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Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss
Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters
Have in thy reverence made!

Kind and dear princess!
Cor. Had you not been their father, these white

Had challengd pity of them. Was this a face
To be exposłd 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! 90)
With this thin helm?] Mine enemy's dog, :;:
Though he had bit me, should have stood that night
Against my fire; And wast thou fain, poor father,
To hovel thee with swine, and rogues

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


'tis fittest. Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares your

Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o' the

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

Sir, do you know me?
Lear. You are a spirit, I know; When did you die?
Cor. Still, still, far wide!
Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone awhile.


Lear. Where have I been? Where am I?-Fair day

I am mightily abus’d.— I should 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.

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

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 at mez
For, as I am a man, I think this lady
To be my child Cordelia.

And so I am, I am.
Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith.


I pray,

weep not:

have poison for me,

I will drink it.
I know, you do not love



Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:
You have some cause, they have not.

No cause, no cause.
Lear. Am I in France ?


In your own kingdom, sir. Lear. Do not abuse me.

Phys. Be comforted, good madam: the great rage,
You see, is cur'd in him: [and yet it is danger
To make him even 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 ?

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

[Exeunt Lear, Cordelia, Physician, and

[Gent. Holds it true, sir,
That the duke of Cornwall was so slain?

Most certain, sir.
Gent. Who is conductor of his people ?

As 'tis said,
The bastard son of Gloster.

They say, Edgar,
His banish'd son, is with the earl of Kent
In Germany.

Kent. Report is changeable.
'Tis time to look about; the powers o'the kingdom
Approach apace.

Gent. The arbitrement is like to be a bloody. Fare you well, sir.

[Erit. Kent. My point and period will be throughly

wrought, Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought.] [Exit.


The Camp of the British Forces, near Dover.

Enter, with drums and colours, EDMUND, REGAN,

Officers, Soldiers, and Others. 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. Reg. 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? Edm.

In honour'd love. [Reg. But have you never found my brother's way To the forefended place? Edm.

That thought abuses you. Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.

Edm. No, by mine honour, madam.]

Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord, Be not familiar with her.

Fear me not: 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.

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 toucheth 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 nobly.]

Why is this reason'd?
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy:
For these domestick and particular broils
Are not to question here.

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

Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent.
Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?
Gon, No.
Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray you, go with us.
Gon. O, ho, I know the riddle: [Aside.] I will

go. As they are going out, enter EDGAR disguised. Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man so

poor, Hear me one word.

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