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will go.

Sir, this I hear,—The king is come to his 1 SCENE II.-A Field between the Tuco Camps. daughter,

Alarum within.-Enter, with Drum and Colours, With others, whom the rigour of our state Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, LEAR, Cordelia, and their Forces; and Exeunt. I never yet was valiant: for this business,

Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER. It touches us as France invades our land, Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this Not bolds* the king; with others, whom, I

(thrive: fear,

For your good host; pray that the right may Most just and heavy causes make oppose.t If ever I rearn to you again, Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.

I'll bring you comfort. Reg. Why is this reason'd? ·

Glo. Grace go with you, Sir! (Exit EDGAR. Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy: or these domestic and particular broils

Alarums; afterwards a Retreat.- Re-enterEDGAR. rt not to question here.

Edg. Away, old man, give me thy hand, Alb. Let us then determine

away ;

(ta'en: ith the ancient of war on our proceedings.

King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter Edm. I shall attend you presently at your Give me thy hand, come on.

Glo. No further, Sir; a man may rot even Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?

here. Gon. No,

Edg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray you, go Their going hence, even as their coming hither

endure with us. Gon. O, ho, I know the riddle: [Aside.) I Ripeness is all :*, Come on.

Glo. And that's true too.


SCENE III.The British Camp near Dorer. As they are going out, enter EDGAR, disguised.

Enter, in Conquest, with Drum und Colours, Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man EDMUND; LEAR and CORDELIA, as Prisoners, so poor,

Officers, Soldiers, &c.
Hear me one word.
Alb. I'll overtake you.--Speak.

Edm. Some officers take them away: good (Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Offi- Until their greater pleasures first be known

guard; cers, Soldiers, and Attendants.

That are to censuret them. Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this

Cor. We are not the first;

(worst. letter. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound

W'ho, with best meaning, have incuri'd the For him that brought it: wretched though I For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;

Myself could else out-frown false fortune's seem,

frown.I can produce a champion, that will prove


Shall we not see these daughters, and these What is avouched there : If you miscarry, Your business of the world hath so an end,

Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away lo And machination ceases. Fortune love you! We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage:

prison : Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. Edg. I was forbid it.

When thou dost ask my blessing, I'll kneel When time shall serve, let but the herald cry, And ask of thee forgiveness : So we'll live,

down, And I'll appear again. Al. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, 'and

laugh thy paper.

At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues Re-enter EDMUND.

Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too,

[out;Edm. The enemy's in view ; draw up your Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's powers.

(forces And take upon us the mystery of things, Here is the guess of their true strength and As if we were God's spies : And we'll wear By diligent discovery ;-but your haste


(ones, Is now urg'd on you.

In a wall’d' prison, packs and sects of great Alb. We will greet the time. [Exit. That ebb and flow by the moon.

Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my Edm. Take them away. Each jealous of the other, as the stung (love; Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take? The gods themselves throw incense. Hare I Both? one? or neither?

Neither can be enjoy'd, caught thee? If both remain alive: To take the widow, He, that parts us, shall bring a brand from Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril;


[eyes; And hardly shall I carry out my side,l! And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thiné Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use The goujeerst shall devour them, flesh and fellé His countenance for the battle ; which being Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see them done,

starve first. Let her, who would be rid of him, devise Come. (Exeunt Lear and CORDELIA, guarded. His speedy taking off. As for the mercy Edm. Come hither, captain; hark. Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia, Take thou this note; (Giring á Paper.) go, fol. The battle done, and they within our power,

low them to prison : Shall never see his pardon: for my state One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Exit. As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy war

To noble fortunes: Koow thou this,-that men * I. c. ,Emboldens him. + Opposition.

Are as the time is: to be tender-minded 1. c. All designs against your life will have an end. * I. e. To be ready prepared, is a!l. Be ready to meet the occasion.

+ Pass judgement on them. 41. e. Make my party good.

i The French disease


Does not become a sword:-Thy great employ- Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my ment

title thine.

