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SCENE, A Castle belonging to the Earl
Enter Edmund and Curan, severally.
EDM UN D.
Cur. And you, Sir. I have been with your fa
ther, and given him notice that the Duke of Cornwall, and Regan his Dutchess, will be here with him this night.
Edm. How comes that ?
Cur. Nay, I know not; you have heard of the news abroad;
I mean, the whisper'd ones; for they are yet but ear-kissing arguments.
Edm. Not I ; pray you, what are they ?
Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward, 'twixt the Dukes of Cornwall and Albany ?
Edm. Not a word.
[Exit. Edm. The Duke be here to night! the better ! best! This weaves it self perforce into my
To him, Enter Edgar.
And Regan with him; have you nothing faid
Edg. I'm sure on't, not a word.
Edm. I hear my father coming. Pardon me In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you Draw, seem to defend your self. Now quit you well Yield come before my father-light hoa, here ! Fly, brother-Torches ! — so farewel - [Ex. Edg. Some blood, drawn on me, would beget opinion
(Wounds his arm. Of my more fierce endeavour. I've seen drunkards Do more than this in sport. Father! father! Stop, stop, no help?
To him, Enter Glo'ster, and servants with torches. Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain ?
Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his fharp sword out,
Glo. But where is he?
could Glo. Pursue him, ho! go after. By no means, what?
Edm. Persuade me to the murther of your lordship;
Glo. Let him fly far ;
Edm. When I dislwaded him from his intent,
(6) My worthy Arch and Patron.) I can meet with no Allthority of this Word used in this manner, to signify, my Prince, my Chief; but always as an epitatic Particle prefix'd and annex'd to another Noun: and therefore i have ventur'd to suppose a Transposition of the Copulative, and that we ought to read, Arch-patron, as Arch-dxkeArch-angel, Arch
Enter Cornwall, Regan, and attendants. Corn. How now, my noble friend ? since I came
hither, Which I can call but now, I have heard strange news.
Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too Thort, Which can pursue th' offender ; how does my lord?
Glo. O Madam, my old heart is crack’d, it's crack'd.
Reg. What, did my father's godson seek your life? He whom my father nam’d, your Edgar ?
Glo. O lady, lady, Shame would have it hid. Reg. Was he not companion with the riotous Knights, That tend upon my father? Glo. I know not, Madam : 'tis too bad, too bad. Edm. Yes, Madam, he was of that consort.
Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill affected ;
Corn. Nor I, I assure thee, Regan ;
Edm. 'Twas my duty, Sir.
Glo. He did bewray his practice, and receiv'd
Corn. Is he pursued ?
Corn. If he be taken, he shall never more
Edm. I shall serve you, Sir,
Corn. You know not why we came to visit you
Reg. Thus out of season threading dark-ey'd night; (7) Occafions, noble Glofler, of fome prize, Wherein we must have use of your advice. Our father he hath writ, so hath our fifter, Of diff'rences, which I best thought it fit To answer from our home : the sev'ral messengers From hence attend dispatch. Our good old friend, Lay Comforts to your bosom ; and bestow Your needful counsel to our businesses, Which crave the instant use.
Glo. I serve you, Madam : Your Graces are right welcome.
[Exeunt. Enter Kent, and Steward, severally. Stew. Good evening to thee, friend; art of this house? Kent. Ay: Stew. Where may we set our horses ? Kent. I'th' mire. Stew. Pr’ythee, if thou lov'st me, tell me. Kent. I love thee not. Stew. Why then I care not for thee.
Kent. If I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I would make thee care for me.
Stew. Why dost thou use me thus? I know thee not.
Kent. A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats, a base, proud, hallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lillyliver'à, action-taking, knave; a whorson, glass-gazing,
threading dark-ey'd Night.] I have not ventur'd to displace this Reading, tho' I have great Suspicion that the Poet wrote,
treading dark-ey'd night. i, e. travelling in it. The other carries too obscure, and mean an Allusion. It must either be borrow'd from the Cante phrase of threading of Alleys, i. e. going thro' bye-passages to avoid the high Streets; or to threading a Needle in the dark.