Obrazy na stronie

Lear. Hear me, recreant !

The argument of your praise, balm of your On thine allegiance hear me !


[time Since thou hast sought to make us break our Most best, most dearest, should in this trice of vow,

[pride, Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle (Which we durst never yet,) and, with strain' So many folds of favour! Sure, her offence To come betwixt our sentence and our power; Must be of such unnatural degree, (tion (Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,) That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd* affecOur potency make good, take thy reward. Fall into taint:t which to believe of her, Five days we do allot thee, for provision Must be a faith, that reason without miracle To shield thee from diseases of the world; Could never plant in me. And, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back Cor. I yet beseech your majesty, Upon our kingdom: if, on the tenth day follow- (If fort I want that glib and oily art, [inteod, ing,

To speak and purpose not; since whai I well Thy banish'd trunk be found in our dominions, I'll do't before I speak,) that you make known The moment is thy death: Away! By Jupiter, It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness, This shall not be revok'd.

No unchaste action, or dishonour'd step, Kent. Fare thee well, king: since thus thou | That hath depriv'd me of your grace and wilt appear,


[richer; Freedom lives hence, and banishment is here. But even for want of that, for which 1 am The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid, A still soliciting eye, and such a tongue, sit,

[To CORDELIA. That I am glad I have not, though not to have That justly think'st, and has most rightly Hath lost me in your liking. said !

Lear. Better thou And your large speeches may your deeds ap- Hadst not been born, than not to have pleas'd prove, [To Regan and GONERIL.

me better. That good effects may spring from words of Frunce. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature, love.

Which often leaves the history unspoke, Thus Kept, O princes, bids you all adieu; That it intends to do?--My lord of Burgundy, He'll shape his old course* in a country new. What say you to the lady? Love is not love,

[Exit. When it mingled with respects, that stand

Aloof from the entire point. § Will you have Re-enter Gloster; with FRANCE, BURGUNDY, She is herself a dowry.

(her? and Attendants.

Bur. Royal Lear,

Give but that portion which yourself propos’d, Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble And here I take Cordelia by the hand, lord.

Duchess of Burgundy. Lear. My lord of Burgundy,

Lear. Nothing: I have sword; I am firm. We first address towards you, who with this Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a king

[least, That you must lose a husband. [father, Hath rivall'ð for our daughter; What, in the Cor. Peace be with Burgundy! Will you require in present dower with her, Since that respects of fortune are his love, Or cease your quest of love ?t

I shall not be his wife. Bur. Most royal majesty,

France. Fairest Cordelia, thou art most rich, I crave no more than hath your highness offer'd, being poor;

[spis’d: Nor will you tender less.

Most choice, forsaken; and most loyd, deLear. Right noble Burgundy,

Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon: When she was dear to us, we did hold her so; Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away. But now her price is fall’o: Sir, there she Gods, gods!'tis strange, that from their cold'st stands;

neglect If aught within that little seemingt substance, My love should kindle to inflam'd respect.Or all of it, with our displeasure piec'd, Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my And nothing more, may fitly like your grace,

chance, She's there, and she is yours.

Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France: Bur. I know no answer.

Not all the dukes of wat'rish Burgundy Lear. Sir,

Shall buy this unpriz'd precious maid of me. Will you, with those infirmities she owes, Bid them fareweli, Cordelia, though unkind: Unfriended, new adopted to our hate, Thou losest here, á better wherell to find. Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with Lear. Thou hast her, France : let her be our oath,

thine; for we Take her, or leave her?

Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see Bur. Pardon me, royal Sir;

That face of hers again :--Therefore be gone, Election makes not upl on such conditions. Without our grace, our love, our benison.f Lear. Then leave her, Sir; for, by the power Come, noble Burgundy. that made me,

(Flourish. Exeunt LEAR, BURGUNDY, CORNI tell you all her wealth.–For you, great king, WALL, ALBANY, GLOSTER, and Attendunts.


