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I feel this Pin prick, would I were assurd
Of my condition,

Cor. O look upon me, Sir,
And hold


hand in benedi&tion o'er me, You must not kneel.

Lear. Pray do not mock me ;
I am a very foolish fond old Man,
Fourscore and upward,
Not an hour more, nor lefs : and to deal plainly,
I fear I am not in my perfe& 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 there 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 you 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.

Cer. No cause, no cause,
Lear. Am I in France ?
Kent. In your own Kingdom, Sir.
Lear. Do not abuse me.

Gent. Be comforted, good Madam, the great rage
You fee is killed in him : defire him to go in,
Trouble him no more 'till further settling.

Cor. Willc pleale your Highness walk?

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


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Enter Bastard, Rogan, Gentlemen, and Soldiers.

Now of the Duke if his laft purpose hold,

Or whether since he is advis’d by ought
To change the course; he's full of alteration,
And self reproving ; bring his conftant pleasure.

Reg. Our Sister's Man is certainly miscarried.
Baft. 'Tis to be doubted, Madam.

Reg. 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?

Baft. In honour'd Love.

Reg. But have you never found my Brother's way, To the fore-fended place?

Baft. No by mine Honour, Madam.

Reg. I never shall endure her ; dear my Lord,
Be not familiar with her.
Bast. Fear not, she and the Duke her Husband.

Enter Albany, Gonerill, and Soldiers.
Alb. Our very loving Sister, well be met:
Sir, this I heard, the King is come to his Daughter
With others, whom the rigour of our State
Forc'd to cry out.

Reg. Why is this reason'd?

Gon. Combine together 'gainst the Enemy:
For these Domestick, and particular Broils,
Are not the question here.

Alb. Let's then determine with th'ancient of War
On our proceeding:

Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?
Gon. No.
Reg. 'Tis most convenient, pray go with us.
Gon. Oh, ho, I know the Riddle, I will go. (Exeunt.


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Manet Albany. Enter Edgar.
Edg. If e'er your Grace had Speech with Man so poor,
Hear me one word.

Alb. I'll overtake you, speak.
Edg. Before you fight the Battel, ope this Letter
If you have Victory, let the Trumpet sound
For him that brought it: wretched though I feem,
I can produce a Champion, that will prove
What is avouched there. If you miscarry,
Your business of the World hath fo an end,
And machination ceases. Fortune loves you.

Alb. Stay 'till I have read the Litter.

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

[Exit. -Alb. Why fare thee well, I will o'erlook thy Paper.

Enter Bastard,
Baft. The Enemy's in view, draw up your powers,
Here is the guess of their true strength and forces,
By diligent discovery, but your

Is now urg'd on you.
Alb. We will greet the time.

[Exit. Baft. To both these Sisters have I sworn my love: Each jealous of the other, as the stung Are of the Adder. Which of them th all I take? Both? One? Or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd, If both remain alive: To take the Widow, Exasperates, makes mad her Sister Gonerill, And hardly thall I carry out my fide, Her Husband being alive. Now then, we'll use His countenance for the Battel, which being done, Let her who would be rid of him, devise His speedy taking off. As for the mercy Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia, The Battel 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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Alarum within. Enter with Drum and Colours, Lear,
Cordelia, and Soldiers, over the Stage, and Exeunt.

Enter Edgar and Gloster.
Edg. Here Father, take the shadow of this Tree
For your good Holt; pray that the right may thrive;
If ever I return to you again,
I'll bring you comfort.
Glo. Grace be with you, Sir,

[Exit. [ Alarum and Retreat withir,

Enter Edgar.
Edg. Away old Man, give me thy hand, away;
Kg Lear hath lost, he and his Daughter ta'en,
Give me ihy hand. Come on.

Glo. No further Sir, a Man may rot even here.
Edg. Whar, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure
Their going hence, even as their coming hither,
Ripenels is all, come on.
Glo. And that's true too.

[Exeunt. SCEN E III. Enter Bastard, Lear and Cordelia as Prisoners, Soldiers,

Baft. Some Officers take them away; good Guard,
Until their greater pleasures first be known
That are to censure them.

Cor. We are not the firft,
Who with best meaning have incurr’d the worst:
For thee, opprefled King, I am cast dowr,
My felt could elfe out-frown false Fortune's frown,
Shall we not see these Daughters, and these Sisters?

Lear. No, no, no, no; come let's away to Prison;
We two alone will fing like Birds i'ch'Cage:
When thou do'st ask me blessing, I'll kneel down
And ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live,
And Pray, and Sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded Butterflies: and hear poor Rogues


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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
In a wallid Prison, packs and facts of great ones
That ebb and flow by th’ Moon,

Bast. Take them away.

Lear. Upon fuch facrifics, my Cordelia, The Gods themselves throw incenle. Have I caughe thee? He that parts us, shall bring a Brand from Heav'n, And fire us hence, like Foxes; wipe thine Eye, The good Years shall devour them, fl. fh and fell, E’er they mall make us weep, We'll see 'em (tarv'd first: Come.

[Exit. Bast. Come hither Captain, hark.

[Whispering. Take thou this Note, go follow them to Prison, One step I have advanc'd thee, if thou doft As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way To noble Fortunes; know thou this, that Men Are as the time is; to be tender mirded Do's not become a Sword; thy great Imp'oyment Will not bear question; either say chou'lt do't, Or thrive by other means.

Capt. I'll do'r, my Lord.

Baft. About it, and write happy, when thou'st done.
Mark, I say, infiantly, and carry it so
As I have set it down.

[Exit Captain.
Enter Albany, Gonerill, Regan, and Soldiers.
Alb. Sir, you have thew'd to day your valiant strain
And fortune led you well: You have the Captives
Who were the opposites of this Day's strife:-
I do require them of you, fo to use them,
As we shall find their Merits, and our safety
May equally determine.

Bast. Sir, I thought it fit, To send the nld and misirable King to fome retention ; Whose Age had Chaims in it, whfe Tule mer, To pluck the common Borim on his fide, And turn our impreft Launces in our Eyes Which do command them. With him I sent the Queer,

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