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Glo. Come hither, friend: Where is the king my
master? Kent. Here, sir; but trouble him not, his wits are
gone. Glo. Good friend, I pr’ythee take him in thy
arms; I have o'er-heard a plot of death upon him : There is a litter ready ; lay him in't, And drive towards Dover, friend, where thou shalt
meet Both welcome and protection. Take up thy master : If thou should'st dally half an hour, his life, With thine, and all that offer to defend him, Stand in assured loss : Take up, take up; And follow me, that will to some provision Give thee quick conduct. Kent.
Oppress'd nature sleeps :This rest might yet have balm'd thy broken senses, Which, if convenience will not allow, Stand in hard cure.-Come, help to bear thy master ; Thou must not stay behind.
[To the Fool. Glo.
Come, come, away. [Exeunt Kent, GLOSTER, and the Fool,
beuring off the King. Edg. When we our betters see bearing our woes, We scarcely think our miseries our foes. Who alone suffers, suffers most i’ the mind; Leaving free things, and happy shows, behind : But then the mind much sufferance doth o'erskip, When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.
How light and portable my pain seems now,
[E.rit. SCENE VII.
4 Room in Gloster's Castle.
Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GONERIL, EDMUND,
Corn. Post speedily to my lord your husband; show him this letter :-the army of France is landed:Seek out the villain Gloster.
[Exeunt some of the Servants. Reg. Hang him instantly. Gon. Pluck out his eyes.
Corn. Leave him to my displeasure.-Edmund, keep you our sister company; the revenges we are bound to take upon your traitorous father, are not fit for your beholding. Advise the duke, where you are going, to a most festinate preparation; we are bound to the like. Our posts shall be swift, and intelligent betwixt us. Farewell, dear sister ;-farewell, my lord of Gloster. 2
9 The great events that are approaching.
How now? Where's the king ?
Stew. My lord of Gloster hath conveyhim'd hence : Some five or six and thirty of his knights, Hot questrists 3 after him, met him at gate ; Who, with some other of the lord's dependants, Are gone with him towards Dover; where they boast To have well-armed friends. Corn.
Get horses for your mistress. Gon. Farewcil, sweet lord, and sister.
[Ercunt GONERIL and EDMUND. Corn. Edmund, farewell.-Go, seek the traitor
[Exeunt other Scrvants.
Re-enter Servants, with GLOSTER.
[Servants bind him. Reg.
ard, hard :-O filthy traitor!
4 Bend to our wrath.
Glo. Unmerciful lady as you are, I am none. Corn. To this chair bind him :-Villain, thou shalt find
[REGAN plucks his Beard. Glo. By the kind gods, 'tis most ignobly done To pluck me by the beard.
Reg. So white, and such a traitor!
Naughty lady, These hairs, which thou dost ravish from
chin, Will quicken, and accuse thee: I am your host; With robbers' hands, my hospitable favours 7 You should not ruffle thus. What will
do? Corn. Come, sir, what letters had you late from
France ? Reg. Be simple-answer'd, for we know the truth. Corn. And what confederacy have you with the
traitors Late footed in the kingdom? Reg. To whose hands have you sent the lunitick
Glo. I have a letter guessingly set down,
Glo. I am tied to the stake, and I must stand the
Reg. Wherefore to Dover ?
Glo. Because I would not see thy cruel nails
eyes ; nor thy fierce sister
chair : Upon these eyes of thine I'll set my foot.
[Gloster is held down in his Chair, while
CORNWALL plucks out one of his Eyes, and
sets his Foot on it.
Reg. One side will mock another; the other too.
hold. Reg. How now, you dog?
8 Starred. 9 Yielded, submitted to the necessity of the occasion.
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