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look! a mouse. Peace, peace !--this piece of toast- | dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief ed cheese will do't. — There's my gauntlet; I'll Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar? prove it on a giant.-Bring up the brown a bills. Glo. Ay, sir. O, well-flown, bird -;' the clout, if the clout: Lear. And the creature run from the cur? There hewgh!-Give the word.

thou might'st behold the great image of authority: Edg. Sweet marjoram.

a dog's obey'd in office.Lear. Pass.

Thou rascal beadlo hold thy bloody hand! [back; Glo. I know that voice.

Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine own Lear. Ha! Goneril!-with a white beard !- They Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind [cozener, flatter'd me like a dog; and told me, I had white For which thou whipp'st her. The usurer hangs the hairs in my beard, ere the black ones were there. Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; To say “ ay," and “no," to every thing I said ! - Robes, and furr'd gowns, hide all. Plate sin with "Ay" and "no" too was no good divinity. When gold, the rain came to wet me once, and the wind to And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks : make me chatter, when the thunder would not peace Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it. at my bidding, there I found 'em, there I smelt 'em None does offend, none, I say, none; I'll hable 'em: out. Go to, they are not men o' their words: they Take that of me, my friend, who have the power told me I was every thing; 'tis a lie, I am not ague- To seal th' accuser's lips. Get thee glass eyes; proof.

And, like a scurvy politician, seem

[now! Glo. The d trick of that voice I do well remember: To see the things thou dost not.--Now, now, now, Is't not the king ?

Pull off my boots: harder, harder; so.
Ay, every inch a king:

Edg. O, matter and impertinency mix'd;
When I do stare, see how the subject quakes. Reason in madness !
I pardon that man's life : what was thy cause ? Lear. If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my eyes.

I know thee well enough; thy name is Gloster: Thou shalt not die: die for adultery? No: Thou must be patient. We came crying hither: The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly Thou know'st, the first time that we smell the air Does lecher in my sight.

We wawl, and cry. I will preach to thee: mark me. Let copulation thrive ; for Gloster's bastard son Glo. Alack ! alack the day! Was kinder to his father, than my daughters

Lear. When we are born, we cry that we are come Got 'tween the lawful sheets.

To this great stage of fools._'Tis a good plot. To't, luxury, pell-mell, for I lack soldiers. It were a delicate stratagem, to shoe Behold yond' simpering dame,

A troop of horse with felt: I'll put it in proof;
Whose face between her forks presageth snow; And when I have stolen upon these sons-in-law,
That 'mimics virtue, and does shake the head Then, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill.
To hear of pleasure's name;

Enter a Gentleman with Attendants.
The ffitchew, nor the soiled horse, goes to't
With a more riotous appetite.

Gent. O! here he is : lay hand upon him.-Sir, Down from the waist they are centaurs,

Your most dear daughter

Lear. No rescue ? What! a prisoner? I am even Though women all above :

The natural fool of fortune.--Use me well;
But to the girdle do the gods inherit,
is all the fiends: there's hell

, there's dark. You shall have ransom. Let me have a surgeon, ness, there is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding,

I am cut to the brains.

You shall have any thing. stench, consumption ;-fie, fie, fie ! pah; pah! Give

Lear. No seconds ? All myself? me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten why, this would make a man, a man of salt, my imagination: there's money for thee.

To use his eyes for garden water-pots,
Glo. 0, let me kiss that hand!
Lear. Let me wipe it first: it smells of mortality. Ay, and for laying autumn's dust.

Glo. O ruin'd piece of nature! This great world

Good sir, Shall so wear out to nought.-Dost thou know me? Like a smug bridegroom. What! I will be jovial.

Lear. I will die bravely, Thou á squiny at me? No, do thy worst, blind Cupid; Come, come; I am a king, my masters, know you

that? I'll not love. -Read thou this challenge: mark but the penning of it.

Gent. You are a royal one, and we obey you. Glo. Were all the letters suns, I could not see one.

Lear. Then there's life in it. Nay, an you get it, Edg. I would not take this from report; it is,

you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa. And my heart breaks at it.

