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Gon. Holloa, holloa !
Edg. What's he, tha. speaks for Edmund earl That eye that told you so, look'd but a-squint.
Edg. Draw thy sword:
My oath and my profession: I protest,
Maugre. thy strength, youth, place, and emiAlb. The let-alone + lies not in your good
Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune Edm. Nor in thine, lord.
Thy valour, and thy heart,-thou art a traitor : Alb. Half-blooded fellow, yes.
False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father ; Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title Conspirant 'gainst this high illustrious prince thine.
ITO EDMUND. And, from the extremnest upward of thy head, Alb. Stay yet ; bear reason :-Edmund, I | To the descent and dust beneath thy feet, arrest thee
A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, No, On capital treason; and, in thy arrest,
This sword, this arm, and my best spirits, are This gilded serpent : (Pointing to Gon.)-for
bent your claim, fair sister,
To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak I bar it in the interest of my wife ;
Thou liest. 'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord,
Edm. In wisdom I should ask thy name : + And I, her husband, contradict your bans. But, since thy outside looks so fair and warIf you will marry, make your love to me,
(breathes, My lady is bespoke.
And that thy tongue some 'say t of breeding Gon. An interlude !
What safe and nicely I might well delay Alb. Thou art arm'd, Gloster :-Let the By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spum: trumpet sound:
Back do I toss these treasons to thy head; If none appear to prove upon thy person,
With the heli-bated lie o'erwhelm thy heart; Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, Which, (for they yet glance by, and scarcely There is my pledge ; [Throwing down a G
(way, I'll prove it on thy heart,
This sword of mine shall give them instant Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
Where they shall rest for ever.-Trumpets, Than I have here proclaim'd thee.
speak. Reg. Sick, 0, sick!
(Alarums.-They fight.-EDMUND falls. Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison. (Aside. Alb. O save him, save him! Edm. There's my exchange : [Throwing downl. Gon. This is mere practice, ó Gloster :
a Glove.) what in the world he is . By the law of arms, thon wast uot bound to That names me traitor, villain-like he lies :
answer Call by thy trumpet : he that dares approach, An unknown opposite : thou art not vanquish'd, On bim, on you, (who not !) I will maintain But cozen'd and beguilid. My truth and honour firmly.
Alb. Shut your mouth, dame, Alb. A herald, ho !
Or with this paper shall I stop it :--Hold, Sir: Edm. A berald, ho, a herald !
Thou worse than any name, read thine Own Alb. Trust to thy single virtue ! t for thy sol
No tearing, lady ; 1 perceive, you know it. All levied in my name, have in my name
Gives the Letter to EDMUND. Took their discharge.
Gon. Say, if I do ; the laws are mine, not Reg. This sickness grows upon me.
Who shall arraign me fort?
[thine : Alb. Most monstrous ! Enter a HERALD.
Know'st thou this paper ? Alb. She is not well ; convey her to my tent. Gon. Ask me not what I know. (Erit REGAX, led.
(Exit GONERIL. Come hither, herald,-Let the trumpet sound,
Alb. Go after her : she's desperate ; govern And read out this.
her. (To an OFFICER, who goes out. off. Sound, trumpet. (A Trumpet sounds.
Edm. What you have cbarg'd me witb, that bave I done;
cont; Herald reads.
And more, much more : the time will bring it If any man of quality or degree, within the 'Tis past, and so am I: But what art thou, lists of the army, will maintain upon ED
That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble, MUND, supposed earl of GLOSTER, that he is
I do forgive thee. a manifold traitor, let him appear at thel,
Edg. Let's exchange charity. third sound of the trumpet : He is bold in his
Al hold an hic I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund; desence.
If more, the more thou hast wrong'd me.
My narne is Edgar, and thy father's son. Edm. Sound.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
[1 Trumpet. Her. Again.
Make instruments to scourge us : Her. Again.
13 Trumpet. I cost him his eyes.
The dark and vicious place where thee he got, [Trumpet answers within. Edm. Thou hast spoken right, 'lis true ; Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a Trumvet. The wheel is come full circle : I am here.
Alb. Methought, thy very gait did prophesy Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears A royal nobleness -I must embrace thee; Upon this call o'the trumpet.
Let sorrow split my beart, if ever I
Did hate thee, or thy father!
I know it well.
Alb. Where have you bid yourself (ther? By treason's tooth bare-guawn, and cankerbit : How have you known the miseries of your fa. Yet am I noble, as the adversary
Edg. By nursing them, my lord.-List a I come to cope withal.
brief tale ;Alb. Wbicb is that adversary ?
• Notwithstanding. • Alluding to the proverb : “Love being jealous Becanse if his adversary was not of equal rank, Ed makes a good eye look-squint."
mund might have declined the combat The hinderance,
II. e. Valour.
Stratagena. I Hear.
And, when 'tis told, o that my heart would | Speak, Edmund, where's the king ? and where's burst
Cordelia The bloody proclamation to escape,
See'st thou this object, Kent ? That follow'd me so near, (0 our lives' sweet.
(The Bodies of GONERIL and REGAN ness!
are brought in. That with the pain of death we'd hourly die, Kent. Alack, why thus ? Rather than die at once !) taught me to shift
Edm. Yet Edmund was belor'd: Into a madman's rags; to assume a sem. / The one the other poison'd for my sake, blance
And after slew herself. That very dogs disdain'd: and in this habit
Alb. Even so.-Cover their faces. Met 'I my father with his bleeding rings,
Edm. I pant for life :-Some good I mean to Their precious stones new lost; became his
fdespair: Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send, Led him, begg'd for bim, sav'd him from Be brief in it,-to the castle ; for my writ Never (Ofault I) reveal'd myself unto him, Is on tbe life of Lear, and on Cordelia ; Until some half hour past, when I was arm'd, Nay, send in time. Not sure, though hoping, of this good success, Alb. Run, run, o runI ask'd his blessing, and from first to last
Edg. To who, my lord ?-Who has the oflice 1 Told him my pilgrimage : But his flaw'd
Thy token of reprieve. (Alack, too weak the conflict to support!)
