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Edg. Yet better thus, and known to be con
Enter GLOSTER, led by an Old Man.
Old Man. O my good lord, I have been your te-
gone : Thy comforts can do me no good at all, Thee they may
hurt. Old Mån. Alack, sir, you cannot see your way. Glo. I have no way, and therefore want no eyes ;
6 In hope.
I stumbled when I saw : Full oft ’tis seen,
Ah, dear son Edgar,
How now? Who's there? Edg. [Aside.] O gods! Who is ’t can say, I am
at the worst?
mad Tom. Edg. [ Aside.] And worse I may be yet: The
worst is not,
Old Man. Fellow, where goest ?
Is it a beggar-man?
Glo. He has some reason, else he could not beg.
yet my mind Was then scarce friends with him: I have heard
more since. Edg
How should this be? — Bad is the trade must play the fool to sorrow, Ang’ring itself and others. [Aside.] — Bless thee,
Ay, my lord.
Alack, sir, he's mad.
Above the rest, be
eyes, they bleed
Edg. Both stile and gate, horse-way and foot-
Give me thy' arm;
Before the Duke of Albany's Palace.
Enter GONERIL and EDMUND; Steward meeting
them. Gon. Welcome, my lord: I marvel, our mild
husband Not met us on the way:- Now, where's your
master? Stew. Madam, within ; but never man so changd: I told him of the army that was landed ; He smil'd at it: I told him, you were coming : His answer was, The worse : of Gloster's treachery, And of the loyal service of his son, When I inform’d him, then he call’d me sot ; And told me, I had turn'd the wrong
side out: What most he should dislike, seems pleasant to
What like, offensive.
Then shall you go no further.
[To EDMUND. It is the cowish terror of his spirit, That dares not undertake : he'll not feel wrongs, Which tie him to an answer; Our wishes, on the
way, May prove effects. 8 Back, Edmund, to my brother ; Hasten his musters, and conduct his powers : I must change arms at home, and give the distaff Into
my husband's hands. This trusty servant Shall
pass between us : ere long you are like to hear, If you dare venture in your own behalf, A mistress's command. Wear this; spare speech ;
[Giving a Favour. Decline your head : this kiss, if it durst speak,
• i. e. Our wishes on the road may be completed.
Would stretch thy spirits up into the air ;
Edm. Yours in the ranks of death.
My most dear Gloster!
[Exit EDMUND. 0, the difference of man, and man! To thee A woman's services are due; my fool Usurps my bed. Stew. Madam, here comes my lord.
Gon. I have been worth the whistle. 9
Gon.' No more; the text is foolish,
Alb. Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile Filths savour but themselves.
What have you done ? Tigers, not daughters, what have you perform’d? A father, and a gracious aged man, Whose reverence the head-lugg'd bear would lick, Most barbarous, most degenerate! have you madded. Could my good brother suffer you to do it? A man, a prince, by him so benefited ? If that the heavens do not their visible spirits Send quickly down to tame these vile offences,
Humanity must perforce prey on itself,