[Exit : Attendants follow.

Gent. A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch, Lear. Read. Glo. What! with the case of eyes ?

Past speaking in a king ! - Thou hast one daughter, Lear. O, ho! are you there with me? No eyes Which twain have brought her to.

Who redeems nature from the general curse in your head, nor no money in your purse? Your

Edg. Hail, gentle sir. eyes are in a heavy case, your purse in a light : yet

Gent. you see how this world goes.

Sir, speed you: what's your will ? Glo. I see it feelingly.

Edg. Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward ? Lear. What, art mad? A man may see how this

Gent. Most sure, and vulgar: every one hears that, world goes with no eyes. Look with thine ears : see

Which can distinguish sound. how yond' justice rails upon yond' simple thief.


But, by your favor, Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handy: How near's the other army?

Gent. Near, and on speedy foot; the main descry

Stands on the hourly 'thought. " The brown bills," 1. e., the battle-axes. "The clout," i. e., the white mark for archers to aim at "The word," I'll able 'em," i. e., in support, uphold them. - "Imi e, the watchword. “The trick," I. e., the manner.- pertinency means here something not belonging to the sub"Luxury," i. e., incontinence. The fitchew is the polecat. ject.- A man of sall" is a man of tcars. That is, The & To equiny is to look squint.

main body is expected to be descried every hour.'


I thank you, sir: that's all. And the exchange, my brother!-Here, in the sands, Gent. Though that the queen on special cause is Thee I'll rake up, the " post unsanctified Her army is mov'd on.

[here, of murderous lechers; and in the mature time, Edg:

I thank you, sir. [Exit Gent. With this ungracious paper strike the sight Glo. You ever-gentle gods, take my breath from of the death-practis'd i duke. For him 'tis well, Let not my worser a spirit tempt me again [me: That of thy death and business I can tell. To die before you please!

Glo. The king is mad : how stiff is my vile sense, Edg.

Well pray you, father. That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling Glo. Now, good sir, what are you ? [blows; of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract;

Edg. A most poor man, made tame to fortune's So should my thoughts be sever'd from my 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. [Drum afar of I'll lead you to some biding.


Give me your hand: Glo.

Hearty thanks ; Far off, methinks, I hear the beaten drum. The bounty and the b benison of heaven

Come, father; I'll bestow you with a friend. To boot, and boot!

(Ezennt. Enter Oswald.

SCENE VII.- A Tent in the French Camp. LEAR Osr.

A proclaim'd prize! Most happy! That eyeless head of thine was first fram'd Resh

on a Bed, asleep; Doctor, Gentleman, and othCTS, To raise my fortunes.—Thou old unhappy traitor,

attending : Enter CORDELIA and Kent. Briefly thyself remember:-the sword is oat

Cor. O thou good Kent! how shall I live, and work,

1 [ Drawing. To match thy goodness ? My life will be too short, That must destroy thee.

And every measure fail me. Glo.

Now let thy friendly hand Kent. To be acknowledg’d, madam, is o'er-paid. Put strength enough to it. [Edgar interposes. All my reports go with the modest truth; Osw.

Wherefore, bold peasant, Nor more, nor clipp'd, but so.
Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor ?


Be better suited: Lest that th' infection of his fortune take

These weeds are 'memories of those worser lours. Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.

I prythee, put them off. Edg. Ch’ill not let go, zir, without varther 'casion. Kent.

Pardon me, dear madam; Osw. Let go, slave, or thou diest.

Yet to be known shortens my 3 main intent: Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait, and let poor My boon I make it, that you know me not, volk pass. And ch'ud ha' been zwagger'd out of Till time and I think meet. my life, 'twould not ha' been zo long as 'tis by a Cor. Then be't so, my good lord.—How does the vortnight. Nay, come not near the old man; keep king ?

[To the Physicia out, «che vor'ye, or Ise try whether your coslard or Doct. Madam, sleeps still. my hallow be the harder. Ch'ill be plain with you. Cor. O, you kind gods, Osw. Out, dunghill!

