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Re-enter GLOSTER ; with FRANCE, BURGUNDY, Thee and thy virtaes here I seize upon : and Attendants.
Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away. Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble Gods, gods! 'tis strange, that from their cold's Lear. My lord of Burgundy,
neglect We first address towards you, who with this king My love should kindle to inflam'd respect Hath rivall’d for our daughter; What, in the least, Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to myebanee, Will you require in present dower with her, Is
queen of us, of ours, and our fair France : Or cease your quest of love?
Not all the dukes of wat'rish Burgundy, Bur.
Most royal majesty, Shall bay this uppriz'd precious maid of merI crave no more than bath your highness offer'd, Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind : Nor will you tender less.
Thou losest here, a better where to find. Lear.
Right noble Burgundy, Lear. Thou hast her, France : let her be thise ; When she was dear to us, we did hold her so;
for we Bat dow her price is fallin : Sir, there she stands; Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see If aught within that little, seeming substance, That face of bers again :-Therefore, be gone, Or all of it, with our displeasure piec'd,
Without our grace, our love, our benizon.And nothing more, may fitly like your grace,
Come, poble Bargundy. She's there, and she is yours.
(Flourish. Exeunt Lear, Burgundy, Cora Bur. I know no answer.
wall, Albany, Gloster, and Attendants. Lear. Sir,
France. Bid farewell to your sisters. Will you, with those infirmities she owes,
Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd eres Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate, [oath, Cordelia leaves you: I know you what you are; Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with our And, like a sister, am most loath to call Take her, or leave her?
Your faults, as they are nam'd. Use well our father : Bur.
Pardon me, royal sir; To your professed bosoms I comunit him;
So farewell to you both.
Let your stody I would not from your love make such a stray, Be, to content your lord; who bath receir'd you To match you where I hate ; therefore beseech you At fortune's alss. You have obedience scanted. To avert your liking a more worthier way, And well are worth the want that yoa bave wanted. Tban on a wretch, whom nature is ashan'd
Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited conning bides; Almost to acknowledge hers.
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides. France.
This is most strange! | Well may you prosper ! That she, that even but now was your best object, France,
Come, my fair Cordelia. The argument of your praise, balm of your age,
[Exeunt France and Cordelis. Most best, most dearest, should in this trice of time Gon. Sister, it is not a little I bave to say, of bat Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle most nearly appertains to us both. I think, der So many folds of favour! Sure, her offence father will hence to-night. Must be of such unnatural degree,
Reg. That's most certain, and with you; Dext That monsters it, or your fore-rouch'd affection month with us. Fall into taint: which to believe of her,
Gon. You see how full of changes his age is; Must be a faith, that reason without miracle the observation we have made of it bath not been Could never plant in me.
little: he always loved our sister most; and with Cor.
I yet beseech your majesty, what poor judgment he hath now cast ber off, ap(If for I want that glib and oily art,
pears too grossly. Io speak and purpose not; since what I well intend, Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age : yet he bath I'll do't before I speak,) that you make kuown ever but slenderly known himself. It is po vicious blot, murder, or foulness,
Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath beca No unchaste action, or dishonour'd step,
but rash; then must we look to receive from bis That hath depriv'd me of your grace and favour : age, not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted But even for want of that, for which I am richer; condition, but, therewitbal, the unruly waywardness, A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue,
that infirm and choleric years bring with them. That I am glad I have not, though not to bave it, Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to bare Hath lost me in your liking.
from him, as this of Kent's banishment. Lear.
Gon. There is further compliment of leave-taking Had'st not been born, than not to have pleas'd me between France and bim. Pray you, let us hit tobetter.
gether: If our father carry authority with such disFrance. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature, positions as he bears, this last surrender of bis will Which often leaves the history unspoke,
but offend us. That it intends to do?–My lord of Burgundy, Reg. We shall further think of it. What say you to the lady? Love is not love, Gon. We must do something, and i' the beat. When it is mingled with respeots, that stand
[Eseant. Aloof from the entire point. “Will you have her? Scene II.-A Hall in the Earl of Gloster's Castk. She is herself a dowry.
Enter EDMUND, with a letter.
Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law Give but that portion which yourself
propos'd, My services are bound: Wherefore should I And here I take Cordelia by the band,
Stand in the plague of custom; and permit Duchess of Burgundy.
The curiosity of nations to deprive me, Lear. Nothing: I have sworn; I am firm. For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a father, Lag of a brother? Why bastard? wherefore base! That you must lose a husband.
When my dimensions are as well compact, Cor.
Peace be with Burgundy! My mind as generous, and my shape as true, Since that respects of fortune are his love, As honest madam's issue? why brand they as I shall not be his wife.
[ing poor; With base ? with baseness? bastardy ? base, base ? France. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, be- Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, iake Most choice, forsaken ; and most lov'd, desnis'il! More composition and fierce quality,
Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
taking his purpose, it would make a great gap in Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops,
your own honour, add sbake in pieoes the heart of Got 'tween asleep and wake?-Well then,
his obedience. I dare pawn down my life for bim, Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: that he hath writ this to feel my affection to your Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, honour, and to no other pretence of danger. As to the legitimate: Fine word,- legitimate ! Glo. Think you so? Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed,
Edm. If your honour judge it meet, I will place And my invention thrive, Edmund the base you where you shall hear us confer of this, and by Shall top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper : an auricular assurance have your satisfaction; and Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
that without any further delay than this very evening. Enter GLOSTER.
Glo. He cannot be such a monster. Glo. Kent banish'd thus! And France in choler Edm. Nor is not, sure. parted!
Glo. To bis father, that so tenderly and entirely And the king gone to-night! subscrib'd his power! loves him.-Heaven and earth!-Edmund, seek Confin'd to exhibition! All this done
bim out; wind me into him, I pray you: frame tho Upon the gad !--Edmund! bow now? what news? business after your own wisdom: I would unstate Edm. So please your lordship, none.
myself, to be in a due resolution. (Putting up the letter.) Edm. I will seek him, sir, presently; convey the Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that business as I shall find means, and acquaint you letter?
withal. Edm. I know no news, my lord.
Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon porGlo. What paper were you reading?
tend no good to us: though the wisdom of nature Edm. Nothing, my lord.
can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself Glo. No? what needed then that terrible de scourged by the sequent effects: love cools, friendspatch of it into your pocket? the quality of ship falls off, brothers divide: in cities, mutinies ; nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Let's in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the see: Come, if it be nothing, I shall not need spec- bond cracked between son and father. This villain tacles.
of mine comes under the prediction; there's son Edm. I beseech you, sir, pardon me: it is a let against father: the king, falls from bias of nature; ter from my brother, that I have not all o'er-read; there's father against child. We have seen the best for so much as I have perused, I find it not fit for of onr time: Machinations, hollowness, treachery, your over-looking
and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our Glo. Give me the letter, sir.
graves !—Find out this villain, Edmund; it shall Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give it. lose thee nothing;
do it carefully :-And the noble The contents, as in part I understand them, are to and true-bearted Kent banished! his offence, hoblame.
nesty !-Strange! strange!
(Exit. Glo. Let's see, let's see.
Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the world! Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification, he that, when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeit wrote this but as an essay or taste of my virtue. of our own behaviour,) we make guilty of our dis
Glo. (Reads.) This policy, and reverence of age, asters, the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we makes the world' bitter to the best of our times; keeps were villains by necessity; fools, by heavenly comour fortunes from us, till our oldness cannot relish pulsion;knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical them. I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by the oppression of aged tyranny; who sways, not as it an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and hath power, but as it is suffered. Come to me, that all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on: An of this I may speak more. If our father would sleep admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his till I waked him, you should enjoy half his revenue goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My fafor ever, and live the beloved of your brother, EDGAR. ther compounded with my mother under the dragon's --Hamph!-Conspiracy!-Sleep till I waked him,- tail ; and my nativity was under ursa major; so that you should enjoy half his revenue, -My son Edgar! it follows, I am rough and lecherous.--Tut, I should Had he a hand to write this ? a heart and brain to have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the breed it in ?-When came tbis to you? who brought firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. Edgarit?
