Enter Lear and
Let me not stay a iot for dinner, go get it ready:
how now, what art thou?
A man Sir.
What dost thou professe? What would'st thou
I do professe to be no lesse then I seeme; to serue
truely that will put me in trust, to loue him that is
honest, to conuerse with him that is wise and saies
feare iudgement, to fight when I cannot
choose, and to
eate no fish.
What art thou?
A very honest hearted Fellow, and as poore as
If thou be'st as poore for a subiect, as
hee's for a
King, thou art poore enough. What
Who wouldst thou serue?
Do'st thou know me fellow?
No Sir, but you haue that in your countenance,
would faine call Master.
What seruices canst thou do?
I can keepe honest counsaile, ride, run, marre a
curious tale in telling it, and deliuer a plaine message
bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit for, I am
in, and the best of me, is
How old art thou?
Not so young Sir to loue a woman for singing,
nor so old to
dote on her for any thing. I haue yeares on
my backe forty
Follow me, thou shalt serue me, if I like thee no
after dinner, I will not part from thee yet. Dinner
dinner, where's my knaue? my Foole? Go you and call
my Foole hither. You you Sirrah, where's my
So please you ———
What saies the Fellow there? Call the Clotpole
backe: wher's my Foole? Ho, I thinke the
asleepe, how now? Where's that
He saies my Lord, your Daughters is not well.
Why came not the slaue backe to me when I
Sir, he answered me in the roundest manner, he
He would not?
My Lord, I know not what the matter is,
but to my iudgement
your Highnesse is not entertain'd
Ceremonious affection as you were wont,
theres a great abatement of kindnesse appeares as well in
the generall dependants, as in the Duke himselfe also, and
Saist thou so?
I beseech you pardon me my Lord, if I bee
for my duty cannot be silent, when I thinke
Thou but remembrest me of mine owne Conception,
I haue perceiued a most faint neglect of
which I haue rather blamed as mine owne iealous
then as a very pretence and purpose of
I will looke further intoo't: but
where's my Foole? I
haue not seene him this two
Since my young Ladies going into