France. Bid farewell to your sisters. I would not from your love make such a stray, Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd To match you where I hate; therefore beseech


[are; you

Cordelia leaves you: I know you what you To avert your liking a more worthier way, And, like a sister, am most loath to call Than on a wretch whom nature is asham'd Your faults, as they are nam'd. Use well our Almost to acknowledge hers.

father: France. This is most strange! (ject, To your professed bosoms I commit him: That she, that even but now was your best ob- But yet, alas ! stood I within his grace, Follow his old mode of life. + Amorous expedition, • Former declaration of. + Reproach or censure. Specious

Owns, is possessed of. 1 Because. "Who seeks for avght in love but love alone !" # Concluder not 8 Turn.

W Place

1 Blessing.

I would prefer him to a better place. And the king gone to-night! subscrib'de bis So farewell to you both.

Confin'd to exhibition !+ All this done (power! Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.

Upon the gad !t- -Edmund! How now? Reg. Let your study


what news? Be, to content your lord; who hath receiv'd Edm. So please your lordship, none. At fortune's alms. You have obedience scant

[Putting up the Letter. ed,

[wanted. Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up And well are worth the want that you have

that letter?
Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited* cun- Edm. I know no news, my lord.
ning bides;

Glo. What paper were you reading?
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides. Edm. Nothing, my lord.
Well may you prosper!

Glo. No? What needed then that terrible France. Come, my fair Cordelia.

despatch of it into your pocket? the quality of [ Exeunt France and CORDELIA. nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Gon. Sister, it is not a little I have to say, of Let's see: Come, if it be nothing, I shall not what most nearly appertains to us both. I need spectacles. think, our father will hence to-night.

Edm. I beseech you, Sir, pardon ine: it is a Reg. That's most certain, and with you; letter from my brother, that I have not all o'er. next month with us.

read; for so much as I have perused, I find it Gon. You see how full of changes his age is; not fit for your over-looking: the observation we have made of it hath not Glo. Give me the letter, Sir. been little: he always loved our sister most; Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give and with what poor judgement he hath now it. The contents, as in part I understand cast her off, appears too grossly.

them, are to blame. Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he Glo. Let's see, let's see. hath ever but slenderly known himself. Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification,

Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath he wrote this but as an essays or taste of my been but rash; then must we look to receive virtue. from his age, not alone the imperfections of Glo. [Reads.] This policy, and reverence of long-engrafted condition, but therewithal, the age, makes the world bitter to the best of our unruly waywardness that infirm and choleric times, keeps our fortunes from us, till our oldness years bring with them.

cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle und Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to fond || bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny; have from him, as this of Kent's banishment. who "sways, not as it hath power, but as it is

Gon. There is further compliment of leave- suffered. Come to me, that of this 1 may speak taking between France and him. Pray you, more. If our father would sleep till I waked him, let us hit together: If our father carry autho- you should enjoy half his revenue for erer, and rity with such dispositions as he bears, this live the beloved of your brother, Edgar.-Humph last surrender of his will but offend us. --Conspiracy !-Sleep till I waked him-gar Reg. We shall further think of it.

should enjoy half his revenne, -My son Edgar! Gon. We must do something, and i'the heat. Had he a hand to write this?' a heart and

[Exeunt. brain to breed it in?-When came this to you? SCENE II.-A Hall in the Earl of GLOSTER'S

Who brought it?

Edm. It was not brought me, my lord, there's

the cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the Enter EDMUND, with a Letter.

casement of my closet. Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy

Glo. You know the character to be your law

brother's ? My services are bound: Wherefore should I Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I Stand in the plagues of custom; and permit

durst swear it were bis; but, in respect of The curiositysl of nations to deprive me,

that, I would fain think it were not. For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon- Glo. It is his. shines

(base ? Edm. It is his hand, my lord; but, I hope, Lag of a brother? Why bastard ? wherefore bis heart is not in the contents. When my dimensions are as well compact, Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you My mind as generous, and my shape as true, in this business? As honest madam's issue? Why brand they Edm. Never, my lord: But I have often

