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Edg. Ch’ill not let go, Zir, without vurther | To match thy goodness ? My life will be too 'casion.

short, Stew. Let go, slave, or thou diest.

And every measure fail me. Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait, and Kent. To be acknowledg'd, madam, is o'er. let poor volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been zwag.

paid. ger'd out of my life, 'twould not ha' been zo All my reports go with the modest truth; long as 'tis by a vortnight. Nay, come noi Nor more, nor clipp', but so. near the old man ; keep out, che vor'ye, or ise Cor. Be better-suited : try whether your costard + or my bati be the These weeds are memories t of those worser bårder : Ch'ill be plain with you.

hours ; Stew. Out, dunghill !

I pr’ythee, put them off. Edg. Ch’ill pick your teeth, Zir : Come; no Kent. Pardon me, dear madam ; matter vor your foins. ♡

Yet to be known, shortens my made intent :: [They fight; and EDGAR knocks him My boon I make it, that you know me not, down.

Till time and I think meet. Stew. Slave, thou hast slain me :-Villain, Cor. Then be it so, my good lord.-How take my parse;

does the king ? [To the PHYSICIAN. If ever thou wilt thrive, bary my body;

Phys. Madam, sleeps stili. And give the letters, which thou find'st about Cur. O you find gods, me,

Cure this great breach in his abused nature! To Edmund earl of Gloster ; seek bim out The untun'd and jarring senses, O wind up Upon the British party :

-0 untimely death ! of this child-changed father!

[ Dies. Phys. So please your majesty, Edg. I know thee well: A serviceable vil. That we may wake the king ? he bath siept long, lain;

Cor. Be govern'd by your knowledge, aud As duteous to the vices of thy mistress,

proceed As badness would desire.

l'the sway of your own will. Is be array'd ? Glo. What, is he dead ?

Gent. Ay, madam : in the heaviness of his Edg. Sit you down, father ; rest you.

sleep, Let's see his pockets : these letters; that he We put fresh garments on him. speaks of,

(sorry Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do May be my friends.--He's dead; I am only

awake him ; He had no other death's-man.--Let us see :

I doubt not of his temperance. Leave, gentle wax; and, manuers, blame us Cor. Very well. not:

Phys. Please you, draw near.-Louder the To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their

music there. hearts;

Cor. O my dear father! Restoration, bang Their papers, is more lawful. Il

Thy medicine on my lips; and let tbis kiss [Reads.) Let our reciprocal vows be remem- Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters bered. You have many opportunities to cut Have in thy revereuce made ! him off: if your will want not, time and place

Kent. Kind and dear princess! will be fruitfully offered. There is nothing

Cor. Had you not been their father, these done, if he return the conqueror : Then am I

white flakes the prisoner, and his bed my jail; from the Had challeng'd pity of them. Was this a face loathed warmth uhereof deliver me, and sup

To be expos'd against the warring winds ? ply the place for your labour.

To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder ? Your wife, (so I would say,) and your In the most terrible and nimble stroke affectionate servant,

of quick, cross lightning ? to watch, (poor

GONERIL. perdu !) § O undistinguish'd space of woman's will I

With this thin helm ? || Mine enemy's dog, A plot upon her virtuous husband's life ;

Though he bad bit me, should have stood that And the exchange, iny brother !--Here, in the

night sands,

Against my fire : And wast thou fain, poor Thee I'll rake up, the post unsanctified

father, of murderous lechers : and, in the nature time, To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn, With this ungracious paper strike the sight

In short and musty straw ? Alack, alack ! of the death-practis'd duke : For him 'tis well,

'Tis wonder, that thy life and wits at once That of thy death and business I can tell,

Had not concluded all.-He wakes ; speak to

him. (E.cit Evgar, dragging out the Body. Glo. T'he king is mad : How stiff is my vile

Phys. Madam, do you: 'tis fittest. sense,

Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares That I stand up, and bave ingenious feeling

your majesty ? of my huge sorrows ! Better were distract: Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'the So should my thoughts be sever'd from my Thou art a soul in bliss ; but I am bound

grave :griefs ; And woes, by wrong imaginations, lose

Upon a wheel of fire, that mine owu tears The knowledge of themselves.

Do scald like molten lead.

