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Where is the villain, Edmund ? Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means
he could Glo. Pursue him, ho!-Go after. - [Exit Serv.]
By no means,—what? Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lord
ship; But that I told him, the revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend; Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond The child was bound to the father ;-Sir, in fine, Seeing how loathly opposite I stood To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion, With his prepared sword, he charges home My unprovided body, lanc'd mine arm : But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits, Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to the encounter, Or whether gasted by the noise I made, Full suddenly he fled. Glo.
Let him fly far: Not in this land shall he remain uncaught; And found-Despatch.- -The noble duke my
master, My worthy arch2 and patron, comes to-night : By his authority I will proclaim it, That he, which finds bim, shall deserve our thanks, Bringing the murderous coward to the stake; He, that conceals him, death.
Édm. When I dissuaded him from his intent, And found him pight3 to do it, with curst4 speech [ threaten'd to discover him : He replied, Thou unpossessing bastard! dost thou think,
If I would stand against thee, would the reposal Of any trust, virtue, or worth, in thee Make thy words faith'd? No: what I should deny (As this I would ; ay, though thou didst produce My very character,5) I'd turn it all
(1) Frighted. (2) Chief. (3) Pitched, fixed. (4) Severe, harsh. (5) Hand-writing
To thy suggestion, plot, and dämned practice :
Strong and fasten'd villain ! Would he deny his letter?- I never got him.
[Trumpets within. Hark, the duke's trumpets! I know not why he All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'scape; The duke must grant me that: besides, his picture I will send far and near, that all the kingdom May have due note of him: and of my land, Loyal and natural boy, I'll work the means To make thee capable.
Enter Cornwall, Regan, and Attendants. Corn. How now, my noble friend? since I came
hither, (Which I can call but now,) I have heard strange
news. Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short, Which can pursue the offender. How dost, my
lord ? Glo. O, madam, my old heart is crack'd, is
crack'd! Reg. What, did my father's godson seek your life! He whom my father nam'd ? your Edgar?
Glo. O, lady, lady, shame would have it hid! Reg. Was he not companion with the riotous
knights That tend upon my father? Glo.
I know not, madam : It is too bad, too bad.Edm.
Yes, madam, he was. Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill affected; 'Tis they have put him on the old man's death,
(1) i. e. Capable of succeeding to my land.
To have the waste and spoil of his revenues.
Nor I, assure thee, Regan.-
'Twas my duty, sir. Glo. He did bewray? his practice ;2 and receiv'd This hurt you see, striving to apprehend him.
Corn. Is he pursued ?
Ay, my good lord, he is.
I shall serve you, sir,
Glo. For him I thank your grace.
I serve you, madam : Your graces are right welcome. (Exeunt.
(1) Betray. (2) Wicked purpose.
SCENE 11.-Before Gloster's castle. Enter
Kent and Steward, severally.
Kent. If I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I would make thee care for me.
Stew. Why dost thou use me thus ? I know thee not.
Kent. Fellow, I know thee.
Kent. A knave; a rascal, an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, threeguited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liverd, action-taking knave; a whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue ; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldest be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pander, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deny'st the least syllable of thy addition.i
Stew. Why, what a monstrous fellow art thou, thus to rail on one, that is neither known of thee, nor knows thee!
Kent. What a brazen-faced varlet art thou, to deny thou know'st me! Is it two days ago, since I tripped up thy heels, and beat thee before the king ? Draw, you rogue : for, though it be night, the moon shines ; I'll make a sop o'the moonshine of you : Draw, you whoreson cullionly barbermonger, draw.
(Drawing his sword.
Stew. Away; I have nothing to do with thee.
Kent. Draw, you rascal: you come with letters against the king; and take Vanityl the puppet's part, against the royalty of her father : Draw, you rogue, or I'll so carbonado your shanks :-draw, you rascal ; come your ways.
Stew. Help, ho! murder! help!
Kent. Strike, you slave; stand, rogue, stand i you neat slave, strike.
(Beating him. Stew. Help, ho! murder! murder ! Enter Edmund, Cornwall, Regan, Gloster, and
Kent. With you, goodman boy, if you please; come, I'll flesh you ; come on, young master.
Glo. Weapons ! arms! What's the matter here?
Reg. The messengers from our sister and the king.
Kent. No marvel, you have so bestirred your valour. You cowardly rascal, nature disclaims in thee; a tailor made thee.
Corn. Thou art a strange fellow : a tailor make a man?
Kent. Ay, a tailor, sir; a stone-cutter, or a painter, could not have made him so ill, though they had been but two hours at the trade.
Corn. Speak yet, how grew your quarrel? - Stew. This ancient ruffian, sir, whose life I have
spar'd, At suit of his grey beard,
Kent. Thou whoreson zed! thou unnecessary letter !-My lord, if you will give me leave, I will tread this unbolted2 villain into mortar, and daub
(1) A character in the old moralities.