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Her delicate cheek : it seem'd, she was a queen And bring him to our eye. [Exit an OFFICER.
In the restoring his bereaved sense ?
He, that helps him, take all my outward worth. Gent. Not to a rage: patience and sorrow Phy. There is means, madam : strove
(seen Our foster-nurse of nature is repose, Who should express her goodliest. You have The which he lacks; that to provoke in him, Sunshine and rain at once: her smiles and Are many simples operative, whose power tears
Will close the eye of anguish. Were like a better day: Those happy smiles, C'or. All bless'd secrets, That play'd op her ripe lip, seem'd not to know All you unpublish'd virtues of the earth, What guests were in her eyes; which parted Spring with my tears! be aidant, and remedithence, (surrow
[him; As pearls from diamonds dropp’d.-In brief, In the good man's distress !-Seek, seek for Would be a rarity most belov'd, if all
Lest his ungovern'd rage dissolve the life Could so become it.
That wants the means to lead it.
Enter a MESSENGER.
Mess. Madam, news; Pantingly forth, as if it press'd ber heart;:. Cried, "Sisters! sisters! - Shame of ladies! The British powers are marching hitherward.
Cor. 'Tis known before; our preparation sisters.
(night? Kent! father! sisters! What? i'the storm? i the In expectation of them.--O dear father,
stands Let pity not be believed !-- There she shook
It is thy business that I go about; The holy water from her heavenly eyes, And clamour moisten’d: then away she started My mourning, and importantt tears, bath
Therefore great France
(pitied. To deal with grief alone. Kent. It is the stars,
No blownt ambition doth our arms incitc,
But love, dear love, and our ag'd father's right: The stars above us, govern our conditions ; Else one self mate and mate could not beget
Soon may I hear, and see him. [Exeunt. Such different issues. You spoke not with her SCENE V.-A Room in Gloster's Castle.
since ? Gent. No.
Enter REGAN and STEWARD.
Reg. But are my brother's powers set forth?
Stew. Ay, madam. Kent. Well, Sir: The poor distress'd Lear is i'the town:
Reg. Himself Who sometime, in bis better tune, remembers
In person there? What we are come
Stew. Madam, with much ado : out, and by no means
Your sister is the better soldier. Vill yield to see his daughter.
Reg. Lord Edmund spake not with your Gent. Why, good Sir?
lord at home? Kent. A sovereign shame so elbows him: his own unkindness,
Stew. No, madam. That stripp'd her from his benediction, turn'd
Reg. What might import my sister's letter to
him? To foreign casualties, gave her dear rights
Stew. I know not, lady. To bis dog-hearted daughters,—these things
Reg. 'Faith, he is posted hence on serious sting His mind so venomously, that burning shame
[out, Detains him from Cordelia.
It was great ignorance, Gloster's eyes being Gent. Alack, poor gentleman !
To let him live; where he arrives, he moves Kent. Of Albany's and Cornwall's powers | In pity of his misery, to despatch
All hearts against us: Edmund, I think, is
(gone, you heard not ? Gent. "Tis so; they are afoot.
His nighted life;$ moreover, to descry
The strength o'the enemy.
Stew. I must needs after him, madam, with
Reg. Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay When I am known arigbt, you shall not grieve the ways are dangerous.
with us; Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go Along with me.
Stew. I may not, madam;
My lady charg'd my duty in this business.
Reg. Why should she write to Edmund ?
Might not you Enter CORDELIA, PHYSICIAN, and SOLDIERS. Transport her purposes by word ? Belike, Cor. Alack, 'tis he; why, he was met even Something I know not what :-1'll love thee
Let me unseal the letter.
(much, As mad as the vex'd sea : singing aloud; Stew. Madam, I had ratherCrown'd with rank fumiter, fand furrow weeds, Reg. I know, your lady does not love her With harlocks,** hemlock, netiles, cuckoo
I ain sure of that: and, at her late being here, Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow She gave strange oeiliads,ll and most speaking In our sustaining corn.- A century send forth;
(som. Search every acre in the high grown field,
To noble Edmund : I know, you are of her bo* Discourse, conversation.
* 1. c. The reason which should guide it. + 'I. e. Let not pity be supposed to exist.
Inflated, swelling. + Dispositions.
4.1. e. His life made dark as night. Fumitory. ** Charlocks.