(To EDMUND. Will nullpar question ;* either say, thou'lt Alb. Stay yet; hea' reason :-Edmund, I Or thrive by other means.


arrest thee Off. I'll do't, my lord.

On capital treason; and, in tny arresi, Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou This gilded serpent: [Pointing to Gon.}--for hast done.

your claim, fair sister, Mark,-1 say, instantly; and carry it so, I bar it in the interest of my wife; As I have set it down.

'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord, Oof. I cannot draw a cart, oor eat dried oats; And I, her husband, contradict your bans. If ië be man's work, I will do it.

If you will marry, make your love to me, [Exit Officer. My lady is bespoke.

Gon. An interlude! Flourish. Enter ALEANY, GONERIL, REGAN,

Alb. Thou art arm'd, Gloster:--Let the OFFICERS, and Attendants.

trumpet sound: Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your val. If none appear to prove upon thy person, iant strain,

[tives Thy heinous, manitest, and many treasons, And fortune led you well: You have the cap- There is my pledge; (Throwing down a Glore.) Who were the opposites of this day's strife :

Ill prove it on thy heart, We do require them of you ; so to use them,

Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less As we shall find their merits and our safety

Than I have here proclaim'd thee. May equally determine.

Reg. Sick, (), sick! Edm. Sir, I thought it fit

Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison.. [Aside. To send the old and miserable king

Edm. There's my exchange: [Throwing down To some retention, and appointed guard;

a Glove.] 'what in the world he is Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach,

That names me traitor, villain-like he lies:
To pluck the common bosom on his side,
And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes On him, on you, (who not?) I will maintain
Which do command them. With him I sent My truth and honour firmly.
the queen;

Alb. A herald, ho!
My reason all the same; and they are ready Edm. A herald, ho, a herald!
To-morrow, or at further space, to appear

Alb. Trust to thy single virtue ;* for tlıy Where you shall hold your session. At this

soldiers, time,

[friend; All levied in my name, have in my name We sweat, and bleed; the friend hath lost his Took their discharge. And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs’d

Reg. This sickness grows upon me.
By those that feel their sharpness :-

Enter a HERALD.
The question of Cordelia, and her father,
Requires a fitter place.t

Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent. Alb. Sir, by your patience,

[Exit Regax, led. I hold you but a subject of this war,

Come hither, herald,- Let the trumpet sound, Not as a brother.

And read out this. Reg. That's as we list to grace him.

Off Sound, trumpet. (A Trumpet sounds. Methinks, our pleasure might have been de.

HERALD reads. manded, Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers; If any man of quality, or degree, within the Bore the commission of my place and person; lists of the army, will maintain upon EDMUND, The which immediacyt may well stand up, supposed earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold And call itself your brother.

truitor, let him appear at the third sound of the Gon. Not so hot:

trumpet : He is bold in his defence. In his own grace he doth exalt himsell,

Edm. Sound. More than in your advancement.

[1 Trumpet. Her. Again.

12 Trumpet. Reg. In my rights,

Her. Again.

(3 Trumpet. By me invesied, he compeers the best. Gon. That were the most, if he should hus

[Trumpet answers within. band you.

Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a Trumpet. Reg. Jesters do ost prove prophets. Gon. Holloa, holloa !

Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears That eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint. Upon this call o'the trumpet. Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should Your name, your quality ? and why you answer

answer From a full-flowing stomach.-General,

This present summons?
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony: By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker.

Edg. Know, my name is lost;
Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine:
Witness the world, that I create thee here

Yet am I noble, as the adversary (bit: Diy lord and master.

I come to cope witbal. Gon. Mean you to enjoy him?

Alb. Which is that adversary? 1b. The let-alonell lies not in your good

Edg. What's he, that speaks for Edmund will.

earl of Gloster ? Edm. Nor in thine, lord.

Edm. Himself;-What say'st thou to him? Alb. Half-blooded fellow, yes.

