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PERS ONS REPRESENTED.
LEAR King of Britain.
gers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE I.- A Room of State in King Lear's Glo. I shall, my liege.
[Exeunt GLOSTER and EDMUND. Enter KENT, GLOSTER, and EDMUND.
Lear. Meantime we shall express our darker
purpose. Kent. I thought the king had more affected the Give me the map there.-Know, that we have di. duke of Albany, than Cornwall.
vided, Glo. It did always seem so to us; but now, in in three our kingdom: and 'tis our fast intent the division of the kingdom, it appears not which To shake all cares and business from our age: of the dukes he values most'; for equalities are so conferring them on younger strengths, while we weigh'd that curiosity' in neither can make choice Unburden'd crawl toward death. – Our son of of either's moiety.2
Cornwall, Kent. Is this your son, my lord ?
And you, our no less loving son of Albany, Glo. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge; I We have this hour a constant will to publish have so often blushed to acknowledge him, that now Our daughters' several dowers, that future strife I am brazed to it.
May be prevented now. The princes, France and kent. I cannot conceive you.
Burgundy, Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could: Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love, whereupon she grew round-wombed: and had, in- Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn, deed, sir, a son for her cradle, ere she had a hus- And here are to be answer'd.-Tell me, my daugtiband for her bed. Do you smell a fault?
ters, Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue (Since now we will divest us, both of rule, of it being so proper.
Interest of territory, cares of state,) Glo. But I have, sir, a son, by order of law, some Which of you, shall we say, doth love us most? year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my That we our largest bounty may extend account: though this knave came somewhat saucily Where merit doth most challenge it.-Goneril, into the world betore he was sent for, yet was nis Our eldest-born, speak first. mother fair: there was good sport at his making,
Sir, I and the whoreson must be acknowledged.--Do you Do love you more than words can wield the matter, know this noble gentleman, Edmund ?
Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty; Edm. No, my lord.
Beyond what can be valued, rich, or rare; Glo. My lord of Kent: remember him hereafter No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor: as my honorable friend.
As much as child e'er loy'd, or father found. Elm. My services to your lordship.
A love that makes breath poor, and sperch unable: Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you Beyond all manner of so much I love you. better.
Cor. What shall Cordelia do ? love, and be silent Elm. Sir, I shall study deserving.
Aside. Glo. He hath been out nine years,
Lear. Of all these bounds, even from this line to xhall again :-The king is coming.
this, [Trumpets sound within. With shadowy forests and with champains3 rich'd, Enter LEAR, CORNWALL, ALBANY, GONERIL,
With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads, REGAN, CORDELIA, and Attendants.
We make thee lady: To thine and Albany 's issue
Be this perpetual.-Whatsays our second daughter, Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy, Our dearest Regan, wife to Cornwall ? Speak. zloster.
Reg. I am made of that self metal as mr sister 1 Most scrupulons nicety. - Part or division.
• Opra plains
And prize me at her worth. In my true heart Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork invade I find, she names my very deed of love;
The region of my heart: ve Kent unmannerly, Only she comes too short.That I profess
When Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, oic Myself an enemy to all other joys,
man? Which the most precious square: of sense possesses ; Think’st thou, that duty shalt have dread to speak And find, I am alone felicitates
When power to flattery bows? To plainness hoIn your dear highness' love.
nor's bound, Cor.
Then poor Cordelia! When majesty stoops to folly. Reverse thy doom;
[Aside. And, in thy best consideration, check And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's This hideous rashness: answer my life my judg. More richer than my tongue.
ment, Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever, Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least; Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom: Nor are those empty-hearted, whose low sound No less in space, validity, and pleasure,
Reverbs2 no hollowness. Than that confirm'd on Goneril.–Now, our joy, Lear.
Kent, on thy life, no more. Although the last, not least; to whose young love Kent. My life I never held but as a pawn The vines of France, and milk of Burgundy, To wage against thine enemies; nor fear to lose it, Strive to be interessd: what can you say to draw Thy safety being the motive. A third more opulent than your sisters ? Speak.