Cure this great breach in his abused nature! Edg. Ch'ill pick your teeth, zir. Come; no mat- Th' untun'd and jarring senses, 0, wind up ter vor your 'foins.

of this mchild-changed father! [ They fight; and EDGAR strikes him down. Doct.

So please your majesty, Osw. Slave, thou hast slain me.-Villain, take my That we may wake the king ? he hath slept loag. If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body; [purse.

Cor. Be govern'd by your knowledge, and proceed And give the letters, which thou find'st about me, I' the sway of your own will. Is he array'd ? To Edmund earl of Gloster: seek him out

Doct. Ay, madam; in the heaviness of his sleep, Upon the British party.-0, untimely deathı! [ Dies. We put fresh garments on him.

Edg. I know thee well: a serviceable villain; Kent. Good madam, be by when we do awake hin: As duteous to the vices of thy mistress,

I doubt not of his temperance. As badness would desire.


Very well. [ Varie Glo. What! is he dead?

Doct. Please you, draw near.-Louder the music Edy. Sit you down, father; rest you.

there, Let's

's see his pockets: these letters, that he speaks of, Cor. O my dear futher! Restoration, hang May be my friends.--He's dead; I am only sorry Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss He had no other death's-man.-Let us see:

Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blamé us not: Have in thy reverence made ! To know our enemies' minds we rip their hearts,


Kind and dear princess! Their spapers is more lawful.

Cor. Had you not been their father, these witte [Reads. ] “Let our reciprocal vows be remem

fakes bered. You have many opportunities to cut him off: Had challeng'd pity of them. Was this a face if your will want not, time and place will be fruit. To be expos'd against the warring winds ? fully offered. There is nothing done, if he return To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder! the conqueror; then, am I the prisoner, and his bed In the most terrible and nimble stroke my jail, from the loathed warmth whereof deliver Of quick, cross lightning? to watch (poor perdu!) me, and supply the place for your labor.

With this thin "helm? Mine enemy's dog, * Your (wife, so I would say)

Though he had bit me, should have stood that night " affectionate servant, Against my fire; and wast thou fain, poor father,

“GONERIL." To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn, O, ? unextinguish'd blaze of woman's will! A plot upon her virtuous husband's life;

"The post unsanctified," i, e., the unconsecrated berish My worser spirit," i. o., my evil genius.—-b« Benison - Plier The_Duke of Albany. - Buited," 1 e. and

Memorials.-" Child-changed," 1 e., changed hy her cliI. e., blessing -"Your gait," i, e., your way.--" Che dren." Poor perdu!" The allusion is to the forlora y vor'ye," i. e., I warn you. - Costard is head. Foins are in an army, called in French, enfans perdus.-- ** This tha thrusts.-" Their papers," i. e., to rip their papers. helm," 1 e., this thin covering of hair.


In short and musty straw? Alack, alack !

ACT V. 'Tis wonder, that thy life and wits at once Had not concluded all.--He wakes ; speak to him.

SCENE I.—The Camp of the British Forces, near Doct. Madam, do you ; 'tis fittest. (majesty ?

Dover. Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares

Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o' the Enter, with Drums and Colors, EDMUND, Regan, Thou art a soul in bliss, but I am bound [grave.

Officers, Soldiers, and others. Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears

Edm, Know of the duke, if his last purpose hold; Do scald like molten lead.

Or whether since he is advis'd by aught Cor.

Sir, do you know me? To change the course. He's full of alteration, Lear. You are a spirit, I know. Where did you And self-reproving :-bring his constant d pleasure, Cor. Still, still, far wide.

[die? Doct. He's scarce awake: let him alone awhile.

[ To an Officer, who exit.

Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. Lear. Where have I been? Where am I?-Fair

Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam. day-lightI am mightily a abus'd.-I should even die with pity You know the goodness I intend upon you:


Now, sweet lord, To see another thus. -I know not what to say.

Tell me, but truly, but then speak the truth,
I will not swear, these are my hands :-let's see;
I feel this pin prick. Would I were assur'd

Do you not love my sister ?