Cor. Sir, do you know me ?
Re-enter EDGAR.

Lear. You are a spirit, I know; When did
Edg. Give me your hand :
Far otr, methinks I hear the beaten drum.

('or. Still, still, far wide! Come, father, I'll bestow you with a friend.

Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone

awhile. (Exeunt.

Lear. Where have I been ?-Where am 11SI'ENE VII.-A Tent in the French Campo- I am mightily abus'd.- 1 should even die with

Fair day-light-
LEAR on a Bed, asleep : PHYSICIAN,
TLEMAN, and others, attending.


To see another thus.--I know not what to say.-Enter CORDELIA and KENT.

I will not swear, these are my hauds :-let's Cor. Othou good Kent, how shall i live and work,

• Dressed. + Memorials. t Intent formed. • Go your way.

+ Head.
i Club.

The allusion is to the forlorn-hope in an army.
Thrusts. i ro rip their papers is more lawful. called in French mians perdue.
I'll cover thee (the dead steward) in the sands

1 Thiu cuiering of hair.

you die ?


see ;

I feel this pin prick. 'Would I were assur'd Tell me,-but truly,but then speak the truth, of my condition.

Do you not love my sister ? Cor. O look upon me, Sir,

Edm. In honoud love. And hold your hauds in benediction o'er me :- Reg. But have you never found my brother's No, Sir, you must not kneel.

way Lear. Pray, do not mock me :

To the forefended • place? I am a very foolish fond old man,

Edm. That thought abuses + you. Fourscore and upward; and, to deal plainly, Reg. I ain doubtful that you have been conI fear I am not in my perfect mind.

junct Methinks I should know you, and know this and bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers. man:

Edm. No, by mine honour, madam. Yet I am doubtful : for I am mainly ignorant Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear iny lord, What place this is ; and all the skill i have Be not familiar with her. Remembers not these garınents ; nor I know Edm. Fear me not :not

She, and the duke her husband, -Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh at me;

Enter ALBANY, GONEril, and Soldiers. For as I am a man, I think this lady

Gon. I bad rather lose the pattle than that To be my child Cordelia.

sister Cor. And so I am, I am.

Should loosen him and me.

[Aside. Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray, Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.-weep not :

Sir, this I bear, -The king is come to his If you have poisou for me, I will drink it.

daughter, I know, you do not love me ; for your sisters With others, whom the rigour of our state Have, as I do remember, done me wrong, Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, You have some cause, they bave not.

I never yet was valiant : for tbis business, Cor. No cause, no cause.

It touches us as France invades our land, Lear. Am I in France ?

Not bolds | the king; with others, whom, I Kent. In your own kingdom, Sir.

fear, Lear. Do not abuse me.

Most just and heavy causes make oppose. 9 Phys. Be comforted, good madam : the great Edin. Sir, you speak nobly. rage,

Reg. Why is this reasou'd ? You see is cur'd in him : and yet it is danger

Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy : To make him even o'er the time he bas lost. For these domestic and particular broils Desire him to go in; trou' le him no more, Art tot to question here. Till further settling.

Alb. Let us then determine Cor. Will't please your bighness walk 3

With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Lear. You must bear with me :

Edm. I shall attend you preseutly at your Pray now, forget and forgive : I am old and


Reg. Sister, you'll go with us!
and Attendants.

Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray you, go Gent. Holds it true, Sir,

with us. That the duke of Cornwall was so slain ?

Gon, 0, bo, I know the riddlc : [Aside.] I Kent. Most certain, Sir. Gent. Who is conductor of his people ? Kent. As 'tis said,

As they are going out, enter EDGAR disguised. The bastard son of Gloster. Gent. They say, Edgar,

Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man

so poor, His banish'd son, is with the earl of Kent

Hear me one word. In Germany.

Alb. I'll overtake you.-Speak. Kent. Report is changeable.

(Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Offi. 'Tis time to look about; the powers + o'the

cers, Soldiers, and Attendants. kingdom

Edg. Before you tight the battle, ope this Approach apace.

letter. Kent. The arbitrement | is like to be a bloody. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound Fare you well, Sir.

[Exit: For bim that brought it: wretched though I Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly

seem, wrought, Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought.

