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The natural fuol of fortune.-Use me well; If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;
To Edipund, earl of Gloster ; seek him out
You shall have any thing. Upon the British party 0, untimely death! Lear. No seconds ? All my self ?
Dies. Why, this would inake a man, a man of salt, Edg. I know thee well: A serviceable villain; To use his eyes for garden water-pots,
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress, Ay, and for laying autumn's dust.
As baduess would desire.
What, is he dead ?
Let's see his pockets; these letters, that he I will be jovial ; come, come; I am a king,
speaks of My masters, kuow you that?
May be my friends. He's dead: I am only sorry Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you. He had no other deathsman.-Let us see: Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you get Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blame us it, you shall get it by running. Sa, su, sa, sa.
not ; [Erit, running i Attendants follow. To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest hearts; wretch;
Their papers, is more lawful. Past speaking of in a king !-Thou hast one.(Reads. Let our reciprocal dows be remem daughter,
bered. You have many opportunities to cut him Who redeems nature from the general curse of: if your will rani noi, time and place will Which twain have brought her to.
be fruitfully offered. There is nothing done, is Edg. Hail, gentle sir.
. Gent. Sir, speed you : What's your will ? soner, and his bed my gaol ; from the loathed Edg. Do you hear auglit, sir, of a batile toward ? 2armth whereof deliver me, and supply the
Gent. Most sure, and vulgar: every one hears place for your labour.
Your wife (80 I would say,) and your Edg. Eut, by your favour,
affectionate servan'. How near's the other army 1
GONERIL Gent. Near, and on speedy foot, the main O undistinguish'd space of woman's will!descry
A plot upon her virtuous husband's life ; Stands on the hourly thought.
And the exchange, my brother -Here, in the Edg.
I thank you, sir: that's all. sands,
(is here, Of murderous lechers : and, in the matnre time, Edg. I thank you, sir.
With this ungracious paper strike the sight
[Erit Gentleman of the death-practis'd duke: for him 'tis well, Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath That of thy death and business I can tell. from me ;
Erit Edgar, dragging out the Body. Let not my worser spirit tempt me again
Glo. The king is mad: How stiff is my vile To die before you please!
Of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract: Edg. A most poor man, made lame by fortune's So should my thoughts be sever'd from my blows:
griefs ; Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows, And woes, by wrong imaginations, lose Am pregnant to good pity. Give me your hand, "The knowledge of themselves. l'll lead you to some biding. Glo. Hearty thanks:
Re-enter Edgar. The bounty and the benizon of heaven
Give me your hand To boot, and boot!
Far off, methinks, I hear the beaten drum.
(Eseunt Stew. A proclaim'd prize! Most happy!
SCENE VII. That eyeless head of thine was first fram'd flesh To raise my fortunes—Thou old unhappy trai- 4 Tent in the French Camp. Lear on a Bed, tor,
asleep: Physician, Gentleman, and Others Briefly thyself remember The sword is out
attending : Enter Cordelia and Kent. That must destroy thee.
Cor. O thou good Kent, how shall I live, and Glo.
Now let thy friendly hand work,
Wherefore, bold peasant, short,
Kent. To be acknowledg'd, madam, is o'er. Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.
paid. Edg. Ch’ill not let go, zir, without yurther All my reports go with the modest truth; 'casion.
No more, nor clipp'd, but so. Stro. Let go, slave, or thou diest.
Be better suited : Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait, and let These weeds are memories of these worser bours; poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been zwagger'd I prythee put them off. out of my life, 'twould not ha' been zo long as Kent
Pardon me, dear madam, 'lis by a vortnight. Nay, come not near the old Yet to be known, shortens my made intent : man; keep oui, che vor'ye, or ise try whether My boon I make it. that you know me not, your costard or my bat be the harder: Ch'ill be Till time and I think roeet. plain with you.
Cor. Then be it so, my good lord.-How does Stero Out, dunghill!
the king ?
[To the Physician. Edg. Ch’ill pick your teeth, zir; Come; no Phys. Madam, sleeps still. mailer vor your foins.
Cor. O you kind gods, [ They fight; and Edgar knocks him down. Cure this great breach in his abused nature ! Stew. Slave, thou hast slain me;-Villain, Lake The untun'd and jarring senses, O, wind up my purse ;
i of this child-changed father!
Gló. Now, good sir, what are yay you, father. That I stand np, and have ingenions feeling
So please your majesty, Lear. Am I in France ? Thai we may wake the king ? he hath slept long: Kent.
