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IIo, you sir! friend! -Hear you, sir?-speak!
Ay and no too was no good divinity. When the
Away, and let me die.
Edg. Hadst thou been aught but gossamer, fea- them out. Go to, they are not men o'their words: they told me I was every thing; 'Tis a lie; I am not ague-proof.
So many fathom down precipitating,
Glo. The trick 10 of that voice I do well remember:
Hast heavy substance; bleed'st not; speak'st; art
Ten masts at each make not the altitude,
Edg. From the dread summit of this chalky
Look up a-height;-the shrill-gorg'd3 lark so far
Glo. Too well, too well.
A poor unfortunate beggar. Edg. As I stood here below, methought, his eyes Were two full moons; he had a thousand noses, Horns whelk'd, and wav'd, like the enridged sea; It was some fiend: Therefore, thou happy father, Think that the clearest gods, who make them honours
Of men's impossibilities, have preserv'd thee.
Glo. I do remember now henceforth I'll bear
Enter Lear, fantastically dressed up with flowers.
His master thus.
Edg. Sweet marjoram.
Edg. O thou side-piercing sight!
Lear. Nature's above art in that respect.-There's your press-money. That fellow handles his bow Jike a crow-keeper: draw me a clothier's yard.6 Look, look, a mouse! Peace, peace;-this piece of toasted cheese will do't.-There's my gauntlet; I'll prove it on a giant.-Bring up the brown bills.7O, well flown, bird!-i'the clout, i'the clout :8 hewgh!-Give the word.9
Glo. I know that voice.
Lear. Ha! Goneril!-with a white beard!They flatter'd me like a dog; and told me, I had white hairs in my beard, ere the black ones were there. To say ay, and no, to every thing I said!—||
(1) Thus might he die in reality.
(2) i. e. This chalky boundary of England. (3) Shrill-throated.
(4) Twisted, convolved.
(6) An arrow of a cloth-yard long.
Ay, every inch a king: When I do stare, see, how the subject quakes.I pardon that man's life: what was thy cause? Adultery.
(5) The purest.
Thou shalt not die: Die for adultery! No:
Let copulation thrive, for Gloster's bastard son
To't, luxury, pell-mell, for I lack soldiers.—
Whose face between her forks presageth snow;
Glo. What, with the case of eyes?
Lear. O, ho, are you there with me? No eyes in your head, nor no money in your purse? Your
Lear. No, they cannot touch me for coining; I eyes are in a heavy case, your purse in a light: Yet am the king himself. you see how this world goes. Glo. I see it feelingly.
But to the girdle do the gods inherit,12
Lear. I remember thine eyes well enough. Dost thou squiny13 at me? No, do thy worst, blind Cupid; I'll not love.-Read thou this challenge; mark but the penning of it.
Glo. Were all the letters suns, I could not see one. Edg. I would not take this from report;—it is, And my heart breaks at it.
Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how this world goes, with no eyes. Look with thine ears. see how yon' justice rails upon yon' simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: Change places; and, handydandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?— Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar? Glo. Ay, sir.
Lear. And the creature run from the cur? There thou might'st behold the great image of authority: a dog's obeyed in office.
Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand:
(8) The white mark for archers to aim at.
Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear;
Pull off my boots :-harder, harder; so.
Edg. O, matter and impertinency mix'd! Reason in madness!
Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my
You shall have ransom. Let me have a surgeon,
I am cut to the brains.
I will be jovial; come, come; I am a king,
Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you. Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa. [Exit, running. Attendants follow. Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch: Past speaking of in a king!--Thou hast one daugh
Edg. Hail, gentle sir.
Sir, speed you: What's your will?
I thank you, sir; that's all.
(1) Block anciently signified the head-part of a hat.
Gent. Though that the queen on special cause is here, Her army is mov'd on. Edg. I thank you, sir. [Ex. Gent. Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath from
Let not my worser spirit4 tempt me again
(2) i. e. A man of tears.
(3) The main body is expected to be descried every hour.
Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows,
Hearty thanks: The bounty and the benizon5 of heaven To boot, and boot !6
A proclaim'd prize! most happy! That eyeless head of thine was first fram'd flesh To raise my fortunes.-Thou old unhappy traitor, Briefly7 thyself remember:-The sword is out That must destroy thee.
Now let thy friendly hand Put strength enough to it. [Edgar opposes. Stew. Wherefore, bold peasant, Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence; Lest that the infection of his fortune take Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.
Edg. Ch'ill not let go, zir, without vurther 'casion. Stew. Let go, slave, or thou diest.
Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait,8 and let poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been zwagger'd out vortnight. Nay, come not near the old man: keep of my life, 'twould not ha' been zo long as 'tis by a out, che vor'ye, or ise try whether your costard or batlo be the harder: Ch'ill be plain with you. Stew. Out, dunghill!
Edg. Ch'ill pick your teeth, zir: Come; no matter vor your foins.11
[They fight: and Edgar knocks him down. Stew. Slave, thou hast slain me :-Villain, take my purse;
If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;
And give the letters, which thou find'st about me, To Edmund earl of Gloster; seek him out
Upon the British party :——
-O, untimely death! [Dies. Edg. I know thee well: A serviceable villain ; As duteous to the vices of thy mistress, As badness would desire.
whereof deliver me, and supply the place for your
Your wife (so I would say,) and your
Of quick, cross lightning? to watch (poor perdu !5)
And the exchange, my brother!-Here, in the With this thin helm ?6 Mine enemy's dog,
Though he had bit me, should have stood that night
Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares your
Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'the
Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
Thee I'll rake up, the post unsanctified
Cor. Had you not been their father, these white
Had challeng'd pity of them. Was this a face
Cor. O my dear father! Restoration, hang
(1) I'll cover thee (the dead steward) in the sands. (2) Dressed. (3) Memorials. (4) Intent formed. (5) French, enfans perdus.
