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tend no good to us: thongh the wisdom of nature towards you: I have told you what I have seen and can reason it thus and thus, yet nature find itself heard, bat faintly; nothing like the image and borscourged by the sequent effects : love cools, friend-ror of it. Pray you, away! ship falls ol, brothers divide: in cities, mutinies ; in Edg. Shall I hear from you anon? countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bood Edm. I do serve you in this business.-[Exit Edgar. cracked between son and father. This villain of mine A credulous father, and a brother noble, comes under the prediction; there's son against fa- Whose nature is so far from doing harms, ther: the king fails from bias of nature: there's fa- That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty thers against child. We have seen the best of our My practices ride easy!-I see the business.time. Machination, hollowness, treachery, and all Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our graves!- All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. (Exit. Find out this villain, Edmund ! it shall lose thee no- SCENE III.-A room in the Duke of Albany's palace. thing; do it carefully!- And the noble and true
Enter GONERIL and Steward. hearted Kent banished ! his offence, honesty!-Strange! Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for chistrange!
[Exit, ding of his fool ? Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the world! Stew. Ay, madam! that, when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeit Gon. By cay and night! he wrongs me; every hour of our own behaviour,) we make guilty of our dis- He flashes into one gross crime or other, asters, the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we That sets us all at odds. I'll not endure it; were villains by necessity; fools, by heavenly com- His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids as pulsion; knares, thieves, and treachers, by spherical On every trifle. When he returns from hunting, predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by I will not speak with him; say, I am sick :an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and If you come slack of former services
, all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An ad- You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer. mirable evasion of whore-masterman, to Jay his goat Stew. He's coming, madam! I hear him? ish disposition to the charge of a star! My father compounded with my mother under the dragon's Gon. Pat on what weary negligence you please, tail; and my nativity was under ursa major; so that you and your fellows ; I'd have it come to question; it follows, I am rough and lecherous.- Tut, I should If he dislike it, let him to my sister, have been that I am, had the maidepliest star in the Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. Edgar Not to be over-rul’d. Idle old man, Enter EDGAR.
That still would manage those authorities, And pathe comes, like the catastrophe of the old co- That he hath given away! – Now, by my life
, medy. My cue is villainous melancholy, with a sigh Old fools are babes again; and must be us'd like Tom o'Bedlam. – 0, these eclipses do portend with checks, as flatteries,-when they are seen abus'd. these divisions ! fa, sol, la, mi,
Remember what I have said. Edg. How now, brother Edmund ? What serious Stew. Very well, madam! comtemplation are you in?
Gon. And let his knights have colder looks amark Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I you; read this other day, what should follow these eclipses. What grows ofit, no matter; advise your fellowss Edg. Do you busy yourself with that?
I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall, Edm. I promise yoa, the effects he writes of, suc- That I may speak: - I'll write.straight to my sister, ceed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between the child To hold my very course. Prepare for dinner! and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and male
SCENEIV. A hall in the same. dictions against king and nobles; needless diffidences,
Enter Kent, disguised. banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, nup-Kent. If but as well I other accents horrow, tial breaches, and I know not what.
That can my speech diffuse, my good intent Edg. How long have you been a sectary astrono- Mar carry through itself to that full issue, mical?
For which I raz’d my likeness. Now, banish'd Kept Edm. Come, come! when saw you my father last? If thou canst serve where thou dost stand condemnd, Edg. Why, the night gone by.
(So may it come!) 'thy master, whom thou Jor's Edm Spake you with him?
Shall find thee full of labours. Edg. Ay, two hours together.
Horns within. Enter Lean, Knights, and Attendants Edm. Parted you in good terms ? Found you no dis- Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner; ga, etc pleasure in him, by word, or countenance?
ready![Exit an Attendant.] Ilow Edg. None at all.
Kent. A man, sir ! Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have of- Lear. What dost thou profess? what would'st thon fended him: and at my entreaty, forbear his presence, with us ? till some little time hath qualified the heat of his Kent. I do profess to be no less, than I seem; to displeasure; which at this instant so rageth in him, serve him truly, that will put me in trust; 30 fot that with the mischief of your person
it would scarcely him that is honest; to converse with him that is allay.
wise, and says little; to fear judgment ; to light
, Edg. Some villain hath done we wrong. when I cannot choose; and to eat no fish. Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a continent Lear. What art thou? forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes slower; Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor, and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, from as the king, whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord speak. Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he short Pray you, go! there's my key!—If
you do stir abroad, a king, thou art poor enough. What would'st thon?
