Speeches (Lines) for Fool in "The Tragedy of King Lear"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 4
  • Let me hire him too. Here's my coxcomb.
  • Let me hire him too. Here's my coxcomb.
  • Lear. Now, my friendly knave, I thank thee. There's earnest of thy
    service. [Gives money.]

    Fool. Let me hire him too. Here's my coxcomb.

2 I / 4
  • Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb.
  • Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb.
  • Lear. How now, my pretty knave? How dost thou?

    Fool. Sirrah, you were best take my coxcomb.

3 I / 4
  • Why? For taking one's part that's out of favour. Nay, an thou
    canst not smil...
  • Why? For taking one's part that's out of favour. Nay, an thou
    canst not smile as the wind sits, thou'lt catch cold shortly.
    There, take my coxcomb! Why, this fellow hath banish'd two on's
    daughters, and did the third a blessing against his will. If
    thou follow him, thou must needs wear my coxcomb.- How now,
    nuncle? Would I had two coxcombs and two daughters!
  • Earl of Kent. Why, fool?

    Fool. Why? For taking one's part that's out of favour. Nay, an thou
    canst not smile as the wind sits, thou'lt catch cold shortly.
    There, take my coxcomb! Why, this fellow hath banish'd two on's
    daughters, and did the third a blessing against his will. If
    thou follow him, thou must needs wear my coxcomb.- How now,
    nuncle? Would I had two coxcombs and two daughters!

4 I / 4
  • If I gave them all my living, I'ld keep my coxcombs myself.
    There's mine! be...
  • If I gave them all my living, I'ld keep my coxcombs myself.
    There's mine! beg another of thy daughters.
  • Lear. Why, my boy?

    Fool. If I gave them all my living, I'ld keep my coxcombs myself.
    There's mine! beg another of thy daughters.

5 I / 4
  • Truth's a dog must to kennel; he must be whipp'd out, when
    Lady the brach ma...
  • Truth's a dog must to kennel; he must be whipp'd out, when
    Lady the brach may stand by th' fire and stink.
  • Lear. Take heed, sirrah- the whip.

    Fool. Truth's a dog must to kennel; he must be whipp'd out, when
    Lady the brach may stand by th' fire and stink.

6 I / 4
  • Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.
  • Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.
  • Lear. A pestilent gall to me!

    Fool. Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.

7 I / 4
  • Mark it, nuncle.
    Have more than thou showest,
    Speak less than...
  • Mark it, nuncle.
    Have more than thou showest,
    Speak less than thou knowest,
    Lend less than thou owest,
    Ride more than thou goest,
    Learn more than thou trowest,
    Set less than thou throwest;
    Leave thy drink and thy whore,
    And keep in-a-door,
    And thou shalt have more
    Than two tens to a score.
  • Lear. Do.

    Fool. Mark it, nuncle.
    Have more than thou showest,
    Speak less than thou knowest,
    Lend less than thou owest,
    Ride more than thou goest,
    Learn more than thou trowest,
    Set less than thou throwest;
    Leave thy drink and thy whore,
    And keep in-a-door,
    And thou shalt have more
    Than two tens to a score.

8 I / 4
  • Then 'tis like the breath of an unfeed lawyer- you gave me
    nothing for't. Ca...
  • Then 'tis like the breath of an unfeed lawyer- you gave me
    nothing for't. Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle?
  • Earl of Kent. This is nothing, fool.

    Fool. Then 'tis like the breath of an unfeed lawyer- you gave me
    nothing for't. Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle?

9 I / 4
  • [to Kent] Prithee tell him, so much the rent of his land
    comes to. He will n...
  • [to Kent] Prithee tell him, so much the rent of his land
    comes to. He will not believe a fool.
  • Lear. Why, no, boy. Nothing can be made out of nothing.

    Fool. [to Kent] Prithee tell him, so much the rent of his land
    comes to. He will not believe a fool.

10 I / 4
  • Dost thou know the difference, my boy, between a bitter
    fool and a sweet foo...
  • Dost thou know the difference, my boy, between a bitter
    fool and a sweet fool?
  • Lear. A bitter fool!

