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Hast heavy substance; bleed'st not; speak’st; art
Glo. But have I fallen, or no?
Edg. Give me your arm:
stand. Glo, Too well, too well. Edg. This is above all
strangeness. Upon the crown o’the cliff, what thing was that Which parted from you?
Glo. A poor unfortunate beggar.
Edg. As I stood here below, methought, his eyes. Were two full moons; he had a thousand noses, Horns whelk’d, and wav'd like the enridged sea; It was some fiend: Therefore, thou happy father, Think, that the clearest gods, who make them
honours Of men's impossibilities, have preserv'd thee.
Glo. Į do remember now: henceforth I'll bear Affliction, till it do cry out itself, Enough, enough, and die. That thing you speak of, I took it for a man; often 'twould say, The fiend, the fiend: he led me to that place. Edg. Bear free and patient thoughts.--But who
Enter LEAR, fantastically dressed up with flowers.
Lear. No, they cannot touch me for coining;
Edg. O thou side-piercing sight!
Lear. Nature's above art in that respect. There's your press-money. That fellow handles his bow like a crow-keeper: draw me a clothier's yard.--Look, look, a mouse! Peace, peace ;-this piece of toasted cheese will do't.—There's my gauntlet ; I'll prove it on a giant.-- Bring up the brown bills.-0, well flown, bird !— i'the clout, i’the clout: hewgh!-Give the word.
Edg. Sweet marjoram.
Lear. Ha! Goneril !—with a white beard !—They flatter'd me like a dog; and told me I bad white hairs in my beard, ere the black ones were there. To say ay, and no, to every thing I said !Ay and no, too, was no good divinity. When the rain came to wet me once, and the wind to make me chatter; when the thunder would not peace at my bidding; there I found them, there I smelt them out. they are not men o'their words; they told me I was every thing; 'tis a lie; I am not ague-proof.
Glo. The trick of that voice I do well remember: Is't not the king ?
Lear. Ay, every inch a king:
Let copulation thrive, for Gloster's bastard son
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. O, 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 squiny 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. Lear. Read. Glo. What, with the case of eyes? Lear. O, ho, are you there with me? No
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.
Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how 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, handydandy, 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
back; Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind, For which thou whipp’st her. The usurer hangs the
Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; Robes, and furrd gowns, hide all. Plate sin with
gold, And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks : Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it. None does offend, none, I say, none; I'll able 'em : Take that of me, my friend, who have the power To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes ; And, like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not. Now, now, now,
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 wawl, and cry:- I will preach to thee; mark me.
Glo. Alack, alack the day!
Lear. When we are born, we cry, that we are
conie To this great stage of fools ;- This a good block ?-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. Gent. O, here he is; lay hand upon him.--Sir, Your most dear daughter--
Lear. No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am even The natural fool of fortune.--Use me well; You shall have ransome. Let me have a surgeon, I am cut to the brains.
Gent. You shall have any thing.
Lear. No seconds ? All myself?
Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you.
Lear. Then there's sife in it. Nay, an you get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa.
[Exit, running ; Attendants follow. Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch; Past speaking of in a king !-Thou hast one daugh
Edg. Hail, gentle sir.
will? Edg. Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward?