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Gent. One minded like the weather, most un- || You cataracts, and hurricanoes, spout quietly.

Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the Kent. I know you ; where's the king ?

cocks! Gent. Contending with the fretful element : You sulphurous and thought-executingo fires, Bids the wind blow the earth into the sea, Vaunt couriers? to oak-cleaving thunder-bolts, Or swell the curled waters 'bove the main, Singe my white bead! And thou, all-shaking That things might change, or cease: tears his white thunder,

Strike fat the thick rotundity o'the world! Which the impetuous blasts, with eyeless rage,

Crack nature's moulds, all germens spill at once, Catch in their fury, and make nothing of:

That make ingrateful man Strives in his little world of man to out-scorn Fool. O nuncle, court holy-waters in a dry house The to-and-fro-conflicting wind and rain.

is better than this rain-water out o'door. Good This night, wherein the cub-drawn bearl would nuncle, in and ask thy daughters' blessing : here's couch,

a night pities neither wise men nor fools. The lion and the belly-pinched wolf

Lear. Rumble thy bellyfull! Spit, fire! spout, Keep their fur dry, unbonneted he runs,

rain ! And bids what will take all.

Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters : Kent.

But who is with him? || 1 tax not you, you elements, with unkindness, Gent. None but the fool; who labours to out-jest|| I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children, His heart-struck injuries.

You owe me no subscription ;9 why then, let fall Kent.

Sir, I do know you ; Your horrible pleasure ; here I stand, your slave, And dare, upon the warrant of my art,2

A poor, infirm, weak, and despis’d old man :Commend a dear thing to you. There is division, But yet I call you servile ministers, Although as yet the face of it be cover'd That have with two pernicious daughters join'd With mutual cunning, 'twixt Albany and Cornwall;\ Your high-engender'd battles, 'gainst a head Who have (as who have not, that their great stars So old and white as this. 0! 0 : 'tis foul ! Thron'd and set high?) servants, who seem no less ; Fool. He that has a house to put his head in, has Which are to France the spies and speculations a good head-piece. Intelligent of our state; what hath been seen, Either in snufts and packings of the dukes;

The cod-piece that will house, Or the hard rein which both of them have borne

Before the head has any,

The head and he shall louse ;
Against the old kind king; or something deeper,
Whereof, perchance, these are but furnishings ;4.

So beggars marry many. {But, true it is, from France there comes a power

The man that makes his toe Into this scatter'd kingdom; who already,

What he his heart should make, Wise in our negligence, have secret feet

Shall of a corn cry wo, In some of our best ports, and are at point

And turn his sleep to wake. To show their open banner.--Now to you:

--for there was never yet fair woman, but she If on my credit you dare build so far

made mouths in a glass.
To make your speed to Dover, you shall find
Some that will thank you, making just report

Enter Kent.
Of how unnatural and bemadding sorrow
The king hath cause to plain.

Lear. No, I will be the pattern of all patience,
1
I am a gentleman of blood and breeding; I will say nothing.
And, from some knowledge and assurance, offer

Kent. Who's there? This office to you.]

Fool. Marry, here's grace, and a cod-piece; Gent. I will talk further with you.

that's a wise man, and a fool. Kent.

No, do not Kent. Alas, sir, are you here? things that love For confirmation that I am much more

night, Than my out wall, open this purse, and take

Love not such nights as these ; the wrathful skies What it contains : If you shall see Cordelia,

Gallow to the very wanderers of the dark, (As fear not but you shall,) show her this ring;

And make them keep their caves: Since I was man, And she will tell you who your fellow5 is

Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder, That yet you do not know. Fie on this storm! Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never I will go seek the king.

Remember to have heard : man's nature cannot Gent. Give me your hand: Have you no more

carry to say ?

The affliction, nor the fear. Kent. Few words, but, to effect, more than all yet;

Lear.

Let the great gods, That, when we have found the king (in which your That keep this dreadful potheril o'er our heads, pain

Find out their enemies now. Tremble, thou wretch, That way; I'll this ;) bę that first lights on him,

That hast within thee undivulged crimes, Holla the other.

(Exeunt severally. Unwhipp?d of justice: Hide thee, thou bloody hand;

Thou perjur'd, and thou simularla man of virtue, SCENE II.-Another part of the heath. Storm That art incestuous : Caitiff, to pieces shake, continues. Enter Lear and Fool.

