Glo. Give me the letter, sir.

where, if you violently proceed against him, misEdm. I shall offend either to detain or give it. taking his purpose, it would make a great gap in The contents, as in part I understand them, are to your own honor, and shake in pieces the heart of blame.

his obedience. I dare pawn down my life for him Glo. Let's see, let's see.

that he hath writ this to feel my affection to your Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification, he honor, and to no other pretense of danger. wrote this but as an assay or taste of my virtue. Glo. Think you so ?

Edm. If your honor judge it meet, I will place GLOSTER reads.

you where you shall hear us confer of this, and by “This policy and reverence of age makes the world

an auricular assurance bave your satisfaction; and bitter in the best of our times; keeps our fortunes from

that without any further delay than this very evenus till our oldness cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny; who sways, not as it hath power, but as it is suffered.

Glo. He cannot be such a monster. Come to me, that of this I may speak more. If our Edm. Nor is not, sure. father would sleep till I waked him, you should enjoy Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely half his revenue for ever, and live the beloved of your loves him. Heaven and earth!- Edmund. seek brother,


him out; wind me into him, I pray you: frame Humph! — Conspiracy ! -—“Sleep till I waked the business after your own wisdom. I would unhim — you should enjoy half his revenue !”—My state myself, to be in a due resolution. son Edgar! Had he a hand to write this ? a heart Edm. I will seek him, sir, presently; convey the and brain to breed it in? — When came this to business as I shall find means, and acquaint you you? who brought it?

withal. Edm. It was not brought me, my lord; there's Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon the cunning of it: I found it thrown in at the portend no good to us. Though the wisdom of nacasement of my closet.

ture can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds Glo. You know the character to be your broth- itself scourged by the sequent affects :— love cools, er's ?

friendship falls off, brothers divide : in cities, muEdm. If the matter were good, my lord, I tinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; durst swear it were his; but in respect of that, I and the bond cracked between son and father. This would fain think it were not.

villain of mine comes under the prediction; there's Glo. It is his.

son against father: the king falls froin bias of naEdm. It is his hand, my lord; but I hope his ture; there's father against child. We have seen heart is not in the contents.

the best of our time: machinations, hollowness, Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us disthis business?

quietly to our graves ! — Find out this villain, Edm. Never, my lord: but I have often heard Edmund; it shall lose thee nothing: do it carehim maintain it to be fit, that, sons at perfect age, fully. — And the noble and true-hearted Kent banand fathers declining, the father should be as ward ished ! his offense, honesty!— Strange! strange! to the son, and the son manage his revenue.

[Exit. Glo. O villain, villain ! — His very opinion in Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the the letter ! - Abhorred villain ! Unnatural, de- world! that when we are sick in fortune (often the tested, brutish villain! worse than brutish !--- Go, surfeit of our own behavior), we make guilty of sirrah, seek him; I'll apprehend him. — Abomi- our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars :nable villain ! — Where is he?

as if we were villains by necessity; fools, by heavEdm. I do not well know, my lord. If it shall enly compulsion ; knaves, thieves, and treachers, please you to suspend your indignation against my by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and brother till you can derive from him better testi- adulterers, by an enforced obedience of planetary mony of his intent, you shall run a certain course : influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine

thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whore- from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord master man, to lay his goatish disposition to the speak. Pray you, go; there's my key. - If you charge of a star! My father compounded with do stir abroad, go armed. my mother under the dragon's tail, and my nativ- Edg. Armed, brother ? ity was under ursa major; so that it follows I am Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best. I am rough and lecherous ! — Tut, I should have been no honest man if there be any good meaning tothat I am, had the maidenliest star in the firma- wards you : I have told you what I have seen and went twinkled on my bastardizing. Edgar — heard but faintly: nothing like the image and

horror of it. Pray you, away. Enter EDGAR.

Edg. Shall I hear from you anon? And pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old Edm. I do serve you in this business. — comedy. My cue is villanous melancholy, with a

[Exit EDGAR. sigh like Tom o' Bedlam. -0, these eclipses do A credulous father, and a brother noble, portend these divisions ! fa, sol, la, mi.

Whose nature is so far from doing harms, Edg. How now, brother Edmund! What se- That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty rious contemplation are you in?

My practices rides easy!- I see the business. Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: I read this other day, what should follow these All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. Exit. eclipses.

Edg. Do you busy yourself with that?

Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between

between | SCENE III. – A Room in the DUKE OF ALBANY'S the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolu

Palace. tions of ancient amities; divisions in state, mena

Enter GONERIL and Steward. ces and maledictions against king and nobles ; needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipa- Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for tion of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not chiding of his fool ? what.

Stew. Ay, madam. Edg. How long have you been a sectary astro- Gon. By day and night he wrongs me: every nomical ?

hour Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father He flashes into one gross crime or other, last?

