King Lear

How chance the King
comes with so small
a number?

An thou hadst been
set i' th' stocks
for that question,

thou hadst
well deserved it.

We'll set thee
to school to an ant,

to teach thee
there's no labouring
i' th' winter.

All that follow their nose
are led by their eyes
but blind men;

and there's not one nose
among twenty but can
smell him that's stinking.

Let go thy hold
when a great wheel
runs down the hill,

lest it break thy neck
with following;

but the great one
that goes upward,

let him draw thee after.
When a wise man
gives thee better counsel,
give me mine again.

I would have none
but knaves follow it,
since a fool gives it.

That, sir,
# Which serves and seeks for gain #
# And follows but for form #
# Will pack when it begins to rain #
# And leave thee in the storm ##
Where learn'd
you this, fool?

Not i' th' stocks, fool.
Deny to speak with me?
They are sick!
They are weary!
They have travelled all night!

Fetch me a better answer!
My dear lord,
you know the fiery
quality of the Duke.

Fiery? What quality?
Why, Gloucester... Gloucester,
I'd speak with the Duke
of Cornwall and his wife.

Well, my good lord,
I have inform'd them so.

Inform'd them!
Dost thou understand me, man?
Ay, my good lord.
The King would speak
with Cornwall.

The dear father would
with his daughter speak;

commands her service.
Are they inform'd of this?
My breath and blood! Fiery?
The fiery Duke?