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Edg. Why, then your other senses grow im-

By your eyes' anguish.

Glo. So may it be, indeed:
Methinks thy voice is


In better phrase, and matter, than thou didst.
Edg. You are much deceiv'd; in nothing am
I chang❜d,
But in my garments.

Glo. Methinks, you are better spoken.
Edg. Come on, Sir; here's the place :-stand
still. How fearful

Look up a-height;-the shrill-gorg'd


Cannot be seen or beard: do but look up.
Glo. Alack, I have no eyes.--

alter'd; and thou Is wretchedness depriv'd that beneft,
To end itself by death? 'Twas yet some comfort,
When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage,
And frustrate his proud will.
Edg. Give me your arm:

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
Which parted from you?

And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low!
The crows, and choughs, that wing the mid-

way air,

Show scarce so gross as beetles: Half way

Hangs one that gathers samphire;



Methinks he seems no bigger than his head:
The fishermen that walk upon the beach,
Appear like mice; and you' tall anchoring

Diminish'd to her cock! her cock, a buoy
Almost too small for sight: The murinuring

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Glo. O you mighty gods!

This world I do renounce; and, in your sights,
Shake patiently my great affliction off":
If I could bear it longer, and not fall

To quarrel with your great opposeless wills,
My snuff, and loathed part of nature, should
Burn itself out. If Edgar live, O bless him!-
Now, fellow, fare thee well.

[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!
Thus might be pass indeed: -Yet he revives:
What are you, Sir?

Glo. Away, and let me die.

Edg. Hadst thou been aught but gossomer,
feathers, air,

So many fathom down precipitating,
Thou hadst shiver'd like an egg: but thou dost


Hast heavy substance: bleed'st not; speak'st;

art sound.

Ten masts at each make not the altitude,
Which thou hast perpendicularly fell;
Thy life's a miracle: Speak yet again.

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Glo. A poor unfortunate beggar.

Edg. As I stood here below, methought, his,

Were two full moons; he had a thousand noses,
Horns whelk'd † and wav'd like the enridged

It was some fiend: Therefore, thou happy fa-
Think that the clearest gods, who make them

Of men's impossibilities, have preserv'd thee.
Glo. I do remember now: henceforth I'l
Affliction, till it do cry out itself,
Enough, enough, and, die. That thing you
speak of,

I took it for a man; often 'twould say,
The fiend, the fiend: he led me to that place.
Edg. Bear free and patient thoughts.-But
who comes here?

Enter LEAB, fantastically dressed up with

The safer sense will ne'er accommodate
His master thus.

Lear. No, they cannot touch me for coining;
I am the king himself.

lark so

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.

Lear. Pass.

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.

bourn: ¶

Lear. Ha! Goneril!-with a white beard !--
They flatter'd me like a dog; and told me I had
white hairs in my beard, ere the black ones were
there. To say aye and no to every that I said
aye and no to, was no good divinity. When the
rain came to wet me once, and the wind to make
me chatter; when the thunder would not peace
at my bidding; there I found them, there I
smelt them out. Go to, they are not men o'their
words: they told me I was every thing; 'tis a
lie: I am not ague-proof.

Glo. The trick tt of that voice I do well re-
Is't not the king 1

Lear. Ay, every inch a king:

When I do stare, see, how the subject quakes.
I pardon that man's life: what was thy cause ?-

Thou shalt not die: Die for adultery! No :
The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly
Does lecher in my sight.

Let copulation thrive, for Gloster's bastard son
Was kinder to his father, than my daughters

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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
With a more riotous appetite.
Down from the waist they are centaurs,
Though women all above:

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


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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 :
Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it.
None does offend; none, I say, none; I'll able
'cm :
Take that of me, my friend, who have the power
To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes;
And, like a scurvy politician, seem
To see the things thou dost not.-Now, now,
now, now:

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

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The natural fool of fortune.-Use me well;
You shall have ransom. Let me have a surgeon,
I am cut to the brains.

Gent. You shall have any thing.
Lear. No seconds? all myself?

Why, this would make a man, a man of salt,
To use his eyes for garden water-pots,
Ay, and for laying autuinn's dust.
Gent. Good Sir,-

Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom:


I will be jovial; come, come; I am a king,
My masters, know you that?

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
To boot, and boot!}}


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
Briefly thyself remember:-The sword is out
That must destroy thee.

Put strength enough to it.
Glo. Now let thy friendly hand

[EDGAR opposes. Stew. Wherefore, bold peasant, Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence;

Lest that the infection of bis fortune take
Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.

• 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.

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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
Upon the British party :0 untimely death!
Edg. I know thee well: A serviceable vil-

As duteous to the vices of thy mistress,
As badness would desire.

