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And put upon him such a deal of Man,
Kent. None of these Rogues, and Cowards,
Corn. Fetch forth the Stocks.
Kent. Sir, I am too old to learn:
Corn. Fetch forth the Stocks;
Reg. 'l'ill Noon! 'till Night my Lord, and all Nigh: too.
Kent. Why Madam, if I were your Father's Dog,
Reg. Sir, being his Knave, I will. [Stocks brought out.
Corn. This is a Fellow of the self-fame Colour,
Glo. Let me beseech your Grace, not to do so,
[Kent is put in the Stocksa
Kent. Pray do not, Sir, I have watch'd and travel'd hard,
Kent. Good King, that must approve the common Saw, Thou out of Heav'ns Benedi&ion com'ít To the warm Sun, Approach thou Beacon to this under Globe, That by thy comfortable Beams I may Peruse this letter. Nothing alooft fees Miracles But Misery. I know 'tis from Cordelia, Who hath most fortunately been informid Of my obscured course. I shall find time For this enermous State, and seek to give Losses their Remedies. All weary and o'er-watch'd, Take vantage heavy Eyes, not to behold This (lamelul Lodging. Fortune, good Night, Smile once more, turn thy Wiech.
[He seepsa Enter Edgar. Edg. I have heard niy leit pr claim'd, And by the happy bollew of a Tree, Escap'd che tuer, No Port is free, no Place That guard, and moft unusual Vigilance Does not attend my taking. Whiles I may scape I will preserve my felf: And am berhought To take the bort and most poorest Shape That ever penury in contempt of Man, Brought near to Beast: My Face I'll grime with filth, Blanket my Loins, put all my Hair in knots, And with presented Nakedness o't-face The Winds, and perfecutions of the Sky. The Country gives me proof and president Of Bedlm Beggars, who with roaring Voices Strike is their numm'd ani mortified Arms, Pins, wooden Pricks, Nails, Sprigs of Rosemary ; And with this horrible Object, from low Farms, Poor pelting Villages, Sheeps-coats, and Mills, So vetimes with Lunatick Bans, fometimes with Prayers, Loforce their Charity: Poor Turlygod, poor Tom, That's something yet: Edgar I nothing am. [Exit.
Ester Lear, Fool, and Gentleman.
Gent. As I learn's,
Of this remove.
Kent. Hail to chee, Noble Master.
Fool. Ha, ha, he wears Crewel Garters; Horses are ty'd by the Heads, Dogs and Bears by th' Neck, Monkeys by th’ Loins, and Men by th’Legs; when a Man is over-lusty at Legs, then he wears wooden nether Stocks.
Lear. What's he, that haih so much thy place mistook, To set thee here?
Kent. It is both he and she,
Lear. They durst not do't;
Kent. My Lord, when at their home
He rais'd the House, with loud and coward cries,
Fool. Winter's not gone yet, if the wild Geese fly that way,
Lear. Oh how this Mother swells up toward my Heart!
Kent. With the Earl, Sir, here within,
[Exit. Gen. Made you no more Offence, But what you speak of.
Fool. And thou hadît been set i'th' Stocks for that Question, thou'dít well deserv'd it.
Kent. Why, Fool?
Fool. We'll set thee to School to an Ant, to teach thee there's no labouring i'th' Winter. All that follow their Noses, are led by their Eyes, but blind Men; and there's not a Nose among twenty, but can smell him that's stinkingLet go thy hold, when a great Wheel runs down a Hill, left it break thy Neck with following; but the great one that goes upward, let him draw thee after. When a wife Man gives thee better Counsel, give me mine again; I would have aone but Knaves follow it, since a Fool gives it. That, Sir, which serves and seeks for Gain, And follows but for Form; Will pack when it begins to Rain, And leave thee in a Storm, And I will carry, the Fool will stay, And led the wise Man fly: The Knave turns Fool that runs away, The Fool no Knave perdy.
Enter Lear and Glofter.
Lear. Deny to speak with me? they are fick, they are
Glo. My dear Lord,
Lear. Vengeance! Plague! Death! Confusion!
Glo. Well, my good Lord, I have inform'd them fo.
Glo. I would have all well betwixt you. [Exit. Lear. Oh me, my Heart! my rising Heart! but down, Fool. Cry to it, Nuncle, as the Cockney did to the Eels, when he put them i'th' Paste alive, he knapt 'em o'th'Coxcombs with a Stick, and cry'd, dawn wantons, down; 'was