I can produce a champion, that will prove

What is avouched there : If you miscarry, [Exit. Your business of the world hath so an end,

And machination ceases. || Fortune love you!

Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.

Edg. I was forbid it.

When time shall serve, let but the berald cry, SCENE I.-The Camp of the British Forces,

And I'll appear again.

(Erit. near Dover.

Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook

thy paper. Enter, with Drums, and colours, EDMUND, REGAN, Officers, Soldiers, and others.

Re-enter EDMUND. Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose

Edm. The enemy's iu view; draw up your hold;

powers Or, whether since he is advis'd by aught

Here is the guess of their true strengek wd To change the course : He's full of alteration,

forces And self-reproving : bring his constant pleasure. $

By diligent discovery ;-but yuur 'aste (To an Ojicer, who goes out. Is now urg'd on you.

Erit. Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried.

Alb. We will greet the time. Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam.

Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my Reg. Now, sweet lord, You know the goodness í intend upon you :

• Forbidden

+ Imposes on you. • To reconcile it to his apprehension.

1. e. Einboldens him.

Opposition. Forces. i Decision.

6 lie. All designs against your life will have an end. His settled resolution.

Be ready to meet the occasion.

will go.

love ;

Each jealous of the other, as the stung

Edm. Take them away. Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take Lear. Upon such sacritices, my Cordelia, Both ? one ? or neither ? Neither can be enjoy'd, The gods themselves throw incense. Have I If both remain alive : To take the widow,

caught thee? Exasperates, makes mad ber sister Goueril; He that parts us sball bring a brand from And hardly shall I carry out my side, *

heaven, Her busband being alive. Now then, we'll use And are us bence, like foxes. Wipe thine eyes ; His countenance for the battle ; which being The goujeers shall devour them, flesh, and dobe,

fell, t Let her, who would be rid of him, devise Ere they shall make us weep : we'll see them His speedy taking off. As for the mercy

starve first. Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia,

Come. The battle done, and they within our power,

[Ereunt LEAR, and CORDELIA guarded. Shall never see his pardon : for my state

Edm. Come hither, captain ; hark. Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Exit. Take thou this note; (Giving a Paper.) go,

follow them to prison : SCENE II.-A Field between the Two One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost Camps.

As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way

To noble fortunes : Know thou this,- that men Alarum within.-Enter, with Drum and Co- Are as the time is : to be tender-minded

lours, LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces ; Does not become a sword :—Thy great employ. and Ereunt.


Will not bear question ;t either say, thou'lt Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER.

do't, Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this Or thrive by other means.

off. I'll do't, my lord. tree For your good host; pray that the right may

Edm. About it; and write bappy, when thou

bast done. thrive : If ever I return to you again,

Mark,-1 say, instantly; and carry it so,

As I bave set it down. I'll bring you comfort. "Glo. Grace go with you, Sir! (Exit EDGAR II it be man's work, I will do it.

Oj. I cannot draw a cart, por eat dried oats ; Alarums ; afterwards a Retreat.-Re-enter

(Erit OfficeR. EDGAR.

Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, Edg. Away, old man, give me thy band,

OFFICERS, and Attendants. away ;

Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your val. King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en : iant strain, Give me thy hand, come on.

And fortune led you well : You have the capGlo. No further, Sir; a man may rot even here.

tives Edg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must who were the opposites of this day's strife : endure

We do require them of you ; so to use them, Their going hence, even as their coming hither : As we shall find their merits and our safety Ripeness is all : + Come on.

May equally determine. Glo. And that's true too.

[Exeunt. Édm. Sir, I thought it fit

To send the old and miserable king SCENE III.-The British Camp near Dover. To some retention, and appointed guard ; Enter, in Conquest, with Drum and Colours To pluck the common bosom on his side,

Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, EDMUND; LEAR and CORDELIA, as Pric And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes soners ; Officers, Soldiers, &c.

Which do command them. With him I sent the Edm. Some officers take them away : good

queen; guard ;

My reason all the same ; and they are ready Until their greater pleasures first be known To-morrow, or at further space to appear That are to censure them.

Where you sball hold your session. At this Cor. We are not the first,

time, Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the We sweat, and bleed : the friend hath lost his worst.

friend ; For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down ;

And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd Myself could else out-frown false fortune's By those that feel their sharpuess : frown.