11 A cast, or significant glance of the eye.
Stew. I, madam?
| This world I do renounce; and, in your sights, Reg. I speak in understanding; you are, I Shake patiently my great affliction off: know it:
If I could bear it longer, and not fall Therefore, I do advise you, take this note:* To quarrel with your great opposeless wills, My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talk'd; My snuff, and loathed part of nature, should And more convenient is he for my hand, Burn itself out. If Edgar live, 0, bless him! Than for your lady's:- You may gather more. Now, fellow, fare thee well. If you do find him, pray you, give him this;
[He leups, and falls clony, And when your mistress hears thus much from Edg. Gone, Sir? farewell.I pray, desire her call her wisdom to ber. (you, And yet I know not how conceit may rob So, fare you well.
The treasury of life, when life itself (thought, If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor, Yields to the theft: Had he been where he Preferment falls on hin that cuts him off. By this, had thought been past.-Alive, or Stew. 'Would I could meet him, madam! I
(speak! would show
Ho, you Sir! friend!—Hear you, Sir?-What party I do follow.
Thus might he pass indeed:*-Yet he revives; Reg. Fare thee well.
(Exeunt. What are you, Sir?
Glo. Away, and let me die. SCENE VI.-The Country neur Dover. Edg. Hadst thou been aught but gossomer, Enter Gloster, and EDGAR, dressed like a
feathers, air, Peasant.
So many fathom down precipitating,
Thou hadst shiver'd like an egg: but thou Glo. When shall we come to the top of that
dost breathe ; same hill?
Hast heavy substance; bleed'st not; speak'st; Edg. You do climb up it now: look, how we
art sound. labour.
Ten masts at each make not the altitude, Glo. Methinks, the ground is even.
Which thou hast perpendicularly fell; Edg. Horrible steep:
Thy life's a miracle: 'Speak yet again. Hark, do you hear the sea ?
Glo. But have I fallen, or no? Glo. No, truly.
Edg. From the dread summit of this chalky Edg. Why, then your other senses grow inn
bourn:+ By your eyes' anguish.
(perfect Look up a-height ;-the shrill-gorg’dt lark so Glo. So may it be, indeed : [speak’st Cannot be seen or heard: do but look up. Methinks, thy voice is alter'd; and thou
Glo. Alack, I have no eyes.In better phrase, and matter, than thou didst. Is wretchedness depriv'd ihat benefit, [furt, Edg. You are much deceiv'd; in nothing To end itself by death? 'Twas yet some comam I chang’d,
When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage, But in my garments.
And frustrate his proud will. Glo. Methinks, you are better spoken.
Edg. Give me your arm : Edg. Come on, Sir; bere's the place :-stand Up :-80 ;-How is't? Feel you your legs? still. How fearful
You stand, And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low !
Glo. Too well, too well. The crows, and choughs, that wing the mid
Edg. This is above all strangeness. (that way air,
down Upon the crown o'the cliff, what thing was Show scarce so gross as beetles: Half way, which parted from you? Hangs one that gathers samphire ; dreadful
Glo. A poor unfortunate beggar. trade!
Edg. As I stood here below, methought, his Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head :
(Roses, The fishermen, that walk upon the beach,
Were two full moons; he had a thousand Appear like nice; and yon' tall anchoring bark, Horns whelk'd,g and wav'd like the enridged Diminish'd to her cock ;|| her cock, a buoy
(father, Almost too small for sight: The murmuring It was some fiend : Therefore, thou happy surge,
Think that the clearest|| gods, who make them That on the unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes,
honours Canpot be heard so high :-I'll look no more ; Of men's impossibilities, have preserv'd thee. Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight
Glo. I do remember now: henceforth I'll Topplef down headlong.
Affliction, till it do cry out itself, (bear Glo. Set me where you stand. Edg. Give me your hand : You are now with- Enough, enough, and, die. That thing you
speak of, in a foot
I took it for a man; often 'twould say, Of the extreme verge: for all beneath the moon The fiend, the fiend: he led me to that place. Would I not leap upright.
Edg. Bear free and patient thoughts.-But Glo. Let go my hand.
who comes here? Here, friend, is another purse ; in it a jewel Well worth a poor man's taking: Fairies, and Enter Lear, fantastically dressed up with FlowfT.. gods,
The safer sense will ne'er accommodate Prosper it with thee! Go thou further off;
His master thus. Bid me farewell, and let me hear thee going.
Le No, they cannot touch me for coiningi Edg. Now fare you well, good Sir.
(Seems to go.
I am the king himself.
Edg. () thou side-piercing sight! Glo. With all my heart. Edg. Why I do trifle thus with his despair, There's your press-money: That fellow hab
Lear. Nature's above art in that respect.Is done to cure it. Glo. () you mighty gods!
dles his bow like a crow-keeper : draw me a Observe what I am saying + Lofer more.
* Thus night he die in reality. 1 Daws. A vegetable gathered for pickling.
