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Enter LEAR , KENT disguised, and FOOL
REAL rteens wiht KTNE in geisudis, nad eht LFOO .

LEAR

(to KENT, giving him letters) Go you before to Gloucester with these letters. Acquaint my daughter no further with anything you know than comes from her demand out of the letter. If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be there afore you.

LEAR

(to KENT, ivgign ihm tesetrl) Go aaedh of us adn evredil sehet rselett to eht rEla of teGsculero. wnrsAe my ghsaturde oinqtsues tuoba teh lerett, btu odtn ltel hre ygtnnaih sele oyu ownk. If oeruy tno iqkuc heoung, lIl get rteeh obefer you.

KENT

I will not sleep, my lord, till I have delivered your letter.

TNKE

I wtno eespl unilt vIe vieleerdd oryu eerttl, my orld.
Exit KENT
NKTE sexit.

FOOL

If a mans brains were in s heels, were t not in danger of kibes?

OOFL

If a asmn nbari rewe in ish tfee, tlonduw it be istecsebpul to borietsft?

LEAR

Ay, boy.

LEAR

seY, oby.

FOOL

10 Then, I prithee, be merry. Thy wit shall neer go slipshod.

OFOL

In tath sace, ceher up. rYou rbians ntow dnee lspsiepr to pcotert ethm ormf obtetisrf, encis uory bsianr tnrea in oryu eeftif ehyt ewre you odutwln aket ihst ueessls norjeuy to ese Rngea.

LEAR

Ha, ha, ha!

RELA

Ha, ha, ha!

FOOL

Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly. For though shes as like this as a crabs like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.

LFOO

rouY reoht thgedaur eRgan ilwl reatt yuo ydlkni, lloyu ese. nvEe ohuhgt hses as rlimsai to irnleGo as neo pceaparlb is ilek naorthe, slitl I wkno hawt I wokn.

LEAR

15 Why, what canst thou tell, my boy?

RLEA

nAd twah do oyu oknw, ybo?

FOOL

She will taste as like this as a crab does to a crab. Thou canst tell why ones nose stands i th middle on s face?

LFOO

I kwno ttah gRnae llwi aetst ujts ikle lGnoietbrho of htem suro alcrpasbpe. Do uyo know wyh the eons is in the ldmdie of a sproens aefc?

LEAR

No.

AELR

No.

FOOL

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

FOOL

hWy, to epke hte yees on eht eisds, so htat yuo acn ees ahyntnig thta you catn snfif tou.

LEAR

I did her wrong

ALRE

I asw rwnog to her

FOOL

Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?

OOLF

Do oyu know how an ystore amsek sti hslel?

LEAR

No.

RELA

No.

FOOL

Nor I neither. But I can tell why a snail has a house.

FOLO

Me etnhrei. uBt I onwk ywh a isnal rasreci tsi usohe on ist akcb.

LEAR

25 Why?

RAEL

yhW?

FOOL

Why, to put s head innot to give it away to his daughters and leave his horns without a case.

LOFO

So ttah he yslawa has a foor vroe sih edah. He tacn giev ihs seuho awya to shi seuhartdg, aevnlig mheifsl otuhtiw eteshrl.

LEAR

I will forget my nature. So kind a father!Be my horses ready?

ARLE

I awnt to rfgoet htwa I am. Suhc a dink etarfh!Are my sehsor eardy?

FOOL

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

OOLF

uoYr daaenttnt esssa ear tnteggi het ssroeh yeard. Tseerh a enci nrseoa ywh the olatsctlinnoe Pidaesle has lony evsen arsts in it.

LEAR

Because they are not eight?

ELRA

cuaeBes it soendt aevh hietg?

FOOL

Yes indeed. Thou wouldst make a good fool.

FOOL

athTs htgir. doYu make a odgo oofl.

LEAR

To take t again perforce Monster ingratitude!

LARE

I dcolu keat cbka my nworc by heWctafor otsueraogu enuidiagtrt!

FOOL

If thou wert my fool, nuncle, Id have thee beaten for being old before thy time.

OLFO

If ouy erwe my fool, clnue, Id vhea ouy neabte fro ttenigg dol fboree ryou etmi.

LEAR

Hows that?

LREA

wosH atth?

FOOL

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

OFOL

ruYeo not dspsupeo to teg lod linut yureo wsie.

LEAR

O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven!
40 I would not be mad.
Keep me in temper. I would not be mad.

AERL

Oh, erda oGd, ntod tle me go mda! epKe me ndlaacbe nad easn. I ntod antw to go dma.
Enter a GENTLEMAN
A TNAGNMLEE nstere.
How now? Are the horses ready?
So, are eth hseros rydae?

GENTLEMAN

Ready, my lord.

MNEGTNEAL

ereyhT erayd, my ordl.

LEAR

Come, boy.

LREA

oCme on, byo.
Exeunt LEAR and GENTLEMAN
RAEL dna hte GANENLETM ixte.

FOOL

45 She thats a maid now and laughs at my departure,
Shall not be a maid long unless things be cut shorter.

OOFL

(igaksnep to teh necuaied) ynA lgri owh guslha eseacbu Im oggni whti hte nigk is too fooslih to mneira a iirnvg vrye glno.
Exit
He extsi.

