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◈ The Tragedy of King Lear (리어 왕) ◈

◇ Act I ◇

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 1. Act I, Scene 1
 2. Act I, Scene 2
 3. Act I, Scene 3
 4. Act I, Scene 4
 5. Act I, Scene 5

1. Act I, Scene 1

0 King Lear’s Palace.
 
1 Enter Kent, Gloucester, and Edmund. [Kent and Gloucester converse. Edmund stands back.]
2 Earl of Kent.
3       I thought the King had more affected the Duke of Albany than
4       Cornwall.
5 Earl of Gloucester.
6       It did always seem so to us; but now, in the division of the
7       kingdom, it appears not which of the Dukes he values most, for
8       equalities are so weigh'd that curiosity in neither can make
9       choice of either's moiety.
10 Earl of Kent.
11       Is not this your son, my lord?
12 Earl of Gloucester.
13       His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge. I have so often
14       blush'd to acknowledge him that now I am braz'd to't.
15 Earl of Kent.
16       I cannot conceive you.
17 Earl of Gloucester.
18       Sir, this young fellow's mother could; whereupon she grew
19       round-womb'd, and had indeed, sir, a son for her cradle ere she
20       had a husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault?
21 Earl of Kent.
22       I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it being so
23       proper.
24 Earl of Gloucester.
25       But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year elder than
26       this, who yet is no dearer in my account. Though this knave came
27       something saucily into the world before he was sent for, yet was
28       his mother fair, there was good sport at his making, and the
29       whoreson must be acknowledged.- Do you know this noble gentleman,
30       Edmund?
31 Edmund.
32       [comes forward]No, my lord.
33 Earl of Gloucester.
34       My Lord of Kent. Remember him hereafter as my honourable
35       friend.
36 Edmund.
37       My services to your lordship.
38 Earl of Kent.
39       I must love you, and sue to know you better.
40 Edmund.
41       Sir, I shall study deserving.
42 Earl of Gloucester.
43       He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again.
44       [Sound a sennet.]
45       The King is coming.
 
46 Enter one bearing a coronet; then Lear; then the Dukes of Albany and Cornwall; next, Goneril, Regan, Cordelia, with Followers.
 
47 Lear.
48       Attend the lords of France and Burgundy, Gloucester.
49 Earl of Gloucester.
50       I shall, my liege.
 