[base? heard him maintain it to be fit, that, sons at With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, perfect age, and fathers declining, the father Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take should be as ward to the son, and the sou More composition and fierce quality,

manage his revenue. Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed, Glo. O villain, villain !-His very opinion in Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops, the letter !-Abhorred villain! "Unnatural, Got 'tween asleep and wake?- Well then, detested, brutish villain! worse than brutish! Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: -Go, sirrah, seek him; I'll apprehend him :Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, Abominable villain !-Where is he? As to the legitimate: Fine word,-legitimate ! Edm. I do not well know, my lord. If it Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed, shall please you to suspend your indignation And my invention thrive, Edmund the base against my brother, till you can derive from Sball top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper :- him better testimony of his intent, you shall Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

run a certain course, where, if you violently Enter GLOSTER.

proceed against him, mistaking bis purpose, it

would make a great gap in your own honour. Glo. Kent banish'd thus! And France in and shake in pieces the heart of his obedience. choler parted!

I dare pawn down my life for him, that he * Folded, doubled. + Qualities of mind. Strike while the iron's hot. * Yielded, surrendered.


1 Suddenly The injustice. Al The nicety of civil institution.

Tria! || Weak and foolish.

+ Allowance.

1 Whereas

hath writ this to feel my affection to your hon- state, menaces and maledictions against king our, and to no other prétencet of danger. and nobles ; needless diffidences, banishment Glo. Think you so ?

of friends, dissipation of cohorts,* nuptial Edm. If your honour judge it meet, I will breaches, and I know not what. place you where you shall hear us confer of Edg. How long have you been a sectary asthis, and by an auricular assurance have your tronomical? satisfaction; and that without any further Edm. Come, come; when saw you my father delay than this very evening.

last? Glo. He cannot be such a monster.

Edg. Why, the night gone by. Edm. Nor is not, sure.

Edm. Spake you with him? Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and en- Edg. Ay, two hours together. tirely loves him.-Heaven and earth !--Ed- Edm. Parted you in good terms? Found you mund, seek him out; wind me into him, I pray no displeasure in him, by word or countenance ? you: frame the business after your own wis- Edg. None at all. dom: I would unstate myself, to be in a due Edm. Bethink yourself, wherein you may resolution.

have offended him : and at my entreaty, forEdm. I will seek him, Sir, presently; conveyg bear his presence, till some little time hath the business as I shall find means, and ac- qualified the heat of his displeasure ; which at quaint you withal.

this instant so rageth in him, that with the Glo, These late eclipses in the sun and moon mischief of your person it would scarcely allay. portend no good to us: Though the wisdom of Edg. Some villain hath done me wrong. nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature Edm. That's my fear. I pray you, have a finds itself scourged by the sequent effects : continentt forbearance, till the speed of his love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide : rage goes slower; and, as I say, retire with in cities, mutinies ; in countries, discord; in me to my lodging, from whence I will fitly palaces, treason; and the bond cracked be bring you to hear my lord speak: Pray you, tween son and lather, This villain of mine 'go; there's my key :-If you do stir abroad, gó comes under the prediction; there's son against armed. father : the king falls from bias of nature ; Edg. Armed, brother? there's father against child. We have seen Edm. Brother, I advise you to the best : go the best of our time: Machinations, hollowness, armed; I am no honest man, if there be any treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us good meaning towards you:'I have told you disquietly to our graves!- Find out this villain, what I have seen and heard, but faintly ; noEdmund, it shall lose thee nothing; do it care-thing like the image and horror of it: Pray fully And the noble and true hearted Kent you, away. banished! his offence, honesty !-Strange! Edg. Shall I hear from you anon? strange!

