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Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title EDM. Sound !*
[First trumpet. thine.
Second trumpet. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason. –Edmund, I HER. Again.
[Third trumpet. arrest thee
[After a pause a trumpet answers without. On capital treason; and, in thine attaint,*
Enter EDGAR, armed, and preceded by a This gilded serpent. [Pointing to Gon. For your
Trumpet. claim, fair sister,
ALB. Ask him his purposes, why he appears I bar it in the interest of my wife ;
Upon this call o'the trumpet. 'T is she is sub-contracted to this lord,
What are you? And I, her husband, contradict your bans.
Your name, your quality ? and why you answer If you will marry, make your love to me,
This present summons ? My lady is bespoke.
Know, my name is lost; Gon. An interlude !
By treason's tooth bare-gnawn and canker-bit: ALB. Thou art arm'd, . Gloster: - let the Yet am I noble as the adversary trumpet sound :
I come to cope. If none appear to prove upon thy person
ALB, Which is that adversary? Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
EDG. What's he that speaks for Edmund earl There is my pledge; [Throwing down a glove.]I'll
of Gloster ? make it on thy heart,
Edm. Himself:—what say'st thou to him? Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
Draw thy sword, Than I have here proclaim'd thee!
That, if my speech offend a noble heart, REG.
Sick, 0, sick! Thy arm may do thee justice: here is mine. Gon. (A side.) If not, I'll ne'er trust medicine. Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours, Edm. There's my exchange : [Throwing down My oath, and my profession. I protest,
a glove.] what in the world he is Maugre thy strength, youth, place, t and eminence, That names me traitor, villain-like he lies ! Despite I thy victor sword and fire-new fortune, Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach, Thy valour and thy heart,—thou art a traitor ! On him, on you, who not? I will maintain False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father ; My truth and honour firmly.
Conspirant against this high illustrious prince ; ALB. A herald, ho !
And, from the extremest upward of thy head, EDM. A herald, ho, a herald !
To the descent and dust below thy foot, ALB. Trust to thy single virtue;" for thy soldiers, A most toad-spotted traitor! Say thou, No! All levied in my name, have in my name
This sword, this arm, and my best spirits, are bent Took their discharge.
To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak, REG.
My sickness grows upon me. Thou liest. Alb. She is not well ; convey her to my tent. EDM. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;
[Exit REGAN, led. But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
And that thy tongue some 'saye of breeding Enter a Herald.
What safe and nicely I might well delay Come hither, herald, let the trumpet sound, By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn: And read out this.
Back do I toss these treasons to thy head; OFF. Sound, trumpet ! [Trumpet sounds. With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart;
Which, for they yet glance by, and scarcely Herald reads.
This sword of mine shall give them instant way, If any man of quality or degree within the Where they shall rest for ever.—Trumpets, speak! lists of the army, will maintain upon Edmund,
[Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls. supposed earl of Gloucester, that he is a mani ALB. Save him, save him ! fold traitor, let him appear at the third sound Gon.
This is practice, Gloster ;' of the trumpet. He is bold in his defence. By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to answer An unknown opposite ; thou art not vanquish'd, Not sure, though hoping, of this good success, But cozen'd and beguil'd.
(*) First folio, thy arrest.
(+) First folio, loves.
(1) First folio, by. a Edm. A herald, ho, a herald !) Omitted in the folio. li - virtue:) That is, valour. c Org. Sound, trumpet!] Omitted in the folio. & Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours,-) The quartos read,
"Behold it is the priviledge of my tongue
My oath and profession, &c.
(*) First folio omits, Edm. Sound! (t) First folio, place, youth.
(1) First folio, Despise. And the folio,
* Behold, it is my priviledge,
The priviledge of mine Honours,
My oath, and my profession," &c. e - some 'say - 'say means assay,=sample, or taste.
- practice, Stratagem, machination.
I ask'd his blessing, and from first to last ALB,
Shut your mouth, dame, Told him my* pilgrimage: but his flawd heart, Or with this paper shall I stop it.—Hold, sir: Alack, too weak the conflict to support! Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil: 'Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, No tearing, lady ; I perceive, you know it. Burst smilingly.
(Gives the letter to EDMUND. Edm. This speech of yours hath mov'd me, Gon. Say, if I do ;—the laws are mine, not And shall perchance do good: but speak you on; thine:
You look as you had something more to say. Who shall arraign me for it?
[Exit. ALB. If there be more, more woeful, hold it in ; ALB.
Most monstrous ! For I am almost ready to dissolve, Know'st * thou this paper ?
Hearing of this. EDM.
Ask me not what I know. Eng. This would have seem'd a period ALB. Go after her : she's desperate ; govern her. To such as love not sorrow; but another,
[To an Officer, who goes out. To amplify too much, would make much, more, EDM. What you have charg'd me with, that And top extremity. have I done;
Whilst I was big in clamour, came there in a man, And more, much more, the time will bring it out: Who, having seen me in my worst estate, 'Tis past, and so am I.—But what art thou Shunn'd my abhorr'd society ; but then, finding That hast this fortune on me? If thou’rt noble, Who 't was that so endur'd, with his strong arms I do forgive thee.
He fasten'd on my neck, and bellow'd out EDG. Let's exchange charity. As he'd burst -heaven; threw him t on my I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;
father ; If more, the more thou hast wrong'd me.
Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him, My name is Edgar, and thy father's son.
That ever ear receiv'd : which in recounting, The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices His grief grew puissant, and the strings of lifo Make instruments to plague us :
Began to crack : twice then the trumpets sounded, The dark and vicious place where thee he got, And there I left him tranc'd. Cost him his eyes.
