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LEAR, King of Britain.
EDGAR, Som 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, Messen.

gers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE, Britain.


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

[Exeunt GLOSTER and EDMUND. Enter Kent, GLOSTER, and EDMUND.

Lear. Meantime we shall express our darker Kent. I thought the king had more affected the Give me the map there.—Know, that we have diduke 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 weighod that curiosity' in neither can make choice Unburdeu'd crawl toward death. – Our son of of either's moiety.2

Kent. Is this your son, my lord ?
Glo. His breeding.sjr, hath been at my charge; I We have this hour a constant will to publish

And you, our no less loving son of Albany, 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 daughband 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 sun, by order of law, some Which of you, shall we say, doth lóve 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 before he was sent for, yet was his Our eldest-born, speak first. mother fair: there was good sport at his making, Gon.

Sir, I and the whoreson must be acknowledged.-Do you Do love you more than words con 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 lovd, or father found. Edm. My services to your lordship.

A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable: Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you Beyond all manner of so much I love you. better.

Čor. What shall Cordelia do ? love, and be silent. Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving.

Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away he Lear. Of all these bounds, even from this line to shall again :The king is coming.

this, [Trumpets sound within. With shadowy forests and with champains 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 Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy, Our dearest Regan, wife to Cornwall ? Speak.

Be this perpetual.—what says our second daughter, Gloster.

Reg. I am made of that self metal as my sister, * Most scrupulous nicety. . Part or division.

• Open plains.

Aside. And prize me at her worth. In my true heart Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork invade I find, she names my very deed or love;

The region of my heart: be Kent unmannerly, Only she comes too short.-That I profess

When Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, old 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;

[ Aside. And, in thy best consideration, check And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's This hideous rashness: answer my life my judge 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, and pleasure,

Reverbs? no hollowness. Than that contirm'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, Strive to be interess'd: what can you say to draw Thy safety being the motive. A third more opulent than your sisters ? Speak. Lear.

Out of my sight! Cor. Nothing, my lord.

Kent. See better, Lear; and let me stiil 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 Lear.

0, vassal, miscreant ! According to my bond; nor more nor less.

(Laying his Hand on his sword. Lear. How, how, 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 Cor.

Good my lord, Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift: You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me: I

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, if 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, Thailord,whose hand must takemyplight,shallcarry (Which we durst never yet,) and, with strain'd 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?

Dur potency make good, 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 Lear. 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 thiss forever. The barbarous

[To CORDELIA. Scythian, Or he that makes his generation messes

That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said !

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, o princes, bids you all adieu; Lear. Peace, Kent!

He'll shape his old course in a country new. (Exit. 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!-


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 first 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 large ettects

Nor will you tender less. That troop with majesty.-Ourself, by monthly Lear.

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

Ifaught 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 fitly like your grace, The sway,

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 ? Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from Bur.

Pardon me, royaı sır; the shaft.

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

• Value.

The mark to shoot at. * Kindred. • From this time. 9 His children.

1 Titles.

• Owns, is possessed of.

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 have to say, of 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-night. 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 of 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 otlence

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 Reg: '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 long-en(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 unchaste 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

together: If our father carry authority with 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 oftend 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.

(Exeunt. France. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature, Which often 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
Aloof from the entire point.“ Will you have her ?

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

My services are bound: Wherefore should I Bur. Royal Lear,

Stand in the plague of custom; and permit Give but that portion which yourself propos'd,

The curiositye 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.

Lag of a brother? Why bastard? wherefore base ? Lear. Nothing: I have 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 madam'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 doth, within a dull, stale, tired 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, Thee 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 Edmund, 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; I 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

Enter GLOSTER. Shall buy this unpriz'd precious maid of me.

Glo. Kent banish'd thus! And France in choler Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind: Thou losest here, a better where to find.

parted! Lear. Thou hast her, 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!Edmund! How now? what

news! That face of hers again :Therefore be gone, Without our grace, our love, our benizon..

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

[Putting up the Letter. (Flourish. Exeunt LEAR, BURGUNDY, CORNWALL, letter?

Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that ALBANY, GLOSTER, and Attendants.

Eilm. 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 Edm. 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 of nothing Your faults, as they are named. Use well our father: hath not such need to hide itselt. Let's see: Come, To your professed bosoms I commit him:

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

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

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

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

over-looking. Reg.

Let your study Glo. 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 alins. You have obedience scanted, The contents, as in part I understand them, are to And well are worth the want that you have blame. wanted.

• Qunlities of mind. & The nicety of civil institution. • Because

• Blessing • Yielded, surrendered. 1 Allowance. Suddenly Glo. Let's see, let's see.

fluence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification, he thrusting on: An admirable evasion of whoremaswrote this but as an essay3 or taste of my virtue. ter man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge

Glo. (Reads.] This policy, and rererence of age, of a star! My father compounded with my mother makes the world bitter to the best of our times; keeps under the dragon's tail; and iny nativity was unour fortunes from us, till our oldness cannot relish der ursa majir; so that it follows, I am rough and thein. I begin to find an idle and fondi bondage in lecherous.- Tut, I should have been that I am, had the oppression of aged tyranny; who sways, not as the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on it hath power, but as it is suffered. Come to me, that my bastardizing. Edgarof this I may speak more. If our father would sleep

Enter EDGAR. till I waked him, you should enjoy half his revenue for ever, and live the beloved of your brother, and pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old Edgar.-Humph-Conspiracy !-Steep till I wuked comedy: My cne is villainous melancholy, with a him-you should enjoy ha ; his revenue.-My son sigh like Tom o’Bedlam.-0, these eclipses do Edgar! had he a hand to write this? a heari and portend these divisions! fa, sol, la, mi.9 brain to breed it in?-When came this to you?