    Fool. Dost thou know the difference, my boy, between a bitter
    fool and a sweet fool?

11 I / 4
  • That lord that counsell'd thee
    To give away thy land,
    Come p...
  • That lord that counsell'd thee
    To give away thy land,
    Come place him here by me-
    Do thou for him stand.
    The sweet and bitter fool
    Will presently appear;
    The one in motley here,
    The other found out there.
  • Lear. No, lad; teach me.

    Fool. That lord that counsell'd thee
    To give away thy land,
    Come place him here by me-
    Do thou for him stand.
    The sweet and bitter fool
    Will presently appear;
    The one in motley here,
    The other found out there.

12 I / 4
  • All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast
    born with.
  • All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast
    born with.
  • Lear. Dost thou call me fool, boy?

    Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast
    born with.

13 I / 4
  • No, faith; lords and great men will not let me. If I had a
    monopoly out, the...
  • No, faith; lords and great men will not let me. If I had a
    monopoly out, they would have part on't. And ladies too, they
    will not let me have all the fool to myself; they'll be
    snatching. Give me an egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two
    crowns.
  • Earl of Kent. This is not altogether fool, my lord.

    Fool. No, faith; lords and great men will not let me. If I had a
    monopoly out, they would have part on't. And ladies too, they
    will not let me have all the fool to myself; they'll be
    snatching. Give me an egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two
    crowns.

14 I / 4
  • Why, after I have cut the egg i' th' middle and eat up the
    meat, the two cro...
  • Why, after I have cut the egg i' th' middle and eat up the
    meat, the two crowns of the egg. When thou clovest thy crown i'
    th' middle and gav'st away both parts, thou bor'st thine ass on
    thy back o'er the dirt. Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown
    when thou gav'st thy golden one away. If I speak like myself in
    this, let him be whipp'd that first finds it so.
    [Sings] Fools had ne'er less grace in a year,
    For wise men are grown foppish;
    They know not how their wits to wear,
    Their manners are so apish.
  • Lear. What two crowns shall they be?

    Fool. Why, after I have cut the egg i' th' middle and eat up the
    meat, the two crowns of the egg. When thou clovest thy crown i'
    th' middle and gav'st away both parts, thou bor'st thine ass on
    thy back o'er the dirt. Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown
    when thou gav'st thy golden one away. If I speak like myself in
    this, let him be whipp'd that first finds it so.
    [Sings] Fools had ne'er less grace in a year,
    For wise men are grown foppish;
    They know not how their wits to wear,
    Their manners are so apish.

15 I / 4
  • I have us'd it, nuncle, ever since thou mad'st thy daughters
    thy mother; for...
  • I have us'd it, nuncle, ever since thou mad'st thy daughters
    thy mother; for when thou gav'st them the rod, and put'st down
    thine own breeches,
    [Sings] Then they for sudden joy did weep,
    And I for sorrow sung,
    That such a king should play bo-peep
    And go the fools among.
    Prithee, nuncle, keep a schoolmaster that can teach thy fool to
    lie. I would fain learn to lie.
  • Lear. When were you wont to be so full of songs, sirrah?

    Fool. I have us'd it, nuncle, ever since thou mad'st thy daughters
    thy mother; for when thou gav'st them the rod, and put'st down
    thine own breeches,
    [Sings] Then they for sudden joy did weep,
    And I for sorrow sung,
    That such a king should play bo-peep
    And go the fools among.
    Prithee, nuncle, keep a schoolmaster that can teach thy fool to
    lie. I would fain learn to lie.

16 I / 4
  • I marvel what kin thou and thy daughters are. They'll have me
    whipp'd for sp...
  • I marvel what kin thou and thy daughters are. They'll have me
    whipp'd for speaking true; thou'lt have me whipp'd for lying;
    and sometimes I am whipp'd for holding my peace. I had rather be
    any kind o' thing than a fool! And yet I would not be thee,
    nuncle. Thou hast pared thy wit o' both sides and left nothing
    i' th' middle. Here comes one o' the parings.
  • Lear. An you lie, sirrah, we'll have you whipp'd.

