King Lear


Scene I. A Heath.

[A storm with thunder and lightning. Enter Kent and a Gentleman,



Who's there, besides foul weather?


One minded like the weather, most unquietly.


I know you. Where's the king?


Contending with the fretful elements;

Bids the wind blow the earth into the sea,

Or swell the curled waters 'bove the main,

That things might change or cease; tears his white hair,

Which the impetuous blasts, with eyeless rage,

Catch in their fury and make nothing of;

Strives in his little world of man to outscorn

The to-and-fro-conflicting wind and rain.

This night, wherein the cub-drawn bear would couch,

The lion and the belly-pinched wolf

Keep their fur dry, unbonneted he runs,

And bids what will take all.


But who is with him?


None but the fool, who labours to out-jest

His heart-struck injuries.


Sir, I do know you;

And dare, upon the warrant of my note,

Commend a dear thing to you. There is division,

Although as yet the face of it be cover'd

With mutual cunning, 'twixt Albany and Cornwall;

Who have,--as who have not, that their great stars

Throne and set high?--servants, who seem no less,

Which are to France the spies and speculations

Intelligent of our state; what hath been seen,

Either in snuffs and packings of the dukes;

Or the hard rein which both of them have borne

Against the old kind king; or something deeper,

Whereof, perchance, these are but furnishings;--

But, true it is, from France there comes a power

Into this scatter'd kingdom; who already,

Wise in our negligence, have secret feet

In some of our best ports, and are at point

To show their open banner.--Now to you:

If on my credit you dare build so far

To make your speed to Dover, you shall find

Some that will thank you making just report

Of how unnatural and bemadding sorrow

The king hath cause to plain.

I am a gentleman of blood and breeding;

And from some knowledge and assurance offer

This office to you.


I will talk further with you.


No, do not.

For confirmation that I am much more

Than my out wall, open this purse, and take

What it contains. If you shall see Cordelia,--

As fear not but you shall,--show her this ring;

And she will tell you who your fellow is

That yet you do not know. Fie on this storm!

I will go seek the king.


Give me your hand: have you no more to say?


Few words, but, to effect, more than all yet,--

That, when we have found the king,--in which your pain

That way, I'll this,--he that first lights on him

Holla the other.

[Exeunt severally.]

Scene II. Another part of the heath. Storm continues.

[Enter Lear and Fool.]


Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!

You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout

Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!

You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,

Vaunt couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,

Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,

Strike flat the thick rotundity o' the world!

Crack nature's moulds, all germens spill at once,

That make ingrateful man!


O nuncle, court holy water in a dry house is better than this

rain water out o' door. Good nuncle, in; and ask thy daughters

blessing: here's a night pities nether wise men nor fools.


Rumble thy bellyful! Spit, fire! spout, rain!

Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire are my daughters:

I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness;

I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children;

You owe me no subscription: then let fall

Your horrible pleasure; here I stand, your slave,

A poor, infirm, weak, and despis'd old man:--

But yet I call you servile ministers,

That will with two pernicious daughters join

Your high-engender'd battles 'gainst a head

So old and white as this! O! O! 'tis foul!


He that has a house to put 's head in has a good head-piece.

The codpiece that will house

Before the head has any,

The head and he shall louse:

So beggars marry many.

The man that makes his toe

What he his heart should make

Shall of a corn cry woe,

And turn his sleep to wake.

--for there was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a



No, I will be the pattern of all patience;

I will say nothing.

[Enter Kent.]


Who's there?


Marry, here's grace and a codpiece; that's a wise man and a fool.


Alas, sir, are you here? Things that love night

Love not such nights as these; the wrathful skies

Gallow the very wanderers of the dark,

And make them keep their caves; since I was man,

Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder,

Such groans of roaring wind and rain I never

Remember to have heard: man's nature cannot carry

Th' affliction nor the fear.


Let the great gods,

That keep this dreadful pother o'er our heads,

Find out their enemies now. Tremble, thou wretch,

That hast within thee undivulged crimes

Unwhipp'd of justice: hide thee, thou bloody hand;

Thou perjur'd, and thou simular man of virtue

That art incestuous: caitiff, to pieces shake

That under covert and convenient seeming

Hast practis'd on man's life: close pent-up guilts,

Rive your concealing continents, and cry

These dreadful summoners grace.--I am a man

More sinn'd against than sinning.


Alack, bareheaded!

Gracious my lord, hard by here is a hovel;

Some friendship will it lend you 'gainst the tempest:

Repose you there, whilst I to this hard house,--

More harder than the stones whereof 'tis rais'd;

Which even but now, demanding after you,

Denied me to come in,--return, and force

Their scanted courtesy.


My wits begin to turn.--

Come on, my boy. how dost, my boy? art cold?

I am cold myself.--Where is this straw, my fellow?

The art of our necessities is strange,

That can make vile things precious. Come, your hovel.--

Poor fool and knave, I have one part in my heart

That's sorry yet for thee.



He that has and a little tiny wit--

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,--

Must make content with his fortunes fit,

For the rain it raineth every day.


True, boy.--Come, bring us to this hovel.

[Exeunt Lear and Kent.]


This is a brave night to cool a courtezan.--

I'll speak a prophecy ere I go:--

When priests are more in word than matter;

When brewers mar their malt with water;

When nobles are their tailors' tutors;

No heretics burn'd, but wenches' suitors;

When every case in law is right;

No squire in debt nor no poor knight;

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 see't,

That going shall be us'd with feet.

This prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live before his time.


Scene III. A Room in Gloster's Castle.

[Enter Gloster and Edmund.]


Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural 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 perpetual displeasure,

neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.


Most savage and unnatural!


Go to; say you nothing. There is division betwixt the dukes,

and a worse matter than that: I have received a letter this

night;--'tis dangerous to be spoken;--I have locked the letter in

my closet: these injuries the king now bears will be revenged

home; there's 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 threatened me, the king my old master

must be relieved. There is some strange thing toward, Edmund;

pray you be careful.



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.


Scene IV. A part of the Heath with a Hovel. Storm continues.

[Enter Lear, Kent, and Fool.]


Here is the place, my lord; good my lord, enter:

The tyranny of the open night's too rough

For nature to endure.


Let me alone.


Good my lord, enter here.


Wilt break my heart?


I had rather break mine own. Good my lord, enter.


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 my mind

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 all,--

O, that way madness lies; let me shun that;

No more of that.


Good my lord, enter here.


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.--

[To the Fool.] In, boy; go first.--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 physic, pomp;

Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,

That thou mayst shake the superflux to them

And show the heavens more just.


[Within.] Fathom and half, fathom and half! Poor Tom!

[The Fool runs out from the hovel.]


Come not in here, nuncle, here's a spirit.

Help me, help me!


Give me thy hand.--Who's there?


A spirit, a spirit: he says his name's poor Tom.


What art thou that dost grumble there i' the straw?

Come forth.

[Enter Edgar, disguised as a madman.]


Away! the foul fiend follows me!--

Through the sharp hawthorn blows the cold wind.--

Hum! go to thy cold bed, and warm thee.


Didst thou give all to thy two daughters?

And art thou come to this?


Who gives anything to poor Tom? whom the foul fiend hath led

through fire and through flame, through ford and whirlpool, o'er

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 four-inched

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, star-blasting, and taking! Do poor Tom some charity,

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

there,--and there again, and there.

[Storm continues.]


What, have his daughters brought him to this pass?--

Couldst thou save nothing? Didst thou give 'em all?


Nay, he reserv'd a blanket, else we had been all shamed.


Now all the plagues that in the pendulous air

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


He hath no daughters, sir.


Death, traitor! nothing could have subdu'd nature

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.


Pillicock sat on Pillicock-hill:--

Halloo, halloo, loo loo!


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


Take heed o' th' 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.


What hast thou been?


A serving-man, proud in heart and mind; that curled my hair;

wore gloves in my cap; served the lust of my mistress' heart, and

did the act of darkness with her; swore as many oaths as I spake

words, and broke them in the sweet face of heaven: one that

slept in the contriving of lust, and waked to do it: wine loved

I deeply, dice dearly; and in woman out-paramour'd the Turk;

false of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand; hog in sloth, fox

in stealth, wolf in greediness, dog in madness, lion in prey.

Let not the creaking of shoes nor the rustling of silks betray

thy poor heart to woman: keep thy foot out of brothel, thy hand

out of placket, thy pen from lender's book, and defy the foul

fiend.--Still through the hawthorn blows the cold wind: says

suum, mun, nonny. Dolphin my boy, boy, sessa! let him trot by.

[Storm still continues.]


Why, thou wert better in thy grave than to answer with thy

uncovered body this extremity of the skies.--Is man no more than

this? Consider him well. Thou owest the worm no silk, the beast

no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no perfume.--Ha! here's three

on's are sophisticated! Thou art the thing itself:

unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked

animal as thou art.--Off, off, you lendings!--Come, unbutton


[Tears off his clothes.]


Pr'ythee, nuncle, be contented; 'tis a naughty night to swim

in.--Now a little fire in a wild field were like an old lecher's

heart,--a small spark, all the rest on's body cold.--Look, here

comes a walking fire.


This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet: he begins at curfew,

and walks till the first cock; he gives the web and the pin,

squints the eye, and makes the harelip; mildews the white wheat,

and hurts the poor creature of earth.

Swithold footed thrice the old;

He met the nightmare, and her nine-fold;

Bid her alight

And her troth plight,

And aroint thee, witch, aroint thee!


How fares your grace?

[Enter Gloster with a torch.]


What's he?


Who's there? What is't you seek?


What are you there? Your names?


Poor Tom; that eats the swimming frog, the toad, the todpole, the

wall-newt and the water; that in the fury of his heart, when the

foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for sallets; swallows the old rat

and the ditch-dog; drinks the green mantle of the standing pool;

who is whipped from tithing to tithing, and stocked, punished,

and imprisoned; who hath had three suits to his back, six shirts

to his body, horse to ride, and weapons to wear;--

But mice and rats, and such small deer,

Have been Tom's food for seven long year.

Beware my follower.--Peace, Smulkin; peace, thou fiend!


What, hath your grace no better company?


The prince of darkness is a gentleman:

Modo he's call'd, and Mahu.


Our flesh and blood, my lord, is grown so vile

That it doth hate what gets it.


Poor Tom's a-cold.


Go in with me: my duty cannot suffer

To obey in all your daughters' hard commands;

Though their injunction be to bar my doors,

And let this tyrannous night take hold upon you,

Yet have I ventur'd to come seek you out

And bring you where both fire and food is ready.


First let me talk with this philosopher.--

What is the cause of thunder?


Good my lord, take his offer; go into the house.


I'll talk a word with this same learned Theban.--

What is your study?


How to prevent the fiend and to kill vermin.


Let me ask you one word in private.


Importune him once more to go, my lord;

His wits begin to unsettle.


Canst thou blame him?

His daughters seek his death:--ah, that good Kent!--

He said it would be thus,--poor banish'd man!--

Thou say'st the king grows mad; I'll tell thee, friend,

I am almost mad myself: I had a son,

Now outlaw'd from my blood; he sought my life

But lately, very late: I lov'd him, friend,--

No father his son dearer: true to tell thee,

[Storm continues.]

The grief hath craz'd my wits.--What a night's this!--

I do beseech your grace,--


O, cry you mercy, sir.--

Noble philosopher, your company.


Tom's a-cold.


