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take up;

Re-enter GLOSTER, Glo. Come hither, friend: Where is the king my

master ? Kent. Here, sir; but trouble him not, his wits are

gone. Glo. Good friend, I prythee take him in thy

arms; I have o'er-heard 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 should'st dally half an hour, his life,
With thine, and all that offer to defend him,
Stand in assured loss : Take

up,
And follow me, that will to some provision
Give thee quick conduct.
Kent.

Oppress'd nature sleeps :-
This rest might yet have balm’d thy broken senses,
Which, if convenience will not allow,
Stand in hard cure.—Come, help to bear thy master;
Thou must not stay behind.

[To the Fool. Glo.

Come, come, away. [Exeunt KENT, GLOSTER, and the Fool,

beuring of the King. Edg. 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 father'd!—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.

[E.rit. SCENE VII.

4 Room in Gloster's Castle.

Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GONERIL, EDMUND,

and Servants. Corn. Post speedily to my lord your husband; show him this letter :-the army of France is landed:Seek out the villain Gloster.

[Exeunt some of the Servants. Reg. Hang him instantly. Gon. Pluck out his eyes.

Corn. 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. 2

9 The great events that are approaching.

Betray, discover.
2 Meaning Edmund invested with his father's title

Enter Steward.

How now? Where's the king?

Stew. My lord of Gloster hath conveyhim'd hence: Some five or six and thirty of his knights, Hot questrists 3 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. Corn.

Get horses for

your mistress. Gon. Farewell, sweet lord, and sister.

[E.reunt GONERIL and EDMUND. Corn. Edmund, farewell.—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 4 to our wrath, which men
May blame, but not control. Who's there? The

traitor ?

-Good my

Re-enter Servants, with GLOSTER.
Reg. Ingrateful fox! 'tis he.
Corn. Bind fast his corkys arms.
Glo. What mean your graces

?:
friends, consider
You are my guests : do me no foul play, friends.
Corn. Bind him, I say.

[Servants bind him. Reg.

Hard, hard :-O filthy traitor!

3 Enquirers.

4 Bend to our wrath.

s Deceitful.

Glo. Unmerciful lady as you are, I am none. Corn. To this chair bind him :-Villain, thou shalt find

[REGAN plucks his Beard. Glo. By the kind gods, 'tis most ignobly done To pluck me by the beard.

Reg. So white, and such a traitor!
Glo.

Naughty lady, These hairs, which thou dost ravish from

my

chin, Will quicken, and accuse thee: I am your host; With robbers' hands, my hospitable favours 7 You should not ruffle thus. What will

you

do? Corn. Come, sir, what letters had you late from

France ? Reg. Be simple-answer'd, for we know the truth. Corn. And what confederacy have you with the

traitors Late footed in the kingdom? Reg. To whose hands have you sent the lunitick

king? Speak.

Glo. I have a letter guessingly set down,
Which came from one that's of a neutral heart,
And not from one oppos’d.
Corn.

Cunning
Reg.

And false.
Corn. Where hast thou sent the king?
Glo.

To Dover.
Reg.

Wherefore To Dover: Wast thou not charg'd at thy perilCorn. Wherefore to Dover ? Let him firt answer

that.

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

course,

Reg. Wherefore to Dover ?

Glo. Because I would not see thy cruel nails
Pluck out his

poor
old

eyes ; nor thy fierce sister
In his anointed fesh 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 should'st have said, Good porter, turn the key;
All cruels else subscrib’d:9_But I shall see
The winged vengeance overtake such children.
Corn. See it 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.
Glo. He, that will think to live till he be old,
Give me some help:-0 cruel ! O ye gods !

Reg. One side will mock another; the other too.
Corn. If you see vengeance,
Serv.

Hold
your

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. Reg. How now, you dog?

hand, my

8 Starred.
9 Yielded, submitted to the necessity of the occasion.

FF
VOL. IX.

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