O, look upon me, sir,
Pray, do not mock me:
I am a very foolish fond old man,
If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
Lear. Am I in France?
No cause, no cause.
You see, is cur'd in him: and yet it is danger
Cor. Will't please your highness walk?
(6) Thin covering of hair.
(7) To reconcile it to his apprehension.
That the duke of Cornwall was so slain?
As 'tis said,
The bastard son of Gloster.
Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look about; the powers' o'the kingdom Approach apace.
Gent. The arbitrement2 is like to be a bloody. Fare you well, sir.
Kent. My point and period will be throughly wrought,
Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought. [Exit.
SCENE I.-The camp of the British forces, near Dover. Enter, with drums and colours, Edmund, Regan, Officers, Soldiers, and others.
Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose hold; Or, whether since he is advis'd by aught To change the course: He's full of alteration, And self-reproving :-bring his constant pleasure.3 [To an officer, who goes out. Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam. Reg. Now, sweet lord, You know the goodness I intend upon you: Tell me, but truly,-but then speak the truth, Do you not love my sister?
In honour'd love. Reg. But have you never found my brother's way To the forefended4 place?
That thought abuses you. Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers. Edm. No, by mine honour, madam.
Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord, Be not familiar with her.
Enter Albany, Goneril, and Soldiers.
Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister Should loosen him and me. [Aside.
Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.Sir, this I hear,-The king is come to his daughter, With others, whom the rigour of our state Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, I never yet was valiant: for this business, It touches us as France invades our land, Not bolds the king; with others, whom, I fear, Most just and heavy causes make oppose.7 Edm. Sir, you speak nobly. Reg. Why is this reason'd? Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy: For these domestic and particular broils
Are not to question here.
Alb. Let us then determine With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent. Reg. Sister, you'll go with us? Gon. No.
(1) Forces. (2) Decision (3) His settled resolution. (5) Imposes on you. (6) i. e. Emboldens him.
Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray you, go with us. Gon. O, ho, I know the riddle: [Aside.] I will go. As they are going out, enter Edgar, disguised. Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man so poor, Hear me one word. Alb.
I'll overtake you.-Speak. [Exeunt Edmund, Regan, Goneril, Officers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound For him that brought it: wretched though I seem, I can produce a champion, that will prove What is avouched there: If you miscarry, Your business of the world hath so an end, And machination ceases.8 Fortune love you! Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. Edg. I was forbid it. When time shall serve, let but the herald cry, And I'll appear again.
Exit. Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy paper.
Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your powers. Here is the guess of their true strength and forces By diligent discovery;-but your haste Is now urg'd on you.
Alb. We will greet the time.9 [Exit. Edm. To both these sisters havel sworn my love; Each jealous of the other, as the stung Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take? Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd, if both remain alive: To take the widow, Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril; And hardly shall I carry out my side,10 Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use His countenance for the battle; which being done, Let her, who would be rid of him, devise His speedy taking off As for the mercy Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia,The battle done, and they within our power, Shall never see his pardon: for my state Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Exit. SCENE II-A field between the two camps. Alarum within. Enter, with drum and colours, Lear, Cordelia, and their forces; and exeunt. Enter Edgar and Gloster.
SCENE III-The British camp near Dover. Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, Edmund; Lear and Cordelia, as prisoners; Offi-My cers, Soldiers, &c.
Edm. Some officers take them away: good guard; Until their greater pleasures first be known That are to censure1 them.
Cor. We are not the first, Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst. For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down; Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown.-Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters? Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison:
We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage:
Take them away. Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught
He, that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven,
One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost
I'll do't, my lord. Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou hast
Mark, I say, instantly; and carry it so,
Offi. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work, I will do it. [Exit Officer. Flourish. Enter Albany, Goneril, Regan, Officers, and Attendants.
Which do command them. With him I sent the
reason all the same; and they are ready To-morrow, or at further space, to appear Where you shall hold your session. At this time, We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his
(4) Admit of debate.
(5) To be discoursed of in greater privacy.
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd
That's as we list to grace him. Methinks, our pleasure might have been demanded, Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers; Bore the commission of my place and person; The which immediacy may well stand up, And call itself your brother.
Not so hot:
In his own grace he doth exalt himself
In my rights,
By me invested, he compeers the best. Gon. That were the most, if he should husband you.
Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets. Gon. Holloa, holloa! That eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint.7 Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer From a full-flowing stomach.-General, Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony; Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine: Witness the world, that I create thee here My lord and master.
Gon. Alb. The let-alone Edm. Nor in thine, Alb. Half-blooded fellow, yes. Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine. [To Edmund. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason:-Edmund, I arrest thee
Mean you to enjoy him? lies not in your good will. lord.
On capital treason; and, in thy arrest,
I bar it in the interest of my wife;
Alb. Thou art arm'd, Gloster :-Let the trumpet sound:
If none appear to prove upon thy person,
(6) Authority to act on his own judgment. (7) Alluding to the proverb: Love being jea ous makes a good eye look a-squint.' (8) The hindrance.