    Fool. I marvel what kin thou and thy daughters are. They'll have me
    whipp'd for speaking true; thou'lt have me whipp'd for lying;
    and sometimes I am whipp'd for holding my peace. I had rather be
    any kind o' thing than a fool! And yet I would not be thee,
    nuncle. Thou hast pared thy wit o' both sides and left nothing
    i' th' middle. Here comes one o' the parings.

17 I / 4
  • Thou wast a pretty fellow when thou hadst no need to care for
    her frowning....
  • Thou wast a pretty fellow when thou hadst no need to care for
    her frowning. Now thou art an O without a figure. I am better
    than thou art now: I am a fool, thou art nothing.
    [To Goneril] Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue. So your face
    bids me, though you say nothing. Mum, mum!
    He that keeps nor crust nor crum,
    Weary of all, shall want some.-
    [Points at Lear] That's a sheal'd peascod.
  • Lear. How now, daughter? What makes that frontlet on? Methinks you
    are too much o' late i' th' frown.

    Fool. Thou wast a pretty fellow when thou hadst no need to care for
    her frowning. Now thou art an O without a figure. I am better
    than thou art now: I am a fool, thou art nothing.
    [To Goneril] Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue. So your face
    bids me, though you say nothing. Mum, mum!
    He that keeps nor crust nor crum,
    Weary of all, shall want some.-
    [Points at Lear] That's a sheal'd peascod.

18 I / 4
  • For you know, nuncle,
    The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long
    ...
  • For you know, nuncle,
    The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long
    That it had it head bit off by it young.
    So out went the candle, and we were left darkling.
  • Goneril. Not only, sir, this your all-licens'd fool,
    But other of your insolent retinue
    Do hourly carp and quarrel, breaking forth
    In rank and not-to-be-endured riots. Sir,
    I had thought, by making this well known unto you,
    To have found a safe redress, but now grow fearful,
    By what yourself, too, late have spoke and done,
    That you protect this course, and put it on
    By your allowance; which if you should, the fault
    Would not scape censure, nor the redresses sleep,
    Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal,
    Might in their working do you that offence
    Which else were shame, that then necessity
    Must call discreet proceeding.

    Fool. For you know, nuncle,
    The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long
    That it had it head bit off by it young.
    So out went the candle, and we were left darkling.

19 I / 4
  • May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse?
    Whoop, Jug, I love thee!
  • May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse?
    Whoop, Jug, I love thee!
  • Goneril. Come, sir,
    I would you would make use of that good wisdom
    Whereof I know you are fraught, and put away
    These dispositions that of late transform you
    From what you rightly are.

    Fool. May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse?
    Whoop, Jug, I love thee!

20 I / 4
  • Lear's shadow.
  • Lear's shadow.
  • Lear. Doth any here know me? This is not Lear.
    Doth Lear walk thus? speak thus? Where are his eyes?
    Either his notion weakens, his discernings
    Are lethargied- Ha! waking? 'Tis not so!
    Who is it that can tell me who I am?

    Fool. Lear's shadow.

21 I / 4
  • Which they will make an obedient father.
  • Which they will make an obedient father.
  • Lear. I would learn that; for, by the marks of sovereignty,
    Knowledge, and reason, I should be false persuaded
    I had daughters.

    Fool. Which they will make an obedient father.

22 I / 4
  • Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry! Take the fool with thee.
    A fox when on...
  • Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry! Take the fool with thee.
    A fox when one has caught her,
    And such a daughter,
    Should sure to the slaughter,
    If my cap would buy a halter.
    So the fool follows after. Exit.
  • Goneril. Pray you, content.- What, Oswald, ho!
    [To the Fool] You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master!

    Fool. Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry! Take the fool with thee.
    A fox when one has caught her,
    And such a daughter,
    Should sure to the slaughter,
    If my cap would buy a halter.
    So the fool follows after. Exit.

23 I / 5
  • If a man's brains were in's heels, were't not in danger of
    kibes?
  • If a man's brains were in's heels, were't not in danger of
    kibes?
  • Earl of Kent. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have delivered your letter. Exit.

    Fool. If a man's brains were in's heels, were't not in danger of
    kibes?