[Exit. Edm. I do serve you in this business.Edm. This is the excellent foppery of the

[Exit EDGAR. world! that, when we are sick in 'fortune, A credulous father, and a brother noble, (often the surfeit of our own behaviour,) we Whose nature is so far from doing harms, make gúilty of our disasters, the sun, the moon, That he suspects none; on whose foolish 'honand the stars : as if we were villains by ne

esty cessity; fools, by heavenly compulsion; knaves, My practices ride easy !- I see the business.thieves, and treachers, 1 by spherical predomi. Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: nance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by All with me's meet, that I can fashion fit. an enforced obedience of planetary influence;

[Exit. and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrust

" SCENE 111.-A Room in the Duke of Albany's ing on: An admirable evasion of whoremaster

Palace. man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father compounded with

Enter GONERIL and STEWARD. my mother under the dragon's tail; and my

Gon. Did my father strike my gentleman for nativity was under ursa major ;** so that it fol- chiding of his fool ? lows, I am rough and lecherous.-Tut, I should

Stew. Ay, madam. have been that I am, had the maidenliest star

Gon. By day and night! he wrongs me; in the

firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. He flashes into one gross crime or other, EdgarEnter EDGAR.

That sets us all at odds : I'll not endure it: and pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids old comedy: My cue is villadous melancholy, On every trifle :-When he returns from buntwith a sighlike Tom o'Bedlam.--0, these eclip. I will not speak with him; say, I am sick :ses do portend these divisions ! Fa, sol, la, If you come slack of former services, mitt. Edg. How now, brother Edmund ? What se

You shall do well; the tault of it I'll answer. rious contemplation are you in?

Stew. He's coming, madam; I hear him.

[Horns within Edm. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction Gon. Put on what weary negligence you I read this other day, what should follow these


[question : eclipses.

You and your fellows; I'd have it come to Edg. Do you busy yourself with that? Edm. I promise you, the effects he writes of Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one,

If he dislike it, let him to my sister, succeed unhappily; as of unnaturalness be- Not to be over-rul'd. 'Idle old man, tween the child and the parent; death, dearth, That still would manage those authorities, dissolutions of ancient ainities; divisions in That he hath given away!--Now, by my life, The usual address to a lord. + Design.

Old fools are babes again ; and must be us'd.. Give all that I am possessed of, to be certain of the With checks, as flatteries,—when they are seen trulh. Manage. || Following 9 Traitors. Remember what I have said. ** Great bear, the constellation so named.

[abus'd. ++ These sounds are unnatural and offensive in music. For cohorts some editors read courts. + Temperate.

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Stew. Very well, madam.

Knight. He says, my lord, your daughter is Gon. And let his knights have colder looks not well. - among you;

Leur. Why came not the slave back to me, What grows of it, no matter; advise your fel. when I call'd him? lows so:

Knight. Sir, he answer'd me in the roundest I would breed from hence occasions, and I manner, he would not. shall,

(sister, Lear. He would not! That I may speak :- I'll write straight to my Knight. My lord, I know not what the mai. To hold my very course :-Prepare for dinner. ter is; but, to my judgement, your highness is

[Exeunt. not entertain’d wiih that ceremonious affection

as you were wont; there's a great abatement SCENE IV. -A Hall in the same. of kindness appears, as well in the general de Enter Kent, disguised.

pendants, as in the duke himself also, and Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow,

your daughter.

Lear. Ha! say'st thou so? That can my speech diffuse, * my good intent

Knight. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, May carry through itself to that full issue For which I raz'dt my likeness. ---Now, ban- if I be mistaken; for my duty cannot be si ish'd Kent,

lent, when I think your highness is wrong'd. If thou canst serve where thou dost stand conception; I have perceived a most faint ne

Lear. Thou but remember'st me of mice own condemn'd, (So may it come!) thy master, whom thou glect of late; which I have rather blamed as Shall find thee full of labours.

mine own jealous curiosity, than as a very

pretence and purpose of unkindness: I will Horns within.--Enter LEAR, KNIGHTS, and

look further into't.-But where's my fool! I Attendants.

have not seen him these two days.

Knight. Since my young lady's going into Lear. Let me not stay a jot for dinner: go, Prance, Sir, the fool bath much pined away, get it ready. (Exit an Attendunt.] How now, Lear. No more of that; I have noted it well. what art thou ?

