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.