51 Exeunt [Gloucester and Edmund].
 
52 Lear.
53       Meantime we shall express our darker purpose.
54       Give me the map there. Know we have divided
55       In three our kingdom; and 'tis our fast intent
56       To shake all cares and business from our age,
57       Conferring them on younger strengths while we
58       Unburthen'd crawl toward death. Our son of Cornwall,
59       And you, our no less loving son of Albany,
60       We have this hour a constant will to publish
61       Our daughters' several dowers, that future strife
62       May be prevented now. The princes, France and Burgundy,
63       Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love,
64       Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn,
65       And here are to be answer'd. Tell me, my daughters
66       (Since now we will divest us both of rule,
67       Interest of territory, cares of state),
68       Which of you shall we say doth love us most?
69       That we our largest bounty may extend
70       Where nature doth with merit challenge. Goneril,
71       Our eldest-born, speak first.
72 Goneril.
73       Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter;
74       Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty;
75       Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare;
76       No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour;
77       As much as child e'er lov'd, or father found;
78       A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable.
79       Beyond all manner of so much I love you.
80 Cordelia.
81       [aside]What shall Cordelia speak? Love, and be silent.
82 Lear.
83       Of all these bounds, even from this line to this,
84       With shadowy forests and with champains rich'd,
85       With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads,
86       We make thee lady. To thine and Albany's issue
87       Be this perpetual.- What says our second daughter,
88       Our dearest Regan, wife to Cornwall? Speak.
89 Regan.
90       Sir, I am made
91       Of the selfsame metal that my sister is,
92       And prize me at her worth. In my true heart
93       I find she names my very deed of love;
94       Only she comes too short, that I profess
95       Myself an enemy to all other joys
96       Which the most precious square of sense possesses,
97       And find I am alone felicitate
98       In your dear Highness' love.
99 Cordelia.
100       [aside]Then poor Cordelia!
101       And yet not so; since I am sure my love's
102       More richer than my tongue.
103 Lear.
104       To thee and thine hereditary ever
105       Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom,
106       No less in space, validity, and pleasure
107       Than that conferr'd on Goneril.- Now, our joy,
108       Although the last, not least; to whose young love
109       The vines of France and milk of Burgundy
110       Strive to be interest; what can you say to draw
111       A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak.
112 Cordelia.
113       Nothing, my lord.
114 Lear.
115       Nothing?
116 Cordelia.
117       Nothing.
118 Lear.
119       Nothing can come of nothing. Speak again.
120 Cordelia.
121       Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
122       My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty
123       According to my bond; no more nor less.
124 Lear.
125       How, how, Cordelia? Mend your speech a little,
126       Lest it may mar your fortunes.
127 Cordelia.
128       Good my lord,
129       You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me; I
130       Return those duties back as are right fit,
131       Obey you, love you, and most honour you.
132       Why have my sisters husbands, if they say
133       They love you all? Haply, when I shall wed,
134       That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry
135       Half my love with him, half my care and duty.
136       Sure I shall never marry like my sisters,
137       To love my father all.
138 Lear.
139       But goes thy heart with this?
140 Cordelia.
141       Ay, good my lord.
142 Lear.
143       So young, and so untender?
144 Cordelia.
145       So young, my lord, and true.
146 Lear.
147       Let it be so! thy truth then be thy dower!
148       For, by the sacred radiance of the sun,
149       The mysteries of Hecate and the night;
150       By all the operation of the orbs
151       From whom we do exist and cease to be;
152       Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
153       Propinquity and property of blood,
154       And as a stranger to my heart and me
155       Hold thee from this for ever. The barbarous Scythian,
156       Or he that makes his generation messes
157       To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom
158       Be as well neighbour'd, pitied, and reliev'd,
159       As thou my sometime daughter.
160 Earl of Kent.
161       Good my liege-
162 Lear.
163       Peace, Kent!
164       Come not between the dragon and his wrath.
165       I lov'd her most, and thought to set my rest
166       On her kind nursery.- Hence and avoid my sight!-
167       So be my grave my peace as here I give
168       Her father's heart from her! Call France! Who stirs?
169       Call Burgundy! Cornwall and Albany,
170       With my two daughters' dowers digest this third;
171       Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry her.
172       I do invest you jointly in my power,
173       Preeminence, and all the large effects
174       That troop with majesty. Ourself, by monthly course,
175       With reservation of an hundred knights,
176       By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode
177       Make with you by due turns. Only we still retain
178       The name, and all th' additions to a king. The sway,
179       Revenue, execution of the rest,
180       Beloved sons, be yours; which to confirm,
181       This coronet part betwixt you.
182 Earl of Kent.
183       Royal Lear,
184       Whom I have ever honour'd as my king,
185       Lov'd as my father, as my master follow'd,
186       As my great patron thought on in my prayers-
187 Lear.
188       The bow is bent and drawn; make from the shaft.
189 Earl of Kent.
190       Let it fall rather, though the fork invade
191       The region of my heart! Be Kent unmannerly
192       When Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, old man?
193       Think'st thou that duty shall have dread to speak
194       When power to flattery bows? To plainness honour's bound
195       When majesty falls to folly. Reverse thy doom;
196       And in thy best consideration check
197       This hideous rashness. Answer my life my judgment,
198       Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least,
199       Nor are those empty-hearted whose low sound
200       Reverbs no hollowness.
201 Lear.
202       Kent, on thy life, no more!
203 Earl of Kent.
204       My life I never held but as a pawn
205       To wage against thine enemies; nor fear to lose it,
206       Thy safety being the motive.
207 Lear.
208       Out of my sight!
209 Earl of Kent.
210       See better, Lear, and let me still remain
211       The true blank of thine eye.
212 Lear.
213       Now by Apollo-
214 Earl of Kent.
215       Now by Apollo, King,
216       Thou swear'st thy gods in vain.
217 Lear.
218       O vassal! miscreant![Lays his hand on his sword.]
219 Duke of Albany.
220       [with Cornwall]Dear sir, forbear!
221 Earl of Kent.
222       Do!
223       Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow
224       Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift,
225       Or, whilst I can vent clamour from my throat,
226       I'll tell thee thou dost evil.
227 Lear.
228       Hear me, recreant!
229       On thine allegiance, hear me!
230       Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow-
231       Which we durst never yet- and with strain'd pride
232       To come between our sentence and our power,-
233       Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,-
234       Our potency made good, take thy reward.
235       Five days we do allot thee for provision
236       To shield thee from diseases of the world,
237       And on the sixth to turn thy hated back
238       Upon our kingdom. If, on the tenth day following,
239       Thy banish'd trunk be found in our dominions,
240       The moment is thy death. Away! By Jupiter,
241       This shall not be revok'd.
242 Earl of Kent.
243       Fare thee well, King. Since thus thou wilt appear,
244       Freedom lives hence, and banishment is here.
245       [To Cordelia]The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid,
246       That justly think'st and hast most rightly said!
247       [To Regan and Goneril]And your large speeches may your deeds
248       approve,
249       That good effects may spring from words of love.
250       Thus Kent, O princes, bids you all adieu;
251       He'll shape his old course in a country new.[Exit.]
 