+1.e. This chalky boundary of England # Her cock-boat.
Shrill-throated. Twisted, convolved. The purest
clothier's yard.”—Look, look, a mouse! Peace, thipe ears : see how yon' justice rails upon peace ;--this piece of toasted cheese will do't yon simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: Change -There's my gauntlet; I'll prove it on a giant. places; and, handy-dandy, which is the jus-Bring up the brown bills.t-0, well down, tice, which is the thief? Thou hast seen a bird !-i'the clout, i'the clout: hewgh !-Give farmer's dog bark at a beggar ? the word.
Gio. Ay, sir. Edg. Sweet inarjoram.
Leur. And the creature run from the cur? Lear. Pass.
There thou might'st behold the great image of Glo. I know that voice.
authority: a dog's obeyed in office. Lear. Ha! Goneril !-with a white beard !- Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand: They flatter'd me like a dog; and told me, I Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine had white hairs in my beard, ere the black ones
own back; were there. To say ay, and no, to every thing Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind I said !-Ay and no too was no good divinity. For which thou whipp'st her. The usurer When the rain came to wet me once, and the
hangs the cozener. wind to make me chatter; when the thunder Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; would not peace at my bidding; there I found Robes, and furr'd gowns, bide all. Plate sin them, there I smelt them.out. Go to, they are
with gold, not men o'their words: they told me I was And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks : every thing; 'tis a lie; I am not ague-proof. Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it
Glo. The trick | of that voice I do well re- None does offend, none, I say, none; I'll able Is't not the king?
(power Lear. Ay, every inch a king:
Take that of me, my friend, who have the When I do stare, see, how the subject quakes. To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes; I pardon that man's life: what was thy cause?- And, like a scurvy politician, seem Adultery.
To see the things thou dost not.-Now, now, Thou shalt not die: Die for adultery! No:
now, now: The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly Pull off my boots :-harder, harder; so. Does lecher in my sight.
Edg. O, matter and impertiuency mix'd ! Let copulation thrive, for Gloster's bastard son Reason in madness! Was kinder to his father, than my daughters Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take Got 'tween the lawful sheets.
my eyes. To't, luxury, pell-mell, for I lack' soldiers.--- I know thee well enough; thy name is Gloster: Behold yon' simpering dame,
Thou must be patient; we came crying hither. Whose face between her forks presageth snow; Thou know'st, the first time that we smell the That mioces virtue, and does shake the head
air, To hear of pleasure's name;
We wawl, and cry:- I will preach to thee; The fitchew, nor the soiled horse, goes to't
mark me. With a mo riotous appetite.
Glo. Alack, alack the day! Down from the waist they are centaurs,
Leur. When we are born, we cry, that we Though women all above: But to the girdle do the gods inherit, To this great stage of fools ;- -This a good Beneath is all the fiends”; there's hell, there's block ?* darkness,
It were a delicate stratagem, to shoe There is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, A troop of horse with felt: I'll put it in proof; stench, consumption ;-fie, tie, fie ! pah; pah! And when I have stolen upon these sons-inGive me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, Then, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kıll. [law, to sweeten my imagination : there's money for thee.
Enter a GENTLEMAN, with Attendunts. Glo. 0, let me kiss that hand ! Lear. Let me wipe it first; it smells of mor
Gent. O, here he is, lay hand upon him, tality.
Your most dear daughter
(Sir, Glo. O ruin'd piece of nature! This great
Leur. No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am world
(me? Shall so wear out to nought.- Dost thou know The natural fool of fortune.-Use me well;
You shall have rapsom. Let me hape a surLear. I remember thine eyes well enough.
[geon, Dost thou squinytt at me? No, do thy worst, I am cut to the brains. blind Cupid; i'll not love.-Read thou this
Gent. You shall have any thing.
Lear. No seconds ? All myselt ? challenge, mark but the penning of it. Glo. Were all the letters suns, I could not Wby, this would make a man, a man of salt,
To use his eyes for garden water-pots, Edg. I would not take this from report;—it Ay, and for laying autumn's dust. And my heart breaks at it.
Gent. Good Sir,Leur. Read.
Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom: Glo. What, with the case of eyes?
What? Lear. O, ho, are you there with me? No I will be jovial; come, come; I am a king, eyes in your head, nor no money in your purse? My masters, know you that?
Gent. Your eyes are in a heavy case, your purse in a
are a royal one, and we obey light: Yet you see how this world goes.
Leur. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you Glo. I see it feelingly.
Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, this world goes, with no eyes. Look with
[Exit, running; Attendants follow.
Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest An arrow of a cloth yard long. + Battle-axes.
wretch; i The white mark for archers to aim at. The watchword.
|| Likeness, manner, * Block anciently signified the hcad part of a hat. 1 Only. ** l'ossca.
tt Look ayuini.
t1.c. A man of lears.
Past speaking of in a king!- Thou hast one | Edg. Sit you down, father; rest you.daughter,
Let's see his pockets : these letters, that he Who redeems nature from the general curse
(sorry Which twain have brought her to.
May be my friends.--He's dead; I am only Edg. Hail, gentle Sir.
He had no other death's-man.-Let us see:Gent. Sir, speed you : What's your will? Leave, gentle wax; and, manders, blame us Edg. Do you hear aught, Sir, of a battle to
(hearts; ward ?
To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their Gent. Most sure, and vulgar: every one Their papers, is more lawful." hears that,
(Reads.] Let our reciprocal rous be rememWhich can distinguish sound.
bered. You have many opportunities to cut him Edg. But, by your favour,
of: if your will want not, time and place will be How near's the other arıy?
fruitfully offered. There is nothing done, if he Gent. Near, and on speedy foot; the main return the conqueror : Then am I the prisoner, Stands on the hourly thought.* [descry and his bed my jail; from the louthed warmth Edg. I thank you, Sir: that's all.
whereof deliver me, and supply the place for your Gent. Though that the queen on special cause labour. is here,
Your wife, ( so I would say,) and your Her army is mov'd on.
affectionate servant, Edg. I thank you, Sir. [Erit Gent
GONERIL. Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath | undistinguish'd space of woman's will!from me ;
A plot upon her virtuous husband's life; Let not my worser spiritt tempt me again And the exchange, my brother!-Here, in the To die before you please!
sands, Edg. Well pray you, father.
Thee I'll rake up,t the post unsanctified Glo. Now, good Sir, what are you?
Of murderous lechers; and, in the mature time, Edg. A most poor man, made tame by for. With this ungracious paper strike the sight tune's blows;
Of the death-practis'd duke: For bin 'tis well, Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows, That of thy death and business I can tell. Am pregoant to good pity. Give me your
(Exit EDGAR, drugging out the Body. I'll lead you to some biding.
[hand, Glo. The king is mad: How stiff is my vile Glo. Hearty thanks:
sense, The bounty and the benisont of heaven That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling To boot, and boot!
Of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract:
So should my thoughts be sever'd from my Enter STEWARD.
griefs ; Stew. A proclaim'd prize! Most happy!
And woes, by wrong imaginations, lose That eyeless head of thine was first fram'a The knowledge of themselves. flesh
Far off, methinks I hear the beaten drun. Glo. Now let thy friendly hand
Come, father, I'll bestow you with a friend. Put strength enough to it. (EDGAR opposes.
(Ereunt. Stew. Wherefore, bold peasant, Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence; SCENE VII:-A Tent in the French Camp.Lest that the infection of his fortune take
LEAR on a Bed, usleep: Physician, GENTLELike hold on thee. Let go his arm.
MAN, and others, attending. Edg. Ch’ill not let go, Zir, without vurther
Enter CORDELIA and KENT, 'casion.
Cor. O thou good Kent, how shall I live, Stew. Let go, slave, or thou diest. Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait, f and to match thy goodness? My life will be too
poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been zwagger'd out of my life, 'twould not ha' been zo
And every measure fail me. long as 'tis by a vortniglit. Nay, come not
Kent. To be acknowledg'd, madam, is o'er
paid. near the old man; keep out, che vor'ye, or ise try whether your costard** or my baitt be the Nor more, nor clipp’d, but 50.
All my reports go with the modest truth; harder: Ch'ill be plain with you.
(hours; Stew. Out, dunghill!
Cor. Be better-suited: Edg. Ch’ill pick your teeth, Zir: Come; no 1 pr’ythee, put them off.
Tl:ese weeds are memoriese of those worser matter vor your foins. It (They fight; and EDGAR knocks him down. Yet to be known, shortens my made intent :/
Kent. Pardon ne, dear madam; Stew. Slave, thou hast slain me :-Villain, My boon I make it, that you know me not,
take my purse ; If ever thou wilt ihrive, bury my body ; [me,
Till time and I thiok meet. And give the letters, which thou find'st about
Cor. Then be it so, my good lord.--How To Edmund earl of Gloster; seek him out
does the king? [To the PHYSICIAN. Upon the British party :- -0, untimely death!
Phys. Madam, sleeps still. (Dies.
