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Io pity of his misery, to dispatch
Srew, I'muft needs afrer him, Madam, with my Letter. Reg. Our Troops set forth to murrow, stay with us: The ways are danger us.
Stew. I may not, Madam;
Reg. Why should she write to Edmund?
Stew. Madam, I had rather
Reg. I know your Lady de's not love her Husband,
Stew. 1, Madam?
Reg. I speak in understanding: You're; I know'r;
pray defire her call her wisdom to her.
Stew. Would I could meet him, Madam, I should shew
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The Country. Enter Gloster and Edgar. Glo. When shall I come to th' top of that same Hill? Edg. You do climb up it now. Look how we labour. Glo. Methinks the ground is even.
Edg. Horrible steep. Hark, do you hear the Sea ?
Glo. No truly.
Edg. Why then your other Senses grow imperfe& By your Eyes anguish.
Glo. So may it be indeed,
Edg. You're much deceived : ja nothing am I changed But in my Garments.
Glo. Methinks you're better spoken.
Edg. Come on, Sir,
Glo. Set me where you stand.
Edg. Give me your hand :
Glo. Let go my hand :
[Seems to go Glo. With all my heart, Edg. Why do I trifle thus with his despairs 'Tis done to cure it.
Glo. O you mighty gods !
To quarrel with your great opposeless wills,
Edg. Good Sir, farewel.
Gla. Away, and let me dic.
Edg. Had'st thou been ought butGozemore, feathers and Air, So many fachom dowo precipitating, Thoud'st shiver'd like an Egg: but thou doft breath; Haft heavy substance, bleed'st not; speak, art sound? Ten Mafts at least, make not the altitude Which thou hast perpendicularly fallen; Thy Life's a Miracle. Speak yet again.
Glo. But have I fall'n, or no ?
Edg. From the dread Summet of this Chalky Bourn
Gle. Alack, I have no Eyes;
Edg. Give me your arm.
Edg. This is above all ftrargeness.
Glo. A poor unfortunate Beggar.
Edg. As I stood here below, methought his Eyes
Of Mens impossibilities, have preservd thee.
Glo. I do remember now: henceforth I'll bear
Lear. No, they cannot touch me for Coyning, I am the King himself.
Edg. O thou fide-piercing fight!
Lear. Nature's above Art, in that respe&. There's your Press-mony. That Fellow handles bis Bow like a Cow. keeper: draw me a Clothier's Yard. Look, look, a Mouse. Peace, Peace, this piece of toasted Cheese will do'tThere's my Gauntlet, I'll prove it on a Giant. Bring up the brown Bills. O well flown Bird: i'th' clout, i'ch clout: Hewgh. Give the word.
Edg. Sweet Marjoram,
Lear. Ha! Gonerill with a white Beard. They flatter'd me like a Dog, and told me I had white Hairs in my Beard, e'er the black ones were there. To say Ay, and No, to every thing that I faid-Ay and No too, was no good Di. vinity. When the Rain came to wet me once, and Wind to make me chatter: when the Thunder would not peace at my bidding, there I found 'em, there I smelt 'em 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.
Glo. The trick of that Voice, I do well remember: Is'. no: the King?
Lear. Ay, every inch a King.
For Gloster's Bastard Son was kinder to his father,
Glo. O let me kiss that Hand.
Glo. O ruin'd piece of Nature, this great World
Lear. I remember thine Eyes well enough: do'st thou squiny 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 tliy Letters Suns, I could not fee one,
Edg. I would not take this from report ;
Lear. Oh ho, are you there with me? No Eyes in your Head, nor ro Mony in your Purse? Your Eyes are in heavy cafe, your Purle in a light, yet you see how this World goes.
Glo. I see it feelingly.
Lear. What, art mad ? A Man may fee how this World gaes, with no Eyes. Look with thine Ears: See how yond Justice rails upon yond simple Thief. Hark in thine Ear: Change places, and Handy-dandy, which is the Justice, which is the Thief: Thou hast seen a Farmer's Dog bark ac 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 obey'd in Office. Thou, Rascal Beadle, hold thy bloody Hand: why do'st thou lash that Whore? Strip thy own Back, thow hotly luft'st to use her in that kind, for which