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I'm mightily abus’d.--I should e'en die with pity, | LEAR. Am I in France ?
In your own kingdom, sir. I will not swear these are my hands :— let's see, LEAR. Do not abuse me.
[rage, I feel this pin prick. Would I were assur’d
Phys. Be comforted, good madam ; the great Of my condition !
You see, is kill'd in him: and yet it is danger CORD. O, look upon me, sir,
To make him even o'er the time he has lost. And hold your hands * in benediction o'er me : Desire him to go in; trouble him no more, No, sir, t you must not kneel.
Till further settling. LEAR.
Pray, do not mock me: I COR. Will't please your highness walk ? I am a very foolish fond old man,
You must bear with me: Fourscore and upward, not an hour more nor less; Pray you now, forget and forgive : I am old, and And, to deal plainly,
foolish. I fear I am not in my perfect mind.
[Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, Physician, Methinks I should know you, and know this man ;
and Attendants. Yet I am doubtful; for I am mainly ignorant Gent. Holds it true, sir, that the duke of What place this is; and all the skill I have
Cornwall was so slain ?
KENT. As 't is said, the bastard son of Gloster. To be my child Cordelia.
GENT. They say, Edgar, his banish'd son, is with CORD.
And so I am, I am. the earl of Kent in Germany. LEAR. Be your tears wet? yes, faith. I pray, Kent. Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look weep not:
about; the powers of the kingdom approach apace. If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
GENT. The arbitrement is like to be bloody. I know you do not love me ; for your sisters
Fare you well, sir.
[Exit. Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:
Kent. My point and period will be throughly You have some cause, they have not.
No cause, no cause. | Or well or ill, as this day's battle's fought. (Exit.
Enter, with drum and colours, EDMUND, REGAN, | To change the course : he's full of alteration, Officers, Soldiers, and others.
And self-reproving :-bring his constant pleasure.
[To an Officer, who goes out Edm. Know of the duke if his last purpose hold, Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. Or whether since he is advis’d by aught
EDM. 'Tis to be doubted, madam.
Now, sweet lord, You know the goodness I intend upon you :
As they are going out, enter EDGAR disguised. Tell me,—but truly,—but then speak the truth, Do you not love my sister ?
Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man Edu. In honour'd love.
so poor, Reg. But have you never found my brother's Hear me one word. way
I'll overtake you.—Speak. To the forefended place ?
[Exeunt Edm. Reg. Gon. Officers, Soldiers, Edu. That thought abuses you."
and Attendants. Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.
If you have victory, let the trumpet sound Edu. No, by mine honour, madam.
For him that brought it: wretched though I seem,
What is avouched there. If you miscarry,
Your business of the world hath so an end,
And machination ceases. Fortune love* you !
ALB, Stay till I've read the letter.
I was forbid it.
When time shall serve, let but the herald cry, Enter, with drum and colours, ALBANY,
And I'll appear again.
ALB. Why, fare thee well ; I will o'erlook thy
[Exit EDGAR. Gon. [Aside.] I had rather lose the battle,
than that sister Should loosen him and me.
Re-enter EDMUND. AlB. Our very loving sister, well be-met.-Sir, this I hear, t-The king is come to his EDM. The enemy's in view, draw up your daughter,
powers. With others whom the rigour of our state
Here is the guess of their true strength and forces Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, By diligent discovery ;-but your haste I never yet was valiant: for this business,
Is now urg'd on you. It toucheth us, as France invades our land,
We will greet the time. [Exit. Not bolds the king, with others, whom I fear, EDM. To both these sisters have I sworn my Most just and heavy causes make oppose.
love; Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.
Each jealous of the other, as the stung REG.
Why is this reason'd? Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take ? Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy; Both ? one ? or neither ? Neither can be enjoy'd, For these domestic and particular broils
If both remain alive: to take the widow, Are not the question here.
Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril ; ALB.
Let us then determine And hardly shall I carry out my side, With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use Eom. I shall attend you presently at your His countenance for the battle; which being done, tent.
Let her who would be rid of him devise REG. Sister, you'll go with us?
His speedy taking off. As for the mercy Gon. No.
Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia, — Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray go with us. The battle done, and they within our power, Gon. [Aside.] O, ho, I know the riddle.—I Shall never see his pardon ; for my state will go.
Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Exit.