That under covert and convenient seeming13 Lear. Blow, wind, and crack your cheeks! rage! Hast practis’d on man's life!-Close pent-up guilts, blow!

Rive your concealing continents, and cry

These dreadful summoners grace.14_I am a man, (1) Whose dugs are drawn dry by its young.

(2) Which teaches us to find the mind's con-|(6) Quick as thought. (7) Avant couriers, French. struction in the face.'

(8) A proverbial phrase for fair words. (3) Snuffs are dislikes, and packings, underband (9) Obedience. (10) Scare or frighten. contrivances.

(11) Blustering noise. (12) Coupterfeit. (4) Samples. (5) Companion.

(13) Appearance. (14) Favour.

More sinn'd against, than sinning.

The younger rises, when the old doth fall. (Exit. Kent.

Alack, bare-beaded !

SCENE IV.-A part of the heath, with a hovel. Gracious my lord, hard by here is a hovel; Some friendship will it lend you 'gainst the tempest;

Enter Lear, Kent, and Fool. Pepose you there : while I to this hard house Kent. Here is the place, my lord; good my lord, (More hard than is the stone whereof 'tis rais'd;

enter: Which even but now, demanding after you, The tyranny of the open night's too rough Denied me to come in,) return, and force

For nature to endure.

[Storm still. Their scanted courtesy.

Lear.

Let me alone. Lear.

My wits begin to turn.- Kent. Good my lord, enter here. Come on, my boy: How dost, my boy? Art cold? Lear,

Wilt break

my heart? I am cold myself.-- Where is this straw, my fellow? Kent. I'd rather break mine own: Good my lord, The art of our necessities is strange,

enter. That can make vile things precious. Corne, your

Lear. Thou think'st 'tis much, that this contenhovel,

tious storm Poor fool and knave, I have one part in my heart

Invades us to the skin : so 'tis to thee; That's sorry yet for thee.

But where the greater malady is fix'd,

The lesser is scarce felt. Thou’dst shun'a bear: Fool. He that has a little tiny wit,With heigh, ho, the wind and the rain,

But if thy flight lay toward the raging sea, ! Must make content with his fortunes fit;

Thou'dst meet the bear i'the mouth. When the For the rain it raineth every day.2

mind's free,

The body's delicate : the tempest in my mind Lear. True, my good boy. Come, bring us to Doth from my senses take all feeling else,

this hovel. (Exeunt Lear and Kent. || Save what beats there.—Filial ingratitude! Fool. This is a brave night to cool a courtezan.- Is it not as this mouth should tear this hand, I'll speak a prophecy ere I go :

For lifting food to't?—But I will punish home :When priests are more in word than matter; No, I will weep no more.— In such a night When brewers mar their malt with water;

To shut me out Pour on; I will endure :When nobles are their tailors' tutors; In such a night as this ! O Regan, Goneril? No heretics burn'd, but wenches' suitors :

Your old kind father, whose frank heart gave all, -When every case in law is right;

O, that way madness lies ; let me shun that; No squire in debt, nor no poor knight ;

No more of that,When slanders do not live in tongues ;

Kent.

Good my lord, enter here. Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;

Lear. Prythee, go in thyself; seek thine own When usurers tell their gold i'the field;

ease ; And bawds and whores do churches build; | This tempest will not give me leave to ponder Then shall the realm of Albion

On things would hurt me more.

But I'll go in : Come to great confusion.

In, boy; go first.—[To the Fool.] you houseless Then comes the time, who lives to see't,'

poverty, That going shall be us'd with feet.

Nay, get thee in. I'll pray, and then I'll sleep.This prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live before

[Fool goes in

Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, his time,

[Exit.

That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, SCENE III.A room in Gloster's castle. Enter Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you

How shall your houseless heads, and unfed sides, Gloster and Edmund.

From seasons such as these? 0, I have ta'en Glo. Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this un- Too little care of this ! Take physic, pompi natural dealing : When I desired their leave that I|Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel; might pity him, they took from me the use of mine that thou may'st shake the superflux to them, own house; charged me, on pain of their perpetual | And show the heavens more just. displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for Edg. (Within.] Fathom and half, fathom and him, nor any way sustain him.

half! Poor Tom ! Edm. Most savage, and unnatural!

