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Thon art a soal in bliss; but I am bound
Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam. Do scald like molten lead.
Now, sweet lord, Cor.
Sir, do you know me? | You know the goodness I intend upon you: Lear. You are a spirit, I know; When did you Tell me.—but truly,--but then speak the trath, Cor. Still, still, far wide!
[die ? Do you not love my sister? Phys. He's scarce awake ; let him alone awbile.
In bonour'd love. Lear. Where have I been? Where am I ?-Fair Reg. But bave you never found my brother's way day-light
To the forfended place? I am mightily abus'd.-I should even die with pity, Edm.
That thought abuses you. To see another thus.--I know not what 10 say. Reg. I am doubtful, that you have been conjonct I will not swear, these are my hands :-let's see; And bosom'd with her, as far as we call bers. I feel this pin prick. 'Would I were assur'd Edm. No, by mine honour, madam. Of my condition.
Rey. I never shall endure ber: Dear my lord, Cor. 0, look upon me, sir,
Be not familiar with ber. And hold your hands in benediction o'er me: Edin.
Fear me not: No, sir, you must not kneel.
Sbe, and the dake her busband, Lear.
Pray, do not mock me: I am a very foolish fond old man,
Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers. Fourscore and upward ; and, to deal plainly, Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister I fear, I ain not in my perfect mind.
Should loosen him and me.
(Aside.) Methinks, I should know you, and know this man; Alb. Vur very loving sister, well be met. Yet I am doubtful : for I am mainly ignorant Sir, this I hear, -The king is come to his daughter, What place this is ; and all the skill l'have With others, whom the rigour of our state Remembers not these garments; por I know not Forc'd to cry ont. Where I could not be barest, Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh at me; I never yet was valiant: for this business, For, as I am a man, I think this lady
It touches as as France invades our land, To be my child Cordelia.
Not bolds the king; with others, whom, I fear, Cor.
And so I am, I am. Most just and heavy causes make oppose. Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray, Edm. Sir, you speak nobly. weep not:
Why is this reason'd! If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy: I know, you do not love me; for your sisters For these domestic and particular broils Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:
Are not to question here. You have some cause, they have not.
Let as then determine Cor.
No cause, no cause. With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Lear. Am I in France ?
Edm. I shall attend you presently at your test. Kent.
In your own kingdom, sir. Reg. Sister, you'll go with us? Lear. Do not abuse me.
Gon. No, Phys. Be comforted, good madam : the great rage, Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray you, go with as You see, is cur’d in him: and yet it is danger Gon. O, ho, I know the riddle: (Asade.)-1 To make bim even o'er the time he has lost. Desire him to go in; trouble him no more,
As they are going out, enter EDGAR, disguised. Till further settling.
Edg. If e'er your grace bad speech with man sa Cor. Will’t please your highness walk ?
Hear me one word.
[poor, Lear. You must bear with me : Alb.
I'll overtake yon.-Speak. Pray now, forget and forgive : I am old and foolish. [Exeunt Edmund, Regan, Goneril, Ofor, (Exeunt Lear, Cordelia, Physician, and
Soldiers, and Attendants.
Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. Gent. Holds it true, sir,
If you have victory, let the trumpet sound That the duke of Cornwall was so slain?
For him that brought it: wretched though I seem, Kent.
Most certain, sir. I can produce a champion, that will prove Gent. Who is conductor of his people ?
What is avouched there: If you miscarry, Kent.
As 'tis said, Your business of the world hath so an end, The bastard son of Gloster.
And machination ceases. Fortune love you! Gent. They say, Edgar,
Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. His banish'd son, is with the earl of Kent
I was forbid it. In Germany.
When time shall serve, let but the herald cry, Kent. Report is changeable.
And I'll appear again.
Esi. 'Tis time to look about; the powers o'the kingdom Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy Approach apace.
paper. Gent. The arbitrement like to be a bloody.
Re-enter EDMUND. Fare you well, sir.