24 I / 5
  • Then I prithee be merry. Thy wit shall ne'er go slip-shod.
  • Then I prithee be merry. Thy wit shall ne'er go slip-shod.
  • Lear. Ay, boy.

    Fool. Then I prithee be merry. Thy wit shall ne'er go slip-shod.

25 I / 5
  • Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly; for though
    she's as like...
  • Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly; for though
    she's as like this as a crab's like an apple, yet I can tell
    what I can tell.
  • Lear. Ha, ha, ha!

    Fool. Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly; for though
    she's as like this as a crab's like an apple, yet I can tell
    what I can tell.

26 I / 5
  • She'll taste as like this as a crab does to a crab. Thou
    canst tell why one'...
  • She'll taste as like this as a crab does to a crab. Thou
    canst tell why one's nose stands i' th' middle on's face?
  • Lear. What canst tell, boy?

    Fool. She'll taste as like this as a crab does to a crab. Thou
    canst tell why one's nose stands i' th' middle on's face?

27 I / 5
  • Why, to keep one's eyes of either side's nose, that what a
    man cannot smell...
  • Why, to keep one's eyes of either side's nose, that what a
    man cannot smell out, 'a may spy into.
  • Lear. No.

    Fool. Why, to keep one's eyes of either side's nose, that what a
    man cannot smell out, 'a may spy into.

28 I / 5
  • Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?
  • Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?
  • Lear. I did her wrong.

    Fool. Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?

29 I / 5
  • Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail has a house.
  • Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail has a house.
  • Lear. No.

    Fool. Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail has a house.

30 I / 5
  • Why, to put's head in; not to give it away to his daughters,
    and leave his h...
  • Why, to put's head in; not to give it away to his daughters,
    and leave his horns without a case.
  • Lear. Why?

    Fool. Why, to put's head in; not to give it away to his daughters,
    and leave his horns without a case.

31 I / 5
  • Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason why the seven stars
    are no moe than...
  • Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason why the seven stars
    are no moe than seven is a pretty reason.
  • Lear. I will forget my nature. So kind a father!- Be my horses
    ready?

    Fool. Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason why the seven stars
    are no moe than seven is a pretty reason.

32 I / 5
  • Yes indeed. Thou wouldst make a good fool.
  • Yes indeed. Thou wouldst make a good fool.
  • Lear. Because they are not eight?

    Fool. Yes indeed. Thou wouldst make a good fool.

33 I / 5
  • If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'ld have thee beaten for being
    old before thy...
  • If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'ld have thee beaten for being
    old before thy time.
  • Lear. To tak't again perforce! Monster ingratitude!

    Fool. If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'ld have thee beaten for being
    old before thy time.

34 I / 5
  • Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
  • Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
  • Lear. How's that?

    Fool. Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.

35 I / 5
  • She that's a maid now, and laughs at my departure,
    Shall not be a maid long,...
  • She that's a maid now, and laughs at my departure,
    Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter
  • Lear. Come, boy.

    Fool. She that's a maid now, and laughs at my departure,
    Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter

36 II / 4
  • Ha, ha! look! he wears cruel garters. Horses are tied by the
    head, dogs and...
  • Ha, ha! look! he wears cruel garters. Horses are tied by the
    head, dogs and bears by th' neck, monkeys by th' loins, and men
    by th' legs. When a man's over-lusty at legs, then he wears
    wooden nether-stocks.
  • Earl of Kent. No, my lord.

    Fool. Ha, ha! look! he wears cruel garters. Horses are tied by the
    head, dogs and bears by th' neck, monkeys by th' loins, and men
    by th' legs. When a man's over-lusty at legs, then he wears
    wooden nether-stocks.