(The Fool runs out from the hovel. Glo. Go to; say you nothing: There is division Fool. Come not in here, nuncle, here's a spirit. between the dukes; and a worse matter than that : || Help me, help me! I have received a letter this night ;--'tis dangerous Kent. Give me thy hand.-Who's there? to be spoken ;-I have locked the letter in my Fool. A spirit, a spirit; he says his name's poor closet : these injuries the king now bears will be

Tom. revenged home; there is part of a power already Kent. What art thou that dost grumble there footed :3 we must incline to the king. I will seek

i'the straw ? him, and privily relieve him: go you, and maintain Come forth. talk with the duke, that my charity be not of him perceived: If he ask for me, I am ill

, and

Enter Edgar, disguised as a madman.

gone to bed. If I die for it, as no less is threatened me, Edg. Away! the foul fiend follows me!the king my old master must be relieved. There Through the sharp hawthorn blows the cold wind.is some strange thing toward, Edmund; pray you,|| Humph! go to thy cold bed, and warm thee. be careful.

Exit. Lear. Hast thou given all to thy two daughters ? Edm. This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke And art thou come to this? Instantly know; and of that letter too :

Edg: Who gives any thing to poor Tom ? whom This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me the foul fiend hath led through fire and through That which my father loses; no less than all: flame, through ford and whirlpool, over bog and

quagmire; that hath laid knives under his pillow, (1) Inquiring (2) Part of the Clown's song in Twelfth Night.! (3) A force already landed.

and halters in his pew; set ratsbane by his porridge; || wild field were like an old lecher's heart: a small made him proud of heart, to ride on a bay trotting-spark, all the rest of his body cold.-Look, here horse over four-inched bridges, to course his own comes a walking fire. shadow for a traitor :-Bless thy five wits! Tom's Edg. This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet: he a-coid.-O, do de, do de, do de.-Bless thee from begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock; he whirlwinds, star-blasting, and taking! Do poor gives the web and the pin,4 squints the eye, and Tom some charity, whom the foul fiend vexes : | makes the hare-lip; mildews the white wheat, and There could I have him now,—and there,-andhurts the poor creature of earth. there,-and there again, and there.

Saint Witholds footed thrice the wold , 6

(Storm continues. Lear. What, have his daughters brought him to

He met the night-mare, and her nine-fold ;

Bid her alight, this pass ?

And her troth plight, Could'st thou save nothing? Didst thou give them all ?

And, aroint? thee, witch, aroint thee! Fool. Nay, he reserved a blanket, else we had

Kent. How fares your grace? been all shamed. Lear. Now, all the plagues that in the pendu

Enter Gloster, with a torch. lous air

Lear. What's he? Hang fated o'er men's faults, light on thy daughters!

Kent. Who's there? What is't you seek? Kent. He hath no daughters, sir.

Glo. What are you there? Your names ? Lear. Death, traitor! nothing could have sub- Edg Poor Tom; that eats the swimming frog, du'd nature

the toad, the tadpole, the wall-newt, and the water ;8 To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters.- that in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend Is it the fashion, that discarded fathers

rages, eats cow-dung for sallets ; swallows the old Should have thus little mercy on their flesh? rat, and the ditch-dog; drinks the green mantle of Judicious punishment! 'twas this flesh begot the standing pool; who is whipped from tything to Those pelican daughters.

tything, and stocked, punished, and imprisoned ; Edg Pillicock sat on pillicock's-hill ;

who hath had three suits to his back, six shirts to Halloo, halloo, loo, loo !

his body, horse to ride, and weapon to wear,Fool. This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.

But mice, and rats, and such small deer,

Have been Tom's food for seven long year. Edg. Take heed of the foul fiend : Obey thy parents ; keep thy word justly; swear not; com- Beware my follower :-Peace, Smolkin ;10 peace, mit not with man's sworn spouse; set not thy sweet

thou fiend! heart on proud array: Tom's a-cold.

Glo. What, hath your grace no better company ? Lear. What hast thou been?

