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not you

But love, dear love, and our aged father's right: Diminish'd to her cock;; her cock, a buoy
Soon may I hear, and see him.

[Excunt. Almost too small for sight: The murmuring

surge, SCENE V.-A Room in Gloster's Castle. That on the unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes, Enter REGAN and Steward.

Cannot be heard so high :-I'll look no more ;

Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight Reg. But are my brother's powers set forth?

Toppleú down headlong.

Ay, madam.

Set me where you stand. Reg.


Elg. Give me your hand : You are now within In person there?

a toot Slew. Madam, with much ado:

of the extreme verge: for all beneath the moon Your sister is the better soldier.

Would I not leap upright. Reg. Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at


Let go my hand. home?

Here, friend, is another purse; in it a jewel Stew. No, madam.

Well worth a poor man's taking: Fairies, and gods, Reg. What might import my sister's letter to him? Prosper it with thee! Go thou further off'; Stew. I know not, lady.

Bid me farewell, and let me hear thee going. Reg. 'Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.

Edg. Now fare you well, good sir. It was great ignorance, Gloster's eyes being out,

Seems to go. To let him live; where he arrives, he moves


With all my heart. All hearts against us: Edmund. I think, is gone, Eilg. Why I do trifle thus with his despair, In pity of his misery, to dispatch

Is done to cure it. His nighted lite; moreover, to descry

Glo. The strength o' the enemy.

O you mighty gods! Stew. I must needs after him, madam, with my Shake patiently my great aftliction off:

This world I do renounce; and, in your sights, letter.

11 I could bear it longer, and not fall Reg.Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay with us;

To quarrel with your great opposcless wills,
The ways are dangerous.

My snuff, and loathed part of nature, should
I may not, madam;

Burn itself out.
My lady charged my duty in this business.

Ir Edgar live, 0, bless him!

Now tellow, fare thee well. Reg. Why should she write to Edmund ? Might

(He leaps, and falls along.

Edg. Transport her purposes by word? Belike,

Gone, sir! farewell. Something-I know not what :-1'll love thee And yet I know not how conceit may rob much,

The treasury of life, when lite itself Let me unseal the letter.

Yields to the theft: Had he been where he thought, Stew.

Madam, I had rather-By this, had thought been past.--- Alive, or dead? Reg. I know, your lady does not love her husband; Ho, you sir! friend !-Hear you ! sir!--speak, I am sure of that: and, at her late being here,

Thus inight he pass indeed :-Yet he revives : She gave strange wiliads, and most speaking looks

What are you, sir?

Glo. To noble Edmund: I know you are of her bosom.

Away, and let me die. Stew. 1, madam ?

Eilg. Hadst thou been aught but gossamer, Reg. I speak in understanding; you are, I

feathers, air, know it:

So many fathom down precipitating, Therefore, I do advise you, take this note :3

Thou hadst shiver'd like an egg: but thou dost My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talk'd;

breathe; And more convenient is he for my hand,

Hast heavy substance; bleed'st not; speak’st; art Than for your lady's :-You may gather more.

sound. If you do find him, pray you, give him this:

Ten masts at each make not the altitude,
And when your mistress hears thus much from you, Thy life's a miracle : Speak yet again.

Which thou hast perpendicularly tell;
I pray, desire her call her wisdom to her.
So, fare you well.

Glo. But have I fallen, or no?
If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor,

Edlg. From the dread suminit of this chalky Prefernient falls on him that cuts him off.

bourn; Slew. 'Would I could meet him, madain ; I would Look up a-height;--the shrill-gorged lark so far show

Cannot be seen or heard : do but look up.
What party I do follow.

GW. Alack, I have no eyes.-
Fare thee well. [ Exeunt. Is wretchedness deprived that benefit,

To end itself by death? 'Twas yet some comfort, SCENE VI.-The Country near Dover.

When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage,

And frustrate his proud will. Enter GLOSTER, and EDGAR dressed like a Peasant.