252 Flourish. Enter Gloucester, with France and Burgundy; Attendants.
 
253 Earl of Gloucester.
254       Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord.
255 Lear.
256       My Lord of Burgundy,
257       We first address toward you, who with this king
258       Hath rivall'd for our daughter. What in the least
259       Will you require in present dower with her,
260       Or cease your quest of love?
261 Duke of Burgundy.
262       Most royal Majesty,
263       I crave no more than hath your Highness offer'd,
264       Nor will you tender less.
265 Lear.
266       Right noble Burgundy,
267       When she was dear to us, we did hold her so;
268       But now her price is fall'n. Sir, there she stands.
269       If aught within that little seeming substance,
270       Or all of it, with our displeasure piec'd,
271       And nothing more, may fitly like your Grace,
272       She's there, and she is yours.
273 Duke of Burgundy.
274       I know no answer.
275 Lear.
276       Will you, with those infirmities she owes,
277       Unfriended, new adopted to our hate,
278       Dow'r'd with our curse, and stranger'd with our oath,
279       Take her, or leave her?
280 Duke of Burgundy.
281       Pardon me, royal sir.
282       Election makes not up on such conditions.
283 Lear.
284       Then leave her, sir; for, by the pow'r that made me,
285       I tell you all her wealth.[To France]For you, great King,
286       I would not from your love make such a stray
287       To match you where I hate; therefore beseech you
288       T' avert your liking a more worthier way
289       Than on a wretch whom nature is asham'd
290       Almost t' acknowledge hers.
291 King of France.
292       This is most strange,
293       That she that even but now was your best object,
294       The argument of your praise, balm of your age,
295       Most best, most dearest, should in this trice of time
296       Commit a thing so monstrous to dismantle
297       So many folds of favour. Sure her offence
298       Must be of such unnatural degree
299       That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd affection
300       Fall'n into taint; which to believe of her
301       Must be a faith that reason without miracle
302       Should never plant in me.
303 Cordelia.
304       I yet beseech your Majesty,
305       If for I want that glib and oily art
306       To speak and purpose not, since what I well intend,
307       I'll do't before I speak- that you make known
308       It is no vicious blot, murther, or foulness,
309       No unchaste action or dishonoured step,
310       That hath depriv'd me of your grace and favour;
311       But even for want of that for which I am richer-
312       A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue
313       As I am glad I have not, though not to have it
314       Hath lost me in your liking.
315 Lear.
316       Better thou
317       Hadst not been born than not t' have pleas'd me better.
318 King of France.
319       Is it but this- a tardiness in nature
320       Which often leaves the history unspoke
321       That it intends to do? My Lord of Burgundy,
322       What say you to the lady? Love's not love
323       When it is mingled with regards that stands
324       Aloof from th' entire point. Will you have her?
325       She is herself a dowry.
326 Duke of Burgundy.
327       Royal Lear,
328       Give but that portion which yourself propos'd,
329       And here I take Cordelia by the hand,
330       Duchess of Burgundy.
331 Lear.
332       Nothing! I have sworn; I am firm.
333 Duke of Burgundy.
334       I am sorry then you have so lost a father
335       That you must lose a husband.
336 Cordelia.
337       Peace be with Burgundy!
338       Since that respects of fortune are his love,
339       I shall not be his wife.
340 King of France.
341       Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, being poor;
342       Most choice, forsaken; and most lov'd, despis'd!
343       Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon.
344       Be it lawful I take up what's cast away.
345       Gods, gods! 'tis strange that from their cold'st neglect
346       My love should kindle to inflam'd respect.
347       Thy dow'rless daughter, King, thrown to my chance,
348       Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France.
349       Not all the dukes in wat'rish Burgundy
350       Can buy this unpriz'd precious maid of me.
351       Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind.
352       Thou losest here, a better where to find.
353 Lear.
354       Thou hast her, France; let her be thine; for we
355       Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see
356       That face of hers again. Therefore be gone
357       Without our grace, our love, our benison.
358       Come, noble Burgundy.
 
