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brother, till you can derive from him better testi- | ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and mamony of his intent, you shall run a certain course ; ledictions against king and nobles; needless diffiwhere, if you violently proceed against him, mis- dences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, taking his purpose, it would make a great gap in nuptial breaches, and I know not what. your own honour, and shake in pieces the heart of Edg. How long have you been a sectary astronohis obedience. I dare pawn down my life for him, mical? that he hath writ this to feel my affection to your Edm. Come, come; when saw you my fatlver honour, and to no other pretence of danger.
last? Glo. Think you so ?
Edg. Why, the night gone by. Edm. If your honour judge it meet, I will place Edm. Spake you with him? you where you shall hear us confer of this, and by Edg. Ay, two hours together. an auricular assurance have your satisfaction; and Edm. Parted you in good terms ? Found you no that without any further delay than this very evening. displeasure in him, by word, or countenance ? Glo. He cannot be such a monster.
Edg. None at all. Edm. Nor is not, sure.
Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely offended him: and at my entreaty, forbear his preloves him. - Heaven and earth! - Edmund, seek sence, till some little time hath qualified the heat him out; wind me into him, I pray you ; frame the of his displeasure ; which at this instant so rageth business after your own wisdom : I would unstate in him, that with the mischief of your person it myself, to be in a due resolution.
would scarcely allay. Edm. I will seek him, sir, presently; convey the Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong. business as I shall find means, and acquaint you Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a conwithal.
tinent forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon por- slower ; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, tend no good to us : Though the wisdom of nature from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself speak : Pray you, go; there's my key : - If you do scourged by the sequent effects : love cools, friend- stir abroad, go armed. ship falls off, brothers divide : in cities, mutinies ; Edg. Armed, brother? in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best; go armed; bond cracked between son and father. . This villain I am no honest man, if there be any good meaning
f mine comes under the prediction; there's son towards you : I have told you what I have seen and against father : the king falls from bias of nature; heard, but faintly; nothing like the image and there's father against child. We have seen the best horror of it: Pray you, away. of our time :· Machinations, hollowness, treachery, Edg. Shall I hear from you anon? and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our Edm. I do serve you in this business. graves ! - Find out this villain, Edmund; it shall
[Exit EDGAR. lose thee nothing ; do it carefully :- And the noble A credulous father, and a brother noble, and true-bearted Kent banished ! his offence, ho- Whose nature is so far from doing harms, nesty! Strange! strange!
[Erit. That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the world! My practices ride easy! - I see the business. that, when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeit Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit : of our own behaviour,) we make guilty of our dis- | All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. (Exit. asters, the sun, the moon, and the stars : as if we were villains by necessity; fools, by heavenly compulsion; SCENE III. - A Room in the Duke of Albany's knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical predo
Palace. minance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an
Enter GONERIL and Steward. enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on: An Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his chiding of his fool ? goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My Stew. Ay, madam. father compounded with my mother under the Gon. By day and night! he wrongs me; every dragon's tail : and my nativity was under ursa
hour major ; so that it follows, I am rough and lecherous. He flashes into one gross crime or other,
- Tut, I should have been that I am, had the That set us all at odds : I'll not endure it: maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us bastardizing. Edgar
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,
[Horns within. portend these divisions ! fa, sol, la, mi.
Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, Edy. How now, brother Edmund? What serious You and your fellows ;' I'd have it come to conteinplation are you in ?
question : Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction 1 If he dislike it, let him to my sister, read this other day, what should follow these eclipses. Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, Edy. Do you busy yourself with that?
Not to be over-rul'd. Idle old man, Edm. I promise you, the effects be writes of, That still would manage those authorities, succeed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between the That he hath given away ! - Now, by my life, child and the parent ; death, dearth, dissolutions of Old fools are babes again; and must be us’d
With checks, as flatteries, when they are seen Lear. What says the fellow there ? Call the clotabus'd.
poll back. - Where's my fool, ho?- I think the Remember what I have said.
world's asleep. - How now? where's that mongrel? Stew.
