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The Tragedie of King Lear. And hasten your returne; no, no, my Lord, This milky gentlenesse, and course of yours
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Though I condemne not, yet vnder pardon You are much more at task for want of wisedome, Then prais'd for harmefull mildnesse.
Alb. How farre your eies may pierce I cannot tell; Striuing to better, oft we marre what's well. Gon.
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Nay then ———

Alb.

Well, well, th'euent.

Exeunt.
Scena Quinta. [Act 1, Scene 5] Enter Lear, Kent, Gentleman, and Foole. Lear.

Go you before to Gloster with these Letters;

acquaint my Daughter no further with any thing you

know, then comes from her demand out of the Letter,

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if your Dilligence be not speedy, I shall be there afore

you.

Kent.

I will not sleepe my Lord, till I haue deliuered

your Letter.

Exit. Foole.

If a mans braines were in's heeles, wert not in

[850]

danger of kybes?

Lear.

I Boy.

Foole.

Then I prythee be merry, thy wit shall not go

slip‐shod.

Lear.

Ha, ha, ha.

Fool.
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Shalt see thy other Daughter will vse thee kind­ly,

for though she's as like this, as a Crabbe's like an

Apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.

Lear.

What can'st tell Boy?

Foole.

She will taste as like this as, a Crabbe do's to a

[860]

Crab: thou canst, tell why ones nose stands i'th' middle

on's face?

Lear.

No.

Foole.

Why to keepe ones eyes of either side's nose,

that what a man cannot smell out, he may spy into.

Lear.
[865]

I did her wrong.

Foole.

Can'st tell how an Oyster makes his shell?

Lear.

No.

Foole.

Nor I neither; but I can tell why a Snaile ha's

a house.

Lear.
[870]

Why?

Foole.

Why to put's head in, not to giue it away to his

daughters, and leaue his hornes without a case.

Lear.

I will forget my Nature, so kind a Father? Be

my Horsses ready?

Foole.
[875]

Thy Asses are gone about 'em; the reason why

the seuen Starres are no mo then seuen, is a pretty reason.

Lear.

Because they are not eight.

Foole.

Yes indeed, thou would'st make a good Foole.

Lear.

To tak't againe perforce; Monster Ingratitude!

Foole.
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If thou wert my Foole Nunckle, Il'd haue thee

beaten for being old before thy time.

Lear.

How's that?

Foole.

Thou shouldst not haue bin old, till thou hadst

bin wise.

Lear.
[885]

O let me not be mad, not mad sweet Heauen:

keepe me in temper, I would not be mad. How now are

the Horses ready?

Gent.

Ready my Lord.

Lear.

Come Boy.

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Fool.
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She that's a Maid now, & laughs at my departure, Shall not be a Maid long, vnlesse things be cut shorter.
Exeunt.
Actus Secundus. Scena Prima. [Act 2, Scene 1] Enter Bastard, and Curan, seuerally. Bast.

Saue thee Curan.

Cur. And you Sir, I haue bin With your Father, and giuen him notice
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That the Duke of Cornwall, and Regan his Duchesse Will be here with him this night.
Bast.

How comes that?

Cur.

Nay I know not, you haue heard of the newes a­broad,

I meane the whisper'd ones, for they are yet but

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ear‐kissing arguments.

Bast.

Not I: pray you what are they?

Cur. Haue you heard of no likely Warres toward, 'Twixt the Dukes of Cornwall, and Albany? Bast.

Not a word.

Cur.
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You may do then in time, Fare you well Sir.
Exit. Bast. The Duke be here to night? The better best, This weaues it selfe perforce into my businesse, My Father hath set guard to take my Brother,
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And I haue one thing of a queazie question Which I must act, Briefenesse, and Fortune worke. Enter Edgar. Brother, a word, discend; Brother I say, My Father watches: O Sir, fly this place, Intelligence is giuen where you are hid;
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You haue now the good aduantage of the night, Haue you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornewall? Hee's comming hither, now i'th' night, i'th' haste, And Regan with him, haue you nothing said Vpon his partie 'gainst the Duke of Albany?
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Aduise your selfe.
Edg.

I am sure on't, not a word.

Bast. I heare my Father comming, pardon me: In cunning, I must draw my Sword vpon you: Draw, seeme to defend your selfe,
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Now quit you well. Yeeld, come before my Father, light hoa, here, Fly Brother, Torches, Torches, so farewell. Exit Edgar. Some blood drawne on me, would beget opinion Of my more fierce endeauour. I haue seene drunkards
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Do more then this in sport; Father, Father, Stop, stop, no helpe?
Enter Gloster, and Seruants with Torches. Glo.

Now Edmund, where's the villaine?

Bast. Here stood he in the dark, his sharpe Sword out, Mumbling of wicked charmes, coniuring the Moone
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To stand auspicious Mistris.
Glo.

But where is he?

Bast.

Looke Sir, I bleed.

Glo.

Where is the villaine, Edmund?

Bast.

Fled this way Sir, when by no meanes he could.

Glo.
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Pursue him, ho: go after. By no meanes, what?

Bast. Perswade me to the murther of your Lordship, Gainst

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Scena Quinta. [Act 1, Scene 5] Enter Lear, Kent, Gentleman, and Foole. Lear.

Go you before to Gloster with these Letters;

acquaint my Daughter no further with any thing you

know, then comes from her demand out of the Letter,

[845]

if your Dilligence be not speedy, I shall be there afore

you.

Kent.

I will not sleepe my Lord, till I haue deliuered

your Letter.

Exit. Foole.

If a mans braines were in's heeles, wert not in

[850]

danger of kybes?

Lear.

I Boy.

Foole.

Then I prythee be merry, thy wit shall not go

slip‐shod.

Lear.

Ha, ha, ha.

Fool.
[855]

Shalt see thy other Daughter will vse thee kind­ly,

for though she's as like this, as a Crabbe's like an

Apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.

Lear.

What can'st tell Boy?

Foole.

She will taste as like this as, a Crabbe do's to a

[860]

Crab: thou canst, tell why ones nose stands i'th' middle

on's face?

Lear.

No.

Foole.

Why to keepe ones eyes of either side's nose,

that what a man cannot smell out, he may spy into.

Lear.
[865]

I did her wrong.

Foole.

Can'st tell how an Oyster makes his shell?

Lear.

No.

Foole.

Nor I neither; but I can tell why a Snaile ha's

a house.

Lear.
[870]

Why?

Foole.

Why to put's head in, not to giue it away to his

daughters, and leaue his hornes without a case.

Lear.

I will forget my Nature, so kind a Father? Be

my Horsses ready?

Foole.
[875]

Thy Asses are gone about 'em; the reason why

the seuen Starres are no mo then seuen, is a pretty reason.

Lear.

Because they are not eight.

Foole.

Yes indeed, thou would'st make a good Foole.

Lear.

To tak't againe perforce; Monster Ingratitude!

Foole.
[880]

If thou wert my Foole Nunckle, Il'd haue thee

beaten for being old before thy time.

Lear.

How's that?

Foole.

Thou shouldst not haue bin old, till thou hadst

bin wise.

Lear.
[885]

O let me not be mad, not mad sweet Heauen:

keepe me in temper, I would not be mad. How now are

the Horses ready?

Gent.

Ready my Lord.

Lear.

Come Boy.

Fool.
[890]
She that's a Maid now, & laughs at my departure, Shall not be a Maid long, vnlesse things be cut shorter.
Exeunt.
 

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