In, fellow, there, into the hovel; keep thee warm.


Come, let's in all.


This way, my lord.


With him;

I will keep still with my philosopher.


Good my lord, soothe him; let him take the fellow.


Take him you on.


Sirrah, come on; go along with us.


Come, good Athenian.


No words, no words: hush.


Child Rowland to the dark tower came,

His word was still--Fie, foh, and fum,

I smell the blood of a British man.


Scene V. A Room in Gloster's Castle.

[Enter Cornwall and Edmund.]


I will have my revenge ere I depart his house.


How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature thus gives way to

loyalty, something fears me to think of.


I now perceive it was not altogether your brother's evil

disposition made him seek his death; but a provoking merit, set

a-work by a reproveable badness in himself.


How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be just! This

is the letter he spoke of, which approves him an intelligent

party to the advantages of France. O heavens! that this treason

were not--or not I the detector!


Go with me to the duchess.


If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty business

in hand.


True or false, it hath made thee earl of Gloster. Seek out

where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehension.


[Aside.] If I find him comforting the king, it will stuff his

suspicion more fully.--I will persever in my course of loyalty,

though the conflict be sore between that and my blood.


I will lay trust upon thee; and thou shalt find a dearer father

in my love.


Scene VI. A Chamber in a Farmhouse adjoining the Castle.

[Enter Gloster, Lear, Kent, Fool, and Edgar.]


Here is better than the open air; take it thankfully. I will

piece out the comfort with what addition I can: I will not be

long from you.


All the power of his wits have given way to his impatience:--

the gods reward your kindness!

[Exit Gloster.]


Frateretto calls me; and tells me Nero is an angler in the lake

of darkness.--Pray, innocent, and beware the foul fiend.


Pr'ythee, nuncle, tell me whether a madman be a gentleman or a



A king, a king!


No, he's a yeoman that has a gentleman to his son; for he's a mad

yeoman that sees his son a gentleman before him.


To have a thousand with red burning spits

Come hissing in upon 'em,--


The foul fiend bites my back.


He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health,

a boy's love, or a whore's oath.


It shall be done; I will arraign them straight.--

[To Edgar.] Come, sit thou here, most learned justicer--

[To the Fool.] Thou, sapient sir, sit here. Now, you she-foxes!--


Look, where he stands and glares!--Want'st thou eyes at trial,


Come o'er the bourn, Bessy, to me,--


Her boat hath a leak,

And she must not speak

Why she dares not come over to thee.


The foul fiend haunts poor Tom in the voice of a nightingale.

Hoppedance cries in Tom's belly for two white herring. Croak not,

black angel; I have no food for thee.


How do you, sir? Stand you not so amaz'd;

Will you lie down and rest upon the cushions?


I'll see their trial first.--Bring in their evidence.

[To Edgar.] Thou, robed man of justice, take thy place;--

[To the Fool.] And thou, his yokefellow of equity,

Bench by his side:--[To Kent.] you are o' the commission,

Sit you too.


Let us deal justly.

Sleepest or wakest thou, jolly shepherd?

Thy sheep be in the corn;

And for one blast of thy minikin mouth

Thy sheep shall take no harm.

Purr! the cat is gray.


Arraign her first; 'tis Goneril. I here take my oath before

this honourable assembly, she kicked the poor king her father.


Come hither, mistress. Is your name Goneril?


She cannot deny it.


Cry you mercy, I took you for a joint-stool.


And here's another, whose warp'd looks proclaim

What store her heart is made on.--Stop her there!

Arms, arms! sword! fire!--Corruption in the place!--

False justicer, why hast thou let her 'scape?


Bless thy five wits!


O pity!--Sir, where is the patience now

That you so oft have boasted to retain?


[Aside.] My tears begin to take his part so much

They'll mar my counterfeiting.


The little dogs and all,

Tray, Blanch, and Sweetheart, see, they bark at me.


