« PreviousContinue »
Your eyes are in a heavy case ; your purse in a Glo. I know that voice.
light : yet you see how this world goes. Lear. Ha! Goneril !—with a white beard ! Glo. I see it feelingly. They flattered me like a dog ; and told me I had Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how white hairs in my beard, ere the black ones were this world goes, with no eyes. Look with thine there. To say, “ Ay" and "No" to everything ears : see how yon' justice rails upon yon' simple I said !—“Ay” and “No," too, was no good
thief. Hark, in thine ear :-change places; and, divinity. When the rain came to wet me once, handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the and the wind to make me chatter; when the thief?—Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a thunder would not peace at my bidding; there beggar? I found them, there I smelt them out. Go to, Glo. Ay, sir. they are not men o' their words: they told me I Leur. And the creature run from the cur? was everything : 't is a lie; I am not ague-proof. There thou mightst behold the great image of
Glo. The trick of that voice I do well remember: authority: a dog's obeyed in office.Is 't not the King ?
Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand : Lear. Ay, every inch a king :
Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine own When I do stare, see how the subject quakes !
back : I pardon the man's life.- What was thy cause ? Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind " Adultery?”—
For which thou whipp'st her. The usurer hangs Thou shalt not die. Die for adultery! No:
the cozener. The wren goes to 't, and the small gilded fly Through tattered clothes small vices do appear; Does lecher in my sight.
Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with Let copulation thrive, for Gloster's bastard son
gold, Was kinder to his father than my daughters And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks : Got 'tween the lawful sheets.
Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it. To't, luxury, pell-mell, for I lack soldiers. None does offend; none, I say, none: I'll able'em : Behold yon' simpering dame,
Take that of me, my friend, who have the power Whose face between her forks presageth snow; To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes; That minces virtue, and does shake the head And, like a scurvy politician, seem To hear of pleasure's name:
To see the things thou dost not.—Now, now, The fitchew, nor the soiléd horse goes to 't
now, now : With a more riotous appetite.
Pull off my boots :-harder, harder : so. Down from the waist they are centaurs,
Edg. O, matter and impertinency mixed ! Though women all above :
Reason in madness ! But to the girdle do the gods inherit;
Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my Beneath is all the fiends': there's hell, there's
eyes. darkness, there is the sulphurous pit, burning, I know thee well enough : thy name is Gloster. scalding, stench, consumption !-Fie, fie, fie! | Thou must be patient: we came crying hither. pah; pah! Give me an ounce of civet, good Thou know'st, the first time that we smell the air, apothecary, to sweeten my imagination : there's We wawl and cry. I will preach to thee : mark money for thee.
me. Glo. O let me kiss that hand!
Glo. Alack, alack the day! Lear. Let me wipe it first; it smells of mortality. Lear. When we are born, we cry that we are Glo. O ruined piece of nature! This great world
come Shall so wear out to nought.–Dost thou know me? To this great stage of fools. This a good block?—
Lear. I remember thine eyes well enough. It were a delicate stratagem to shoe Dost thou squiny at me? No, do thy worst, A troop of horse with felt! I'll put it in proof; blind Cupid; I'll not love.-Read thou this And when I have stolen upon these sons-in-law, challenge: mark but the penning of it.
Then kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill. Glo. Were all the letters suns, I could not see one.
Enter a Gentleman, with Attendants. Edg. I would not take this from report :-it is,' Gcnt. O, here he is : lay hand upon him.—Sir, And my heart breaks at it.
Your most dear daughterLear. Read.
Lear. No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am even Glo. What, with the case of eyes ?
The natural fool of fortune.--Use me well: Lear. O, ho, are you there with me? No You shall have ransom. Let me have a surgeon: eyes in your head, nor no money in your purse? | I am cut to the brains.
Gent. You shall have anything.
Lear. No seconds ? all myself ?
Gent. Good sir,-
Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you.
Lear. Then there's life in it.-Nay, an you get it, yon shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa !
[Exit, running; Attendants follow. Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch; Past speaking of in a king !—Thou hast one
Edg. Hail, gentle sir.
toward ? Gent. Most sure and vulgar: every one hears
that, Which can distinguish sound.
Edg. But, by your favour, How near 's the other army? Gent. Near, and on speedy foot: the main
Edg. I thank you, sir : that 's all.
Edg. I thank you, sir. (Exit Gentleman. Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath
Edg. Well pray you, father.
Glo. Hearty thanks :
Glo. Now let thy friendly hand Put strength enough to it. [Edgar opposes.
Stew. Wherefore, bold peasant,
Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait, and let poor volk pass. An ch 'ud ha' been zwaggered out of my life, 't would not ha' been zo long as 't is by a vortnight. Nay, come not near th' old man : keep out, che vor' ye, or ise try whether your costard or my bat be the harder. Ch 'ill be plain with you.
Stew. Out, dunghill !
Edg. Ch 'ill pick your teeth, zir. Come : no matter for your foins.
[They fight ; and Edgar knocks him down. Stew. Slave, thou hast slain me!-Villain,
take my purse : If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body; And give the letters which thou find'st about me To Edmund earl of Gloster : seek him out Upon the British party.-0 untimely death!
(Dies. Edg. I know thee well: a serviceable villain ; As duteous to the vices of thy mistress As badness would desire.
Glo. What, is he dead?
Edg. Sit you down, father; rest you.Let's see his pockets; these letters that he
speaks of May be my friends.—He's dead: I am only
sorry He had no other death's-man.—Let us see : Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blame us not: To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their
hearts; Their papers, is more lawful.