Very well, madam. Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is not Gon. And let his knights have colder looks among well. you;
Lear. Why came not the slave back to me, when What grows of it, no matter ; advise your fellows I call’d him ?
Knight. Sir, he answer'd me in the roundest I would breed froin hence occasions, and I shall, manner, he would not. That I may speak: - I'll write straight to my sister, Lear. He would not ! To hold my very course : - - Prepare for dinner. Knight. My lord, I know not what the matter
[Eseunt. is; but, to my judgment, your highness is not en
tertain'd with that ceremonious affection as you SCENE IV. - A Hall in the same. were wont; there's a great abatement of kindness Enter Kent, disguised.
appears, as well in the general dependants, as in the
duke himself also, and your daughter. Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow, Lear. Ha! say'st thou so? That can my speech diffuse, my good intent Knight." I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if I May carry through itself to that full issue
be mistaken : for my duty cannot be silent, when I For which I raz'd my likeness. - Now, banish'a think your highness is wrong'd. Kent,
Lear. Thou but remember'st me of mine own If thou can'st serve where thou dost stand con- conception ; I have perceived a most faint neglect of demn'd,
late ; which I have rather blamed as mine own jea (So may it come !) thy master, whom thou lov'st, lous curiosity, than as a very pretence and purpose Shall find thee full of labours.
of unkindness : I will look further into't. - Bu
where's my fool ? I have not seen him this two days. Horns within. Enter LEAR, Knights, and Attendants.
Knight. Since my young lady's going into France,
sir, the fool hath much pined away. Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner ; go, get Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well. it ready. (Exit an Attendant.] How now, what art Go you, and tell my daughter I would speak with thou ?
her. Go you, call bither my foolKent. A man, sir. Lear. What dost thou profess? What would'st
Re-enter Steward. thou with us?
O, you sir, you sir, come you hither : Who am I Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem ; to sir ? serve him truly, that will put me in trust ; to love Stew. My lady's father. him that is honest; to converse with him that is wise, Lear. My lady's father ! my lord's knare: you and says little; to fear judgment; to fight, when i whoreson dog! you slave! you cur! cannot choose ; and to eat no fish.
Stew. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech you, Lear. What art thou ?
pardon me. Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal? as the king.
Striking hens, Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is
Stew. I'll not be struck, my
lord. for a king, thou art poor enough. What would'st Kent. Nor tripped neither ; you base football thou ?
(Tripping up his kertaa Kent. Service.
Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest me, and Lear. Who would'st thou serve ?
I'll love thee. Kent. You.
Kent. Come, sir, arise, away; I'll teach you dil Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow :
ferences; away, away. If you will measure your Kent. No, sir ; but you have that in your coun- lubber's length again, tarry: but away; go to; tenance, which I would fain call master.
Have you wisdom? so. (Puskes the Steward out Lear. What's that ?
Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank the ; Kent. Authority.
there's earnest of thy service. (Giving Kest many Lear. What services canst thou do? Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar
Enter Fool. a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain mes- Fool. Let me hire him too;-Here's my cuscem sage bluntly ; that which ordinary men are fit for,
(Giving KENT disease I am qualify'd in: and the best of me is diligence. Lear. How now, my pretty knave? bow dost that! Lear. How old art thou ?
Fool. Sirrab, you were best take my crew Kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for Kent. Why, fool ? singing ; nor so old, to dote on her for any thing : Fool. Why? For taking one's part that is out I have years on my back forty-eight.
favour: Nay, an thou canst not smile as the wisd Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me; if I like sits, thou'lt catch cold shortly : There, take my con thee no worse after dinner, I will not part from the comb: Why, this fellow has banish'd two of time yet. - Dinner, ho, dinner. – Where's my knare daughters, and did the third a blessing against bis my fool ? Go you, and call my fool hither : will; if thou follow him, thou must needs te my Enter Steward.
coxcomb. - How now, nuncle? 'Would I fuad te
coxcombs, and two daughters! You, you, sirrah, where's my daughter ?