Enter EDGAR. Edm. It was not brought me, my lord, there's And pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old the cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the case- comedy: My cue is villanous melancholy, with a ment of my closet.
sigh like Tom o'Bedlam. –0, these eclipses do Glo. You know the character to be your brother's? portend these divisions ! fa, sol, la, mi.
Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I durst Edg. How now, brother Edmund ? What serious swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would contemplation are you in? fain think it were not.
Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I Glo. It is his.
read this other day,what should follow these eclipses. Edm. It is his band, my lord, but, I hope, bis Edg. Do you busy yourself with that? heart is not in the contents.
Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of, Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in succeed anhappily; as of annaturalness between this business?
the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions Edm. Never, my lord: But I have often heard of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and him maintain it to be fit, that, sons at perfect age, maledictions against king and nobles; needless diffiand fathers declining, the father should be as ward dences, banishmentoffriends, dissipation of cohorts, to the son, and the son manage his revenue. nuptial' breaches, and I know not what.
Glo. O villain, villain !-His very opinion in the Edg. How long have you been a sectary astroletter!-Abhorred villain! Unnatural, detested, nomical?
[last? brutish villain! worse than brutish !-Go, sirrah, Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father seek him ; I'll apprebend him ;-Abominable vil Edg. Why, the night gone by. lain Where is he?
Edm. Spake you with him? Edır. I do not well know, my lord. If it shall Edg. Ay, two hours together. please you to suspend your indignation against my Edm. Parted you in good terms! Found you no brother, till you can derive from him better testi displeasure in bim, by word, or countenance ? mony of his intent, you shall run a certain course ; Edg. None at all. where, if you violently proceed against bim, mis Edin. Betbink yourself, wherein you may have
offended him: and at my entreaty, forbear bis pre Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem; to sence, till some little time hath qualified the heat serve him truly, that will put me in trust; to love of his displeasure, which at this instant so rageth him that is honest; to cooverse with him thatis wise, in him, that with the mischief of your person it and says little; to fear judgment; to fight, when I would scarcely allay.
cannot choose ; and to eat no fish. Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong.
Lear. What art thou ? Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a con Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poar tinent forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes as the king. slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as be is for from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord a king, thou art poor enough. What would'st thoa? speak: Pray you, go ; there's my key :-If you do Kent. Service. stir abroad, go armed.
Lear. Who would'st thou serve? Edg. Armed, brother?
Kent. You. Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best; go Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow ? armed; I am no honest man, if there be any good Kent. No, sir; but you have that in your counmeaning towards you : I have told you what I have tenance, which I would fain call master. seen and heard, but faintly; nothing like the image Lear. What's that? and horror of it: Pray you, away.
Kent. Authority. Edg. Shall I hear from you anon?
Lear. What services canst thou do? Edm. I do serve you in this business.
Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, rua, mar
(Exit Edgar. a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain besA credulous father, and a brother poble,
sage bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit for, Whose nature is so far from doing harms,
I am qualified in ; and the best of me is diligence. That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty Lear. How old art thou? My practices ride easy!- I see the business. Kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman lo
if not by birth, have lands by wit : singing; nor so old, to dot on her for any thing: I All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. [Exit. have years on my back forty-eight. SCENE III.- A Room in the Duke of Albany's thee no worse after dinner, I will not part from tbee
Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me ; if I like Palace.
yet.- Dinner, bo, dinner!-Where's my knare? my Enter GONERIL and Steward.
fool? Go you, and call my fool hither : Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for
Enter Steward. chiding of his fool ?
You, you, sirrah, where's my daughter? Stew. Ay, madam. [hour Stew. So please you,
[Esit. Gon. By day and night! be wrongs me; every Lear. What says the fellow there? Call the clotHe flashes into one gross crime or other,
poll back.- Where's my fool, ho?-I think the That sets us all at odds : I'll not endure it: world's asleep.-How now? Where's that mongrel! His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is not On every trifle :—When he returns from hunting, well.
(I call'd him? I will not speak with him ; say, I am sick :
Lear. Why came not the slave back to me, w bez If you come slack of former services,
Knight. Sir, he answer'd me in the roundest You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer. manner, he would not. Stew. He's coming, madam; I hear him.