Give me your arm: Glo. When shall we come to the top of that same Up:-S0;-How is't? Feel you your legs? You hill?

stand. Edg. You do climb up it now; look, how we Glo. Too well, too well. labor.


This is above all strangeness. Glo. Methinks, the ground is even.

Upon the crown o'the cliff, what thing was that Eig.

Horrible steep; Which parted from you? Hark, do you hear the sea ?


A poor unfortunate beggar. Gl.

No, truly.

Edg. As I stood here below, methought, his eyes Elg. Why,then your other senses grow imperfect Were two full moons; he had a thousand noses, By your eyes' anguish.

Horns whelk’d,' and waved like the enridged sea; Glo.

So may it be, indeed: It was some tiend: Therefore, thou happy father, Methinks, thy voice is alter'd; and thou speak'st Think that the clearesti gods, who make them In better phrase, and matter, than thou didst.

honors Edg. You are much deceiv’d; in nothing am I of men's impossibilities, have preserved thee. changed,

Glo. I do remeinber now: henceforth I'll bear But in my garments.

Affliction, till it do cry out itself, Glo.

Methinks, you are better spoken. Enough, enough, and die. 'That thing you speak of, Edg. Come on, sir; here's the place :--stand I took it for a man; often 'twould say, still.--How tearful

The fiend, the fiend: he led me to that place. And dizzy 'tis to cast one's eyes so low!

Edg. Bear iree and patient thoughts. But who The crows, and choughs, that wing the midway air,

comes here? Show scarce so gross as beetles: Half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire ;4 dreadiul trade!

Enter LEAR, fantastically dressed up with Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head :

Flourers. The fishermen, that walk upon the beach,

The safer sense will ne'er accommodate Appear like mice; and yon' tall anchoring bark, His master thus. 9 A cast, or significant glance of the eye.

• Her cock-boat.

• Tumble. * Observe what I am saving.

. Thus might he die in reality. • Shrill-throated. • A vegetable gathered for pickling.

• Twisted, convolved.

· The purest.

Lear. No, they cannot touch me for coining; Through latter'd clothes small vices do appear; I am the king himself.

Robes, and furr'd gowns, hide all. Plate sin with Edg. O thou side-piercing sight!

gold, Lear. Nature's above art in that respect:- 'There's And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks. your press-money. That fellow handles his bow like

Arm it in rays, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it. a crow-keeper: draw me a clothier's yard.---Look: None does oflend, none, I say, none; I'll able 'em : look, a mouse! Peace, peace ;-this piece of toasted Take that of me, my friend, who have the power cheese will doʻt.-- There's my gauntlet; I'll prove To seal the accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes; it on a giant.-Bring up the brown bills-0, well And, like a scurvy politician, seem flown. bird!-i' the clout, i' the clout: hewgh!- To see the things thou dost not.--Now, now, now, Give the word.5

now: Elg. Sweet marjoram.

Pull off my boots :-harder, harder; so. Lear. Pass.

Edg. O, matter and imperuency mix'd! Glo. I know that voice.

Reason in madness! Lecr. Ha! Goneril!--with a white beard !- They Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my flatter'd me like a dog; and told me, I had white

eyes. hairs in my beard, ere the black ones were there. I know thee well enough; thy name is Gloster. To say ay, and no, to every thing I said !-Ay and Thou must be patient; we came crying hither. no too was no good divinity. When the rain came

Thou know'st the first time that we smell the air, to wet me once, and the wind to make me chatter; We wawl, and cry:- I will preach to thee; mark when the thunder would not peace at my bidding;

me. there I found them, there I smelt them out. Go to, Glo. Alack, alack the day! they are not men o'their words: they told me I was Lear. When we are born, we cry, that we are every thing; 'tis a lie; I am not ague-proof.

come Glo. The trick of that voice I do well remember: To this great stage of fools ;-This a good block ?8 Is't not the king?