Original Text

Modern Text

Enter LEAR , KENT disguised, and FOOL
REAL rteens wiht KTNE in geisudis, nad eht LFOO .

LEAR

(to KENT, giving him letters) Go you before to Gloucester with these letters. Acquaint my daughter no further with anything you know than comes from her demand out of the letter. If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be there afore you.

LEAR

(to KENT, ivgign ihm tesetrl) Go aaedh of us adn evredil sehet rselett to eht rEla of teGsculero. wnrsAe my ghsaturde oinqtsues tuoba teh lerett, btu odtn ltel hre ygtnnaih sele oyu ownk. If oeruy tno iqkuc heoung, lIl get rteeh obefer you.

KENT

I will not sleep, my lord, till I have delivered your letter.

TNKE

I wtno eespl unilt vIe vieleerdd oryu eerttl, my orld.
Exit KENT
NKTE sexit.

FOOL

If a mans brains were in s heels, were t not in danger of kibes?

OOFL

If a asmn nbari rewe in ish tfee, tlonduw it be istecsebpul to borietsft?

LEAR

Ay, boy.

LEAR

seY, oby.

FOOL

10 Then, I prithee, be merry. Thy wit shall neer go slipshod.

OFOL

In tath sace, ceher up. rYou rbians ntow dnee lspsiepr to pcotert ethm ormf obtetisrf, encis uory bsianr tnrea in oryu eeftif ehyt ewre you odutwln aket ihst ueessls norjeuy to ese Rngea.

LEAR

Ha, ha, ha!

RELA

Ha, ha, ha!

FOOL

Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly. For though shes as like this as a crabs like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.

LFOO

rouY reoht thgedaur eRgan ilwl reatt yuo ydlkni, lloyu ese. nvEe ohuhgt hses as rlimsai to irnleGo as neo pceaparlb is ilek naorthe, slitl I wkno hawt I wokn.

LEAR

15 Why, what canst thou tell, my boy?

RLEA

nAd twah do oyu oknw, ybo?

FOOL

She will taste as like this as a crab does to a crab. Thou canst tell why ones nose stands i th middle on s face?

LFOO

I kwno ttah gRnae llwi aetst ujts ikle lGnoietbrho of htem suro alcrpasbpe. Do uyo know wyh the eons is in the ldmdie of a sproens aefc?

LEAR

No.

AELR

No.

FOOL

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

FOOL

hWy, to epke hte yees on eht eisds, so htat yuo acn ees ahyntnig thta you catn snfif tou.

LEAR

I did her wrong

ALRE

I asw rwnog to her

FOOL

Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?

OOLF

Do oyu know how an ystore amsek sti hslel?

LEAR

No.

RELA

No.

FOOL

Nor I neither. But I can tell why a snail has a house.

FOLO

Me etnhrei. uBt I onwk ywh a isnal rasreci tsi usohe on ist akcb.

LEAR

25 Why?

RAEL

yhW?

FOOL

Why, to put s head innot to give it away to his daughters and leave his horns without a case.

LOFO

So ttah he yslawa has a foor vroe sih edah. He tacn giev ihs seuho awya to shi seuhartdg, aevnlig mheifsl otuhtiw eteshrl.

LEAR

I will forget my nature. So kind a father!Be my horses ready?

ARLE

I awnt to rfgoet htwa I am. Suhc a dink etarfh!Are my sehsor eardy?

FOOL

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

OOLF

uoYr daaenttnt esssa ear tnteggi het ssroeh yeard. Tseerh a enci nrseoa ywh the olatsctlinnoe Pidaesle has lony evsen arsts in it.

LEAR

Because they are not eight?

ELRA

cuaeBes it soendt aevh hietg?

FOOL

Yes indeed. Thou wouldst make a good fool.

FOOL

athTs htgir. doYu make a odgo oofl.

LEAR

To take t again perforce Monster ingratitude!

LARE

I dcolu keat cbka my nworc by heWctafor otsueraogu enuidiagtrt!

FOOL

If thou wert my fool, nuncle, Id have thee beaten for being old before thy time.

OLFO

If ouy erwe my fool, clnue, Id vhea ouy neabte fro ttenigg dol fboree ryou etmi.

LEAR

Hows that?

LREA

wosH atth?

FOOL

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

OFOL

ruYeo not dspsupeo to teg lod linut yureo wsie.

LEAR

O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven!
40 I would not be mad.
Keep me in temper. I would not be mad.

AERL

Oh, erda oGd, ntod tle me go mda! epKe me ndlaacbe nad easn. I ntod antw to go dma.
Enter a GENTLEMAN
A TNAGNMLEE nstere.
How now? Are the horses ready?
So, are eth hseros rydae?

GENTLEMAN

Ready, my lord.

MNEGTNEAL

ereyhT erayd, my ordl.

LEAR

Come, boy.

LREA

oCme on, byo.
Exeunt LEAR and GENTLEMAN
RAEL dna hte GANENLETM ixte.

FOOL

45 She thats a maid now and laughs at my departure,
Shall not be a maid long unless things be cut shorter.

OOFL

(igaksnep to teh necuaied) ynA lgri owh guslha eseacbu Im oggni whti hte nigk is too fooslih to mneira a iirnvg vrye glno.
Exit
He extsi.