In your own kingdom, sir. Cor. Be goveru'd by your knowledge, and Lear. Do not abuse me. proceed
Phys. Be comforted, good madam : the great I'the sway of your own will. Is he array'd ?
rage, Gent. Ay, madam ; in the heaviness of his You see, is cur'd in him: and yet it is danger sleep,
To make him even o'er the time he has lost We put fresh garments on him.
Desire him to go in; trouble him no more, Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do awake Till further seitling him ;
Cor. Will't please your highness walk? I doubt uot of his temperance.
You must bear with me: Cor.
Very well. 'Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old, and Phys. Please you, draw near.-Louder the foolish. musick there.
[Ereunt Lear, Cor. Phy. and Attendants Cor. O my dear father! Restoration, hang Gent. Holds it true, sir, Thy med cine upon my lips; and let this kiss That the Duke of Cornwall was so slain ? Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters Kent.
Most certain, sir. Have in thy reverence made!
Gent. Who is conductor of his people?
As 'tis said, Cor. Had you not been their father, these white. The bastard son of Gloster. flakes
They say, Edgar, Had challeng'd pity of them. Was this a face His banish'd soo, is with the Earl of Kent To be expos'd against the warring winds? in Germany To stand against the deep dread-holted thunder ? Kent. Report is changeable. In the most terrible and nimble stroke
'Tis time to look about; the powers o' the king. Of quick, cross lightning ? to watch (poor perdu ?) doin With this thin helm ? Mine enemy's dog, Approach apace. Though he had bit me, should have stood that Gent. The arbitrement is like to be a bloody. night Fare you well, sir.
Erit Against my fire; And wast thou fain, poor Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly father,
wrought, To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn, Or well, or ill, as this day's batue's fought. In short and mosty straw ? Alack, alack!
(Esit 'Tis wonder', that ihy life and wits at once Had not concluded all.--He wakes ; speak to him.
ACT V. Phys. Madam, do you ; 'tis fittest.
SCENE I. The Camp of the British Forces, Cor. How does my royal lord ? How fares your
near Dover majesty? Lea
Enter, with Drums and Colours, Edmund, do me wrong, to take me out o' the grave:
Regan, Officers, Soldiers, and others. Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound Edm. Know of the Duke, if his last purpose Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
hold; Do scald like molten lead.
Or, whether since he is advis'd by anght Cor.
Sir, do you know me? To change the course : He's full of alteration, Lear. You are a spirit, I know; When did And self-reproving :-bring his constant pies you die?
To an Officer, who goes out. Cor. Still, still, far wide!
Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam. awhile.
Now, sweet loni, Lear. Where have I been ?-Where am I?– You know the goodness I intend upon you: Fair day light ?
Tell me,-but truly,--but then speak the truth, I am mightily abus'd.--I should even die with Do you not love niy sister ? pity,
In honour'd love. To see another thns. I know not what to say.- Reg. But have you never found my brother's I will not swear, these are my hands :-let's see; way I feel this pin prick. 'Would, I were assur'd To the forefended place ? Of my condition.
That thought abuses you. Cor.
o, look upon me, sir, Reg. I am doubtful that you have been cor And hold your hands in benediction o'er me ; junct No, sir, you must not kneel.
And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers Lear.
Pray, do not mock me: Edm. No, by mine honour, madam. I am a very foolish fond old man,
Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord, Fourscore and upward; and, to deal plainly, Be not familiar with her. I fear, I am not in my perfect mind.
Fear me not :Methinks, I should know you, and know this She, and the duke her husband,
man : Yet I am doubtful: for I am mainly ignorant Enter Albany, Goneril, and Soldiers What place this is; and all the skill I have Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that Remembers not these garments; nor I know not sister Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh at Should loosen him and me.
(Aside me ;
Alb. Our very loving sister, well be mel.For, as I am a man, I think this lady
Sir, this 1 hear,-The king is come to his daugh To be my child Cordelia.
And so I am, I am. With others, whom the rigour of our state Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray, Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, weep not:
I never yet was valiant: for this business,
Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.
Why is this reason
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy: Their going hence, even as their coming hither:
And that's true ton.
SCENE III. The British Camp near Dover. Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?
Enter, in Conquest, with Drum, and Colours, Gon. No.
Edmund; Lear and Cordelia, as Prisoners; Reg. "Tis most convenient; 'pray you, go with Officers, Soldiers, &c. us.
Edm. Some officers take them away; good Gon. O, ho, I know the riddle: (Aside. ) 1 guard ;
Until their greater pleasures first be known
We are not the first,
For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;
Myself could else onttrown false fortune's frowr: [Exeunt Edmund, Regan, Goneril, Offi
Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to
prison : For him that brought it; wreiched though 1 We two alone will sing like hirds i’ the cage :
When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, seem,
And ask of thee forgiveness : So we'll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, und laugh
At giided 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 Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.