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
Of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract:
So should my thoughts be sever'd from my
And woes, by wrong imaginations, lose
The knowledge of themselves.

Re-enter EDGAR.

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. ||
[Reads.] Let our reciprocal vows be remem
bered. You have many opportunities to cut
him off: if your will want not, time and place
will be fruitfully offered. There is nothing
done, if he return the conqueror: Then am I
the prisoner, and his bed my jail; from the
loathed warmth whereof deliver me, and sup-To
ply the place for your labour.

Your wife, (so I would say,) and your
affectionate servant,


Cor. O thou good Kent, how shall I live and


+ Head.

↑ Club.

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;
Nor more, nor clipp'd, but so.
Cor. Be better-suited: *

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.
Cor. Very well.

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
Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
Do scald like molten lead.

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;

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I feel this pin prick, "Would I were assur'd
Of my condition.

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
Have, as I do remember, done me wrong,
You have some cause, they have not.

Cor. No cause, no cause.

Lear. Am I in France?

Kent. In your own kingdom, Sir.
Lear. Do not abuse me.

Phys. Be comforted, good madam: the great


You see is cur'd in him: and yet it is danger
To make him even o'er the time he has lost.
Desire him to go in; trouble him no more,
Till further settling.

Cor. Will't please your highness walk?
Lear. You must bear with me:

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,
Do you not love my sister?
Edm. In honour'd love.

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.
Edm. No, by mine honour, inadam.

Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord,
Be not familiar with her.
Edm. Fear me not:-

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
Approach apace.

Kent. The arbitrement ‡ is like to be a bloody.
Fare you well, Sir.
Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly

With others, whom the rigour of our state
Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest,
I never yet was valiant: for this business,
It touches us as France invades our land,
Not bolds the king; with others, whoin, I

• To reconcile it to his apprehension. ↑ Forces. i Decision. His settled resolution.


Most just and heavy causes make oppose.
Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.

Reg. Why is this reason'd?

Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy:
For these domestic and particular broils
Art not to question here.

Alb. Let us then determine

With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Edm. I shall attend you presently at your


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I can produce a champion, that will prove
What is avouched there: If you miscarry,
Your business of the world hath so an end,
And machination ceases. Fortune love you!
Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.

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.

Re-enter EDMUND.

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
Is now urg'd on you.

Alb. We will greet the time. ¶
Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my

• Forbidden

+ 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.


Scene II.

Each jealous of the other, as the stung
Are of the adder. Which of them sball I take?
Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd,
If both remain alive: To take the widow,
Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril;
And hardly shall I carry out my side,
Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use
His countenance for the battle; which being

Let her, who would be rid of him, devise
As for the mercy
His speedy taking off.
Which be intends to Lear, and to Cordelia,-
The battle done, and they within our power,
Shall never see his pardon: for my state
Stands on me to defend, not to debate.


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.

Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this


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
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way
To noble fortunes: Know thou this,-that men
Are as the time is: to be tender-minded
Does not become a sword :-Thy great employ-

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:
Give me thy band, come on.

Glo. No further, Sir; a man may rot even here.
Eg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must



Will not bear question;
Off. I'll do't, my lord.
or thrive by other means.

Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou hast done.

Until their greater pleasures first be known
That are to censure them.

Their going hence, even as their coming hither:
Ripeness is all: Come on.
Glo. And that's true too.

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
iant strain,


fortune led you well: You have the cap-

Who were the opposites of this day's strife:
We do require them of you; so to use them,
As we shall find their merits and our safety
May equally determine.

Edm. Sir, I thought it fit

To send the old and miserable king
To some retention, and appointed guard;
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more,
To pluck the common bosom on his side,
And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes
Which do command them. With him I sent the

My reason all the same; and they are ready
To-morrow, or at further space to appear
Where you shall hold your session.


1. c. Make my party good. +1e. To be ready prepared, is all.

1 Pass judgment on them.

Cor. We are not the first,
Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the


For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;
false fortune's
My self could else out-frown


Shall we not see these daughters, and these


Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to
prison :

We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage:
When thou dost ask my blessing, I'll kneel

And ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and

At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Talk of court news: and we'll talk with them

Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's

At this

friend; We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his

And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd
By those that feel their sharpness:-
The question of Cordelia, and her father,
Requires a fitter place. '

Alb. Sir, by your patience,

I hold you but a subject of this war,
Not as a brother.


And take upon us the mystery of things,
As if we were God's spies: And we'll wear out,
In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great

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;
Bore the commission of my place and person;
The which immediacy may well stand up,
And call itself your brother.

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.
Gon. That were the most, if he should hus
band you.
Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets.

• The French disease.

+ Skin. 1 Admit of debate. To be discoursed of in greater privacy. Authority to act on his own judgment.

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