-Go you, and tell my daughter I would speak Kent. A man, Sir.

with her. -Go you, call hither my fool.Lear. What dost thou profess? What wouldst thou with us?

Re-enter STEWARD. Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem; 0, you Sir, you Sir, come you hitber: Who to serve him truly, that will put me in trust

am I, Sir ? to love him that is honest; to converset with

Stew. My lady's father. him that is wise, and says little; to fear judge. Lear. My lady's father! my lord's knare: ment; to tight, when I cannot choose ; and to

you whoreson dog! you slave! you cur! eat no fish.

Stew. I am none of this, my lord; I beseech Leur. What art thou ?

you, pardon me. Kent. A very honest-hearted fellow, and as

Lear. Do you bandy looks with me, you raspoor as the king.


[Striking him Leur. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he Stew. I'll not be struck, my lord, is for a king, thou art poor enough. What Kent. Nor tripped neither; you base footwouldst thou?

ball player.

[Tripping up his Heels. Kent. Service.

Lear. I thank thee, fellow; thou servest me, Lear. Who wouldst thou serve?

and I'll love thee. Kent. You.

Kent. Come, Sir, arise, away; I'll teach you Lear. Dost thou know me, fellow?

differences; away, away: If you will measure Kent. No, Sir; but you have that in your your lubber's length again, tarry: but away: cuantenance, which I would fain call master.

go to; Have you wisdom ? so. Leur, What's that?

(Pushes the STEWARD est. Kent. Authority.

Lear. Now, my friendly kpave, I thank Lear. What services canst thou do?

thee : there's earnest of thy service. Kent. I can keep honest counsel, ride, run,

(Giving Kent Money. mar a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain message bluntly: that which ordinary

Enter Fool. men are fit for, I am qualify'd in; and the best of me is diligence.

Fool. Let me hire him too ;-Here's my corLear. How old art thou?


(Giving KENT his Cap. Rent. Not so young, Sir, to love a woman

Lear. How now, my pretty koave? how dost for singing ; nor so old, to dote on her for any

thou? thing : I have years on my back forty-eight.

Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my corLear. Follow me; thou shalt serve me'; if I comb. like thee no worse after dinner, I will not part

Kent. Why, fool? from thee yet.-Dinner, ho, dinner!-Where's

Fool. Why For taking one's part that is my knave? my fool? Go you, and call my fool out of favour: Nay, an thou canst not smile as hither:

the wind sits, thou'lt catch cold shortly : There,

take my coxcomb: Why, this fellow has banEnter STEWARD.

ish'd two of his daughters, and did the third a You, you, Sirrah, where's my daughter?

blessing against his will; if thou follow him, Stew. So please you,

thou must needs wear my coxcomb.-How

[Exit. Lear. What says the fellow there? Call the two daughters !

now, nuncle ? 'Would I had two coxcombs, and clotpoll back.- Where's my fool, ho! I think

Lear. Why, my boy? the world's asleep.-How now? where's that

Pool. If I gave them all my living, I'd keep mongrel ?

* Punctilious jealousy.

+ Designi. Disorder, disguise.

Ксер company. .

1 Estate or property.

+ Efficed,

my coxcombs myself: There's mine; beg an- Then they for sudden joy did weep, (Singing other of thy daughters.

And I for sorrow sung, Lear. Take heed, Sirrah; the whip.

That such a king should play bo-peep, . Fool. Truth's a dog that must to kennel? he And go the fools among. must be whipp'd out, when Lady, the brach," Pr’ythee, nuncle, keep a schoolmaster that may stand by the fire, and stink. Lear. A pestilent gall to me!

can teach thy fool to lie; I would fain learn to

lie. Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech. Lear. Do.