I was forbad it. And take upon us the mystery of things,
As if we were God's spies: And we'll wear out, Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy That ebb and flow' by the moon.
In a wall’d prison, packs and sects of great ones, paper.
Take them away.
Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
The gods ihemselves throw incense. Have 1 powers,
canght thee? Here is the guess of their true strength and forces He, that parts us, shall bring a brand from hea. By diligent discovery ;--but your haste
ven, Is now urg'd on you.
And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine eyes; Alb.
We will greet the time. The gonjeers shall (levour tiem, flesh and fell,
[Exit. Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see them Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my
stai've first. love:
Come. [Ercunt Lear and Cordelia, guarded. Each jealous of the other, as the stung
Edm. Come hither, captain : hark, Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
Take thou this note ! Giving a Paper.) go, fol Both ? ove ? or neither ? Neither can be enjoy’d, one step I have advanc'd thee ; if thou dust
low them to prison : If both remain alive ; To take the widow, Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goueril;
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way And hardly shall I carry out my side,
To noble fortunes: Know thou this,--that men Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use
Are as the time is : to be tender-miniled His countenance for the battle: which being Does not become a sword :-Thy great employ done,
ment Let her, who would be rid of him, devise
Will not bear question : either say, thou'lt do't, His speedy taking off. As for the mercy,
Or thrive by other means. Which he intends to Lear, and to Corlelia,
I'll do't, my lord. The battle done, and they within our power,
Edm. Abont it; and write happy, when thou
As I have set it down.
[Exit Officer. Alarum within. Enter, with Drum, and Co- If it be man's work, I will do it.
lours, Lear, Cordelia, and their Forces; and Flourish. Enter Albany, Goneril, Regan, Offiexeunt.
cers, and Attendants. Enter Edgar and Gloster.
Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree
strain, For your good host; pray that the right may who were the opposites of this day's strife :
And fortiine led you well: Yon have the captives thrive : If ever I return to you again,
We do require them of you ; so to use them, I'll bring you comfort.
As we shall find their merits and our safety
Grace go with yon, sir! May equally determine.
Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king Alarums; afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter To some retention, and appointed guard ; Edgar.
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, Edg, Away, old man, give me thy hand, away; To pluck the common bosom on his side, King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en : And then our impress'd lances in our eyes Give me thy hand, come on.
Which do command them. With him I sent the Glo. No further, sir; a man may rot even here. queen; Edg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must My reason all the same; and they are ready endure
To-morrow, or at further space, to appear 63*
Where you shall hold your session. At this time lists of the army, will maintain upon Edmund, We siveat and bleed the friend hath lost his supposed earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold friend :
traitor, let him appear at the third sound o, And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd the trumpet : He is bold in his defence. By those that leel their shitrpness:
(1 Trumpet The question of Cordelia, and her father,
12 Trumpet Requires a fitter place.
13 Trumpet Alb. Sir, by your patience,
Trumpet answers within I hold you but a subject of this war,
Enter Edgar, armed, preceded by a Trumpele Not as a brother. Reg.
That's as we list to grace him. Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears Methinks our pleasure might have been de- Upon this call of the trumpet. manded,
What are you? Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers;
Your name, your quality ? and why you answer Bore the commission of my place and person;
This present summons ? The which immediacy may well stand up,
Know, my name is lost; And call itself your brother.
By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker buti Gon.
Not so hot:
Yet am I noble as the adversary In his own grace he doth exalt himself, I come to cope withal.
Which is that adversary! More than in your advancement. Reg.
In my rights, Edg. What's he, that speaks for Edmund earl By me invested, he compeers the best.
of Gloster ? Gon. That were the most, if he should husband Edm. Himself ;-What say'st thou to him?
Draw thy sword: you. Reg. 'Jesters do oft prove prophets.
That, if my speech offend a noble heart, Gon.
Holla, holla ! Thy arm may do thee justice: here is mine That eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint.
Behold, it is the privilege of nine honours, Reg. Lady, I am not well ; else I should answer My oath, and my profession : I protest,Froin a full flowing stomach.-General, Mängre thy strength, youth, place, and exniTake thou my soidier's, prisoners, patrimony ;
nence, Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thive:
Despite thy victor sword, and fire new forinne, Witness the world, thai I create thee here Thy valour, and thy heart,-thou art a traitor: My lord and master.
False to thy goals, thy brother, and thy faiher; Gon.
Mean you to enjoy him ? Conspirant against this high illustrious prince; Alb. The let alone lies not in your good will.
And, from the extremest upward of thy head, Edm. Nor in thine, lord.