[Exit. Kent. My point and period will be throughly Here is the guess of their true strength and forces
Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your powers, wrought, Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought. (Exil. By diligent discovery ;-but your haste
Is now urg'd on you.
We will greet the time. [Eril.
Edm. To both these sisters have I sword my love; Scene I.-The Camp of the British Forces, near Each jealous of the other, as the stang. Dover.
Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take? Enter, with drum and colours, EDMUND, REGAN, If both remain alive: To take the widow,
Boib? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd, Oficers, Soluliers, and others.
Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril; Edm. Know of the duke, if bis last purpose hold; And hardly shall I carry out my side, Or, whether since be is advis'd by aught
Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use To change the course : He's fall of alteration,
His countenance for the battle; which being done, And self-reproving :-bring his constant pleasure. Let her, who would be rid of him, devise
(To an Officer, who goes out.) ' His speedy taking off.* As for the mercy
Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia,
Off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; The battle done, and they within our power,
If it be man's work, I will do it. [Exit Officer. Shall never see bis pardon : for my state Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Exit.
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, Regan,
Officers, and Attendants. Scene II.-A Field belweeen the two Camps. Alb. Sir, you have shewn to-day your valiant Alarum within. Enter, with drum and colours,
strain, Lear, Cordelia, and their Forces; and exeunt.
And fortaue led you well: You have the captives,
Who were the opposites of this day's strife : Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER.
We do require them of yon ; so to use them,
As we shall find their merits and our safety
Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
To some retention, and appointed guard ;
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more,
To pluck the common bosom on his side, Alarums; afterwards a Relreat. Re-enter EDGAR. And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes
Which do command them. With him I sent the Edg. Away, old man, give me thy band, away;
queen; King Lear bath lost, he and his daughter ta'en :
My reason all the same; and they are ready
To-morrow, or at farther space, to appear
Where you shall hold your session. At this time,
We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend; dure
And the best quarre!s, in the heat, are curs'd Their going bence, even as their coming hither:
By those that feel their sharpness :-
And that's true too.
The question of Cordelia, and her father,
Requires a titter place.
Sir, by your patience,
Not as a brother. Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, EDMUND; LEAR, and CORDELIA, as prisoners; Officers, Methinks our pleasure might have been demanded,
That's as we list to grace him. Soldiers, fc.
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers;
And call itself your brother.
Not so hot:
In my rights, Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters? By me invested, he compeers the best. (you.
Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison : Gon. That were the most, if he should busband We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage:
Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets. When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, Gon.
Wiiness the world, that I create thee here
Mean you to enjoy him? That ebb and flow by the moon.
Alb. The let alone lies not in your good will. Edm.
Take them away.
Edm. Nor in thine, lord.
Half-blooded fellow, yes. The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove
my title tbee?
(To Edmund.) He that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven, Alb. Stay yet; hear reason :-Edwund, I arresé And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine eyes;
tbee The goajeers shall devour them, flesh and fell, On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see them starve This gilded serpent : (Pointing to Gon.)—for your first.
claim, lair sister, Come. (Exeunt Lear and Cordelia, guarded. I bar it in the interest of my wife: Edm. Come bither, captain; hark.
'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord, Take thou this note; (giving a paper.) go, follow And I, her husband, contradict your bans. them to prison :
If you will marry, make your love to me,
There is my pledge: (Throwing down a glove.) I'll
prove it on thy heart,
Than I have here proclaim'd thee.
Sick, 0, sick! As I have set it down.
Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poisou. (Aside.)
Edm. There's my exchange : (Throwing down a No tearing, lady; I perceive, you know it. glove) what in the world he is,
(Gives the letter to Edmurd.) That names me traitor, villain-like he lies:
Gon. Say, if I do; the laws are mine, not thine : Call by thy trumpet : he, that dares approach, Who shall arraign me for't? On him, on you, (who not?) I will maintaiu
Most monstrous! My truth and honour firmly.