Out of my sight! Cor. Nothing, my lord.
Kent. See better, Lear; and let ine still remain Leur. Nothing?
The true blank3 of thine eye. Cor. Nothing.
Lear. Now, by Apollo, Lear. Nothing can come of nothing: speak again.
Now, by Apollo, king, Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
Thou swear'st thy gods in vain. My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty
0, vassal, miscreant! According to my bond; nor more nor less.
[Laying his Hand on his sword. Lear. How, how, Cordelia ? mend your speech a Alb. Corn. Dear sir, forbear. little,
Kent. Do; Lest it may mar your fortunes.
Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow Cor.
Good my lord, Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift: You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me: I
Or whilst I can vent clamor from my throat, Return those duties back as are right fit,
I'll tell thee thou dost evil. Obey you, love you, and most honor you.
Hear me, recreant ! Why have my sisters husbands, if they say, On thine allegiance hear me !They love you all! Haply, when I shall wed, Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow, Thatlord, whose hand must takemyplight,shallcarry (Which we durst never yet,) and, with strain'ú Half my love with him, half my care, and duty:
pride, Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters,
To come betwixt our sentence and our power; To love my father all.
(Which nor our nature, nor our place can bear;) Lear. But goes this with thy heart?
Our potency make good, take thy reward. Cor,
Ay, good my lord. Five days we do allot thee, for provision Leatr. So young, and so untender!
To shield thee from seases of the world: Cor. So young, my lord, and true.
And, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back Lear. Let it be so, -Thy truth then be thy dower: Upon our kingdom: if, on the tenth day following, For, by the sacred radiance of the sun;
Thy banish'd trunk be found in our dominions, The mysteries of Hecate, and the night;
The moment is thy death: Away! By Jupiter, By all the operations of the orbs,
This shall not be revok'd. From whom we do exist, and cease to be;
Kent. Fare thee well, king: since thus thou wilt Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
appear, Propinquity.7 and property of blood,
Freedom lives hence, and banishment is here.And as a stranger to my heart and me
The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid, Hold thee, from this forever. The barbarous
(To CORDELIA. Scythian, Or he that makes his generation messes
That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said !
And your large speeches may your deeds approve, To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom Be as well neighbor'd, pitied, and reliev'd,
[To REGAN and GONERIL As thou, my sometime daughter.
That good effects may spring from words of love.Kent.
Good my liege,- Thus Kent, o princes, bids you all adieu ; Leur. Peace, Kent!
He'll shape his old course in a country new. (E.cit. Come not between the dragon and his wrath:
Re-enter GLOSTER; with FRANCE, BURGUNDY, and I lov'd her most, and thought to set my rest
Attendants. Un her kind nursery. - Hence, and avoid my sight!-
[TO CORDELIA. Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord. So be my grave my peace, as here I give
Lear. My lord of Burgundy, Her father's heart from her!--Call France ;-Who We first address towards you, who with this king stirs?
Hath rivall’d for our daughter; What, in the least, Call Burgundy:--Cornwall, and Albany,
Will you require in present dower with her, With my two daughters' dowers digest this third : Or cease your quest of love? Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry her.
Most royal majesty, I do invest you jointly with my power,
I crave no more than hath your highness otferd, Pre-eminence, and all the large effects
Nor will you tender less. That troop with majesty --Ourself, by monthly
Right noble Burgundy, course,
When she was dear to us, we did hold her so); With reservation of an hundred knights,
But now her price is fallin : Sir, there she stands; By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode
Ifaught within that little seeming substance, Make with you by due turns. Only we still retain or all of it, with our displeasure pieced, The name, and all the additions to a king; And nothing more, may titly like your grace,
She's there, and she is yours. Revenue, execution of the rest,
I know no answer. Beloved sons, be yours: which to confirm,
Lear. Sir, l'his coronet part between you. (Giving the crown. Will you, with those infirmities she owes, Kent.
Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate, Whom I have ever honord as my king,
Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with our Lov'd as my father, as my master follow'd,
oath, As my great patron thought on in my prayers,
Take her, or leave her ? Leur. The bow is bent and drawn, make from Bur.
Pardon me, royal sir; the shaft.
Election makes not up on such conditions. • Comprehension. • Made happy. • Value. Reverberates.
• The mark to shoot at. + Kindred. • From this time. IIis children, 1 Tities. • Owns, is possessed of.
Lear. 'Then leave her, sir; for, by the power Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning that made me,
hides; I tell you all her wealth.-For you, great king, Who cover faults, at last shame them dendes.
[To FRANCE. Well may you prosper! I would not from your love make such a stray,
Come, my fair Cordelia. To match you where I hate; therefore beseech you
(Exeunt France and CORDELIA. To avert your liking a more worthier way,
Gon. Sister, it is not a little I bave to say, o' Than on a wretch whom nature is ashamed what most nearly appertains to us both. I think, Almost to acknowledge hers.
our father will hence to-night. France.
This is most strange! Reg. That's most certain, and with you; next That she, that even but now was your best object, month with us. The argument of your praise, balm of your age, Gon. You see how full of changes his age is: the Most best, most dearest, should in this trice or time observation we have made of it hath not been little: Commit a thing so monstrous to dismantle
he always lov'd our sister most; and with what So many folds of favor! Sure, her offence
poor judgment he hath now cast her off appears too Must be of such unnatural degree,
grossly. That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd affection Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he hath Fall into taint: which to believe of her,
ever but slenderly known himself. Must be a faith, that reason without miracle
Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath Could never plant in me.
been but rash; then must we look to receive from Cor.
I yet beseech your majesty, his age, not alone the imperfections of longen. (If for: I want that glib and oily art,
grafted condition, but therewithal, the unruly way. To speak and purpose not; since what I well intend, wardness that infirm and choleric years bring with I'll do't before I speak,) that you make known them. It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness,
Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to have No uncha ste action or dishonor'd step,
from him, as this of Kent's banishment. That hath depriv'd me of your grace and favor: Gon. There is further compliment of leave-taking But even for want of that, for which I am richer; between France and him. Pray you, let us hit A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue
together: If our father carry authority with such That I am glad I have not, though not to have it, dispositions as he bears, this last surrender of his Hath lost me in your liking.
will but offend us. Lear.
Reg. We shall further think of it. Hadst not been born, than not to have pleas'd me Gon. We must do something, and i' the heat. better.
(Ereunt. France. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature, Which often leaves the history unspoke,
SCENE II.-A Hall in the Earl of Gloster's That it intends to do ?-My lord of Burgundy,
Enter EDMUND, with a Letler.
Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law She is herself a dowry.
My services are bound: Wherefore should I Bur. Royal Lear,
Stand in the plague of custom; and permit Give but that portion which yourself propos'd,
The curiosity of nations to deprive me, And here I take Cordelia by the hand,
For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshine Duchess of Burgundy.
Lag of a brother? Why bastard ? wherefore base! Lear. Nothing: I have sworn; I am firm.
When my dimensions are as well compact Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a father,
My mind as generous, and my shape as true, That you must lose a husband.
As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us Cor. Peace be with Burgundy! Who, in the lusty stealth of nature. take
With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base! Since that respects of fortune are his love, I shall not be his wife,
More composition and tierce quality, France. Fairest Cordelia, thou art most rich, Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed, being poor;
Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops, Most choice, forsaken; and most lov'd, despis'd!
Got 'tween asleep and wake?-Well then, Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon:
Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: Be it lawful. I take up what's cast away.
Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, Gods, gods! 'tis strange, that from their cold'st As to the legitimate: Fine word,--legitimate! neglect
Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed, My love should kindle to inflamed respect.
And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
Glo. Kent banish'd thus! And France in choler Thou losest here, a better where to find.
parted! Lear. Thou hast her, France: let her be thine; Contined to exhibition ! All this done
And the king gone to-night! subscribed his power! for we Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see
Upon the gad !2 -Edmund! How now! what That face of hers again - Therefore be gone,
news? Without our grace, our love, our benizon...