Lear. Who would'st thou serve?
what art thre?
Kent. No, sir; but you have that in your counte-1 Lear. How now, my pretty knave? how dost thou ? nance, which I would l'ain call master.
Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb!
Kent. Why, fool?
Fool. Why? for taking one's part, that is out of
favoar. Nay, an thou canst not smile as the viud Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar a sits, thou’lt catch cold shortly; there, take my coxcurious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain mes- comb! Why this fellow has banished two of his bage bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit for, daughters, and did the third a blessing against his I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence. will; if thou follow him, thou must needs wear my Lear. How old art thou ?
coxcomb. - How now,nuncle?'Would, I had two coxKent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for sing-combs, and two daughters ! ing; nor so old, to dote on her for any thing: I Lear. Why, my boy? have years on my back forty-eight.
Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep my cox Lear. Follow me! thou shalt serve me! if I like combs myself. There's mine ; beg another of thy thee no worse after dinner, I will not part from thee daughters. yet. Dinner, ho, dinner! - Where's my knave? Lear. Take heed, sirrah! the whip ! my fool? Go you, and call my fool hither! Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel; he must Enter Steward.
be whipped out, when Lady, the brach, may stand Yon, you, sirrah! where's my daughter?
by the fire and stink.
[Exit. Lear. A pestilent gall to me!
Fool. Mark it, nuncle ! -
Lend less, than thou owest,
Learn more, than thou trowest,
Set less, than thou throwest ,
And thou shalt have more,
Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd lawyer;
you gave me nothing for't. Can you make no use of Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if I nothing, nuncle? be mistaken! for my duty cannot be silent, when I Lear. Why, no, boy! nothing can be made out of think your highness is wronged.
Lear. No, lad; teach me!
To give away thy land,
Or do thou for him stand!
The sweet and bitter fool
Will presently appear;
The other found out there.
Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away;
Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord!
(Striking him. me; if I had a monopoly out, they would have part Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord!
on't: and ladies too, they will not let me have all Kent. Nor tripped neither; you base football player! fool to myself; they'll be snatching. – Give me an
[Tripping up his heels. egg, puncle, and I'll give thee two crowns. Lear. I thank thee, fellow! thou sérvest me, and Lear. What two crowns shall they be? I'll love thee.
Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i'the middle, Kent. Come, sir, arise, away! I'll teach you diffe- and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the egg. rences; away, away! Ifyou will measure your lubber's When thou clovest thy crown i'the middle, and length again, tarry: but away! go to! Have you gavest away both parts, thou borest thine ass on thy wisdom? so.
(Pushing the Steward out. back over the dirt. Thou had'st little wit in thay Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee! there's bald crown, when thou gavest thy golden one away. earnest of thy service. (Giving Kent money. If I speak like myself in this, let him be whipped Enter Fool,
that first finds it so. Fool. Let me hire him too. -- Here's my coxcomb. Fools had ne'er less grace in a year; [Singing.
[Giving Kent his cap.
For wise men are grown foppish;
Lear. It may be so, my lord! - Hear, nature, lear! Thou didst intend to make this creature frullal!
To have a thankless child! - Away, away! (Ert
And know not how their wits to wear,
This admiration is much o'the faroor Their manners are so apish.
of other your new pranks.. I do beseech you Lear. When were you wont to be so full of songs, To understand my purposes aright: sirrah ?
As you are old and reverend, you should be wise: Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since thon madest Here do you keep a-hundred knights and squires; thy daughters thy mother : 'for when thou gavest Men so disorder'd, so debanch'd, and bold, them the rod, and put'st down thine own breeches, That this our court, infected with their manners, Then they for sudden joy did weep, ((Singing. Make it more like a tavern, or a brothel,
Shows like a riotous inn: epicurism and lust And I for sorrow sung, That such a king should play bo-peep,
Than a grac'd palace. The shame itself doth speak And the fools among
For instant remedy. Be then desir'd go
By her, that else will take the thing she begs, Pr’ythee, nuncle, keep a school-master that can teach a little to disquantity your train; thy fool to lie; I would fain learn to lie.
