Pagina-afbeeldingen
PDF
ePub

way air,

Edg.

Edg. You do climb up it now: look, how | This might he pass indeed #:-Yet he revires: we labour.

What are you,

sir ? Glo. Methinks, the ground is even.

Glo.

Away, and let me die. Edg.

Horrible steep: Edg. Hadst thou been aught but gossamer, Hark, do you hear the sea?

feathers, air, Glo.

No, truly. So many fathom down precipitating, Edg. Why, then your other senses grow im- Thon badst shiver'd like an egg: but thor dost By your eyes' anguish. (perfect breathe ;

(art scund. Glo.

So may it bé, indeed: Hast heavy substance; bleed'st noi; speakst; Methinks, thy voice is alter'd; and thon speakst Ten masts at each make not the altitude, In better phrase, and matter, than thou didst. Which thou hast perpendicularly fell;

Edg. You are much deceived; in nothing Thy life's a miracle: Speak yet again. But in my garments.

[am I changed, Glo. But have I fallen, or no? (honrn; Glo. Methinks, you are better spoken. Edg. From the dread summit of this chalky Edg. Come on, sir; here's the place:-stand Look up a-height;-the shrill-gorged ** lark so still.--How fearful

Cannot be seen or heard: do but look up. [far And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low! Glo. Alack, I have no eyes.The crows, aud choughs*, that wing the mid- Is wretchedness deprived that benefit (fort,

To end itself by death? 'Twas yet some comShowscarce so gross as beetles: IIalf way down When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage, Hangs one that gathers samphiret; dreadful And frustrate bis proud will. trade!

Edg.

Give me your arm: Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head : Up: So;-How is't? Feel you your legs? The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Glo. Too well, too well. (You stand. Appear like mice; and yon tall anchoring bark,

This is above all strangeness. Diminish'd to her cockt; her cock, a buoy Upon the crown o'the cliff, what thing was that Almost too small for sight: The murmuring Which parted from you? surge,

Glo.

A poor unfortunate beggar. That on the unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes, Edg. As I stood here below, methought, his Cannot be heard so high: l'll look no more; eyes Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight Were two full moons; he had a thousand noses, Topple down headlong.

Horns whelk'd it, and waved like the enridged Glo. Set me where you stand.

sea ; Edg. Give me your hand: You are now It was some fiend: Therefore, thou happy within a foot

father,

(honours Of the extreme verge: for all beneath the moon Think that the clearest if gods, who make them Would I not leap upright.

Of men's impossibilities, have preserved thee. Glo.

Let go my hand. Glo. I do remember now: henceforth l'il Here, friend, is another purse; in it a jewel Affliction, till it do cry out itself, (bear Well worth a poor man's taking : Fairies, and Enough, enough, and, die. That thing you gods,

speak of, Prosper it with thee! Go thon further off; I took it for a man; often 'twould say, Bid me farewell, and let me hear thee going. The fiend, the fiend : he led me to that place. Edg. Now, fare you well, good sir.

Edg. Bear free and patient thoughts.-But

[Seems to go. who comes here? Glo.

With all my heart. Enter LEAR, fantastically dressed up with Edg. Why I do trifle thus with his despair,

Flowers. Is done to cure it.

The safer sense will ne'er accommodate Glo.

() you mighty gods! His master thus. This world I do renounce; and, in your sights, Lear. No, they cannot touch me for coining; Shake patiently my great affliction off: I am the king himself. If I could bear it longer, and not fall

Edg. O thou side-piercing sight! To quarrel with your great opposeless wills, Lear. Nature's above art in that respect. My snuff, and loathed part of nature, should There's your press-money. That fellow handles Burn itself out. If Edgar live, O, bless him!- his bow like a crow keeper: draw me a clo. Nox, fellow, fare thee well.

thier's jj yard.-Look, look, a mouse! Peace, [He leaps, and falls along. peace; this piece of toasted cheese will do't. Edg.

Gone, sir i farewell. There's my gauntlet; I'll prove it on a giant. And yet I know not how conceit may rob Bring up the brown bills ll. 0, well flown, The treasury of life, when life itself (thought, bird!--i'the clout,i'the clouiss: hewgh! Give Yields to the theft : Had he been where he the word ***. Py this, had thought been past.-Alive,or dead? Edg. Sweet marjoram. Ho, you sir! friend !-Ilear you, sir f-speak! | Lear. Pass. Daws. + A vegetable gathered for pickling. I Her cock-boat. Tumble.

