Boydell, John, 1719-1804 / The gallery of illustrations for Shakespeare's dramatic works
Plate XCIV. King Lear
PLATE XCIV. Lear Act III. Scene IV THE HEATH. BEFORE A HOVEL. KING LEAR, KENT, FOOL, LDGAR (disguised as a Madman), and GL 0 UCESTER, with a torch. Lear.-Why, thou wert better in thy grave than to answer with thy uncovered body this extremity of the skies. Is man no more than this? Consider him well. Thou owest the worm no silk, the beast no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no perfume. Ha! here's three on's are sophisticated! Thou art the thing itself: Un- accommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art. Off, off, you lendings! come, unbutton here. [Tearing off his clothes. FooL-I~rithee, nuncle, be contented; 'tis a naughty night to swim in. Now a little fire in a wild field were like an old lecher's heart; a small spark, all the rest on's body cold. Look, here comes a walking fire. Enter GLOUCESTER, with a torch. Edgar.-This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet: he begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock; he gives the web and the pin, squints the eye, and makes the hare-lip; mildews the white wheat, and hurts the poor creature of earth. ai~~ted by BENYAMIN WEST, R. A.
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