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Transcript of King Lear
Than still contemn'd and flatter'd, to be worst,
The lowest and most dejected thing of Fortune
Stands still in esperance, lives not in fear:
The lamentable change is from the best;
The worst returns to laughter. Welcome, then,
Thou unsubstantial air that I embrace:
The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst
Owes nothing to thy blasts.But who comes here?
(IV, i, page 84)(Edgar)
He has some reason, else he could not beg.
I' th' last night’s storm I such a fellow saw,
Which made me think a man a worm. My son
Came then into my mind; and yet my mind
Was then scarce friends with him. I have heard more
As flies to wanton boys, are we to th' gods;
They kill us for their sport.
(IV, i, page 85)(Gloucester)
Madam, within; but never man so chang'd.
I told him of the army that was landed;
He smil'd at it: I told him you were coming;
His answer was 'The worse': Of Gloucester’s treachery,
And of the loyal service of his son,
When I inform'd him, then he call'd me sot,
And told me I had turn'd the wrong side out:
What most he should dislike seems pleasant to him;
What like, offensive.
(IV, i, page 87)(Oswald)
Not to a rage;patience and sorrow strove
Who should express her goodliest. You have seen
Sunshine and rain at once;her smiles and tears
Were like a better way; Those happy smilets
That play'd on her ripe lip seem'd not to know
What guests were in her eyes;which parted thence
As pearls from diamonds dropp'd. In brief,
Sorrow would be a rarity most belov'd
If all could so become it.
(IV, iii, page 91-92)(Gentleman)
Alack, ’tis he! why, he was met even now
As mad as the vex'd sea;singing aloud;
Crown'd with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds,
With hardocks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers,
Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow
In our sustaining corn.A century send forth;
Search every acre in the high-grown field,
And bring him to our eye.
(IV, iv, page 93)(Cordelia)
Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.
It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out,
To let him live; Where he arrives he moves
All hearts against us. Edmund, I think, is gone,
In pity of his misery, to dispatch
His nighted life; moreover, to descry
The strength o' th' enemy.
(IV,v, page 95)(Regan)
O you mighty gods!
This world I do renounce, and in your sights
Shake patiently my great affliction off;
If I could bear it longer, and not fall
To quarrel with your great opposeless wills,
My snuff and loathed part of nature should
Burn itself out. If Edgar live, O, bless him!
Now, fellow, fare thee well. (falls)
Our very loving sister, well be-met.
Sir, this I hear; the king is come to his daughter,
With others whom the rigour of our state
Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest,
I never yet was valiant. for this business,
It touches us, as France invades our land,
Not bolds the king, with others, whom, I fear,
Most just and heavy causes make oppose.
No, no, no, no! Come, let’s away to prison.
We two alone will sing like birds i' th' cage.
When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down
And ask of thee forgiveness. So we’ll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Talk of court news, and we’ll talk with them too—
Who loses and who wins, who’s in, who’s out—
And take upon ’s the mystery of things
As if we were God’s spies. And we’ll wear out
In a walled prison packs and sects of great ones
That ebb and flow by the moon.
(V, iii, page 116)(Lear)
I was contracted to them both. All three
Now marry in an instant.
(V, iii,page 125)(Edmund)