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Lear. Nature's above art in that respect.—There's your press-money. That fellow handles his bow like a crow-keeper: draw me a clothier's yard. I-Look, look, a mouse! Peace, peace ;—this piece of toasted cheese will do't.—There's my gauntlet ; I'll prove it on a giant. - Bring up the brown bills.' 0, well flown, bird!_i' the clout, i' the clout ?: hewgh! Give the word. 3

Edg. Sweet marjoram. Lear. Pass. Glo. I know that voice. Lear. Ha! Goneril!- with a white beard !— They flatter'd me like a dog; and told me, I had white hairs in my beard, ere the black ones were there. To say ay, and no, to every thing I said !-- Ay and no too was no good divinity. When the rain came to wet me once, and the wind to make me chatter; when the thunder would not peace at my there I found them, there I smelt them out. Go to, they are not men o' their words: they told me I was every thing; 'tis a lie; I am not ague-proof.

Gio. The trick 4 of that voice I do well remember :
Is 't not the king?.
Lear

Ay, every inch a king:
When I do stare, see, how the subject quakes.
I pardon that man's life: what was thy cause ?
Adultery. -
Thou shalt not die: for Gloster's bastard son
Was kinder to his father, than my daughters
Born in the lawful bed.

Glo. 0, let me kiss that hand !
Lear. Let me wipe it first; it smells of mortality.
Glo. O ruin'd piece of nature! This great world
Shall so wear out to nought.- Dost thou know me?

Lear. I remember thine eyes well enough. Dost

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thou squiny s at me? No, do thy worst, blind Cupid; I'll not love.- Read thou this challenge; mark but the penning of it.

Glo. Were all the letters suns, I could not see one.

Edg. I would not take this from report; -- it is, And

my heart breaks at it.
Lear. Read.
Glo. What, with the case of eyes ?
Lear. O, ho, are you there with me? No eyes

in your head, nor no money in your purse? Your eyes are in a heavy case, your purse in a light : Yet you see how this world goes.

Glo. I see it feelingly.

Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how this world goes, with no eyes. Look with thine ears : see how yon' justice rails upon yon' simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: Change places; and, handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the thịef?- Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar?

Glo. Ay, sir.

Lear. And the creature run from the cur? There thou might'st behold the great image of authority: a dog's obeyed in office. Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear ; Robes, and furr'd gowns, hide all. Plate sin with

gold, And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks : Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it. None does offend, none, I say, none ; I'll able 'em: Take that of me, my friend, who have the power To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes ; And, like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not. — Now, now, now, Pull off my boots: - harder, harder ; so.

Edg. O, matter and impertinency mix'd! Reason in madness!

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Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my

eyes.
I know thee well enough; thy name is Gloster :
Thou must be patient; we came crying hither.
Thou know'st, the first time that we smell the air,
We wawl, and cry:

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Glo. Alack, alack the day!

Lear. When we are born, we cry, that we are
To this great stage of fools; This a good

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A troop of horse with felt: I'll put it in proof;
And when I have stolen upon these sons-in-law,
Then kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill.

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Enter a Gentleman, with Attendants.
Gent. O, here he is, lay hand upon him, — Sir,
Your most dear, daughter.

Lear. No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am even
The natural fool of fortune. - Use me well;
You shall have ransome.

Let me have a surgeon,
I am cut to the brains.
Gent.

You shall have any thing,
Lear. No seconds ? All myself?
Why, this would make a man, a man of salt, ?
To use his eyes for garden water-pots,
Ay, and for laying autumn's dust.
Gent.

Good sir,
Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom: What?
I will be jovial ; come, come; I am a king,
My masters, know you that !
Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you.
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Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa.

[Exit running; Attendants follow. Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch; Past speaking of in a king ! - Thou hast one

daughter,
Who redeems nature from the general curse
Which twain have brought her to.

Edg. Hail, gentle sir.
Gent. Sir, speed you: What's your will ?
Edg. Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward ?
Gent. Most sure, and vulgar: every one hears

that,
Which can distinguish sound.
Edg.

But, by your favour, How near 's the other

army ? Gent. Near, and on speedy foot; the main descry Stands on the hourly thought. Edg.

I thank

you,

sir: that's all. Gent. Though that the queen on special cause is

here, Her army

is mov'd on. Edg.

I thank you, sir. [Exit Gent. Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath from

me;
Let not my worser spirit o tempt me again
To die before you please!
Edg.

Well pray you, father.
Glo. Now, good sir, what are you?
Edg. A most poor man, made tame by fortune's

blows;
Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows,
Am pregnant to good pity. Give me your hand,
I'll lead you to some biding.
Glo.

Hearty thanks :

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Stew. A proclaim'd prize! Most happy!
That eyeless head of thine was first fram'd flesh
To raise my fortunes.- Thou old unhappy traitor,
Briefly thyself remember: The sword is out
That must destroy thee,
Glo.

Now let thy friendly hand
Put strength enough to it.

[EDGAR opposes. Stew.

Wherefore, bold peasant,
Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor ? Hence;
Lest that the infection of his fortune take
Like hold on thee. Let

Edg. Ch’ill not let go, zir, without vurther 'casion.
Stew. Let go, slave, or thou diest.

Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait?, and let poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha'been zwagger'd out of my life, 't would not ha' been zo long as 'tis by a vortnight. Nay, come not near the old man; keep out, che vor' ye, or ise try whether your costard + or my bats be the harder : Ch’ill be plain

Stew. Out, dunghill!

Edg. Ch 'ill pick your teeth, zir: Come; no mata ter vor your foins.

[They fight ; and EDGAR knocks him down. Stew. Slave, thou hast slain me: - Villain, take

my purse ;
If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;
And give the letters, which thou find'st about me,
To Edmund earl of Gloster; seek him out
Upon the British party :----0, untimely death!

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