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and put away these dispositions, which of late transform you from what you rightly are.
Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse ?--Whoop, Jug! I love thee.
Lear. Does any here know me?-_Why this is not Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus? Where are his eyes ? Either his notion weakens, or his discernings are lethargied.-Sleeping or waking ?-Ha! sure 'tis not so.--Who is it that can tell me who I am ? Lear's shadow? I would learn that; for by the marks of sovereignty, knowledge, and reason, I should be false persuaded I had daughters.
Fool. Which they will make an obedient father.
Gon. Come, sir;
6 Continue in service.
Darkness and devils ! Saddle my horses; call my train together, Degenerate bastard! I'll not trouble thee; Yet have I left a daughter. Gon. You strike my people; and your disorder'd
rabble Make servants of their betters.
Lear. Woe, that too late repents,-0, sir, are you
come? Is it your will? [To Alb.] Speak, sir.--Prepare my
horses. Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, Than the sea-monster! Alb.
Pray, sir, be patient. Lear. Detested kite! thou liest : [To GONERIL. My train are men of choice and rarest parts, That all particulars of duty know: And in the most exact regard support The worships of their name.-0 most small fault, How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show! Which, like an engine,? wrench'd my frame of na
ture From the fix'd place; drew from my heart all love, And added to the gall. O Lear, Lear, Lear! Beat at this gate that let thy folly in.
[Striking his Head. And thy dear judgment out!-Go, go, my people.
Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant
7 The rack.
Of what hath mov'd you.
Lear. It may be so, my lord.—Hear, nature, hear; Dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if Thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful! Into her womb convey sterility! Dry up in her the organs of increase; And from her derogate & body never spring A babe to honour her! If she must teem, Create her child of spleen; that it may live, And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her! Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; With cadent' tears fret channels in her cheeks; Turn all her mother's pains, and benefits, To laughter and contempt; that she may feel How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child !-Away, away!
[Erit. Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes this ?
Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause;
Lear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap!
What's the matter, sir?
[To GONERIL. That these hot tears, which break from me perforce, Should make thee worth them.-Blasts and fogs upon
The untented' woundings of a father's curse
[Exeunt LEAR, KENT, and Attendants. Gon. Do
lord ? Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril, To the great love I bear you,
Gon. Pray you, content.--What, Oswald, ho! You, sir, more knave than fool, after
[To the Fool. Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and take the fool with thee.
A fox, when one has caught her,
would buy a halter ;
-A hundred knights ! 'Tis politick, and safe, to let him keep At point, a hundred knights. Yes, that on every
dream, Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike, i Undressed.
He may enguard his dotage with their
powers, And hold our lives in mercy.--Oswald, I say !
Alb. Well, you may fear too far.
Safer than trust :
you writ that letter to my sister ?
to horse :
Get you gone ;
Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell;
Gom. Nay, then-