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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
As I learn'd,
Hail to thee, noble master !
No, my lord.
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.
3 A quibble on crewel, worsted. 4 The old word for stockings.
Lear. They durst not do't ;
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 :
Fool. Winter's not gone ýet, if the wild geese fly
Fathers, that wear rags,
Do make their children blind;
Shall see their children kind.
Ne'er turns the key to the poor.
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;
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,
And leave thee in the storm.
And let the wise man fly :
The fool no knave, perdy.
Re-enter LEAR, with Gloster.
they are weary?
My dear lord,
Lear. Vengeance! plague! death! confusion !-
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.