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

Alarum within.--Enter, with Drum and Colours, With others, whom the rigour of our state L EAR. CORDELIA, and their Forces; and ETENE Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest, 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 sbadow 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 return 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! [Erit EDGAR. Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy: Alarums; afterwards a Retreat.Re-enter EDGAE. For these domestic and particular broils Art pot to question here.

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


ta'eo: With the ancient of war on our proceedings.

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

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? Med must Reg. "Tis most convenient; pray you, go

endure with us.

Their going hence, even as their coming hither: Gon. O, ho. I know the riddle: [Aside. 1 1 | Ripeness is all :* Come on. will go.

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 and 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.

Edm. Some officers take them away: good Alb. I'll overtake you.-Speak. 1 Ereunt 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,

Who, with best meaning, have incurt'd the If you have victory, let the trumpet sound

For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down; For him that brought it: wretched though I

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


[sisters? I can produce a champion, that will prove

Shall we not see these daughters, and these What is avouched there: If you miscarry,

Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to Your business of the world hath so an end,

prison: And machination ceases. Fortune love you! We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage: Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.

When thou dost ask my blessing, I'n kneel Edg. I was forbid it.

down, When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,

And ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live, And I'll appear again.


And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook

laugh thy paper.

At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues

Talk of court news; and we'll talk with then Re-enter EDMUND.


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

fforces 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


fones, 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. Have 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,ll And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thide Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use The goujeerst shall devour them, flesh and fell, His countenance for the battle ; which being Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see them done,

starve first. Let ber, who would be rid of him, devise Come. (Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA, gwarded. 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 a 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 op me to defend, not to debate. [Erit. As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy war

To noble fortunes: Koow thou this,--that med I. e. Emboldens him. + Opposition.

Are as the time is: to be tender-minded II. e. All designs against your life will have an end. * I e. To be ready preparerl, is all Be ready to meet the occasion.

+ Pass judgement on them. li I. e. Make my party good.

1 Tbe French disease.


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Does not become a sword:--Thy great employ-1 Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my ment

title thine.

(To EDMUND. Will not bear question ;* either say, thou'ltle Alb. Stay yet; hear reason :-Edmund, I. Or thrive by other means.

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

*** On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, 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, Ojf. I cannot draw a cart, aor eat dried oats;| And I, her husband, contradict your bans. If it 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 ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, I 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,

Stives Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, And fortune led you well: You have the cap- There is my pledge; (Throwing down a Glove.] 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 bere proclaim'd thee. May equally determine.

Reg. Sick, 0, 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, That names me traitor, villain-like he lies: To pluck the common bosom on his side,

| Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach, 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 hopour firmly. the queen;

Alb. A berald, 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 thy Where you shall hold your session." At this


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 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 REGAN, 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 mun 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.

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

trumpet : He is bold in his defence. In his own grace be doth exalt himself,

Edm. Sound.

1 Trumpet. More than in your advancement.

Her. Again.

f2 Trumpet. Reg. In my rights, By me invested, he compeers the best.

13 Trumpet.

Her. Again. Gon. That were the most, if he should hus.

[Trumpet answers within. band you.

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

Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears That eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint.

tál Upon this call o'the trumpet.

pon Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should

Her. What are you? answer

Your name, your quality ? and why you answer From a full-flowing stomach.-General,

This present summons? Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony;

Edg. Know, my name is lost; Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine:

By treason's tooth bare-grawn, and canker. Witness the world, that I create thee here

Yet am I noble, as the adversary [bit: My lord and master.

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

Alb. Which is that adversary? Alb. 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 poble heart,
Admit of debate.

Thy arm may do thee justice: bere is mine. + To be discoursed of in greater privacy.

Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours, 1 Authority to act on his own judgement. Alluding to the proverb : “ Love being jealous makes | My oath and my profession: 1 protest,a good eye look a-squini," The hinderance.

* I. e. Valour.


Maugre* thy strength, youth, place, and emi. | And, when 'tis told, 0, 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, (O our lives' sveti. Thy 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, from the extremest upward of thy head, Into a madman's rags; to assume a senTo 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, are 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, i like,

sbreathes, I 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 faw'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 griel, Which, (for they yet 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.- EDMUND falls. Alb. If there be more, more woeful, bold it Alb. O save him, save him!

FFor I am almost ready to dissolve, Gon. This is mere practice, 6 Gloster: Hearing of this. By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to Edg. This would have seem'd a period answer

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

(mas, 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 seen me in my worst estate, Thou worse than any name, read thine own Shupp'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.

arms [Gives the Letter to EDMUND. He fastep'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?


the Alb. Most monstrous !

Told the most piteous tale of Lear and hir, 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 lite

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

sounded, her. [To an OFFICER, who 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 is 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 me. Gent. Help! help! O help!
My name is Edgar, and thy father's son.

Edg. What kind of help?
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Alb. Speak, man.
Make instruments to scourge us:

Edg. What means that bloody koise?
The dark and vicious place where thee he got, Gent. 'Tis hot, it smokes;
Cost him his eyes.