Thus might he die in reality. I i. e., This chalky boundary of England. ** Shrill-throated. 1+ Twisted, convolved.

The purest. $ An arrow of a clothird long. | Battle-axes. 1 The white mark for archers to aim at. *** The watch word. Glo. I know that voice.

thine ears: see how yon' justice rails upon yon' Lear. IIa! Goneril! with a white beard ! simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: Change They flatter'd me like a dog; and told me, I places; and, handy-dandy, which is the jus. had white hairs in my beard, ere the black tice, which is the thief?-Thou hast seen a far. ones were there. To say ay, and no, to every mer's dog bark at a beggar? thing I said.---Ay and no too was no good Glo. Ay, sir. divinity. When the rain came to wet me Lear. And the creature run from the car ? once, and the wind to make me chatter; when There thou mightst behold the great image of the thunder would not peace at my bidding; authority: a dog's obeyed in office. there I found them, there I smelt them out. Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand: Go to, they are not men o'their words: they Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine told me I was every thing ; 'tis a lie; I am own back; not ague-proof.

Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind Glo. The trick * of that voice I do well For which thou whipp'st her. The usurer Is't not the king?

(remember: hangs the cozener. Lear.

Ay, every inch a king : Througlı tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; When I do stare, see, how the subject quakes. Robes, and furrd gowns, hide all. Plate sin I pardon that man's life; what was thy cause?- with gold, Adultery.

And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks : Thou shalt not die: Die for adultery! No: Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it. The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly None does offend, none, I say, none; I'll able Does lecher in my sight.

'em : Let copulation thrive, for Gloster's bastard son Take that of me, my friend, who have the power Was kinder to his father, than my daughters To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes; Got 'tween the lawful sheets.

And, like a.scarvy politician, seem (now, now: To't, luxury, pell-mell, for I lack soldiers.c- To see the things thou dost not.-Now, now, Behold yon simpering dame

Pull off my boots :-harder, harder; $0. Whose face between her forks presageth snow; Edg. O, matter and impertinency mix'd! That minces virtne, and does shake the head Reason in madness!

(my eyes, To hear of pleasure's name;

Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take The fitchew, nor the soiled horse, goes to't I know thee well enough ; thy name is Gloster: With a more riotous appetite.

Thou must be patient; we came crying hither, Down from the waist they are centaurs, Thou knowst,the first timcthat we smell the air. Though women all above;

We wawl, and cry :-I will preach to thee; Butt to the girdle do the gods inheriti,

mark me. Beneath is all the fiend's: there's hell, there's Glo. Alack, alack the day! {are come darkness,

Lear. When we are born, we cry, that we There is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, To this great stage of fools:- This a good block? stench, consumption ;--Fie, fie, fie! pah, pah! It were a delicate stratagem, to shoe Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to A troop of horse with felt: I'll put it in proof; sweeten my imagination: there's money for And when I have stolen upon these sons-in-law, thee.

Then, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill. Glo. 0, let me kiss that hand!

Enter a Gentleman, with Attendants. Lear. Let me wipe it first; it smells of mor- Gent. O, here he is, lay hand upon him,-Sir, tality.

Your most dear danghterGlo. O ruin'd piece of nature! This great Lear. No rescue? What,a prisoner? I am even world

(me? The natural fool of fortune.-Use me well; Shall so wear out to naught.-Dost thou know You shall have ransome. Let me have a surgeon,

Lear. I remember thine eyes well enough. I am cut to the brains. Dost thou sqniny g at me? No, do thy worst,

Gent.

You shall have any thing blind Cupid; I'll ut love.-Read thou this Lear. No seconds? All myself? challenge; mark but the penning of it. Why, this would make a man, a man of salt?, Glo. Were all the letters suns, I could not To use his eyes for garden water-pots, see one.

Ay, and for laying autumn's dust. : Edg. I would not take this from report;-itis, Gent.

Good sir,- (What? And my heart breaks at it.

Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom: Lear. Read.

I will be jovial; come, come; I am a king, Glo. What, with the case of eyes?

My masters, know you that! Lear. O, ho, are you there with me? No Gent. You are a royal one, and weobey yon. eyes in your head, nor no money in your purse?

Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you Your eyes are in a heavy case, your purse in a get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, light: Yet you see how this world goes.

[Exit, running; Attendants follow. Glo. I see it feelingly.

Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how wretch,

(daughter, this world goes, with no eyes. Look with Past speaking of in a king! Thon hast one . Likeness, manner. + Only.

# Possess.

Look asquint. Block anciently signified the heart part of a hat. 1i.e., A man of tears.

sa.

Who redeems nature from the general curse Edg. I know thee well: A serviceable villain; Which twain have brought her to.

As duteous to the vices of thy niistress, Edg. liail, gentle sir.

As badness would desire. Gent. Sir, speed you: What's your will? Glo.

What, is he dead? Edg. Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle to. Edg. Sit you down, father; rest you.ward?

Let's see his pockets: these letters, that he Gent. Most sure, and vulgar: every one speaks of,

(sorry Which can distinguish sound. [hears that, May be my friends.--He's dead: I am only Edg.

But, by your favour, He had no other death's-man.- Let us see: How near's the other army?

Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blame us not: Gent. Near, and on speedy foot, the main To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their Stands on the hourly thought*. [descry Their

papers, is more lawful 93. [hearts; Edg.

I thank you, sir: that's all. [heads.] Let our reciprocal vows be reGent. Though that the queen on special membered. You have many opportunities Her army is moved on. {cause is here, to cut him off: if your will want not, time Edg.

I thank you, sir. [Erit Gent. and place will be fruitfully offered. There Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath is nothing done, if he return the conqueror: from me;

Then am I the prisoner, and his bed my Let not my worser + spirit tempt me again gaol; from the loathed warmth whereof deliTo die before you please!

ver me, and supply the place for your labour. Edg.

Well pray yon, father. Your wife, so I would say,) and your Glo. Now, good sir, what are you?

affectionate servant, Edg. A most poor man, made tame by for

GUNERIL. tune's blows;

O andistinguish'd space of woman's will!Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows, A plot upon her virtuous husband's life; Ain pregnant to good pity. Give me your hand, And the exchange, my brother !-Here, in the I'll lead you to some biding.

Thee I'll rake up Ml, the post unsanctified (sands, Glo.

Hearty thanks: Of murderous sechers: and, in the mature time, The bounty and the benison I of heaven With this ungracious paper strike the sight To boot, and boots!

Of the death practised duke: For him 'tis well, Enter Steward.

That of thy death and business I can tell, Stew. A proclaim'r prize! most happy! [Erit EVGAŘ, dragging out the body. That eyeless head of thine was first framed flesh Glo. The king is mad: How stiff is my vile To raise my fortunes.--Thou old unhappy sense, traitor,

That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling Briefly|| thyself remember:-The sword is out of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract: That must destroy thee.

So should my thoughts be severed from my Glo.

Now let thy friendly hand And woes, by wrong imaginations, lose (griefs ; Put strength enough to it. [EDGAR opposes. The knowledge of themselves. Stew. Wherefore, bold peasaắt,

Re-enter EDGAR, Darest thon support a publish'd traitor! Hence; Edg.

- Give me your hand: Lest that the infection of his fortune take Far off, methinks, I hear the beaten druin. Like hold on thee. Let go his arm. ['casion. | Coine, father, I'll bestow you with a friend. Edg. Ch’ill not let go, zir, without vnrther

[Ereunt. Siew. Let go, slave, or thou diest. Eds. Good gentleman, go your gaitT, and let SCENE VII. A Tent in the French Camp. poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been zwagger'd

LEAR, on a Bed, asleep: Physician, Genout of my life, 'twould not ha' been zo long as

tleman, and others, attending, 'tis by a vortnight. Nay, come not near the

Enter CORDELIA and KENT. old man; keep out, che vor'ye, or ise try Cor. O, thou good Kent, how shall I live, and whether your costard ** or my battt be the work,

[short, barder: Ch’ill be plain with you.

To match thy goodness? My life will be too Stew. Out, dunghill !

And every measure fail nie.

(paid. Edg. Ch’ill pick your teeth, zir: Come; no Kent. To be acknowledged, madam, is o'ermatter vor your foins II.

All my reports go with the modest truth; (They fight; and EDGAR knocks him doun. Nor more, nor clipp'd, but so. Stew. Slave, thou hast slain me:-Villain, Cor.

Be better suited to: take my purse;

These weeds are memories *** of those worser If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body; [me, 1 pr'ythee, put them off.

