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Gent. O, here he is, lay hand upon him.—Sir, Your most dear daughter Lear. No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am even The natural fool of fortune.—Use me well; You shall have ransom. Let me have a surgeon, I am cut to the brains. Gent. You shall have anything. Lear. No seconds? All myself? Why, this would make a man, a man of salt,” To use his eyes for garden water-pots, Ay, and for laying autumn's dust. Gent. Good sir, Lear. I will die bravely, like a bridegroom: What? I will be jovial; come, come; I am a king, My masters, know you that? Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you. Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa. Exit, running. Attendants follow. Gent. A sightmost of, the meanest wretch : Past speaking of in a king!—Thou hast one daughter, Who redeems nature from the general curse Which twain have brought her to. Edg. Hail, gentle sir. Gent. Sir, speed you: What's your will? Edg. Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward? Gent. Most sure, and vulgar; every one hears that, Which can distinguish sound. E

-t--- But, by your favour, How near's the other army? Gent. Near, and on speedy foot; the main descry Stands on the hourly thought.” Edg. ank you, sir; that's all.

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[Reads.J Let our reciprocal vows be remenbered. You have many opportunities to cut him off'; if your will want not, time and place will be Jruitfully offered. There is nothing done, if he return the conqueror: Then am I the soft and his bed my gaol; from the loathed warmth

(4) Evil genius. (5) Blessing. (6) Reward. (7) à... recollect the offences of thy life. (8) Go your way.

(9) Head. (10) Club. (11) Thrusts. (12) To rip their papers is more lawful.

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I pr’ythee, put them off.
Kent. Pardon me, dearmadam;
Yet to be known, shortens my made intent:4
My boon I make it, that you know me not,
Till time and I think meet.
Cor. Then be it so, my good lord-How does
the king? [To the Physician.
Phys. Madam, sleeps still.
Cor. O you kind gods,
Cure this great breach in his abused nature!
The untun'd and jarring senses, O, wind up
Of this child-changed father!
Phys. So please your majesty,
That we may wake the king? he hath slept song.
Cor. Be from by your knowledge, and pro-

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Cor. Had you not been their father, these white flakes Had challeng'd pity of them. Was this a face

To be expos'd against the warring winds?
To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder?
In the most terrible and nimble stroke
Of quick, cross lightning? to watch (poor perdu!")
With this thin helm?& Mine enemy's dog,
Though he had bit me, should have stood that night
Against my firei And wast thou sain, poor father,
To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn,
In short and musty straw? Alack, alack!
'Tis wonder, that thy life and wits at once
Had not concluded all.—He wakes; speak to him.
Phys. Madam, do you; 'tis fittest.
Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares your
Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'the

rave :

Thou an; soul in bliss; but I am bound
Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
Do scald like molten lead.

Cor. Sir, do you know me?
Lear. ** a spirit, I know; When did you


Cor. Still, still, far wide!

Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone awhile.

Lear. W. have Ibeen?—Wheream I?—Fair


I am mightily abus’d—Ishould even die with pity,
To see another thus.-I know not what to say.—
I will not swear, these are my hands:–let's see;
I feel this pin prick. "Would I were assur'd
Of my condition.

Cor. O, look upon me, sir,
And hold your hands in benediction o'er me:
No, sir, you must not kneel.

Lear. Pray, do not mock me:
I am a very foolish fond old man,
Fourscore and upward; and, to deal plainly,
I fear, I am not in my perfect mind.
Methinks, I should know you, and know this man:
Yet I am doubtful: for I am mainly ignorant
What place this is; and all the skill I have
Remembers not these garments; nor I know not
Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh atme;

For, as I am a man, I think this lady
To be my child Cordelia.
Cor. And so I am, I am.
Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray,
weep not:

If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
I know, you do not love me; for your sisters
Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:
You have some cause, they have not.

Cor. No cause, no cause.
Lear. Am I in France? ngdom
Kent. In your own ki , sir.
Lear. Do not abuse me. y
Phys. Be comforted, good madam: the great

You see, is flood in him: and yet it is danger
To make him evens o'er the time he has lost.
Desire him to go in ; trouble him no more,
Till further settling.

Cor. Will't please your highness walk?

Lear. You must bear with me: Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old, and foolish

[Ereunt Lear, Cordelia, Physician, and

Gent. Holds it true, sir, (6) Thin covering of hair.

(5) French, enfans perdus.

(7) To reconcile it to his apprehension.