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

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

Alh. 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. 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?

trernble, How have you known the miseries of your fa-Touches us not with pity. (Erit GENTLEMAN, Edg. By nursing them, my lord.-List|| a brief

Enter KENT. tale;

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

Alb. O! it is he. mund might have declined the combat.

The time will not allow the compliment,

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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.

Chated, Is he not here?

Lear. This is a dull sight: Are you not Alb, 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. are brought in.

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

Kent. No, my good lord; 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 pature. Quickly send,

and deadly.

(selves, Be brief in it,--to the castle ; for my writ Your eldest daughters have fore-doom'a 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. fice? send

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

Enter an OFFICER.
Give it the captain.
Alb. Haste thee, for thy life. [Erit EDGAR.!

| Off. Edmund is dead, my lord.

Alb. That's but a trifle here.Edm. He hath commission from thy wite | 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 him hence


[To EDGAR and KENT. awhile.

[EDMUND is borne off. With boot,t and such additions 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 ci

The wages of their virtue, and all foes V, how -U, you are The cup of their deservings.-0, see, see! men of stones;

Lear. And my poor foolll 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! I know when one is dead, and when one lives;

And thou no breath at all? O, thou wilt come She's dead as earth :-Lend me a looking

no more,

Never, never, never, never, never! If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,

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

Do you see this? Look on her,-look,-her Kent. Is this the promis'd end ?1

lips, Edg. Or image of that horror ?

Look there, look there!

[He dies. 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’y thee, break!

Edg. Look up, my lord. 80, It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows

Kent. Vex not his ghost: 0, let him pass! That ever I have felt.

he hates him, Kent. O my good master! (Kneeling. I That would upon the rack of this tough world Lear. Prythee, away,

Stretch him out longer. Edg. "Tis noble Kent, your friend.

Edg. 0, he is gone, indeed. Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, trai

der is, he hath endur'd so He but usurp'd his life. .. (ever!

[long: I might have sav'd her; now she's gone for

Alb. Bear them from hence.-Our present Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha!

business What is't thou say'st?-Her voice was ever

Is general woe. Friends of my soul, you soft,



(To Kent and EDGAR. Gentle, and low ; an excellent thing in wo

Rule in this realm, and the gor'd state sustain. I kill'd the slave that was a hanging thee.

Kent. I have a journey, Sir, shortly to go; Of "Tis true, my lords, he did.

My master calls, and I must not say, no. Lear. Did I not, fellow?


Alb. The weight of this sad time we must I have seen the day, with my good biting faul.

obey; I would have made them skip: I am old now,

| Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. And these same crosses spoil me.-Who are

The oldest hath borne most: we, that 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 March. * For ever.

+ Destroyed herself. The end of the world, or the horrible circumstances Useless. + I. e. Lear. Benefit. Titles. preceding it ?

11 Poor fool, in the time of Shakspeare was an expresion II. e. Die ; Albany speaks to Lear.

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Escalus, Prince of Verona.

| ABRAM, Servant to Montague. PARIS, a young Nobleman, Kinsman to the An APOTHECARY. Prince.

MONTAGUE, 2 Heads of two Houses, at vari CHORUS.-Boy, Page to Paris.-Petek, az
ance with each other.

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

LADY MONTAGUE, Wife to Montague.
Mercurio, 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 Wo FRIAR LAWRENCE, a Franciscan.

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

Guards, Watchmen, and Attendants. BALTHAZAR, Servant to Romeo. SAMPSON, Servants to Capulet.

Scene, during the greater part of the Play, in GREGORY,

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



Gre. But thou art not quickly moved to Two households, both alike in dignity,

strike. In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

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

Gre. To move, isto stir; and to be valiant, clean.

is-to stand to it: therefore, if thou art mord, From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

thou run'st away. A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;

Sam. A dog of that house shall move me 10 Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows

"stand: I will take the wall of any man or bald Do, with their death, bury their parents'

of Montague's. strife.

Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,

ove weakest goes to the wall. And the continuance of their parents' rage,'

Sam. True; and therefore women, being the Which, but their children's end, nought could

a weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: remove,

therefore I will push Montague's men from Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;

the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall. The which if you with patient ears attend

| Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to

and us their men, mend.

Sam. 'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the mep, I will be cruel with the maids; I will cut off thel


Gre. The heads of the maids?
SCENE I.-A public place.

Sam, Ay, the heads of the maids, or the Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, armed with maidenbeads; take it in what sense thou will Swords and Bucklers.

Gre. They must take it in sense, that lets

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

stund: and, 'tis known, I am a pretty piece 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: il ne

Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out hadst, thou hadst been poor John. Draw ) of the collar. Sam. I strike quickly, being moved.

tool ; here comes two of the bouse of the More

tagues.t * A phrasc formerly in use to signify the bearing ingo 1 * Poor John is hake, dried and salted.

+ The disregard of concurd is in character.

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