37 II / 4
  • Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.
    Fathers that wea...
  • Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.
    Fathers that wear rags
    Do make their children blind;
    But fathers that bear bags
    Shall see their children kind.
    Fortune, that arrant whore,
    Ne'er turns the key to th' poor.
    But for all this, thou shalt have as many dolours for thy
    daughters as thou canst tell in a year.
  • Earl of Kent. My lord, when at their home
    I did commend your Highness' letters to them,
    Ere I was risen from the place that show'd
    My duty kneeling, came there a reeking post,
    Stew'd in his haste, half breathless, panting forth
    From Goneril his mistress salutations;
    Deliver'd letters, spite of intermission,
    Which presently they read; on whose contents,
    They summon'd up their meiny, straight took horse,
    Commanded me to follow and attend
    The leisure of their answer, gave me cold looks,
    And meeting here the other messenger,
    Whose welcome I perceiv'd had poison'd mine-
    Being the very fellow which of late
    Display'd so saucily against your Highness-
    Having more man than wit about me, drew.
    He rais'd the house with loud and coward cries.
    Your son and daughter found this trespass worth
    The shame which here it suffers.

    Fool. Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.
    Fathers that wear rags
    Do make their children blind;
    But fathers that bear bags
    Shall see their children kind.
    Fortune, that arrant whore,
    Ne'er turns the key to th' poor.
    But for all this, thou shalt have as many dolours for thy
    daughters as thou canst tell in a year.

38 II / 4
  • An thou hadst been set i' th' stocks for that question,
    thou'dst well deserv...
  • An thou hadst been set i' th' stocks for that question,
    thou'dst well deserv'd it.
  • Earl of Kent. None.
    How chance the King comes with so small a number?

    Fool. An thou hadst been set i' th' stocks for that question,
    thou'dst well deserv'd it.

39 II / 4
  • We'll set thee to school to an ant, to teach thee there's no
    labouring i' th...
  • We'll set thee to school to an ant, to teach thee there's no
    labouring i' th' winter. All that follow their noses are led by
    their eyes but blind men, and there's not a nose among twenty
    but can smell him that's stinking. Let go thy hold when a great
    wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck with following
    it; but the great one that goes upward, let him draw thee after.
    When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again. I
    would have none but knaves follow it, since a fool gives it.
    That sir which serves and seeks for gain,
    And follows but for form,
    Will pack when it begins to rain
    And leave thee in the storm.
    But I will tarry; the fool will stay,
    And let the wise man fly.
    The knave turns fool that runs away;
    The fool no knave, perdy.
  • Earl of Kent. Why, fool?

    Fool. We'll set thee to school to an ant, to teach thee there's no
    labouring i' th' winter. All that follow their noses are led by
    their eyes but blind men, and there's not a nose among twenty
    but can smell him that's stinking. Let go thy hold when a great
    wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck with following
    it; but the great one that goes upward, let him draw thee after.
    When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again. I
    would have none but knaves follow it, since a fool gives it.
    That sir which serves and seeks for gain,
    And follows but for form,
    Will pack when it begins to rain
    And leave thee in the storm.
    But I will tarry; the fool will stay,
    And let the wise man fly.
    The knave turns fool that runs away;
    The fool no knave, perdy.

40 II / 4
  • Not i' th' stocks, fool.
    Enter Lear and Gloucester
  • Not i' th' stocks, fool.
    Enter Lear and Gloucester
  • Earl of Kent. Where learn'd you this, fool?

    Fool. Not i' th' stocks, fool.
    Enter Lear and Gloucester

41 II / 4
  • Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockney did to the eels when she
    put 'em i' th' pa...
  • Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockney did to the eels when she
    put 'em i' th' paste alive. She knapp'd 'em o' th' coxcombs with
    a stick and cried 'Down, wantons, down!' 'Twas her brother that,
    in pure kindness to his horse, buttered his hay.
  • Lear. O me, my heart, my rising heart! But down!

    Fool. Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockney did to the eels when she
    put 'em i' th' paste alive. She knapp'd 'em o' th' coxcombs with
    a stick and cried 'Down, wantons, down!' 'Twas her brother that,
    in pure kindness to his horse, buttered his hay.

42 III / 2
  • O nuncle, court holy water in a dry house is better than this
    rain water out...
  • O nuncle, court holy water in a dry house is better than this
    rain water out o' door. Good nuncle, in, and ask thy daughters
    blessing! Here's a night pities nether wise men nor fools.
  • Lear. Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
    You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
    Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
    You sulph'rous and thought-executing fires,
    Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
    Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
    Strike flat the thick rotundity o' th' world,
    Crack Nature's moulds, all germains spill at once,
    That makes ingrateful man!

