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ordinary Men are fit for, I am qualified in ; and the best
of me is Diligence.
Lear. Follow me ; thou shalt serve me.

Enter one of Goneril's Gentlemen.
Now, Sir?
Gent. Sir

-[Exit ; Kent runs after him. Lear. What says the Fellow? Call me the Clodpole back.

Atr. My Lord, I know not ; but methinks your Highness is entertain'd with slender Ceremony.

Servant. He says, my Lord, your Daughter is not well.

Lear. Why came not the Slave back when I called him?

Serv. My Lord, he answered me i'th' surliest Manner, that he would not.

Re-enter Gentleman brought in by Kent.
Lear. I hope our Daughter did not so instruct him.
Now, who am I, Sir ?

Gent. My Lady's Father.
Lear. My Lord's Knave. -

-Strikes him.
Goneril at the Entrance.
Gon. By Day and Night; this is insufferable,
I will not bear it.

Lear. Now, Daughter, why that Frontlet on?
Speak, does that Frown become our Presence ?
Gent, I'll not be struck, my Lord.
Kent. Nor tript neither, thou vile Civet-box.

[Strikes up his Heels.
Gon, Sir, this licentious Infolence of your Servants
Is moit unseemly : hourly they break out
In Quarrels bred ; by making this known to you,
I thought to have had Redreis, but find too late
That you protect and countenance their Outrage ;
And therefore, Sir, I take this Freedom, which
Neceflity makes discreet.

Lear. Are you our Daughter ?

Gon. Come, Sir, let me intreat you to make ufe Of your Discretion, and put off betimes This Disposition that of late transforms you From what you rightly are, Lear. Does any here know me? Why, this is not Lear.


Does Lear walk thus ? Speak thus ? Where are his Eyes ? Who is it that can tell me who I am?

Gon. Come, Sir, this Admiration's much o'th' Savour. Of other your new Humours; I beseech you To understand my Purposes aright ; As you are old, you should be staid and wife : Here do you keep an hundred Knights and Squires, Men so debauch'd and bold, that this our Palace Shews like a riotous Inn, a Tavern, Brothel ; Be then advis'd by her that else will take That which she begs, to lessen your Attendance, Take half away, and see that the Remainder Be such as may befit your Age, and know Themselves and You.

Lear. Darkness and Devils !

my Horses, call my Train together ;
Degenerate Viper, I'll not stay with Thee!
I yet have left à Daughter-Serpent, Monfter !
Leffen my Train, and call 'em riotous !
All Men approv’d, of choice and rarest Parts
That each Particular of Duty know.-
How small, Cordelia, was thy Fault ? O Lear,
Beat at this Gate that let thy Folly in,
And thy dear Judgment out ; Go, go, my People.

Going off

, meets Albany entring.
Igrateful Duke, was this your Will?
Alb. What, Sir ?
Lear. Death! fifty of my Followers at a Clap!
Alb. The Matter, Madam ?

Gon. Never afiiet yourself to know the Cause,
But give his Dotage Way.

Lear. Blasts upon thee,
Th' untented Woundings of a Father's Curse

Sense about thee ; old fond Eyes,
Lament this Cause again, I'll pluck ye out,
And cast ye with the Waters that ye

To temper Clay.--No, Gorgon, thou shalt find
That I'll resume the Share which thou doft think..
I have cait off for ever.

Gon. Mark ye that.
Lear.. Hear Nature !


B 3

Dear Goddefs hear ; and if thou dost intend
To make that Creature fruitful, change thy Purpose ;
Pronounce upon her Womb the barren Curse,
That from her blafted Body never spring
A Babe to honour her ;-But if she must bring forth,
Defeat her Joy with some diftorted Birth,
Or monstrous Form, the Prodigy o'th' Time ;
And so perverse of Spirit, that it may live
Her Torment as 'twas born, to fret her Cheeks
With constant Tears, and wrinkle her young Brow.
Turn all her Mother's Pains to Shame and Scorn,
That the may curse her Crime too late, and feel
How sharper than a Serpent's Tooth it is
To have a thankless Child : Away, away. [Exit cum fuis.

Gon. Presuming thus upon his numerous Train,
He thinks to play the Tyrant here, and hold
Our Lives at Will.
Alb. Well, you may bear too far.

