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King Lear: Act 4 Scene 4
Scene IV The same. A tent.
- [Enter, with drum and colours, CORDELIA, Doctor, and Soldiers]
- Alack, 'tis he: why, he was met even now
- As mad as the vex'd sea; singing aloud;
- Crown'd with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds,
- With bur-docks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers,
- Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow
- In our sustaining corn. A century send forth;
- Search every acre in the high-grown field,
- And bring him to our eye.
- [Exit an Officer]
- What can man's wisdom
- In the restoring his bereaved sense?
- He that helps him take all my outward worth.
- There is means, madam:
- Our foster-nurse of nature is repose,
- The which he lacks; that to provoke in him,
- Are many simples operative, whose power
- Will close the eye of anguish.
- All blest secrets,
- All you unpublish'd virtues of the earth,
- Spring with my tears! be aidant and remediate
- In the good man's distress! Seek, seek for him;
- Lest his ungovern'd rage dissolve the life
- That wants the means to lead it.
- [Enter a Messenger]
- News, madam;
- The British powers are marching hitherward.
- 'Tis known before; our preparation stands
- In expectation of them. O dear father,
- It is thy business that I go about;
- Therefore great France
- My mourning and important tears hath pitied.
- No blown ambition doth our arms incite,
- But love, dear love, and our aged father's right:
- Soon may I hear and see him!