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and put away these dispositions, which of late transform you
from what you rightly are. Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse !--Whoop, Jug! I love thee.
Lear. Does any here know me?-_Why this is not Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus? Where are his eyes ? Either his notion weakens, or his discern-, ings are lethargied.-Sleeping or waking ?-Ha! sure 'tis not so. Who is it that can tell me who I am ? Lear's shadow? I would learn that; for by the marks of sovereignty, knowledge, and reason, I should be false persuaded I had daughters.
Fool. Which they will make an obedient father.
Gon. Come, sir;
6 Continue in service.
Darkness and devils ! Saddle my horses; call my train together, Degenerate bastard! I'll not trouble thee; Yet have I left a daughter. Gon. You strike my people; and your disorder'd
rabble Make servants of their betters.
Lear. Woe, that too late repents,-0, sir, are you
come? Is it your will? [To Alb.] Speak, sir.--Prepare my
horses. Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, Than the sea-monster! Alb.
Pray, sir, be patient. Lear. Detested kite! thou liest : [To GONERIL. My train are men of choice and rarest parts, That all particulars of duty know: And in the most exact regard support The worships of their name.-0 most small fault, How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show! Which, like an engine,? wrench'd my frame of na
ture From the fix'd place; drew from my heart all love, And added to the gall. O Lear, Lear, Lear! Beat at this gate that let thy folly in.
[Striking his Head. And thy dear judgment out!-Go, go, my people.
Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant
7 The rack.
Of what hath mov'd you.
Lear. It may be so, my lord.—Hear, nature, hear; Dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if Thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful! Into her womb convey sterility! Dry up in her the organs of increase; And from her derogate & body never spring A babe to honour her! If she must teem, Create her child of spleen; that it may live, And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her! Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; With cadent' tears fret channels in her cheeks; Turn all her mother's pains, and benefits, To laughter and contempt; that she may feel How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child !-Away, away! [Erit.
Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes this ?
Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause;
Lear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap!
What's the matter, sir?
[To GONERIL. That these hot tears, which break from me perforce, Should make thee worth them.-Blasts and fogs upon
The untented' woundings of a father's curse
[Exeunt LEAR, KENT, and Attendants, Gon. Do you mark that, my
lord? Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril, To the great love I bear you,
Gon. Pray you, content.-- What, Oswald, ho! You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master.
[To the Fool. Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and take the fool with thee.
A fox, when one has caught her,
[Erit. Gon. This man hath had good counsel:
-A hundreu knights ! 'Tis politick, and safe, to let him keep At point,a hundred knights. Yes, that on every
dream, Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike,
He may enguard his dotage with their powers,
Alb. Well, you may fear too far.
Safer than trust :
you writ that letter to my sister ?
to horse :
Get you gone ;
Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell;
Gom. Nay, then-