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Alb. The lett alone lyes not in your good will.
Alb. Stay yet; hear reason : Edmund, I arrest thee
Gon. An enterlude! Alb. Thou art arm’d, Glofter; let the trumpet found; If none appear to prove upon thy person Thy heinous, manifeft, and many treasons, There is my pledge: I'll prove it on thy heart, Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less Than I have here proclaim'd thee. Reg. Sick, o fick Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison.
Enter a Herald.
Reg., This fickness grows upon me.
(Exit Reg, led Come hither, herald, let the trumpet found, And read out this.
[A trumpet sounds.
army, will maintain upon Edmund supposed Earl of Glo'ster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear by the third found of the trumpet: he is bold in his de fence.
I trumpet. Her. Again.
2 trumpet. Her.. Again.
3 trumpet. [Trumpet answers, wibin.
Enter Edgar, armed.
'Her. What are you?
Edg. Know, my name is loft;
Alb. Which is that adversary?
Edg. Draw thy sword,
But since thy out-side looks so fair and warlike,
[ Alarum. Fight.
Alb. Shut your mouth, dame,
Gon. Say, if I do; the laws are mine, not thine ;
Alb, Monster, know'it thou this paper ??
[Exit Gon Alb. Go after her, she's desperate, govern her.
Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that I have done,
Edg. Let's exchange charity:
(60) Alb. Save him, save him.
Gon. This is praćtice, Glo'ster:] Thus all the copies have diftinguish'd these speeches : but I have ventur’d to place the two hemistichs to Gonerill. 'Tis absurd, that Albany, who knew Edmund's treasons, and his own wife's paffion for him, should be follicitous to have his life fay'd,
The dark and vicious place, where thee he got,
Edm. Thou'st spoken right, 'tis true,
Alb. Methought, thy very gait did prophesy
Edg. Worthy Prince, I know't.
Alb. Where have you hid yourself? How have you known the miseries of your father?
Edg. By nursing them, my Lord. List a brief tale; 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 we the pain of death would hourly bear, Rather than die at once) taught me to shift Into a mad-man's rags; t'affume a semblance, The very dogs disdain'd: and in this habit Met I my father with his bleeding rings, Their precious gems new loft; became his guide, Led him, beg'd for him, fav'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 extreams of passion, joy and grief, Burst smilingly, Baft. This speech of
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 woeful, hold it in,
To (61) Edg. This would have seem'd a period, &c.] This fine and necessary description I have thought fit to restore from the old 4!0; as
To such as love not forrow: but another,
Alb. But who was this?
Edg. Kent, Sir; the banish'd Kent, who in disguise Follow'd his enemy King, and did him service Improper for a llave.
Enter a Gentleman.
Gent, 'Tis hot, it smoaks; it came even from the heart Of0! she's dead.
Alb. Who's dead ? speak, man,
Gent. Your Lady, Sir, your Lady; and her fifter By her is poison'd; she confesses it. it artfully opens to Albany the concealment of Kent at home, during his banishment; and gives a beautiful picture of the emotions that good old man felt for the death of his friend Glo'fer, and the piety of Edgar towards his distreft father. Edmund bad taken notice, that Edgar seem'd to have something more to say; but Abany was already so touch'd with compassion, that he was for hearing of no more sors now. From the different behaviour of thefe two different characters, with how exquisite a reflection, drawn from the very fountain of nature, has our poet furnish'd his introduction to Edgar's second narrative! As the passage first was left out by the players, in their edition; we are not to doubt, but it was one of their judicious retrenchments. However that be, fome readers, I am persuaded, will owe me their thanks for retrieving it to the author.