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No words, no words : hush. Edg. Frateretto a calls me; and tells me Nero EDG. Child Rowland to the dark tower came, is an angler in the lake of darkness. Pray, His word was still,-Fie, foh, and fum, innocent, and beware the foul fiend. I smell the blood of a British man. (4) Fool. Pr’ythee, nuncle, tell me whether a
[Exeunt. madman be a gentleman or a yeoman ?
LEAR. A king, a king !
Fool. No, he's a yeoman that has a gentleSCENE V.-A Room in Gloucester's Castle.
man to his son ; for he's a mad yeoman, that sees Enter CORNWALL and EDMUND. his son a gentleman before him.
LEAR. To have a thousand with red burning CORN. I will have my revenge, ere I depart | Come hissing in upon 'em :his house.
Edg. The foul fiend bites
back." Edm. How, my lord,
may be censured, that Fool. He's mad, that trusts in the tameness of nature thus gives way to loyalty, something fears a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's me to think of.
oath. Corn. I now perceive, it was not altogether LEAR. It shall be done; I will arraign them your brother's evil disposition made him seek his
straight.death ; but a provoking merit, set a-work by a Come, sit thou here, most learned justicer ; reproveable badness in himself.
[To EDGAR. EDM. How malicious is my fortune, that I must Thou, sapient sir, sit here. [To the Fool.]—Now, repent to be just! This is the letter* he spoke of,
you she-foxes ! which approves him an intelligent party to the Eng. Look, where he stands and glares !advantages of France. 0 heavens! that this Wantesto thou eyes at trial, madam ? treason were not, or not I the detector!
Come o'er the bourn, t Bessy, to me :CORN. Go with me to the duchess.
Fool. Her boat hath a leak, Edm. If the matter of this paper be certain,
And she must not speak you have mighty business in hand.
Why she dares not come over to thee. CORN. True, or false, it hath made thee earl of Gloster. Seek out where thy father is, that he Evg. The foul fiend haunts poor Tom in the may be ready for our apprehension.
voice of a nightingale. Hopdance cries in Tom's EDM. (Aside.] If I find him comforting the belly for two white herring. Croak not, black king, it will stuff his suspicion more fully. I will angel; I have no food for thee. persever in my course of loyalty, though the Kent. How do you, sir ? Stand you not so conflict be sore between that and
amaz’d: CORN. I will lay trust upon thee; and thou
lie down and rest upon the cushions ? shalt find a dearer † father in my love. [Exeunt.
LEAR. I'll see their trial first.-Bring in the
Thou robed man of justice, take thy place ;SCENE VI.-A Chamber in a Farm-house,
To EDGAR. adjoining the Castle.
And thou, his yoke-fellow of equity, [To the Fool. Enter GLOUCESTER, LEAR, KENT, Fool, and
Bench by his side.—You are o' the commission,
[To KENT. EDGAR.
Edg. Let us deal justly. Glo. Here is better than the open air ; take it
Sleepest, or wakest thou, jolly shepherd ? thankfully. I will piece out the comfort with what addition I can: I will not be long from you.
Thy sheep be in the corn ; KENT. All the power of his wits have given
And for one blast of thy minikin mouth, way to his impatience :-the gods reward your
Thy sheep shall take no harm." kindness!
Pur! the cat is grey.
(*) Old text, justice; altered by Theobald. (+) Old text, broome.
(1) Old text, their.
(*) First folio inserts, which.
(1) First folio, deere. a Frateretto calls me ;) See the quotation from Harsnet, in the Illustrative Comments to this Act.
b Pray, innocent,-) The term “innocent," though at first given only to idiots, came in time to be applied to professed fools.
c Foot. No; he's a yeoman, &c.] This speech is not in the quartos
d The foul fiend bites my back.) This, with the whole of what follows, down to, and inclusive of
“False justicer, why hast thou let her 'scape ?" is omitted in the folio.
o Wantest thou eyes at trial, madam ?) Seward, plausibly enough, would read, " Wanton'st thou eyes, &c.
f Thy sheep shall take no harm.) AS "the foul fiend haunts poor Tom iv the voice of a nightingale," the representative of Edgar was surely intended by Shakespeare to sing these fragments of old ballads, and not tamely recite them after the manner of the modern stage.
