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LEAR King of Britain.
EDGAR, Son to Gloster.
EDMUND, Bastard Son to Gloster
Curan, a Courtier.
Old Man, Tenant to Gloster.

OSWALD, Steward to Goneril.
An Officer, employed by Edmund.
Gentleman, Altendant on Cordelia.
A Herald.
Servants to Cornwall.
REGAN, Daughters to LEAR.
Knights attending on the King, Officers, Messene

gers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE, Britain.


SCENE I.- A Room of State in King Lear's Glo. I shall, my liege.


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

away he

And prize me at her worth. In my true heart Kent. Let it fall rather, though the work 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 felicitate

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;

[ Asiile. And, in thy best consideration, check And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's This hideous rashness: answer my life iny 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, 6 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, Sirive 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 Lear. Nothing?

The true blank3 of thine eye. Cor. Nothing.

Lear. Now, by Apollo,Lear. Nothing can come of nothing: speak again. Kent.

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 Hund on his sword. Lear. How, hów, 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

Good my lord, You'fiave begot me, bred me, lov Sme on y

Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift:

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, it 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 food, take thy reward. Cor.

Ay,good my lord. Five days we do allot thee, for provision Lear. So young, and so untender?

To shield thee from diseases of the world: Cor. So young, my lord, and true.

And, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back Leur. 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, 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,

That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said !-Or he that makes his generation' messes

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, ( princes, bids you all adieu; Leur. Peace, Kent!

He'll shape his old course in a country new. (Erit. 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. On 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 tirst 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 otler'd, Pre-eminence, and all the larve 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 fall'n: Sir, there she stands; By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode

If aught 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,
This coronet part between you. (Giving the crown. Will you, with those infirmities she owes,

Royal Lear,

Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate, Whom I have ever honor'd 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


Pardon me, royal sir; the shaft.

Election makes not up on such conditions. • Comprehension. Made happy.

Value. 9 Reverberates

• The mark to shoot at. * Kindred, 1 From this time. * Ilis children. Tities. I • Owas, is possessed of.

The sway,

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 derides.

(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-nigtit. 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 oi 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 Rege '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 uncharte 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

togeiher: If our father carry authority will, 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 ottend us. Lear.

Better thou

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.

(Eleunt. France. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature, Which otlen leaves the history unspoke,

SCENE II.-A Hall in the Earl of Gloster's That it intends to do?-My lord of Burgundy,

What say you to the lady? Love is not love,

Enter EDMUND, with a Letter.
When it is mingled with respects, that stand
Alooi trom the entire point. Will you have her ?

Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law She is herselt a dowry.

My services are bound: Wheretore 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 moon-shines Duchess of Burgundy.

Lagot'a brother? Why bastard ? wherefore base! Leur. Nothing: I lave 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 madan's issue? Why brand they us Cor. Peace be with Burgundy!

With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base? Since that respects of fortune are his love,

Who, in the lusty stealth of nature. take I shall not be his wife.

More composition and fierce quality, France. Fairest Cordelia, thou art most rich, Than doul, within a dull, stale, iired bed, being poor;

Go to the creating a whole tribe of tops, Most choice, forsaken; and most lov'd, despis'd!

Got 'tween asleep and wake ?-Wellinen, Tbee 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 Edınund, 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 Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my chance,

Shall top the legitimate. I grow; 1 prosper:Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France :

Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
Not all the dukes of wat'rish Burgundy

Shall buy this upriz'd precious maid of me.-
Bid them farewell, Cordelia ; though unkind :

Glo. Kent banish'd thus! And France in choler Thou losest here, a better where to find.

parted! Leur. Thou hast lier, 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 others again :--Therefore be gone,

news? Without our grace, our love, our benizon.-

Edm. So please your lordship, none. Come, noble Burgundy.

(Pulting up the latter. (Flurish. 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 Eitm. Nothing, my lord. Cordelia leaves you; I know you what you are; Glo. No? What needed then that terrible de And, like a sister, am most loath to call

spatch of it into your pocket? the quality oinethir? Your taults, as they are named. Use well our father: hath not such need to hide itself. 'Let's see: leuk. To your professed bosoms I commit him:

it it be nothing. I shall not need spectacles. But yet, alas! stood I within his yrace,

Elm. I beseech you, sir, pardon me: it is alettan I would prefer him to a better place.

from my brother, that I have not all o'er read : 1) So farewell to you both.

so much as I have perused, I find it not fit for you Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.

over-looking. Reg.