Édm. Well thought on ; take my sword,
Alb. Haste thee, for thy life. [Erit EDGAR. Edm. This speech of your's bath mov'd me, Edm. He hath commission from thy wife And shall, perchance, do good: but speak
To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him bence For I am almost ready to dissolve,
(EDMUND is borne off. Hearing of this. Edg. This would have seem'd a period
Enter LEAR, with CORDELIA dead in his To such as love not sorrow; but another,
Arns; EDGAR, OFFICER, and other s. To amplify too much, would make much more, Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl|-O you are And top extremity.
men of stones; Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so Who having seen me in my worst estate,
That heaven's vault sbould crack :-0 she is Shupp'd my abhorr'd society : but then, finding
gone for ever Who 'twas that so endur'd, with his strong I know when one is dead, and when one lives ; arms
She's dead as earth ;-Lend me a looking-glass; He fasten'd on my neck, and bellow'd out If that her breath will mist or stain the stone, As he'd burst heaven; threw him on my fa- Why, then she lives. ther ;
Kent. Is this the promis'd end ? + Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him,
Edg. Or image of that horror ? That ever ear receiv'd: which in recounting
Alb. Fall, and cease II His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life Lear. This feather stirs : she lives ! if it be so, Began to crack : Twice then the trumpet It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows sounded,
That ever I have felt. And there I left bim tranc'd.
Kent. O my good master! [Kneeling. Alb. But who was this?
Lear. Pr'ythee, away. Edg. Kent, Sir, the banish'd Kent : who in Edg. 'Tis noble Kent, your friend. disguise
Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, traitors Follow'd his enemy king, and did bim service
(ever I !mproper for a slave.
I might have say'd her; now she's gone for
Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Hal Enter a GENTLEMAN hastily, with a bloody
What is't thoa say'st 1-Her voice was ever Knife.
[man :Gent. Help! help ! O help!
Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in wo. Edg. What kind of help 1
I kill'd the slave that was a banging thee. Alb. Speak, man.
on. 'Tis true, my lords, he did. Edg. What means that bloody knife ?
Lear. Did I not, fellow?
(chion Gent. "Tis hot, it smokes ;
I have seen the day, with my good biting faul. It came even from the heart of
I would have made them skip : I am old now, Alb. Wbo, man ? speak.
And these same crosses spoil me.-Who are Gent. Your lady, Sir, your lady : and her
(straight. By her is poison'd; she confesses it. (sister Mine eyes are none o'the best-l'll tell you
Edm. I was contracted to them both; all Kent. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and Now marry in an instant. (threeOne of them we behold.
(hated, Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or Lear. This is a dull sight: Are you not dead 1
Your scrvant Kent : Where is your servant Touches us not with pity. (Exit GENTLEMAN. Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you Enter KENT.
He'll strike, and quickly too :-He's dead and Edg. Here comes Kent, Sir.
Kent. No, my good lord; I am the very Alb. o it is he.
man :The time will not allow the compliment,
Lear. P'll see that straight. Wbich very manners urges.
Kent. That, from your first of difference and Kent. I am come
Have follow'd your sad steps.
(decay, To bid my king and master aye good night;
Leur. You are welcome hither. Is be not here?
• Destroyed herself. Alb. Great thing of us forgot !
+ The end of the world, or the horrible circumstar
ces preceding it? • For ever.
I l. e. Die ; Albany speaks to Lear.
Kent. Nor no man else, all's cheerless, dark, And thou no breath at all 10 thou wilt com and deadly.
no more, Your eldest daughters have fore-doom'd them- | Never, never, never, never, neverselves,
Pray you, undo this button : Thank you, Sir.And desperately are dead.
Do you see this? Look on her,-look,-her Lear. Ay, so I think.
lips, Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain Look there, look there !
(He dies That we present us to him.
[it is Edg. He faints 1-My lord, my lord, Edg. Very bootless. •
Kent. Break, heart; I pr'ythee, break !
Edg. Look up, my lord.
Kent. Vex not his ghost: 0 let him pass .. of. Edmond is dead, my lord.
be bates bim, Alb. That's but a trifle here.
That would upon the rack of this tough world You lords, and noble friends, know our intent. Stretch him out longer. What comfort to this great decay + may come, Edg, o he is gone, indeed. Shall be applied : For us, we will resigk,
Kent. The wonder is, he hath endur'd so long : During the life of this old majesty,
He but usurp'd his life. To him our absolute power :-You, to your Alb. Bear them from hence.-Our present rights; (To EDGAR and KENT.
business With boot. t and such addition as your honours | Is general woe. Friends of my soul, yon twain Have more than merited. All friends shall
. [TO KENT and EDGAR. taste
Rule in this realm, and the gor'd state sustain. The wages of their virtue, and all foes
Kent. I have a journey, Sir, shortly to go ; The cup of their deservings.-0 see, see!
My master calls, and I must not say, no. Lear. And my poor fool | is hang'd ! No, no, Alb. The weight of this sad time we must obey ; no life :
Speak what we feel, not wbat we ought to say. Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, The oldest hath borne most: we, that are young,
Shall never see so much, nor live so long. • Useless. + 1. e. Lear. Benefit. Ttles.
(E.ceunt, with a dead March. Poor fool, in the time of Sbakspeare was an expreso slou ot cudearment.