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But lately, very late ; I lov'd him, friend, —
O, cry you mercy,
Edg. Tom's a-cold.
Lear. Come, let's in all.
This way, my
No words, no words: Hush.
Edg. Child Rowland to the dark tower came,
I smell the blood of a British man. [E.reunt.
A ROOM IN GLO'STER'S CASTLE.
Enter Cornwall and Edmund.
Corn. I will have my revenge, ere I depart his house.
Edm. How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature thus gives way to loyalty, something fears me to think of.
Corn. I now perceive, it was not altogether your brother's evil disposition made him seek his death; but a provoking merit, set a-work by a reproveable badness in himself.
Edm. How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be just! This is the letter he spoke of, which approves him an intelligent party to the advantages of France. O heavens! that this treason were not, or not I the detector!
Corn. Go with me to the dutchess.
Edm. If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty business in hand.
Corn. True, or false, it hath made thee earl of Glo'ster. Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehension.
Edm. [Aside. ] If I find him comforting the king, it will stuff his suspicion more fully.-I will persevere in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore between that and
Corn. I will lay trust upon thee; and thou shalt find a dearer father in my love.
A CHAMBER IN A FARM-HOUSE, ADJOINING THE
Enter Glo'ster, Lear, Kent, Fool, and Edgar. Glo. Here is better than the open air; take it thankfully: I will piece out the comfort with what addition I can: I will not be long from you.
Kent. All the power of his wits has given way to his impatience:--The gods reward
[Exit Glo'ster.' Edg. Frateretto calls me; and tells me, Nero is an angler in the lake of darkness. Pray, innocent, and beware the foul fiend.
Fool. Pr’ythee, nuncle, tell me, whether a madman be a gentleman, or a yeoman?
Lear. A king, a king!
Fool. No; he's a yeoman, that has a gentleman to his son: for he's a mad yeoman, that sees his son a gentleman before him.
Lear. To have a thousand with red burning spits Come hizzing in upon them :
Edg. The foul fiend bites my back, .
Fool. He's mad, that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath.
Lear. It shall be done, I will arraign them
straight :Come, sit thou here, most learned justicer;
[To Edgar. Thou, sapient sir, sit here. [To the Fool.]—Now,
you she foxes ! Edg. Look, where he stands and glares !—Wantest thou eyes at trial, madam?
Come o'er the bourn, Bessy, to me :-
And she must not speak
Edg. The foul fiend haunts poor Tom in the voice of a nightingale. Hopdance cries in Tom's belly for two white herring. Croak not, black angel; I have no food for thee.
Kent. How do you, sir? Stand you not so amaz’d: Will you lie down and rest upon the cushions? Lear. I'll see their trial first:—Bring in the evi
dence. Thou robed man of justice, take thy place;
[To Edgar. And thou, his yoke-fellow of equity, [To the Fool. Bench by his side:-You are of the commission, Sit
[To Kent. Edg. Let us deal justly. Sleepest, or wakest thou, jolly shepherd ?
Thy sheep be in the corn;
Thy sheep shall take no harm.
Pur! the cat is grey.
Lear. Arraign her first; 'tis Goneril. I here
you for a joint-stool. Lear. And here's another, whose warp'd looks
Edg. Bless thy five wits!
Kent. O) pity!—Sir, where is the patience now, That you so oft have boasted to retain?
Edg. My tears begin to take his part so much, They'll mar my counterfeiting.
[Aside. Lear. The little dogs and all, Tray, Blanch, and Sweet-heart, see, they bark at me.
Edg. Tom will throw his head at them:-Avaunt,
you curs !
Be thy mouth or black or white,
Do de, de de. Sessa. Come, march to wakes and