Edg.' The prince of darkness is a gentleman; Edg. A serving-man, proud in heart and mind; | Modo he's called, and Mahu. 11 that curled my hair; wore gloves in my cap,2 served

Glo. Our flesh and blood, my lord, is grown so the lust of my mistress's heart, and did the act of

vile, darkness with her; swore as many oaths as I spake That it doth hate what gets it. words, and broke them in the sweet face of heaven: Edg. Poor Tom's a-cold. one, that slept in the contriving of lust, and waked Glo. Go in with me; my duty cannot suffer to do it: Wine loved I deeply; dice dearly; and To obey in all your daughters' hard commands : in wonan, out-paramoured the Turk: False of heart, || Though their injunction be to bar my doors, light of ear, bloody of hand: Hog in sloth, fox in And let this tyrannous night take hold upon you ; stealth, wolf in greediness, dog in madness, lion in Yet have I ventur'd to come seek you out, prey. Let not the creaking of shoes, nor the rust-|| And bring you where both fire and food is ready. ling of silks, betray thy poor heart to women : Keep

Lear. First let me talk with this philosopher:thy foot out of brothels, thy hand out of plackets

, What is the cause of thunder? thy pen from lenders' books, and defy the foul fiend. Kent. Good my lord, take his offer ; -Still through the hawthorn blows the cold wind: Go into the house. Says suum, mun, ha no nonny, dolphin, my boy,

Lear. I'll talk a word with this same learned my boy, sessa; let him trot by.

Theban : (Storm still continues. What is your study? Lear. Why, thou were better in thy grave, than Edg. How to prevent the fiend, and to killvermin. to answer with thy uncovered body this extremity Lear. Let me ask you one word in private. of the skies.— Is man no more than this? Consider Kent. Impórtune him once more to go, my lord, him well : Thou owest the worm no silk, the beast His wits begin to unsettle. no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no perfume :

Glo.

Canst thou blame him? Ha! here's three of us are sophisticated !—Thou His daughters seek his death :-Ah, that good art the thing itself: unaccommodated man is no Kent ! more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou) He said it would be thus :-Poor banish'd man ! art. -Off, off, you lendings :-Come; unbutton Thou say'st, the king grows mad; I'll tell thee, here.3

(Tearing off his clothes. friend, Fool. Pr’ythee, nuncle, be contented; this is al I am almost mad myself: I had a son, naughty night to swim in.--Now a little fire in a Now outlaw'd from my blood; he sought my life,

(1) To take is to blast, or strike with malignant (5) A saint said to protect his devotecs from the influence.

disease called the night-mare. (2) It was the custom to wear gloves in the hat, (6) Wild downs, so called in various parts of as the favour of a mistress.

England. (3) The words unbutton here, are probably

(7) Avaunt. (8) i. e. The water-newt. only a marginal direction crept into the matter. (9) A tything is a division of a county. (4) Diseases of the eye.

(10) Name of a spirit. (11) The chief devil.

warm.

you too.

But lately, very late; I lov'd him, friend, Fool. No; he's a yeoman, that has a gentleman No father his son dearer : true to tell thee, to his son: for he's a mad yeoman, that sees his son

(Storm continues. la gentleman before him. The grief hath craz'd my wits. What a night's this! Lear. To have a thousand with red burning spits I do beseech your grace,

Come hissing in upon them :Lear.

O, cry you mercy, Edg. The foul fiend bites my back. Noble philosopher, your company.

Fool. He's mad, that trusts in the tameness of a Edg. Tom's a-cold.

wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's Glo. In, fellow, there, to the hovel : keep thee oath.

Lear. It shall be done, I will arraign them Lear. Conie, let's in all.

straight Kent.

This way, my lord. Come, sit thou here, most learned justicer ;-
Lear.
With him;

(To Edgar. I will keep still with my philosopher.

Thou, sapient sir, sit here. (To the Fool.]—Now, Kent. Good my lord, sooth him; let him take the

you she foxes! fellow.

Edg. Look, where he stands and glares !3. Glo. Take him you on.

Wantest thou eyes at trial, madam? Kent. Sirrah, come on ; go along with us.

Come o'er the bourn, Bessy, to me :
Lear. Come, good Athenian.

Fool. Her boat hath a leak,
Glo.
No words, no words :

And she must not speak
Hush.

Why she dares not come over to thee.
Edg. Childi Rowland to the dark tower came,

His word was still,-Fie, foh, and fum, Edg. The foul fend haunts poor Tom in the voice
I smell the blood of a British man.

of a nightingale. Hopdance cries in Tom's belly, (Exeunt. for two white herrings. Croak not, black angel; I

have no food for thee. SCENE V.-A room in Gloster's castle. Enter Kent. How do you, sir? Stand you not so Cornwall and Edmund.

amaz'd : Corn. I will have my revenge, ere I depart his Will you lie down and rest upon the cushions ? house.