And the remainder, that shall still depend, Lear. If you lie, sirrah, we'll have you whipped. To be such men as may besort your age,
Fool. I marvel, what kin thou and thy daughters And know themselves and you. are: they'll have me whipped for speaking true, Lear, Darkness and devils! thou'lt have me whipped for lying; and, sometimes, Saddle my horses! call my train together! – I am whipped for holding my peace. I had rather Degenerate bastard! I'll pot trouble thee; be any kind of thing, than a fool: and yet I would Yet have I left a daughter. not be thee, nuncle; thou hast (pared thy wit o'both Gon. You strike my people; and your
disorder's sides, and left nothing in the middle. Here comes rabble oue o' the parings.
Make servants of their betters.
Lear. Woe, that too late repents!—0, sir, are for on? Methinks, you are too much of late i’the frown.
come? Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thou had'st Is it your will ? [To All.] Speak, sir! – Prepare ng no need to care for her frowning; now thou art an
horses! O without a figure : Jam better, than thou art now; Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, I am a fool, thou art nothing. — Yes, forsooth,
More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, will hold my tongue; so your face [To Gon.] bids Than the sea-monster! me, though you say nothing. Mum, mum,
Alb. Pray, sir, be patient! He that keeps nor crust nor cram,
Lear: Detested kite! thou liest! Weary of all, shall want some.
My train are men of choice and rarest parts, That's a shealed peascod. [Pointing to Lear. That all particulars of daty, know; Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licens'd fool,
And in the most exact regard support But other of your insolent retinue,
The worships of their name. — Do hourly carp and quarrel ; breaking forth
How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show! In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir, I had thought, by making this well known unto you, From the fix'd place ; 'drew from my heart all love,
Which, like an engine, wrench'd my frame of natur To have found a safe redress; but now grow fear- And added to the gall. O Lear, Lear
, Lear! ful,
Beat at this gate, that let thy folly in,
And thy dear judgment ont! – Go, go, my people
Dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose
Into her womb convey sterility!
Dry up in her the orgaus of increase ; The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long,
And from her derogate body never spring 807"bat went the candle, and we were left darkling. Create her bona opspleen that it may live, Lear. Are you our daughter?
And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her! Gon. Come, sir, I would, you would make use of Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; that good wisdom whereof I know you are fraught; With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks ; and put away these dispositions, which of late trans- Turn all her mother's pains, and benefits, form you from what you rightly are. Fool. May not an ass know, when the cart draws How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To laughter and contempt; that she may feel the horse ? — Whoop, Jug! I love thee. Lear. Does any here know me? – Why this is not
Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes Lear: does Lear walk t'us? speak thus? Where
this? are his eyes ? Either his notion weakens, or his discernings are lethargied. Sleeping or waking ?
Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause; Ha! sure 'tis not so. - Who is it that can tell me
But let his disposition have that scope,
That dotage gives it. who I am? – Lear's shadow? I would learn that; for by the marks of sovereignty, knowledge, and
Re-enter LEAR. reason, I should be false persuaded I had daugh Lear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap!
Within a fortnight?
Lear. I'll tell thee;
- O most small fault
[Striking his kead
life and death! I am 2*
That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus: not in danger of kibes?
[To Goneril. Lear. Ay, boy!
Lear. Ha, ha, ha!
Fool. She will taste as like this, as á crab does to
middle of his face?
Lear. I did her wrong:
Fool. Can'st tell how an oyster makes his shell ?
Fool. Nor I neither : but I can tell why a snail has
[To the Fool. Fool. Why, to put his head in; not to give it away Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and take to his daughters, and leave his horns without a case: the fool with thee!
Lear. I will forget my nature.—So kind a father!
Be my horses ready?
Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason
why the seven stars are no more than seven, is a pretty If my cap would buy a halter; So the fool follows after.
(Exit. Lear. Because they are not eight? Gon. This man hath had good counsel. A hun-Fool. Yes, indeed! Thou would'st make a good dred knights!
fool. 'Tis politic, and safe, to let him keep
Lear. To take it again, perforce! - Monster in-
Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee
hadst been wise.
Lear. O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven!
Keep me in temper: I would not be mad! -
How now! Are the horses ready?
Lear. Come, boy!
Fool. She that is maid now, and laughs at my
departure, Stew. Ay, madam! Gon. Take you some company, and away to horse! Shall not be a maid long, unless things he cut
А ст II.
Enter Edmund and Curan, meeting.
sir! I have been with your father;
Edm. How comes that?