Edg. Draw thy sword;

That, if my speech offend a noble heart,
• Admit of debate.
+ To be discoursed of in greater privacy.

arm may do thee justice: here is mine. Authority to act on his own judgement.

Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours, Igoud | Alluding to the proverb: “ Love being jealous makes wy oath and my profession: I protest, The hinderance.

*le. Valour.



Maugre* thy streogth, youth, place, and emi- | And, when 'tis told, (), that my heart would nence,

The bloody proclamation to escape, (burst! Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune, That follow'd me so near, (0 our lives' sweetThy valour, and thy heart,-thou art a traitor:

ness! False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father; That with the pain of death we'd hourly die, Conspirant 'gainst this high illustrious prince; Rather than die at once!) taught me to shift And, froin the extremest upward of thy head, Into a madman's rags; to assume a sem. To the descent and dust beneath thy feet,

blance A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, No, That very dogs disdain'd: and in this habit This sword, this arm, and my best spirits, áre Met I my father with his bleeding rings, bent

Their precious stones new lost; became his To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak


(despair; Thou liest.

Led him, begg'd for him, sav'd him from Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;t Never (O fault!) reveal'd myself unto him, But, since thy outside looks so fair and war- Until some half hour past, when I was arm’d, like,

[breathes, Not sure, though hoping, of this good success, And that thy tongue some 'sayt of breeding I ask'd his blessing, and from first to last What safe and nicely I might well delay Told him my pilgrimage: But his fiaw'd By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn:

heart, Back do I toss these treasons to thy head; (Alack, too weak the conflict to support!) With the hell-bated lie o'erwhelm thy heart; Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and gries, Which, (for they get glance by, and scarcely Burst smilingly. bruise,)

(way, Edm. This speech of yours hath mov'd me, This sword of mine shall give them instant And shall, perchance, do good: but speak Where they shall rest for ever.--Trumpets,

you on; speak.

You look as you had something more to say. [Alarums.They fight.-EDMOND falls. Alb. If there be more, more woeful, hold it Alb. ( save him, save him!

For I am almost ready to dissolve, (in; Gon. This is mere practice, ß Gloster: Hearing

of this. By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to Edg. This would have seem'd a period

To such as love not sorrow; but another, An unkuown opposite; thou art not van- To amplify too much, would make much more, But cozen'd and beguild. [quish'd, And top extremity.

(man, Alb. Shut your mouth, dame,

Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a Or with this paper shall I stop it:-Hold, Sir:- Who having scen me in my worst estate, Thou worse than any name, read thine own Shunn'd my abhorr’d society; but then, finding evil :

Who 'twas that so endur'd, with his strong No tearing, lady; I perceive, you know it.

(Gires the Letter to EDMUND. He fasten'd on my neck, and bellow'd out Gon. Say, if I'do; the laws are mine, not As he'd burst heaven; threw him on my faWho shall arraign me for't?


ther; Alb. Most monstrous!

Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him, Know'st thou this paper?

That ever ear receiv'd: which in recounting Gon. Ask me not what I know.

His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life

(Exit GONERIL. Began to crack: Twice then the trumpet Alb. Go after her: she's desperate; govern

sounded, her. [To an OFFICER, acho goes out. And there I left him tranc'd. Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that Alb. But who was this? have I done;

[out; Edg. Kent, Sir, the banish'd Kent; who in And more, much more: the time will bring it disguise 'Tis past, and so am I: But what art thou, Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service

That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble, Improper for a slave.
I do forgive thee.

Enter a GENTLEMAN hastily, with a bloody Edg. Let's exchange charity.

I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;
If more, the more thou hast wrong'd mc. Gent. Help! help! O help!
My name is Edgar, and thy father's son. Edg. What kind of help?
The gods are just, aud of our pleasant vices Alb. Speak, man.
Make instruments to scourge us:

Edg: What means that bloody knife?
The dark and vicious place where thee he got,

Gent. 'Tis hot, it smokes ; Cost him his eyes.