It were a delicate stratagem, to shoe
Ay, every inch a king:

A troop of horse with felt: I'll put it in proof;
When I do stare, see, how the subject quakes. And when I have stolen upon these sons-in-law,
I pardon that man's life; what was thy cause ?- Then kill, ki!l, kill, kill, kill, kill.
Thou shalt not die: Die for adultery! No:

Enter a Gentleman, with Attendants. The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly

Gent. O, here he is; lay hand upon him.-Sir, Does lecher in my sight.

Your most dear daughterLet copulation thrive, for Gloster's bastard son Lear. No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am even Was kinder to his father, than my daughters The natural fool of fortune.- Use me well; Gut 'tween the lawful sheets,

You shall have ransom.

Let me have a surgeon, To't, luxury, pell-mell, for I lack soldiers.- I am cut to the brains. Behold yon' simpering dame,


You shall have any thing. Whose face between her forks presageth snow; Lear. No seconds ? All myself? That minceth virtue, and does shake the head Why, this would make a man, a man of salt,9 To hear of pleasure's name;

To use his eyes for garden water-pots, The fitchew, nor the soiled horse, goes to't Ay, and for laying autumn's dust. With a more riotous appetite.


Good sir, Down from the waist they are centaurs,

Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom : Though women all above;

What? Bu: to the girdle do the gods inherit,

I will be jovial: come, come; I am a king, Beneath is all the tiend's; there's hell, there's dark- My masters, know you that?

Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you. There is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you get it, stench, consumption ;-Fie, tie, fie! pah; pah! you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa. Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to

(Exit, running; Attendants follow. sweeten my imagination: there's money for thee.

Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch; Gło. 0, let me kiss that hand!

Past speaking of in a king !- Thou hast one Leur. Let me wipe it first; it smells of mortality.

daughter, G!0. () ruin'd piece of nature! This great world

Who redeems nature from the general curse Shall so wear out to naught.- Dost thou know me?

Which twain have brought her to. Lear. I remember thine eyes well enough. Dost

Edg. Hail, gentle sir. thou squinyi at me? No, doihy worst, blind Cupid; Gent. Sir, speed you: What's your will ? I'll not love.-Rcad thou this challenge; mark but

Edg. Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward ? the penning of it.

Gent. Most sure, and vulgar; every one hears Glo. Were all the letters suns, I could not see one.

that, Eig. I would not take this from report ;-it is, Which can distinguish sound. And my heart breaks at it.


But by your favor, Lear. Read.

How near's the other army? Glo. What, with the case of eyes?

Gent. Near, and on speedy foot; the main descry Lear. O, bo, are you there with me?

Stands on the hourly thought. in your head, nor no money in your purse? Your


I thank you, sir: that's all. eyes are in a heavy case, your purse in a light: Genit. Though that the queen on special cause is Yet you see how this world gocs.

here, Glo. I see it feelingly.

Her army is mov'd on. Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how this


I thank you, sir. (Exit Gent. world goes, with no eyes. Look with thine ears;

Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath from see how yon' justice rails upon yon' simple thief.

me; Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handy. Let not my worser spirit2 tempt me again dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?-- To die before you please! Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar?


Well pray you, father. Glo. Ay, sir.

Glo. Now, good sir, what are you?' Lear. And the creature run from the cur? There thou might'st behold the great image of authority:

Edg. A most poor man, made tame by fortune's

blows; a dog's obey'd in oflice. Thou rascal beadle, hold thy blcody hand:

Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows,

Am pregnant to good pity. Give me your hand, Why dost thou lash that whore? Štrip thine own

I'll lead you to some biding. back;


Hearty thanks: Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind

The bounty and the benizon3 of heaven For which thou whipp'st her. The usurer hangs To boot, and boot !4 the cozener.

Block anciently signified the head part of a hat. * An arrow of a cloth-yard long.

• Battle-axes.

i. A man of tears. • The white mark for archers to aim at.

· The main body is expected to be descried every hour The watch-word. & Likeness, manner. + Look asquint. · Evil genius. Blessing. • Reward, recompense.



