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Sir, this I hear,-The king is come to his | SCENE 11.-A Field between the Two Camps.
With others, whom the rigour of our state
Most just and heavy causes make oppose.t
Reg. Why is this reason'd?
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy: For these domestic and particular broils Art not to question here.
Alb. Let us then determine
With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Edm. I shall attend you presently at your
Hear me one word.
Alb. I'll overtake you.-Speak.
[Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Offi
cers, Soldiers, and Attendants. Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter.
If you have victory, let the trumpet sound
Alarum within.-Enter, with Drum and Colours, LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces; and Exeunt.
Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER.
SCENE III.-The British Camp near Dover. Enter, in Conquest, with Drum and Colours, EDMUND; LEAR and CORDELIA, as Prisoners; Officers, Soldiers, &c.
Edm. Some officers take them away: good Until their greater pleasures first be known guard;
That are to censuret them.
Cor. We are not the first, [worst. Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;
For him that brought it: wretched though I Myself could else out-frown false fortune's
I can produce a champion, that will prove
When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,
Edm. The enemy's in view; draw up your powers. (forces Here is the guess of their true strength and By diligent discovery;-but your haste Is now urg'd on you.
Alb. We will greet the time.§ [Exit.
Let her, who would be rid of him, devise
frown.[sisters? Shall we not see these daughters, and these Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to
We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage: prison: When thou dost ask my blessing, I'll kneel And ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live, down, 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,[out;Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's And take upon us the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies: And we'll wear out, [ones,
In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great That ebb and flow by the moon.
Edm. Take them away.
Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee?
He, that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven,
And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine
Come. [Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded.
One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost
* I. c. To be ready prepared, is all. + Pass judgement on them.
1 The French disease.
Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou hast done.
Mark,-1 say, instantly; and carry it so,
Of. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work, I will do it.
[Exit OFFICER. Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN,
OFFICERS, and Attendants.
Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant strain, [tives And fortune led you well: You have the capWho were the opposites of this day's strife: We do require them of you; so to use them, As we shall find their merits and our safety May equally determine.
Edm. Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
My reason all the same; and they are ready
[friend; We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd By those that feel their sharpness:The question of Cordelia, and her father, Requires a fitter place.t
Alb. Sir, by your patience,
I hold you but a subject of this war,
Reg. That's as we list to grace him. Methinks, our pleasure might have been demanded,
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers; Bore the commission of my place and person; The which immediacyt may well stand up, And call itself your brother.
Gon. Not so hot:
Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine. [To EDMUND.
Alb. Stay yet; hear reason:-Edmund, I' arrest thee
On capital treason; and, in thy arrest,
I bar it in the interest of my wife;
Gon. An interlude!
[Trumpet answers within.
Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a Trumpet. Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears Upon this call o'the trumpet.
Her. What are you?
Your name, your quality? and why you answer This present summons?
Edg. Know, my name is lost; By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and cankerYet am I noble, as the adversary [bit: I come to cope withal.
Alb. Which is that adversary? Edg. What's he, that speaks for Edmund earl of Gloster?
Edm. Himself;-What say'st thou to him?
That, if my speech offend a noble heart,
1. e. Valour.
Maugre thy strength, youth, place, and emi- | And, when 'tis told, O, that my heart would The bloody proclamation to escape, [burst!That follow'd me so near, (O our lives' sweet
Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune,
To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak
Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;t But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, [breathes, And that thy tongue some 'say of breeding What safe and nicely I might well delay By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn: Back do I toss these treasons to thy head; With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart; Which, (for they yet glance by, and scarcely bruise,) [way, This sword of mine shall give them instant Where they shall rest for ever.-Trumpets, speak.
[Alarums.-They fight.-EDMUND falls. save him, save him!
Alb. Gon. This is mere practice, Gloster: By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to
An unknown opposite; thou art not vanBut cozen'd and beguil'd. [quish'd,
Alb. Shut your mouth, dame, Or with this paper shall I stop it:-Hold, Sir:Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil :
No tearing, lady; I perceive, you know it. [Gives the Letter to EDMUND. Gon. Say, if I do; the laws are mine, not Who shall arraign me for't? [thine:
Alb. Most monstrous! Know'st thou this paper?
Gon. Ask me not what I know.
