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And follow me, that will to some provision
Oppressed nature sleeps.
[To the Fool. Glo.
Come, come, away.
ing off the King
SCENE VII. A Room in Gloster's Castle.
Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GONERIL, EDMUND, and
Corn. Post speedily to my lord your husband ; show him this letter; the army of France is landed.--Seek out the villain Gloster. [Exeunt some of the Servants.
1 These two concluding speeches, by Kent and Edgar, are restored from the quarto.
2 The great events that are approaching, the loud tumult of approaching war.
3 Betray, discover.
Reg. Hang him instantly.
Corn. Leave him to my displeasure.--Edmund, keep you our sister company; the revenges we are bound to take upon your traitorous father, are not fit for your beholding. Advise the duke, where you are going, to a most festinate preparation ; we are bound to the like. Our post shall be swift, and intelligent betwixt us. Farewell, dear sister ;-farewell, my lord of Gloster.
How now? Where's the king ?
Stew. My lord of Gloster hath conveyed him hence. Some five or six and thirty of his knights, Hot questrists 2 after him, met him at gate; Who, with some other of the lord's dependants, Are gone with him towards Dover; where they boast To have well-armed friends. Corn.
Get horses for
your mistress. Gon. Farewell, sweet lord, and sister.
[Exeunt GONERIL and EDMUND. Corn. Edmund, farewell.-Go, seek the traitor
[Exeunt other Servants.
Re-enter Servants, with GLOSTER.
1 Meaning Edmund, invested with his father's titles. 2 A questrist is one who goes in quest or search of another. 36 Do a courtesy to our wrath,” simply means bend to our wrath, as a courtesy is made by bending the body.
4 i. e. dry, withered, husky arms. This epithet was, perhaps, borrowed from Harsnet: It would pose all the cunning exorcists that are this
Glo. What mean your graces ?-Good my friends,
Servants bind him.
Hard, hard.--O filthy traitor !
[REGAN plucks his beard.
Reg. So white, and such a traitor!
Reg. To whose hands have you sent the lunatic king ?
Glo. I have a letter guessingly set down,
day to be found, to teach an old corkie woman to writhe, tumble, curvet, and fetch her morice gambols as Martha Bressier did.”
1 Favors mean the same as features.
Reg. Wherefore to Dover ?
Glo. Because I would not see thy cruel nails Pluck out his poor old eyes; nor thy fierce sister In his anointed flesh stick boarish fangs. The sea, with such a storm as his bare head In hell-black night endured, would have buoyed up, And quenched the stelled o fires; yet, poor old heart, He holp the heavens to rain. If wolves had at thy gate howled that stern time, Thou shouldst have said, Good porter, turn the key; All cruels else subscribed. 4_But I shall see The winged vengeance overtake such children. Corn. See it shalt thou never --Fellows, hold the
chair; Upon these eyes of thine I'll set my foot.
[GLOSTER is held down in his chair, while
CORNWALL plucks out one of his eyes, and
sets his foot on it.
Reg. One side will mock another; the other too.
Hold your hand, my lord
you, Than now to bid you hold.
Reg. How now, you dog?
Sero. If you did wear a beard upon your chin, I'd shake it on this quarrel : what do you mean?
Corn. My villain ! [Draws, and runs at him.
1 The quarto reads, “rash, boarish fangs." To rash is the old hunting term for the stroke made by a wild-boar with his fangs.
3 Thus the folio. The quartos read, “ that dearn time.” Dearn is dreary. The reading in the text is countenanced by Chapman's version of the 24th Iliad :
In this so sterne a time
Of night and danger.'' 4 i. e. yielded, submitted to the necessity of the occasion. 5 Villain is perhaps here used in its original sense, of one in servitude
Serv. Nay, then, come on, and take the chance of
[Draws. They fight. Corn. is wounded.
it on the ground.
Out, treacherous villain !
Reg. Go, thrust him out at gates, and let him smell
you? Corn. I have received a hurt.--Follow me, lady. Turn out that eyeless villain ;---throw this slave Upon the dunghill.-Regan, I bleed apace; Untimely comes this hurt. Give me your arm. [Exit CORNWALL, led by REGAN;-Servants unbind
GLOSTER, and lead him out.? 1 Serv. I'll never care what wickedness I do, If this man comes to good. 2 Serv.
If she live long,
O my follies!
2 The residue of this act is not contained in the folio of 1623.
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