Speeches (Lines) for Old Man
in "King Lear"

Total: 9

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1

IV,1,2261

Edgar. Yet better thus, and known to be contemn'd,
Than still contemn'd and flatter'd. To be worst,
The lowest and most dejected thing of fortune,
Stands still in esperance, lives not in fear.
The lamentable change is from the best;
The worst returns to laughter. Welcome then,
Thou unsubstantial air that I embrace!
The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst
Owes nothing to thy blasts.
[Enter Gloucester, led by an Old Man.]
But who comes here?
My father, poorly led? World, world, O world!
But that thy strange mutations make us hate thee,
Life would not yield to age.

Old Man. O my good lord,
I have been your tenant, and your father's tenant,
These fourscore years.


2

IV,1,2267

Earl of Gloucester. Away, get thee away! Good friend, be gone.
Thy comforts can do me no good at all;
Thee they may hurt.

Old Man. You cannot see your way.


3

IV,1,2275

Earl of Gloucester. I have no way, and therefore want no eyes;
I stumbled when I saw. Full oft 'tis seen
Our means secure us, and our mere defects
Prove our commodities. Ah dear son Edgar,
The food of thy abused father's wrath!
Might I but live to see thee in my touch,
I'ld say I had eyes again!

Old Man. How now? Who's there?


4

IV,1,2278

Edgar. [aside] O gods! Who is't can say 'I am at the worst'?
I am worse than e'er I was.

Old Man. 'Tis poor mad Tom.


5

IV,1,2281

Edgar. [aside] And worse I may be yet. The worst is not
So long as we can say 'This is the worst.'

Old Man. Fellow, where goest?


6

IV,1,2283

Earl of Gloucester. Is it a beggarman?

Old Man. Madman and beggar too.


7

IV,1,2295

Earl of Gloucester. Is that the naked fellow?

Old Man. Ay, my lord.


8

IV,1,2301

Earl of Gloucester. Then prithee get thee gone. If for my sake
Thou wilt o'ertake us hence a mile or twain
I' th' way toward Dover, do it for ancient love;
And bring some covering for this naked soul,
Who I'll entreat to lead me.

Old Man. Alack, sir, he is mad!


9

IV,1,2305

Earl of Gloucester. 'Tis the time's plague when madmen lead the blind.
Do as I bid thee, or rather do thy pleasure.
Above the rest, be gone.

Old Man. I'll bring him the best 'parel that I have,
Come on't what will. Exit.


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