Edg. How now, brother Edmund? What serious Who brought it?

contemplation are you in? Edm. It was not brought me, my lord, there's read this other day, what should follow these

Extm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I the cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the casement of my closet.

eclipses. Glo. You know the character to be your brother's ?

Edg. Do you busy yourself with that? Elm. If the tter were good, my lord, I durst

Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of, swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would succeed unhappily; as of unnaturalness between fain think it were not.

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

tions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces Edm. 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 of friends, dissipation of Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what. this business?

Elg. How long have you been a sectary astroEdm. Never, my lord : But I have often heard nomical? him maintain it to be fit, that sons at perfect age,

Edm. Come, come: when saw you my father and fathers declining, the father should be as ward

last! to the son, and the son manage his revenue.

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

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

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

Edm. 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?

Elgi None at all. Edm. I do not well know, my lord. If it shall

Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may have please you to suspend your indignation against offended him: and, at my entreaty, forbear his premy brother, till you can derive from him better tes

sence, till some little time hath qualitied the heat timony of his intent, you shall run a certain course ;

of his displeasure; which at this instant so rageth where,5 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 in

would scarcely allay, your own honor, and shake in pieces the heart of

Elg. Some villain hath done me wrong. his obedience. I dare pawn down my life for him, tinent2 forbearance, till the speed of his rage goes

Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a conthat he hath writ this to feel my aflection to your slower; and, as I say, retire with me to my lodging; honor, and to no other pretence of danger. Gio. Think you so ?

from whence I will titly bring you to hear my lord Elm. If your honor judge it meet, I will place speak: Pray you, go; there's my key :-If you do you where you shall hear us conter of this, and by stir abroad, go armed. an auricular assurance have your satisfaction; and

Edg. Armed, brother? that without 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 evening. Glo. He cannot be such a monster.

meaning towards you: I have told you what I have Edm. Nor is not, sure.

seen and heard, but faintly; nothing like the image Gw. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely and horror of it: Pray you, away. loves him.-Heaven and earth!-- Edinund, seek

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

Edm. I do serve you in this after your own wisdom: I would unstate

[Exit EDGAR. myself, 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 harms, business as I shall find 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 me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: portend no good to us : Though the wisdom of

All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. (Exit. nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds SCENE III.-A Room in the Duke of Albany's itself scourged by the sequent effects : love cools,

Palace. friendship falls off, 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 seen the best of our time: Machinations, hollow

hour, ness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us He flashes into one gross crime or other, disquietly 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 uporaids us ---And the noble and true-hearted Kent banished! On every tritle :-When he returns from hunting, his offence, honesty !-Strange! strange! (Exit. I will not speak with him; say, I am sick:

Edm. This is the excelleni toppery of the world! If you come slack of former services, that when we are sick in fortune, (oiten the surfeit You shall do well; the fault of it I'll 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; I'd have it come to question: spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adul- If he dislike it, let him to my sister, terers, by an enforced obedience of planetary in- Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one, • Trial.

• Weak and foolish. • Whereas. , These sounds are unnatural and offensive in music. • Manage. * Following

* Traitors.

For cohorts some editors read courls. - 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 away !-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 faint 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 pretence, and Remember what I have said.

purpose of unkindness: I will look further into't. Slew.

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 of it, no matter; advise your fellows so: France, sir, the tool 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.--I'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 hither my fool.


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

0, you sir, you sir, come you 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 ditfuse,3 my good intent

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

Stew. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech you, For which I raz'di my likeness.--Now, banish'd pardon me. Kent,

Leur. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal ? Ifthou canst serve where thou dost stand condemnd,

(Siriking him. (So may it come!) thy master, whom thou lov'st,

Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord. Shall find thee full ot 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 servest 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.

Have you wisdom? so. [Pushes the Steward out. Lear. What dost thou profess? What wouldst there's earnest of thy service. (Giving Kent Money.

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

Fool. Let me hire him too ;-Here's my coxhim that is honest; to converse with him that is


(Giving Kent his Cap. wise, and says little; to fear judgment; to fight,

Lear. How now, my preity knave? how dost when I cannot choose ; and to eat no tish.

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.

Fool. Why, for taking one's part that is out of Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is

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 his 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 Lear. 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 message bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit for, stand by the fire and stink.

must be whipp'd out, when Lady, the brach, may I am qualified 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 torty-eight.
Lear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me: if I like

Have more than thini showest, thee no worse after dinner, I will not part from thee

Speak less than thou kinowest, yet.- Dinner, ho, dinner!-Where's my knave?

Lend less than thou owest,8 my fool ? Go you, and call my fool hither:

Rile more than thou goest,

Learn more than thou trowest,9
Enter Steward.

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

Leave thy drink and thy whore, Stew. So please you, -.


And keep in-a-rloor, Lear. What says the fellow there ? Call the clot

And thou shalt have more poll 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 unfee'd well.

lawyer; you gave me nothing for't: Can you make Lear. 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.

Foul. Prythee, tell him, so much the rent of his Lear. He would not!

land comes lo; he will not believe a fool. Knight. My lord, I know not what the matter is;

[To KENT. 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. : Disorder, disguise.

• Effaced.

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

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