(*) First folio omits, me. (+) First folio, heard. * That thought abuses you.] The folio omits both this and the following speech.
b I had rather lose the battle, &c.) This speech is omitted in the folio.
e Where I could not be honest, &c.] The remainder of the speech and Edmund's answer are omitted in the folio.
d I shall attend you presently at your tent.) Omitted in the folio.
o carry out my side,-) A metaphor from the card-table, where to carry out a side meant to carry out the game with your partner successfully. So to set up a side, was to become partners
(*) First folio, loves. in the game; to pull or pluck down a side, was to lose it. Thus in Ben Jonson's "Silent Woman," Act II1.Sc. 2,
“Mavis and she will set up a side." Thus also in Massinger's “Great Duke of Florence,” Act IV. Sc. 1, where Cozimo, declining to do Petronella right in a bowl of wine, says,
“Pray you pause a little;
If I hold your cards, I shall pull down the side:
SCENE II.-A Field between the two Camps. Glo. No further, sir; a man may rot even
here. Alarum without. Enter, with drum and colours, EDG. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces; and
Their going hence, even as their coming hither ;
Ripeness is all.—come on.
And that's true too.
[Exeunt. Eng. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree For your good host; pray that the right may thrive:
SCENE III.—The British Camp near Dover. If ever I return to you again, I'll bring you comfort. Glo. trace ro with von sird | Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, ED
MUND; LEAR and CORDELIA, as prisoners ;
Officers, Soldiers, dc. Alarums; afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter EDGAR. Edm. Some officers take them away: good
That are to censure them.
a And that's true too.] These words are not in the quartos.
**** Grace go with you, KAR
We're not the first | And fortune led you well : you have the captives Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst. | Who were the opposites of this day's strife : For thee, oppressed king, am I* cast down ; We* do require them of you, so to use them, Myself couldelse out-frown false fortune's frown. | As we shall find their merits and our safety Stall we not see these daughters and these sisters? May equally determine. LEAR. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to EDM.
Sir, I thought it fit prison :
To send the old and miserable king We two alone will sing like birds i’ the cage: To some retention and appointed guard ; † When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, Whose age has † charms in it, whose title more, And ask of thee forgiveness. So we'll live, To pluck the common bosom on his side, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Which do command them. With him I sent the Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them
queen ; too,
My reason all the same; and they are ready Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's out; To-morrow, or at further space, to appear And take upon 's the mystery of things,
Where you shall hold your session. At this time, As if we were God's spies: and we'll wear out, We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones,
friend; That ebb and flow by the moon.
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd Edm.
Take them away. By those that feel their sharpness ;-
Sir, by your patience, He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven, I hold you but a subject of this war, And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes; Not as a brother. The goujeers * shall devour them, flesh and fell, REG. That's as we list to grace him. Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see 'em Methinks our pleasure might have been demanded, starvet first. Come.
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers ; [Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded. Bore the commission of my place and person ; Edv. Come hither, captain ; hark.
The which immediacy may well stand up,
Not so hot :
In my rights, Are as the time is : to be tender-minded
By me invested, he compeers the best. Does not become a sword :—thy great employment Gon. That were the most, if he should husband Will not bear question ; either say thou'st do't,
you." Or thrive by other means.
Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets. 077. I'll do't, my lord.
Holla, holla ! Edy. About it; and write happy when thou That eye that told you so look'd but a-squint. hast done.
Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should Mark, -I say, instantly; and carry it so,
answer As I have set it down.
Coats; From a full-flowing stomach.—General, OFF. I cannot draw a cart," nor eat dried Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony; If it be man's work, I will do 't.
[Exit. Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine : e
Witness the world, that I create thee here
My lord and master.
Mean you to enjoy him ?
Alb. The let-alone lies not in your good will. ALB. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant Edm. Nor in thine, lord. strain,
Half-blooded fellow, yes.
(*) Pirst folio, I as
The goujeers shall devour them,-) The “goujeers," misprinted cood yeares in the folio, is supposed to mean the
ar gallicus. Tieck, however, insists that the "good yeares" of the folis is used ironically for the bad year--the year of pestilence; and like il mal arro of the Italianis, had been long Daed as a curse in England.
(*) First folio, I. (+) First folio omits, and appointed guard.
(1) First folio, had.
c Where you shall hold your session.] In the folio the speech terminates here.
d That were the most, &c.] In the folio this is assigned to Albany.
e- the walls are thine :) So the folio; the phrase, Warbr rton says, signifying, to surrender al discretion.