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Edg. Why, then your other senses grow im-
By your eyes' anguish.
Glo. So may it be, indeed:
In better phrase, and matter, than thou didst.
Glo. Methinks, you are better spoken.
Look up a-height;-the shrill-gorg'd
Cannot be seen or beard: do but look up.
alter'd; and thou Is wretchedness depriv'd that beneft,
Up-So-How is't? Feel you your legs? You
Glo. Too well, too well.
Edg. This is above all strangeness.
Upon the crown o'the cliff, what thing was that
And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low!
Show scarce so gross as beetles: Half way
Hangs one that gathers samphire;
Methinks he seems no bigger than his head:
Diminish'd to her cock! her cock, a buoy
Glo. O you mighty gods!
This world I do renounce; and, in your sights,
To quarrel with your great opposeless wills,
[He leaps and falls along. Edg. Gone, Sir ? farewell.And yet I know not how conceit may rob The treasury of life, when life itself Yields to the theft: Had he been where he thought,
By this, had thought been past.-Alive, or dead?
Ho, you Sir ! friend!-Hear you, Sir ?-speak!
Glo. Away, and let me die.
Edg. Hadst thou been aught but gossomer,
So many fathom down precipitating,
Hast heavy substance: bleed'st not; speak'st;
Ten masts at each make not the altitude,
Glo. A poor unfortunate beggar.
Edg. As I stood here below, methought, his,
Were two full moons; he had a thousand noses,
It was some fiend: Therefore, thou happy fa-
Of men's impossibilities, have preserv'd thee.
I took it for a man; often 'twould say,
Enter LEAB, fantastically dressed up with
The safer sense will ne'er accommodate
Lear. No, they cannot touch me for coining;
Edg. O thou side-piercing sight!
Lear. Nature's above art in that respect.-There's your press-money. That fellow handles his bow like a crow-keeper: draw me a clothier's yard. -Look, look, a mouse! Peace, peace-this piece of toasted cheese will do't. -There's my gauntlet; I'll prove it on a giant. -Bring up the brown bills. -0, well flown, bird -i'the clout, i'the clout: ¶ hewgb I-Give the word. **
Edg. Sweet marjoram.
Glo. I know that voice.
Glo. But have I fallen, or no?
Edg. From the dread summit of this chalky Got 'tween the lawful sheets.
Lear. Ha! Goneril!-with a white beard !--
Glo. The trick tt of that voice I do well re-
Lear. Ay, every inch a king:
When I do stare, see, how the subject quakes.
Thou shalt not die: Die for adultery! No :
Let copulation thrive, for Gloster's bastard son
To't, luxury, pell-mell, for I lack soldiers.Behold yon' simpering dame,
Whose face between her forks presageth snow; That minces virtue, and does shake the head To hear of pleasure's name ;
The fitchew, nor the soiled horse, goes to't
But to the girdle do the gods inherit, + Beneath is all the fiends'; there's hell, there's darkness,
There is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, stench, consumption;-Fie, fie, fie! pah; pah! Give ine an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination: there's money for thee.
Glo. O, let me kiss that hand!
Lear. Let me wipe it first; it smells of mortality.
Glo. O ruin'd piece of nature! This great world [me? Shall so wear out to nought.-Dost thou know Lear. I remember thine eyes well enough. Dost thou squiny at me? No, do thy worst, blind Cupid; I'll not love.-Read thou this challenge; mark but the penning of it.
Glo. Were all the letters suns, I could not see
Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; Robes, and furr'd gowns, hide all. Plate sin with gold,
And the strong lauce of justice hurtless breaks :
Pull off my boots :-harder, harder; so.
Edg. O, matter and impertinency mix'd! Reason in madness!
Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes take my
The natural fool of fortune.-Use me well;
Gent. You shall have any thing.
Why, this would make a man, a man of salt,
Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom:
I will be jovial; come, come; I am a king,
Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey yon. Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, as you get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, [Exit, running; Attendants follow. Gent. A sight most pitiful in the incanest wretch;
Past speaking of in a king!-Thou hast one daughter,
Who redeems nature from the general curse Which twain have brought her to.
Edg. Hail, gentle Sir.
Gent. Sir, speed you: What's your wil!? Edg. Do you hear aught, Sir, of a battle toward ?
Gent. Most sure, and vulgar: every one hears that, Which can distinguish sound.
Edg. But, by your favour, How near's the other army?
Gent. Near, and on speedy foot; the main descry Stands on the hourly thought.
Edg. I thank you, Sir: that's all.
Gent. Though that the queen on special cause is here, Her army is mov'd on. Edg. I thank yon, Sir.
[Exit GENT. Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath from me;
Let not my worser spirit tempt me again To die before you please!