No eyes

Enter Steward.

| These weeds are memories of those worser hours ; Stew. A proclaim'd prize! Most happy! I pr’ythee, put them off.

Kent. That eyeless head of thine was tirst framed flesh

Pardon me, dear madam; To raise my fortunes.- Thou old unhappy traitor, Yet to be known, shortens my made intent: Brietly thyself remember :-The sword is out

My boon I make it, that you know me not,

Till time and I think meet.
That must destroy thee.

Now let thy friendly hand Cor. Then be it so, my good lord.—How does Put strength enough to it. (EDGAR opposes.

the king ?

[To the Physician. Stew. Wherefore, bold peasant,

Phys. Madam, sleeps still. Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence;

Cor. O you kind gods, Lest that the infection of his fortune take

Cure this great breach of his abused nature!
Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.

Th’untuned and jarring senses, 0, wind up,
Elg.Ch’ill not let go, zir, without vurther'casion. Of this child-changed father!
Stew. Let go, slave, or thou diest.

Phys. So please your majesty, Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait,5 and let That we may wake the king ? he hath slept long. poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been swagger'd out Cor. Be governd by your knowledge, and proceed of my life, 'twould not ha' been so long as 'tis by a

l' the sway of your own will. Is he array'd ? vortnight. Nay, come not near the old man; keep

Gent. Ay, madam: in the heaviness of his sleep, out, che vor' ye, or ise try whether your costardo

We put fresh garments on him. or my bat? be the harder; Ch’ill be plain with you.

Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do awake Stew. Out, dunghill!

him; Edg. Ch’ill pick your teeth, zir: Come; no mat- I doubt not of his temperance.

Cor. ter vor your toins.

Very well. (They fight; and Edgar knocks him down. Phys. Please you, draw near.-Louder the muStew. Slave, thou hast slain me:-Villain, take

sic there! my purse;

Cor. O my dear father! Restoration, hang If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;

Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss And give the letters, which thou find'st about me,

Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters To Edmund earl of Gloster: seek him out

Have in thy reverence made!

kent. Upon the British party :—0, untimely death!.

Kind and dear princess!

[ Dies. Cor. Had you not been their father, these white Edg. I know thee well: a serviceable villain;

flakes As duteous to the vices of your mistress,

Had challenged pity of them. Was this a face As badness would desire.

To be expos'd against the warring winds? Glo.

What, is he dead? To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder? Edg. Sit you down, father; rest you.

In the most terrible and nimble stroke Let's see his pockets: these letters, that he speaks of, at quick, cross lightning? to watch (poor perdu !?) May be my friends.--He's dead: I am only sorry

With this thin helm ?3 Mine enemy's dog, He had no other death's man.--Let us see:

Though he had bitme,should have stood that night Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blame us not: Against my fire; And wast thou fain, poor father, To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their hearts; To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn, Their papers, is more lawful.

In short and musty straw? Alack, alack! [Reads.] Let our reciprocal vows be remembered. Tis wonder, that ihy life and wits at once You have many opportunities to cut him of: if Had not concluded all. He wakes; speak to him. your will want not, time and place will be fruit

Phys. Madam, do you ; 'tis littest. fully offered. There is nothing done, if he return

Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares your the conqueror : Then am I the prisoner, and his bed . majesty ? my gaol; from the loothed warmth whereof deliver Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'the mie, and supply the place for your labor.

Your wife, (so I would say,) and your Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
affectionate servant,

Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears

Do scald like molten lead.

Corr. O undistinguish'd space of woman's will !

Sir, do you know me? A plot upon her virtuous husband's life;

Lear. Yon are a spirit, I know: When did you And the exchange, my brother! -Here, in the

die? sands,

Cor. Still, still, far wide! Thiee I'll rake up, the post unsanctified

Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone awhile. Of murderous lechers; and, in the mature time,

Lear. Where have I been ?-Where am I !-Fair With this ungracious pa per strike the sight

day-light?Of the death-practis'd duke: For him 'tis well, I am migbiily abused.--I should even die with pity, That of thy death and business I can tell.

