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A Chamber in a Farm-boufe, adjoining the Castle.
Enter GLOSTER, LEAR, KENT, Fool, and EDGAR.
Glo. Here is better than the open air; take it thankfully: I will piece out the comfort with what addition I can: I will not be long from you.
Kent. All the power of his wits has given way to his impatience :-The gods reward your kindness!
[Exit GLOSTER. Edg. Frateretto calls me; and tells me, Nero is an angler in the lake of darkness. Pray, innocent, and beware the foul fiend.
Fool. Pr’ythee, nuncle, tell me, whether a madnian be a gentleman, or a yeoman ?
Lear. A king, a king !
Fool. No; he's a yeoman, that has a gentleman to his son: for he's a mad yeoman, that sees his son a gentleman before him.
Lear. To have a thousand with red burning spits Come hizzing in upon them:
Edg. The foul fiend bites my back.
Fool. He's mad, that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath.
Lear. It shall be done, I will arraign them straight: Come, fit thou here, most learned justicer;
[To EDGAR. Thou, fapient fir, fit here. [To the Fool.]-Now, you the
foxes ! Edg. Look, where he stands and glares ! -Wanteft thou eyes at trial, madam ?
Come o'er the bourn, Belly, to me :Fool. Her boat bath a leak,
And she must not speak
Why she dares not come over to thee. :Edg. The foul fiend haunts poor Tom in the voice of a nightingale. Hopdance cries in Tom's belly for two white herring. Croak not, black angel; I have no food for thee.
Kent. How do you, fir? Stand you not so amaz’d: Will you lie down and rest upon the cushions?
Lear. I'll see their trial first :-Bring in the evidence.Thou robed man of justice, take thy place ;
[To EDGAR, And thou, his yoke-fellow of equity,
[To the Fool. Bench by his fide :-You are of the commission, Sit you too..
[To KENT. Edg. Let us deal justly.
Sleepest, or wakest thou, jolly Shepherd?
Thy sheep be in the corn;
Thy sheep shall take no harm.
grey. Lear. Arraign her first ; 'tis Goneril. I here take my oath before this 'honourable assembly, she kick’ the poor king her father.
Fool. Come hither, mistress; Is your name Goneril?
Lear. And here's another, whose warp'd looks proclaim
Kent. O pity!-Sir, where is the patience now, That you
so oft have boasted to retain ? Edg. My tears begin to take his part so much, They'll mar my counterfeiting.
(4hide. Lear. The little dogs and all, Tray, Blanch, and Sweet-heart, fee, they bark at me.
Edg. Tom will throw his head at them :-Avaunt, you curs !
Be thy mouth or black or white,
Dogs leap the hatch, and all are fled. Do de, de de. Sessa. Come, march to wakes and fairs, and market towns :-Poor Tom, thy horn is dry.
Lear. Then let them anatomize Regan, see what breeds about her heart: Is there any cause in nature, that makes these hard hearts ?- You, fir, I entertain you for one of my hundred; only, I do not like the falhion of your garments: you will say, they are Persian attire; but let them be changed.
[To EDGAR. Kent. Now, good my lord, lie here, and rest awhile.
Lear. Make no noise, make no noise; draw the cur. tains : So, so, fo: We'll go to supper i' the morning : So, fo, fo.
Fool. And I'll go to bed at noon.
Re-enter GLOSTER. Glo. Come hither, friend: Where is the king my
Kent, Here, fir; but trouble him not, his wits are gone.
Glo. Good friend, I pr’ythee take him in thy arms ;
Oppress'd nature deeps :-
[To the Fool, Glo.
Come, come, away.
ing off the king.
A Room in GLOSTER's Cafle.
Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GONERIL, EDMUND, and
Servants. Corn. Post speedily to my lord your husband; show him this letter :-the army of France is landed :-Seek out the villain Glofter.
[Exeunt some of the Servants. Reg. Hang him inftantly. Gon. Pluck out his eyes.
Corn. Leave him to my displeasure.-Edmund, keep you our fifter company; the revenges we are bound to take
traitorous father, are not fit for upon your
your holding. Advise the duke, where you are going, to a most festinate preparation; we are bound to the like. Our posts shall be swift, and intelligent betwixt us. Farewell, dear fifter ;-farewell, my lord of Glofter.
Enter Steward. How now? Where's the king ?
Stew. My lord of Glofter hath convey'd him hence :
gone with him towards Dover; where they boaft
mistress. Gon. Farewell, sweet lord, and sister.
[Exeunt GONERIL and EDMUND. Corn. Edmund, farewell.-Go, seek the traitor Glofter, Pinion himn like a thief, bring him before us:
[Exeunt other Servants, Though well we may not pass upon his life