Know'st thou this paper ? Alb. A berald, ho!
Gon. Ask me not what I knor. [Esat. Edm.
A herald, bo, a berald! Alb. Go after her: she's desperate ; goveru ber. Alb. Trust to thy single virtue ; for thy soldiers,
(To an Officer, who goes out. ) All levied in my name, have in my name
Edm. What you have charg'd me witb, that bare Took their discharge.
I done; Reg. This sickness grows upon me. And more, much more; the time will bring it ont;
'Tis past, and so am I: But what art thoa, Enter a Herald.
That'hast this fortune on me? If thou art poble, Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent. I do forgive thee. [Exit Regan, led. Edg.
Let's exchange charits. Come hither, herald, Let the trumpet sound, I am no less in blood than thou art, Ednand; And read out this.
If more, the more thou hast wrong'd me. Of. Sound, trumpet. (A trumpet sounds.) My name is Edgar, and thy father's son. Herald reads.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices If any man of quality, or degree, within the lists of Make instruments to scourge a3 : the army, will maintain upon Edmund, supposed earl The dark and vicious place where thee he got, of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him ap- Cost bim bis eyes. pear at the third sound of the trumpet : He is bold in Edm. Thou bast spoken right, 'tis trae; his defence.
The wheel is come full circle; I am bere. Edm. Sound,
(1 Trumpet.) Alb. Methought thy very gait did prophesy Her. Again.
(2 Trumpet. A royal nobleness :- I must embrace thee; Her. Again.
(3 Trumpel.) | Let sorrow split my heart, if ever I (Trumpet answers within.) | Did hate thee, or thy father!
Edg. Enter Edgar, armed, preceded by a trumpet.
I know it well. Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears Alb.
Where have you hid yourself? Upon this call o'the trumpet.
How bave you known the miseries of your father! Her.
What are you? Edg. By nursing them, my lord. "List a briel Your name, your quality ? and why you answer
tale ;This present summons ?
And, when 'tis told, O, that my heart would burst! Edg.
Know, my name is lost; The bloody proclamation to escape, By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit: That follow'd me so dear, (0 our lives' sweetness! Yet am I noble, as the adversary
That with the pain of death we'd hourly die, I come to cope withal.
Rather than die at once!) taught me to shift Alb.
Which is that adversary? luto a madman's rags; to assume a semblance Edg. What's he, that speaks for Edmund earl of That very dogs disdain'd: and in this habit Gloster?
Met I my father with his bleeding rings, Edm. Himself;—what say'st thou to him? Their precious stones new lost; became his guide, Edg.
Draw thy sword; | Led him, begg'd for bim, sar'd him from despair; That, if my speech offend a noble heart,
Never (O fault!) reveal'd myself unto him, Thy arm may do thee justice: here is mine. Until some half hour past, when I was arm'd, Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours, Not sure, though hoping, of this good success, My oath, and my profession: I protest - I ask'd his blessing, and from first to last Maggre thy strength, youth, place, and eminence, Told him my pilgrimage : Bat his flaw'd heart, Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune, (Alack, too weak the conflict to support!) Thy valour, and thy heart,-thou art a traitor : 'Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father ; Barst smilingly: Conspirant 'gainst this high illustrious prince; Edm. This speech of yours hath mor'd De, And, from the extremest upward of thy head, And shall, perchance, do good: but speak you ou; To the descent and dust beneath thy feet,
You look as you had something more to say. A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, No, Alb. If there be more, more woful, hold it in; This sword, this arm, and my best spirits, are bent For I am almost ready to dissolve, To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak,
Hearing of this. Thoo liest.