Lear. I'll see their trial first :- Bring in the eviEdm. How, my lord, I may be censured, that

dence. nature thus gives way to loyalty, something fears Thou robed man of justice, take thy place; me to think of.

(To Edgar, Corn. I now perceive, it was not altogether And thou, his yoke-fellow of equity, [To the Fool. your brother's evil disposition made him seek his Bench by his side :-You are of the commission, death; but a provoking merit, set a-work by a re

Sit

(To Kent proveable badness in himself.

Edg. Let us deal justly. Edm. How malicious is my fortune, that I must Sleepest, or wakest thou, jolly shepherd? repent to be just! This is the letter he spoke of,

Thy sheep be in the corn; which approves him an intelligent party to the ad- And for one blast of thy minikin mouth, vantages of France. O heavens ! that this treason

Thy sheep shat take no harm. were not, or not I the detector!

Pur! the cat is grey.
Corn. Go with me to the duchess.
Edm. If the matter of this paper be certain, you

Lear. Arraign her first; 'tis Goneril. I here take have mighty business in hand.

my oath before this honourable assembly, she kickCorn. True, or false, it hath made thee earl of

ed the poor king her father. Gloster. Seek out where thy father is, that he

Fool. Come hither, mistress; Is your name may

Goneril? be ready for our apprehension. Edm. (Aside.) if I find him comforting the king,

Lear. She cannot deny it. it will stuff his suspicion more fully:-I will perse

Fool. Cry you mercy, I took you for a joint-stool. vere in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be

Lear. And here's another, whose warp'd looks sore between that and my blood.

proclaim Corn. I will lay trust upon thee; and thou shalt What store her heart is made of.–Stop her there! find a dearer father in my love. [Exeunt.

Arms, arms, sword, fireCorruption in the place!

False justicer, why hast thou let her 'scape ? SCENE VI.- A chamber in a farm-house, ad- Edg. Bless thy five wits !

joining the castle. Enter Gloster, Lear, Kent, Kent. O pity -Sir, where is the patience now, Fool, and Edgar.

That you so oft have boasted to retain ? Glo. Here is better than the open air; take it

Edg. My tears begin to take his part so much, thankfully: I will piece out the comfort with what||They'll mar my counterfeiting. (Aside. addition I can : I will not be long from you.

Lear. The little dogs and all, Kent. All the power of his wits has given way Tray, Blanch, and Sweet-heart, see, they bark atme. to his impatience :--The gods reward

Edg. Tom will throw his head at them :ness!

[Exit Gloster. Avaunt, you curs ! Edg. Frateretto calls me; and tells me, Nero is Be thy mouth or black or white, an angler in the lake of darkness. Pray, innocent,2 Tooth that poisons if it bite; and beware the foul fiend.

Mastiff, grey-hound, mongrel grim, Fool. Prythee, nuncle, tell me, whether a mad. Hound, or spaniel, brach, or lym;5 man be a gentleman, or a yeoman?

Or bobtail tike, or trundle-tail; Lear. A king, a king!

Tom will make them weep and wail : (1) Child is an old term for knight.

(3) Edgar is speaking in the character of a mad(2) Addressed to the fool, who was anciently || man, who thinks he sees the fiend. called an innocent.

(4) Brook or rivulet. (5) A blood-hound.

your kind

For, with throwing thus my head, keep you our sister company; the revenges we are

Dogs leap the hatch, and all are ded. bound to take upon your traitorous father, are not Do de, de de. Sessa. Come, march to wakes and fit for your beholding Advise the duke, where

you fairs, and market-towns: Poor Tom, thy hornare going, to a most

festinate preparation ; we are is dry.

bound to the like. Our posts shall be swift and inLear. Then let them anatomize Regan; see what telligent betwixt us. Farewell

, dear sister;-farebreeds about her heart: Is there any cause in na

well, my lord of Gloster. 3 ture, that makes these hard hearts? - You, sir, I

Enter Steward. entertain you for one of my hundred ; only, I do not like the fashion of your garments : you will || How now? Where's the king ? say, they are Persian attire; but let them be Stew. My lord of Gloster hath convey'd him changed.

