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Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal ?

[Striking bim, Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord. Kent. Nor tripped neither; you base foot-ball player.

(tripping up bis heels. Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest me, and I'll love thee.

Kent. Come, fir, arise, away; I'll teach you differences; away, away: If you will measure your lubber's length again, tarry: but away: go to; Have you wisdom ? so.

[puses the Steward out. Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee : there's earnest of thy service.

[giving Kent money.

Enter FOOL

Fool. Let me hire him too;-Here's my coxcomb.

[giving Kent his cap. Lear. How now, my pretty knave ? how dost thou ? Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb. Kent. Why, fool ?

Fool. Why? For taking one's part that is out of favour : Nay, an thou canst not smile as the wind fits, thou'lt catch cold shortly: There, take my coxcomb : Why, this fellow has banith'd two of his daughters, and did the third a blessing against his will; if thou follow him, thou must needs wear my coxcomb.—How now, nuncle ? 'Would I had two coxcombs, and two daugiaters!

Lear. Why, my boy!

Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep my coxcombs myself : There's mine ; beg another of thy daugh


Lear. Take heed, sirrah the whip.
Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel; he must be

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whipp'd out, when Lady, the brach, may stand by the fire and stink.

Lear. A pestilent gall to me!
Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech. -
Lear. Do.
Fool. Mark it, nuncle :

Have more than thou showest,
Speak less than thou knowest,
Lend less than thou owest,
Ride more than thou goeft,
Learn more than thou trowest,
Set less than thou throwest;
Leave thy drink and thy whore,
And keep in-a-door,
And thou shalt have more

Than two tens to a score.
Lear. This is nothing, fool.

Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd lawyer: you gave me nothing for't: Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle?

Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made out of nothing.

Fool, Prythee, tell him, so much the rent of his land comes to; he will not believe a fool.

[To Kent. Lear. A bitter fool!

Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, between a bitter fool and a sweet fool ?

Lear. No, lad ; teach me.
Fool. That lord, that counsel'd thee

To give away thy land,
Come place him here by me

Or do thou for him stand :
The sweet and bitter fool
Will presently appear ;


The one in motley here,

The other found out there. Lear. Doft thou call me fool, boy?

Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away ; that thou wast born with.

Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord. Fool. No, 'faith, lords and great men will not let me; if I had a monopoly out, they would have part on't: and ladies too, they will not let me have all fool to myself; they'll be snatching.--Give me an egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two crowns,

Lear. What two crowns shall they be?

Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i' the middle, and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the egg. When thou cloyelt thy crown i'the middle, and gavest away both parts, thou borest thine ass on thy back over the dirt : Thou had 'st little wit in thy bald crown, when thou gavest thy golden one away. If I speak like myself in this, let him be whipp'd that first finds it fo.

Fools had ne'er lefs grace in a year ; [Singing

For wife men are grown foppish;
And know not how their wits to wear,

Their manners are fo apish. Lear. When were you wont to be so full of songs, sirrah?

Fool. I have used it, nuncie, ever since thou madeft thy daughters thy mother; for when thou gavest them the rod, and put'st down thine own breeches,

Then they for sudden joy did weep, (Singing.

And I for forrow fung,
That such a king should play bo-beep,
And go the fools among.



Prythee, nuncle, keep a school-master that can teach thy fool to lie; I would fain learn to lie. Lear. If y

f you lie, firrah, we'll have you whipp’d. Fool. I marvel, what kin thou and thy daughters are : they'll have me whipp'd for speaking true, thou'lt have me whipp'd for lying; and, sometimes, I am whipp'd for holding my peace. I had rather be any kind of thing, than a fool : and yet I would not be thee, nuncle; thou hast pared thy wit o' both sides, and left nothing in the middle : Here comes one o' the parings.


Lear. How now, daughter ? what makes that frontlet on? Methinks, you are too much of late i’ the frown.

Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thou had'st no need to care for her frowning; now thou art an O without a figure: I am better than thou art now : I am a fool, thou art nothing.--Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue; so your face [to Gon.] bids me, though you say nothing. Mum, mum,

He that keeps nor crust nor crum,

Weary of all, shall want some,That's a sheal'd peascod.

[pointing to LEAR. Gon. Not only, fir, this your all-licens’d fool, But other of your infolent retinue Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir, I had thought, by making this well known unto you, To have found a safe redress; but now grow fearful, By what yourself too late have spoke and done, That you protect this course, and put it on By your allowance; which if you should, the fault Would not 'scape censure, nor the redresses sleep; Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal,

Might in their working do you that offence,
Which else were shame, that then necessity
Will call discreet proceeding.
Fool. For you trow, nuncle,

The hedge-fparrow fed the cuckoo so long,

That it had its head bit off by its young.
So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling.

Lear. Are you our daughter?

Gon. Come, fir, I would, you would make use of that good wisdom whereof I know you are franght; and put away these dispositions, which of late transform


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 daugliters.

Fool. Which they will make an obedient father.
Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman?

Gon. Come, fir;
This admiration is much o' the favour
Of other your new pranks. I do beseech you
To understand my purposes aright:
As you are old and reverend, you should be wise :
Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires;
Men so disorder'd, so debauch'd, and bold,
That this our court, infected with their manners,
Shows like a riotous inn: epicurism and lust
Make it more like a tavern, or a brothel,
Than a grac'd palace. The same itself doth speick


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