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My very character") I'd turn it all
Strong and fasten'd villain!
[Trumpets within. Hark, the duke's trumpets! I know not why he
All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'scape;
Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, and Attendants.
since I came hither, (Which I can call but now, I have heard strange
Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short, Which can pursue the offender. How dost, my
lord ? Glo. O, madam, my old heart is crack'd, is
crack'd! Reg. What, did my father's godson seek your life? He whom my father nam'd ? your Edgar?
Glo. O, lady, lady, shame would have it bid !
1 Hand writing. 2 i. e. Capable of suceeding to my land.
Reg. Was he not companion with the riotous
I know not, madam:
Yes, madam, he was.
Nor I, assure thee, Regan.-
father A child-like office.
'Twas my duty, sir.
Corn. Is he pursued?
Ay, my good lord, he is.
Glo. For him I thank your grace.
4 Wicked purpose.
Corn. You know not why we came to visit you, Reg. Thus out of season; threading dark-ey'd
night. Occasions, noble Gloster, of some poize,s Wherein we must have use of your
advice :Our father he hath writ, so hath our sister, Of differences, which I best thought it fit To answer from our home; the several messengers From hence attend despatch. Our good old friend, Lay comforts to your bosom; and bestow Your needful counsel to our business, Which craves the instant use. Glo.
I serve you, madam: Your graces are right welcome.
Before Gloster's Castle.
Enter Kent and Steward, severally.
Kent. If I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I would make thee care for me.
Stew. Why dost thou use me thus? I know thee not. Kent. Fellow, I know thee.
Stew. What dost thou know me for?
Kent. A knave; a rascal, an eater of broken meats ; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver'd, action-taking knave; a whorson, glassgazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunkinheriting slave; one that would'st be a bawd, in way of good-service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch : one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deny'st the least syllable of thy addition.
Stew. Why, what a monstrous fellow art thou, thus to rail on one, that is neither known of thee, nor knows thee?
Kent. What a brazen-faced varlet art thou, to deny thou know'st me? Is it two days ago, since I tripp'd up thy heels, and beat thee, before the king? Draw, you rogue: for, though it be night, the moon shines; I'll make a sop o’the moonshine of you : Draw, you whorson cullionly barber-monger, draw.
[Drawing his sword. Stew. Away; I have nothing to do with thee.
Kent. Draw, you rascal: you come with letters against the king; and take vanity the puppet's part, against the royalty of her father : Draw, you rogue, or I'll so carbonado your shanks :---draw, you rascal; ; come your ways.
Stew. Help, ho! murder! help!
Kent. Strike, you slave ; stand, rogue, stand; you neat slave, strike.
7 A character in the old moralities.
Stew. Help, hó! murder! murder!
Enter EDMUND, CORNWALL, REGAN, GLOSTER,
Edm. How now? What's the matter? Part.
Kent. With you, goodman boy, if you please; come, I'll flesh you; come on, young master.
Glo. Weapons! arms! What's the matter here?
Corn. Keep peace, upon your lives ;
messengers from our sister and the king. Corn. What is your difference? speak. Stew. I am scarce in breath, my lord. Kent. No have so bestirr'd your
valour. You cowardly rascal, nature disclaims in thee; a tailor made thee.
Corn. Thou art a strange fellow: a tailor make a man ?
Kent. Ay, a tailor, sir ; a stone-cutter, or a painter, could not have made him so ill, though they had been but two hours at the trade.
Corn. Speak yet, how grew your quarrel ?
Kent. Thou whorson zed! thou unnecessary letter! -My lord, if you will give me leave, I will tread this unbolted 8 villain into mortar, and daub the wall of a jakes with him.--Spare my grey beard, you wagtail ?
Corn. Peace, sirrah!