Reads. “ Let our reciprocal vows be remembered. You have many opportunities to cut him off: if your will want not, time and place will be fruitfully offered. There is nothing done if he return the conqueror : then am I the prisoner, and his bed my gaol ; from the loathed warmth whereof deliver me, and supply the place for your labour. “ Your wife (so I would say) and your affectionate servant,
“GONERIL." O undistinguished space of woman's will !
A plot upon her virtuous husband's life; | And the exchange, my brother !-Here, in the
sands, Thee I 'll rake up, the post unsanctified Of murderous lechers : and, in the mature time,
With this ungracious paper strike the sight All my reports go with the modest truth :
Cor. Be better suited. [Exit EDGAR, dragging out the body. These weeds are memories of those worser hours: Glo. The King is mad: how stiff is my vile I pr’y thee, put them off. sense,
Kent. Pardon me, dear madam : That I stand up and have ingenious feeling
Yet to be known shortens my made intent. Of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract: My boon I make it that you know me not So should my thoughts be severed from my griefs ;
Cor. Then be it so, my good lord.—How does And woes, by wrong imaginations, lose
the King ? [To the Physician. The knowledge of themselves.
Phys. Madam, sleeps still.
Cor. O you kind gods,
Cure this great breach in his abuséd nature ! Edg. Give me your hand :
The untuned and jarring senses ( wind up
Of this child-changéd father!
[Exeunt. That we may wake the King ? he hath slept long.
Cor. Be governed by your knowledge, andproceed
l'the sway of your own will. Is he arrayed ? Scene VII.-A Tent in the French Camp. LEAR Gent. Ay, madam; in the heaviness of his sleep on a bed, asleep; Physician, Gentlemen, and
We put fresh garments on him. others, attending.
Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do awake
him : Enter CORDELIA and Kent.
I doubt not of his temperance. Cor. O thou, good Kent, how shall I live and Cor. Very well. work
Phys. Please you, draw near.—Louder the To match thy goodness? My life will be too short,
music there. And every measure fail me.
Cor. O my dear father! Restoration, hang Kent. To be acknowledged, madam, is o'erpaid. | Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss
Repair those violent harms that my two sisters Yet I am doubtful : for I am mainly ignorant Have in thy reverence made!
What place this is ; and all the skill I have Kent. Kind and dear princess!
Remembers not these garments; nor I know not Cor. Had you not been their father, these Where I did lodge last night. Do not laugh at white flakes
Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray, Of quick cross-lightning? to watch (poor perdu!)
weep not: With this thin helm ?- Mine enemy's dog, If you have poison for me, I will drink it. Though he had bit me, should have stood that night I know you do not love me ; for your sisters Against my fire: and wast thou fain, poor father, 1 Have, as I do remember, done me wrong. To lovel thee with swine and rogues forlorn, You have some cause; they have not. In short and musty straw? Alack, alack!
Cor. No cause, no cause. "Tis wonder that thy life and wits at once
Lear. Am I in France ?
Lear. Do not abuse me. Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares Phys. Be comforted, good madam : the great your majesty ?
rage, Lear. You do me wrong to take me out o' the You see, is cured in him; and yet it is danger grave.
To make him even o'er the time he has lost. Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
Desire him to go in : trouble him no more
Cor. Will 't please your highness walk?
Lear. You must bear with me : Lear. You are a spirit, I know. When did | Pray you now, forget and forgive: I am old and you die?
foolish. Cor. Still, still, far wide !
[Exeunt Lear, Cordelia, Physician, and Phys. He's scarce awake: let him alone awhile.
That the Duke of Cornwall was so slain?
Gent. Who is conductor of his people ?
His banished son, is with the Earl of Kent Cor. O, look upon me, sir,
'Tis time to look about: the powers o'the kingdom Lear. Pray do not mock me:
Approach apace. I am a very foolish fond old man,
Gent. The arbitrement is like to be bloody. Fourscore and upward ; and, to deal plainly, Fare you well, sir.
[Erit. I fear I am not in my perfect mind.
Kent. My point and period will be throughly Methinks I should know you, and know this
wrought, man :
Or well, or ill, as this day's battle 's fought?[Exit.
Scene I.—The Camp of the British Forces, near
Dover. Enter, with drum and colours, EDMUND, REGAN,
Officers, Soldiers, and others. Edm. Know of the duke if his last purpose hold; Or whether, since, he is advised by aught To change the course. He's full of alteration And self-reproving : bring his constant pleasure.
[To an Officer, who goes out. Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam.
Reg. Now, sweet lord,
Edm. In honoured love.
Edm. That thought abuses you.
Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct And bosomed with her, as far as we call hers.
Edm. No, by mine honour, madam.
Reg. I never shall endure her: dear my lord, Be not familiar with her.
Edm. Fear me not : She and the duke her husband,
Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy :
Alb. Let us then determine
Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent.
will go. As they are going out, enter Engar, disguised. Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man
so poor, Hear me one word.
Alb. I 'll overtake you.—Speak. [Exeunt Edmund, Regan, Goneril, Officers,
Soldiers, and Attendants. Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound For him that brought it: wretched though I seem, I can produce a champion that will prove What is avouchéd there. If you miscarry, Your business of the world hath so an end, And machination ceases. Fortune love you.
Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.
Edg. I was forbid it.
Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers. Gon. I had rather lose the battle than that sister Should loosen him and me.
[Aside. Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.— Sir, this I hear : the King is come to his daughter, With others whom the rigour of our state Forced to cry out. Where I could not be honest, I never yet was valiant: for this business, It touches us as France invades our land, Not bolds the King ; with others, whom, I fear, Most just and heavy causes make oppose.