King Lear

by: William Shakespeare

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The grief hath crazed my wits. What a night’s this!
160 (to LEAR) I do beseech your grace—
What a storm! (to LEAR) Your highness, please, I’m begging you—

LEAR

   O, cry your mercy, sir.—
(to EDGAR) Noble philosopher, your company.

LEAR

Excuse me, sir.—(to EDGAR) Noble philosopher, come talk to me.

EDGAR

     Tom’s a-cold.

EDGAR

Tom’s chilly.

GLOUCESTER

In, fellow. There, into th' hovel. Keep thee warm.

GLOUCESTER

Get into the hut, man. Stay warm.

LEAR

Come let’s in all.

LEAR

Come on, let’s all go inside.

KENT

   This way, my lord.

KENT

This way, my lord.

LEAR

(indicating EDGAR)
      With him!
165I will keep still with my philosopher.

LEAR

(pointing to EDGAR) I’ll go with him. I want to stay with my philosopher.

KENT

(to GLOUCESTER)
Good my lord, soothe him. Let him take the fellow.

KENT

(to GLOUCESTER) My lord, calm him down. Let him take that guy inside too.

GLOUCESTER

Take him you on.

GLOUCESTER

All right, bring him along.

KENT

(to EDGAR) Sirrah, come on. Go along with us.

KENT

(to EDGAR) Boy, come along with us.

LEAR

170Come, good Athenian.

LEAR

Come on, my dear Greek philosopher.

GLOUCESTER

   No words, no words. Hush.

GLOUCESTER

Hush, don’t talk.

EDGAR

Child Roland to the dark tower came,
His word was still “Fie, foh, and fum,
I smell the blood of a British man.”

EDGAR

The young knight Roland came to the dark tower.
He said, “Fee, fie, fo, fum,
I smell the blood of an Englishman.”
Exeunt
They all exit.