Lear. Why, my boy? Stew. So please you, –
Fool. If I gave them all my living, rd keep
coxcombs myself: There's mine ; beg another of Then they for sudden joy did weep, [Singing, thy daughters.
And I for sorrow sung, Lear. Take heed, sirrah ; the whip.
That such a king should play bo-peen, Foole Truth's a dog that must to kennel; he And go the fools among. must be whipp'd out, when Lady, the brach, may Pr’ythee, nuncle, keep a school-master that can stand by the fire and stink. Lear. A pestilent gall to me!
teach thy fool to lie; I would fain learn to lie. Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech,
Lear. If you lie, sirrah, we'll have you whipp'd. Lear. Do.
Fool. I marvel, what kin thou and thy daughters Fool. Mark it, nuncle:
are: they'll have me whipp'd for speaking true, Have more than thou showest,
thou'lt have me whipp'd for lying; and, sometimes, Speak less than thou knowest,
I am whipp'd for holding my peace. I had rather Lend less than thou owest,
be any kind of thing, than a fool : and yet I would Ride more than thou goest,
not be thee, nuncle ; thou hast pared thy wit o'both Learn more than thou trowest,
sides, and left nothing in the middle: Here comes Set less than thou throwest ;
one o'the parings.
Lear. How now, daughter? what makes that
frontlet on? Methinks, you are too much of late Lear. This is nothing, fool,
i' the frown. Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd law- Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thou had'st Fer; you gave me nothing for't : Can you make no no need to care for her frowning; now thou art an use of nothing, nuncle?
O without a figure : I am better than thou art now : Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made out I am a fool, thou art nothing. Yes, forsooth, I of nothing,
will hold my tongue; so your face [to Gon.) bids Pool. Pr’ythee, tell him, so much the rent of his me, though you say nothing. Mum, mum, land comes to; he will not believe a fool.
He that keeps nor crust nor crum, [TO KENT.
Weary of all, shall want some. Lear. A bitter fool!
That's a sheal'd peascod. [Pointing to LEAR, Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licens'd fool, between a bitter fool and a sweet fool ?
But other of your insolent retinue Lear. No, lad ; teach me.
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,
To have found a safe redress; but now grow fearful, Or do thou for him stand ;
By what yourself too late have spoke and done,
That you protect this course, and put it on
By your allowance; which, if you should, the fault
Would not 'scape censure, nor the redresses sleep; The other found out there.
Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal, Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy?
Might in their working do you that offence, Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away; Which else were shame, that then necessity that thou wast born with.
Will call discreet proceeding. Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord.
Fool. For you trow, nuncle, Fool. No, 'faith, lords and great men will not let The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, me ; if I had a monopoly out, they would have part
That it had its head bit off by its young. on't: and ladies too, they will not let me have all So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling. fool to myself; they'll be snatching:
Give me an
Lear. Are you our daughter ? egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two crowns.
Gon. Come, sir, I would you would make use Lear. What two crowns shall they be ?
of that good wisdom whereof I know you are Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i’ the middle, fraught; and put away these dispositions, which of and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the egg. late transform you from what you rightly are. When thou clovest thy crown i' the middle, and Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws gavest away both parts, thou borest thine ass on thy the horse ? - Whoop, Jug! I love thee. rack over the dirt: Thou had'st little wit in thy Lear. Does any here know me? - Why this is rald crown, when thou gavest thy golden one away. not Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus? If I speak like myself in this, let him be whipp'd Where are his eyes? Either his notion weakens, or hat first finds it so.
his discernings are lethargied. — Sleeping or wak
ing? — Ha! sure 'tis not so. — - Who is it that can Fools had ne'er less grace in a year; (Singing.
tell me who I am ? - Lear's shadow? I would For wise men are grown foppish;
learn that; for by the marks of sovereignty, knowAnd know not how their wits to wear,
ledge, and reason, I should be false persuaded I Their manners are so apish.
had daughters. Lear. When were you wont to be so full of songs, Fool. Which they will make an obedient father. sirrah?
Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman ? Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since thou Gon. Come, sir ; sadest thy daughters thy mother : for when thou This admiration is much o'the favour avest them the rod, and put'st down thine own of other your new pranks. I do beseech you reeches,
To understand my purposes aright:
you come ?
As you are old and reverend, you should be wise : Alb.
What's the matter, sir? Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires ; Lear. I'll tell thee ; – Life and death! I am Men so disorder'd, so debauch'd and bold,
asham'd That this our court, infected with their manners, That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus : Shows like a riotous inn: epicurism and lust
(To GONERIL Make it more like a tavern or a brothel,
That these hot tears, which break from me pere Than a grac'd palace. The shame itself doth
Should make thee worth them, Blasts and fogs For instant remedy: Be then desir'd
upon thee! By her, that else will take the thing she begs, The untented woundings of a father's curse A little to disquantity your train;
Pierce every sense about thee! - Old fond eyes, And the remainder, that shall still depend,
Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out; To be such men as may besort your age,
And cast you, with the waters that you lose, And know themselves and you.
To temper clay. — Ha! is it come to this? Lear.
Darkness and devils !. Let it be so: — Yet have I left a daughter, Saddle my horses ; call my train together.
Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable ; 1 Degenerate bastard ! I'll not trouble thee ;
When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails Yet have I left a daughter.
She'll flay thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find, Gon. You strike my people ; and your disorder'd That I'll resume the shape which thou dost think rabble
I have cast off for ever ; thou shalt, I warrant thee. Make servants of their betters.
(Ereunt LEAR, KENT, and Attendants.
Gon. Do you mark that, my lord ?
Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril,
Gon. Pray you content. What, Oswald, ho! Is it your will ? [To ALB.] Speak, sir. Prepare You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master. my horses.
(To the Fool Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,
Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and take
A fox when one has caught ber,
And such a daughter,
Should sure to the slaughter, My train are men of choice and rarest parts,
If my cap would buy a halter ; That all particulars of duty know ;
So the fools follow after.
(Eza. And in the most exact regard support
Gon. This man bath had good counsel :- A The worships of their name. O most small fault,
hundred knights ! How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show!
'Tis politick, and safe, to let him keep Which, like an engine, wrench'd my frame of nature At point a hundred knights. Yes, that on every From the fix'd place; drew from my heart all love,
dream, And added to the gall. O Lear, Lear, Lear! Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike, Beat at this gate, that let thy folly in,
He may cnguard his dotage with their powers,
(Striking his head. And hold our lives in mercy. - Oswald, I say!And thy dear judgment out! — Go, go, my people, Alb. Well, you may fear too far. Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant
Safer than trust : Of what hath mov'd you.
Let me still take away the harms I fear, Lear. It may be 'so, my lord, - Hear, nature, Not fear still to be taken. I know his heart : hear;
What he hath utter'd, I have writ my sister; Dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if
If she sustain him and his hundred knights,
What, have you writ that letter to my sister? Create her child of spleen ; that it may live,
Stew. Ay, madam. And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her!
Gun. Take you some company, and away to Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth;
horse : With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks;
Inform her full of my particular fear; Turn all her mother's pains, and benefits,
And thereto add such reasons of your own, To laughter and contempt; that she may feel As may compact it more. Get you gone; How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
And hasten your return. [Erit Stew.) No, no, y To have a thankless child ! - Away, away! [Exit.
lord, Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes This milky gentleness, and course of yours, this?