Edg. This would have seem'd a period Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name; To such as love not sorrow; but another, But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, To amplify too much, would make much more, And that thy tongue some 'say of breeding breathes, And top extremity. What safe and nicely I might well delay
Whilst'I was big in clamour, came there a man, By rule of knighthood, I disdain and sporn: Who having seen me in my worst estate, Back do I toss these treasons to thy head;
Shunn'd my abhorr'd society; but then, finding With the hell hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart; Who 'twas that so endur'd,
with his strong arms Which, (for they yet glance by, and scarcely bruise,) He fasten'd on my neck, and bellow'd out This sword of mine shall give them instant way, As he'd burst beaven; threw him on my father; Where they shall rest for ever.—Trumpets, speak. Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him,
(Alarums. They fight. Edmund falls.) That ever ear receiv’d: which in recounting Alb. O save him, save him!
His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life Gon.
This is mere practice, Gloster: Began to crack: Twice then the trumpet sounded, By the law of arms,
thou wast not bound to answer And there I left him tranc'd. An unknown opposite; thou art not vanquish'd, Alb.
But who was this? But cozen'd and beguil'd.
Edg. Kent, sir, the banish'd Kent; who, in disAlb. Shut your mouth, dame,
guise Or with this paper shall I stop it :-Hold, sir: Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service Thoa worse than any name, read thine own evil:
Improper for a slave.
Enter a Gentleman hastily, with a bloody knife. Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha!
What is't thou say'st ?-Her voice was ever soft, Gent. Help! help! O help! Edg.
What kind of belp? I kill'd the slave, that was a hanging thee.
Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woman:Alb.
Speak, man. Edg. What means that bloody knife ?
Off. 'Tis true, my lords, he did.
Lear. Gent. "Tis hot, it smokes; I have seen the day, with my good biting faulchion
Did I not, fellow? It came even from the heart ofAlb.
Who, man? speak. And these same crosses spoil me.-Who are you?
I would have made them skip : I am old now, Gent. Your lady, sir, your lady: and her sister By her is poison'd; she confesses it.
Mine eyes are none o'the best :~I'll tell you straight.
Kent. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and hated, Edm. I was contracted to them both; all three
One of them we behold. Now marry in an instant.
Lear. Tbis is a dull sight : Are you not Kent? Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or dead! This judgment of the heavens, that makes us tremble, Your servant Kent: Where is your servant Caius?
Kent. Touches us not with pity. [Exit Gentleman.
Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you that; Enter KENT.
He'll strike, and quickly too :-He's dead and
rotten. Edg. Here comes Kent, sir.
Kent. No, my good lord; I am the very man ;Alb. O! it is he.
Lear. I'll see that straight.
[decay, The time will not allow the compliment,
Kent. That, from your first of difference and Which very manners arges.
Have follow'd your sad steps.
You are welcome bither. To bid my king and master aye good night;
Kent. Nor no man else; all's cheerless, dark, Is he not here?
[selves, Alb. Great thing of us forgot!
Your eldest daughters have fore-doom'd themSpeak, Edmund, where's the king ? and where's
And desperately are dead.
Ay, so I think. See'st thou this object, Kent?
Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain it is, (The bodies of Goneril and Regan are brought in.) That we
present us to him. Kent. Alack, why thus?
Very bootless. Edm.
Yet Edmund was beloy'd : The one the other poison'd for my sake,
Enter an Officer. And after slew herself.
Off. Edmund is dead, my lord. Alb. Even so.-Cover their faces.
That's but a trifle here.Edm. I pant for life: Some good I mean to do, You lords, and noble friends, know our intent. Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send, What comfort to this great decay may come, Be brief in it,-to the castle; for my writ
Shall be applied : For us, we will resign, Is on the life of Lear, and on Cordelia :
During the life of this old majesty, Nay, send in time.
To him our absolute power :-You, to your rights; Alb.
(To Edgar and Kent.) Edg. To who, my lord ?Who has the office? send With boot, and such addition as your honours Thy token of reprieve.