Lear. He would not!
(Horns within.) Knight. My lord, I know not what the matter is: Gon. Pat on what weary negligence you please, but, to my judgment, your bigbness is not enterYou and your fellows; I'd have it come to question : tain’d with that ceremonious affection as you sere If be dislike it, let him to my sister,
wont; there's a great abatement of kindness appears, Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, as well in the general dependants, as in the duke Not to be over-rul'd. Idle old man,
himself also, and your daughter. That still wonld manage those authorities,
Lear. Ha! say'st thou so? That he hath given away!-Now, by my life, Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if I Old fools are babes again; and must be us'd be mistaken; for my duty cannot be silent, when I With checks, as flatteries, when they are seen think your bighness is wrong'd. Remember what I have said.
[abus'd. Lear. Thoni but remember'st ine of mine owo Stew.
Very well, madam. conception: I have perceived a most faipt neglect Gon. And let his knights have colderlooks among of late; which I have rather blamed as mine osa you;
[s0 : jealous curiosity, than as a very pretence and parWhat grows of it, no matter; advise your fellows | pose of unkindness: I will look' further into 1.I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall, But where's my fool? I have not seen him this two That I may speak :—I'll write straight to my sister, days. To hold my very course :
:-Prepare for dinner. Knight. Since my young lady's going into France,
[Exeunt. sir, the fool hath much pined away. Scene IV.--A Hall in the same.
Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well.Enter Kent, disguised.
Go you, and tell my daughter I would speak with Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow,
her.-Go you, call hither my fool. That can my speech diffuse, my good intent
Re-enter Steward. May carry through itself to that full issue,
0, you sir, you sir, come you hither: Who am I, For which I raz'd my likeness.-Now, banish'd
Stew. My lady's father.
[sir ! Kent,
Lear. My lady's father! my lord's knave: you If thou can'st serve where thou dost stand con
whoreson dog! you slave! you car! (So may it come!) thy master, whom thou lov'st,
Stew. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech you, Shall find thee full of labours.
Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal! Horns within. Enter LEAR, Knights, and Attendants.
( Striking him.) Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner; go, get Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord. it ready. (Exit an Attendant.] How now, what art
Kent. Nor tripped neither; you base foot-ball Keni. A man, sir.
(Tripping up his heels.) Lear. What dost thou profess? what would'st Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thoa servest me, and thon with us?
I'll love thee.
Kent. Come, sir, arise, away; I'll teach you dif
Fools had ne'er less grace in a year; (Singing.) ferences; away, away: If you will measure your For wise unen are grown foppish; Jubber's length again, tarry:. but away: go to;
And know not how their wits to wear, Have you wisdom? so. (Pushing the Steward out.) Their manners are so apish.
Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee: Lear. When were you wont to be so full of songs, there's earnest of thy service. (Giving Kent money.)
sirrah? Enter Fool.
Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since thou Fool. Let me hire him too;—Here's my coxcomb. madest thy daughters thy mother: for when thon
(Giving Kent his cap.) gavest them the rod, and put'st down thine own Lear. How now, my pretty knave? how dost thou? breeches, Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb.
Then they for sudden joy did weep, (Singing.) Kent. Why, fool?
And I for sorrow sung,, Fool. Why? for taking one's part, that is out of That such a king should play bo-peep, favoar: Nay, an thou canst not 'smile as the wind And go the fools among: sits, thou'lt catch cold shortly: There, take my cox- Pr’ythee, nuncle, keep a school-master that can comb: Why, this fellow has banish'd two of his teach thy fool to lie; I would fain learn to lie. daughters, and did the third a blessing against his Lear. If you lie, sirrah, we'll have you whipped. will ; if thou follow him, thou must needs wear my Fool. I marvel, what kin thou and thy daughters coxcomb.--How now, nuncle? 'Would I had two are: they'll have me whipp'd for speaking true, coxcombs, and two daughters!
thou'lt have me whipp'd for lying; and, sometimes, Lear. Why, my boy?
