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and put away these dispositions, which of late transform you

from what you rightly are. Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse !--Whoop, Jug! I love thee.

Lear. Does any here know me?-_Why this is not Lear: does Lear walk thus ? speak thus? Where are his eyes ? Either his notion weakens, or his discern-, ings are lethargied.-Sleeping or waking ?-Ha! sure 'tis not so. Who is it that can tell me who I am ? Lear's shadow? I would learn that; for by the marks of sovereignty, knowledge, and reason, I should be false persuaded I had daughters.

Fool. Which they will make an obedient father.
Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman?

Gon. Come, sir;
This admiration is much o' the favours
Of other your new pranks. I do beseech you
To understand my purposes aright:
As you are old and reverend, you should be wise :
Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires;
Men so disorder'd, so debauch'd, and bold,
That this our court, infected with their manners,
Shows like a riotous inn: epicurism and lust
Make it more like a tavern or a brothel,
Than a grac'd palace. The shame itself doth speak
For instant remedy: Be then desir'd
By her, that else will take the thing she begs,
A little to disquantity your train;
And the remainder, that shall still depend,
To be such men as may besort your age,
And know themselves and you.


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6 Continue in service.


Darkness and devils ! Saddle my horses; call my train together, Degenerate bastard! I'll not trouble thee; Yet have I left a daughter. Gon. You strike my people; and your disorder'd

rabble Make servants of their betters.


Lear. Woe, that too late repents,-0, sir, are you

come? Is it your will? [To Alb.] Speak, sir.--Prepare my

horses. Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, Than the sea-monster! Alb.

Pray, sir, be patient. Lear. Detested kite! thou liest : [To GONERIL. My train are men of choice and rarest parts, That all particulars of duty know: And in the most exact regard support The worships of their name.-0 most small fault, How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show! Which, like an engine,? wrench'd my frame of na

ture From the fix'd place; drew from my heart all love, And added to the gall. O Lear, Lear, Lear! Beat at this gate that let thy folly in.

[Striking his Head. And thy dear judgment out!-Go, go, my people.

Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant

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7 The rack.

Of what hath mov'd you.

Lear. It may be so, my lord.—Hear, nature, hear; Dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if Thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful! Into her womb convey sterility! Dry up in her the organs of increase; And from her derogate & body never spring A babe to honour her! If she must teem, Create her child of spleen; that it may live, And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her! Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; With cadent' tears fret channels in her cheeks; Turn all her mother's pains, and benefits, To laughter and contempt; that she may feel How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child !-Away, away! [Erit.

Alb. Now, gods, that we adore, whereof comes this ?

Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause;
But let his disposition have that scope
That dotage gives it.

Re-enter LEAR.

Lear. What, fifty of my followers, at a clap!
Within a fortnight?

What's the matter, sir?
Leur. I'll tell thee ;-Life and death! I am asham'd
That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus:

[To GONERIL. That these hot tears, which break from me perforce, Should make thee worth them.-Blasts and fogs upon


8 Degraded.

9 Falling.

The untented' woundings of a father's curse
Pierce every sense about thee!--Old fond eyes,
Beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out;
And cast you, with the waters that you lose,
To temper clay.-Ha! is it come to this?
Let it be so:—Yet have I left a daughter,
Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable;
When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails
She'll flay thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find,
That I'll resume the shape which thou dost think
I have cast off for ever; thou shalt, I warrant thee.

[Exeunt LEAR, KENT, and Attendants, Gon. Do you mark that, my

lord? Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril, To the great love I bear you,

Gon. Pray you, content.-- What, Oswald, ho! You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master.

[To the Fool. Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry, and take the fool with thee.

A fox, when one has caught her,
And such a daughter,
Should sure to the slaughter,
If my cap would buy a halter ;
So the fool follows after.

[Erit. Gon. This man hath had good counsel:

-A hundreu knights ! 'Tis politick, and safe, to let him keep At point,a hundred knights. Yes, that on every

dream, Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike,

i Undressed.

2 Ármed.

He may enguard his dotage with their powers,
And hold our lives in mercy.--Oswald, I say !-

Alb. Well, you may fear too far.

Safer than trust :
Let me still take away the harms I fear,
Not fear still to be taken. I know his heart:
What he hath utter'd, I have writ my sister ;
If she sustain him and his hundred knights,
When I have show'd the unfitness, -How now,

Oswald ?

Enter Steward.

What, have

you writ that letter to my sister ?
Stew. Ay, madam.
Gon. Take you some company,


to horse :
Inform her full of my particular fear ;
And thereto add such reasons of your own,
As may compact it more.

Get you gone ;
And hasten your return. [Exit Stew.] No, no, my

This milky gentleness, and course of yours,
Though I condemn it not, yet, under pardon,
You are much more attask'd 3 for want of wisdom,
Than prais'd for harmful mildness.

Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell;
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.

Gom. Nay, then-
Alb. Well, well; the event.


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