359 Flourish. Exeunt Lear, Burgundy, [Cornwall, Albany, Gloucester, and Attendants].
 
360 King of France.
361       Bid farewell to your sisters.
362 Cordelia.
363       The jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes
364       Cordelia leaves you. I know you what you are;
365       And, like a sister, am most loath to call
366       Your faults as they are nam'd. Use well our father.
367       To your professed bosoms I commit him;
368       But yet, alas, stood I within his grace,
369       I would prefer him to a better place!
370       So farewell to you both.
371 Goneril.
372       Prescribe not us our duties.
373 Regan.
374       Let your study
375       Be to content your lord, who hath receiv'd you
376       At fortune's alms. You have obedience scanted,
377       And well are worth the want that you have wanted.
378 Cordelia.
379       Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides.
380       Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.
381       Well may you prosper!
382 King of France.
383       Come, my fair Cordelia.
 
384 Exeunt France and Cordelia.
 
385 Goneril.
386       Sister, it is not little I have to say of what most nearly
387       appertains to us both. I think our father will hence to-night.
388 Regan.
389       That's most certain, and with you; next month with us.
390 Goneril.
391       You see how full of changes his age is. The observation we
392       have made of it hath not been little. He always lov'd our
393       sister most, and with what poor judgment he hath now cast her
394       off appears too grossly.
395 Regan.
396       'Tis the infirmity of his age; yet he hath ever but slenderly
397       known himself.
398 Goneril.
399       The best and soundest of his time hath been but rash; then
400       must we look to receive from his age, not alone the
401       imperfections of long-ingraffed condition, but therewithal
402       the unruly waywardness that infirm and choleric years bring with
403       them.
404 Regan.
405       Such unconstant starts are we like to have from him as this
406       of Kent's banishment.
407 Goneril.
408       There is further compliment of leave-taking between France and
409       him. Pray you let's hit together. If our father carry authority
410       with such dispositions as he bears, this last surrender of his
411       will but offend us.
412 Regan.
413       We shall further think on't.
414 Goneril.
415       We must do something, and i' th' heat.
 
