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Whose face between her forks presageth snow 8;
Glo. O, let me kiss that hand !
Glo. O ruin'd piece of nature! This great world Shall so wear out to nought.–Dost thou know me?
Lear. I remember thine eyes well enough. Dost thou squiny at me? No, do thy worst, blind Cupid; I'll not love.—Read thou this challenge; mark but the
penning of it.
Glo. Were all the letters suns, I could not see one.
Edg. I would not take this from report ;-it is, And my
heart breaks at it. Lear. Read. Glo. What, with the case of eyes?
Lear. O, ho, are you there with me? No eyes in your head, nor no money in your purse ? Your eyes are in a heavy case, your purse in a light: Yet you see how this world goes.
Glo. I see it feelingly.
Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how this world goes, with no eyes. Look with thine ears : see how yon' justice rails upon yon simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: Change places; and, handydandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?-Thou bast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar?
Glo. Ay, sir.
Lear. And the creature run from the cur? There thou might'st behold the great image of authority: a dog's obey'd in office.Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand : Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine own
back; Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind For which thou whipp'st her. The usurer hangs the
Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear ;
Pull off my boots :-harder, harder; so.
Edg. O, matter and impertinency mix'd! Reason in mądness!
Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my eyes.
Glo. Alack, alack the day!
To this great stage of fools ; 485 This a good block ?
Enter a Gentleman, with Attendants.
Lear. No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am even
You shall have any thing.
Good sir,Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom : What? I will be jovial ; come, come; I am a king, My masters, know you that?
Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you.
Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa.
[Exit, running ; Attendants follow.
Edg. Hail, gentle sir.
will ? Edg. Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward?
Gent. Most sure, and vulgar: every one hears that, Which can distinguish sound. Edg.
But, by your favour, How near's the other army?
Gent. Near, and on speedy foot; the main descry Stands on the hourly thought. Edg.
I thank you, sir: that's all. Gent. Though that the queen on special cause is
here, Her army
is mov'd on. Edg.
I thank you, sir. [Exit Gent. Gl. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath from me; Let not my worser spirit tempt me again To die before you please! Edg.
pray you, father. Glo. Now, good sir, what are you? Edg. A most poor man, made tame by fortune's
blows; Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows,
Am pregnant to good pity. Give me your hand,
A proclaim'd prize! Most happy! That eyeless head of thine was first fram'd flesh To raise my fortunes.—Thou old unhappy traitor, Briefly thyself remember:--The sword is out That must destroy thee. Glo.
Now let thy friendly hand Put strength enough to it.
[Edgar opposes. Stew.
Wherefore, bold peasant, Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence; Lest that the infection of his fortune take Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.
Edg. Chi'll not let go, zir, without vurther 'casion. Stew. Let go, slave, or thou diest.
Edg. Good gentleman, go your gaits, and let poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been zwagger'd out of my life, 'twould not ha' been zo long as 'tis by a vortnight. Nay, come not near the old man; keep out, che vor’ye 87, or ise try whether your costard 88 or my bat be the harder: Ch’ill be plain with you.
Stew. Out, dunghill!
Edg. Ch’ill pick your teeth, zir: Come; no matter vor your foins 89
[They fight; and Edgar knocks him down.