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Unkind as she is, I cannot see her wretched,
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:
Kent. My lord, when at their home
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.
Deny to speak with me? Th'are sick, th’are weary,
Glost. My dear lord,
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
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.
Enter Osw ALD.
Sir, is your lady come!
Enter Gon ERIL and Atten DANTs.
Who comes here Oh, Heav'ns !