416 Exeunt.
 

2. Act I, Scene 2

0 The Earl of Gloucester’s Castle.
 
1 Enter [Edmund the] Bastard solus, [with a letter].
 
2 Edmund.
3       Thou, Nature, art my goddess; to thy law
4       My services are bound. Wherefore should I
5       Stand in the plague of custom, and permit
6       The curiosity of nations to deprive me,
7       For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
8       Lag of a brother? Why bastard? wherefore base?
9       When my dimensions are as well compact,
10       My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
11       As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us
12       With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base?
13       Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
14       More composition and fierce quality
15       Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
16       Go to th' creating a whole tribe of fops
17       Got 'tween asleep and wake? Well then,
18       Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land.
19       Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund
20       As to th' legitimate. Fine word- 'legitimate'!
21       Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed,
22       And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
23       Shall top th' legitimate. I grow; I prosper.
24       Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
 
25 Enter Gloucester.
 
26 Earl of Gloucester.
27       Kent banish'd thus? and France in choler parted?
28       And the King gone to-night? subscrib'd his pow'r?
29       Confin'd to exhibition? All this done
30       Upon the gad? Edmund, how now? What news?
31 Edmund.
32       So please your lordship, none.
 
33 [Puts up the letter.]
 
34 Earl of Gloucester.
35       Why so earnestly seek you to put up that letter?
36 Edmund.
37       I know no news, my lord.
38 Earl of Gloucester.
39       What paper were you reading?
40 Edmund.
41       Nothing, my lord.
42 Earl of Gloucester.
43       No? What needed then that terrible dispatch of it into your
44       pocket? The quality of nothing hath not such need to hide
45       itself. Let's see. Come, if it be nothing, I shall not need
46       spectacles.
47 Edmund.
48       I beseech you, sir, pardon me. It is a letter from my brother
49       that I have not all o'er-read; and for so much as I have
50       perus'd, I find it not fit for your o'erlooking.
51 Earl of Gloucester.
52       Give me the letter, sir.
53 Edmund.
54       I shall offend, either to detain or give it. The contents, as
55       in part I understand them, are to blame.
56 Earl of Gloucester.
57       Let's see, let's see!
58 Edmund.
59       I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote this but as
60       an essay or taste of my virtue.
61 Earl of Gloucester.
62       [reads]'This policy and reverence of age makes the world
63       bitter to the best of our times; keeps our fortunes from us
64       till our oldness cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle
65       and fond bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny, who sways,
66       not as it hath power, but as it is suffer'd. Come to me, that
67       of this I may speak more. If our father would sleep till I
68       wak'd him, you should enjoy half his revenue for ever, and live
69       the beloved of your brother,
70       'EDGAR.'
71       Hum! Conspiracy? 'Sleep till I wak'd him, you should enjoy half
72       his revenue.' My son Edgar! Had he a hand to write this? a heart
73       and brain to breed it in? When came this to you? Who brought it?
74 Edmund.
75       It was not brought me, my lord: there's the cunning of it. I
76       found it thrown in at the casement of my closet.
77 Earl of Gloucester.
78       You know the character to be your brother's?
79 Edmund.
80       If the matter were good, my lord, I durst swear it were his;
81       but in respect of that, I would fain think it were not.
82 Earl of Gloucester.
83       It is his.
84 Edmund.
85       It is his hand, my lord; but I hope his heart is not in the
86       contents.
87 Earl of Gloucester.
88       Hath he never before sounded you in this business?
89 Edmund.
90       Never, my lord. But I have heard him oft maintain it to be fit
91       that, sons at perfect age, and fathers declining, the father
92       should be as ward to the son, and the son manage his revenue.
93 Earl of Gloucester.
94       O villain, villain! His very opinion in the letter! Abhorred
95       villain! Unnatural, detested, brutish villain! worse than
96       brutish! Go, sirrah, seek him. I'll apprehend him. Abominable
97       villain! Where is he?
98 Edmund.
99       I do not well know, my lord. If it shall please you to suspend
100       your indignation against my brother till you can derive from him
101       better testimony of his intent, you should run a certain course;
102       where, if you violently proceed against him, mistaking his
103       purpose, it would make a great gap in your own honour and shake
104       in pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare pawn down my life
105       for him that he hath writ this to feel my affection to your
106       honour, and to no other pretence of danger.
107 Earl of Gloucester.
108       Think you so?
109 Edmund.
110       If your honour judge it meet, I will place you where you shall
