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From this enormous slate, and seek to give
And, by the happy hollow of a tree,
Enter Lear, Fool, and Gentleman,
And not send back my messenger.
Gent. As I learn'd,
Kent. Hail to thee, noble master!
Fool. Ha, ha, he wears cruel garters ; horses are ty'd by the heads, dogs and bears by th' neck, monkeys by th' loins, and men by th' legs; when a man is over-lufty 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,
Lear. They durst not do't.
murder, To do upon respect such violent outrage: Resolve me with all modelt haste, which
way Thou might'st deserve, or they impose this usage, Coming from us?
Kent. My lord, when at their home
* They summon'd up their meiny, strait took horse;
Fool. Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly
Fathers, that wear rags,
Kent. With the Earl, Sir, here within.
[Exit. Gent. Made you no more offence, But what you speak of?
Kent. None. How chance the King comes with so small a number?
Fool. An thou hadst been set i'th' ftocks for that question, thou'dít well deserved it:
Kent. Why, fool ?
Fool. We'll set thee to school to an Ant, to teach thee there's no lab'ring i'th' winter. All, that follow their noses are
but blind men; and * They summond up their meiny, - ) Alciny, .i. e. People.
There's not a nose among twenty, but can smell him
Kent. Where learn' d you this, fool ?
SC E N E
Enter Lear and Glo'fter.
they re weary,
Glo. My dear lord,
Lear. Vengeance! .plague! death! confufion!
Glo. Well, my good lord, I have inform'd them fo. Lear. Inform’d them? dost thou understand me,
man ? Glo. Ay, my good lord ? Lear. The King would speak with Cornwall, the dear father
Wou'd with his daughter speak; commands her ser
vice: Are they inform'd of this?-my breath and blood!Fiery? the fiery duke? tell the hot Duke, that No, but not yet; may be, he is not well; Infirmity doch still neglect all office, Whereto our health is bound; we're not ourselves, When Nature, being oppreft, commands the mind To suffer with the body. I'll forbear; And am fall’n out with my more headier will, To take the indispos'd and sickly fit For the sound man.-Death on my state! but wherefore Should he fit here? this Act persuades me, That this remotion of the Duke and her Is practice only. Give me my fervant forth; Go, tell the Duke and's wife, I'd speak with them: Now, presently,—bid them come forth and hear me, Or at their chamber-door I'll beat the drum, 'Till it cry, fleep to death.
Glo. I would have all well betwixt you. Exit. Lear. Oh me, my heart!. my rising heart! but down.
Fool. Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockney did to the Eels, when she put them i'th' Pafty aliye; fbe rapt 'em o'th' coxcombs with a stick, and cry'd, down wantons, down; 'Twas her brother, that in pure kindness to his horse butter'd his hay.
S C E N E XI.
[Kent is set at liberty. Reg. I am glad to see your Highness.
Lear. Regan, I think, you are; I know, what reason I have to think so; if thou wert not glad, I would divorce me from thy mother's tomb, Sepulchring an adult'ress. O, are you free?[To Kent. Some other time for that. Beloved Regan,