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A Room in Gloster's Castle.
Enter REGAN and Steward.
Ay, madam. Reg.
Himself In Stew.
Madam, with much ado : Your sister is the better soldier. Reg. Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at
home? Stew. No, madam. Reg. What might import my sister's letter to
Reg. 'Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.
letter. Reg. Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay with
us ; The ways are dangerous. Stew.
may not, madam ; My lady charg'd my duty in this business.
Reg. Why should she write to Edmund ? Might Transport her purposes by word? Belike, Something - I know not what :- I'll love thee
much, Let me unseal the letter.
Madam, I had ratherReg. I know, your lady does not love her
Stew. I, madam ?
do chance to hear of that blind traitor, Preferment falls on him that cuts him off. Stew. 'Would I could meet him, madam; I would.
show What party I do follow. Reg.
Fare thee well. [Exeunt.
The Country near Dover.
Enter GLOSTER, and EDGAR dressed like a Peasant. Glo. When shall we come to the top of that same
9 A cast, or significant glance of the eye.
· Obserye what I am saying.
Horrible steep : Hark,
hear the sea ?
So may it be, indeed : Methinks, thy voice is alter'd; and thou speak'st In better phrase, and matter, than thou didst. Edg. You are much deceiv'd ; in nothing am I
chang'd, But in my garments. Glo.
Methinks, you are better spoken. Edg. Come on, sir; here's the place : - stand
still. How fearful And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low ! The crows, and choughs, that wing the midway
air, Show scarce so gross as beetles : Half
down Hangs one that gathers samphire ?; dreadful trade! Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head: The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice; and yon tall anchoring bark, Diminish'd to her cock 3; her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight: The murmuring surge, That on the unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes, Cannot be heard so high : -I 'll look no more ; Lest
my brain turn, and the deficient sight Topple + down headlong. Glo.
Set me where
stand. Edg. Give me your hand : You are now within a
foot Of the extreme verge: for all beneath the moon Would I not leap upright. Glo.
hand. Here, friend, is another purse ; in it a jewel
Let go my
? A vegetable gathered for pickling. 3 Her cock-boat.
Well worth a poor man's taking: Fairies, and gods,
Edg. Now fare you well, good sir. (Seems to go.
O you mighty gods !
[He leaps, and
falls along. Edg.
Gone, sir? farewell. And yet I know not how conceit may
rob The treasury of life, when life itself Yields to the theft: Had he been where he thought, By this, had thought been past. — Alive, or dead ? Ho, you sir ! friend !-Hear you, sir ? ---speak ! Thus might he pass
indeeds: Yet he revives : What are you, sir ? Glo.
Away, and let me die. Edg. Had'st thou been aught but gossamer, fea
thers, air, So many fathom down precipitating, Thou had'st shiver'd like an egg : but thou dost
breathe; Hast heavy substance; bleed'st not; speak'st; art
Glo. But have I fallen, or no?
5 Thus might he die in reality.
Look up a-height; — the shrill-gorg'd lark so far Cannot be seen or heard: do but look up.
Glo. Alack, I have no eyes. Is wretchedness depriv'd that benefit, To end itself by death? 'Twas yet some comfort, When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage, And frustrate his proud will. Edg.
Give me your arm: Up:-So; - How is 't? Feel you your legs? You
-stand. Glo. Too well, too well. Edg.
This is above all strangeness. Upon the crown o' the cliff
, what thing was that Which parted from you? Glo.
A poor unfortunate beggar. Edg. As I stood here below, methought, his
eyes Were too full moons; he had a thousand noses, Horns whelk'd', and wav'd like the enridged sea; It was some fiend: Therefore, thou happy father, Think that the clearest' gods, who make them honours Of men's impossibilities, have preserv'd thee.
Glo. I do remember now: henceforth I'll bear Affliction, till it do cry out itself, Enough, enough, and, die. That thing you speak of, I took it for a man; often 't would say, The fiend, the fiend: he led me to that place. Edg. Bear free and patient thoughts. — But who
Enter LEAR, fantastically dressed up with Flowers. The safer sense will ne'er accommodate His master thus.
Lear. No, they cannot touch me for coining; I am the king himself.
Edg. O thou side-piercing sight!
6 Shrill-throated. ? Twisted, convolved.
& The purest.