Cor. O you kind gods, Edg. I know thee well: A serviceable vil. The untun'd and jarring senses, 0, wind up
Cure this great breach in bis abused pature! As duteous to the vices of thy mistress, (lain; Of this child-changed father! As badness would desire.
[long Glo. What, is be dead ?
Phys. So please your majesty,
That we may wake the king? he hath slept * The main body is expected to be descried every hour. + Evil genius: 1 Blessing. Reward, recompense.
* To rip their papers is more bawful. # Quickly recollect the offences of thy life.
I'll cover thee (the dead steward) in the sands I Go your way.
Dresscu. Memorials. || Intcat formed.
* Head. Club. 11 Thrusts.
Cor. Be govern d by your knowledge, and I know, you do not love me; for your sisters proceed
Have, as do remember, done me wrong, I'the gway of your own will. Is he array'd ? You have some cause, they have not.
Gent. Ay, madam; in the heaviness of his Cor. No cause, no cause.
Lear. Do not abuse me.
Phys. Be comforted, good madam : the great Cor. Very well.
rage, Phys. Please you, draw near.-Louder the You see is cur’d in him: and yet it is danger music there.
To make him even* o'er the time he has lost. Cor. () my dear father! Restoration, hang Desire him to go in; trouble him no more, Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss Till further settling. Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters Cor. Will't please your highness walk? Have in thy reverence made!
Lear. You must bear with me: (foolish. Kent. Kind and dear princess!
Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old, and Cor. Had you not been their father, these
(Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, PHYSICIAN, white flakes
and Attendants. Had challeng'd pity of them. Was this a face Gent. Holds it true, Sir, To be expos'd against the warring winds? That the duke of Cornwall was so slain? To stand against the deep dread-bolted thun- Kent. Most certain, Sir. In the most terrible and nimble stroke [der ? Gent. Who is conductor of his people? Of quick, cross lightning? to watch, (poor Kent. As 'tis said, perdu!)*
The bastard son of Gloster. With this thin helm ?+ Mine enemy's dog, Gent. They say, Edgar, Though he had bit me, should have stood, that His banish'd soo, is with the earl of Kent night
In Germany. Against my fire; And wast thou fain, poor Kent. Report is changeable. (kingdom father,
'Tis time to look about; the powerst o'the To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn, Approach apace. In short and musty straw? Alack, alack ! Gent. The arbitrement; is like to be a bloody. "Tis wonder, that thy life and wits at once Fare you well, Sir.
(E.rit. Had not concluded all.--He wakes; speak to Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly him.
wrought, Phys. Madam, do you; 'tis fittest,
Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought. Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares
[Exit. your majesty ? Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'the
ACT V. grave : Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
SCENE I.--The Camp of the British Forces, Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
neur Docer. Do scald like molten lead.
Enter, with Drums, and Colours, EDMUND, Cor. Sir, do you know me?
REGAN, Officers, Soldiers, und Others. Lear. You are a spirit, I know; When did
Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose
hold; Cor. Still, still, far wide! Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone Or, whether since he is advis’d by aught awhile.
To change the course: He's full of alteration, Lear. Where have I been ?-Where am I? And self-reproving :- bring his constant pleaFair day-light?--
sure. [To an Officer, who goes out. I am mightily abus d.-I should even die with
Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. To see another thus.--I know not what to
Edm. ”Tis to be doubted, madam. say.-
Reg. Now, sweet lord,
(see; I will not swear, these are my hands:-Jet's You know the goodness I intend upon you: I feel this pin prick. 'Would I were assur'd
Tell me,--but truly,-but then speak the truth,
Do Of my condition.
you not love my sister? Cor. O look upon me, Sir,
Edm. In honour'd love. And hold your hands in benediction o'er me:
Reg. But have you never found my brother's No, Sir, you must not kneel.
To the forefended|| place?
[way Lear. Pray, do not mock me:
Edm. That thought abuses you. I am a very foolish fond old man,
Reg. I am doubiful that you have been conFourscore and upward; and, to deal plainly,
And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers. I fear, I am not in my perfect mind. (man: Methinks, I should know you, and know this
Edm. No, by mine honour, madam. Yet I am doubtful: for I am mainly ignorant
Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord,
Be not faroiliar with her.
Edm. Fear me not:-
[me; Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh at
Enter ALBANY, GONEril, and Soldiers. For, as I am a man, I think this lady To be my child Cordelia.
Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that Cor. And so I am, I am.
sister Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes,'faith. I pray, Should loosen him and me.
[Aside. weep not:
Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
* To reconcile it to his apprehension. The allusion is to the forlorn-hope in an army, called + Forces.
1 Decision. His settled resolution. in French enfans perdus. † Thin covering of hair.
Imposes on you.