[Exit. End of the First AET.


SCENE Gloster's House.

Enter Basturd.


HE Duke comes here to Night, I'll take

the Advantage

Of his Arrival to complete my Project:
Brother, a Word, come forth ; 'tis I

[Enter Edgar.
My Father watches for you, fly thisPlace.
Intelligence is giv’n where you're lid;
Take the Advantage of the Night ; bethink ye,


your Friend,

Have you not spoke against the Duke of Cornwal
Something might shew you a Favourer of
Duke Albany's Party ?

Edg. Nothing ; why ask you?

Baft. Because he's coming here to Night in haste, And Regan with him—Hark! the Guards ; away;

Edg. Let 'em come on, I'll stay and clear myself.

Baft. Your Innocence at Leisure may be heard, But Glofter's storming Rage as yet is deaf, And you may perish e’er allow'd the Hearing. [Ex.Edgar. Glofter comes yonder : Now to my feign'd Scuttie Yield, come before my Father ! Lights here, Lights ! Some Blood drawn on me wou'd beget Opinion [Stabs Of our more fierce Encounter.— I have seen

[bis Arm, Drunkards do more than this in Sport.

Enter Gloster and Servants.
Gloft. Now, Edmund, where's the Traitor ?

Baft. That Name, Sir,
Strikes Horror through me ; but my Brother, Sir,
Stood here i'th' dark.

Gloft. Thou bleed'it ! pursue the Villain,
And bring him piece-meal to me.

Baft. Sir, he's ied.

Glost. Let him fly far, this Kingdom shall not hide him : The noble Duke my Patron comes to-night ; By his Authority I will proclaim Rewards for him that brings him to the Stage, And Death for the Concealer. Then of my Lands, loyal and natural Boy, I'll work the Means to make thee capable. [Exeunt. Enter Kent (disguised still) and Goneril's Gentleman,

Gent. Good morrow, Friend, belong'it thou to this
Kent. Ask them will answer thee.

[House ?
Gent. Where may we set our Horses?
Kent. I'th' Mire.
Gent. I am in hafte, prithee an' thou lov'ft me,

Kent. I love thee not.
Gent. Why then I care not for thee.

Kent. An' I had thee in Lipsbury Pinfold, I'd make thee care for me.




Gent. What dost thou mean? I know thee not.
Kent. But, Minion, I know thee.
Gent. What doft thou know me for ?

Kent. For a base, proud, beggarly, white-liver’d, glassglariog, super-serviceable, finical Rogue ; one that wou'd be a Pimp in Way of good Service, and art nothing but a Composition of Knave, Beggar, Coward, Pandar

Gent. What a monstrous Fellow art thou to rail at One that is neither known of thee, nor knows thee.

Kent. Impudent Slave ! not know me, who but two Days since tript up thy Heels before the King : Draw, Miscreant, or I'll make the Moon shine through thee.

Gent. What means the Fellow? Why, prithee, prithee ; I tell thee I have nothing to do with thee.

Kent. I know your Rogueship's Office; you come with
Letters against the King, taking my young Lady Vanity's
Part against her Royal Father : Draw, Raical.

Gent. Murder, Murder, help. (Exit. Kent after him.
Flourish. Enter Duke of Cornwal, Regan, atiended;

Gloster, Bastard.
Gloft. All Welcome to your Graces, you do me Honour.
Duke. Glofier, We've heard with Sorrow that your

Has been attempted by your impious Son ;
But Edmund here has paid you strictest Duty.

Glof. He did betray his Practice, and receiv’d.
The Hurt you see, ftriving to apprehend him.

Duke. Is he pursued ?
Gloft. He is, my Lord.
Reg. Use our Authority to apprehend
The Traitor, and do Justice on his Head ;-
For you, Edmund, that have so signaliz’d
Your Virtue, you from henceforth shall be ours ;
Natures of fuch firm [rust we much shall need.
A charming Youth, and worth my farther Thought. [ Aside.

Duke. Lay Comforts, noble Gloster, to your Breasty,
As we to ours. This Night be spent in Revels.
We chufe you, Glofter, for our Hoft to-night,
A troublesome Expression of our Love.
On, to the Sports before us, “Who are these. ?.


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