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I will not swear, these are my hands :-let's see;
I feel this pin prick. Would I were assured
Of my condition !
Cor.

0, look upon me, sir,
And hold your hands in benediction o'er me :-
No, sir, you must not kneel.
Lear.

Pray, do not mock me:
I am a very foolish fond old man,
Fourscore and upward; and, to deal plainly,
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.
Methinks, I should know you, and know this man ;
Yet I am doubtful : for I am mainly ignorant
What place this is; and all the skill I have
Remembers not these garments; nor I know not
Where I did lodge last night. Do not laugh at me;
For, as I am a man, I think this lady
To be

my

child Cordelia. Cor.

And so I am, I am. Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, faith. I pray,

weep not:

If
you

have poison for me, I will drink it.
I know, you do not love me; for your sisters
Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:
You have some cause, they have not.
Cor.

No cause, no cause.
Lear. Am I in France ?
Kent,

In your own kingdom, sir. Lear. Do not abuse me. Phy. Be comforted, good madam: the great

rage, You see, is cured in him; and yet it is danger

To make him even o'er the time he has lost.1
Desire him to go in; trouble him no more
Till farther settling.

Cor. Will 't please your highness walk ?
Lear.

You must bear with me : Pray now, forget and forgive : I am old and foolish.

[Exeunt Lear, Cordelia, Physician, and Attendants.

Gen. Holds it true, sir,
That the duke of Cornwall was so slain ?
Kent.

Most certain, sir.
Gen. Who is conductor of his people ?
Kent.

As 'tis said,
The bastard son of Gloster.
Gen.

They say, Edgar,
His banish'd son, is with the earl of Kent
In Germany.

Kent. Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look about; the powers o'the kingdom Approach apace.

Gen. The arbitrement 2 is like to be a bloody. Fare you well, sir.

[Exit. Kent. My point and period will be throughly

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

1 To reconcile the interval of his insanity to his apprehension.

: Decision,

ACT V.

SCENE I.

The camp of the British forces, near Dover. Enter, with drums and colors, EDMUND, REGAN,

Officers, Soldiers, and others. Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose hold; Or, whether since he is advised by aught To change the course : he's full of alteration, And self-reproving : bring his constant pleasure.1

[to an Officer, who goes out. Re. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam. Re.

Now, sweet lord, You know the goodness I intend upon you. Tell me,--but truly,—but then speak the truth :Do you not love my sister ? Edm.

In honor'd love. Re. But have you never found my

brother's

way To the forefended ? place? Edm.

That thought abuses you.3 Re. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct And bosom’d with her, as far as we call hers.

Edm. No, by mine honor, madam.

? Forbidden.

1 His settled resolution.
: i. e. you are deceived.

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