EDG. [Aside.] My tears begin to take his part
so much, They'll mar my counterfeiting.
LEAR. The little dogs and all, Tray, Blanch, and Sweet-heart, see, they bark
at me. EDG. Tom will throw his head at them.Avaunt, you curs !
what breeds about her heart.—Is there any cause in nature, that makes these hard hearts ?–[To EDGAR.] You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred; only I do not like the fashion of your garments: you will say they are Persian; but let them be changed. KENT. Now, good my lord, lie here and rest
awhile. LEAR. Make no noise, make no noise; draw the curtains. So, so: we'll go to supper i' the morning
Fool. And I'll go to bed at noon.
Be thy mouth or black or white,
Do de, de de. Sessa ! Come, march to wakes and fairs and market towns. - Poor Tom, thy horn is dry.
LEAR. Then let them anatomise Regan; see
Glo. Come hither, friend : where is the king
my master ? KENT. Here, sir; but trouble him not, -his
wits are gone. Glo. Good friend, I pr’ythee take him in thy
(*) First folio, tight.
(1) First folio, him. - brach or lym;] A bloodhound was formerly called a lym or lyme. In some of the old copies the word is printed him, in others hym.
b Sessa!) This word, in the old text sese, occurs in a previous scene, and is met with also in the Induction to "The Taming of the Shrew." Johnson explains it to be "an interjection enforcing cessation of any action, like be quiet, have done."
I have o'er-heard a plot of death
him : you are going, to a most festinate preparation : There is a litter ready; lay him in't,
we are bound to the like.
Our posts shall be And drive toward Dover, friend, where thou shalt swift and intelligent betwixt us. Farewell, dear meet
[master: sister :-farewell, my lord of Gloster. Both welcome and protection. Take up thy If thou shouldst dally half an hour, his life,
Enter OSWALD. With thine, and all that offer to defend him,
How now! Where's the king ? Stand in assured loss. Take up, take up ;
Osw. My lord of Gloster hath convey'd nim And follow me, that will to some provision
hence : Give thee quick conduct.“
Some five or six and thirty of his knights,
Hot questrists after him, met him at gate ;
Who, with some other of the lords dependants, senses,
with him toward Dover; where they boast Which, if convenience will not allow,
To have well-armed friends. Stand in hard cure.-Come, help to bear thy CORN.
Get horses for your mistress. master;
[Exit Oswald. Thou must not stay bebind. [To the Fool.
Gon. Farewell, sweet lord, and sister.
CORN. Edmund, farewell.
[Exeunt GONERIL and EDMUND. bearing off the King.
Go, seek the traitor Gloster, Edg. When we our betters see bearing our woes,
Pinion him like a thief, bring him before us. We scarcely think our miseries our foes.
[Exeunt other Servants. Who alone suffers, suffers most i’the mind;
Though well we may not pass upon his life Leaving free things, and happy shows behind :
Without the form of justice, yet our power But then the mind much sufferance doth o'erskip,
Shall do a courtesy to our wrath, which men When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.
May blame, but not control. Who's there? The How light and portable my pain seems now,
Re-enter Servants, with GLOUCESTER.
Reg. Ingrateful fox! 't is he.
CORN. Bind fast his corky° arms. thee,
Glo. What mean your graces ? In thy just proof, repeals and reconciles thee.
friends, consider What will hap more to-night, safe 'scape the You are my guests : do me no foul play, friends. king!
Corn. Bind him, I say.
[Servants bind him. Lurk, lurk.
Hard, hard :-O filthy traitor ! Glo. Unmerciful lady as you are, I am none.
CORN. To this chair bind him.Villain, thou SCENE VII.-A Room in Gloucester's Castle.
shalt find— [REGAN plucks his beard.
Glo. By the kind gods, 'tis most ignobly done Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GONERIL, EDMUND, To pluck me by the beard. and Servants.
REG. So white, and such a traitor!
Naughty lady, Corn. Post speedily to my lord your husband ; These hairs, which thou dost ravish from my chin, show him this letter :—the army of France is Will quicken, and accuse thee : I am your host; landed.-Seek out the traitor Gloster.