The question of Cordelia, and her father, Shall we not see these daughters, and these Requires a bitter place. Ø sisters ?

Alb. Sir, by your patience, Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to 1 bold you but a subject of this war, prison :

Not as a brother. We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage : Reg. That's as we list to grace him. When thou dost ask my blessing, I'll kneel Methinks our pleasure might have been dedown,

manded, And ask of thee forgiveness : So we'll live, Ere vou bad spoke so far. He led our powers ; And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and Bore the commission of my place and person ; laugh

The which immediacy | may well stand up, At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues And call itself your brother. Talk of court news : and we'll talk with them

Gon. Not so hot: too,-Who loses and who wins; wbo's in, who's More than in your advancement.

In bis owu grace he doth exalt himself, out;

Reg. In my rights, And take upon us the mystery of things,

By me invested, he compeers the best. As if we were God's spies : And we'll wear out,

Gon. That were the most, if he should hu In a wall'd prisol, packs and sects of great

band you. ones,

Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets. That ebb aud flow by the moon.

• Tbe French disease.

+ Skin. • 1. e. Make my party good.

Aumit of debate. + 1 e. To be ready prepared, is all.

To be discoursed of in greater privacy. * Pass judgment on them.

Authorus to act on his own judgment

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Gon. Holloa, holloa !

Edg. What's he, thai speaks for Edmund earl That eye that told you so, look'd but a-squint..

of Gloster ?
Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer Edm. Himself ;-What say'st thou to him
From a full-flowing stomach.-General,

Edg. Draw thy sword :
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony ; That, if my speech offend a noble heart,
Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine : Tby arın may do thee justice : here is mine.
Witness the world, that I create thee here Behold it is the privilege of mine bonours,
My lord and master.

My oath and my profession : 1 protest,-
Gon. Mean you to enjoy him ?

Maugre * thy strength, youth, place, and emi. Alb. The let-alone + lies not in your good

nence, will.

Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune Edm. Nor in thine, lord.

Thy valour, and thy heart,-chou 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 bigh illustrious prince ; thine.

(To EDMUND. And, from the extremest upward of thy head, Alb. Stay yet ; hear reason :-Edmund, 1 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

bent This gilded serpent : {Pointing to Gon.)—for 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 :
Aud I, her husband, contradict your bans. But, since thy outside looks so fair and war-
If you will marry, make your love to me,


[breathes, My lady is bespoke.

And that thy toague some 'say I of breeding Gon. An interlude !

What safe and nicely I might well delay Alb. Tbou art arm'd, Gloster :-Let

the By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn : trumpet sound:

Back do I toss these treasons to thy bead; If none appear to prove upon thy person,

With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm ihy heart; Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasous,

Which, (for they get glance by, and scarcely There is my pledge ; ( Throwing down a Clove.)


[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 down Gon. This is mere practice, Gloster :

a Glove.) what in the world he is By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to That names me traitor, villain-like he lies :

answer Call hy thy trumpet : be that dares approach,

An unknown opposite : thou art not vanquish'd,
On hiin, on you, (who not 1) I will maintain But cozen'd and beguil'd.
My truth and bonour firmly.

Alb, Shut your inouth, dame,
Alb. A herald, ho!

Or with this paper shall I stop it :-Hold, Sir :Erm. A berald, ho, a herald !

Thou worse than any name, read thine Own A15. Trust to thy single virtue ! t for thy sol.

evil: diers,

No tearing, lady ; 1 perceive, you know it. All levied in my name, have in any name

(Gives the Letter to EDMUND. Took their discharge.

Gon. Say, if I do ; the laws are miue, not Reg. This sickness grows upon me.

Who shall arraign me for't?

(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 bot what I know. (Exit Regan, 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 charg'd me with, that
have I done;

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 1: But what art thou, lists of the army, will maintain upon ED

That hast this fortune on ine ? If thou art noble, MUNI), supposed earl of GLOSTER, that he is I do forgive thee. a manifold traitor, let him appear at the

Edg. Let's exchange charity. third sound of the trumpet : He is bold in his 1 am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;

If dejence.

more, the more thou hast wrong'd me.

My name is Edgar, and thy father's son. Edm. Sound.