Let your study Gln. Give me the letter, sir. Be, to content your lord; who hath receiv'd you Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give it At fortune's alis. You have obedience scanted, The contents, as in part I understand them, are i And well are worth the want that you have blame.

1 wanted.

Qualities of mind. • The niorty of ci co jestituin • Bezause. • Blessing. . Yielded, surrendered. 1 Allowance.


Gilo. Let's see, let's see.

fluence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine Eilm. hope, for my brother's justification, he thrusting on: An admirable evasion of whoremas wrote this but as an essay 3 or taste of my virtue. ter man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge

Gle. (Reads. This policy, anel reverence of age, ota star! My father compounded with my motho mahts the worlal bilter to the best of our times; keeps under the dragon's tail; and my nativity was un: our frumes from us, till our obitness cannot relish der ursa mujor; so that it follows, I am rough and them. Ibegin to find an ille and fondi bondage in lecherous. - Tui, I should have been that I am, had the oppression of ageid turunny; who swuys, not as the maidenliest star in the firmament iwinkled on it hrith pourr, but as it is suffered. Come to me, that my bastardizing. Edgar91 this I may speuk more. It mir father would sleep

Enter EDGAR. till I wekeli him, you should enjoy half his revenue Bir ever, ant live the belovedl of your brother, and pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the ol I Edgar.-Humph--Conspiracy !-Steep till I wakei comedy: My cue is villainous melancholy, with a him--you should enjiny 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 Who brought it?

contemplation are you in? Elm. It was not brought me, my lord, there's

Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I the cunning ofit; I found it thrown in at the case

read this other day, what should follow tteso ment of my closet.

eclipses. Glu. You know thecharacter to be your brother's?

Elg. Do you busy yourself with that? Elm. If the matter were good, my lord, 1 durst succeed unhappily; as 'ot unnaturalness between

Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of, swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would tai think it were not.

the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissoluGlo. It is his.

tions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces Elm. 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 ot' friends, dissipation of Gln. Hath he never beretofore sounded you in cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what. this business?

Edg. How long have you been a sectary astro

nomical? Elm. Never, my lord: But I have often heard hin maintain it to be fit, that sons at perfect age.

Edm. Come, come: when saw you my father

last ! and la thers declining, the father should be as ward to the son, and the son manage his revenue.

Edg. Why, the night gone by. Glo. () villain), villain--His very opinion in the

Eilm. Spake you with him?" letter!-Abhorred villain! Unnatural, detested,

Edg. Ay, two hours together. brunish villain! worse than brutish!-Go, sirrah,

Elm. Parted you in good terms? Found you seek him; I'll apprehend him :- Abominable vil

no displeasure in him, by word or countenance ? lain !--Where is he?

El. None at all. Erm. I do not well know, my lord. If it shall

Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have

offended him: and, at my entrealy, forbear his preplease you to suspend your indignation against iny brother, till you can derive from him better tes.

sence, till some little time hath qualitied the heat timony oi bisintent, you shall run a certain course;

of his displeasure; which at this instant so rageth where, if you violently proceed against him, mis

in him, that with the mischief of your person it taking his purpose, it would make a great gap i

would scarcely allay.

Elg. Some villaiú hath donc me wrong. your own honor, and shake in pieces the heart of bis obedience. I dare piwn down my life for him,

Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a conthat he hath writ this to feel my atlection to your slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging;

tinent? forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes bonor, and to no other pretence of danger. Glo. Think you so ?

from whence I will titly bring you to bear my lord Elm. If your honor judge it meet, I will place speak: Pray you, go; ihere's iny key :-If you do

stir abroad, go armed. you where you shall hear us conter of this, and by an auricular assurance have your satisfaction; and

Elg. Armed, brother? that wiihout 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 eremus. Gun. He cannot be such a monster.

meaning towards you: I have told you what I have Eim. Vor is not, sure.

seen and heard, but taintly; nothing like the image Glu. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely and horror of it: Pray you, away. loves him.-leaven and earth !- Edmund, seek

Elg. Shall I hear from you anon? him out; wind me into him, I pray you: frame the

Elm. I do serve you in this business.-.

