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Lear. Woe, that too late repents, — O, Sir! [ToAlb.]
are you come? Is it your will? Speak, Sir. — Prepare my horses. Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, Than the sea-monster!1
Albany. Pray, Sir, be patient.
Lear. Detested kite! thou liest: [To Goneril.
My train are men of choice and rarest parts,
Alb. My lord, I am guiltless, as I am ignorant
Lear. It may be so, my lord. —
Hear, nature, hear; dear goddess, hear!
1. Mr. Upton observes, that the seamonster is the hippopotamus, the hieroglyphical symbol of impiety and ingratitude.
2. And in every respect maintain most exactly the dignity of him whom they serve.
3. By an engine is meant the instrument of torture called the rack.
I 4. Derogate, degraded, blasted.
5. And be a mischievous, unnatural torment to her. Disnatured is not in use.
6. Vadent tears, falling tears.
7. Turn all her maternal cares and good offices.
To laughter and contempt; that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child! — Away! away! [Exit.
Albany. Now, gods that we adore, whereof comes this?
Goneril. Never afflict yourself to know the cause;
Lear. What! fifty of my followers, at a clap, . Within a fortnight?
Alb. What 's the matter, Sir?
Lear. I 'll tell thee. — Life and death! [To Goneril.] I am ashamed, That thou hast power to shake my manhood thus: That these hot tears, which break from me perforce, Should make thee worth them. Blasts and fogs upon thee! Th' untented woundings1 of a father's curse Pierce every sense about thee! — Old fond2 eyes, Beweep this cause again, I 'll pluck you out, And cast you, with the waters that you lose,3 To temper clay. — Ha! Let it be so: — I have another daughter, Who, I am sure, is kind and comfortable: When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails She 'll flay thy wolfish visage. Thou shalt find, That I 'll resume the shape, which thou dost think I have cast off for ever.
[Exeunt Lear, Kent, and Attendants.
Gon. Do you mark that, my lord?
Alb. I cannot be so partial, Goneril, To the great love I bear you, —
Gon. Pray you, content. — What, Oswald, ho! You, Sir, more knave than fool, after your master.
[To the Fool.
Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear! tarry, and take the fool with thee.
L Untented woundings, unsearchable wounds — wounds too deep to be probed. — A tent is a roll of lint put into a sore.
2. Fond , foolish. See note 2, page 12.
3. i. e. that you discharge.
A fox, when one has caught her,
'T is politic, and safe, to let him keep
At point1 a hundred knights: yes, that on every dream,
Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike,
He may enguard his dotage with their powers,
And hold our lives in mercy.2 — Oswald, I say! —
Albany. Well, you may fear too far.
Gon. Safer than trust too far.
Let me still take away the harms I fear,
What, have you writ that letter to my sister?
Gon. Take you some company, and away to horse:
Alb. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot tell: Striving to better, oft we mar what 's well.
Gon. Nay, then —
Alb. Well, well; the event. [Exeunt.
1. At point, completely armed, and consequently ready at appointment or command on the slightest notice.
2. In mercy, at his pleasure, — to do what he likes with.
3. Still, continually, ever. See note 4, page 8.
4. As may make a consistent account.
5. To be* at task, is to be liable to reprehension and correction.
Curan. Have you heard of no likely wars toward,' 'twixt the dukes of Cornwall and Albany?
Edmund. Not a word.
Cur. You may do, then, in time. Fare you well, Sir.
Edm. The duke be here to-night? The better! Best! This weaves itself perforce into my business. My father hath set guard to take my brother; And I have one thing, of a queazy question,” Which I must act. — Briefness, and fortune, work! — Brother, a word; — descend: — brother, I say;
My father watches. – O Sir! fly this place;
Edgar. - I am sure on 't, not a word.
Edm. I hear my father coming. — Pardon me; In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you: Draw; seem to defend yourself. Now quit” you well. Yield: – come before my father; – Light, ho! here! — Fly, brother; – Torches! torches! – So, farewell.
- [Exit EDGAR. Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion [Wounds his arm.
Of my more fierce endeavour: I have seen drunkards
Enter GLOSTER, and Servants with Torches.
Gloster. Now, Edmund, where 's the villain?
1. Toward, near, at hand. 3. i. e. in favour of Cornwall, against *2. Queazy, delicate, requiring to be the duke of Albany. handled nicely: I have something to do 4. i. e. consider, recollect yourself. which requires the most delicate treat- 5. Quit, for acquit. thent,
Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon
Gloster. But where is he?
Edmund. Look, Sir, I bleed.
Glos. Where is the villain, Edmund?
Edm. Fled this way, Sir. When by no means h.e
Glos. Pursue him, ho! — Go after. — [Exit Serv.] B y
no means what?
Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship; But that I told him, the revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend; Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond The child was bound to the father; *— Sir, in fine, Seeing how loathly opposite I stood To his unnatural purpose, in fell1 motion, With his prepared sword he charges home2 My unprovided body,'lanc'd mine arm: But when3 he saw my best alarum'd spirits, Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to th' encounter, Or whether gasted4 by the noise I made, Full suddenly he fled.
Glos. Let him fly far:
Not in this land shall he remain uncaught;
Edm. When I dissuaded him from his intent,
1. Fell, savage, bloody.
2. To charge home, is to charge with full force; to thrust home, to thrust the sword through up to the hilt: the expression is often used figuratively.
a. This when is perhaps a misprint for wh4r, or wliether. 4. Gasted, frighted.
5. i. 6. And when he is found — to death with him at once.
6. Arch, chief; a word now only used in composition, as arch-angel, arch-duke.
7. Pight is the old preterit and part, pass, of to pitch: i. e. fixed, settled, determined.
8. Curst, harsh, bitter.