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His fault is much, and the good king, his master,
Corn. We'll answer that;
Our sister may receive it worse to have
Her gentleman assaulted. To our business, lead.
Whose disposition will not be controll'd;
Kent. Pray do not, sir.
I have watched and travell'd hard;
Some time I shall sleep out, the rest I'll whistle.
Farewell t'ye, sir.
[Exit Gloster into the Castle. Good king, that must approve the common saw ! Thou out of Heaven's benediction com'st To the warm sun.—All weary and o'erwatch'd, I feel the drowsy guest steal on me; take Advantage, heavy eyes, of this kind slumber, Not to behold this vile and shameful lodging.
Edg. I heard myself proclaim'd,
And leave my griefs on my sword's reeking point;
Unkind as she is, I cannot see her wretched,
Before the Earl Of Gloster's Castle.
Kent discovered, in the Stochs still.
Enter King Lear and his Knights.
Lear. 'Tis strange, that they should so depart from home,
And not send back our messenger.
Kent. Hail, noble master!
Lear. How, mak'st thou this shame thy pastime? What's he that has so much mistook thy place, To set thee here?
Kent. It is both he and she, sir; your son and daughter.
Lear. No, I say.
Kent: I say, yea.
Lear. They durst not do't:
They could not, would not do't.—
Resolve me with all modest haste, which way
I did commend your highness' letters to them,
Stew'd in his haste, breathless and panting forth
Had shown such rudeness to your highness, I,
Lear. Oh! this spleen swells upwards to my heart, And heaves for passage !—Down, thou climbing rage, Thy element's below. Where is this daughter?
Enter Gloster, from the Castle.
Kent. Within, sir, at a masque.
Lear. Now Gloster?—Ha!
[gloster whispers Lear.
Deny to speak with me? Th'are sick, th'are weary, They've travell'd hard to-night Mere fetches, sir, Bring me a better answer.
Glost. My dear lord,
You know the fiery quality of the Duke.
Lear. Vengeance! death! plague! confusion! Fiery? What quality?--Why Gloster, Gloster, I'd speak with the Duke of Cornwall and his wife.
Glost. I have inform'd them so.
Lear. Inform'd them! dost thou understand me, man?
I tell thee Gloster,
Glost. Ay, my good lord.
Lear. The king would speak with Cornwall; the dear father
Would with his daughter speak, commands her ser
Are they inform'd of this? My breath and blood!
I beg his pardon, and I'll chide my rashness,
For the sound man.—But wherefore sits he there?
Is plain contempt.—Give me my servant forth.—
Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, CAPTAIN of the Guards, and Attendants from the Castle.
Oh! are you come ?
Corn. Health to the king!
Reg. I am glad to see your highness.
Lear. Regan, I think you are; I know what cause I have to think so. Shouldst thou not be glad, I would divorce me from thy mother's tomb, Sepulch'ring an adultress.—
Beloved Regan, thou wilt shake to hear
What I shall utter;—thou coud'st ne'er ha' thought
Thy sister's naught: O Regan, she has ty'd
I scarce can speak to thee.
[kent is set at liberty by the Attendants. Reg. I pray you, sir, take patience; I have hope That you know less to value her desert,
Than she to slack her duty.
Lear. Ha! How's that?
Reg. I cannot think my sister in the least Would fail in her respects; but if, perchance, She has restrain'd the riots of your followers, "Tis on such grounds, and to such wholesome ends, As clear her from all blame.
Lear. My curses on her!
And should content you to be rul'd and led
Do you but mark how this becomes the house:
That you'll vouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food.
Return back to our sister.
Lear. Never, Regan;
She hath abated me of half my train,
Look'd black upon me, stabb'd me with her tongue:
On her ingrateful head! Strike her young bones,
Reg. O the blest gods! thus will you wish on me, When the rash mood
Lear. No, Regan, thou shalt never have my curse; Thy tender nature cannot give thee o'er
To such impiety; thou better know'st
The offices of nature, bond of childhood,