With robbers' hands my hospitable favours [Exeunt some of the Servants. You should not ruffle thus. What will you do? Reg. Hang him instantly.
CORN. Come, sir, what letters had you late Gon. Pluck out his eyes.
from France ?
[truth. Corn. Leave him to my displeasure.--Edmund, REG. Be simple-answer'd, for we know the keep you our sister company; the revenges we are CORN. And what confederacy have you with bound to take upon your traitorous father are not
the traitors fit for your beholding. · Advise the duke, where Late footed in the kingdom ?
(*) Old copy, sinewes; corrected by Theobald. . Give thee quick conduct.) In the folio, Gloucester now adds, “Come, come, away," and the scene closes, omitting
the rest of the dialogue.
- pass-) See note (b), p. 600, Vol. II.
corky arms.) That is, dry, withered arms. d Naughty lady,-) See note (®), p. 421, Vol. I.
Reg. To whose hands have you * sent the 1 Serv. Nay then, come on, and take the chance lunatic king? Speak.
of anger. Glo. I have a letter guessingly set down,
[Draws. They fight. CORNWALL is wounded. Which came from one that's of a neutral heart, Reg. Give me thysword. A peasant stand up thus ! And not from one oppos’d.
[Snatches a sword, comes behind, and stabs him. CORN. Cunning
1 SERv. O, I am slain !—My lord, you have one REG.
And false. CORN. Where hast thou sent the king ?
To see some mischief on him :-0! [ Dies. Glo.
To Dover. Corn. Lest it see more, prevent it.—Out, vile Reg. Wherefore to Dover? Wast thou not
jelly! charg'd at peri) —
Where is thy lustre now? [son Edmund ? CORN. Wherefore to Dover? Let him first + Glo. All dark and comfortless.—Where's my answer that.
[the course. Edmund, enkindle all the sparks of nature, Glo. I am tied to the stake, and I must stand To quit this horrid act. Reg. Wherefore to Dover ?
Out, treacherous villain ! Glo. Because I would not see thy cruel nails Thou call'st on him that hates thee: it was he Pluck out his poor old eyes ; nor thy fierce sister That made the overture of thy treasons to us ; In his anointed flesh stick boarish fangs.
Who is too good to pity thee. The sea, with such a storm as his bare head Glo. O my follies! Then Edgar was abus’d.— In hell-black night endur'd, would have buoy'd up, Kind gods, forgive me that, and prosper him ! And quench'd the stelled fires :
REG. Go, thrust him out at gates, and let him Yet, poor old heart, he holp the heavens to rain.
[look you? If wolves had at thy gate howld that stern time, His way to Dover.—How is ’t, my lord ? How Thou shouldst have said, Good porter, turn the key ; CORN. I have receiv'd a hurt:—follow me, lady.All cruels else subscrib’d: 1—but I shall see Turn out that eyeless villain ;—throw this slave The winged vengeance overtake such children. Upon the dunghill.—Regan, I bleed apace : CORN. See 't shalt thou never !-Fellows, hold Untimely comes this hurt : give me your arm. the chair.
[Exit CORNWALL, led by REGAN ;-Servants Upon these eyes of thine I'll set my foot.
unbind GLOUCESTER, and lead him out. a Glo. He that will think to live till he be old, 2 SERV. I'll never care what wickedness I do, Give me some help !—0 cruel !—O you gods ! If this man come to good. REG. One side will mock another; the other too. 3 SERV.
If she live long, CORN. If you see vengeance,
And, in the end, meet the old course of death, 1 SERV. Hold your hand, my lord ! Women will all turn monsters.
[Bedlam I have serv'd you ever since I was a child ;
2 SERv. Let's follow the old earl, and get the But better service have I never done you,
To lead him where he would : his roguish madness Than now to bid you hold.
Allows itself to any thing. REG.
How now, you deg! 3 Serv. Go thou; I'll fetch some flax, and 1 Serv. If you did wear a beard upon your chin,
whites of eggs I'd shake it on this quarrel. What do you mean? To apply to’s bleeding face. Now, heaven help Corn. My villain !
(*) Old text, you have.
(t) First folio omits, first. (1) Old text, subscribe.
4 – and lead him out.] In the folio the scene concludes here.