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Kent. Why, madam, if I were your father's dog,
You thould not use me so.
Reg.

Sir, being his knave, I will.

[Stocks brought out. Corn. This is a fellow of the self-fame colour Our sister speaks of:-Come, bring away the stocks.

Glo. Let ine beseech your grace not to do so :
His fault is much, and the good king his master
Will check him for’t: your purpos'd low correction
Is such, as baseft and contemned'st wretches,
For pilferings and most common trespasses,
Are punish'd with : the king must take it ill,
That he's so slightly valued in his messenger,
Should have him thus restrain'd.
Corn.

I'll answer that,
Reg. My sister may receive it much more worte,
To have her gentleman abus'd, assaulted,
For following her affairs. Put in his legs.--

[Kent is put in the stocks. Come, my good lord; away. [Exeunt Reg. and Corn.

Glo. I am sorry for thee, friend ; 'tis the duke's pleasure, Whose disposition, all the world well knows, Will not be rubb’d, nor stopp'd : I'll entreat for thee.

Kent. Pray, do not, fir: I have watch’d, and travellid hard; Some time I shall seep out, the rest I'll whistle. A good man’s fortune may grow out at heels : Give you good morrow! Glo. The duke's to blame in this; 'twill be ill taken.

[Exit. Kent. Good king, that must approve the common law! Thou out of heaven's benediction com 'It To the warm fun! Approach, thou beacon to this under globe, That by thy comfortable beams I may

Peruse

Peruse this letter!-Nothing almost sees miracles,
But misery;—I know, 'tis from Cordelia;
Who hath most fortunately been inform’d
Of my obscured course; and shall find time
From this enormous state,-seeking to give
Losses their remedies :-All weary and o’erwatch'd,
Take vantage, heavy eyes, not to behold
This shameful lodging.
Fortune, good night; smile once more; turn thy wheel!

[He sleeps.

SCENE III.

A Part of the Heath.

Enter EDGAR.
Edg. I heard myself proclaim'd;
And, by the happy hollow of a tree,
Escap'd the hunt. No port is free; no place,
That guard, and most unusual vigilance,
Does not attend my taking. While I may scape,
I will preserve myself: and am bethought
To take the basest and most poorest shape,
That ever penury, in contempt of man,
Brought near to beast: my face I'll grime with filth;
Blanket my

loins; elf all my hair in knots;
And with presented nakedness out-face
The winds, and persecutions of the sky.
The country gives me proof and precedent
Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices,
Strike in their numb'd and mortified bare arms
Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of roseniary;
And with this horrible object, from low farms,
Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes, and mills,
Sometime with lunatick bans, sometime with prayers,

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Enforce their charity-Poor Turlygood ! Poor Tom ! That's something yet ;-Edgar I nothing am. [Exit.

SCENE IV.

Before GLOSTER'S Caftle.

Enter LEAR, Fool, and Gentleman. Lear. 'Tis Itrange, that they should so depart from home. And not fènd back

my

messenger. Gent.

As I learn'd,
The night before there was no purpose in them
Of this remove.
Kent.

Hail to thee, noble master!
Lear. How!
Mak’st thou this shame thy pastime?
Kent.

No, my lord. Fool. Ha, ha ; look! he wears cruel garters! Horses are tied by the heads; dogs, and bears, by the neck; monkies by the loins, and men by the legs : when a man is overlusty at legs, then he wears wooden nether-stocks.

Lear. What's he that hath so much thy place mistook To set thee here ? Kent.

It is both he and she,
Your son and daughter.

Lear. No.
Kent. Yes.
Lear. No, I say.
Kent. I say, yea.
Lear. No, no; they would not.
Kent. Yes, they liave.
Lear. By Jupiter, I swear no.
Kent. By Juno, I swear ay.
Lear. They durit not dot;

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