I am whipp'd for holding my peace. I had rather Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep my be any kind of thing, than a fool: and yet I would coxcombs myself: There's mine : beg another of not be thee, nuncle; thou hast pared thy wit o’both thy daughters.
sides, and left nothing in the middle: Here comes Lear. Take heed, sirrah ; the whip.
one o'the parings. Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel; he
Enter GONERIL. mast be whipp'd out, when Lady, the brach, may frontlet on? Methinks, you are too much of late
Lear. How now, daughter? what makes that stand by the fire and stink. Lear. A pestilent gall to me!
i' the frown. Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.
Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thou had'st Lear. Do.
no need to care for her frowning; now thou art an Fool. Mark it, nuncle :
O without a figure : I am better than thou art now; Have more than thou shewest,
I am a fool, thou art nothing.–Yes, forsooth, I will Speak less than thou knowest,
hold my tongue; so your face (to Gon.) bids me, Lend less than thou owest,
though you say nothing. Mum, mum,
He that keeps nor crust nor crum,
Weary of all, shall want some.-
That's a shealed peascod. (Pointing to Lear.)
Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licens'd fool,
But other of your insolent retinue,
Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth
In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir,
I had thought, by making this well known unto you, Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd | To have found a safe redress; but now grow fearful, lawyer; you gave me nothing for't: Can you make By what yourself too late bave spoke and done, no use of nothing, nuncle ?
[of nothing. That you protect this course, and put it on Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made out By your allowance; which if you should, the fault
Fool. Pr'ythee, tell him, so much the rent of his would not 'scape censure, nor the redresses sleep; land comes to; he will not believe a fool. (To Kent.) Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal, Leur. A bitter fool!
Might in their working do you that offence, Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, which else were shame, that then necessity between a bitter fool and a sweet fool ?
Will call discreet proceeding.
Fool. For you trow, puncle,
The hedge-sparro fed the cuckoo so long,
That it had its head bit off by its young. Come place him here by me,
So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling.
Lear. Are you our daughter?
Gon. Come, sir, I would, you would make use
of that good wisdom whereof I know you are The one in motley here,
fraught; and put away these dispositions, which of The other found out there!
late transform you from wbat you rightly are. Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy?
Fool. May not an ass know, when the cart draws Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away; the horse ?-Whoop, Jug! I love thee. that thou wast born with.
Lear. Does any here know me?-Why, this is Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord. not Lear: does Lear walk thus? speak thus? Where
Fool. No, 'faith, lords and great men will not are his eyes ? Either his notion weakens, or his dislet me; if I had a monopoly out, they would have cernings are lethargied. Sleeping or waking ?part on't: and ladies too, they will not let me bave Ha! sure 'tis not so.-Who is it that can tell me all fool to myself; they'll be snatching.–Give me who I am ?-Lear's shadow? I would learn that ; an egg, puncle, and I'll give thee two crowns. for by the marks of sovereignty, knowledge, and Lear. What two crowns shall they be?
reason, I should be false persuaded I had daughFool. Why, after I bave cut the egg i'the middle, tersand eat up the meat, the two crowns of the egg. Fool. Which they will make an obedient father. When thou clovest thy crown i' the middle, and Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman? gavest away both parts, thon borest thine ass on Gon. Come, sir; thy back over the dirt : Thou had'st little wit in thy This admiration is much o'the favour bald crown, when thou gavest thy golden one away, or other your new pranks. I do beseech you If I speak like myself in this, let bim be whipp'd To understand my purposes aright: that first finds it so.
As you are old and reverend, you sbould be wise :
Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires ; | She'll say thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find, Men so disorder'd, so debauch'd, and bold, That I'll resume the shape which thou dost think That this our court, infected with their manners, I have cast off for ever; thou shalt, I warrant thee. Shews like a riotous inn: epicurism and last
[Exeunt Lear, Kent, and Attendants, Make it more like a tavern, or a brothel,
Gon. Do yoa mark that, my lord? Than a grac'd palace. The shame itself doth speak Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril, For instant remedy: Be then desir'd
To the great love I bear you, By ber, that else will take the thing she begs, Gon. Pray you, content.-What, Oswald, bo! A little to disquantity your train;
You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master. And the remainder, that shall still depend,
(To the Fool.) To be such men as may besort your age,
Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and také And know themselves and you.
the fool with thee. Lear. Darkness and devils !