It came even from the heart ofEdm. Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true;

Alh. Who, man? speak. The wheel is come full circle ; 1 am here. Gent. Your lady, Sir, your lady: and her

Alb. Methought, thy very gait did prophesy By her is poison'd; she confesses it. (sister A royal nobleness :-I must embrace thee; Edm. I was contracted to them both; all Let sorrow split my heart, if ever I

Now marry in an instant.

[three Did hate thee, or thy father!

Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or Edg. Worthy prince,

dead! I know it well.

This judgement of the heavens, that makes us Alb. Where have you hid yourself? [ther?

tremble, How have you known the miseries of your fa- Touches us not with pity. [Exit GENTLEMAN. Edg. By nursing them, my lord.Lisill a brief

Enter Kent. tale;Notwithstanding.

Edg. Here comes Kent, Sir. + Because if his adversary was not of equal rank, Ed

Alb. ()! it is he. mund might have declined the connhat.

The time will not allow the complitudat, - Sample. Stratagem. || Hear.

Which very manners urges.



Kent. I am come

Kent. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and To bid my king and master aye* good night; One of them we behold.

(hated, Is he not here?

Lear. This is a dull sight: Are you not Alh. Great thing of us forgot!

Kent? Speak, Edmund, where's the king? and where's

Kent. The same;

[Caius? Cordelia?

Your servant Kent: Where is your servant See'st thou this object, Kent?

Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you [The Bodies of GONERIL and REGAN


[rotten. cre brought in.

He'll strike, and quickly too :-He's dead and Kent. Alack, why tics?

Kent. No, my good led; I am the very Edm. Yet Edmund was belov'd:

man; The one the other poison'd for my sake,

Lear. I'll see that straight. And after slew herself.

Kent. That, from your first of difference and Alb. Even so.-Cover their faces.

Have follow'd your sad steps. [decay, Edm. I pant for life:-Some good I mean to Lear. You are welcome hither.

kent. Nor no man else; all's cheerless, dark, Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send,

and deadly.

[selves, Be brief in it,-to the castle; for my writ Your eldest daughters have fore-doom'd themIs on the life of Lear, and on Cordelia:- And desperately are dead. Nay, send in time.

Lear. Ay, so I think. Alb. Run, run, 0, run

Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain Edg. To who, my lord?-Who has the of. That we present us to him.

[it is fice? send

Edg. Very bootless.*
Thy token of reprieve.
Édm. Well thought on; take my sword,

Enter an Officer.
Give it the captain.

Off. Edmund is dead, my lord. Alb. Haste thee, for thy life. [Exit EDGAR. Alb. That's but a trifle here.Edm. He hath commission from thy wife You lords, and noble friends, know our intent. and me

What comfort to this great decayt may come, To hang Cordelia in the prison, and

Shall be applied: For us, we will resign,
To lay the blame upon her own despair, During the life of this old majesty,
That she fordid herself.

To him our absolute power :-You, to your Alb. The gods defend her! Bear binn hence


(To EDGAR and KENT. awhile. [EDMUND is borne off. With boot, and such additiong as your honours Enter Lear, with Cordelia dead in his Arms; Have more than merited.--All friends shall EDGAR, OFFICER, and others.

taste Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl!–0, you are The cup of their deservings:-O, see, see!

The wages of their virtue, and all foes men of stones;

Lear. Aud my poor fool|| is hang'd! No, no, Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so That heaven's vault should crack :-0, she is Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life,

no life: gone for ever!

And thou no breath at all? O, thou wilt come I know when one is dead, and when one lives; She's dead as earth :- Lend me a looking- Never, never, never, never, never!

no more, glass; If that her breath will mist or stain the stone, Do you see this? Look on her,-look,-her

Pray you, undo this button: Thank you, Sir.Why, then she lives.

lips, Kent. Is this the promis'd end?:

Look there, look there!

[He dies. Edg. Or image of that horror? Alb. Fall, and cease!

Edg. He faints !-My lord, my lord, Lear. This feather stirs ; she lives! if it be

Kent. Break, heart; I pr’ythee, break!

