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Be thy mouth or black or white,
Do de, de, de. Sessa. Come, march to wakes and fairs, and market towns :-Poor Tom, thy horn is dry.
Lear. Then let them anatomize to Regan, see what breeds about her heart : Is there any cause in nature, that makes these hard hearts ?-You, sir, I entertain you for one of my hundred ; only, I do not like the fashion of your garments: you will say, they are Persian attire; but let them be changed.
[To EDGAR. Kent. Now, good my lord, lie here, and rest awhile.
Lear. Make no noise, make no noise; draw the curtains: So, so, so : We'll go to supper i’the morning : So, So, so. Fool. And I'll go to bed at noon.
Re-enter GLOSTER. 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 There is a litter ready; lay him in't, And drive towards Dover, friend, where thou shalt meet
brach, or lym,] Names for particular sorts of dogs.— Brach seems to have been a female lurcher or beagle, or any fine-nosed bound; a lym was a blood hound.-Nares and MALONE.
tike,] i. e. A little worthless dog, from Tijk, Runick. -trundle-tail,) i. e. Curly-tail: a trundle was any thing round.–Nares. -Sessa,] i.e. Be quiet.
thy horn is dry.] This was a proverbial expression, signifying that a person had said all he had to say. The allusion is to the horn which is still used in many places in the country as a cup for drinking.–Strevens.
Both welcome and protection. Take up thy master :
Oppress'd nature sleeps :-
[To the Fool. Glo.
Come, come, away. [Ereunt Kent, GLOSTER, and the Fool,
bearing 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, When that, which makes me bend, makes the king bow; He childed, as I father'd Tom, away: Mark the high noises; and thyself bewray,' When false opinion, whose wrong thought defiles thee, In thy just proof, repeals, and reconciles thee. What will hap more to-night, safe scape the king ! Lurk, lurk.
A Room in Gloster's Castle.
Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GONERIL, EDMUND, and
Corn. Post speedily to my lord your husband; show
free things,] States clear from distress.JOANSON. • Mark the high noises ; and thyself bewray,] Attend to the great events that are approaching, and make thyself known when that fulse opinion now prevailing against thee shall, in consequence of just proof of thy integrity, revoke its erroneous sentence. To bewray is to discover. ---Johnson and STEEVENS.
him this letter :-- the army of France is landed : -Seek out the villain Gloster. [Exeunt some of the Servants.
Reg. Hang him instantly.
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.'
How now? Where's the king ?
Stew. My lord of Gloster hath convey'd him hence : Some five or six and thirty of his knights, Hot questrists" 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. Farewell, sweet lord, and sister.
[Exeunt Goneril and EDMUND. Corn. Edmund, farewell.-Go, seek the traitor Gloster, Pinion him like a thief, bring him before us:
[Exeunt other Servants. Though well we may not pass upon his life Without the form of justice; yet our power Shall do a courtesy to our wrath, which men May blame, but not control. Who's there? The traitor ?
Re-enter Servants, with GLOSTER.
-festinate-] i. e. Husty.
my lord of Gloster.) Meaning Edmund, newly invested with his father's titles. The steward, speaking immediately after, mentions the old earl by the same title.-Johnson.
questrists—] i. e. Persons who go in search or quest of another.Steevens.
corky) i.e. Dry and withered.
Glo. What mean your graces ?-Good my friends,
consider You are my guests : do me no foul play, friends. Corn. Bind him, I say.
[Servants bind him. Reg.
Hard, hard :-O filthy traitor! 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!
Corn. And what confederacy have you with the traitors Late footed in the kingdom?
Reg. To whose hands have you sent the lunatick king ? Speak.
Glo. I have a letter guessingly set down,
Wherefore To Dover? Wast thou not charg'd at thy peril
Corn. Wherefore to Dover? Let him first answer that.
, Will quicken,] i. e. Quicken into life.-M. Mason.
- favours-] i. e. Features. The different parts of which a face is composed.-STEEVENS.
the course.] The running of the dogs upon me.--JOHNSON.
Glo. Because I would not see thy cruel nails Pluck out his poor old eyes; nor thy fierce sister In his anointed flesh stick boarish fangs. The sea, with such a storm as his bare head In hell-black night endur'd, would have buoy'd up, And quench'd the stelled fires: yet, poor old heart, He holp the heavens to rain. If wolves had at thy gate howld that stern time, Thou should'st have said, Good porter, turn the key; All cruels else subscrib'd :-But I shall see The winged vengeance overtake such children. Corn. See it shalt thou never :- Fellows, hold the
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 your hand, my lord :
How now, you dog? Serv. If you did wear a beard upon your chin, I'd shake it on this quarrel : What do you mean? Corn. My villain !
[Draws and runs at him. Serv. Nay, then come on, and take the chance of anger.
[Draws. They fight. CORNWALL is wounded. Reg. Give me thy sword.—[To another Servant.] A
peasant stand up thus !
[Snatches a Sword, comes behind, and stabs him. Serv. O, I am slain !My lord, you have one eye left To see some mischief on him :-0!
stelled,] i. e. Fixed, from stell, a fixed place of abode.- NARES.
subscrib’d.] Yielded, submitted to the necessity of the occasion.Johnson.
a My villain !] The word is here used in its original sense of one in servitude.-STEEVENS.