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Melt, and no more be seen. () come, be buried | Shall marry her at Pentapolis. And now, A second time within these arms.

This ornaments that makes me look so dismal, Mar. My heart

Will I, my lov'd Marina, clip to form; Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom, And whai this fourteen years no razor touch'd,

[Kneels to THAISA. To grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify. Per. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy Thai. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good flesh, Thaisa ; Sir, that my father's dead.

(credit, Thy burden at the sea, and call' Marina, Per. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, for she was yielded there.

my queen, Thai. Bless'd and mine own!

We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves Hel. Hail, madam, apd my queen!

Will in that kingdom spend our following days; Thai. I know you not.

Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign. Per. You have heard me say, when I did | Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay, fly from Tyre,

To hear the rest untold.-Sir, lead the way. I left behind an ancient substitute

(Freunt, Can you remember what I call'd the man? I have nam'd him oft.

Enter GOWER.
Thui. 'Twas Helicanus then.
Per. Still confirmation:

Gow. In Antioch,t and his daughter, you

have heard Embrace him, dear Thaisa; this 's he.

Of monstrous lust the due and just reward: Now do I long to hear how you were found;

| In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen How possibly presery a; and whom to thank, Besides the gods, for this great miracle.

(Although assail'd with fortune fierce and Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord ; this man

keen,) Through whom the gods have shown their

Virtue preserv'd from fell destruction's blast,

Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last. power; that can From first to last resolve you.

In Helicanus may you well descry Per. Reverend Sir,

A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty : The gods can have no mortal officer

In reverend Cerimon there well appears, More like a god than you. Will you deliver

The worth that learned charity ayet weaps.

For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame How this dead queen re-lives? Cer. I will, my lord.

Had spread their cursed deed, and bonour'd Beseech you, first go with me to my house,

Of Pericles, to rage the city turn; [name Where shall be shown you all was found with

That him and his they in his palace burn. her;

The gods for murder seemed so content

To purish them; although not done, but meast. How she came placed here within the temple; No needful thing omitted.

So on your patience evermore attending, Per. Pure Diana!

New joy wait on you! Flere our play has end. I bless thee for thy vision, and will offer

ing.

[Erit GONER. My night oblations to thee. Thaisa, [ter,

* l. e. His beard. This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daugh:1 +1,. The king of Antioch.

KING LE A R.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

| An OFFICER, employed by Edmund.
GENTLEMAN, Attendant on Cordelia.
A HERALD.
SERVANTS to Cornwall.

LEAR, King of Britain.
KING OF FRANCE.
DUKE OF BURGUNDY.
DUKE OF CORNWALL.
DUKE OF ALBANY.
EARL OF KENT.
EARL OF GLOSTER.
EDGAR, Son to Gloster.
EDMUND, Bastard Son to Gloster.
CURAN, a Courtier.
OLD MAN, Tenant to Gloster.
PHYSICIAN.
FooL
OSWALD, Steward to Goneril.

GONERIL, 2
REGAN,

Daughters to Lear.
CORDELIA,)
Knights attending on the King, Officers, More
sengers, Soldiers, and Attendants.

SCENE, Britain.

ACT I.

Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving. SCENE 1.- A Room of State in King LEAR'

She

1. Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away

ARS | he shall again:- The king is coming.
Palace.

[Trumpets sound within. Enter Kent, GLOSTER, and EDMUND. Kent. I thought, the king had more affected

Enter LEAR, CornwALL, ALBANY, GONEril, the duke of Albany, than Cornwall.

REGAN, CORDELIA, and Attendants. Glo. It did always seem so to us: but now, I Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burin the division of the kingdom, it appears pot Gloster.

Sounds which of the dukes he values most; for equal. Glo. I shall, my thigh ities are so weigh’d, that curiosity* in neither

[Exeunt Gloster and EDMUND. can make choice of either's moiety.t

Lear. Meantime we shall express our dark. Kent. Is not this your son, my lord ?

er* purpose. Glo. His breeding, Sir, hath been at my Give me the map there.-Know, that we have charge: I have so often blush'd to acknow.

divided,

(tentt ledge him, that now I am brazed to it.

In three, our kingdom: and 'tis our fast inKent. I cannot conceive you.

To shake all cares and business from our age; Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could : Conferring them on younger strengths, while we whereupon she grew round-wombed; and had, Unburden'd crawl toward death.Our son of indeed, Sir, a son for her cradle, ere she had a

Cornwall, husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault? And you, our no less loving son of Albany,

Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the We have this hour a constant will to publish issue of it being so proper.

Our daughters' several dowers, that future Glo. But I have, Sir, a son by order of law,

strife some year elder than this, who yet is no dear May be prevented now. The princes, France er in my account: though this knave came

and Burgundy, somewhat saucily into the world before he was! Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love, sent for, yet was his mother fair; there was Long in our court have made their amorous good sport at bis making, and the whoreson

sojourn,

(daughters, must be acknowledged.-Do you know this And here are to be answer’d.-Tell me, my noble gentleman, Edmund ?