Edg. Well pray yon, father.
Glo. Now, good Sir, what are you?
Edg. A most poor mau, made tame by fortune's blows; Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows, Am pregnant to good pity. Give me your hand, I'll lead you to some biding.
Glo. Hearty thanks :
The bounty and the benison § of heaven
Stew. A proclaim'd prize! Most happy! That eyeless head of thine was first fram'd flesh
To raise my fortunes.-Thou old unhappy trai
Put strength enough to it.
[EDGAR opposes. Stew. Wherefore, bold peasant, Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence;
Lest that the infection of bis fortune take
• 1. e. A man of tears.
The main body is expected to be descried every hour. ↑ Evil genius. Blessing. 1 Reward, recompence. Quickly recollect the offences of thy life.
Edg. Ch'ill not let go, Zir, without vurther | To match thy goodness? My life will be too
Stew. Let go, slave, or thou diest.
Edg. Good gentleman, go your galt, and let poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been zwagger'd out of my life, 'twould not ha' been zo long as 'tis by a vortnight, Nay, come not near the old man; keep out, che vor'ye, or ise try whether your costard or my batt be the barder: Ch'ill be plain with you. Stew. Out, dunghill !
Edg. Ch'ill pick your teeth, Zir: Come; no matter vor your foins. §
[They fight; and EDGAR knocks him
Stew. Slave, thou hast slain me :-Villain, take my purse; If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;
And give the letters, which thou find'st about
To Edmund earl of Gloster; seek him out
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress,
Glo. What, is he dead?
Edg. Sit you down, father; rest you.Let's see his pockets: these letters; that he speaks of, [sorry May be my friends.-He's dead; I am only He had no other death's-man.-Let us see:Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blame us
To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their hearts;
GONERIL. O undistinguish'd space of woman's will!A plot upon her virtuous husband's life; And the exchange, my brother!-Here, in the sands,
Thee I'll rake up, the post unsanctified of murderous lechers: and, in the mature time, With this ungracious paper strike the sight of the death-practis'd duke: For him 'tis well, That of thy death and business I can tell.
[Exit EDGAR, dragging out the Body. Glo. The king is mad: How stiff is my vile sense,
That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling
Edg. Give me your band:
Far off, methinks I hear the beaten drum. Come, father, I'll bestow you with a friend. [Exeunt.
Their papers, is more lawful. ||
Your wife, (so I would say,) and your
Enter CORDELIA and KENT.
Cor. O thou good Kent, how shall I live and
To rip their papers is more lawful. I'll cover thee (the dead steward) in the sands
Go your way. Thrusts.
And every measure fail me.
Kent. To be acknowledg'd, madam, is o'erpaid.
All my reports go with the modest truth;
These weeds are memories of those worser hours;
I pr'ythee, put them off.
Kent. Pardon me, dear madam ;
Yet to be known, shortens my made intent: t My boon I make it, that you know me not, Till time and I think meet.
Cor. Then be it so, my good lord.-How does the king? [To the PHYSICIAN. Phys. Madam, sleeps stili. Cor. O you kind gods, Cure this great breach in his abused nature! The untun'd and jarring senses, O wind up Of this child-changed father! Phys. So please your majesty,
That we may wake the king? he hath slept long, Cor. Be govern'd by your knowledge, and proceed
I'the sway of your own will. Is he array'd? Gent. Ay, madam: in the heaviness of his sleep,
We put fresh garments on him.
Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do awake him;
I doubt not of his temperance.
Phys. Please you, draw near.-Louder the music there.
Cor. O my dear father! Restoration, hang Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters Have in thy reverence made!
Kent. Kind and dear princess !
Cor. Had you not been their father, these white flakes
Had challeng'd pity of them. Was this a face To be expos'd against the warring winds?
stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder?
In the most terrible and nimble stroke
of quick, cross lightning? to watch, (poor perdu !) $ With this thin helm ? Mine enemy's dog, Though he had bit me, should have stood that night Against my fire: And wast thou fain, poor father,
To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn, In short and musty straw? Alack, alack! 'Tis wonder, that thy life and wits at once Had not concluded all.-He wakes; speak to him.
Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone awhile.
Lear. Where have I been 3-Where am I?
Fair day-light ?SCENE VIL-A Tent in the French Camp. I am mightily abus'd.—I should even die with LEAR on a Bed, asleep: PHYSICIAN, TLEMAN, and others, attending.
Phys. Madam, do you: 'tis fittest.
Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares your majesty?
Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'the grave:
Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
Cor. Sir, do you know me ?
Lear. You are a spirit, I know; When did you die?
Cor. Still, still, far wide!