[Exit GONERIL. Alb. Go after her: she's desperate; govern her. [To an OFFICER, who goes out. Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that have I done; [out; And more, much more: the time will bring it "Tis past, and so am I: But what art thou, That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble, I do forgive thee.
Edg. Let's exchange charity.
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;
The dark and vicious place where thee he got,
Edm. Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true; The wheel is come full circle; I am here. Alb. Methought, thy very gait did prophesy A royal nobleness:-I must embrace thee; Let sorrow split my heart, if ever I Did hate thee, or thy father!
Edg. Worthy prince,
I know it well.
Alb. Where have you hid yourself? [ther?
That with the pain of death we'd hourly die,
That very dogs disdain'd: and in this habit
(Alack, too weak the conflict to support!) Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, Burst smilingly.
Edm. This speech of yours hath mov'd me, And shall, perchance, do good: but speak
You look as you had something more to say. Alb. If there be more, more woeful, hold it For I am almost ready to dissolve, [in; Hearing of this.
Edg. This would have seem'd a period To such as love not sorrow; but another, To amplify too much, would make much more, And top extremity. [man, Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a Who having seen me in my worst estate, Shunn'd my abhorr'd society; but then, finding Who 'twas that so endur'd, with his strong
He fasten'd on my neck, and bellow'd out As he'd burst heaven; threw him on my father;
Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him, That ever ear receiv'd: which in recounting His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life Began to crack: Twice then the trumpet sounded,
And there I left him tranc'd.
Alb. But who was this?
Edg. Kent, Sir, the banish'd Kent; who in disguise Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service Improper for a slave.
Enter a GENTLEMAN hastily, with a bloody
Gent. Help! help! O help!
Alb. Speak, man.
Edg. What means that bloody knife? Gent. 'Tis hot, it smokes ;
It came even from the heart of
Alb. Who, man? speak.
Gent. Your lady, Sir, your lady: and her
By her is poison'd; she confesses it.
Edm. I was contracted to them both; all
Now marry in an instant.
Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or
This judgement of the heavens, that makes us tremble,
How have you known the miseries of your fa-Touches us not with pity. [Exit GENTLEMAN.
Edg. By nursing them, my lord.-List|| a brief
Edg. Here comes Kent, Sir.
Alb. O! it is he.
The time will not allow the compliment,
Which very manners urges.
Kent. I am come
To bid my king and master aye* good night;
Alb. Great thing of us forgot!-
See'st thou this object, Kent?
[The Bodies of GONERIL and REGAN
Kent. Alack, why thus?
Edm. Yet Edmund was belov'd:
Alb. Even so.-Cover their faces.
Edm. I pant for life:-Some good I mean to
Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send,-
Alb. Run, run, O, run
Lear. I'll see that straight.
Kent. That, from your first of difference and Have follow'd your sad steps.
Lear. You are welcome hither.
Kent. Nor no man else; all's cheerless, dark,
Edg. To who, my lord?-Who has the of- That we present us to him.
Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain
Thy token of reprieve.
Edm. Well thought on; take my sword,
Alb. Haste thee, for thy life. [Exit EDGAR.
To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him hence
Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so That heaven's vault should crack:-O, she is gone for ever!
I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,
Kent. Is this the promis'd end?‡
Lear. This feather stirs; she lives! if it be
Edg. Very bootless."
Enter an OFFICER.
Off. Edmund is dead, my lord.
You lords, and noble friends, know our intent.
The cup of their deservings.—O, see, see!
Lear. And my poor fool]] is hang'd! No, no,
Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life,
Do you see this? Look on her,-look,-her Pray you, undo this button: Thank you, Sir.lips,
Look there, look there!
Kent. Vex not his ghost: O, let him pass!¶
he hates him,
That would upon the rack of this tough world
Stretch him out longer.
Edg. O, he is gone, indeed.
He but usurp'd his life.
Alb. Bear them from hence.-Our present
Is general woe. Friends of my soul, you
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid
Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.
Sam. True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall:therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.
Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.
Sam. "Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids; I will cut off their heads.
Gre. The heads of the maids?
Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt. Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel
Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to stand: and, 'tis known, I am a pretty piece of flesh.
Gre. 'Tis well, thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been poor John. Draw thy tool; here comes two of the house of the Montagues.t
Poor John is hake, dried and salted.