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With a more riotous appetite.
Down from the waist they are centaurs,
Though women all above :
But to the girdle do the gods inherit,
Beneath is all the fiends'; there's hell, there's

darkness, there is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, stench, consumption.-Fie, fie, fie! pah; pah! Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination : there's money for thee.

Glos, 0, let me kiss that hand!
Lear. Let me wipe it first; it smells of mortality.
Glos. O ruin'd piece of nature !

world Shall so wear out to naught.–Dost thou know me?

Lear. I remember thine eyes well enough. Dost thou squiny at me? No, do thy worst, blind Cupid ; I'll not love.—Read thou this challenge; mark but the penning of it.

Glos. Were all the letters suns, I could not see

This great

one.

Edg. I would not take this from report ;--it is,
And my

heart breaks at it.
Lear. Read.
Glos. What, with the case of eyes ?
Lear. O, ho, are you there with me? No eyes

in your head, nor no money in your purse are in a heavy case, your purse in a light: yet you see how this world goes.

Glos. I see it feelingly.
Lear. What, art mad ? A man may see how this

e? Your eyes

world goes with no eyes : look with thine ears, See how yon justice rails upon yon simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handydandy, which is the justice, which is the thief ?Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar?

Glos. Ay, sir.

Lear. And the creature run from the cur? There thou mightst behold the great image of authority; a dog 's obeyed in office. Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand : Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine own

back;

Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind
For which thou whipp’st her. The usurer hangs the

cozener.

Through tatter'd clothes small vices do

appear ; Robes and furr'd gowns hide all. Plate sin with

gold,
And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks ;
Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it.
None does offend, none, I

say, none; I'll able 'em :
Take that of me, my friend, who have the power
To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes ;
And, like a scurvy politician, seem
To see the things thou dost not.-Now, now, now,

now:

Pull off my boots :-harder, harder; so.

Edg. O, matter and impertinency mix'd ! Reason in madness! Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my I know thee well enough; thy name is Gloster : Thou must be patient; we came crying hither. Thou know'st, the first time that we smell the air, We wawl and cry :-I will preach to thee; mark

eyes.

me.

Glos. Alack, alack the day!
Lear. When we are born, we cry, that we are

come

To this great stage of fools.—This a good block ?-
It were a delicate stratagem, to shoe
A troop of horse with felt: I'll put it in proof;
And when I have stolen upon these sons-in-law,
Then, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill.

Enter GENTLEMAN, with Attendants.

Gen. O, here he is; lay hand upon

him.-Sir, Your most dear daughter

Lear. No rescue ? What, a prisoner ? I am even
The natural fool of fortune.-Use me well;
You shall have ransom. Let me have a surgeon:
I am cut to the brains.
Gen.

You shall have any thing.
Lear. No seconds ? All myself?
Why, this would make a man a man of salt,
To use his eyes for garden water-pots,
Ay, and for laying autumn's dust.
Gen.

Good sir,

1

ii. e. a man of tears.

SHAK.

XIII.

I

Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom.

What?
I will be jovial ; come, come; I am a king,
My masters; know

you

that? Gen. You are a royal one, and we obey you.

Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa.

[Exit, running ; Attendants follow. Gen. A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch; Past speaking of in a king !- Thou hast one

daughter,
Who redeems Nature from the general curse
Which twain have brought her to.

Edg. Hail, gentle sir.
Gen.

Sir, speed you: what's your will ? Edg. Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward ? Gen. Most sure, and vulgar: every one hears

that, Which can distinguish sound. Edg.

But, by your favor, How near 's the other army?

Gen. Near, and on speedy foot; the main descry Stands on the hourly thought.1 Edg.

I thank you, sir : that's all. Gen. Though that the queen on special cause is

here, Her army

is moved on. Edg.

I thank

sir. [Exit Gentleman.

you,

| The main body is expected to be descried every hour.

Glos. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath from

me:

Let not my worser spirit 1 tempt me again
To die before you please !
Edg.

Well pray you, father.
Glos. Now, good sir, what are you?
Edg. A most poor man, made lame by Fortune's

blows;
Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows,
Am pregnant to good pity. Give me your hand;
I'll lead you to some biding.
Glos.

Hearty thanks :
The bounty and the benizon 2 of heaven
To boot, and boot ! 3

Enter STEWARD. Stew.

A proclaim'd prize! Most happy! That eyeless head of thine was first framed flesh To raise my fortunes.—Thou old unhappy traitor, Briefly thyself remember : the sword is out That must destroy thee. Glos.

Now let thy friendly hand Put strength enough to it. [Edgar opposes. Stew.

Wherefore, bold peasant, Darest thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence; Lest that the infection of his fortune take Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.

1 Evil genius. 3 Reward.

2 Blessing.

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