To see another thus. I know not what to say.[Exit Edgar, dragging out the Body. I will not swear, these are my hands:-let's see; Glo. The king is mad: How stiilis my vile sense,

I feel this pin prick. 'Would I were assured That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling

Of my condition. Of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract:

Cur. 0, look upon me, sir, So should my thoughts be sever'd from my griefs; And hold your hands in benediction o'er me.And woes, by wrong imagination, lose

No, sir, you must not kneel. The knowledge of themselves.


Pray, do not mock me:

I am a very foolish fond old man,
Re-enler EDGAR.

Fourscore, and upwards; and, to deal plainly, Edg.

Give me your hand : I fear, I am not in my perfect mind. Far oif, methinks, I hear the beaten drum.

Methinks, I should know you, and know this man; Come, father, I'll bestow you with a friend. Yet I am doubtful : for I am mainly ignorant

(Exeunt. What place this is; and all the skill I have

Remembers not these garinents; nor I know not SCENE VIL-A Tent in the French Camp. Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh at me. LEAR on a Bed, asleep; Physician, Gentleman, and For, as I am a man, I think this lady others attending. Enter CORDELIA and KENT.

To be my child Cordelia.

Cor. Cor. O thou good Kent, how shall I 'live, and

And so I am, I am.

Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, faith. I pray, work, To match thy goodness ? My life will be too short, If you have poison for me, I will drink it.

weep not: And every measure fail me. Kent. To be acknowledg'd, madam, is o'erpaid.

I know, you do not love me; for your sisters

Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:
All my reports go with the modest truth;
Nor more, nor clipp'd, but so.

You have some cause, they have not.

Be better suited:1

No cause, no cause.

Lear. Am I in France ? Go your way.

& Head. Club. • Thrusts. I'll cover thee (the dead steward) in the sands.

9 The allusion is to the forlorn hope in an army, called Dressed.

in French, enfans perdus. • Thin covering of hair.



In your own kingdom, sir. Kent.

Most certain, sir. Lear. Do not abuse me.

Gent. Who is conductor of his people? Phys. Be comforted, good madam: the great Kent.

As 'tis said, rage,

The bastard son of Gloster. You see, is cured in him; and yet it is danger


They say, Edgar, To make him even“ o'er the time he has lost. His banish'd son, is with the earl of Kent Desire him to go in; trouble him no more,

In Germany Till further settling.

Kent. Report is changeable. Cor. Will't please your highness walk?

'Tis time to look about; the powers o' the kingdom Lear.

You must bear with me: Approach a pace. Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old and foolish. Gent. The arbitrement is like to be a bloody. (Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, Physician, Fare you well, sir.

[Erit. and Attendants.

Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly Gent. Holds it true, sir,

wrought, That the duke of Cornwall was so slain ?

Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought. (Exit.


SCENE 1.—The Camp of the British Forces, near | I can produce a champion, that will prove

What is avouched there: If you miscarry,

Your business of the world hath so an end, Enter, with Drums and Colors, EDMUND, REGAN,

And machination ceases. Fortune love you! Officers, Soldiers, and others.

Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose hold, Edg.

I was forbid it. Or, whether since he is advis'd by aught

When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,, To change the course: He's full of alteration, And I'll appear again.

"Erit. And self-approving: - Bring his constant plea- Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy sure.5

[ To an Officer, who goes out.

Re-enter EDMUND.
Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried.
Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam.

Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your powers. Reg.

Now, sweet lord, Here is the guess of their true strength and forces You know the goodness I intend upon you:

By diligent discovery ;-but your haste Tell me,--but truly,--but then speak the truth,

Is now urged on you. Do you not love my sister?


We will greet the time.2 (Erit. Edm. In honor'd love.

Eilm. To both these sisters have I sworn my love; Reg. But have you never found my brother's way Are or the adder. Which of them shall I take?