[hours; And give the letters, which thou find'st about Kent.

Pardon mé, der madam; To Edinand, earl of Gloster; seek him out Yet to be known, shortens my made intentitt: Upon the British party :O) untimely death! My boon I make it, that you know me lut,

[ Dies. Till time and I think meet. * The main body is expected to be descried every hour. + Evil genins. # Blessis.g. 0 Reward, recompense. Il Quickly recollect the offences of thy life. Go your way. ** Head.

tt Club #1 Thrusts. j To rip their papers is more lawful. I'll cover thee (the dead steward) in the sands. C Dressed. *** Memorials. Itt Intent formed. Cor. Then be it so, my good lord.—How I will not swear, these are my hands : let's see;

does the king? [To the Physician. I feel this pin prick. Would I were assured Phys. Madam, sleeps still.

Of my condition. Cor. O you kind gods,

Cor.

0, look upon me, sir, Cure this great breach in his abused nature! And hold your hands in benediction o'er me:The untuned and jarring senses, O wind up, No, sir, you must not kneel. Of this child-change father!

Leur.

Pray do not mock me: Phys.

So please your majesty, I am a very foolish fond old man, That we may wake the king? he hath slepilong. Fourscore and upward; and, to deal plainly, Cor. Be govern'd by your knowledge, and I fear, I am not in my perfect mind':- (man: proceed

Methinks, I should know you, and know this l' the sway of your own will. Is he array'd? Yet I am doubtful: for I am mainly ignorant

Gent. Ay, madam; in the heaviness of his What place this is : and all the skill I have We put fresh garments on him. (sleep, Remembers not these garments; nor I know not

Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do WhereIdid lodge last night: Do not laugh at me, I doubt not of his temperance. [awake him; For, as I am a man, I think this lady Cor.

Very well. [music there. To be my child Cordelia. Phys. Please you, draw near, -— Louder the Cor. And so I am, I am. (weep not ; Cor. O, my dear father! Restoration, hang Lear. Be your tears wet Yes, faith, I

pray, Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss If you have poison for me, I will drink it. Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters I know, you do not love me; for your sisters Have in thy reverence made!

Have, as I do remember, done me wrong: Kent.

Kind and dear princess! You have some cause, they have not. Cor. Had you not been their father, these

Cor.

No cause, no cause. white flakes

Lear. Am I in France ? Had challenged pity of them. Was this a face, Kent.

In your own kingdom, sir. To be exposed against the warring winds? Leur. Do not abuse me. (great rage, To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder? Phys. Be comforted, good macam : the In the most terrible and nimble stroke

You see, is cured in him: and yet it is danger Of quick,cross lightning?to watch(poorperdu*!) To make him even I o'er the time he has lost. With this thin helm+? Mine enemy's dog, Desire him to go in; trouble him no more, Though he had bit me, should have stood that Till further settling. night

[father, Cor. Wil't please your highness walk? Against my fire: And wast thou fáin, poor Lear.

You must bear with me: To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn, Pray now forget and forgive: I am old, and In short and musty straw? Alack, alack!

foolish. [Exeunt LEAR, Cord. Physi'Tis wonder, that thy life and wits at once

cian, & Attendants. Had not concluded all. He wakes; speak to Gent. Holds it true, sir,

Phys. Madam, do you; 'tis fittest. [him. That the duke of Cornwall was so slain?
Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares Kent.

Most certain, sir. your majesty?

[o’the grave: Gent. Who is conductor of his people? Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out ·Kent.

As 'tis said, Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound The bastard son of Gloster. Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears Gent,

They say Edgar, Do scald like molten lead,

His banish'd son,

is with the earl of Kent Cor.

Sir, do you know me? In Germany. Lear. You are a spirit, I know: When did Kent.

Report is changeable. Cor. Still, still, far wide! (you die? | 'Tis time to look about; the powers o'tbe king. Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone Approach apace.

[dom awhile.

Gent. The arbitrement| is like to be a bloody. Lear. Where have I been ?-Where am I?- Fare you well, sir.

(Exit. Fair day.light?

[pity, Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly I am mightily abused.--) should even die with wrought. To see another thus. I know not what to say.-- Orwell,or ill, as this day's battle's fought. [Exit.

ACT V. SCENE I. The Camp of the British Forces To change the course: He's full of alteration, near Dover.