111       hear us confer of this and by an auricular assurance have your
112       satisfaction, and that without any further delay than this very
113       evening.
114 Earl of Gloucester.
115       He cannot be such a monster.
116 Edmund.
117       Nor is not, sure.
118 Earl of Gloucester.
119       To his father, that so tenderly and entirely loves him.
120       Heaven and earth! Edmund, seek him out; wind me into him, I pray
121       you; frame the business after your own wisdom. I would unstate
122       myself to be in a due resolution.
123 Edmund.
124       I will seek him, sir, presently; convey the business as I
125       shall find means, and acquaint you withal.
126 Earl of Gloucester.
127       These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to
128       us. Though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet
129       nature finds itself scourg'd by the sequent effects. Love cools,
130       friendship falls off, brothers divide. In cities, mutinies; in
131       countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond crack'd
132       'twixt son and father. This villain of mine comes under the
133       prediction; there's son against father: the King falls from bias
134       of nature; there's father against child. We have seen the best
135       of our time. Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all
136       ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves. Find out
137       this villain, Edmund; it shall lose thee nothing; do it
138       carefully. And the noble and true-hearted Kent banish'd! his
139       offence, honesty! 'Tis strange.[Exit.]
140 Edmund.
141       This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are
142       sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make
143       guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if
144       we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion;
145       knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical pre-dominance;
146       drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforc'd obedience of
147       planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine
148       thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay
149       his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father
150       compounded with my mother under the Dragon's Tail, and my
151       nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and
152       lecherous. Fut! I should have been that I am, had the
153       maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing.
154       Edgar-
155       [Enter Edgar.]
156       and pat! he comes, like the catastrophe of the old comedy. My
157       cue is villainous melancholy, with a sigh like Tom o' Bedlam.
158       O, these eclipses do portend these divisions! Fa, sol, la, mi.
159 Edgar.
160       How now, brother Edmund? What serious contemplation are you
161       in?
162 Edmund.
163       I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day,
164       what should follow these eclipses.
165 Edgar.
166       Do you busy yourself with that?
167 Edmund.
168       I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as
169       of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death,
170       dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state,
171       menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless
172       diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts,
173       nuptial breaches, and I know not what.
174 Edgar.
175       How long have you been a sectary astronomical?
176 Edmund.
177       Come, come! When saw you my father last?
178 Edgar.
179       The night gone by.
180 Edmund.
181       Spake you with him?
182 Edgar.
183       Ay, two hours together.
184 Edmund.
185       Parted you in good terms? Found you no displeasure in him by
186       word or countenance
187 Edgar.
188       None at all.
189 Edmund.
190       Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him; and at my
191       entreaty forbear his presence until some little time hath
192       qualified the heat of his displeasure, which at this instant so
193       rageth in him that with the mischief of your person it would
194       scarcely allay.
195 Edgar.
196       Some villain hath done me wrong.
197 Edmund.
198       That's my fear. I pray you have a continent forbearance till
199       the speed of his rage goes slower; and, as I say, retire with me
200       to my lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my
201       lord speak. Pray ye, go! There's my key. If you do stir abroad,
202       go arm'd.
203 Edgar.
204       Arm'd, brother?
205 Edmund.
206       Brother, I advise you to the best. Go arm'd. I am no honest man
207       if there be any good meaning toward you. I have told you what I
208       have seen and heard; but faintly, nothing like the image and
209       horror of it. Pray you, away!
210 Edgar.
211       Shall I hear from you anon?
212 Edmund.
213       I do serve you in this business.
214       [Exit Edgar.]
215       A credulous father! and a brother noble,
216       Whose nature is so far from doing harms
217       That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty
218       My practices ride easy! I see the business.
219       Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit;
220       All with me's meet that I can fashion fit.[Exit.]
 