    Fool. O nuncle, court holy water in a dry house is better than this
    rain water out o' door. Good nuncle, in, and ask thy daughters
    blessing! Here's a night pities nether wise men nor fools.

43 III / 2
  • He that has a house to put 's head in has a good head-piece.
    The codpie...
  • He that has a house to put 's head in has a good head-piece.
    The codpiece that will house
    Before the head has any,
    The head and he shall louse:
    So beggars marry many.
    The man that makes his toe
    What he his heart should make
    Shall of a corn cry woe,
    And turn his sleep to wake.
    For there was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a
    glass.
  • Lear. Rumble thy bellyful! Spit, fire! spout, rain!
    Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire are my daughters.
    I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness.
    I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children,
    You owe me no subscription. Then let fall
    Your horrible pleasure. Here I stand your slave,
    A poor, infirm, weak, and despis'd old man.
    But yet I call you servile ministers,
    That will with two pernicious daughters join
    Your high-engender'd battles 'gainst a head
    So old and white as this! O! O! 'tis foul!

    Fool. He that has a house to put 's head in has a good head-piece.
    The codpiece that will house
    Before the head has any,
    The head and he shall louse:
    So beggars marry many.
    The man that makes his toe
    What he his heart should make
    Shall of a corn cry woe,
    And turn his sleep to wake.
    For there was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a
    glass.

44 III / 2
  • Marry, here's grace and a codpiece; that's a wise man and a
    fool.
  • Marry, here's grace and a codpiece; that's a wise man and a
    fool.
  • Earl of Kent. Who's there?

    Fool. Marry, here's grace and a codpiece; that's a wise man and a
    fool.

45 III / 2
  • [sings]
    He that has and a little tiny wit-
    With hey, ho, the...
  • [sings]
    He that has and a little tiny wit-
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain-
    Must make content with his fortunes fit,
    For the rain it raineth every day.
  • Lear. My wits begin to turn.
    Come on, my boy. How dost, my boy? Art cold?
    I am cold myself. Where is this straw, my fellow?
    The art of our necessities is strange,
    That can make vile things precious. Come, your hovel.
    Poor fool and knave, I have one part in my heart
    That's sorry yet for thee.

    Fool. [sings]
    He that has and a little tiny wit-
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain-
    Must make content with his fortunes fit,
    For the rain it raineth every day.

46 III / 2
  • This is a brave night to cool a courtesan. I'll speak a
    prophecy ere I go: <...
  • This is a brave night to cool a courtesan. I'll speak a
    prophecy ere I go:
    When priests are more in word than matter;
    When brewers mar their malt with water;
    When nobles are their tailors' tutors,
    No heretics burn'd, but wenches' suitors;
    When every case in law is right,
    No squire in debt nor no poor knight;
    When slanders do not live in tongues,
    Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;
    When usurers tell their gold i' th' field,
    And bawds and whores do churches build:
    Then shall the realm of Albion
    Come to great confusion.
    Then comes the time, who lives to see't,
    That going shall be us'd with feet.
    This prophecy Merlin shall make, for I live before his time. Exit.
  • Lear. True, my good boy. Come, bring us to this hovel.

    Fool. This is a brave night to cool a courtesan. I'll speak a
    prophecy ere I go:
    When priests are more in word than matter;
    When brewers mar their malt with water;
    When nobles are their tailors' tutors,
    No heretics burn'd, but wenches' suitors;
    When every case in law is right,
    No squire in debt nor no poor knight;
    When slanders do not live in tongues,
    Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;
    When usurers tell their gold i' th' field,
    And bawds and whores do churches build:
    Then shall the realm of Albion
    Come to great confusion.
    Then comes the time, who lives to see't,
    That going shall be us'd with feet.
    This prophecy Merlin shall make, for I live before his time. Exit.

47 III / 4
  • Come not in here, nuncle, here's a spirit. Help me, help me!
  • Come not in here, nuncle, here's a spirit. Help me, help me!
  • Edgar. [within] Fathom and half, fathom and half! Poor Tom!