(Since now we will divest us, both of rule, Edm. No, my lord.

Interest of territory, cares of state,) Glo. My lord of Kent: remember him here. Which of you, shall we say, doth love us most? after as my honourable friend.

That we our largest bovoty may estend Edm. My services to your lordship.

Where merit doth most challenge it.-Gonerii, Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you | Onr eldest-born, speak first. better.

{matter Most scrupu.ous nicety.

love you more than words can wield the

ID
Part or division.
* Handsome.

+ Determined resolution

services to your

due to know you Our

Sir, I

than words can wield the

More secret.

between you.

Dearer than eye-sight, space and liberty; Propinquity and property of blood,
Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare: And as a stranger to my heart and me
No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, Hold thee, from this,t for ever. The barba.
honour:

rous Scythian,
As much as child e'er lov’d, or father found. Or he that makes his generationt messes
A love that makes breath poor, and speech To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom
unable ;

Be as well neighbour'd, pitied, and reliev'd, Beyond all manner of so much I love you. As thou my sometime daughter. Čor. What shall Cordelia do? Love, and be Kent. Good my liege, silent.

[Aside. | Leat. Peace, Kent! Leur. Of all these bounds, even from this Come not between the dragon and his wrath: line to this,

I lov'd her most, and thought to set my rest With shadowy forests and with champains On her kind nursery.-Hence, and avoid my rich'd,

sight!

[To CORDELIA. With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads, So be my grave my peace, as here I give We make thee lady: To thine and Albany's Her father's heart from her !--Call France ; issue

[daughter,

Who stirs ? Be this perpetual.-- What says our second Call Burgundy.-Cornwall, and Albany, Our dearest Regan, wife to Cornwall? Speak. With my two daughters' dowers digest this Reg. I am made of that self metal as my

third :

(her. sister,

Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry And prize me at her worth. In my true heart I do invest you jointly with my power, I find, she names my very deed of love; Pre-eminence, and all the large effects Only she comes too short,--that I profess That troop with majesty.-Ourself, by monthly Myself an enemy to all other joys, [sesses;

course, Which the most precious squaret of sense pos

With reservation of a hundred knights, And find, I am alone felicitatet

By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode fretain In your dear highpess' love.

Make with you by due turns. Only we still Cor. Then poor Cordelia !

[Aside. The name, and all the additionsý to a king; And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's

The sway, More richer than my tongue.

Revenue, execution of the rest,ll Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever, Beloved sons, be yours: which to confirm, Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom; This coronet No less in space, validity, and pleasure,

[Giving the Crown. Than tha confirm's on Goneril.-Now, our joy, Kent. Royal Lear, Although the last, not least; to wbose young Whom I have ever honour'd as my king, love

Lov'd as my father, as my master follow'd, The vines of France, and milk of Burgundy, As my great patron thought on in my prayers, Strive to be interess'd: what can you say, to Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make draw

from the shaft. A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak. | Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork inCor, Nothing, my lord.

vade Lear. Nothing ?

The region of my heart: be Kent unmannerly, Cor. Notbing.

When Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, Lear. Nothing can come of nothing: speak

old man?

(speak, again.

Think'st thou, that duty shall have dread to Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave When power to flattery bows? To plainness My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty

'honour's bound,

[doom; According to my bond; nor more, nor less.

When majesty stoops to folly. Reverse thy Leur. How, how, Cordelia ? mend your

And, in thy best consideration, check speech a little,

| This hideous rashness: answer my life, my Lest it may mar your fortunes.

judgement, Cor. Good my lord,

| Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least; You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me: I Nor are those empty-hearted, whose low sound Return those duties back as are right fit,

Reverbs no hollowness. Obey you, love you, and most honour you. Lear. Kent, on thy life, no more. Why have my sisters husbands, if they say, Kent. My life I never held but as a pawn They love you, all ? Haply,ll when I shall wed, To wage against thine enemies ; nor fear to That lord, whose hand must take my plight,

lose it, shall carry

Thy safety being the motive. Half my love with him, half my care, and duty: Lear. Out of my sight! Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters,

Kent. See better, Lear; and let me still re

The true blanket of thine eve. To love my father all.

[main Lear. But goes this with thy heart?

Lear. Now, by Apollo, Cor. Ay, good my lord.

Kent. Now, by Apollo, king, Lear. So young, and so untender?

Thou swear'st thy gods in vain. Cor. So young, my lord, and true.