Each jealous of the other, as the stung
To the forefended6 place?
That thought abuses? you.

Both? one? or neither? neither can be enjoy'd,
Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct both remain alive: To take the widow,
And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.

Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril; Edm. No, by mine honor, madam.

And hardly shall I carry out my side, 3 Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord,

Her husband being alive. Now then we'll use Be not familiar with her.

His countenance for the battle; which being done, Edm. Fear me not:

Let her, who would be rid of him, devise She, and the duke her husband,

His speedy taking off. As for the mercy.

Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia,Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers. The battle done, and they within our power, Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister Shall never see his pardon: for my state Should loosen him and me.

[ Aside. Stands on me to deiend, not to debate. [Erit. Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.Sir, this I hear, --The king is come to his daughter, SCENE II.-A Field between the two Camps. With others, whom the rigor of our state Forced to cry out. Where I could not be honest,

Alarum within. Enter, with Drums and Colors, I never yet was valiant: for this business,

LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces; and exeunt. It touches us as France invades our land,

Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER. Not bold3s the king; with others, whom, I fear, Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree. Most just and heavy causes make oppose.9

For your good host; pray that the right may thrive. Edm. Şir, you speak nobly.

If ever I return to you again, Reg.

'Why is this reason'd? | i'll bring you comfort. Gun. Combine together 'gainst the enemy:


Grace go with you, sir. For these domestic and particular broils

[Exit EDGAR. Are not to question here. Alb. Let us then determine

Alarums ; afierwards a Retreat. Re-enler EDGAR. With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Edg: Away, old man, give me thy hand, away;

Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent. King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en: Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?

Give me thy hand, come on. Gon. No.

Glo. No further, sir; a man may rot even here. Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray you, go with us. Edg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must Gon: o, ho, I know the riddle : [ Aside.] I will go. Their going hence, even as their coming hither: As they are going out, enter EDGAR, disguised.

Ripeness is all : Come on. Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man


And that's true, too. so poor,

[Exeunt. Hear me one word. Alb. I'll overtake you.-Speak.

SCENE III.-The British Camp near Dover. (Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Officers, Soldiers, and Attendants.

Enter, in Conquest, with Drumand Colors. EDMUND;

LEAR and CORDELIA, as Prisoners; Officers, Solo Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter.

diers, &c. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound For him that brought it: wretched though I seem, Emd. Some officers take them away: good guard;

Until their greater pleasures first be known • To reconcile it to his apprehension.

That are to censure them. > His settled resolution.

• Forbidden. + Imposes on you. . i. e. Emboldens him. 1 Decision.

Be ready to meet the occasion. • Opposition.

3 i.e. Make my part good. • Pass judgment on them, Cor.

We are not the first, Reg. Jesters do ost prove prophets. Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst. Gon.

Holloa, holloa!
For thee, oppressed king, am I cast downl; That eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint.:
Myself could el-e out-irown false fortune's frown- Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer
Shall we not see ihese daughters, and these sisters? From a full-tlowing stomach.--General,
Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to Take thou thy soldiers, prisoners, patrimony;

Dispose of them, ot me; the walls are thine:
We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage : Witness the world, that I create thee here
When thou dost ask my blessing. I'll kneel down, My lord and master.
And ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live.


Mean you to enjoy him? And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh Alh. The let-alone lies not in your good will. At gilded butterties, and hear poor rogues

Elm. Nor in thine, lord. Talk of court news, and we'll talk with them too- Alb.

Half-blooded fellow, yes. Who lo es, and who wins; who's in, who's out;- Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove iny iiile And take upon us the mystery of things,


(To EJMUND. As it we were God's spies: And we'll wear out, Alb. Stay yet; hear reason :--Edmund, I arrest In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones,

thee That ebb and flow by the moon.

On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, Elm.

Take them away. This gilded serpent: {Pointing to Gus.]-for your Leor. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,

claim, fair sister,
The gods themselves throw incense. Have II bar it in the interest of my wife;
caughi thee!

