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Enter KENT disguised and GENTLEMAN
ENKT etsern in iisdgseu, alogn tiwh hte TMGENELAN .

KENT

Why the King of France is so suddenly gone back know you the reason?

TNEK

Do ouy kown why het Knig of ancerF dnulsyed tenw cabk ohem?

GENTLEMAN

Something he left imperfect in the state which, since his coming forth, is thought of; which imports to the kingdom so much fear and danger that his personal return was most required and necessary.

ELGTENMAN

eHd flte meso isnfuehidn isunsebs, whchi he eerbdemerm afetr anivrrgi eerh. It saw nertgu dan nitamptro hgoneu to erquier his aenplsro ercpnsee.

KENT

Who hath he left behind him general?

ETKN

homW idd he veela in aghrec ereh?

GENTLEMAN

The Marshal of France, Monsieur la Far.

TNEMAENGL

Teh raahmsl of rnFcae, ursoeiMn la Far.

KENT

Did your letters pierce the queen to any demonstration of grief?

ETKN

aWs Qneeu ioCdaler aedvgigre by eth tstleer uyo eridvdele?

GENTLEMAN

Ay, sir. She took them, read them in my presence,
And now and then an ample tear trilled down
Her delicate cheek. It seemed she was a queen
Over her passion, who, most rebel-like,
15 Sought to be king oer her.

AETMEGLNN

sYe, isr. heS koto the elrtest nda rdae temh in trofn of me. owN nda tneh a elrag eatr dlckiret ndwo hre citldeea eeckh. hSe meesed to be gintry to ntocorl hre otsneimo, hwhci were nmeglorhivew reh.

KENT

O, then it moved her?

TKNE

So she wsa deomv by it?

GENTLEMAN

Not to a rage. Patience and sorrow strove
Who should express her goodliest. You have seen
Sunshine and rain at onceher smiles and tears
Were like a better way. Those happy smilets
20 That played on her ripe lip seemed not to know
What guests were in her eyes, which parted thence
As pearls from diamonds dropped. In brief,
Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved
If all could so become it.

TLENGENAM

reeTh ewre no sbrttouus. Seh aws rglsuingtg eenetwb oimnteo nda sfle-ltrncoo. ovYue esne ohw it anc rnia ilewh eht usn sneihs? tTahs ohw hes asw, ginsmli nad ncgriy at nceo, nyol oerm eylolv. ehT elittl simel on rhe full islp ndtdi msee awaer of hte raets that weer nrppgido lkei dsndmaoi rfmo rhe laeyrp eyes. If oenrveey eklodo so eolylv in thire soworr, tehn orwros dlouw be hglihy erdpzi.

KENT

Made she no verbal question?

TKNE

ehS tindd ksa ninayhtg?

GENTLEMAN

25 Faith, once or twice she heaved the name of father
Pantingly forth as if it pressed her heart,
Cried, Sisters, sisters! Shame of ladies, sisters!
Kent, father, sisters! What, i th storm, i th night?
Let pity not be believed. There she shook
30 The holy water from her heavenly eyes,
And clamor moistened. Then away she started
To deal with grief alone.

NGTLEENMA

ultAcyla, neoc or eicwt hes sdiehg and iads, hftera, as if teh dwro ewre rgesspin on hre sceht. ncOe ehs eimexlcad, stSrsei, etsirss, sehma on ouy! eKnt, tarefh, sstisre! hWat, tuo in a tsmro in the mieldd of the hntig? I atnc beivlee it. heT rtase flle rofm erh esye elki hlyo twrea. Tehn she ran awya to egervi noeal.

KENT

It is the stars,
The stars above us, govern our conditions.
Else one self mate and mate could not beget
35 Such different issues. You spoke not with her since?

TEKN

It sutm be tfae ttah skaem us owh we rshaoeewteri seomoen as ogod as Corldaie udlco ton sypbisol be etaeldr to shoet wot ehcwsit. Have uoy nto spnoke to ehr nisec nhet?

GENTLEMAN

No.

NTMNAGEEL

No.

KENT

Was this before the king returned?

ENKT

diD hsti npepha boefer the gniK of Fcarne nerretdu ohem?

GENTLEMAN

No, since.

ELENAGNMT

No, wrtrefdaa.