Leur. O, vassal! miscreant! Lear. Let it be so.--Thy truth then be thy |

(Laying his Hand on his Swore. dower :

Alb. Corn. Dear Sir, forbear.
For, by the sacred radiance of the sun;

Kent. Do;
The mysteries of Hecate, and the night; Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow
By all the operations of the orbs,

Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift;
From whom we do exist, and cease to be;

Or, whilst I can vent clamour from my throat, Here I disclaim all my paternal care,

I'll tell thee, thou dost evil.

Kindred. + From this time. His children Open plains. Comprehension. Made happy. Titles. All other subjects. Reverberate u Perhaps.

** The mark to shoot at.

Valne.

vow,

Lear. Hear me, recreant !

| The argument of your praise, balm of your On thine allegiance hear me!

age,

time Since thou hast sought to make us break our Most best, most dearest, should in this trice of

[pride, Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle (Which we durst never yet,) and, with strain's So many folds of favour! Sure, her offence To come betwixt our sentence and our power; Must be of such unnatural degree, [tion (Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,SI That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd* affecOur potency make good, take thy reward. Fall into taint:t which to believe of her, Five days we do allot thee, for provision Must be a faith, that reason without miracle To shield thee from diseases of the world; Could never plant in me. And, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back

Cor. I yet beseech your majesty, Upon our kingdom: if, on the tenth day follow-|(If fort I want that glib and oily art, (intend, ing,

To speak and purpose not; since what I well Thy banish'à trunk be found in our dominions, I'll do't before I speak,) that you make known The moment is thy death: Away! By Jupiter, It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness, This shall not be revok'd.

No unchaste action, or dishonour'd step, Kent. Fare thee well, king: since thus thou That hath depriv'd me of your grace and wilt appear,

favour:

[richer; Freedom lives hence, and banishmentis here. But even for want of that, for which I am The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid, A still soliciting eye, and such a tongue [it,

[To CORDELIA. That I am glad I have not, though not to have That justly think'st, and has most rightly Hath lost me in your liking. said!

Lear. Better thou And your large speeches may your deeds ap- Hadst not been born, than not to have pleas'd prove, [To REGAN and GONERIL.

me better. That good effects may spring from words of Frunce. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature, love.

| Which often leaves the history unspoke, Thus Kent, O princes, bids you all adieu; That it intends to do?-My lord of Burgundy, He'll shape bis old course* in a country pew, | What say you to the lady? Love is not love,

(Exit.

| When it is mingled with respects, that stand

Aloof from the entire point. Will you have Re-enter GLOSTER; with FRANCE, BURGUNDY, She is herself a dowry.

(her? and Attendants.

Bur. Royal Lear,

Give but that portion which yourself propos'd, Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble And here I take Cordelia by the hand, lord.

Duchess of Burgundy. Lear. My lord of Burgundy,

Lear. Nothing: I have sworn; I am firm. We first address towards you, who with this Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a

Least, | That you must lose a husband. [father, Hath rivall’à for our daughter; What, in the Cor. Peace be with Burgundy! Will you require in present dower with her, Since that respects of fortune are his love, Or cease your quest of love ?

I shall not be his wife. Bur. Most royal majesty,

France. Fairest Cordelia, thou art most rich, I crave no more than hath your highness offer'd,

being poor;

(spis'a? Nor will you tender less.

Most choice, forsaken; and most lov'd, deLear. Right noble Burgundy,

Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon : When she was dear to us, we did hold her so; Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away. But now her price is fall'n: Sir, there she Gods, gods !''tis strange, that from their cold'st stands;

neglect If aught witbin that little seemingt substance, My love should kindle to inflam'd respect.Or all of it, with our displeasure piec'd, Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my And nothing more, may fitly like your grace,

chance, She's there, and she is yours.

Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France: Bur. I know no answer.

Not all the dukes of wat'rish Burgundy Lear. Sir,

Shall buy this unpriz'd precious maid of me.Will you, with those infirmities she owes,g! Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind: Unfriended, new adopted to our hate,

Thou losest here, a better wherell to find. Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with Lear. Thou hast her, France : let her be our oath,

thine; for we Take her, or leave her?

Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see Bur. Pardon me, royal Sir;.

That face of hers again :Therefore be gone, Election makes not upll on such conditions. Without our grace, our love, our benison. Lear. Then leave her, Sir; for, by the power Come, noble Burgundy. that made me,

[Flourish. Exeunt Lear, BURGUNDY, CORNI tell you all her wealth.–For you, great king, WALL, ALBANY, GLOSTER, and Attendants.

(To FRANCE. | France. Bid farewell to your sisters. I would not from your love make such a stray, Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd To match you where I hate; therefore beseech

eyes

[are; you

Cordelia leaves you: I know you what you To avert your liking a more worthier way, And, like a sister, am most loath to call Than on a wretch whom nature is asbam'd |

Your faults, as they are nam’d. Use well our Almost to acknowledge hers. . .

king

&

father: France. This is most strange! (ject, To tour professed bosoms I commit him: That she, that even but now was your best ob-i Buset, alas! stood I within his grace,

* Follow his old mode of life. 1 Specious.