Tom will throw his head at them.--Avaunt, you curs!

Be thy mouth or black or white,

Tooth that poisons if it bite;

Mastiff, greyhound, mongrel grim,

Hound or spaniel, brach or lym,

Or bobtail tike or trundle-tail,--

Tom will make them weep and wail;

For, with throwing thus my head,

Dogs leap the hatch, and all are fled.

Do de, de, de. Sessa! Come, march to wakes and fairs and market-

towns. Poor Tom, thy horn is dry.


Then let them anatomize Regan; see what breeds about her

heart. Is there any cause in nature that makes these hard

hearts?--[To Edgar.] You, sir, I entertain you for one of my

hundred; only I do not like the fashion of your garments: you'll

say they are Persian; but let them be changed.


Now, good my lord, lie here and rest awhile.


Make no noise, make no noise; draw the curtains:

So, so. We'll go to supper i' the morning.


And I'll go to bed at noon.

[Re-enter Gloster.]


Come hither, friend: where is the king my master?


Here, sir; but trouble him not,--his wits are gone.


Good friend, I pr'ythee, take him in thy arms;

I have o'erheard a plot of death upon him;

There is a litter ready; lay him in't

And drive towards Dover, friend, where thou shalt meet

Both welcome and protection. Take up thy master;

If thou shouldst dally half an hour, his life,

With thine, and all that offer to defend him,

Stand in assured loss: take up, take up;

And follow me, that will to some provision

Give thee quick conduct.


Oppressed nature sleeps:--

This rest might yet have balm'd thy broken sinews,

Which, if convenience will not allow,

Stand in hard cure.--Come, help to bear thy master;

[To the Fool.] Thou must not stay behind.


Come, come, away!

[Exeunt Kent, Gloster, and the Fool, bearing off Lear.]


When we our betters see bearing our woes,

We scarcely think our miseries our foes.

Who alone suffers suffers most i' the mind,

Leaving free things and happy shows behind:

But then the mind much sufferance doth o'erskip

When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.

How light and portable my pain seems now,

When that which makes me bend makes the king bow;

He childed as I fathered!--Tom, away!

Mark the high noises; and thyself bewray,

When false opinion, whose wrong thought defiles thee,

In thy just proof repeals and reconciles thee.

What will hap more to-night, safe 'scape the king!

Lurk, lurk.


Scene VII. A Room in Gloster's Castle.

[Enter Cornwall, Regan, Goneril, Edmund, and Servants.]


Post speedily to my lord your husband, show him this letter:--

the army of France is landed.--Seek out the traitor Gloster.

[Exeunt some of the Servants.]


Hang him instantly.


Pluck out his eyes.


Leave him to my displeasure.--Edmund, keep you our sister

company: the revenges we are bound to take upon your traitorous

father are not fit for your beholding. Advise the duke where you

are going, to a most festinate preparation: we are bound to the

like. Our posts shall be swift and intelligent betwixt us.

Farewell, dear sister:--farewell, my lord of Gloster.

[Enter Oswald.]

How now! Where's the king?


My lord of Gloster hath convey'd him hence:

Some five or six and thirty of his knights,

Hot questrists after him, met him at gate;

Who, with some other of the lord's dependants,

Are gone with him towards Dover: where they boast

To have well-armed friends.


Get horses for your mistress.


Farewell, sweet lord, and sister.


Edmund, farewell.

[Exeunt Goneril, Edmund, and Oswald.]

Go seek the traitor Gloster,

Pinion him like a thief, bring him before us.

[Exeunt other Servants.]

Though well we may not pass upon his life

Without the form of justice, yet our power

Shall do a courtesy to our wrath, which men

May blame, but not control.--Who's there? the traitor?

[Re-enter servants, with Gloster.]


Ingrateful fox! 'tis he.


Bind fast his corky arms.


What mean your graces?--Good my friends, consider

You are my guests: do me no foul play, friends.