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Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose hold; Or, whether since he is advis'd by aught To change the course: He's full of alteration, And self-reproving:—bring his constant pleasure.” [To an officer, who goes out. #. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. Edm. "Tis to be doubted, madam. Reg. Now, sweet lord, You know the goodness I intend upon you: Tell me, but truly,–but then speak the truth, Do you not love my sister? o In honour'd love. Reg. But have you never found my brother's way To the o place? dm. That thought abuses you. Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct And m'd with her, as far as we call hers. Edm. No, by mine honour, madam. Reg. I never shallendure her: Dear my lord, Be not familiar with her. Fear me not :

Edm. She, and the duke her husband,Enter Albany, Goneril, and Soldiers.

Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister Should loosen him and me. [Aside.

.Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.— Sir, this I hear, The king is come to his daughter, With others, whom the rigour of our state Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, I never yet was valiant: for this business, It touches us as France invades our land, Not bolds; the king; with others, whom, I fear, Most just and heavy causes make oppose.”

Edm. Sir, you speak *

Reg. hy is this reason'd?

Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy:
For these domestic and particular broils
Are not to question here.

...Alb. Let us then determine With the ancient of war on our proceedings.

Edin. I shall attend you presently at your tent

Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?

on. No. (1) Forces. (2) Decision (3) His settled resolution. (4) Forbidden. (5) Imposes on you.

(6) i.e. Emboldens him. (7) Opposition.

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JAs they are going out, enter Edgar, disguised. Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man so poor, Hear me one word. .Alb. I’ll overtake3.5. [Ereunt Edmund, Regan, ril, Officers, Soldiers, and Attendants. Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound For him that brought it: wretched though I seem, I can produce a champion, that will prove What is avouched there: If you miscarry, Your business of the world hath so an end, And machination ceases.” Fortune love you! Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. - I was forbid it. When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,

And I'll appear again. Erit.
...Alb. W. fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy
Re-enter Edmund.

Edm. The enemy's in view, draw upyour Here is the guess of their true . and forces By diligent discovery;-but your haste Is now urg'd on you.

.Alb. ... We will greet the time.” [Erit.

Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my love; Each jealous of the other, as the stu Are o the adder. Which of them shall I take * Both one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd, If both remain alive: To take the widow, a Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril; And hardly shall I carry out my side,10 Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use His countenance for the battle; which being done, Let her, who would be rid of him, devise His speedy taking off. As for the mercy Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia, The battle done, and they within our power, Shall never see his o: for my state Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Erit.

SCENTE II—A field between the two camps. Jollarum within. Enter, with drum and colours, Lear, Cordelia, and their forces; and exeunt. Enter Edgar and Gloster.

Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree For yourgood host; pray that the rightmay thrive. If ever I return to you again, I'll bring you comfort. Glo. Grace go with you, sir! [Exit Edgar

Alarums; afterwards a retreat. Re-enter Edgar.

Edg. Away, old man, give methy hand, away; King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en: Give me thy hand, come on. Glo. No further, sir; a man may rot even here. Edg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure Their going hence, even as their coming hither: Ripeness is all:ll Come on. Glo. And that's true too. [Ereuni.

(8) i. e. All designs against your life will have an end.

(9) Be ready to meet the occasion.

(10) i. e. Make my party good.

(11) i. e. To be ready prepared, is all.

SCENTE III—The British camp near Dover. Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, Edmund; Lear and Cordelia, as prisoners; Qiftcers, Soldiers, &c.

Edm. Some officers take themaway: goodguard: Until their greater pleasures first be known That are to censure

- We are not the first,

Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst
For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;
Myself could else out-frownfalse fortune's frown.—
Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters?

Lear. No, no, no, no? Come, let's away to


We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage:
When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down,
And ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too,
Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's out;-
And take upon us the mystery of things,
As if we were God's spies: And we'll wear out,
In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones,
That ebb and flow by the moon.

Edm. Take them away.

Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught


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Which do command them. With him I sent the

ueen; My * all the same; and they are ready To-morrow, or at further space, to appear Where you shall hold your session. At this time, We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend;

And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd
By those that feel their sharpness:–
The question of Cordelia, and her father,
Requires a fitter place.”

o Sir, by your patience,
I hold you but a subject of this war,
Not as a brother.

Reg. That's as we list to him. Methinks, our pleasure might have been demanded, Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers; Bore the commission of my place and person; The which immediacy's may wells up, And call itself your brother.

Gon. Not so hot: In his own grace he doth exalt himself More than in your advancement.

