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And, from some knowledge and assurance, offer
Gent. I will talk further with you.
No, do not.
your fellow is That yet you do not know. Fye on this storm! I will go seek the king. Gent. Give me your hand: Have you no more
to say ? Kent. Few words, but, to effect, more than all
yet; That, when we have found the king, (in which your
pain That way; I'll this ;) he that first lights on him, Holla the other.
Another Part of the Heath. Storm continues.
Enter LEAR and Fool.
Lear. Blow, wind, and crack your cheeks !
rage! blow! You cataracts, and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the
cocks ! You sulphurous and thought-executing 8 fires Vaunt couriers to oak-cleaving thunder-bolts, Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thun
der, Strike flat the thick rotundity o’the world! Crack nature's moulds, all germens spill at once, That make ingrateful man!
8 Quick as thought.
9 Avant couriers, French,
Fool. O nuncle, court holy-water' in a dry house is better than this rain-water out o'door. Good nuncle, in, and ask thy daughter's blessing; here's a night pities neither wise men nor fools. Lear. Rumble thy belly-full! Spit, fire ! spout,
Fool. He that has a house to put his head in, has a good head-piece.
The man that makes his toe
What he his heart should make,
And turn his sleep to wake. - for there was never yet fair woman, but she made mouths in a glass.
Lear. No, I will be the pattern of ail patience, I will say nothing Kent. Alas, sir, are you here? things that love
night, Love not such nights as these : the wrathful skies Gallow the very wanderers of the dark, And make them keep their caves : Since I was man, Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder, Such
groans of roaring wind and rain, I never
1 A proverbial phrase for fair words.
Remember to have heard: man's nature cannot carry
Let the great gods,
Alack, bare-headed !
My.wits begin to turn,
With heigh, ho, the wind and the rain,-
this hovel. [Exeunt LEAR and Kent.
PE be th
Fool. I'll speak a prophecy ere I go:
When priests are more in word than matter;
every case in law is right;
That going shall be us'd with feet. This prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live before his time.
A Room in Gloster's Castle.
Enter GLOSTER and EDMUND. Glo. Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural dealing : When I desired their leave that I might pity him, they took from me the use of mine own house ; charged me, on pain of their perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.
Edm. Most savage, and unnatural !
Glo. Go to ; say you nothing: There is division between the dukes; and a worse matter than that: I have received a letter this night ;- 'tis dangerous to be spoken ;-I have locked the letter in my closet: these injuries the king now bears will be revenged home; there is part of a power already footed:
: we must incline to the king. I will seek him, and privily relieve him: go you, and maintain talk with the duke, that my charity be not of him perceived: If he ask for me, I am ill, and gone to bed. If I die for it, as no less is threatened me, the king my old master must be relieved. There is
some strange thing toward, Edmund; pray you, be
A Part of the Heath, with a Hovel.
Y F I F I
Enter LEAR, KENT, and Fool.
[Storm still. Lear.
Let me alone. Kent. Good my lord, enter here. Lear.
heart? Kent. I'd rather break mine own: Good my lord,
In such a night