Bind him, I say.

[Servants bind him.]


Hard, hard.--O filthy traitor!


Unmerciful lady as you are, I'm none.


To this chair bind him.--Villain, thou shalt find,--

[Regan plucks his beard.]


By the kind gods, 'tis most ignobly done

To pluck me by the beard.


So white, and such a traitor!


Naughty lady,

These hairs which thou dost ravish from my chin

Will quicken, and accuse thee: I am your host:

With robber's hands my hospitable favours

You should not ruffle thus. What will you do?


Come, sir, what letters had you late from France?


Be simple-answer'd, for we know the truth.


And what confederacy have you with the traitors

Late footed in the kingdom?


To whose hands have you sent the lunatic king?



I have a letter guessingly set down,

Which came from one that's of a neutral heart,

And not from one oppos'd.




And false.


Where hast thou sent the king?


To Dover.


Wherefore to Dover? Wast thou not charg'd at peril,--


Wherefore to Dover? Let him first answer that.


I am tied to the stake, and I must stand the course.


Wherefore to Dover, sir?


Because I would not see thy cruel nails

Pluck out his poor old eyes; nor thy fierce sister

In his anointed flesh stick boarish fangs.

The sea, with such a storm as his bare head

In hell-black night endur'd, would have buoy'd up,

And quench'd the stelled fires; yet, poor old heart,

He holp the heavens to rain.

If wolves had at thy gate howl'd that stern time,

Thou shouldst have said, 'Good porter, turn the key.'

All cruels else subscrib'd:--but I shall see

The winged vengeance overtake such children.


See't shalt thou never.--Fellows, hold the chair.

Upon these eyes of thine I'll set my foot.

[Gloster is held down in his chair, while Cornwall plucks out one

of his eyes and sets his foot on it.]


He that will think to live till he be old,

Give me some help!--O cruel!--O ye gods!


One side will mock another; the other too!


If you see vengeance,--

First Serv.

Hold your hand, my lord:

I have serv'd you ever since I was a child;

But better service have I never done you

Than now to bid you hold.


How now, you dog!

First Serv.

If you did wear a beard upon your chin,

I'd shake it on this quarrel. What do you mean?


My villain!

[Draws, and runs at him.]

First Serv.

Nay, then, come on, and take the chance of anger.

[Draws. They fight. Cornwall is wounded.]


Give me thy sword [to another servant.]--A peasant stand up thus?

[Snatches a sword, comes behind, and stabs him.]

First Serv.

O, I am slain!--My lord, you have one eye left

To see some mischief on thim. O!



Lest it see more, prevent it.--Out, vile jelly!

Where is thy lustre now?

[Tears out Gloster's other eye and throws it on the ground.]


All dark and comfortless.--Where's my son Edmund?

Edmund, enkindle all the sparks of nature

To quit this horrid act.


Out, treacherous villain!

Thou call'st on him that hates thee: it was he

That made the overture of thy treasons to us;

Who is too good to pity thee.


O my follies! Then Edgar was abus'd.--

Kind gods, forgive me that, and prosper him!


Go thrust him out at gates, and let him smell

His way to Dover.--How is't, my lord? How look you?


I have receiv'd a hurt:--follow me, lady.--

Turn out that eyeless villain;--throw this slave

Upon the dunghill.--Regan, I bleed apace:

Untimely comes this hurt: give me your arm.

[Exit Cornwall, led by Regan; Servants unbind Gloster and lead

him out.]

Second Serv.

I'll never care what wickedness I do,

If this man come to good.

Third Serv.

If she live long,

And in the end meet the old course of death,

Women will all turn monsters.

Second Serv.

Let's follow the old earl, and get the Bedlam

To lead him where he would: his roguish madness

Allows itself to anything.

Third Serv.

Go thou: I'll fetch some flax and whites of eggs

To apply to his bleeding face. Now heaven help him!

[Exeunt severally.]