King Lear

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 7

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O cruel! O you gods!
Oh, so cruel! Oh dear gods!

REGAN

70One side will mock another—th' other too.

REGAN

Now he’s a little crooked. Gouge out the other eye too.

CORNWALL

If you see vengeance—

CORNWALL

If you see vengeance—

FIRST SERVANT

Hold your hand, my lord!
I have served you ever since I was a child.
But better service have I never done you
75Than now to bid you hold.

FIRST SERVANT

Stop, my lord! I’ve served you since childhood, but I’ve never done you a better service than telling you to stop.

REGAN

   How now, you dog?

REGAN

What’s this, you dog?

FIRST SERVANT

If you did wear a beard upon your chin,
I’d shake it on this quarrel. What do you mean?

FIRST SERVANT

I am willing to fight you if I must. What do you mean by all this?

CORNWALL

My villein!

CORNWALL

My peasant, acting like this?

FIRST SERVANT

Nay then, come on, and take the chance of anger.

FIRST SERVANT

Come on then. Over my dead body.
FIRST SERVANT and CORNWALL draw and fight CORNWALL is wounded
The FIRST SERVANT and CORNWALL draw swords and fight. CORNWALL is wounded.

REGAN

80 (to another servant)
Give me thy sword.—A peasant stand up thus?
(takes a sword, runs at FIRST SERVANT behind, and kills him)

REGAN

(to another servant) Give me your sword.—A lowly peasant defying his lord like this?
She takes a sword and stabs the FIRST SERVANT from behind, killing him.

FIRST SERVANT

Oh, I am slain!—My lord, you have one eye left
To see some mischief on him. Oh!
85 (dies)

FIRST SERVANT

I am dying!—My lord, you still have one eye left to see Cornwall punished. Oh!(he dies)

CORNWALL

Lest it see more, prevent it.—Out, vile jelly!

CORNWALL

We’ll just have to stop him from seeing ever again. Out, vile jelly, pop out of your eye sockets!