'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord,
He that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven, And I, her husband, contradict your banns.
And tire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine eyes; If you will marry, make your love to me,
The goujeersi shall devour them, tiesh and iell,6 My lady is bespoke.
Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see them Gon.

An interlude!
starve first.

Alb. Thou art arm'd, Gloster:-Let the trumpet Come. [Ereunt Lear and CORDELIA, guarded.

sound: Elm. Come hither, captain; hark.

If none appear to prove upon thy person, Take thou this note; (Giving a Puper.) go, follow Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, them to prison:

There is my pledge: (Throwing down a Glove.] One step I have advanced thee; if thou dost

I'll prove it on thy heart,
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
To noble fortunes: know thou this,-that men Than I have here proclaim'd thee.
Are as the time is: to be tender-minded


Sick, 0, sick! Does not become a sword:-Thy great employment Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison. [ Asiste. Will not bear question; either say, thou’it do't, Alm. There's my exchange: [ Throwing down Or thrive by other means.

a Glove.] what in the world he is Of.

I'll do't, my lord. That names me traitor, villain-like he lies: Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach, hast done.

on him, on you. (who not?) I will maintain Mark.-I say, instantly; and carry it so,

My truth and honor firmly.' As I have set it down.

Alb. A herald, ho! Of I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; Edm.

A herald, ho, a herald! If it be man's work, I will do it. [Exit Officer. Alb. Trust to thy single virtue;' for thy soldiers,

All levied in my name, have in my name Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, Offi

Took their discharge. cers, and Attendants.


This sickness grows upon me. Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant

Enter a Herald. strain, And fortune led you well: You have the captives, Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent. Who were the opposites of this day's strife :

(Exit REGAN, led. We do require them of you ; so to use them, Come hither, herald, -Let the trumpet sound, As we shall find iheir merits and our safety

And read out this. May equally determine.

Off Sound trumpet. (A Trumpet sounds.
Sir, I thought it fit

Herald reals.
To send the old and miserable king
To some retention, and appointed guard;

If any man of quality, or degree, within the Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, lists of the army, will maintain upon Edmund, To pluck the common bosom on his side,

supposed Earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes

traútor, let him appear at the ihird sound of the Which do command them. With him I sent the trumpet: He is bold in his defence. queen:

E tin. Sound.

[1 Trumpet. My reason all the same; and they are ready

Her. Agam.

? Trumpet. Tomorrow, or ai further space, to appear.

Her. Again.

(3 Trunzet. Where you shall hold your session. At this time,

[Trumpet answers uihin. We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend,

Enter Edgar, armed, preceded by a Trumpet. And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears By those that ieel their sharpness :-

Upon this call o' the trumpet. The question of Cordelia, and her father,


What are you? Requires a fitter place.

Your name, your quality ? and why you answer Alb.

Sir, by your patience, This present summons ? I hold you but a subject of this war,


Know, my name is lohnt Not as a brother.

By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit: Reg.

That's as we list to grace him. Yet am I noble, as the adversary
Meihinks,our pleasure might have been demanded, I come to cope withal.
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers;


Which is that adversary? Bore the commission of my place and person; Edlg. What's he, that speaks tor Edmund cars of The which immediacy? may well stand up,

Gloster? And call itself your brother.

Edm. Himself;--What say'st thou to him? Gon.

Not so hot:

Draw thy sword! In his own grace he doth exalt himself,

That, if my speech offend a noble heart, More than in your advancement.

Thy arm may do thee justice: here is mine. Reg.

In my rights, Behold, it is the privilege of mine honors, By me invested, he compeers the best.

My oath, and my profession: I protest, Gon. That were the most, if he should husband Maugrel thy strength, youth, place, and eminence, you.

* Alluding to the proverb: "Lore being jealous makes & The Ench disease.

& Skin, good eye look a syuint." * Authority to act on his own judgment.

" Notwithstanding.

ri.e. Valor.

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