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My naked head expos’d to th' merciless air,
Gon. At your choice, sir.
Reg. Your pardon, sir;
Lear, Is this well spoken, now?
What! fifty fol-
Gon. Why might not you, my lord, receive attend-
Reg. Why not, my lord ? If then they chance to
Lear. I gave you all!
Osw. What dost thou know me for?
Kent. For a base, proud, beggarly, white-livered, glass-gazing, super-serviceable, finical rogue; one that would be a pimp in way of good service, and art nothing but a composition of knave, beggar, coward, pander,
Osw. What a monstrous fellow art thou, to rail at one that is neither known of thee, nor knows thee!
Kent. Impudent slave! not know me, who but two days since tripped up thy heels before the king! Draw, miscreant, or I'll make the moon shine through thee.
[Drawing his Sword. Osw. What means the fellow? I tell thee, I have nothing to do with thee.
Kent. Draw, you rascal. I know your rogueship's office; you come with letters against the king, taking my young lady Vanity's part against her royal father: Draw, rascal. Osw. Murder! murder! help!
[E.xit, Kent after him.
Flourish of Trumpets.
Enter DUKE OF CORNWALL, REGAN, CAPTAIN OF
The GUARD, and ATTENDANTS; Gloster and
life Has been attempted by your impious son: But Edmund here has paid you strictest duty:
Glost. He did bewray his practice, and receiv'd
Corn. Is he pursued ?
Reg. Use our authority to apprehend The traitor, and do justice on his head. For you, Edmund, that have signaliz’d Your virtue, you from henceforth shall be ours; Natures of such firm trust we much shall need. A charming youth, and worth my farther thought!
Corn. Lay comfort, noble Gloster, to your breast, As we to ours. This night be spent in revels. We chuse you, Gloster, for our host to-night, A troublesome expression of our love. On, to the sports before us. [Noise within.]—Who
Enter OSWALD, pursued by Kent.
Reg. The messengers from our sister, and the king.
Kent. No marvel, you have so bestir'd your valour. Nature disclaims the dastard; a tailor made him.
Corn. Speak yet, how grew your quarrel ?
Osw. Sir, this old ruffian here, whose life I spar'd In pity to his beard,
Kent. Thou essence bottle!
Corn. Know'st thou our presence?
Kent. That such a slave as this should wear a sword
Glost. Why dost thou call him knave ?
Corn. No more, perhaps, does mine, nor his, or hers.
Corn. What's the offence you gave him?
Osw. Never any, sir;
Kent. Sir, I'm too old to learn;
[ATTENDANTS bring forth the Stocks. Corn. Bring forth the stocks; as I have life and
honour, There shall he sit till noon.
[Attendants seize Kent. Reg. Till noon, my lord! Till night, and all night
[ATTENDANTS put Kent into the Stocks. Glost. Let me beseech your graces to forbear him;
His fault is much, and the good king, his master,
Corn. We'll answer that;
[Exeunt all but Gloster into the Castle. Glost. I am sorry for thee, friend; 'tis the duke's
pleasure, Whose disposition will not be controllid; But I'll intreat for thee.
Kent. Pray do not, sir.I have watch'd and travell’d hard ; Some time I shall sleep out, the rest I'll whistle • Farewell t'ye, sir. [Exit Gloster into the Castle. Good king, that must approve the common saw ! Thou out of Heaven's benediction com'st To the warm sun.-All weary and o’erwatch'd, I feel the drowsy guest steal on me; take Advantage, heavy eyes, of this kind slumber, Not to behold this vile and shameful lodging.
Enter EDGAR. Edg. I heard myself proclaim'd, And by the friendly hollow of a tree, Escap'd the hunt. No port is free, no place, Where guards and most unusal vigilance Do not attend to take me, -How easy now Twere to defeat the malice of my trail, And leave my griefs on my sword's reeking point; But love detains me from death's peaceful cell, Still whispering me, Cordelia's in distress :