But who was this ? EDM, Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true; Edg. Kent, sir, the banish'd Kent; who in The wheel is come full circle, I am here.
disguise ALB. Methought thy very gait did prophesy Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service A royal nobleness :-I must embrace thee; Improper for a slave. Let sorrow split my heart, if ever I Did hate thee or thy father !
Enter a Gentleman hastily, with a bloody knife. EDG.
Worthy prince, I know 't. | ALB. Where have you hid yourself?
GENT. Help! help! O help! How have you known the miseries of your
What kind of help? father?
Speak, man. EDG. By nursing them, my lord.—List a brief Edg. What means that I bloody knife? tale ;
'Tis hot, it smokes; And, when 'tis told, O, that my heart would It came even from the heart of—0, she's dead ! burst !
ALB. Who dead ? speak, man! The bloody proclamation to escape,
GENT. Your lady, sir, your lady: *and her That follow'd me so near, (0, our lives' sweetness !
sister That we the pain of death would hourly die, By her is poison'd; she hath confess'd it. $ Rather than die at once!) taught me to shift
EDM. I was contracted to them both; all three Into a madman's rags; to assume a semblance Now marry in an instant! That very dogs disdain'd: and in this habit
Here comes Kent. Met I my father with his bleeding rings,
ALB. Produce their bodies, be they alive or Their precious stones new lost; became his guide,
dead; Led him, begg'd for him, sav'd him from despair ; | This judgment of the heavens, that makes us Never (O fault !) reveald myself unto him,
tremble, Until some half-hour past, when I was arm’d; Touches us not with pity. [Exit Gentleman.
(*) First folio, 0, know'si. * Hearing of this.] The next three speeches are omitted in the folio,
(*) First folio, our.
(t) Old text, me.
ALB. Even 80.—Cover their faces.
Edm. Well thought on ;-take my sword, EDM. I pant for life :—some good I mean to do, | Give it the captain. Despite of mine own nature:Quickly send,
All. Haste thee, for thy life. [Exit EDGAR. Be brief in it,—to the castle ; for my writ
EDM. He hath commission from thy wife and me Is on the life of Lear and on Cordelia :
To hang Cordelia in the prison, and Nay, send in time.
To lay the blame upon her own despair, ALB.
Run, run, 0, run! send That she fordid herself. EDG. To who, my lord ?— Who has the office ? | Alb. The gods defend her !—Bear him hence Thy token of reprieve.
[EDMUND is borne off.
Ay, so I think. Re-enter LEAB, bearing CORDELIA dead in his ALB. He knows not what he says; and vain it arms ; EDGAR, Officer, and others following.
That we present us to him. LEAR. Howl, howl, howl, howl !-0, you are
Enter an Officer.
That's but a trifle here.Why, then she lives.
You lords and noble friends, know our intent, KENT.
Is this the promisid end ? What comfort to this great decay may come, EDG. Or image of that horror ?
Shall be applied : for us, we will resign, ALB.
Fall, and cease! | During the life of this old majesty, LEAR. This feather stirs ! she lives ! if it be so, To him our absolute power :-you, to your rights ; It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows
[To EDGAR and KENT. That ever I have felt.
With boot, and such addition as your honours KENT. O my good master! [Kneeling. Have more than merited.—All friends shall taste LEAR. Pr’ythee, away.
The wages of their virtue, and all foes Evg.
'Tis noble Kent, your friend. The cup of their deservings.-0, see, see! LEAR. A plague upon you, murderers, traitors LEAR. And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no all!
life! I might have sav'd her; now she's gone for | Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, Cordelia, Cordelia !stay a little. Ha !
And thou no breath at all? Thou 'lt come no What is’t thou say'st ?-Her voice was ever soft,
more, Gentle, and low ;-- an excellent thing in woman. Never, never, never, never, never !I kill'd the slave that was a-hanging thee. Pray you, undo this button : thank you, sir.OFF. 'Tis true, my lords, he did.
Do you see this? Look on her,-look,-her lips,LEAR. Did I not, fellow? Look there ! look there !
[Dies. I have seen the day, with my good biting falchion Edg. He faints !-My lord ! my lord !I would have made them * skip: I am old now, KENT. Break, heart, I pr’ythee, break! And these same crosses spoil me.—Who are you?
Look up, my lord. Mive eyes are not o'the best :-I'll tell you KENT. Vex not his ghost: 0, let him pass! he straight.
hates him, KENT. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and That would upon the rack of this tough world hated,
Stretch him out longer. One of them we behold.
He is gone, indeed. LEAR. This is a dull sight; are you not Keni ? Kent. The wonder is, he hath endur'd so
long: Your servant Kent.—Where is your servant Caius? | He but usurp'd his life.
LEAR. He's a good fellow, I can tell you that; ! Als. Bear them from hence.-Our present He'll strike, and quickly too :-he's dead and
Is general woe. Friends of my soul, you twain Kent. No, my good lord; I am the very man;
TO KENT and EDGAR LEAR. I'll see that straight.
Rule in this realm, and the gor'd state sustain. Kent. That, from your first of difference and KENT. I have a journey, sir, shortly to go; decay,
My master calls me ;-I must not say, no. Have follow'd your sad steps.
Alb. The weight of this sad time we must LEAR. You are welcome hither. |
obey : Kent. Nor no man else ;-all's cheerless, dark, Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. and deadly.
| The oldest hath borne most: we that are young Your eldest daughters have fordone themselves, Shall never see so much, nor live so long. And desperately are dead.
Exeunt, with a dead march,