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Unkind as she is, I cannot see her wretched,
But must be near to wait upon her fortune.
Who knows but the blest minute yet may come,
When Edgar may do service to Cordelia
That charming hope still ties me to the oar
Of painful life, and makes me too submit
To th’ humblest shifts to keep that life afoot.
My face I will besmear, and knit my locks;
The country gives me proof and precedent
Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices,
Strike in their numb’d and mortify'd bare arms
Pins, iron spikes, thorns, sprigs of rosemary;
And thus from sheep cotes, villages and mills,
Sometimes with pray'rs, sometimes with lunatic bans,
Enforce their charity. Poor Tyrligood poor Tom
That's something yet. Edgar I am no more. [Eait.


Before the EARL of Gloster's Castle.

KENT discovered, in the Stocks still.

Enter KING LEAR and his KNIGHTs.

Lear. "Tis strange, that they should so depart from home, And not send back our messenger. Kent. Hail, noble master Lear. How, mak'st thou this shame thy pastime? What's he that has so much mistook thy place, To set thee here * - Kent. It is both he and she, sir; your son and daughter. Lear. No. ICent. Yes,

Ilear. No, I say.

Kent. I say, yea.

Lear. They durst not do't:
They could not, would not do't.—
Resolve me with all modest haste, which way
Thou may'st deserve, or they impose this usage.

Kent. My lord, when at their home
I did commend your highness' letters to them,
Ere I was ris'n, arrived another post,
Stew'd in his haste, breathless and panting forth
From Goneril, his mistress, salutations;
Whose message being deliver'd, they took horse,
Commanding me to follow, and attend
The leisure of their answer; which I did :
But meeting here that other messenger,
Whose welcome I perceiv'd had poison'd mine,
Being the very fellow that of late
Had shown such rudeness to your highness, I,
Having more man than wit about me, drew;
On which he rais'd the house with coward cries:—
This was the trespass, which your son and daughter
Thought worth the shame you see it suffer here.

Lear. Oh this spleen swells upwards to my heart, And heaves for passage l—Down, thou climbing rage, Thy element's below. Where is this daughter?

Enter GLosTER, from the Castle.

Kent. Within, sir, at a masque.
Lear. Now Gloster?—Ha!
[GLostER whispers LEAR.

Deny to speak with me? Th'are sick, th’are weary,
They’ve travell'd hard to-night Mere fetches, sir,
Bring me a better answer.

Glost. My dear lord,
You know the fiery quality of the Duke.

Lear. Vengeance 1 death ! plague ! confusion 1 Fiery?—What quality?—Why Gloster, Gloster, I'd speak with the Duke of Cornwall and his wife.

Glost. I have inform'd them so. Lear. Inform'd them dost thou understand me, man I tell thee Gloster, Glost. Ay, my good lord. Lear. The king would speak with Cornwall; the dear father Would with his daughter speak, commands her serW1Ce. Are they inform'd of this My breath and blood! Fiery : The fiery duke o Tell the hot duke, No, but not yet; may be, he is not well; Infirmity doth still neglect all office; I beg his pardon, and I'll chide my rashness, That took the indispos'd and sickly fit For the sound man.—But wherefore sits he there * Death on my state this act convinces me, That this retiredness of the duke and her Is plain contempt.—Give me my servant forth.Go, tell the duke and’s wife I’d speak with 'em, Now, instantly.—Bid 'em come forth and hear me; Or at their chamber door I'll beat the drum, Till it cry, sleep to death.

Enter CoRN WALL, REGAN, CAPTAIN of the GUARDs, and ATTEN DANTs from the Castle.

Oh! are you come
Corn. Health to the king!
Reg. I am glad to see your highness.
Lear. Regan, I think you are; I know what cause
I have to think so. Shouldst thou not be glad,
I would divorce me from thy mother's tomb,
Sepulch'ring an adultress.-
Beloved Regan, thou wilt shake to hear
What I shall utter;-thou coud'st ne'er ha' thought
Thy sister's naught: O Regan, she has ty'd
Ingratitude like a keen vulture here;

I scarce can speak to thee. [KENt is set at liberty by the Attrix DANts. Reg. 1 pray you, sir, fake patience; I have hope That you know less to value her desert, Than she to slack her duty. Lear. Ha! How's that Reg. I cannot think my sister in the least Would fail in her respects; but if, perchance, She has restrain'd the riots of your followers, "Tis on such grounds, and to such wholesome ends, As clear her from all blame. Lear. My curses on her Reg. O, sir, you're old, And should content you to be rul’d and led By some discretion that discerns your state Better than you yourself; therefore, good sir, Return to our sister, and say you have wrong'd her. Lear. Ha! ask her forgiveness Do you but mark how this becomes the house: Dear daughter, I confess that I am old; Age is unnecessary; on my knees I beg, That you'll vouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food. Reg. Good sir, no more of these unsightly passions; Return back to our sister. Lear. Never, Regan; She hath abated me of half my train, Look'd black upon me, stabb'd me with her tongue: All the stor'd vengeances of Heav'n fall On her ingrateful head | Strike her young bones, Ye taking airs, with lameness!— Reg. O the blest gods! thus will you wish on me, When the rash mood Lear. No, Regan, thou shalt never have my curse; Thy tender nature cannot give thee o'er To such impiety; thou better know'st The offices of nature, bond of childhood, And dues of gratitude; thou bear'st in mind The half o'th' kingdom, which our love conferr'd On thee and thine.

Reg. Good sir, to th’ purpose.
Lear. Who put my man i'th' stocks :
[Trumpet sounds.
Corn. What trumpet's that -
Reg. I know't, my sister's; this confirms her letters.

Enter Osw ALD.

Sir, is your lady come!
Lear. More torture still !
Out, varlet, from my sight! [Strikes Oswald.
Corn. What means your grace'
Lear. Who stock'd my servant? Regan, I have
Thou didst not know it. [Trumpet sounds.

Enter Gon ERIL and Atten DANTs.

Who comes here Oh, Heav'ns !
If you do love old men; if your sweet sway
Allow obedience; if yourselves are old,
Make it your cause; send down, and take my part!
Why, Gorgon, dost thou come to haunt me here
Art not asham'd to look upon this beard
Darkness upon my eyes, they play me false!
O, Regan, wilt thou take her by the hand
Gon. Why not by th’ hand, sir? How have I of.
fended ?
All's not offence that indiscretion finds,
And dotage terms so.
Lear. Heart, thou art too tough
Reg. I pray you, sir, being old, confess you are so.
If, till the expiration of your month,
You will return, and sojourn with our sister,
Dismissing half your train, come then to me;
I'm now from home, and out of that provision
That shall be needful for your entertainment.
Lear. Return with her, and fifty knights dismiss'd :
No, rather I'll abjure all roofs, and chuse
To be companion to the midnight wolf,

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