Edm. So please your lordship, none. Come, noble Burgundy.
(Putting up the Letter. (Flourish. Exeunt LEAR, BURGUNDY, CORNWALL, letter?
Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that ALBANY, GLOSTER, and Attendants.
Elm. I know no news, my lord. France. Bid farewell to your sisters.
Glo. What paper were you reading ! Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes Edm. Nothing, my lord. Cordelia leaves you ; I know you what you are; Glo. No? What needed then that terrible crAnd, like a sister, am most loath to call
spatch of it into your pocket? the quality of nothin Your faults, as they are namned. Use well our father: hath not such need to hide itself. Let's see: (02 To your professed bosoms I commit him:
if it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles, But yet, alas! stood I within his grace,
Edm. I beseech you, sir, pardon me: it is a letins I would prefer him to a better place.
from my brother, that I have not all o'er read: tot So farewell to you both.
so much as I have perused, I find it not fit for you Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.
Let your study Glo. Give me the letter, sir. Re, to content your lord; who hath receiv'd you Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give it At fortune's alms. You have obedience scanted, The contents, as in part I understand them, are tu And well are worth the want that you have blame. wanted.
+ Qualities of inind. • The nlety of dir institution. • Because,
• Yielded, surrendered. 1 Allowance.
Glo. Let's see, let's see.
fluence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification, he thrusting on: An admirable evasion of whoremas wrote this but as an essay3 or taste of my virtue. ter man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge
Gle. (Reads.) This policy, and reverence of age, ora star! My father compounded with my motho makes ihe world bitter to the best of our times; keeps under the dragon's tail; and my nativity was un: our fortunes from us, till our oldness cannot relish der ursa major; so that it follows, I am rough and them. I begin to find an idle and fondi bondage in lecherous.- Tut, I should have been that I am, had the oppression of aged tyranny; who sways, not as the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on it hath pourr, but as it is suffered. Come to me, that my bastardizing. Edgarthis I may speuk more. If our father would sleep
Enter EDGAR. till I waked him, you should enjoy half his revenue fyr erer, ant live the beloved of your brother, and pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the oli Edgar.- Humph--Conspiracy !-Sleep till I wakei comedy: My cue is villainous melancholy, with a kun--you should enjoy half his revenue.-My son sigh like Tom o'Bedlam.--0, these eclipses do Edgar! had he a hand to write this ? a heart and portend these divisions! fa, sol, la, mi.! brain to breed it in?-When came this to you?
Edg. How now, brother Edmund? What serious bo brought it?
contemplation are you in? Edm. li was not brought me, my lord, there's
Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I the cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the case read this other day, what should follow these ment of my closet.
eclipses. Gh. You know the character to be your brother's?
Elg. Do you busy yourself with that? Etm. If the matter were good, my lord, I durst
Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of, swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would succeed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between fain think it were not.
the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissoluGlo. It is his.
tions of ancient amíties; divisions in state, menaces Etm. It is his hand, my lord; but, I hope, his and maledictions against king and nobles; needless heart is not in the contents.
diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in cohorts,' nuptial breaches, and I know not what. this business?
Edg. How long have you been a sectary astroElm. Vever, my lord: But I have often heard
nomical ? him maintain it to be fit, that sons at perfect age,
Edm. Come, come: when saw you my father and fathers declining, the father should be as ward
last! to the son, and the son manage his revenue.
Edg. Why, the night gone by. Glo. () villain, villain!-His very opinion in the
Edm. Spake you with him?" letter! -Abhorred villain! Unnatural, detested,
Edg. Ay, two hours together. brutish villain! worse than brutish!-Go, sirrah,
Edm. Paried you in good terms? Found you seek him; l'il apprehend him :-Abominable vil: no displeasure in him, by word or countenance ? lain !-Where is nie?