That sets us all-at odds : I'll not endure it : Edg. Why, the night gone by. .

His-knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us Edm. Spake you with him?

On every trifle. — When he returns from hunting Edg. Ay, two hours together.

I will not speak with him : say I am sick. Edm. Parted you in good terms ? found you no If you come slack of former services, displeasure in him, by word or countenance ? You shall do well: the fault of it I'll answer. Edg. None at all.

Stew. He's coming, madam ; I hear him. Edm. Bethink yourself wherein you may have

[Horns within. offended him : and at my entreaty forbear his Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, presence till some little time hath qualified the You and your fellows: I'd have it come to heat of his displeasure; which at this instant so

question: rageth in him, that with the mischief of your per- If he dislike it, let him to my sister, son it would scarcely allay.

Whose mind and mine I know in that are one, Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong. Not to be overruled. Idle old man,

Edm. That's my fear. I pray you have a con- That still would manage those authorities tinent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes That he hath given away!— Now, by my life, slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, Old fools are babes again; and must be used


With checks, as flatteries, — when they are seen Lear. Who wouldst thou serve ? abused.

Kent. You. Remember what I have said.

Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow? Stew. Very well, madam.

Kent. No, sir ; but you have that in your counGon. And let his knights have colder looks tenance which I would fain call master. among you:

Lear. What's that? What grows of it, no matter : advise your fellows so. Kent. Authority. I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall, Lear. What services canst thou do? That I may speak. — I'll write straight to my Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar

a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain mesTo hold my very course. — Prepare for dinner. sage bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit for,

[Exeunt. I am qualified 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 anything. SCENE IV. – A Hall in the same. I have years on my back forty-eight.

Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me: if I Enter Kent, disguised.

like thee no worse after dinner, I will not part
Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow, from thee yet. - Dinner, ho, dinner!— Where's
That can my speech diffuse, my good intent my knave; my fool. Go you, and call my fool
May carry through itself to that full issue hither.
For which I razed my likeness. — Now, banished

Enter Steward.
If thou canst serve where thou dost stand con- You, you sirrah, where's my daughter? —

Stew. So please you, —

[Exit. (So may it come !) thy master, whom thou lov'st, Lear. What says the fellow there ? Call the Shall find thee full of labors.

clotpoll back. — Where's my fool, ho? - I think

the world's asleep. — How, now; where's that Horns within. Enter LEAR, Knights, and

mongrel ? Attendants.

Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is not Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner : go, get well. it ready. [Exit an Attendant.]— How now; what Lear. Why came not the slave back to me when art thou ?

I called him ? Kent. A man, sir.

Knight. Sir, he answered me in the roundest Lear. What dost thou profess? what wouldst manner, he would not. thou with us?

Lear. He would not ! Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem; Knight. My lord, I know not what the matter to serve him truly that will put me in trust; to is; but, to my judgment, your highness is not enlove him that is honest; to converse with him that tertained with that ceremonious affection as you is wise and says little; to fear judgment; to fight were wont: there's a great abatement of kindness when I cannot choose; and to eat no fish. appears, as well in the general dependants as in Lear. What art thou ?

the duke himself also, and your daughter. Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor Lear. Ha! sayst thou so? as the King.

Knight. I beseech you pardon me, my lord, if Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject as he is I be mistaken ; for my duty cannot be silent when for a king, thou art poor enough. What wouldst I think your highness is wronged. thou?

Lear. Thou but rememberest me of mine own Kent. Service.

conception: I have perceived a most faint neglect of late : which I have rather blamed as mine own my coxcomb. — Ilow now, nuncle? 'Would I had jealous curiosity, than as a very pretense and pur- two coxcombs, and two daughters. pose of unkindness. I will look further into 't. — Lear. Why, my boy? But where's my fool? I have not seen him this fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep two days.

my coxcombs myself. There's mine : beg another Knight. Since my young lady's going into of thy daughters. France, sir, the fool hath much pined away. Lear. Take heed, sirrah : the whip.

Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well. Fool. Truth 's a dog that must to kennel : he - Go you, and tell my daughter I would speak must be whipt out, when Lady, the brach, may with her. — Go you, call hither my fool.

stand by the fire and stink.

Lear. A pestilent gall to me!
Re-enter Steward.

Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.
O, you, sir, you sir, come you hither. Who am | Lear. Do.
I, sir?

Fool. Mark it, nuncle :-
Stew. My lady's father.

Have more than thou shewest, Lear. My lady's father! my lord's knave: Speak less than thou knowest, you whorson dog ! you slave ! you cur !

Lend less than thou owest, Stew. I am none of this, my lord: I beseech Ride more than thou goest, you pardon me.

