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Aent. Let it fall rather, though the fork in-
To shield thee from diseases of the world;
Glo, o France and Burgundy, my noble
if aught within tha. ittle seeming" substance,
Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind: Thou losest here, a better where * to find. Lear. Thou hast her, France: let her be thine; for we Have no such daughter. nor shall ever see that face of her’s again :-Therefore be gone, Without our grace, our love, our benison, t— Come, noble Burgundy. [Flourish. Ereunt Lear, Buroux ny, Con N. wall, ALBANY, Gloster, and Attendants. France. Bid farewell to your sisters. Cor. The jewels of our father with wash'd eves Cordelia leaves you : I know you what you are ; And, like a sister, an most loath to call Your famits 2s they are nam'd. Use well our father: To your professed bosoms I commit him : But yet, alas ! stood I within his grace, I would prefer him to a better place. So farewell to you both. Gon. Prescribe not us our duties. Reg. Let your study Be to content your lord ; who hath receiv'd you At fortune's alms. You have obedience scanted, And well are worth the want that you have wanted. . Time shall unfold what plaited : cunning hides; Who cover faults, at last shame them derides. Well may you prosper : France. Cone, Iny fair Cordelia. [Freunt FRANce und Corprlia. Gon. Sister, it is not a little I have to say, of what most nearly appertains to us both. I think our father will hence to-night. Reg. That's most certain, and with you ; next month with us. Gon. You see how full of changes his age is ; the observation we have inade of it hath not been little : he always loved our sister most ; and with what poor judgment he hath now cast her off, 'appears too grossly. Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself. * Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath been but rash ; then must we look to receive from his age, not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted condition, $ but, there withal, the unruly waywardness that iuslim and choleric years bring with them. Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to have from him, as this of Kent's banishment. Gon. There is further compliment of leave. taking between France and him. Pray you, let us hit together: If our father carry authority with such dispositions as he bears, this last sur. render of his will but offend us. Reg. We shall further think of it. Gon. We must do somethiug, and i'the heat. - [Ex eunt.
SCEVE II.-A Hall in the Earl of Glost ER's
Enter EDM UND, with a Letter.
Edm. *. nature, art my goddess; to thy
Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
Kent banish'd thus? And France choler parted And the king gone to-night ! subscrib'd - his Conflu'd to exhibition 14 All this done (powers Upon the gad l ;--Edmund ! How now, what news of Edm. So please your lordship, none. [Putting up the Lefter. Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that letter of Edm. I know no news, my lord. Glo. What paper were you reading 7 Edm. Nothing, my lord. Glo. No 2 What needed then that terrible despatch of it into your pockett the quality of nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Let's see: Come, if it be nothing, I shall out need spectacles. Edm. I beseech you, Sir, pardon me: it is a letter from my brother, that I have not all o'er. read; for so much as I have perused, 1 find it not fit for your over-looking. Glo. Give me the letter, Sir. Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give it. The contents, as in part : understaud them, are to blame. Gto. Let's see, let’s see. Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote this but as an essay 3 or taste of my Virtue. Glo. [Reads.). This policy and rererence of age makes the world bitter to the best ef our times, keeps our fortunes from us tsii our oldness cannot relish then. I begins to find an idle and fond bondage in the opPression of aged tyranny; who strays, met as it hath power, but as it is suffered. Conse te me, that of this I may speak more. If our father would sleep till I waked him, you should enjoy half his revenue for eter, and lite the beloved of your brother, Edgar.— Humph-Conspiracy —steep titl I traked his -you should enjoy half his revenue, My son Edgar ! Had be a hand to write this a heart and brain to breed it in 7–When came this to you ? Who brought it f Edm. It was not brought me, my lord, there's the cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the casement of my closet. Glo. You know the character to be your brother’s r Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I durst swear it were his ; but, in respect of that, I would fain think it were not. Glo. It is his. Edm. It is his hand, my lord; but, I hope his heart is not in the contents. Gło. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in this business t Edn. Never, my lord : But I have often heard him maintain it to be fit, that, sons at perfect age, and fathers declining, the father should be as ward to the sou, and the son manage his revenue. Gto. O villain, villain —His very opinion in the letter – Abhorred villain Unnatural. detested, brutish villain worse than brutish —Go sirrah, seek him ; I'll apprehend him :-Abenainable villain – where is he Edm. I do not well know,
my lord. if it