Have more than merited. All friends shall taste Edm. Well thought on; take my sword,
The wages of their virtue, and all foes Give it the captain.
cup of their deservings.-0, see, see! Alb. Haste thee, for thy life. (Exit Edgar. Lear. And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life:
Edm. He hath commission from thy wife and me Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
And thou no breath at all? O, thou wilt come no To lay the blame upon her own despair,
more, That she fordid herself,
Never, never, never, never, never! Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him bence Pray you, undo this button : Thank you, sir. awhile.
(Edmund is borne off.) | Do you see this ? Look on her,-look,-her lips.“ Enter LEAR, with CORDELIA dead in his arms;
Look there, look therel
(He dies.) Edg.
He faints !-My lord, my lord, EDGAR, Officers, and others.
Kent, Break, heart; I pr’ythee, break? Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl –0, you are men Edg.
Look up, my lord. of stones;
Kent. Vex not his ghost: O let him pass! be Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so
hates him, That heaven's vault should crack :-0, sbe is gone That would upon the rack of this tough world for ever!
Stretch him out longer. I know, when one is dead, and when one lives; Edg.
0, be is
gone, indeed. She's dead as earth :-Lend me a looking-glass ; Kent. The wonder is, he hath endur'd so long : If that her breath will mist or stain the stone, He but usurp'd his life. Why, then she lives.
Alb. Bear them from hence.-Our present Kent. Is this the promis'd end?
business Edg. Or image of that borror ?
Is general woe. Friends of my soul, you twain Alb. Fall, and cease!
(To Kent and Edgar.) Lear. This feather stirs; she lives! if it be so, Rule in this realm, and the gor'd state sustain. It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows
Kent. I have a journey, sir, shortly to go ; That ever I have felt.
My master calls, and I must not say, no. Kent.
O my good master! (Kneeling.) Alb. The weight of this sad time we must obey; Lear. Pr’ytbee, away:
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. Edg.
"l'is noble Kent, your friend. The oldest hath borne most: we, that are young, Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all! Shall never see so much, nor live so long. I might have sav'd'her; now she's gone for ever!
[Exeunt, with a dead march.
ABRAM, Servant to Montague.
Boy. ROMEO, Son to Montague.
Page to Paris.
LADY MONTAGUB, Wife to Montague.
LADY CAPULET, Wife to Capulet.
JULIET, Daughter to Capulet.
Nurse to Juliet.
Citizens of Verona; several Men and Womes, SAMPSON, } Servants to Capulet.
lations to both houses; Maskers, Guards, Watchst GREGORY,
Gre. To move, is—to stir; and to be valiant, is Two households, both alike in dignity,
-to stand to it: therefore, if thou art mov'd, tben In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
ran'st away; From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to Where civil blood makes civil hands onclean. stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of From forth the fatal loins of these two foes Montague's.
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; (tre. That shews thee a weak slave ; for the Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows
weakest goes to the wall. Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife.
Sam, True; and therefore women, being the The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall :-there
And the continuance of their parents' rage, fore I will push Montague's men from the wall, Which, but their children's end, dought could re and thrust his maids to the wall. move,
Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, and Is now the two hours' traffick of our stage;
us their men. To which, if you with patient ears attend,
Sam. 'Tis all one, I will shew myself a tyrant What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. when I have fought with the men, I will be cred ACT I.
with the maids; I will cut off their heads.
Gre. The heads of the maids?
Sam. Ay, the beads of the maids, or their Enter SAMPSON and Gregory, armed with swords maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt. and bucklers.
Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel it. Sam. Gregory, o'my word, we'll not carry coals. Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to Gre. No, for then we should be colliers. stand : and, 'tis known, I am a pretty piece of Sam. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw. flesh.
Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of Gre, 'Tis well, thou art not fish; if thou hadst, the collar.
thou hadst been Poor Joho. Draw thy tool; bere Sam. I strike quickly, being moved.
comes two of the house of the Montagues, Gre. But thou art not quickly moved to strike.
Enter ABRAM and BALTHASAR. Sam. A dog of the house of Montague moves Sam. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will