In honor'd love.
Of my condition!
0! look upon me, sir,

Reg. But have you never found my brother's way And hold your hands in benediction o'er me.

To the forefended place ?

That thought abuses you.
No, sir, you must not kneel.
Pray, do not mock me: And Bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.

Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct, I am a very foolish fond old man, Fourscore and upward, not an hour more nor less ;

Edm. No, by mine honor, madam. And, to deal plainly,

Reg. I never shall endure her. Dear my lord,

Be not familiar with her.
I fear, I am not in my perfect mind.

Methinks, I should know you, and know this man; She, and the duke her husband, -

Fear me not.-
Yet I am doubtful, for I am mainly ignorant
What place this is; and all the skill I have

Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers. Remembers not these garments; nor I know not Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister Where I did lodge last night. Do not laugh at me, Should loosen him and me.

[Aside. For, as I am a man, I think this lady

Alb. Our very loving sister, well be-met. To be my child Cordelia.

Sir, this I hear,--the king is come to his daughter, Cor.

And so I am, I am. With others, whom the rigor of our state Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray, Fore'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, weep not:

I never yet was valiant: for this business, If you have poison for me, I will drink it.

It toucheth us, as France invades our land, I know, you do not love me ; for your sisters Not "bolds the king, with others, whom, I fear, Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:

Most just and heavy causes make oppose.
You have some cause, they have not.

Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.
No cause, no cause. Reg.

Why is this reason'a ? Lear. Am I in France ?

Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy; Kent.

In your own kingdom, sir. For these domestic and particular broils Lear. Do not abuse me.

Are not the question here. Doct. Be comforted, good madam: the great rage, Alb.

Let us, then, determine You see, is cur'd in him; and yet it is danger With the ancient of war on our proceedings. To make him beven o'er the time he has lost.

Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent. Desire him to go in: trouble him no more,

Reg. Sister, you'll go with us ? Till farther settling,

Gon. No. Cor. Will't please your highness walk ?

Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray you, go with us. Lear.

You must bear with me: Gon. O, ho! I know the riddle. Aside.]—I will Pray you now, forget and forgive : I am old, and go. foolish. [Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, Doctor, and Attendants.

Enter EDGAR, disguised. Gent. Holds it true, sir, that the duke of Corn

Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man so wall was so slain?

Hear me one word.

[poor, Kent. Most certain, sir.


I'll overtake you.-Speak. Gent. Who is conductor of his people ?

[Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Officers, Kent. As 'tis said, the bastard son of Gloster.

Soldiers, and Attendants. Gent. They say, Edgar, his banished son, is with

Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. the earl of Kent in Germany.

If you have victory, let the trumpet sound Kent. Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look For him that brought it: wretched though I seem, about; the powers o' the kingdom approach apace.

I can produce a champion, that will prove Gent. The, arbitrement is like to be bloody. Fare What is avouched there. If you miscarry, you well, sir.

[Exit. Your business of the world hath so an end, Kent. My point and period will be throughly And machination ceases. Fortune love you ! wrought,

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

Alb. Stay, till I have read the letter. * Abus'd," i. e., imposed upon-1" To make him even & " His constant pleasure," i. e., his settled resolutiono'er," i. e., to reconcile to his apprehension.-" The arbitre"Forefended," 1. e., forbidden. -- "Not bolds the king," ment," i. e., the decision.

i. e., not as it emboldens the king.


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I was forbid it. Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's out;
When time shall serve, let but the herald cry, And take upon's the mystery of things,
And I'll appear again.

[Exil. As if we were God's spies: and we'll wear out, Alb. Why, fare thee well: I will o'erlook thy In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones, paper.

That ebb and flow by the moon.
Re-enter EDMUND.


Take them away. Edm. The enemy's in view ; draw up your powers.

Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, Here is the guess of their true strength and forces The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caugbt By diligent discovery; '[Showing a Paper.] but


[Embracing her. Is now urg'd on you.

[your haste He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven, Alb.

