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And after slew herself.
Alb. Even so.-Cover their faces.
Edm. I pant for life: some good I mean to do, Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send, Be brief in it,—to the castle ; for my writ Is on the life of Lear, and on Cordelia.Nay, send in time. Alb.
Run, run, 0, runEdg. To who, my lord ?-Who has the office ?
send Thy token of reprieve.
Edm. Well thought on : take my sword; Give it the captain.
Alb. Haste thee, for thy life. [Exit Edgar. Edm. He hath commission from thy wife and
To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
[Edmund is borne off.
Enter LEAR, with CORDELIA
dead in his arms; EDGAR, OFFICER, and others.
Lear. Howl, how], howl, howl!-0, you are men
of stones : Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so
That heaven's vault should crack.-0, she is gone
for ever! -
Is this the promised end ? 1
Fall, and cease! ?
O, my good master! [kneeling. Lear. Pr'ythee, away. Edg.
'Tis noble Kent, your friend. Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all ! I might have saved her; now she's gone for
Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little.-Ha !
Off. 'Tis true, my lords, he did.
Did I not, fellow ?
| i. e. the end of the world, foretold by our Saviour.
Mine eyes are none o' the best: I'll tell you
straight. Kent. If Fortune brag of two she loved and
hated, One of them we behold.
Lear. This is a dull sight. Are you not Kent? Kent.
The same; Your servant Kent: where is your servant Caius? Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you
that; He'll strike, and quickly too: he's dead and rotten.
Kent. No, my good lord; I am the very man ;
You are welcome hither. Kent. Nor no man else; all's cheerless, dark, and
deadly. Your eldest daughters have foredoom'd themselves, And desperately are dead. Lear.
Ay, so I think. Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain it is That we present us to him. Edg.
Enter OFFICER. Off. Edmund is dead, my
That's but a trifle here.