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Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct,
And bosom’d with her as far as we call her's.

Edm. No, by mine honour, & madam.

Reg. I never shall endure her. Dear my lord,
Be not familiar with her.

Edm. Fear h me not. She and the duke her husband


Enter Albany, Gonerill, and soldiers.
iGon. I had rather lose the battle, than that filter
Should loosen him and me.

Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.
Sir, this I hear, the king is come to his daughter,
With others, whom the rigour of our state
Forc'd to cry out.

Where I could not be honest,
I never yet was valiant : m for this business,
It toucheth us, as France invades our land,
Not holds the king, with others, whom, I fear,
Mot just and heavy causes make oppose.

* Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.
Reg. Why is this reason'd ?

Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy :
For these · domestick and particular broils
Are not the question here.

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& P. and W. omit madam.
h All but the qu's omit me.
| This speech is omitted in the fo's, R. P. and H.
$ The qu's read for for fir; the fo's, R. P. and H. fir, this I heard.
1 What is in italiç is omitted in the fo's and R.
m 1. reads 'fore for for.
· P. and H. omit this speech,

• The qu's read domeftics dore (ad q. doore) particulars are not to question bure.

Alb. Let us then determine with the ancient of war on

our p proceedings. 9 Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent. Reg. Sister, you'll go with us? Gon. No. Reg. 'Tis most convenient. Pray' you, go with us. Gon. [afide.] Oh, ho, I know the riddle. I will go

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As they are going out, enter Edgar disguised.

Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man so poor,
Hear me one word.
Alb. I'll overtake you. Speak.

[Exeunt Edm. Reg. Gon. and attendants
Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this lecter.
If you have victory, let the trumpet sound
For him that brought it. Wretched though I seem,
I can produce a champion, that will prove
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 So the qu’s; the rest proceeding:

The fo's, R. P. and H. omit this specch. T. au! F7". infert it bsfore the last, contrary to the qu’s.

The fo's, R. 2. and H. omit 90. * The three last fo's read wretch for wretched. t These words in italic arc omitted in the qu's,

The fo's and R. read loves.

Edg. I was forbid it.
When time shall ferve, let but the herald cry,
And I'll appear again.

[Exit. Alb. Why, fare thee well. I will wo'erlook * thy paper.

Enter Edmund.

Edm. The enemy's in view; draw up your powers.
y Here is the ? guess of their great strength and forces,
By diligent discovery; [giving a paper] but your haste
Is now urg'd on you,
Alb. We will greet the time.


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Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my love:
Each jealous of the other, as the b ftung
Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
Both ? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoyd,
If both remain alive. To take the widow,
Exasperates, makes mad her sister Gonerill;
And hardly shall I carry out my side,
Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use
His countenance for the battle ; which being done,
Let her, who would be rid of him, devise

# The ad q. reads Locke ore.
* The qu's read the for thy.

* So the fo's and R. the rest read hard for here. But the words by diligent discovery, seem to require the reading, here. I have therefore put in the direction (giving a paper.]

2 The ift q. reads guelle for guess.
• So the qu’s; the rest true for great.
The qu's read firing for fung.

His speedy taking off. As for the mercy
Which he d intends to Lear and to Cordelia,
The battle done, and they, within our power,
• Shall never see his pardon. For my state
Stands on me to defend, not to debate.

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Alarm within. Enter with drum and colours, Lear, Cordelia,

and foldiers over the stage, and exeunt.

Enter Edgar and Gloster.

Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this & bush
For your good host; pray that the right may thrive.
If ever I return to you again,
I'll bring you comfort.
Glo. Grace


ČExit Edgar. [Alarm, and retreat, within.

you, sir !

Re-enter Edgar.

Edg. Away, old man; give me thy hand, away.
King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta’en.
Give me thy hand; come on.

Glo. No further, fir ; a man may rot even here.
Edg. What in ill thoughts again? men must endure

• The qu's read his for the.
d The 2d q. reads extends.
c H. reads they ne'er juall fee, Gr.
f In the fo's and R. this is Scene II.
1 So the qu's; the rest tree for busi.

So che qu's, and it and ad fo's; the rest be for go.

Their going hence, even as their coming hither.
Ripeness is all. Come on.

i Glo. And that's true too.


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Enter in conquest, with drum and colours, Edmund : Lear and

Cordelia, as prisoners : foldiers, captain.

Edm. Some officers take them away. Good guard,
Until their greater pleasures' first be known,
That are to censure them.

Cor. We're not the first,
Who with best meaning have incurr'd the worst.
For thee, oppressed king, m am I cast down ;
Myself could elfe out-frown false fortune's frown.-
Shall we not see these daughters and these fisters?

Lear. "No, no, no, no! come, let's away to prison ;
We two alone will fing, like birds i'th' cage.
When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down,
And alk of thee forgiveness. So we'll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies ; and hear poor rogues
Talk of court-news, and we'll talk with them too,
Who loses and who wins ; who's in, who's out;
And take upon's the mystery of things,
As if we were God's spies. And we'll wear out,

i This speech is omitted in the qu's.
k This in the fo's and R. is Scene III.
| The qu's read beft for first.
* So the qu’s, T. W. and J.; the rest I am.
* In the qu's no is but twice repeated.

The ad q. omits and fing.

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