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ness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves !—Find out this villain, Edmund ! it shall lose thee nothing : do it carefully.-And the noble and true-hearted Kent banished ! his offence, honesty !-Strange! strange !

[Exit. Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the world! that, when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeit of our own behavior) we make guilty of our disasters, the sun, the moon, and the stars ; as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers 1 by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father compounded with my mother under the dragon's tail, and my nativity was under ursa major ; so that it follows, I am rough and lecherous. Tut, I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. Edgar

Enter EDGAR.

and pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old comedy. My cue is villanous melancholy, with a sigh like Tom o' Bedlam. O, these eclipses do portend these divisions ! fa, sol, la, mi.?

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Edg. How now, brother Edmund ? What serious contemplation are you in?

Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day, what should follow these eclipses.

Edg. Do you busy yourself with that?

Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of, succeed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.

Edg. How long have you been a sectary astronomical ?

Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father last?

Edg. Why, the night gone by.
Edm. Spake you with him?
Edg. Ay, two hours together.

Edm. Parted you in good terms ? Found you no displeasure in him, by word or countenance ?

Edg. None at all.

Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have offended him; and, at my entreaty, forbear his presence, till some little time hath qualified the heat of his displeasure, which at this instant so rageth in him, that with the mischief of your person it would scarcely allay.

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Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong.

Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a continent i forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord speak. Pray you, go; there 's my key: if you do stir abroad, go armed.

Edg. Armed, brother?

Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best; go armed: I am no honest man, if there be any good meaning towards you : I have told you what I have seen and heard but faintly, nothing like the image and horror of it. Pray you, away.

Edg. Shall I hear from you anon?
Edm. I do serve you in this business.-

[Exit Edgar.
A credulous father, and a brother noble,
Whose nature is so far from doing harms,
That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty
My practices ride easy!-I see the business.-
Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit:
All with me 's meet, that I can fashion fit. [Exit.

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A room in the Duke of Albany's palace.


Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for chiding of his fool?

Stew. Ay, madam.
Gon. By day and night, he wrongs me; every

He flashes into one gross crime or other,
That sets us all at odds : I'll not endure it :
His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us
On every trifle.—When he returns from hunting,
I will not speak with him : say, I am sick :
If you come slack of former services,
You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer.
Stew. He's coming, madam ; I hear him.

[horns within. Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, You and your fellows; I'd have it come to

question : If he dislike it, let him to my sister, Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, Not to be over-ruled. Idle old man, That still would manage those authorities That he hath given away !-Now, by my life, Old fools are babes again ; and must be used With checks, as flatteries,—when they are seen


Remember what I have said.

Very well, madam.
Gon. And let his knights have colder looks among

What grows of it, no matter ; advise your



I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall,
That I may speak : I'll write straight to my sister,
To hold my very course. Prepare for dinner.



A hall in the same.

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Enter KENT, disguised.
Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow,
That can my speech diffuse, my good intent
May carry through itself to that full issue
For which I rased my likeness. Now, banish'd

If thou canst serve where thou dost stand con-

(So may it come !) thy master, whom thou lovest,
Shall find thee full of labors.

Horns within. Enter LEAR, Knights, and Attendants.

Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner; go, get it ready. [Exit an Attendant.) How now? what art thou ?

1 Disorder, disguise.

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