3. Act I, Scene 3

0 The Duke of Albany’s Palace.
 
1 Enter Goneril and [her] Steward [Oswald].
 
2 Goneril.
3       Did my father strike my gentleman for chiding of his fool?
4 Oswald.
5       Ay, madam.
6 Goneril.
7       By day and night, he wrongs me! Every hour
8       He flashes into one gross crime or other
9       That sets us all at odds. I'll not endure it.
10       His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us
11       On every trifle. When he returns from hunting,
12       I will not speak with him. Say I am sick.
13       If you come slack of former services,
14       You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer.
 
15 [Horns within.]
 
16 Oswald.
17       He's coming, madam; I hear him.
18 Goneril.
19       Put on what weary negligence you please,
20       You and your fellows. I'd have it come to question.
21       If he distaste it, let him to our sister,
22       Whose mind and mine I know in that are one,
23       Not to be overrul'd. Idle old man,
24       That still would manage those authorities
25       That he hath given away! Now, by my life,
26       Old fools are babes again, and must be us'd
27       With checks as flatteries, when they are seen abus'd.
28       Remember what I have said.
29 Oswald.
30       Very well, madam.
31 Goneril.
32       And let his knights have colder looks among you.
33       What grows of it, no matter. Advise your fellows so.
34       I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall,
35       That I may speak. I'll write straight to my sister
36       To hold my very course. Prepare for dinner.
 
37 Exeunt.
 

4. Act I, Scene 4

0 The Duke of Albany’s Palace.
 
1 Enter Kent, [disguised].
 
2 Earl of Kent.
3       If but as well I other accents borrow,
4       That can my speech defuse, my good intent
5       May carry through itself to that full issue
6       For which I raz'd my likeness. Now, banish'd Kent,
7       If thou canst serve where thou dost stand condemn'd,
8       So may it come, thy master, whom thou lov'st,
9       Shall find thee full of labours.
10       Horns within. Enter Lear,[Knights,]and Attendants.
11 Lear.
12       Let me not stay a jot for dinner; go get it ready.[Exit
13       an Attendant.]How now? What art thou?
14 Earl of Kent.
15       A man, sir.
16 Lear.
17       What dost thou profess? What wouldst thou with us?
18 Earl of Kent.
19       I do profess to be no less than I seem, to serve him truly
20       that will put me in trust, to love him that is honest, to
21       converse with him that is wise and says little, to fear
22       judgment, to fight when I cannot choose, and to eat no fish.
23 Lear.
24       What art thou?
25 Earl of Kent.
26       A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor as the King.
27 Lear.
28       If thou be'st as poor for a subject as he's for a king, thou
29       art poor enough. What wouldst thou?
30 Earl of Kent.
31       Service.
32 Lear.
33       Who wouldst thou serve?
34 Earl of Kent.
35       You.
36 Lear.
37       Dost thou know me, fellow?
38 Earl of Kent.
39       No, sir; but you have that in your countenance which I would
40       fain call master.
41 Lear.
42       What's that?
43 Earl of Kent.
44       Authority.
45 Lear.
46       What services canst thou do?
47 Earl of Kent.
48       I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar a curious tale in
49       telling it and deliver a plain message bluntly. That which
50       ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in, and the best of me
51       is diligence.
52 Lear.
53       How old art thou?
54 Earl of Kent.
55       Not so young, sir, to love a woman for singing, nor so old to
56       dote on her for anything. I have years on my back forty-eight.
57 Lear.
58       Follow me; thou shalt serve me. If I like thee no worse after
59       dinner, I will not part from thee yet. Dinner, ho, dinner!
60       Where's my knave? my fool? Go you and call my fool hither.
61       [Exit an attendant.]
62       [Enter [Oswald the] Steward.]
63       You, you, sirrah, where's my daughter?
64 Oswald.
65       So please you-[Exit.]
66 Lear.
67       What says the fellow there? Call the clotpoll back.
68       [Exit a Knight.]Where's my fool, ho? I think the world's
69       asleep.
70       [Enter Knight]
71       How now? Where's that mongrel?
72 Knight.
73       He says, my lord, your daughter is not well.
74 Lear.
75       Why came not the slave back to me when I call'd him?
76 Knight.
77       Sir, he answered me in the roundest manner, he would not.
78 Lear.
79       He would not?
80 Knight.
81       My lord, I know not what the matter is; but to my judgment
82       your Highness is not entertain'd with that ceremonious affection
83       as you were wont. There's a great abatement of kindness appears
84       as well in the general dependants as in the Duke himself also
85       and your daughter.
86 Lear.
87       Ha! say'st thou so?
88 Knight.
89       I beseech you pardon me, my lord, if I be mistaken; for
90       my duty cannot be silent when I think your Highness wrong'd.
91 Lear.
92       Thou but rememb'rest me of mine own conception. I have
93       perceived a most faint neglect of late, which I have rather
94       blamed as mine own jealous curiosity than as a very pretence
95       and purpose of unkindness. I will look further into't. But
96       where's my fool? I have not seen him this two days.
97 Knight.
98       Since my young lady's going into France, sir, the fool
99       hath much pined away.
100 Lear.
101       No more of that; I have noted it well. Go you and tell my
102       daughter I would speak with her.[Exit Knight.]Go you, call
103       hither my fool.
104       [Exit an Attendant.]
105       [Enter [Oswald the] Steward.]
106       O, you, sir, you! Come you hither, sir. Who am I, sir?
107 Oswald.
108       My lady's father.
109 Lear.
110       'My lady's father'? My lord's knave! You whoreson dog! you
111       slave! you cur!
112 Oswald.
113       I am none of these, my lord; I beseech your pardon.
114 Lear.
115       Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal?
 