Edg. Look up, my lord.
It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows

Kent. Vex not his ghost: 0, let him pass!

lie hates him, That ever I have felt. Kent. O my good master!

[K'neeling. Stretch him out longer.

That would apon the rack of this tough world Lear. Prythee, away. Edg. 'Tis noble Kent, your friend.

Edg. (), he is gone, indeed. Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, trai- He but usurp'd his life.

Kent. The wonder is, he hath endur'd so tors all! [ever!


Alb. Bear them from hence.-Our present I might have sav'd her; now she's gone for

business Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha! What is't thou say'st?-Her voice was ever

Is general woe. Friends of my soul, you

twain soft,


(man:- Rule in this realm, and the gor’d state sustain. Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woI kill'd the slave that was a hanging thee.

Kent. I have a journey, Sir, shortly to go;

My master calls, and I must not say, no.
Of "Tis true, my lords, he did.
Lear. Did I not, fellow ?


Alb. The weight of this sad time we must I have seen the day, with my good biting faul. Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.

obey; I would have made them skip: I am old now, The oldest hath borne most: we, that are And these same crosses spoil me.-Who are you?


young, Mine eyes are none o'the best:—I'll tell you

Shall never see so much, nor live so long.

[Exeunt, with a dead Marck. * For ever.

+ Destroyed herself. * The end of the world, or the horrible circumstances

+ I. e. Lear. | Benefit Titles. preceding it?

1 Die, \ I. e. Die ; Albany speaks to Lear.




Escalus, Prince of Verona.

ABRAM, Servant to Montague.
Paris, a young Nobleman, Kinsman to the An APOTHECARY.

MONTAGUE, Heads of two Houses, at vari- CHORUS.-Boy, Page to Paris.-Petez, 12
ance with each other.

An Old Man, Uncle to Capulet.
Romeo, Son to Montague.

LADY MONTAGUE, Wise to lontague.
MERCUTIO, Kinsman to the Prince, and Friend LADY CAPULET, Wife to Capulet.
to Romeo.

JULIET, Daughter to Capulet. BENVOLIO, Nephew to Montague, and Friend NURSE to Juliet.

to Romeo. TYBALT, Nephew to Lady Capulet.

Citizens of Verona; several Men and Wom FRIAR LAWRENCE, a Franciscan.

men, relations to both Houses; Mashers, FRIAR John, of the same Order.

Guards, Watchmen, and Attendanis.
BALTHAZAR, Servant to Romeo.
Servants to Capulet.

Scene, during the greater part of the Play, jo GREGORY, )

Verona: once, in the tifth Act, at Mantua.



Gre. But thou art not quickly moved to

strike. Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

Sam. A dog of the house of Montague moves From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands un

Gre. To move, is—to stir; and to be valiaal,

is-to stand to it: therefore, if thou art mor'd, clean.

thou run'st away, From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; stand : I will take

the wall of any man or maid

Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows

of Montague's. Do, with their death, bury their parents'

Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the strife.

weakest goes to the wall. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wali:

Sam. True; and therefore women, being the Which, but their children's end, nought could therefore I will push Montague's men from remove,

the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall. Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;

Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, The which if you with patient ears attend

and us their men. What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to

.Sam. "Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: mend.

when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids; I will cut off their


Gre. The heads of the maids?
SCENEJ.--A public Place.

Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or the Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, armed with

maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt. Sucords and Buckiers.

Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel

it. Sam. Gregory, o'my word, we'll not carry Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to coals.

stand: and, 'tis known, I'am a pretty piece of Gre. No, for then we should be colliers. flesh. Sam. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw. Gre. 'Tis well, thou art not fish: if thou Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out hadst, thou hadst' been poor John.* Draw thy the coliar.

tool; here comes lwo of the house of the VonSam. I strike quickly, being moved. tagues.t • A phrase formerly in use to signify the bearing inju- | Poor John is hake, dried and salt.

+ Tne disregard of concurd is in character.

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