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King Lear: Act III, Scene 6

King Lear
Act III, Scene 6

A chamber in a farmhouse adjoining the castle.

  1. Enter Kent disguised as Caius and Gloucester.

Gloucester

1 - 3
  1. Here is better than the open air, take it thankfully. I will
  2. piece out the comfort with what addition I can. I will not
  3. be long from you.

Kent

4 - 5
  1. All the pow’r of his wits have given way to his impatience.
  2. The gods reward your kindness!
  1. Exit Gloucester.
  1. Enter Lear, Edgar, and Fool.

Edgar

6 - 7
  1. Frateretto calls me, and tells me Nero is an angler in the
  2. lake of darkness. Pray, innocent, and beware the foul fiend.

Fool

8 - 9
  1. Prithee, nuncle, tell me whether a madman be a gentleman or
  2. a yeoman?

Lear

10
  1. A king, a king!

Fool

11 - 12
  1. No, he’s a yeoman that has a gentleman to his son; for he’s
  2. a mad yeoman that sees his son a gentleman before him.

Lear

13 - 14
  1. To have a thousand with red burning spits
  2. Come hizzing in upon ’em

Edgar

15
  1. The foul fiend bites my back.

Fool

16 - 17
  1. He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s
  2. health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.

Lear

18 - 20
  1. It shall be done, I will arraign them straight.
  2. To Edgar.
  3. Come sit thou here, most learned justicer;
  4. To the Fool.
  5. Thou, sapient sir, sit here. Now, you she-foxes

Edgar

21 - 23
  1. Look where he stands and glares! Want’st thou eyes at trial,
  2. madam?
  3. Sings.
  4. Come o’er the bourn, Bessy, to me”—

Fool

24 - 26
  1. Sings.
  2. Her boat hath a leak,
  3. And she must not speak
  4. Why she dares not come over to thee.

Edgar

27 - 29
  1. The foul fiend haunts poor Tom in the voice of a
  2. nightingale. Hoppedance cries in Tom’s belly for two white
  3. herring. Croak not, black angel, I have no food for thee.

Kent

30 - 31
  1. How do you, sir? Stand you not so amaz’d.
  2. Will you lie down and rest upon the cushions?

Lear

32 - 37
  1. I’ll see their trial first, bring in their evidence.
  2. To Edgar.
  3. Thou robed man of justice, take thy place,
  4. To the Fool.
  5. And thou, his yoke-fellow of equity,
  6. Bench by his side.
  7. To Kent.
  8. You are o’ th’ commission,
  9. Sit you too.

Edgar

38 - 43
  1.              Let us deal justly.
  2. Sings.
  3. Sleepest or wakest thou, jolly shepherd?
  4. Thy sheep be in the corn,
  5. And for one blast of thy minikin mouth,
  6. Thy sheep shall take no harm.
  7. Purr the cat is grey.

Lear

44 - 46
  1. Arraign her first, ’tis Goneril. I here take my oath before
  2. this honorable assembly, she kick’d the poor king her
  3. father.

Fool

47
  1. Come hither, mistress. Is your name Goneril?

Lear

48
  1. She cannot deny it.

Fool

49
  1. Cry you mercy, I took you for a join-stool.

Lear

50 - 53
  1. And here’s another, whose warp’d looks proclaim
  2. What store her heart is made an. Stop her there!
  3. Arms, arms, sword, fire! Corruption in the place!
  4. False justicer, why hast thou let her scape?

Edgar

54
  1. Bless thy five wits!

Kent

55 - 56
  1. O pity! Sir, where is the patience now
  2. That you so oft have boasted to retain?

Edgar

57 - 58
  1. Aside.
  2. My tears begin to take his part so much,
  3. They mar my counterfeiting.

Lear

59 - 60
  1. The little dogs and all,
  2. Trey, Blanch, and Sweetheart, see, they bark at me.

Edgar

61 - 71
  1. Tom will throw his head at them. Avaunt, you curs!
  2. Be thy mouth or black or white,
  3. Tooth that poisons if it bite;
  4. Mastiff, greyhound, mongrel grim,
  5. Hound or spaniel, brach or lym,
  6. Or bobtail tike or trundle-tail,
  7. Tom will make him weep and wail,
  8. For with throwing thus my head,
  9. Dogs leapt the hatch, and all are fled.
  10. Do de, de, de. Sessa! Come, march to wakes and fairs and
  11. market towns. Poor Tom, thy horn is dry.

Lear

72 - 77
  1. Then let them anatomize Regan; see what breeds about her
  2. heart. Is there any cause in nature that make these hard
  3. hearts?
  4. To Edgar.
  5. You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred; only I do not
  6. like the fashion of your garments. You will say they are
  7. Persian, but let them be chang’d.

Kent

78
  1. Now, good my lord, lie here and rest awhile.

Lear

79 - 80
  1. Make no noise, make no noise, draw the curtains. So, so;
  2. we’ll go to supper i’ th’ morning.

Fool

81
  1. And I’ll go to bed at noon.
  1. Enter Gloucester.

Gloucester

82
  1. Come hither, friend; where is the King my master?

Kent

83
  1. Here, sir, but trouble him nothis wits are gone.

Gloucester

84 - 93
  1. Good friend, I prithee take him in thy arms;
  2. I have o’erheard a plot of death upon him.
  3. There is a litter ready, lay him in’t,
  4. And drive toward Dover, friend, where thou shalt meet
  5. Both welcome and protection. Take up thy master;
  6. If thou shouldst dally half an hour, his life,
  7. With thine and all that offer to defend him,
  8. Stand in assured loss. Take up, take up,
  9. And follow me, that will to some provision
  10. Give thee quick conduct.

Kent

94 - 99
  1.                          Oppressed nature sleeps.
  2. This rest might yet have balm’d thy broken sinews,
  3. Which, if convenience will not allow,
  4. Stand in hard cure.
  5. To the Fool.
  6. Come help to bear thy master;
  7. Thou must not stay behind.

Gloucester

100
  1.                            Come, come, away.
  1. Exeunt all but Edgar.

Edgar

101 - 114
  1. When we our betters see bearing our woes,
  2. We scarcely think our miseries our foes.
  3. Who alone suffers, suffers most i’ th’ mind,
  4. Leaving free things and happy shows behind,
  5. But then the mind much sufferance doth o’erskip,
  6. When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.
  7. How light and portable my pain seems now,
  8. When that which makes me bend makes the King bow:
  9. He childed as I fathered! Tom, away!
  10. Mark the high noises, and thyself bewray
  11. When false opinion, whose wrong thoughts defile thee,
  12. In thy just proof repeals and reconciles thee.
  13. What will hap more tonight, safe scape the King!
  14. Lurk, lurk.
  1. Exit.
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