A fox, when one bas caught ber, Saddle my horses ; call my train together.
And such a daughter, Degenerate bastard! I'll not trouble thee;
Should sure to the slaughter, Yet bave I left a daughter.
If my cap would buy a halter ; Gon. You strike my people; and your disorder'd
So the fool follows after. Make servants of their betters.
Gon. This man hath bad good counsel
:-A har Enter ALBANY.
dred knights! Lear. Woe, that too late repents.-0, sir, are 'Tis politio, and safe, to let him keep
(horses. At point, a hundred knights. Yes, that on every Is it your will ? (to Alb.) Speak, sir.- Prepare my
dream, Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,
Each baz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike, More hideous, when thou shew'st thee in a child, He may enguard bis dotage with their powers, Than the sea-monster!
And hold our lives in mercy:-Oswald, I say! Alb.
Pray, sir, be patient. Alb. Well, you may fear too far. Lear. Detested kite! thou liest: (To Goneril.) Gon.
Safer than trast: My train are men of choice and rarest parts, Let me still take away the harms I fear, That all particulars of duty know;
Not fear still to be taken. I know his heart: And in the most exact regard support
What he hath utter'd, I have writ my sister; The worships of their name.-0 most small fault, If she sustain him and his hundred knights, How ugly didst thou in Cordelia shew!
When I have shew'd the unfitness. -How now, Which, like an engine, wrench'd my frame of nature
Oswald? From the fix'd place; drew from my heart all love,
Enter Steward. And added to the gall. 0, Lear, Lear, Lear! What, have you writ that letter to my sister? Beat at this gate, that let thy folly in,
Stew. Ay, madam.
[horse: (Štriking his head.) Gon. Take you some company, and away tə And thy dear judgment oot!-Go, go, my people. Inform her full of my particular fear;
Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant And thereto add such reasons of your own, of what hath mov'd you.
[hear; | As may compact it more.
Get you gone; Lear. It may be so, my lord.--Hear, nature, And hasten your return. [Exit Stew] No, no, ny Dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if
lord, Thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful! This milky gentleness, and course of yours, Into ber womb convey sterility!
Though I condemn it not, yet, under pardon, Dry up in her the organs of increase;
You are much more attask'd for want of wisdom, And from her derogate body never spring
Than prais'd for harmful mildness. A babe to honour her! If she must teem,
Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell; Create her child of spleen; that it may live, Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. And be a thwart disnator'd torment to her!
Gon. Nay, thenLet it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth;
Alb. Well, well; the event.
[Esega! With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks;
SCENE V.- Court before the same.
Enter LEAR, KENT, and Pool.
Lear. Go you before to Gloster with these let. To have a chankless child!-Away, away! [Exit. ters : acquaint my daughter no further with asy Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes thing you know, than comes from her demand oat this?
of the letter: If your diligence be not speedy, I shall Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause;
be there before you. But let his disposition have that scope
Kent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have deliThat dotage gives it.
vered your letter.
[Erit. Re-enter LEAR.
Fool, If a man's brains were in his heels, were't What, fifty of my followers, at a clap!
not in danger of kibes ? Within a fortnight?
Lear. Ay, boy. Alb.
What's the matter, sir? Fool. Then, I pr’ythee, be merry; thy wit sball asbam'd
Lear. Ha, ha, ha! That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus : Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use tber
(To Goneril.) kindly: for though she's as like this as a crab is That these hot tears, which break from me perforce, like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell. Should make thee worth them.—Blasts and fogs Lear. Why, what can'st thou tell, my boy?
Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does The untented woundings of a father's curse to a crab. Thou canst tell, why one's nose stands Pierce every sense about thee !--Old fond eyes, i'the middle of his face? Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out;
Lear. No. And cast you, with the waters that you lose, Fool. Why, to keep his eyes on either side bis To temper clay.-Ha! is it come to this?
that what a man cannot smell out, he may Let it be so :-Yet have I left a daughter, Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable;
Lear, I did her wrong:When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails Fool. Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell ?