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Corn. This is a fellow of the self-same colour Our sister speaks of: - Come, bring away the
stocks. Glo. Let me beseech your grace not to do so : His fault is much, and the good king his master Will check him for 't: your purpos'd low correction Is such, as basest and contemned'st wretches, For pilferings and most common trespasses, Are punish'd with : the king must take it ill, That he's so slightly valued in his messenger, Should have him thus restrain'd. Corn.
I 'll answer that. Reg. My sister may receive it much more worse, To have her gentleman abus'd, assaulted, For following her affairs. - Put in his legs.
[Kent is put in the Stocks. Come, my good lord ; away.
[Exeunt REGAN and CORNWALL: Glo. I am sorry for thee, friend ; 'tis the duke's
pleasure, Whose disposition, all the world well knows, Will not be rubb’d, nor stopp'd : I'll entreat for
thee. Kent. Pray, do not, sir : I have watch'd, and
travell'd hard; Some time I shall sleep out, the rest I'll whistle. A good man's fortune may grow out at heels: Give you good morrow! Glo. The duke's to blame in this ; 't will be ill taken.
[Exit. Kent. Good king, that must approve
Thou out of heaven's benediction com’st
Saying or proverb.
Peruse this letter! - Nothing almost sees miracles, But misery;
I know 'tis from Cordelia ; Who hath most fortunately been inform’d Of my obscured course; and shall find time From this enormous state, seeking to give Losses their remedies : · All weary and oʻer
watch’d, Take vantage, heavy eyes, not to behold This shameful lodging. Fortune, good night; smile once more; turn thy wheel !
A Part of the Heath.
Enter EDGAR, Edg. I heard myself proclaim'd; And, by the happy hollow of a tree, Escap'd the hunt. No port is free; no place, That guard, and most unusual vigilance, Does not attend my taking. While I may 'scape, I will preserve myself: and am bethought To take the basest and most poorest shape, That ever penury, in contempt of man, Brought near to beast: my face I'll grime with filth; Blanket my
hair in knots ;
7 Hair thus knotted, was supposed to be the work of elves and fairies in the night. ;
And with this horrible object, from low farms,
prayers, Enforce their charity. — Poor Turlygood! poor
Before Gloster's Castle.
Enter LEAR, Fool, and Gentleman. Lear. 'Tis strange, that they should so depart
As I learn'd,
Hail to thee, noble master!
No, my lord. Fool. Ha, ha ; look! he wears cruel' garters ! Horses are tied by the heads ; dogs, and bears, by the neck; monkies by the loins, and men by the legs : when a man is over-lusty at legs, then he wears wooden nether stocks. ? Lear. What's he, that hath so much thy place
mistook To set thee here? Kent.
It is both he and she, Your son and daughter.
1 A quibble on crewel, worsted. 2 The old word for stockings.
Lear. They durst not do 't ;
My lord, when at their home
3 People, train or retinue.
Fool, Winter 's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly
Do make their children blind ;
Shall see their children kind.
But, for all this, thou shalt have as many dolours * for thy daughters, as thou can'st tell in a year. Lear. O, how this mothers swells up toward
my heart! Hysterica passio! down, thou climbing sorrow, Thy element 's below! — Where is this daughter ?
Kent. With the earl, sir, here within.
Follow me not; Stay here.
[Exit. Gent. Made you no more offence than what you
speak of? Kent. None. How chance the king comes with so small a train ?
Fool. An thou hadst been set i' the stocks for that question, thou hadst well deserved it.
Kent. Why, fool?
Fool. We'll set thee to school to an ant, to teach thee there's no labouring in the winter. Let go thy hold, when a great wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck with following it ; but the great one that goes up the hill, let him draw thee after. When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again : I would have none but knaves follow it, since a fool gives it.
That, sir, which serves and seeks for gain,
And leave thee in the storm.
4 A quibble between dolours and dollars.