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SCENE VI.

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 ?

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Come

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;
And for one blast of thy minikin mouth,

Thy sheep shall take no harm.
Pur! the cat is

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. She cannot deny it.
Fool. Cry you mercy, I took you for a joint-stool.

Lear. And here's another, whose warp'd looks proclaim
What store her heart is made of.--Stop her there !
Arms, arms, sword, fire!-Corruption in the place!
False justicer, why hast thou let her 'scape ?
Edg. Bless thy five wits!

Kent,

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,
Tooth that poisons if it bite;
Mastiff, grey-hound, mongrel grim,
Hound, or spaniel, brach, or lym;
Or bobtail tike, or trundle-tail ;
Tom will make them weep and wail:
For, with throwing thus my head,

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

master ?

Kent, Here, fir; but trouble him not, his wits are gone.

Glo.

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Glo. Good friend, I pr’ythee take him in thy arms ;
I have o'er-heard a plot of death upon

him:
There is a litter ready; lay him in't,
And drive toward Dover, friend, where thou shalt meet
Both welcome and protection. Take up thy master:
If thou fhould'h dally half an hour, his life,
With thine, and all that offer to defend him,
Stand in assured lofs: Take

up,

take up;
And follow me, that will to fome provision
Give thee quick conduct.
Kent.

Oppress'd nature deeps :-
This rest-might yet have balm'd thy broken fenses,
Which, if convenience will not allow,
Stand in hard cure.-Come, help to bear thy master;
Thou must not stay behind.

[To the Fool, Glo.

Come, come, away.
[Exeunt KENT, GLOSTER, and the Fool, bens.

ing off the king.
Edg. When we our betters fee bearing our woes,
We scarcely think our miseries our foes.
Who alone futfers, suffers molt i' the mind;
Leaving free things, and happy shows, behind :
But then the mind much fufferance doth o'erskip,
When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.
How light and portable my pain seems now,
When that, which makes me bend, makes the king bow;
He childed, as I father'd !Tom, away:
Mark the high noises; and thyself bewray,
When false opinion, whose wrong thought defiles thee,
In thy just proof, repeals, and reconciles thee.
What will hap more to-night, safe scape the king!
Lurk, lurk.

[Exit.

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SCENE VII.

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

be.

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 :
Some five or fix and thirty of his knights,
Hot queftrists after him, met him at gate;
Who, with some other of the lord's dependants,
Are

gone with him towards Dover; where they boaft
To have well-arm'd friends.
Corn.
Get horfes for your

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

Without

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