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The Court before the DUKE OF ALBANY's Palace.
Enter Kent, disguised.
duty, In this disguise, where thou dost stand condemn’d, Thy master Lear shall find thee full of labours.
Enter King Lear, attended by his Knights.
[Exit First Knight, Now, what art thou ?
Kent. A man, sir,
Kent. I do profess to be no less than I seem, to serve him truly that puts me in trust, to love him that's honest, to converse with him that's wise and speaks little, to fight when I can't chuse, and to eat no fish,
Lear. I say, what art thou ?
Lear. If thou be as poor for a subject, as he is for a king, thou art poor enough.Dost thou know me, fellow?
Kent. No, sir; but you have that in your counte. nance, which I would fain call master.
Lear. : What's that?
Kent. I can keep honest counsel, mar a curious tale in the telling, deliver a plain message bluntly';
that, which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence,
Lear. How old art thou?
Kent. Not so young, sir, to love a woman for sing, ing; nor so old, to dote on her for any thing: I have years on my back, forty-eight.
Lear. Thy name?
[Exit singing Lear. What
the fellow? call the clodpole back.
[Exeunt Kent and Second KNIGHT. 3 Knight. My lord, I know not; but, methinks, your highness is entertained with slender ceremony.
Lear. Say'st thou so? Thou but remember’st me of mine own conception.
Enter First KNIGHT. Why came not that slave back when I call him?
i Knight. My lord, he answered, i' th’surliest manner, that he would not.
Lear. I hope our daughter did not so instruct him.
Oswald brought in by Kent and Second KNIGHT, Now, who am I, sir?
Osw. My lady's father.
[Strikes him, Osw. I'll not be struck, my lord. Kent. Nor tripp'd neither, you vile civet-box.
[Trips up his heels. Lear, I thank thee, fellow, thou sery'st me.
Kent. Come, sir, arise, away; I'll teach you differences,
Gon. [Within.] By day and night! this is insuffer.
I will not bear it.
Enter GONERIL, attended.
Gor. Sir, this licentious insolence of your servants
Lear. Are you our daughter?
Gon. Come, sir, let me entreat you to make use Of your discretion, and put off betimes This disposition that of late transforms you From what you rightly are. Lear. Does any here know me? Why, this is not
Lear! Does Lear walk thus ? Speak thus ? Where are his
eyes ? Who is it that can tell me who I am ? Your name, fair gentlewoman?
Gon. Come, sir, this admiration's much o'th' sa
Of other your new humours; I beseech you
Be such as may befit your age, and know
Lear. Darkness and devils !
Enter ALBANY, attended,
[Erit Fourth KNIGHT,
Gon, Never amict yourself to know the cause,
Lear, Blasts upon thee !
Lear. It may be so, my lord.--Hear, Nature, hear;
A babe to honour her!..If she must teem,
[Exeunt King LEAR and his ATTENDANTS
ALBANY, GONERIL, and their ATTENDANTS,
ACT THE SECOND.
The EARL OF GLOSTER's Castle.
friend. Enter EDGAR. My father watches for you, fly this place; Intelligence is given where you are hid; Take the advantage of the night.-Bethink, Have you not spoke against the Duke of Cornwall,