In my rights,

Reg. By me invested, he compeers the best. Gon. That were the most, if he should husband

rou. Reg. * do oft prove prophets. Gon. Holloa, holloa! That eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint.” Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer From a full-flowing stomach.-General, Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony; Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine: Witness the world, that I create thee here My lord and master. Gon. Mean you to enjoy him? .Alb. The let-alone" lies not in your good will. Edm. Nor in thine, lord. .11b. Half-blooded fellow, yes. Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine. [To Edmund. . .Alb. Stay yet; hear reason:—Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, This gilded serpent: [Pointing to Gon.]—For your claim, fair sister, I bar it in the interest of my wife; 'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord, And I, her husband, contradict your bans. If you will marry, make your love to me, My lady is bespoke. Gon. An interlude! .Alb. Thou art arm’d, Gloster:-Let the trumpet


If none appear to prove upon thy person,
Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
There is my pledge; [Throwing down a glove.] Tll
prove it on thy heart,
Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
Than I have here proclaim'd thee.
Reg. Sick, O, sick :
Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison. [Aside.
Edm. There's my exchange : [Throwing down
a glove,) what in the world he is
That names me traitor, villain-like he lies:
Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach,
On him, on you, (who not?) I will maintain
My truth and honour firmly.

(6) Authority to act on his own judgment. (7) Alluding to the proverb: ‘Love being jeal

ous makes a good eye look a-squint.” (8) The hindrance.

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.Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears Upon this call o'the trumpet.

Her. What are you? Your name, your quality? and why you answer This present summons?

Edg. Know, my name is lost; By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit: Yet am I noble, as the adversary I come to cope withal.

...Alb. Which is that adversary?

Edg. What's he, that speaks for Edmund earl

of Gloster?

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

Edg. Draw thy sword; That, if my speech offend a noble heart, Thy arm may do thee justice: here is mine. Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours, My oath, and my profession: I protestMaugre? thy strength, youth, place, and eminence, Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune, Thy valour, and thy heart, Thou art a traitor: Fo to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father; Conspirant 'gainst this high illustrious prince; And, from the extremest upward of thy head, To the descent and dust beneath thy feet, A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, JNo, This wo is arm, and my best spirits, are


To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak,
Thou liest.

Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;”
But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
And thatthy tonguesome'say" of breeding breathes,
What safe and nicely I might well delay
By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn:
Back do I toss these treasons to thy head:
With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart;
Which (for they yetglance by, and scarcely bruise,)
This sword of mine shall give them instant way,
Where they shall rest for ever—Trumpets, speak.

[Alarums. They fight. Edmund falls. .Alb. O save him, save him '

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Gon. This is mere practice, Gloster: By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to answer An unknown †. thou art not vanquish'd, But cozen'd and beguil'd, ...Alb. Shut your mouth, dame, Or with this paper shall I stop it:-Hold, sir:Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil:No tearing, lady; I perceive, you know it. Gives the letter to Edmund. Gon. Say, if I do; the laws are mine, not thine: Who shall arraign me for't; Jollb. Most monstrous! Know'st thou this paper? Gon. Ask me not what I know [Exit Goneril. .Alb. Go after her: she's desperate; govern her. [To an Officer, who goes out. Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that have I done; And more, much more: the time will bring it out; 'Tis past, and so am I: But what art thou, That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble, I do forgive thee. Edg. Let's exchange charity. I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund; If more, the more thou hast wrong'd me. My name is Edgar, and thy father's son. The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Make instruments to scourge us: The dark and vicious place where thee he got, Cost him his eyes. Edm. Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true; The wheel is come full circle; I am . .Alb. Methought, thy very gait did prophesy A royal nobleness:–I must embrace thee; Let sorrow split my heart, if ever I Did hate thee, or thy father Edg. Worthy prince, I know it well. .Alb. Where have you hid yourself? How have you known the miseries of your father? Edg. By nursing them, my lord.—Listo a brief


And, when 'tis told, O, that my heart would burst'—
The bloody proclamation to escape,
That follow'd me so near, (O our lives' sweetness:
That with the pain of death we'd hourly die,
Rather than die at once!) taught me to shift
Into a madman's rags; to assume a semblance
That very dogs o and in this habit
Met I my father with his bleeding rings,
Their precious stones new lost; became his guide,
Led him, begg'd for him, sav'd him from despair;
Never (O fault!) reveal’d myself unto him,
Until some half-hour past, when I was arm’d,
Not sure, though hoping, of this good success,
I ask'd his blessing, and from first to last
Told him my pilgrimage: But his flaw'd heart,
(Alack, too weak the conflict to support!)
*Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief,
Burst smilingly.

Edm. This speech of yours hath mov'd me, And shall, perchance, do good: but speak you on; You look as you had something more to say.

.Alb. If there be more, more woful, hold it in ; For I am almost ready to dissolve, Hearing of this.

Edg. This would have seem'd a period To such as love not sorrow; but another, To amplify too much, would make much more, And top extremitv. '

(4) Sample.

(5) Stratagem. (6) Hear.

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