Edg. None at all. Edm. I do not well know, my lord. If it shall offended him: and, at my entreaty, forbear his pre
Elm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have please you to suspend your indignation against mny brother, till you can derive from him better tes- sence, till some little time hath qualitied the heat timony of his intent, you shall run a certain course : in him, that with the mischief of your person it
of his displeasure; which at this instant so rageth where, if you violently proceed against him, mistaking his purpose, it would make a great gap in
would scarcely allay: your own honor, and shake in pieces the heart of
Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong. his obedience. I dare pawn down my life for him, tinent2 forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes
Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a conthat he hath writ this to feel my affection to your slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging, bonor, and to no other pretence of danger. Gl. Think you so ?
from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord Elm. If your honor judge it meet, I will place speak: Pray you, go; ihere's my key :-If you do you where you shall hear us conter of this, and by stir abroad, go armed. an auricular assurance have your satisfaction; and
Edg. Armed, brother? that without any further delay than this very armed; I am no honest man, if there be any good
Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best: go evening. Gl. He cannot be such a monster.
meaning towards you: I have told you what I have Edna. Nor is not, sure.
seen and heard, but taintly; nothing like the image Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely and horror of it: Pray you, away. loves him.-Heaven and earth!- Edmund, seck
Edg. Shall I hear from you anon? bım out; wind me into him, I pray you: frame the
Edm. I do serve you in this business.--. business after your own wisdom: I would unstate
(Exit EDGAR. myself, to be in a due resolution.
A credulous father, and a brother noble, Edm. I will seek him, sir, presently; conveys the whose nature is so far from doing harms, business as I shall find means, and acquaint you My practices ride easy! -I see the business.
That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: portend no good to us : Though the wisdom of
All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. [Exit. jature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature tinds SCENE III.-A Room in the Duke of Albany's itself scourged by the sequenti effects : love cools,
Palace. riendship falls oil, brothers divide : in cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason;
Enter GONERIL and Steward. and the bond cracked between son and father. Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for This villain of mine comes under the prediction;
chiding of his fool ? there's son against father: the king falls from bias Stew. Ay, madam. of nature; there's father against child. We have Gon. By day and night! he wrongs me; every teen the best of our time : Machinations, hollow
hour, Dess, treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us He flashes into one gross crime or other, lisquietly to our graves Find out this villain, That sets us all at odds : I'll not endure it: Edmund, it shall lose thee nothing; do it carefully: His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us -And the noble and true-hearted Kent banished! On every tritle:-When he returns from hunting, nis offence, honesty !-Strange! strange! Erit. I will not speak with him; say, I am sick:
Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the world! If you come slack of former services, ihat when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeit You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer. of our own behaviour,) we make guilty of our dis- Stew. He's coming, madam; I hear him. asters, the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we
[Horns within. were villains by necessity; fools, by heavenly
Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, compulsion ; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by You and your fellows; I'd have it come to question: pherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adul- if he dislike it, let him to my sister, terers, by an enforced obedience of planetary in- Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, • Trial. • Wenk and foolish.
· These sounds are unnatural and offensive in music, • Manage Following
1 For cohorts some editors read courts. . Temperate.
# Whereas. # Traitors.
Not to be overruled. Idle old man,
I be mistaken; for my duty cannot be silent, when That still would massage those authorities, I think your highness is wrong'd. That he hath given away !-Now, by my life, Lear. Thou but remember'st me of mine own Old fools are babes again; and must be used conception; I have perceived a most faint neglert With checks, as flatteries,-when they are seen of late; which I have rather blamed as mine own abused.
jealous curiosity,5 than as a very pretence, and Remember what I have said.
purpose of unkindness: I will look further into’l. Stew.
Very well, madam. --But where's my fool! I have not seen him this Gon. And let his knights have colder looks two days. among you:
Knight. Since my young lady's going into What grows of it, no matter; advise your fellows so: France, sir, the fool hath much pined away. I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall, Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well.-That I may speak—I'll write straight to my sister, Go, you, and tell my daughter I would speak with To hold my very course :-Prepare for dinner. her.-GÓ you, call kit) er my fool.
0, you sir, you sir, come you hither: Who am I, sir! Enter Kent, disguised.