[Exeunt. Cur. Nay, I know not. You have heard of the news
abroad; I mean the whispered ones, for they are SCENE V.- Court before the same. yet but ear-kissing arguments ? Enter LEAR, Kent, and Foo!.
Edm. Not I; 'pray you, what are they? Lear. Go you before to Gloster with these letters : Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward, acquaint my daughter no further with any thing you 'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Albany? know, than comes from her demand ont of the let- Edm. Not a word. ter; if your diligence be not speedy,I shall be there Cur. You may then, in time. Fare you well, sir! (Exit.
Edm. The duke be here to ght? The better! Best! Kent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have delivered This weaves itself perforce into my business! your letter.
[Exit. My father hath set guard to take my brother; Fool. If a man's brains were in his heels, were't And I have one thing, of a queazy enestion,
How in my strength you please. — For you, Edmund
Stew. Good dawning to thee, friend! Art of the
Stew. Pr'ythee, if thou love me, tell me!
Which I must act. -- Briefness, and fortune, work!-- Would he deny his letter ? — I never got him.
Brother, a word! - descend ! - Brother, I say!
'[Trumpets within Enter EDGAR.
Ilark, the duke's trumpets! I know not why ke My father watches : – O sir, fly this place! Intelligence is given where you are hid;
All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'scape; You have now the good advantage of the night:
The duke must grant me that: besides, his pictan Have you not spoken 'gainst the duke of Cornwall? I will send far and near, that all the kingdom He's coming hither; now i'the night, i'the haste,
May have due note of him; and of my land, And Regan with him. Have you nothing said Loyal and natural boy, I'll work the means Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany ?
To make thee capable. Advise yourself!
Enter Cornwall, Begas, and Attendants. Edg. I am sure on't, not a word.
Corn. How now, my noble friend? since I came
hither, Edm. I hear my father coming, - pardon me! In cunning I must draw my sword upon you :
(Which I can call but now, I have heard strangerers Draw! Seem to defend yourself! Now quit you well! Which can pursue the offender. How dost, my lord?
Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too shorta Yield !- come before my father!--Light, ho, here !Fly, brother! -Torches! torches! - So, farewell !
Glo. 0, madam, my old heart is crack’d, is cach'd
! [Exit Edgar. He, whom my father ram'd? your Edgar?
Reg. What, did my father's godsou seek your life? Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion
ounds his arm. Reg. Was" he not companion with the riotos
Glo. 0, lady, lady, shame would have it hid! Of my more fierce endeavour; I have seen drunkards
knights, Do more than this in sport. — Father! father!
That tend upon my father? Stop, stop! No help?
Glo. I know not, madam! Enter Gloster, and Servants with torches. It is too bad, too bad !Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain ?
Edm., Yes, madam, he was. Edm. Here stood he'in the dark, his sharp sword out, Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill affected; Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon 'Tis they have put him on the old man’s death, To stand his auspicious mistress :
To have the waste and spoil of his revenues. Glo. But where is he?
I have this present evening from my sister Edm. Look, sir, I bleed!
Been well inform'd of them; and with such cautions, Glo. Where is the villain, Edmund ?
That, if they come to sojourn at my house,
Corn. Nor I, assure thee, Regan!-
A child-like office.
Glo. He did bewray' his practice; and receir'd
Corn. If he be taken, he shall never more
Whose virtue and obedience doth this instant But when lie saw my best alarum'd spirits, So much commend itself, you shall be ours Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to the encounter, Natures of such deep trust we shall much need; Or whether gasted by the noise I made,
You we first seize on. Full suddenly he fled.
Edm. I shall serve you, sir, Glo. Let him fly far:
Truly, however else.
Glo. For him I thank your grace. in this land shall he
Occasions, noble Gloster, of some poize,
Our father he hath writ, so hath our sister,
Of differences, which I best thought it fit He, that conceals him, death.
Edın. When I dissuaded him from his intent, And found him pight to do it, with curst speech I threaten'd to discover him: he replied,
Lay comforts to your bosom; and bestow
Your needful counsel to our business,
Which craves the instant use.
Your graces are right welcome! (As this I would ; ay, though thou didst produce
Enter Kent and Steward, severally:
house? If they not thought the profits of my death
Stew. Where may we set our horses ?
Kent. I'the mire. Glo. Strong and fasten'd villain!
And found_Dispatch! – The noble duke my master, ferm. Thus but of season; threading darkey'd disk
Before Gloster's castle.