And se'f reproving :-bring his constant pleaEnter, with Drums, and Colours, EDMUND,

Sure T. [To an Officer, who goes out. REGAN, Officers, Soldiers, and others. Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried.

Edm: Know of the duke, if his last purpose Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam. Or, whether since he is advised by aught (hold;! Reg.

Now, sweet lord, * The allusion is to the forlorn hope in an army, called, in French, enfans perdus. + Thin covering of hair. * To reconcile it to his apprehension, Forces. || Decision.

His settled resolütion.

You know the goodness I intend upon you:

He-enter EUMUND. Tell me --but truly,--but then speak the truth, Edm. The enemy's in view, draw ap yonr Do you not love my sister?

powerg.

[forces, Edm.

In honour'd love. Here is the guess of their trne strength and Reg. But have you never fouud my brother's By diligent discovery:but your haste To the forefended * place?

(way Is now urged on you. Edm. That thought abuses + you.

Alb. We will greet the time 1. [Erit. Reg. I am doubtful that you have been con. Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my junct

Each jealous of the other, as the stung (love; And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers. Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?

Edm. No, by mine honour, madam. Both ? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd,

Reg. I never shallendure her: Dear my lord, If both remain alive; To take the widow, Be not familiar with her.

Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril; Edm. Fear me not :

And hardly shall I carry out my side **, She, and the duke her husband,

Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll ase Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers. His countenance for the battle; which being Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that done, sister

Let her, who would be rid of him, devise Should loosen him and me.

(Aside. His speedy taking off. As for the mercy Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.- Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia, Sir, this I hear,-The king is come to his The battle done, and they within our power, daughter,

Shall never see his pardon: for my state With others, whom the rigour of our state Stands on me to defend, not to debate. (Exit. Forced to cry out. Where I could not be honest, SCENE 11. A Field between the two Camps. I never yet was valiant: for this business, It toucheth us, as France invades our land,

Alarum withir. Enter, with Drum and Not boldsf the king; with others, whom, I fear,

Colours, LEAR, CORDELIA, &their Forces; Must just and heavy causes make opposeg. and exeunt. Edm. Sir, you speak nobly:

Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER. Reg.

Why is this reason'd? Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy :

Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree For these domestic and particular broils For your good host; pray that the right may Are not to question here.

If ever I return to you again, (thrive: Alb.

Let us then determine I'll bring you comfort. With the ancient of war on our proceedings.

Glo. Grace go with yon, sir! (Erit Evg. Edm, Ishall attend you presently at your tent. Alarums; afterwards á Retreat. Re-enter

EDGAR.
Reg. Sister, you'll go with us ?
Gon. No,

Edg. Away, old man, give nie thy hand, Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray yon, go away; with us.

will go. King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en : Gon, 0, ho, I know the riddle: (À side.) I Give me thy hand, come on. As they are going out, enter EUGAR, dis

Glo. No further, sir; a man may rot even guised.

here.

(endure Edg. If e'er your grace bad speech with man Edg. What, in ill thoughts again! Men must Ilear me one word.

(so poor,

Their going hence, even as their coming hither : Alb. I'll overtake you.-Speak.

Ripeness is alltt: Come on.

Glo. [Ereunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL,

And that's true too. (Exeunt. Officers, Soldiers and Attendants. Edg: Before you fight the battle, ope this scene III. The British Camp near Dover, letter.

Enter, in Conquest, with Drum 4: Colours, If you have victory, let the trumpet sound EDMUND; LEAR and CORDELIA, as Pri For him that broughtrit: wretched though I soners; Officers, Soldiers, &c. seem,

Edm. Some officers take them away: good I can produce a champion, that will prove

guard; What is avouched there: If you miscarry, Until their greater pleasures first be knowo Your business of the world hath so an eud, That are to censure them. And machination ceases ll. Fortune love you! Cor.

We are not the first, Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the Edg.

I was forbid it.

worst, When time thall serve, let but the herald cry, For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down; And I'll appear again.

[Erit. Myself could else out-frown false fortune's Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook frown.

(sisters? thy paper.

Shall we not see these daughters, and these • Forbidden. + Imposes on yon. + i. e., Emboldens him. Ś Opposition. N i. e., All designs against your life will have an end. Be ready to meet the occasion. ** Make my party good. Hi e., To be ready prepared, is all.

I Pass judgment on them,

« VorigeDoorgaan »