Lear. If you lie, Sirrah, we'll have you Fool. Mark it, nuncle:

whipp'd. Have more than thou showest,

Fool. I marvel, what kin thou and thy daugh

ters are: they'll have me whipp'd for speaking Speak less than thou knowest, Lend less than thou owest,t

truc, thou'lt have me whipp'd for lying; and, Ride more than thou goest,

sometimes, I am whipp'd for holding my peace. Learn more than thou trowest,

I had rather be any kind of thing, than a fool: Set less than thou throwest;

and yet I would not be thee, nuncle; thou hast Leave thy drink and thy whore,

pared thy wit o'both sides, and left nothing in

the middle: Here comes one o'the parings.
And keep in-a-door,
And thou shalt bave more

Than two tens to a score.
Lear. This is nothing, fool.

Lear. How now, daughter! what makes that Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd frontlet* on? Methinks, you are too much of lawyer; you gave me nothing for't: Can you late i'the frown. make no use of nothing, nuncle?

Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow, when thou Lear. Why, no, boy; nothing can be made hadst no need to care for her frowning; now out of nothing

thou art an Ot without a figure: I am better Fool. Pr’ythee, tell him, so much the rent of than thou art pow; I am a fool, thou art nothhis land comes to; he will not believe a fool. ing.–Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue; 80

[To Kent. your face (To Gon.) bids me, though you say Lear. A bitter fool!

nothing. Mum, mum, Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, He that keeps por crust nor crum, between a bitter fool and a sweet fool ?

Weary of all, shall want some.Lear. No, lad; teach me.

That's a sheal'd peascod. [Pointing to LEAR. Fool. That lord, that counsel'd thee

Gon. Not only, Sir, this your all-licens'd To give away thy land,

But other of your insolent retinue [fool, Come place him here by me,

Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth Or do thou for him stand:

In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir, The sweet and bitter fool

I had thought, by making this well known unWill presently appear;

(fearful, The one in motley here,

To have found a safe redress; but now grow The other found out there.

By what yourself too late have spoke and done, Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy?

That you protect this course, and put it on Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given By your allowance;$ which if you should, the away; that thou wast born with.


(sleep; Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord.

Would not 'scape censure, nor the redresses Fool. No, 'faith, lords and great men will Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal, not let me; if I had a monopoly out, they Might in their working do you that offence, would have part on't: and ladies too, they will Which else were shame, that then necessity not let me bave all fool to myself; they'll be Will call discreet proceeding. snatching.-Give me an egg, nuncle, and I'll

Fool. For you trow, nuncle, give thee two crowns.

The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, Lear. What two crowns shall they be?

That it had its head bit off by its young. Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i'the So, out went the candle, and we were left middle, and eat up the meat, the two crowns

darkling. of the egg. When thou clovest thy crown i'the

Lear. Are you our daughter? middle, and gavest away both parts, thou bor

Gon. Come, Sir, I would, you would make est thine ass on thy back over the dirt: Thou use of that good wisdom whereof I know you hadst little wit in thy bald crown, when thou

are fraught;f and put away these dispositions, gavest thy golden one away. If I speak like which of late transform you from what you myself in this, let him be whipp'd that first rightly are. finds it so.

Fool. May not an ass know when the cart

draws the horse?--Whoop, Jug! I love thee. Fools had ne'er less graces in a year; [Singing. not Lear: does 'Lear walk thus? speak thus?

Leur. Does any here know me?-Why this is For wise men are grown foppish; And know not how their units to wear,

Where are his eyes? Either his notion weakTheir manners are so upish.

ens, or his discerpings are lethargied.--Sleeping or waking ?-Ha! sure 'tis not so.-Who is

it that can tell me who I am?-Lear's shadow? Lear. When were you wont to be so full of I would learn that; for by the marks of sovesongs, Sirrah?

reignty, knowledge, and reason, I should be Fool. I have used it, nuncle, ever since thou false persuaded I had daughters.madest thy daughters thy mother: for when Fool. Which they will make an obedient fathou gavest them the rod, and put'st down

ther. thine own breeches,

* Part of a woman's head-dress, to which Lear compares her frowning brow.

A cypher * Bitch hound.

+ Ownest, possesseth. 1 A mere husk which contains nothing. · Believest. $Favour.

Approbation. # Well-governed state. Stored

to you,

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