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That minces virtue, and does shake the head
ness, There is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, stench, consumption ;--Fye, fye, fye! pah; pah! Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination: there's money for thee.
Glo. 0, let me kiss that hand!
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 thou squinyo 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.
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.
6 Look asquint.
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 thief?-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. Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand : Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine own
Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind
Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear;
Pull off my boots :-harder, harder ; so.
Edg. O, matter and impertinency mix'd ! Reason in madness! 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 waw), and cry:- I will preach to thee; mark me.
Glo. Alack, alack the day!
Lear. When we are born, we cry, that we are come To this great stage of fools; -This a good block 27 It were a delicate stratagem, to shoe 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.
Enter a Gentleman, with Attendants.
Lear. No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am even
You shall have any thing. Lear. No seconds ? All myself? Why, this would make a man, a man of salt,8 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.
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'.
8 Block anciently signified the bead part of a hat.
Si. e, A man of tears.
Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch;
Edg. Hail, gentle sir.
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.9 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.
Well pray you, father.
Hearty thanks :
9 The main body is expected to be descried every hour.
1 Evil genius.
The bounty and the benizon of heaven
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 4 thyself remember :-The sword. is out That must destroy thee. Gla.
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 go his arm.
Edg. Chill not let go, zir, without yurther '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, 'twould 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
or my bat? be the harder : Ch'ill be plain with you.
Stew. Out, dunghill !
; ter vor your foins.8
[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;
2 Blessing. 3 Reward, recompence.
5 Go your way. * Quickly recollect the offences of thy life.
6 Head. i Club. 3 Thrusts.