{To Edgar.

hence : Kent. Now, good my lord, lie here, and restSome five or six and thirty of his knights, a while.

Hot questrists4 after him, met him at gate; Lear. Make no noise, make no noise; draw the Who, with some other of the lord's dependants, curtains : So, so, so : We'll go to supper i'the morn- ||Are gone with him towards Dover; where they ing: So, so, so.

boast Fool. And I'll go to bed at noon.

To have well-armed friends.

Corn.
Re-enter Gloster.

Get horses for your mistress.

Gon. Farewell, sweet lord, and sister. Glo. Come hither, friend: Where is the king my

(Exeunt Goneril and Edmund. master?

Corn. Edmund, farewell.-Go, seek the traitor Kent. Here, sir; but trouble him not, his wits

Gloster, are gone,

Pinion him like a thief, bring him before us. Glo. Good friend, I prythee take him in thy arms;

(Exeunt other Servants. I have o'erheard a plot of death upon him: Though well we may not pass upon his life There is a litter ready; lay him in't,

Without the form of justice; yet our power And drive towards Dover, friend, where thou shalt | Shall do a courtesys to our wrath, which men meet

May blame, but not control. Who's there? The Both welcome and protection. Take up thy master:

traitor ?
If thou should'st dally half an hour, his life,
With thine, and all that offer to defend him,

Re-enter Servants, with Gloster.
Stand in assured loss : Take up, take up;
And follow me, that will to some provision

Reg. Ingrateful fox ! 'tis he.

Corn. Bind fast his corky6 arms. Give thee quick conduct.

Glo. What mean your graces!--Good my friends, Kent. Oppress'd nature sleeps :

consider This rest might yet have balm’d tły broken senses, || You are my guests : do me no foul play, friends." Which, if convenience will not albw,

Corn. Bind him, I say: Servants bind him. Stand in hard cure.-Come, help tobear thy master;

Reg.

Hard, hard :-O filthy traitor! Thou must not stay behind. [To the Fool.

Glo. Unmerciful lady as you are, I am none. Glo.

Cone, come, away. Corn. To this chair bind him :-Villain, thou (Exeunt Kent, Gloster, and the Fool,

shalt find (Regan plucks his beard. bearing of the King. Edg. When we our betters see bearing our woes, To pluck me by the beard.

Glo. By the kind gods, 'tis most ignobly done We scarcely think our miseries ar foes.

Reg. So white, and such a traitor! Who alone suffers, suffers most ithe mind;

Glo.

Naughty lady, Leaving free things, and happy shows, behind:

These hairs, which thou dost ravish from my chin, But then the mind much sufferance doth o'erskip,

Will quicken,7 and accuse thee: I am your host; When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.

With robbers' hands, my hospitable favours8 How light and portable my pain seems now, You should not ruffle thus. What will

you

do? When that, which makes me bend, makes the king

Corn. Come, sir, what letters had you late from

France?
He childed, as I father'd!- Tom, away :
Mark the high noises ;' and thyself bewray,?.

Reg. Be simple-answer'd, for we know the truth.

Corn. And what confederacy have you with the When false opinion, whose wrong thought defiles

traitors thee,

Late footed in the kingdom? In thy just proof, repeals, and reconciles thee.

Reg. To whose hands have you sent the lunatic What will hap more to-night, safe 'scape the king!

king? Lurk, lurk. SCENE VII.-A room in Gloster's castle. En-|| Which came from one that's of a neutral heart,

Glo. I have a letter guessingly set down, ter Cornwall, Regan, Goneril, Edmund, and Ser-| And not from one oppos'd. vants.

Corn.

Cunning. Corn. Post speedily to my lord your husband;

Reg.

And false. show him this letter:~the army of France is landed:

Corn. Where hast thou sent the king ? --Seek out the villain Gloster.

Glo.

To Dover. Reg.

Wherefore (Exeunt some of the Servants. Reg. Hang him instantly.

To Dover? Wast thou not charg'd at thy perilGon. Pluck out his eyes. Corn. Leave him to my displeasure. -Edmund, (3) Meaning Edmund, invested with his father's

titles. (1) The great events that are approaching. (4) Inquirers. (5) Bend to our wrath. (2) Betray, discover.

(6) Deceitful

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[Exit. Speak

(7) Live.

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