To the descent and dust beneath thy feet. All.
Half-blooded fellow, yes. A most toad-spouted traitor. Say thou, No, Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove iny iitle This sword, this arm, and my best spirits, are thine.
To Edmund. bent Alb. Stay yet ; hear reason :-Edmund, 1 ar. To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak, rest thee
Thou liest. On capital treason; and, in thine, attaint
Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name; 'This gilded serpent : (Pointing to Gon.]-for But since thy outside looks so fair and wariike, your claim, fair sister,
And that thy tongue some say of breeding I har it in the interest of my wife ;
breathes, "Tis she is subcontracted to this lord,
What safe and nicely I might well delay And I, her husband, contradict your bans.
By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn: If you will marry, make your love to me,
Back do I toss these treasons to thy head; My lady is bespoke.
With the hell-bated lie o'erwhelm thy heart ; An interlude!
Which, (for they yet glance by, and scarcely Alb. Thou art arm'd, uloster :--Let the trum. This sword of mine shall give them instant way,
bruise,) pel sound : If none appear to prove upon thy person,
Where they shall rest for ever.-Trumpets, Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
speak (Alarums. They fight, Edim. falla There is my pledge ; [ Throwing down a Glove.)
Al). O save biin, save him!
This is mere practice, Gloster. Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less By the law of arms, thou wast not bound 10 Than I have here proclajın'd thee. Reg.
Sick, O, sick! An unknown opposite: thou art not vanquish, Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trnst poison. [Aside. But cozen'd and beguil'd. Edm. There's my exchange: [Throwing down
Shut your mouth, dame, a Glove what in the world he is
Or with this paper shall I stop it :-Hold, sir :That names me traitor, villain-like he lies : Thou worse than any naine, read thine ovn Call by thy trumpet : he that dares approach,
evil: On him, on you, (who not?) I will maintain No learing, lady ; I perceive yon know it. Mly truth and honour firmly.
[ Gives the Letter to Edmand. Alb. A herald, ho!
Gon. Say, if I do; the laws are mine, not thise: Edm
A herald, ho, a herald! Who shall arraign me for't ? Alb. Trust to thy single virtue ; for thy soldiers,
Most monstrous! All levied in my name, have in my name
Know'st thou this paper ? Took their discharge.
Gon. Ask me not what I know. (Erit Reg. This sickness grows upon me.
Alb. Go after ber;
she's desperate ; govern bar,
[To an Officer, who goes oul Enter a Herald.
Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent,
have I done ;
(Exit Regan led. And more, much more ; the time will bring i Come hither, herald.-Let the trumpet sound,
out : And read out this.
'Tis past, and so am I: But what art thou, Off Sound, trumpet. (A Trumpet sounds. That hast this fortune on me? If thou art nobie, Herald reads.
I do forgive thee.
Let's exchange charity, If any man of quality, or degree, within the I am no less in blood than thou ari, Edmund;
If more, the more thou hast wrong'd me. The time will now allow the compliment,
I am come
To bid my king and master aye good night;
Great thing of us forgot!
Yet Edmund was belor'd:
The one the other poison'd for my sake,
Worthy prince, I know't. And after slew herself.
Alb. Even so.-Cover their faces.
Be brief in it,- to the castle for my writ
Run, run, O run-
[Edmund is borne off. I'wixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, Butst smilingly.
Enter Lear, with Cordelia dead in his Arms;
Edgar, Officer, and Others.
men of stones;
That heaven's vault should crack :
-0, she is Hearing of this.
gone for ever Edg
This would have seem'd a period I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
Why, then she lives.
Is this the promis'd end ?
Edg. Or image of that horror ?
Fall, and cease!
'Tis noble Kent, your friend.
But who was this? I might have sav'd her; now she's gone for
Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha !
Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in wo-
I kill'd the slave that was a hanging thee.
Off "Tis true, my lords, he did.
Did I not, fellow ? Speak, man. I have seen the day, with my good biting falchion Edg. What means that bloody knife?
I would have mude them skip: I am old now, Gent.
'Tis hot, it smokes ; It came even from the heart of
And these same crosses spoil me.-Who are you? Alb.
Who, man ? speak. Mine eyes are none o' the best :- I'll tell you Gent. Your lady, sir, your lady: and her sister
Kent. If fortune brag of two she loved and
PEdm. I was contracted to them both ; all three one of them we behold.
Lear. This is a dull sight: Are you not Kent ?
Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you that ;
He'll strike, and quickly too :-He's dead and Enter Kent.
Here comes Kent, sir. Kent. No, my good lord, I am the very man ; Alb. 0! it is he.
Lear, I'll see that straight.