To see another thus.-I know not what to say.-I will not swear, these are my hands :-let's see;
I feel this pin prick, "Would I were assur'd
Cor. O look upon me, Sir,
And hold your hands in benediction o'er me :— No, Sir, you must not kneel.
Lear. Pray, do not mock me : I am a very foolish fond old man, Fourscore and upward; and, to deal plainly, I fear I am not in my perfect mind. Methinks I should know you, and know this
Yet I am doubtful: for I am mainly ignorant What place this is; and all the skill I have Remembers not these garments; nor 1 know
Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh at
For as I am a man, I think this lady
To be my child Cordelia.
Cor. And so I am, I am.
Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray, weep not:
If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
I know, you do not love me; for your sisters
Cor. No cause, no cause.
Lear. Am I in France?
Kent. In your own kingdom, Sir.
Phys. Be comforted, good madam: the great
You see is cur'd in him: and yet it is danger
Cor. Will't please your highness walk?
Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old and
[Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, PHYSICIAN, and Attendants.
Gent. Holds it true, Sir,
That the duke of Cornwall was so slain ? Kent. Most certain, Sir.
Gent. Who is conductor of his people? Kent. As 'tis said,
The bastard son of Gloster.
Gent. They say, Edgar,
His banish'd son, is with the earl of Kent In Germany.
Tell me,-but truly,-but then speak the truth,
Reg. But have you never found my brother's
wrought, Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's
To the forefended⚫ place?
Edm. That thought abuses yon.
Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.
Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord,
She, and the duke her husband,——
Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers.
Gon. I had rather lose the pattle than that sister
Should loosen him and me.
Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.-Sir, this I hear,-The king is come to his daughter,
Kent. Report is changeable.
'Tis time to look about; the powerst o'the
Kent. The arbitrement ‡ is like to be a bloody.
With others, whom the rigour of our state
• To reconcile it to his apprehension. ↑ Forces. i Decision. His settled resolution.
Most just and heavy causes make oppose.
Reg. Why is this reason'd?
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy:
Alb. Let us then determine
With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Edm. I shall attend you presently at your
I can produce a champion, that will prove
Edg. I was forbid it.
When time shall serve, let but the berald cry, [Exit. And I'll appear again. Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy paper.
Edm. The enemy's in view; draw up your powers
Here is the guess of their true strength and forces
By diligent discovery;-but your haste
+ Imposes on you. Opposition.
1 J. c. Emboldens him. 1. e. All designs against your life will have an end Be ready to meet the occasion.
Each jealous of the other, as the stung
Let her, who would be rid of him, devise
SCENE II-A Field between the Two
Edm. Take them away.
Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, caught thee? The gods themselves throw incense. Have I
He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven,
Alarum within.-Enter, with Drum and Colours, LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces; and Exeunt.
Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER.
And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine eyes; fell, t The goujeers shall devour them, flesh, and
Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see them starve first.
[Exeunt LEAR, and CORDELIA guarded. Edm. Come hither, captain; hark. Take thou this note; [Giving a Paper.] go, follow them to prison:
One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost
either say, thou 'it
For your good host; pray that the right may thrive :
If ever I return to you again,
I'll bring you comfort.
Glo. Grace go with you, Sir! [Exit EDGAR. Alarums; afterwards a Retreat.-Re-enter EDGAR.
Edg. Away, old man, give me thy hand,
King Lear bath lost, he and his daughter ta'en:
Glo. No further, Sir; a man may rot even here.
Will not bear question;
Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou hast done.
Until their greater pleasures first be known
Their going hence, even as their coming hither:
fark,-I say, instantly; and carry it so, As I have set it down.
[Exeunt. SCENE III.-The British Camp near Dover. Eater, in Conquest, with Drum and Colours, EDMUND; LEAR and CORDELIA, as Prisoners; Officers, Soldiers, &c. Edm. Some officers take them away: good guard;
Off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work, I will do it.
[Exit OFFICER. Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, OFFICERS, and Attendants.
Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your val
fortune led you well: You have the cap-
Who were the opposites of this day's strife:
Edm. Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
My reason all the same; and they are ready
1. c. Make my party good. +1e. To be ready prepared, is all.
1 Pass judgment on them.
Cor. We are not the first,
For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;
Shall we not see these daughters, and these
Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to
We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage:
And ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live,
Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's
friend; We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd
Alb. Sir, by your patience,
I hold you but a subject of this war,
And take upon us the mystery of things,
That ebb and flow by the moon.
Reg. That's as we list to grace him. manded, Methinks our pleasure might have been de
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers;
Gon. Not so hot :
In his own grace he doth exalt himself, More than in your advancement.
Reg. In my rights,
By ine invested, he compeers the best.
• The French disease.
+ Skin. 1 Admit of debate. To be discoursed of in greater privacy. Authority to act on his own judgment.