Learn more than thou trowest, Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal ? Set less than thou throwest ;

[Striking him. Leave thy drink and thy whore, Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord.

And keep in-a-door, Kent. Nor tripped neither, you base football And thou shalt have more, player.

[Tripping up his heels. Than two tens to a score. Lear. I thank thee, fellow : thou servest me, Lear. This is nothing, fool. and I'll love thee.

Fool. Then 't is like the breath of an unfee'd Kent. Come, sir, arise, away: I'll teach you lawyer : you gave me nothing for't. Can you differences : away, away. If you will measure make no use of nothing, nuncle ? your lubber's length again, tarry; but away: go Lear. Why, no, boy: nothing can be made out to. Have you wisdom ? so.

of nothing. [Pushing the Steward out. Fool. Pry thee, tell him, so much the rent of Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee: his land comes too : he will not believe a fool. there's earnest of thy service.

[To KENT. [Giving KENT money. Lear A bitter fool !

Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, Enter Fool.

between a bitter fool and a sweet fool ? Fool. Let me hire him too :- here's my cox Lear. No, lad: teach me. comb.

[Giving KENT his cap. Fool. That lord that counseled thee Lear. How, now, my pretty knave; how dost

To give away thy land, thou?

Come, place him here by me, Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb.

Or do thou for him stand : Kent Why, fool ?

The sweet and bitter fool Fool. Why? for taking one's part that is out of

Will presently appear; favor. Nay, an thou canst not smile as the wind The one in motley here, sits, thou 'lt catch cold shortly: there, take my

The other found out there !coxcomb. Why, this fellow has banished two of Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy? his daughters, and did the third a blessing against Fool. All thy other title thou hast given away : his will : if thou follow him, thou must needs wear that thou wast born with.

Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord. frontlet on? Methinks you are too much of late

Fool. No, 'faith, lords and great men will not i' the frown. let me; if I had a monopoly out, they would have Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow when thou part on 't: and ladies, too, they will not let me hadst no need to care for her frowning: now thou have all fool to myself; they'll be snatching. - art an O without a figure. I am better than thou Give me an egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two art now: I am a fool; thou art nothing. — Yes, crowns.

forsooth, I will hold my tongue; so your face [To Lear. What two crowns shall they be? GONERIL] bids me, though you say nothing. Mum,

Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i' the mid- mum : dle, and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the He that keeps nor crust nor crum, egg. When thou clovest thy crown i' the middle, Weary of all, shall want some. — and gavest away both parts, thou borest thine ass That's a shealed peascod. [Pointing to LEAR on thy back over the dirt: thou hadst little wit in Gon. Not only, sir, this your all-licensed fool, thy bald crown, when thou gavest thy golden one But other of your insolent retinue away. If I speak like myself in this, let him be Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth whipped that first finds it so.

In rank and not-to-be-enduréd riots. Sir,

I had thought, by making this well known unto you, Sings.

To have found a safe redress; but now grow fearful, “ Fools had ne'er less grace in a year;

By what yourself too late have spoke and done,
For wise men are grown foppish;

That you protect this course, and put it on
And well may fear their wits to wear,

By your allowance : which if you should, the fault
Their manners are so apish.”

Would not ’scape censure, nor the redresses-sleep; Lear. When were you wont to be so full of Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal, songs, sirrah ?

Might in their working do you that offense, Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since thou | Which else were shame, that then necessity madest thy daughters thy mother: for when thou Will call discreet proceeding. gavest them the rod, and putt'st down thine own Fool. For you trow, nuncle, breeches,

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.
Then they for sudden joy did weep,

Lear. Are you our daughter ?
And I for sorrow sung,

Gon. Come, sir, I would you would make use
That such a king should play bo-peep,
And go the fools among.

of that good wisdom whereof I know you are

fraught; and put away these dispositions, which Pry thee, nuncle, keep a schoolmaster that can of late transform you from what you rightly are. teach thy fool to lie : I would fain learn to lie. Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws

Lear. If you lie, sirrah, we'll have you whipped. the horse ? — Whoop, Jug! I love thee

Fool. I marvel what kin thou and thy daughters Lear. Does any here know me? — Why this is are: they 'll have me whipped for speaking true, not Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus ? thou ’lt have me whipped for lying; and some- Where are his eyes? Either his notion weakens, times I am whipped for holding my peace. I had or his discernings are lethargied. — Sleeping or rather be any kind of thing than a fool: and yet waking ? — Ha! sure 't is not so. — Who is it that I would not be thee, nuncle; thou hast pared thy can tell me who I am ? - Lear's shadow ? I would wit o' both sides, and left nothing in the middle. learn that; for by the marks of sovereignty, Here comes one o' the parings.

knowledge, and reason, I should be false persuaded

I had daughters -

Fool. Which they will make an obedient father. Lear. How now, daughter, what makes that Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman?


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