Concludes not

+ Amorous expedition. Owns, is possessed of.

i Turn.

Wormer do

Place,

ser declaration of.

+ Reprnach or censure. « Who seeks for aught in love but love alone"

Blessing.

tecause,

I would prefer him to a better place.

And the king gone to-night! subscrib'd' his So farewell to you both.

Confin'd to exhibition ! All this done (power! Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.

Upon the gad ! Edmund! How diw! Reg. Let your study

(you

what news? Be, to content your lord; who hath receiv'd Edm. So please your lordship, none. At fortune's alms. You have obedience scant.

(Putting up the Letter. ed,

wanted. Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up And well are worth the want that you have

that letter?
Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited* cun Edm. I know no news, my lord.
ning hides;

Glo. What paper were you reading ?
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides. Edm. Nothing, my lord.
Well may you prosper!

Glo. No? What needed then that terrible France. Come, my fair Cordelia.

despatch of it into your pocket? the quality of (Exeunt FRANCE and CORDELIA. | nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Gon. Sister, it is not a little I have to say, of Let's see: Come, if it be nothing, I shall not what most nearly appertains to us both. I need spectacles. think, our father will hence to-night.

Edm. I beseech you, Sir, pardon me : it is a Reg. That's most certain, and with you; letter from my brother, that I have not all o'er. next month with us.

read; for so much as I have perused, I find it Gon. You see how full of changes his age is: I not fit for your over-looking. the observation we have made of it hath noi Glo. Give me the letter, Sir. been little: he always loved our sister most; Edm. I shall offend, either to detain oi give and with what poor judgement he hath now it. The contents, as in part I understand cast her off, appears too grossly.

them, are to blame Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he Glo. Let's see, let's see. hath ever but slenderly known himself. | Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification,

Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath be wrote this but as an essays or taste of my been but rash; then must we look to receive virtue. from his age, not alone the imperfections of Glo. [Reads.] This policy, and reference of long-engrafted condition, but therewithal, the age, makes the world bitter to the best of our unruly waywardness that infirm and choleric | times, keeps our fortunes from us, till our oldness years bring with them.

cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle and Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to fond || bondage in the oppression of aged tyranng; have from him, as this of Kent's banishment. who "sways, not as it hath power, but as it is

Gon. There is further compliment of leave suffered. Come to me, that of this I may speak taking between France and him. Pray you, more. If our futher would sleep till I waked hin, let us hit together: If our father carry author you should enjoy half his revenue for ever, and rity with such dispositions as he bears, this live the booved of your brother, Edgar.-Humph last surrender of his will but offend us.

--Conspirazy Sleep till I waked him-you Reg. We shall further think of it.

should enjoy half his revenue, -My son Edgar! Gon. We must do something, and i'the heat. Had he a band to write ihis? a heart and

[Exeunt. brain to breed it in?-When came this to your

Who brought it ? SCENE II.-A Hall in the Earl oj GLOSTER's

Edm. It was not brought me, my lord, there's Castle.

the cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the eo, Letter.

casement of my closet. Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy

Glo. You know the character to be your law

brother's ? My services are bound: Wherefore should II Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I Stand in the plagues of custom; and permit durst swear it were his; but, in respect of The curiosityll of nations to deprive me, that, I would fain think it were not. For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon Glo. It shines

(base?! Edm. It is his hand, my lord; but, I hope, Lag of a brother? Why bastard ? wherefore his heart is not in the contents. When my dimensions are as well compact, Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you My mind as generous, and my shape as true, in this business? As bonest madam's issue? Why brand they Edm. Never, my lord : But I have often us

(base? heard him maintain it to be fit, that, sons at With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, perfect age, and fathers declining, the fathe: Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take should be as ward to the son, and the son More composition and fierce quality,

manage his revenue. Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed, Glo. O villain, villain !--His very opinion in Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops, the letter !-Abhorred villain ! Unnatural, Got 'tween asleep and wake?-Well ihen, detested, brutish villain! worse than brutish! Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: -Go, sirrah, seek him; I'll apprehend him :Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, | Abominable villain !-Where is he? As to the legitimate: Fine word,legitimate! Edm. I do not well know, my lord. If it Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed, sball please you to suspend your indignation And my invention thrive, Edmund the base against my brother, till you can derive from Sball top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper : him better testimony of his intent, you shall Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

run a certain course; where, f if you violently

proceed against him, mistaking his purpose, it Enter GLOSTER.

would make a great gap in your own honour, Glo. Kent bapisb'd thus! And France in and shake in pieces the heart of his onedieace. choler parted!

I dare pawn down my life for him, that he • Folded, doubled. + Qualities of mind. Strike while the iron's hot.

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