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Poor pelting villages, sheep cotes and mills, Sometime with lunatick bans, sometime with prayers, Enforce their charity.-Poor Turlygood! poor Tom ! That's something yet ;-Edgar I nothing am. [Erit.


Before Gloster's Castle.

Enter Lear, Fool, and Gentleman. Lear. 'Tis strange, that they should so depart from

And not send back my messenger.

As I learn'd,
The night before there was no purpose in them
Of this remove.

Hail to thee, noble master !
Lear. How !
Mak’st thou this shame thy pastime?

No, my lord.
Fool. Ha, ha; look! he wears cruel 3

garters ! Horses are tied by the heads; dogs, and bears, by the neck; monkies by the loins, and men by the legs : when a man is over-lusty at legs, then he wears wooden nether-stocks.4 Lear. What's he, that hath so much thy place mis

took To set thee here? Kent.

It is both he and she, Your son and daughter.

2 Curses.

3 A quibble on crewel, worsted. 4 The old word for stockings.

Lear. No.
Kent. Yes.
Lear. No, I say.
Kent. I say, yea.
Lear. No, no; they would not.
Kent. Yes, they have.
Lear. By Jupiter, I swear no.
Kent. By Juno, I swear, ay.

Lear. They durst not do't ;
They could not, would not do't; 'tis worse than

murder, To do upon respeet such violent outrage : Resolve me, with all modest haste, which way Thou might'st deserve, or they impose, this usage, Coming from us. Kent.

My lord, when at their home I did commend your highness' letters to them, Ere I was risen from the place that show'd My duty kneeling, came there a reeking post, Stew'd in his haste, half breathless, panting forth From Goneril his mistress, salutations; Deliver'd letters, spite of intermission, Which presently they read : on whose contents, They summon’d up their meiny, 5 straight took horse ; Commanded me to follow, and attend The leisure of their answer; gave me cold looks : And meeting here the other messenger, Whose welcome, I perceiv’d, had poison'd mine, (Being the very fellow that of late Display'd so saucily against your highness,) Having more man than wit about me, drew;

5 People, train or retinue.

He rais'd the house with loud and coward cries :
Your son and daughter found this trespass worth
The shame which here it suffers,

Fool. Winter's not gone ýet, if the wild geese fly

that way.

Fathers, that wear rags,

Do make their children blind;
But fathers, that bear bags,

Shall see their children kind.
Fortune, that arrant whore,

Ne'er turns the key to the poor.
But, for all this, thou shalt have as many dolours for
thy daughters, as thou can't tell in a year.
Lear. O, how this mother 7 swells up toward

Hysterica passio! down, thou climbing sorrow,
Thy element's below !—Where is this daughter?

Kent. With the earl, sir, here within.

Follow me not ;

[Exit. Gent. Made you no more offence than what you

? Kent. None. How chance the king comes with so small a train ?

Fool. An thou hadst been set i’ the stocks for that question, thou hadst well deserved it.

Kent. Why, fool ?

Fool. We'll set thee to school to an ant, to teach thee there's no labouring in the winter. All that follow their noses are led by their eyes,

but blind men;

Stay here.

speak of

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and there's not a nose among twenty, but can smell him that's stinking. Let go thy hold, when a great wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck with following it; but the great one that goes up the hill, let him draw thee after. When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again : I would have none but knaves follow it, since a fool gives it.

That, sir, which serves and seeks for gain,

And follows but for form,
Will pack, when it begins to rain,

And leave thee in the storm.
But I will tarry; the fool will stay,

And let the wise man fly :
The knave turns fool, that runs away ;

The fool no knave, perdy.
Kent. Where learn'd you this, fool ?
Fool. Not i' the stocks, fool,

Re-enter LEAR, with Gloster.
Lear. Deny to speak with me? They are sick ?

they are weary?
They have travell’d hard to-night? Mere fetches;
The images of revolt and flying off!
Fetch me a better answer.

My dear lord,
You know the fiery quality of the duke ;
How unremoveable and fix'd he is
In his own course.

Lear. Vengeance! plague! death! confusion !-
Fiery? what quality? Why Gloster, Gloster,
I'd speak with the duke of Cornwall, and his wife.

Glo. Well, my good lord, I have inform'd them so.

Lear. Inform'd them! Dost thou understand me,

man ? Glo. Ay, my good lord. Lear. The king would speak with Cornwall ; the

dear father Would with his daughter speak, commands her ser

vice : Are they inform'd of this ?

-My breath and blood !Fiery? the fiery duke ?-Tell the hot duke, thatNo, but not yet :-may be, he is not well : 1 Infirmity doth still neglect all office, Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves, When nature, being oppress’d, commands the mind To suffer with the body : I'll forbear; And am fallen out with my more headier will, To take the indispos’d and sickly fit For the sound man.-Death on my state! wherefore

[Looking on KENT. Should he sit here? This act persuades me, That this remotion of the duke and her Is practice 9 only. Give me my servant forth : Go, tell the duke and his wife, I'd speak with them, Now, presently: bid them come forth and hear me, Or at their chamber door I'll beat the drum, Till it cry-Sleep to death.

Glo. I'd have all well betwixt you. [Exit. Lear. O me, my heart, my rising heart!-but,

down. Fool. Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockney did to the


Removing from their own house. VOL. IX.


9 Artifice.

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