[1 Trumpet. Make instruments to scourge us :

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Her. Again.

(2 Trumpet. The dark and vicious place where thee he got, Her. Again.

(3 Trumpet.

Cost him his eyes. [Trumpet answers within.

Edm. Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true ; Enter Edgar, armed, preceded by a Trumpet. The wheel is come full circle : 1 am here.

Alb. Methought, thy very gait did prophesy Alb. Ask him his purposes, wby he appears A royal nobleness :-I must embrace thee ; Upon this call o'tbe trumpet.

Let sorrow split my heart, if ever I
Her. What are you?

Did bate thee, or thy father!
Your name, your quality ? and why you answer Edg. Worthy prince,
This present summons ?

I know it well.
Edg. Know, my name is lost ;

Alb. Where have you hid yourself ? (ther! By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and cankerbit : How have you known the miseries of your faYet am I noble, as the adversary

Edg. I come to cope withal.

By nursing tbem, iny lord.-List || a

brier tale ;Alb. Wbicb is that adversary?

• Notwithstanding. • Alluding to the proverb : “Love being jealous

+ Because if his adversary was not of equal ranx, Ed makes a good eye look a-squint."

mund might have declined the combat # The hinderance,

il. Valour.

Sainple. § Stratagen.


1 Ilear.



And, when 'tis told, u that my heart would | Speak, Edinund, where's the king ? and where's burst I

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 belov'd :
Into a madman's rags; to assume sem. The one the other poison'd for my sake,

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

do, guide,

(despair : Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send, Led him, begg'd for him, sav'd lim from Be brief in it,--to the castle ; for my writ Never (o fault !) reveal'd myself unto bim, Is on the life of Lear, and ou Cordelia ;Until some half hour past, when I was armid, Nay, send in time. Not sure, though hoping, of this good success, Alb. Run, run, o runI ask'd his blessing, and froin first to last Edg. To who, my lord ?-Wbo has the oflice ? Told himn my pilgrimage : But his Naw'd

send beart,

Thy token of reprieve. (Alack, too weak the conflict to support !)

Edm. Well thought on ; take my sword,
Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, Give it the captain.
Burst smilingly.

Alb. Haste thee, for thy life. (Exit EDGAR. Edm. This speech of your's bath mov'd me, Edm. He hath cominission from thy wile And shall, percbance, do good: but speak

and me
you on;

To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
You look as you had something more to say. To lay the blame upon her own despair,
Alb. If there be more, more woeful, hold it That she fordid herself. .
in ;

Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him bence For I am almost ready to dissolve,


(EDMUND is borne op. 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 others. To amplify too much, would make much more, Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl!-0 you are And top extremity.


men of stones; Whilst ! was big in clamour, came there a Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so Who having seeu me in my worst estate,

That heaven's vault should crack :-0 she is Shunu'd my abhorr'd society : but then, finding

gone for ever Who 'twas that so endur'd, with bis strong I know when one is dead, and when one lives ;

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; thre bim on my fa- Why, then she lives.

Kent. Is this the promis'd end? + Told the most piteous tale of Lear and bim, Edg. Or image of that horror ? That ever ear receiv'd : which in recounting Alb. Fall, and cease! 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 I! is a chance that does redeein all sorrows sounded,

That ever I have felt. And there I left himn tranc'd.

Kent. O my good master I [Kneeling. Alb. But wbo 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 bis enemy king, and did him service


(ever! !mproper for a slave.

I might have sav'd her; now she's gone for

Ha !
Enter a GENTLEMAN hastily, with a bloody What is't thou say'st ?-Her voice was ever

Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little.


(man :Gent. Help! help ! o help!

Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woEdg. What kind of help?

I kill'd the slave that was a banging thee. Alb. Speak, inan.

off. '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 bave made them skip : I am old now, Alb. Who, mau ? 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. (three One of thein we behold.

(hated, Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or Lear. This is a dull sight: Are you not dead !

This judgment of the heavens, that makes us Kent. The same:

(Caius ? tremble,

Your scrvant Kent : Where is your servant Touches us not with pity. (Erit GENTLEMAN. Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you Enter KENT.

that ;


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. l'll see that straight. Which 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;

Lear. You are welcome bither. 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. e. Die ; Albany speaks to Lear.

ther ;

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