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When slanders do not live in tongues;
Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;
When usurers tell their gold i'the field;
And bawds and whores do churches build ;-
Then shall the realm of Albion
Come to great confusion.
Then comes the time, who lives to seet,

That going shall be us'd with feet.
This prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live befora
his time.



A Room in Closter's Castle.


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Glo. Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this un: natural dealing: When I desired their leave that I might pity him, they took from me the use of mine own house; charged me, on pain of their perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.

Edm. Most savage, and unnatural !

Glo. Go to; say you nothing: There is division between the dukes; and a worse matter than that: I have received a letter this night;-'tis dangerous to be spoken;-I have lock'd the letter in my closet: these injuries the king now bears will be revenged home; there is part of a power already footed: we must incline to the king. I will seek him, and privily


relieve him: go you, and maintain talk with the duke, that my charity be not of him perceived: If he ask for me, I am ill, and gone to bed. If I die for it, as no less is threaten'd me, the king my old master must be relieved. There is some strange thing toward, Edmund; pray you, be careful.

[Exit. Edm. This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke Instantly know; and of that letter too:This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me That which my father loses; no less than all: The younger rises, when the old doth fall.


A part of the heath, with a hovel.

Enter LEAR, Kent, and Fool.
Kent. Here is the place, my lord; good my lord;

enter :
The tyranny of the open night's too rough
For nature to endure.

[Storm still. Lear.

Let me alone.
Kent. Good my lord, enter here.

Wilt break


heart? Kent. I'd rather break mine own: Good my lord,

enter. Lear. Thou think'st 'tis much, that this contentious

storm Invades us to the skin : so 'tis to thee; But where the greater malady is fix'd,


The lesser is scarce felt. Thou’dst shun a bear :
But if thy flight lay toward the raging sea,
Thou’dst meet the bear i'the mouth. When the

mind's free, The body's delicate: the

tempest in


Doth from my senses take all feeling else,
Save what beats there.— Filial ingratitude !
Is it not as this mouth should tear this hand,
For lifting food to't? But I will punish home:-
No, I will weep no more.--In such a night
To shut me out!- Pour on; I will endure:-
In such a night as this! O Regan, Goneril!-
Your old kind father, whose frank heart gave
O, that way madness lies; let me shun that;
No more of that,-

Good my lord, enter here.
Lear. Pr’ythee, go in thyself; seek thine own ease;
This tempest will not give me leave to ponder
On things would hurt me more.—But I'll go in:
In, boy; go first.-[to the Fool.) You houseless

poverty, Nay, get thee in. I'll pray, and then I'll sleep.-

[Fool goes in. Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads, and unfed sides, Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these? O, I have ta'en Too little care of this ! Take physick, pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel;

That thou may'st shake the superflux to them,
And show the heavens more just.
Edg. [within.] Fathom and half, fathom and half!
poor Tom!

[The Fool runs out from the hotel. Fool. Come not in here, nuncle, here's a spirit.. Help me, help me!

Kent. Give me thy hand. Who's there?
Fool. A spirit, a spirit; he says his name's poot

Kent. What art thou that dost grumble there i'the

straw? Come forth.

Enter EDGAR, disguised as a Madman.
Edg. Away! the foul fiend follows me!
Through the sharp hawthorn blows the cold wind.
Humph! go to thy cold bed, and warm thee.

Lear. Hast thou given all to thy two daughters ?
And art thou come to this?

Edg. Who gives any thing to poor Tom? whom the foul fiend hath led through fire and through flame, through ford and whirlpool, over bog and quagmire; that hath laid knives under his pillow, and halters in his pew; set ratsbane by his porridge; made him proud of heart, to ride on a bay trotting-horse over fourinch'd bridges, to course his own shadow for a traitor:-Bless thy five wits! Tom's a-cold.--O, do de, do de, do de.-Bless thee from whirlwinds, starblasting, and taking Sø! Do poor Tom some charity,

whom the foul fiend vexes: There could I have him now,--and there, -and there,--and there again, and there.

[Storm continues. Lear. What, have his daughters brought him to this

pass? Could'st thou save nothing? Did'st thou give them

all ? Fool. Nay, he reserved a blanket, else we had been all shamed. Lear. Now, all the plagues that in the pendulous

air Hang fated o'er men's faults, light on thy daughters !

Kent. He hath no daughters, sir.
Lear. Death, traitor! nothing could have subdu'd

To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters.-
Is it the fashion, that discarded fathers
Should have thus little mercy on their flesh?
Judicious punishment ! 'twas this flesh begot
Those pelican daughters.

Edg. Pillicock sat on pillicock's-hill;
Halloo, halloo, loo, loo!

Fool. This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.

Edg. Take heed o'the foul fiend: Obey thy parents; keep thy word justly; swear not; commit not with man's sworn spouse; set not thy sweet heart on proud array: Tom's a-cold.

Lear. What hast thou been?

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