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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 !

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

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


child Cordelia. Cor.

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

weep not:


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.

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

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 ?

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 ?

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

As 'tis said,
The bastard son of Gloster.

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,



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


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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