Kear, nature, hear;
Thou didst intend to make this cicature fruitial !
Dry up in her the organs of increase ;
A babe to honour her! If she musi teem,
And be a thwart disnatured worment to her!
Tern all her mother's pains, and benents,
To laughter and contempt ; that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent's toxith it is
To have a thankless child !-- Away, away ! (Erit.
1. Step, my lor That it had its head bit off by its yomg.
But let his disposition have that scope
That dotage gives it.
Continue in service.
**ber, each complaint, dislike, Sage with their powers,
a mercy.–Oswald, I say
the harms I fear, be taken, I know his heart: 22, I have writ my sister ;
his tondred knights, yawa the unalnces,-llow ng
Tri thal letter to my sist
Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use thee
kinoiy : for though she's as like this as a crab is Lear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap! like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell. Within a fortnight?
Lear. Why, what earst thou tell, my boy! AL. What's the matter, Sir !
Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does to Lar. I'll tell thee ;-Life and death! I am a- a crab. Thou canst tell, why one's nose slands in shamed
the middle of his face ! That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus : lear. No.
(To Goneril. Fool. Why, to keep his eyes on either side his That these hot tears, which break from me per- nose ; that what a man cannot shell out, he may force,
spy into. Should make thee worth them.- Blasts and fogs Lear. I did her wrong :upon thee!
Fool. (anst tell how an oyster makes his shell!
has a house. And cast you, with the waters inat you lose,
Lear. Why? To lemper clay.-Ha! is it come to thia?
Fool. Why, to put his head in ; not to give it Leit ke so :-Yet have I left a daughter,
away to his daughters, and leave his horns without 49, I am sure, is kind and comfortable;
a case. Woen he shall hear this of thee, with her nails Leur. I will forget my nature.So kind a father! Ste'il Hay thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find, - Be my horses ready? T. at I'll resume the shape which thou dost think Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason 1.*** casi ott for ever. Thou shalt, I warrant thee. why the seven stars are no more than seven, is a
[Eveunt Lear, Kent, and Attendants. preity reason. 69. Do you mark that, my lord ?
Lear. Because they are not right? A!). I cannot be so partial, Goneril,
Fool. Yes, indeed i thou wouldst make a good To the great love I bear you,
fool. Sen. Pray you, conteni.- What, 0-wald, ho! Lear. To take it again perforce !--Monster ingraYua, Sur, inore knave than fool, after your master. titude!
[To the Foul. Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee Fal. Nancle Lear, nuncle Lear, tariy, and lake beaten for being old before thy time. the fool with thee.
Lear. How's that! A fox, when one has caught her,
Fool. Thou shouldst not have been old, before And such a daughter,
thou hadst been wise. Should sure to the slaughter,
Laar. O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet hea. If my cap would boy a halter;
ven! So the fool follows aller.
(Eril. Keep me in temper; I would not be mad !Goa. This man bath had good counsel :-A hun. dred knights !
Enter GENTLEMAN. 'Tis politic, and safe, to let him keep.
How now! are the horses ready?
Ltar. Come, boy.
Gloster. #hen I have shew'd the unfitness - Huw now,
Os wald !
Enter EDMUND and CORAN, meeting.
Edm. Save thee, Curan.
Cur. And you, Sir. I have been with your father; Fhat, hare you writ that letter to my sister? and given him notice, that the duke of Cornwall, sex. Ay, madam.
and Regan his duchess, will be here with himn too Gn. Take you some company, and away to horse : night. Inboom her full of my particular fear;
Edm. How comes that? And thereto add such reasons of your own,
('ur. Nay, I know not: you have heard of the As may compact it nore. Get you gone ;
news abroad; I mean, the whisper'd ones, for they and hasten your return. (Exit Stew.) No, no, my are yet but ear kissing arguments ? Jord,
Edm. Not I: Pray you, what are they?
Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward,
Edm. Not a word.
C'ur. You may then, in time. Fare you well, Sir. 405. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell;
(Erit. Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
Edm. The duke be here to-night? The better ! Gen. Say, then
Best! Alb. Well, well; the event.
[Ereunt. This weaves itself perforce into my business !
My father hath set guard to take my brother;
And I have one think, of a queazy question,
Which I must act :-Briefness, and fortune, work!-
Brother, a word ; descend :-Brother, I say;
Enter Edgar. Irix: acquaint my daughter no further with any Lirs you know, than comes from her demand out My father watches :-O Sir, fly this place ; of the letter: if your diligence be not speedy, I Intelligence is given where you are hid; shall be there before you.
You have now the good advantage of the night:sent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have deli. Have you not spoken 'gainst the duke of CornVer'd your letter.
wall? Fool. If a man's brains were in his heels, were't He's coming hither; now, i' the night, i' the haste, bot in danger of kibes i
And Regan with him: Have you nothing said
Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany ?
Edg. I am sure on't, not a word.
Edm. I hear my father coming.-Pardon me :
In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you :-. • Indressed.
+ Armed. Liable to reprehension.
• Delicate. + Consider, recollect yourself,