    Fool. Come not in here, nuncle, here's a spirit. Help me, help me!

48 III / 4
  • A spirit, a spirit! He says his name's poor Tom.
  • A spirit, a spirit! He says his name's poor Tom.
  • Earl of Kent. Give me thy hand. Who's there?

    Fool. A spirit, a spirit! He says his name's poor Tom.

49 III / 4
  • Nay, he reserv'd a blanket, else we had been all sham'd.
  • Nay, he reserv'd a blanket, else we had been all sham'd.
  • Lear. What, have his daughters brought him to this pass?
    Couldst thou save nothing? Didst thou give 'em all?

    Fool. Nay, he reserv'd a blanket, else we had been all sham'd.

50 III / 4
  • This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.
  • This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.
  • Edgar. Pillicock sat on Pillicock's Hill. 'Allow, 'allow, loo, loo!

    Fool. This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.

51 III / 4
  • Prithee, nuncle, be contented! 'Tis a naughty night to swim
    in. Now a little...
  • Prithee, nuncle, be contented! 'Tis a naughty night to swim
    in. Now a little fire in a wild field were like an old lecher's
    heart- a small spark, all the rest on's body cold. Look, here
    comes a walking fire.
  • Lear. Why, thou wert better in thy grave than to answer with thy
    uncover'd body this extremity of the skies. Is man no more than
    this? Consider him well. Thou ow'st the worm no silk, the beast
    no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no perfume. Ha! Here's three
    on's are sophisticated! Thou art the thing itself;
    unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked
    animal as thou art. Off, off, you lendings! Come, unbutton
    here.

    Fool. Prithee, nuncle, be contented! 'Tis a naughty night to swim
    in. Now a little fire in a wild field were like an old lecher's
    heart- a small spark, all the rest on's body cold. Look, here
    comes a walking fire.

52 III / 6
  • Prithee, nuncle, tell me whether a madman be a gentleman or a
    yeoman.
  • Prithee, nuncle, tell me whether a madman be a gentleman or a
    yeoman.
  • Edgar. Frateretto calls me, and tells me Nero is an angler in the
    lake of darkness. Pray, innocent, and beware the foul fiend.

    Fool. Prithee, nuncle, tell me whether a madman be a gentleman or a
    yeoman.

53 III / 6
  • No, he's a yeoman that has a gentleman to his son; for he's a
    mad yeoman tha...
  • No, he's a yeoman that has a gentleman to his son; for he's a
    mad yeoman that sees his son a gentleman before him.
  • Lear. A king, a king!

    Fool. No, he's a yeoman that has a gentleman to his son; for he's a
    mad yeoman that sees his son a gentleman before him.

54 III / 6
  • He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's
    health, a boy's lo...
  • He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's
    health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath.
  • Edgar. The foul fiend bites my back.

    Fool. He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's
    health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath.

55 III / 6
  • Her boat hath a leak,
    And she must not speak
    Why she dares...
  • Her boat hath a leak,
    And she must not speak
    Why she dares not come over to thee.
  • Edgar. Look, where he stands and glares! Want'st thou eyes at trial,
    madam?
    Come o'er the bourn, Bessy, to me.

    Fool. Her boat hath a leak,
    And she must not speak
    Why she dares not come over to thee.

56 III / 6
  • Come hither, mistress. Is your name Goneril?
  • Come hither, mistress. Is your name Goneril?
  • Lear. Arraign her first. 'Tis Goneril. I here take my oath before
    this honourable assembly, she kicked the poor King her father.

    Fool. Come hither, mistress. Is your name Goneril?

57 III / 6
  • Cry you mercy, I took you for a joint-stool.
  • Cry you mercy, I took you for a joint-stool.
  • Lear. She cannot deny it.

    Fool. Cry you mercy, I took you for a joint-stool.

58 III / 6
  • And I'll go to bed at noon.
  • And I'll go to bed at noon.
  • Lear. Make no noise, make no noise; draw the curtains.
    So, so, so. We'll go to supper i' th' morning. So, so, so.

    Fool. And I'll go to bed at noon.

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