We will greet the a time. [Exit. And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eves ; Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my love; The goujeers shall devour them, flesh and 'fell, Each jealous of the other, as the stung

Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see then starte Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?

first. Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd,

Come. [Exeunt Lean and CORDELIA, guarded. If both remain alive: to take the widow

Edm. Come hither, captain; hark. Exasperates, makes mad, her sister Goneril; Take thou this note; [Giving a Paper.] go, follow And hardly shall I carry out my side,

them to prison. Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost His countenance for the battle; which being done,

As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way Let her who would be rid of him devise

To noble fortunes. Know thou this, that men His speedy taking off. As for the mercy

Are as the time is; to be tender-minded Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia,

Does not become a sword. Thy great employment The battle done, and they within our power,

Will not bear 6 question : either say, thou'lt do't, Shall never see his pardon; for my state

Or thrive by other means. Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Excit. Capt.

I'll do't, my lord.

Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou hast SCENE II.-A Field between the two Camps.

Mark,-I say, instantly; and carry SO, [dose.

As I have set it down. Alarum within. Enter, with Drum and Colors,

Capt. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats ; LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces ; and exeunt.

If it be man's work, I will do it. [Exit Captais. Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER.

Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree

Officers, and Attendants. For your good host; pray that the right may thrive. Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant If ever I retuin to you again, I'll bring you comfort.

And fortune led you well. You have the captives, Glo. Grace go with you, sir! [Exit EDGAR. Who were the opposites of this day's strife: Alarum; afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter EDGAR. We do require them of you, so to use them,

Edg. Away, old man! give me thy hand: away! As we shall find their merits, and our safety, King Lear haih lost, he and his daughter ta’en.

May equally determine. Give me thy hand; come on.


Sir, I thought it fit Glo. No farther, sir: a man may rot even here.

To send the old and miserable king Edg. What! in ill thoughts again? Men must To some retention, and appointed guard; endure

Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, Their going hence, even as their coming hither: To pluck the common bosom on his side, Ripeness is all. Come on.

And turn our impress'd i lances in our eyes, Glo. And that's true too. (Exeunt. Which do command them. With him I sent ide

queen: SCENE III.-- The British Camp near Dover.

My reason all the same; and they are ready

To-morrow, or at farther space, t'appear Enler, in conquest, with Drum and Colors, EDMUND; Where you shall hold your session. At this time, LEAR and CORDELIA, as Prisoners ; Captain, We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost bis Officers, Soldiers, d.c.

friend; Edm. Some officers take them away: good guard, And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd Until their greater pleasures first be known,

By those that feel their sharpness.
That are to dcensure them.

The question of Cordelia, and her father,
We are not the first,

Requires a fitter place.
Who, with best mea have incurr'd the worst.


Sir, by your patience, For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down ;

I hold you but a subject of this war,

Not as a brother. Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown. Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters ? Methinks, our pleasure might have been demanded,


That's as we list to grace him: Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison: Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers, We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage:

Bore the commission of my place and person; When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, And ask of thee forgiveness. So we'll live,

The which 'immediacy may well stand up,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh

And call itself your brother.

Not so hot:
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too,

• The goujeere is a loatheomo disense. - Fell is eis

3“ Bear question," i. e., admit of debate.- Grain is bere &" Will greet the time," i. e., will be ready to meet the used for race, descent.--. "Impressed lances." e. lanca occasion.-5Carry out my side," i. e., make my part good. men bired with press-money. Comini-sion," i. e, author -"Ripeness," i. e., preparation.----" To censure them," ity.--!"Immediacy," i. e., authority to act on his own judge Ie., to pass judgment on them.



In his own grace he doth exalt himself,

Enter Edgar, armed, preceded by a Trumpet. More than in


Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears Reg.

In my rights,

Upon this call o' the trumpet. By me invested, he compeers the best.


What are you? Gon. That were the most, if he should husband you. Your name? your quality ? and why you answer Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets.

This Gon.

Holla! holla!

present summons ? Edg.

Know, my name is lost; That eye that told you so look'd but ba-squint.

By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit : Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer

Yet am I noble, as the adversary
From a full-flowing stomach.-General,
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony:

I come to cope withal.