Though I condemn it pot, yet, under pardon. Gomo Never afflict yourself to know the cause ; You are much more attask'd for want of wisdiens But let his disposition have that scope
Than prais'd for harmful mildness. That dotage gives it.
Ab. How far your eyes may pierce, I am
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
Alb. Well, well; the event.
Fool. Nor I neither ; but I can tell why a snail
Fool. Why, to put his head in; not to give it Lear. Go you before to Gloster with these letters: away to his daughters, and leave his horns without acquaint my daughter no further with any thing a case. you know, than comes from her demand out of the Lear. I will forget my nature. - So kind a letter: If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be father! - Be my horses ready? there before you.
Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason Kent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have why the seven stars are no more than seven, is a delivered your letter.
[Erit. pretty reason. Fool. If a man's brains were in his heels, were't Lear. Because they are not eight? not in danger of kibes?
Fool. Yes, indeed : Thou wouldest make a good Lear. Ay, boy
fool. Fool. Then, I pr’ythee, be merry; thy wit shall Lear. To take it again perforce ! - Monster not go slip-shod.
ingratitude ! Lear. Ha, ha, ha!
Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee Fool. Shalt see, thy other daughter will use thee beaten for being old before thy time. kindly : for though she's as like this as a crab is like Lear. How's that? an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.
Fool. Thou should'st not have been old, before Lear. Why, what canst thou tell, my boy? thou hadst been wise.
Fool. She will taste as like this, as a crab does to Lear. O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet beaven a crab. Thou canst tell, why one's nose stands i’the Keep me in temper; I would not be mad! middle of his face? Lear. No.
Enter Gentleman. Fool. Why, to keep his eyes on either side his How now! are the horses ready? nose; that what a man cannot smell out, he may Gent. Ready, my lord. spy into.
Lear. Come, boy. Lear. I did her wrong:
Fool. She that is maid now, and laughs at my Fool. Can'st tell how an oyster makes his
departure, shell ?
Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut Lear. No.
SCENE I. - A Court within the Castle of the Earl | Have you not spoken 'gainst the duke of Cornwall ? of Gloster.
He's coming hither ; now, i' the night, i' the haste, Enter EDMUND and CURAN, meeting.
And Regan with him; Have you nothing said
Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany ? Edm. Save thee, Curan.
Advise yourself. Cur. And you, sir. I have been with your Edg.
I am sure on't, not a word. father; and given him notice, that the duke of Edm. I hear my father coming,—Pardon me :Cornwall, and Regan his duchess, will be here with In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you :him to-night.
Draw : Seem to defend yourself: Now quit you Edm. How comes that?
well. Cur. Nay, I know not: You have heard of the Yield: come before my father ;-Light, ho, here ! news abroad; I mean, the whispered ones, for they Fly, brother ;— Torches ! torches ! So, farewell.are yet but ear-kissing arguments ?
(Exit EDGAR. Édm. Not I; 'Pray you, what are they? Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward,
(Wounds his arm. 'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Albany?
Of my more fierce endeavour: I have seen drunkards Edm. Not a word.
Do more than this in sport. — Father! father! Cur. You may then, in time. Fare you well, sir. Stop, stop! No help?
[Exit. Edm. The duke be here to-night? The better!
Enter GLOSTER and Servants with torches. Best !
Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain ? This weaves itself perforce into my business !
Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword My father hath set guard to take my brother; And I have one thing, of a queazy question, Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon Which I must act :- Briefness, and fortune, To stand his auspicious mistress : work!
But where is he? Brother, a word ; - descend :- Brother, I say; Edm. Look, sir, I bleed.
Where is the villain, Edmund ? Enter EDGAR.
Edm. Fled this way, sir. · When by no means My father watches :-O sir, fly this place;
he could ntelligence is given where you are hid ;
Glu. Pursue him, ho!-Go after. — (Exit Serv.] Tou have now the good advantage of the night :
By no means,