shall please you to suspend your indignation against Iny brother, till you can derive from him better testimony of his intent, you shall run a certain course : where, * if you violently proceed against him, mistaking his purpose, it would make a great gap in your own honour, and shake in pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare pawn down my life for him, that he hath writ this to feel iny affection to your honour and to no other pretence; of danger. . Gło. Think you so f Exin. If your honour judge it meet, I will place you where you shall hear us confer of this, and by an auricular assurance have your satisfaction ; and that without any further delay than this very evening. Gto. He cannot be such a monster. Eaton. Nor is not, sure. Gio. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely loves him.—Heaven and earth 1–Edmund, seek him out : wind me into him, I pray you: frame the business after your own wis. dom: I would unstate myself, to be in a due resolution. ; Euro. I will seek him, Sir, presently; convey || the business as I shall find means, and acquaint you withal. Gto. These late eclipses in the sun and noon portend no good to us: Though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature this itself scourged by the sequent " effects : love tools, friendship falls off, brothers divide : in cities, mutinies ; in countries, discord ; in palaces, treason ; and the bond cracked between son and father. This villain of mine comes under the prediction; there's son against father: the king falls from bias of nature; there's father against child. We have seen the best of our time : Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our graves –Find out this villain, Edmund, it shall lose thee nothing; do it carefully :-And the noble and true hearted Kent banished his •once, bonesty 1–Strange strange | [Erit. Edoa. This is the excellent soppery of the *rod that, when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeit of our own behaviour,) we **e guilty of our disasters, the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains by neces. *** : fools, by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers, "" by spherical predomi. nance ; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience of planetary influence : and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrustiug * : An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay bis goatsh disposition to the charge of a ** My father compounded with my mother under the dragon's tail; and my nativity was under wroa mayor; +t so that it follows, I am ough and lecherous.--Tut, I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in or firmament twinkled on my bastardizing.
tions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts," nuptial breaches, and I know not what. Edg. How long have you been a sectary astronomical ? - Edm. Come, come, when saw you my father last f Edg. Why, the night gone by. Edm. Spake you with him f Edg. Ay, two hours together. Edm. Parted you in good terms ? Found you no displeasure in him, by word or countenance f Edg. None at all. Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have offended him; and at my entreaty, forbear his presence, till some little time hath qualified the heat of his displeasure ; which at this instant so rageth in him, that with the mischief of your person it would scarcely allay. Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong. Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a continent t forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes slower ; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, from whence I will fitly bring
Edg. Armed, brother f Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best : go armed ; I am no honest man, if there be any good meaning towards you : I have told you what I have seen and heard, but faintly ; nothing like the image and horror of it: Pray you, away. Edg. Shall I hear from you anon f Edm. I do serve you in this business.- o [Erit EDGAR. A credulous father, and a brother noble, Whose nature is so far from doing harms, That he suspects none : on whose foolish honesty My practices ride easy l—I see the business.Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: All with me's meet, that I can fashion sit. [Exit.
Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for chiding of his fool Stew. Ay, madam. Gon. By day and night I he wrongs me; every hour He flashes into one gross crime or other, That sets us all at odds: I’ll not endure it : His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us ling On every trifle :-When he returns from * I will not speak with him ; say, I am sick :If you come slack of former services, You shall do well ; the fault of it I'll answer. Stew. He's coming, madam ; I hear him. [Horns within. negligeuce you
w Gon. Put on what weary please, (question : Yon and your fellows; I'd have it come to If he dislike it, let him to my sister, Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, Not to be over-rul’d. Idle old man, That still would manage those authorities, That he hath given away !—Now, by my life, Old fools are babes again ; and must be us'd With checks, as flatteries, when they are seen Remember what I have said. [abus’d. Stew. Very well, madam. Gon. And let his knights have colder looks asuong you : What grows of it, no matter; advise your sellows so :
* for cohorts some cditors read courts. Temperate.
Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner: go, get it ready. [Erit an Attendant.] How now, what art thout
Aent. A man, Sir.
Lear. What dost thou profess? What wouldst thou with us?
sent. I do profess to be no less than I seem : to serve him truly, that will put me in trust : to love him that is homest; to converse : with him that is wise, and says little; to fear judgment; to fight, when I cannot choose; and to eat no fish. Lear. What art thou ? Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor as the king.
Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is for a king, thou art poor enough. what would'st thout
JLear. Who wouldst thou serve?
Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow f
Kent. No, Sir ; but you have that in your || countenance, which I would fain call master.
Ilear. What's that t
Lear. What services canst thou do?
Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar a curious tale in telling it, and deiiver a plain message bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualify’d in; and the best of me is diligence. Lear. How old art thou ? Kent. Not so young, Sir, to love a woman for singing; nor so old, to dote on her for auy thing: I have years on my back forty-eight.
Lear. Follow me: thou shalt serve me; if I like thee no worse after dinner, i will not part from thee yet.—Dinner, ho, dinner —where's
Yon, you, Sirrah, where's my daughter?
ack to me,
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And thou shalt have more than two tens to a score, Lear. This is nothing, fool. Foot. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee’d hawyer; you gave me nothing for’t: Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle 3 - Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made out of nothing. Foot. Pr’ythee, tell him, so much the rent of bis land coues to ; he will not believe a fool.
- [To KENt. Lear. A bitter fool I Feol. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, between a bitter fool and a sweet fool | Ilear. No, lad ; teach me. Foot. That lord, that counsel'd thee To give away thy land, Come place him here by me, or do thou for him stand : The sweet and bitter fool Will presently appear; The one in motley here, The other found out there. Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy? Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away ; that thou wast born with. Aerot. This is not altogether fool, my lord. Fool. No, "faith, lords and great men will not let Ine; if I had a monopoly out, they *ould have part on't : and ladies too, they will not let me have all fool to myself; they'll be snatching.—Give me an egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two crowns. Lear. What two crowns shall they be 7 Fowl. Why, after I have cut the egg i'the middle, and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the egg. When thou clovest thy crown i'the middle, and gavest away both parts, thou borest thine ass on thy back over the dirt : Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown, when thou gavest thy golden one away. If I speak like iny self in this, let him be whipp'd that first fuds it so.
ing.—Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue; so your face [To Gon.] bids me, though you say nothing. Mum, mum, He that keeps nor crust nor crum, Weary of all, shall want some.— That’s a sheal’d peascod. * so to LEAR. Gon. A. only, Sir, this your all-licens’d 001, But other of your insolent retinue Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir, I had thought, by making this well known unto you, To have found a safe redress; but now grow fearful, By what yourself too late have spoke and done, That you protect this course, and put it on By your oute ; + which if you should, the ault Would o: 'scape censure, nor the redresses sleep ; Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal, t Might in their working do you that offence, Which else were shame, that then necessity Will call discreet proceeding. Fool. For you trow, nuncle, The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, That it had its head bit off by its young. So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling. ALear. Are you our daughter 7 Gon. Come, Sir, I would you would make use of that good wisdom whereof I know you are fraught ; ; and put away these dispositious, which of late transform you from what you rightly are. "ool. May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse —Whoop, Jug I love thee. Lear. Does any here know me?—Why this is not lear: does Lear walk thus 7 speak thus r Where are his eyes Either his notion weakens, or his discernings are lethargied.—Sleeping or waking 7–Ha! sure, 'tis not so.-Who is it that can tell me who I am 7–Lear’s shadow f i would learn that ; for by the marks of sove. reignty, knowledge, and reason, I should be false persuaded I had daughters.-Fool. Which they will make an obedient fa
ther. Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman Gon. Come, Sir ;
This admiration is much o'the favonr"
Lear. Woe, that too late repents, O Sir, are you come?
• A mere husk which contains nothing. † Approbation. t \well-governed state. ; Stored. * Complexion. ** Continue in service.