Which is that adversary? Dispose of them, of me; the walls are cthine.

Edg. What's be, that speaks for Edmund earl of Witness the world, that I create thee here

Gloster ?
My lord and master.

Edm. Himself: what say'st thou to him?
Mean you to enjoy him?

Draw thy sword, Alb. The d let-alone lies not in your good will.

That if my speech offend a noble heart,
Edm. Nor in thine, lord.
Half-blooded fellow, yes.

Thy arm may do thee justice; here is mine:
Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title Behold, it is the privilege of mine honors,

1[Drawing thine. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason.—Edmund, I arrest thee My onth, and my profession. I protest,

Maugre thy strength, skill, youth, and eminence, On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, This gilded serpent. [Pointing to Gon.]-For your Thy valor, and thy heart, thou art a traitor:

Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune, claim, fair sister, I bar it in the interest of my wife;

False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father; 'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord,

Conspirant 'gainst this high illustrious prince ;

And, from th' extremest upward of thy head, And I, her husband, contradict your bans.

To the descent and dust below thy foot, If you will marry, make your love to me,

A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, “No," My lady is bespoke. Gon.

This sword, this arm, and my best spirits, are bent
An interlude! (sound:

Alb. Thou art arm'd, Gloster.-Let the trumpet Thou liest.

prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak, If none appear to prove upon thy person,

Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name ; Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, There is my pledge. [Throwing down a Glove.] I'll And that thy tongue some ''say of breeding breathes,

But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, prove it on thy heart,

What safe and nicely I might well & delay
Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
Than I have bere proclaim'd thee.

By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.

Back do I toss these treasons to thy head; Reg.

Sick! O, sick!

With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart;
Gon. [ Aside.] If not, I'll ne'er trust poison.
Edm. There's my exchange: [ Throwing down a

Which, for they yet glance by, and scarcely bruise,

This sword of mine shall give them instant way, Glove.] what in the world he is

Where they shall rest for ever.—Trumpets, speak! That names me traitor, villain-like he lies.

[ Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls. Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach,

Alb. O, save him! save him ! On him, on you, who not? I will maintain


This is mere " practice, Gloster. My truth and honor firmly.

By the 3 laws of arms, thou wast not bound to answer Alb. A herald, ho!

An unknown opposite; thou art not vanquish'd, Edm. A herald, ho! a herald!

But cozen'd and beguil'd. Alb. Trust to thy single virtue ; for thy soldiers,


Shut your mouth, dame; All levied in my name, have in my name Took their discharge.

Or with this paper shall I stop it ?-Hold, sir !

Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil. My sickness grows upon me.

*[She snatches at the Letter. Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent.

No tearing, lady; I perceive, you know it. [Exit REGAN, led.

[Gives the letter to EDMUND. Enter a Herald.

Gon. Say, if I do, the laws are mine, not thine : Come hither, herald.—Let the trumpet sound, Who can arraign me for't ? And read out this.


Most monstrous !
Capt. Sound, trumpet. [A Trumpet sounds. Know'st thou this paper ?

Herald reads.

Ask me not what I know,

[Exit GONERIL. "If any man of quality, or degree, within the lists

Alb. Go after her: she's desperate; govern her. of the army, will maintain upon Edmund, supposed

[Exit an Officer. earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear at the third sound of the trumpet. He is

Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that have bold in his defence."

I done, Edm. Sound!

[1 Trumpet.

And more, much more ; the time will bring it out :

'Tis past, and so am I. But what art thou, [2 Trumpet. That hast this fortune on me? If thou’rt noble,

[3 Trumpet. I do forgive thee. [Trumpet answers within.


Let’s exchange charity.

I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund; Grace here means noble deportment,_Alluding to the proverb: ‘Love being jealous makes a good eye look 2-equint,' _6" The walls are thine," i. e., I surrender at dis ''Say, or assay, is a sample, a taste. That is, 'What i Tetion.-" The let-alone," i. e., the power of obstructing might safely delay, if I acted punciliously.'-6" Practice," their union.--"To thy single virtue," i, e., "to thy valor. i. e., stratagem.


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