116 [Strikes him.]
 
117 Oswald.
118       I'll not be strucken, my lord.
119 Earl of Kent.
120       Nor tripp'd neither, you base football player?
 
121 [Trips up his heels.
 
122 Lear.
123       I thank thee, fellow. Thou serv'st me, and I'll love thee.
124 Earl of Kent.
125       Come, sir, arise, away! I'll teach you differences. Away,
126       away! If you will measure your lubber's length again, tarry; but
127       away! Go to! Have you wisdom? So.
 
128 [Pushes him out.]
 
129 Lear.
130       Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee. There's earnest of thy
131       service.[Gives money.]
 
132 Enter Fool.
 
133 Fool.
134       Let me hire him too. Here's my coxcomb.
 
135 [Offers Kent his cap.]
 
136 Lear.
137       How now, my pretty knave? How dost thou?
138 Fool.
139       Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb.
140 Earl of Kent.
141       Why, fool?
142 Fool.
143       Why? For taking one's part that's out of favour. Nay, an thou
144       canst not smile as the wind sits, thou'lt catch cold shortly.
145       There, take my coxcomb! Why, this fellow hath banish'd two on's
146       daughters, and did the third a blessing against his will. If
147       thou follow him, thou must needs wear my coxcomb.- How now,
148       nuncle? Would I had two coxcombs and two daughters!
149 Lear.
150       Why, my boy?
151 Fool.
152       If I gave them all my living, I'ld keep my coxcombs myself.
153       There's mine! beg another of thy daughters.
154 Lear.
155       Take heed, sirrah- the whip.
156 Fool.
157       Truth's a dog must to kennel; he must be whipp'd out, when
158       Lady the brach may stand by th' fire and stink.
159 Lear.
160       A pestilent gall to me!
161 Fool.
162       Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.
163 Lear.
164       Do.
165 Fool.
166       Mark it, nuncle.
167       Have more than thou showest,
168       Speak less than thou knowest,
169       Lend less than thou owest,
170       Ride more than thou goest,
171       Learn more than thou trowest,
172       Set