King Lear Act 4

EDGAR to SOLILOQUY Yet better thus, and known to be contemn’d,Than still contemn’d and flatter’d.
GLOUCESTER to OLD MAN I have no way, and therefore want no eyes;I stumbled when I saw:
GLOUCESTER to OLD MAN O dear son Edgar,The food of thy abused father’s wrath!Might I but live to see thee in my touch,I’d say I had eyes again!
EDGAR to ASIDE O gods! Who is’t can say ‘I am atthe worst’?I am worse than e’er I was.
EDGAR to ASIDE And worse I may be yet: the worst is notSo long as we can say ‘This is the worst.’
GLOUCESTER to OLD MAN ‘Tis the times’ plague, when madmen lead the blind.
EDGAR to ASIDE I cannot daub it further.
EDGAR to ASIDE And yet I must.–Bless thy sweet eyes, they bleed.
GLOUCESTER to EDGAR Bring me but to the very brim of it,And I’ll repair the misery thou dost bearWith something rich about me: from that placeI shall no leading need.
OSWALD to GONERIL Madam, within; but never man so changed.I told him of the army that was landed;He smiled at it: I told him you were coming:His answer was ‘The worse:’
GONERIL to EDMUND Then shall you go no further.It is the cowish terror of his spirit,That dares not undertake: he’ll not feel wrongsWhich tie him to an answer.
GONERIL to EDMUND Decline your head: this kiss, if it durst speak,Would stretch thy spirits up into the air:Conceive, and fare thee well.
GONERIL to OSWALD O, the difference of man and man!To thee a woman’s services are due:My fool usurps my body.
GONERIL to ALBANY I have been worth the whistle.
ALBANY to GONERIL You are not worth the dust which the rude windBlows in your face.
ALBANY to GONERIL I fear your disposition:That nature, which contemns its origin,Cannot be border’d certain in itself;
ALBANY to GONERIL A father, and a gracious aged man,Whose reverence even the head-lugg’d bear would lick,Most barbarous, most degenerate! have you madded.
GONERIL to ALBANY Fools do those villains pity who are punish’dEre they have done their mischief. Where’s thy drum?
GONERIL to ALBANY France spreads his banners in our noiseless land;With plumed helm thy slayer begins threats;Whiles thou, a moral fool, sit’st still, and criest’Alack, why does he so?’
ALBANY to GONERIL See thyself, devil!Proper deformity seems not in the fiendSo horrid as in woman.
ALBANY to GONERIL Were’t my fitnessTo let these hands obey my blood,They are apt enough to dislocate and tearThy flesh and bones:
ALBANY to GONERIL howe’er thou art a fiend,A woman’s shape doth shield thee.
GONERIL to ASIDE But being widow, and my Gloucester with her,May all the building in my fancy pluckUpon my hateful life
Gentleman to ALBANY ’twas he inform’d against him;And quit the house on purpose, that their punishmentMight have the freer course.
ALBANY to Gentleman Gloucester, I liveTo thank thee for the love thou show’dst the king,And to revenge thine eyes.
Gentleman to KENT Ay, sir; she took them, read them in my presence;And now and then an ample tear trill’d downHer delicate cheek
Gentleman to KENT it seem’d she was a queenOver her passion; who, most rebel-like,Sought to be king o’er her.
Gentleman to KENT ‘Faith, once or twice she heaved the name of ‘father’Pantingly forth, as if it press’d her heart:Cried ‘Sisters! sisters! Shame of ladies! sisters!’
KENT to Gentleman these things stingHis mind so venomously, that burning shameDetains him from Cordelia.
KENT to Gentleman some dear causeWill in concealment wrap me up awhile;When I am known aright, you shall not grieveLending me this acquaintance.
CORDELIA to Doctor What can man’s wisdomIn the restoring his bereaved sense?He that helps him take all my outward worth.
CORDELIA to Messenger No blown ambition doth our arms incite,But love, dear love, and our aged father’s right:Soon may I hear and see him!
OSWALD to REGAN Madam, with much ado:Your sister is the better soldier.
REGAN to OSWALD It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out,To let him live: where he arrives he movesAll hearts against us
REGAN to OSWALD Why should she write to Edmund? Might not youTransport her purposes by word?
REGAN to OSWALD I know your lady does not love her husband;I am sure of that: and at her late being hereShe gave strange oeillades and most speaking looksTo noble Edmund.
REGAN to OSWALD Edmund and I have talk’d;And more convenient is he for my handThan for your lady’s
REGAN to OSWALD If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor,Preferment falls on him that cuts him off.
OSWALD to REGAN Would I could meet him, madam! I should showWhat party I do follow.
EDGAR to GLOUCESTER Why, then, your other senses grow imperfectBy your eyes’ anguish.
GLOUCESTER to EDGAR So may it be, indeed:Methinks thy voice is alter’d; and thou speak’stIn better phrase and matter than thou didst.
EDGAR to GLOUCESTER Come on, sir; here’s the place: stand still. How fearfulAnd dizzy ’tis, to cast one’s eyes so low!The crows and choughs that wing the midway airShow scarce so gross as beetles:
EDGAR to ASIDE Why I do trifle thus with his despairIs done to cure it.
EDGAR to GLOUCESTER Hadst thou been aught but gossamer, feathers, air,So many fathom down precipitating,Thou’dst shiver’d like an egg
EDGAR to GLOUCESTER As I stood here below, methought his eyesWere two full moons; he had a thousand noses,Horns whelk’d and waved like the enridged sea
GLOUCESTER to EDGAR I do remember now: henceforth I’ll bearAffliction till it do cry out itself’Enough, enough,’ and die.
EDGAR to KING LEAR O thou side-piercing sight!
EDGAR to ASIDE I would not take this from report; it is,And my heart breaks at it.
KING LEAR to GLOUCESTER O, ho, are you there with me? No eyes in yourhead, nor no money in your purse? Your eyes are ina heavy case, your purse in a light; yet you see howthis world goes.
KING LEAR to GLOUCESTER What, art mad? A man may see how this world goeswith no eyes. Look with thine ears
EDGAR to KING LEAR O, matter and impertinency mix’d! Reason in madness!
KING LEAR to GLOUCESTER If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my eyes.I know thee well enough; thy name is Gloucester:Thou must be patient; we came crying hither
Gentleman to EDGAR Near and on speedy foot; the main descryStands on the hourly thought.
EDGAR to ASIDE ‘Let our reciprocal vows be remembered. You havemany opportunities to cut him off: if your willwant not, time and place will be fruitfully offered.
GLOUCESTER to EDGAR The king is mad: how stiff is my vile sense,That I stand up, and have ingenious feelingOf my huge sorrows!
KING LEAR to Gentleman the natural fool of fortune. Use me well;You shall have ransom. Let me have surgeons;I am cut to the brains.
KENT to CORDELIA Pardon me, dear madam;Yet to be known shortens my made intent:My boon I make it, that you know me notTill time and I think meet.
KING LEAR to CORDELIA Pray, do not mock me:I am a very foolish fond old man,Fourscore and upward, not an hour more nor less;And, to deal plainly,I fear I am not in my perfect mind.Methinks I should know you, and know this man
KING LEAR to CORDELIA Do not laugh at me;For, as I am a man, I think this ladyTo be my child Cordelia.
KING LEAR to CORDELIA You must bear with me:Pray you now, forget and forgive: I am old and foolish.
EDGAR to OSWALD Good gentleman, go your gait, and let poor volkpass. An chud ha’ bin zwaggered out of my life,’twould not ha’ bin zo long as ’tis by a vortnight.