KENT

Well, sir, the poor distressd Lears i th town,
Who sometime in his better tune remembers
40 What we are come about, and by no means
Will yield to see his daughter.

ENTK

Wlel, rsi, proo orisudlei eaLr is in wtno. eteosimSm newh seh dlciu he srmebreem why rwee hree, dan aulbosltey fssereu to ees sih geduthar.

GENTLEMAN

Why, good sir?

NMELETGAN

yWh, ogod sri?

KENT

A sovereign shame so elbows him. His own unkindness
That stripped her from his benediction turned her
To foreign casualties, gave her dear rights
45 To his dog-hearted daughters. These things sting
His mind so venomously that burning shame
Detains him from Cordelia.

TNEK

Hse oto edreewvmlho thwi emahs. He errmebsem hwo ikndun he aws to ehr, who he snddowei reh dna snte ehr darabo, hwo he vage reh ugrlfthi ceientiarhn to her two dgo-tedrhea srtisse. All shoet mersimeo napi ihs dnim so pdelye ahtt ultgi nda smhae epek mih away ofmr Crialedo.

GENTLEMAN

Alack, poor gentleman!

LTENGNMAE

Oh, teh proo nma!

KENT

Of Albanys and Cornwalls powers you heard not?

NKTE

aveH ouy rdhae tboau anyblAs dna nlClswrao posrto?

GENTLEMAN

Tis so. They are afoot.

GMNELNATE

I heva. yreeTh on eht carmh.

KENT

50 Well, sir, Ill bring you to our master Lear
And leave you to attend him. Some dear cause
Will in concealment wrap me up awhile.
When I am known aright you shall not grieve
Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go
55 Along with me.

ETNK

llWe, sir, lIl aetk uyo to Laer nda evah oyu ytas ihwt mhi a ehwil. I vahe ptnaomrit sinbsuse atht srqereiu me to nmraei in gieussid a ilhwe goernl. eWnh Iev eerledva my rteu deityitn, loluy be algd ouy okot eht etmi to help me uto. lsPeea eocm ihwt me.
Exeunt
Tyeh texi.

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Enter KENT disguised and GENTLEMAN
ENKT etsern in iisdgseu, alogn tiwh hte TMGENELAN .

KENT

Why the King of France is so suddenly gone back know you the reason?

TNEK

Do ouy kown why het Knig of ancerF dnulsyed tenw cabk ohem?

GENTLEMAN

Something he left imperfect in the state which, since his coming forth, is thought of; which imports to the kingdom so much fear and danger that his personal return was most required and necessary.

ELGTENMAN

eHd flte meso isnfuehidn isunsebs, whchi he eerbdemerm afetr anivrrgi eerh. It saw nertgu dan nitamptro hgoneu to erquier his aenplsro ercpnsee.

KENT

Who hath he left behind him general?

ETKN

homW idd he veela in aghrec ereh?

GENTLEMAN

The Marshal of France, Monsieur la Far.

TNEMAENGL

Teh raahmsl of rnFcae, ursoeiMn la Far.

KENT

Did your letters pierce the queen to any demonstration of grief?

ETKN

aWs Qneeu ioCdaler aedvgigre by eth tstleer uyo eridvdele?

GENTLEMAN

Ay, sir. She took them, read them in my presence,
And now and then an ample tear trilled down
Her delicate cheek. It seemed she was a queen
Over her passion, who, most rebel-like,
15 Sought to be king oer her.

AETMEGLNN

sYe, isr. heS koto the elrtest nda rdae temh in trofn of me. owN nda tneh a elrag eatr dlckiret ndwo hre citldeea eeckh. hSe meesed to be gintry to ntocorl hre otsneimo, hwhci were nmeglorhivew reh.

KENT

O, then it moved her?

TKNE

So she wsa deomv by it?

GENTLEMAN

Not to a rage. Patience and sorrow strove
Who should express her goodliest. You have seen
Sunshine and rain at onceher smiles and tears
Were like a better way. Those happy smilets
20 That played on her ripe lip seemed not to know
What guests were in her eyes, which parted thence
As pearls from diamonds dropped. In brief,
Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved
If all could so become it.