(Erit EDGAR. business after your own wisdom: I would unstate mysell, 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 barms, business as I shall tind means, and acquaint you My practices ride easy!-I see the business

That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty withal. Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon

Let ine, it not by birth, have lands hy wit: poriend no good to us: Though the wisdom of

All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. [Erit. nature can reason itthus and thus, yet nature tinds SCENE III.-A Room in the Duke of Albany's itself scourged by the sequenti cffects: love cools,

Palace. Friendship falls ofl, brothers divide: in cities, mu

Enter GONERIL and Steward. tinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; 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 ceni the best of our time: Machinations, hollow

hour, ness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us He flashes into one gross crime or other, fisquietly 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 be returns from hunting, nis othence, honesty!-Stranke! 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, :hat when we are sick in fortune, (oiten the surteit You shall do well; the fault of it I 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; ld have it come to question: 'phorical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adul- 17 he dislike it, let him to my sister, terers, by an entorced obedience of planetary in

Whose mind and inine, I know, in that are one, Trial. • Weak and foolish.

• Whereas. 9 These sounds are unnatural and offensive in music. • Manage. : Following

• Traitors. 1 For cohorts some editors read courts. 2 Temperate.

Not to be overruled. Idle old man,

¡ I be mistaken; for my duty cannot be silent, when 'That still would manage those authorities,

I think your highness is wrong d. That he hath given iway - 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 taint neglect With checks, as flatteries,-when they are seen of late; which I have rather blamed as mine own abused.

jealous curiosity, than as a very prelerce and Remember what I have said.

purpose of unkindness: I will look further into't. 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 or 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.-1'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.-Go you, call hit) er my fool.


Re-enler Steward.
SCENE IV.-A Hall in the same.

0, you sir, you sir, come vou 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 can my speech diffuse,3 my good intent

whoreson dog! you slave! you cur! May carry through itself to that full issue

Stew. I am none or this, my lord; I beseech you, For which I raz’dt 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 tind 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 servesi 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.

Ilave you wisdom? so. Pushes the Steward out. Lear. What dost thou profess? What wouldst there's earnest or thy service. (Giring Kent dloney.

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 cor

(Giring KENT his Cap. wise, and says litile; to fear judgment; to fight, when I cannot choose; and to eat no fish.

Lear. How now, my pretty knave! how dost

thou? Lear. What art thou?

Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb. Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor

Kent. Why, fool? as the king. Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is

Fool. Why, for taking one's part that is out of

favor: Nay, an thou canst not smile as the wind for a king, thou art poor enough. What wouldst sits, thou'st catch cold shortly; There, take my thou?

coxcomb: Why, this fellow has banish'd two of his Kent. Service.

daughters, and did the third a blessing against bis Lear. Who wouldst thou serve?

will; if thou follow him, thou must needs wear my Kent. You.

coxcomb.-How now, nuncle? Would I had two Leur. Dost thou know me, fellow?

coxcombs, and two daughters! Kent. No, sir; but you have that in your coun

Lear. Why, my boy? tenance, which I would fain call master.

Fool. If I gave them all my living. I'd keep my Lear. What's that!

coxcombs myself: There's mine: beg another of Kent. Authority:

thy daughters. Lear. What services canst thou do?

Lear. Take heed, sirrah; the whip. Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar

Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel; he a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain mes

must be whipp'd out, when Lady, the brach, may sage bluntly, that which ordinary men are fit for, stand by the tire and stink. Iam qualitied in; and the best of me is diligence. Lear. A pestilent gall to me! Lear. How old art thou!

Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.
kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for Lear. Do.
singing; nor so old, to dote on her for any thing:

Fool. Mark it, nuncle :-
I have years on my back forty-eight.
Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me: if I like

Have more than thou showest, thee no worse aller 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 trouest,
Enter Steward.

Set less than thou throwest ;
You, you, sirrah, where's my daughter ?

Leare thy drink and thy whore, Stew. So please you,


And keep in-(-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.

knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is not Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfer'd well.

lawyer; you gave me nothing fort: Can you make Leur. 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 fi 1. 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 land, Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, if . Punctilious jealousy.

• Design. 3 Disorder, disguise.

• Effaced.
* Bitch-bound. * Ownest, possessest.

• Believed



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