Stew. My lady's father. Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow,
Lear. My lady's father! my lord's knave: you That tan my speech diffuse, my good intent
whoreson dog! you slave! you cur! May carry through itself to that full issue
Stew. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech you, For which I raz'd4 my likeness.- Now, banish'd pardon me. Kent,
Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal! Ifthou canst serve where thou dost stand condemn'd,
(Siriking him (So may it come!) thy master, whom thou lov'st,
Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord. Shall find thee full of labors.
Kent. Nor tripped neither; you base foot-ball player.
(Tripping up his Heels. Horns within. Enter LEAR, Knights, and Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest me, Attendants.
and I'll love thee. Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner: go, get
Kent. Come, sir, arise, away; I'll teach you It ready. (Exit an Attendant. How now, what differences; away, away: If you will measure your art thou?
lubber's length again, tarry: but away; go to: Kent. A man, sir.
Have you wisdom? so. (Pushes the Steward out. Lear. What dost thou profess? What wouldst there's earnest of thy service. (Giving KENT Money.
Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee: thou with us? Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem; to
Enter Fool. serve him truly, that will put me in trust; to love him that is honest; to converse with him that is comb.
Fool. Let me hire him too :-Here's my con
(Giving Kext his Cap wise, and says little; to fear judgment; to fight,
Lear. How now, my pretty knave? how dust when I cannot choose; and to eat no tish.
thou ? Lear. What art thou ?
Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb. Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor as the king.
Kent. Why, fool? Lear. If thou be as poor for a suhject, as he is favor : Nay, án thou canst not smile as the wind
Fool. Why, for taking one's part that is out of for a king, thou art poor enough. What wouldst sits, thou'll catch cold shortly: There, take my thou?
coxcomb: Why, this fellow has banish'd two of his Kent. Service. Lear. Who wouldst thou serve?
daughters, and did the third a blessing against bis Kent. You.
will; if thou follow him, thou must needs wear my Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow?
coxcomb.-How now, nuncle? 'Would I had two
coxcombs, and two daughters! Kent. No, sir; but you have that in your countenance, which I would fain call master.
Lear. Why, my boy?
Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep my Lear. What's that? Kent. Authority:
coxcombs myself: There's mine: beg another of Lear. What services canst thou do?
Lear. Take heed, sirrah; the whip. Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain mes- must be whipp'd out, when Lady, the brach,' may
Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel; be sage bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit for, stand by the fire and stink. I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence.
Lear. A pestilent gall to me!
Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.
Have more than thou showest, thee no worse after dinner, I will not part from thee
Speak less than thou knowest, yet.- Dinner, ho, dinner!-Where's my knave?
Lend less than thou owest, my fool ? Go you, and call my fool hither:
Ride more than thou goest,
Learn more than thou troucest,
Set less than thou throwoest;
Leare thy drink and thy whore, Stew. So please you,-.
And keep in-a-door, Lear. What says the fellow there? Call the clot
And thou shalt have more pull back.--Where's my fool, ho?-I think the
Than two tens to a score. world's asleep.-How now, where's that mongrel? Lear. This is nothing, fool.
K'night. He says, my lord, your daughter is not Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfeed well.
lawyer; you gave me nothing for't: Can you made Lear. Why came not the slave back to me, when no use of nothing, nuncle? I call'd him?
Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made out Knight. Sir, he answer'd me in the roundest of nothing. manner, he would not.
Fool. Prythee, tell him, so much the rent of his Lear. He would not!
land comes to; he will not believe a fil. Knight. My lord, I know not what the matter is; but, to my judgment, your highness is not enter- Lear. A bitter fool! tain'd with that ceremonious affection as you were Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy wont; there's a great abatement of kindness ap- between a bitter fool and a sweet fool! pears, as well in the general dependants, as in the Lear. No, lad; teach me. duke himself also, and your daughter.
Fool. That lord, that counselld thee, Lear. Ha! say'st thou so?
To give away thy landi, Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if • Punctilious jealousy.
• Design. • Disorder, disguise.