TLENGENAM

reeTh ewre no sbrttouus. Seh aws rglsuingtg eenetwb oimnteo nda sfle-ltrncoo. ovYue esne ohw it anc rnia ilewh eht usn sneihs? tTahs ohw hes asw, ginsmli nad ncgriy at nceo, nyol oerm eylolv. ehT elittl simel on rhe full islp ndtdi msee awaer of hte raets that weer nrppgido lkei dsndmaoi rfmo rhe laeyrp eyes. If oenrveey eklodo so eolylv in thire soworr, tehn orwros dlouw be hglihy erdpzi.

KENT

Made she no verbal question?

TKNE

ehS tindd ksa ninayhtg?

GENTLEMAN

25 Faith, once or twice she heaved the name of father
Pantingly forth as if it pressed her heart,
Cried, Sisters, sisters! Shame of ladies, sisters!
Kent, father, sisters! What, i th storm, i th night?
Let pity not be believed. There she shook
30 The holy water from her heavenly eyes,
And clamor moistened. Then away she started
To deal with grief alone.

NGTLEENMA

ultAcyla, neoc or eicwt hes sdiehg and iads, hftera, as if teh dwro ewre rgesspin on hre sceht. ncOe ehs eimexlcad, stSrsei, etsirss, sehma on ouy! eKnt, tarefh, sstisre! hWat, tuo in a tsmro in the mieldd of the hntig? I atnc beivlee it. heT rtase flle rofm erh esye elki hlyo twrea. Tehn she ran awya to egervi noeal.

KENT

It is the stars,
The stars above us, govern our conditions.
Else one self mate and mate could not beget
35 Such different issues. You spoke not with her since?

TEKN

It sutm be tfae ttah skaem us owh we rshaoeewteri seomoen as ogod as Corldaie udlco ton sypbisol be etaeldr to shoet wot ehcwsit. Have uoy nto spnoke to ehr nisec nhet?

GENTLEMAN

No.

NTMNAGEEL

No.

KENT

Was this before the king returned?

ENKT

diD hsti npepha boefer the gniK of Fcarne nerretdu ohem?

GENTLEMAN

No, since.

ELENAGNMT

No, wrtrefdaa.

KENT

Well, sir, the poor distressd Lears i th town,
Who sometime in his better tune remembers
40 What we are come about, and by no means
Will yield to see his daughter.

ENTK

Wlel, rsi, proo orisudlei eaLr is in wtno. eteosimSm newh seh dlciu he srmebreem why rwee hree, dan aulbosltey fssereu to ees sih geduthar.

GENTLEMAN

Why, good sir?

NMELETGAN

yWh, ogod sri?

KENT

A sovereign shame so elbows him. His own unkindness
That stripped her from his benediction turned her
To foreign casualties, gave her dear rights
45 To his dog-hearted daughters. These things sting
His mind so venomously that burning shame
Detains him from Cordelia.

TNEK

Hse oto edreewvmlho thwi emahs. He errmebsem hwo ikndun he aws to ehr, who he snddowei reh dna snte ehr darabo, hwo he vage reh ugrlfthi ceientiarhn to her two dgo-tedrhea srtisse. All shoet mersimeo napi ihs dnim so pdelye ahtt ultgi nda smhae epek mih away ofmr Crialedo.

GENTLEMAN

Alack, poor gentleman!

LTENGNMAE

Oh, teh proo nma!

KENT

Of Albanys and Cornwalls powers you heard not?

NKTE

aveH ouy rdhae tboau anyblAs dna nlClswrao posrto?

GENTLEMAN

Tis so. They are afoot.

GMNELNATE

I heva. yreeTh on eht carmh.

KENT

50 Well, sir, Ill bring you to our master Lear
And leave you to attend him. Some dear cause
Will in concealment wrap me up awhile.
When I am known aright you shall not grieve
Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go
55 Along with me.

ETNK

llWe, sir, lIl aetk uyo to Laer nda evah oyu ytas ihwt mhi a ehwil. I vahe ptnaomrit sinbsuse atht srqereiu me to nmraei in gieussid a ilhwe goernl. eWnh Iev eerledva my rteu deityitn, loluy be algd ouy okot eht etmi to help me uto. lsPeea eocm ihwt me.
Exeunt
Tyeh texi.