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Give me your

Osw. Slave, thou hast slain me :-villain, take

Re-enter EDGAR. my purse ;


hand. If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body, And give the letters which thou find’st about me,

Far off, methinks, I hear the beaten drum : To Edmund earl of Gloster; seek him out

Come, father, I'll bestow you with a friend.

[Exeunt. Upon the British* party :-0, untimely death !+

Dies. Edg. I know thee well : a serviceable villain ; As duteous to the vices of thy mistress,

SCENE VII.-A Tent in the French Camp. As badness would desire.

LEAR on a bed asleep ; Physician, Gentleman, GLO. What, is he dead ?

and others, attending ; soft music playing. EDG. Sit you down, father; rest you.— Let's see his $ pockets: these § letters, that he

Enter CORDELIA and KENT. speaks of, May be my friends.—He's dead; I am only sorry

CORD. O thou good Kent, how shall I live and He had no other death's-man.-Let us see :

work, Leave, gentle wax: and, manners, blame us not :

To match thy goodness? My life will be too

short, To know our enemies' minds, we rip their hearts ;

And every measure fail me.

is more

KENT. To be acknowledg’d, madam, is o'er

paid. [Reads.] Let our reciprocal vows be remembered.

All my reports go with the modest truth; You have many opportunities to cut him off: if Nor more nor clipp’d, but so. your will want not, time and place will be fruit- CORD.

Be better suited : fully offered. There is nothing done, if he These weeds are memories of those worser hours ; return the conqueror : then am I the prisoner,

I pr’ythee, put them off. and his bed my gaol ; from the loathed warmth ΚΕΝΤ. .

Pardon, dear madam ; whereof deliver me, and supply the place for your Yet to be known, shortens my made o intent: labour.

My boon I make it, that you know me not,
Your (wife, so I would say,)

Till time and I think meet.
affectionate servant,

CORD. Then be't so, my good lord.—How does GONERIL.

the king?

[To the Physician. O, undistinguish'd space of woman's will !—- Phys. Madam, sleeps still.“ A plot upon her virtuous husband's life; (sands, CORD. O you kind gods, And the exchange, my brother !-Here, in the Cure this great breach in his abused nature ! Thee I'll rake up, the post unsanctified

The untun'd and jarring senses, 0, wind up Of murderous lechers : and, in the mature time, Of this child-changed father! With this ungracious paper strike the sight


So please your majesty Of the death-practis'd duke: for him 't is well, That we may wake the king ? he hath slept long. That of thy death and business I can tell.

Cord. Be govern’d by your knowledge, and [Exit, dragging out the body.

proceed Glo. The king is mad: how stiff is my vile I'the sway of your own will. Is he array’d? sense,

GENT. Ay, madam ; in the heaviness of sleep, That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling We put fresh garments on him. Of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract: Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do awake So should my thoughts be sever'd from my griefs, And woes, by wrong imaginations, lose

I doubt not* of his temperance. The knowledge of themselves. [Drum afar off. CORD.

Very well.

him ;

(*) First folio, English. (t) Old text repeats, death. (1) First folio, these.

(5) First folio, the. * 0, undistinguish'd space of woman's will!-) In the quartos we read, “O undistinguisht space of womans wil; in the folio, "Oh indinguish'd space of Womans will; ” and Mr. Collier's annotator suggests, "o, uneslinguish'd blaze of woman's will !" Whatever may have been the original lection, it was plainly an exclamation against the indiscriminate caprice of woman as exhibited by Goneril in plotting against a virtuous husband's life merely to gain a villain like Edmund, and not, as Mr. Collier asserts, against the " unextinguishable appetite" of the sex: his annotator's emendation is therefore indefensible. We should, perbaps read “n, undistinguishable sense of woman's will."

(*) First folio omits, not. b - soft music playing.] This part of the stage direction was judiciously interpolated by Mr. Dyce.

e — made intent:) This may import purposed intent; but Mr. Collier's annotator proposes a very plausible change-"My main intent."

d Madam, sleeps still.) In the folio, the Physician and Gentle-
man form one character; the parts were combined probably, as
Mr. Collier surmises, to suit the economy of performers.

Very well.
Phys. Please you, draw near.-Louder the music there.]
These two speeches are not in the folio.

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Phys. Please you, draw near.-Louder the

music there! CORD. O my dear father! Restoration, hang Thy medicine on my lips ; and let this kiss Repair those violent harms that my two sisters Have in thy reverence made ! KENT.

Kind and dear princess ! CORD. Had you not been their father, these

white flakes Had challeng’d * pity of them. Was this a face To be oppos'd against the warringt winds ? To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder ? In the most terrible and nimble stroke Of quick, cross-lightning? to watch (poor perdu !) With this thin helm? Mine enemy's dog, Though he had bit me, should have stood that night Against my fire; and wast thou fain, poor father, To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn,

In short and musty straw ? Alack, alack !
'Tis wonder that thy life and wits at once
Had not concluded all.—He wakes ; speak to him.

Phys. Madam, do you ; 'tis fittest.
CORD. How does my royal lord ? How fares

your majesty ? LEAR. You do me wrong to take me out o' the

grave :-
Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
Do scald like molten lead.

Sir, do you know me? LEAR. You are a spirit, I know; when * did

you die ?

CORD. Still, still, far wide !
Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone awhile.
LEAR. Where have I been? Where am I?-

Fair daylight?

(*) First folio, Did challenge. (t) First folio, jarring.

* To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder i

In the most terrible and nimble stroke
of quick, cross-lightning? to watch (poor perdu !)

(*) First folio, where. With this thin helm ?] These lines are omitted in the folio.

I'm mightily abus’d.—I should e'en die with pity, LEAR. Am I in France ?
To see another thus.— I know not what to say.- KENT.

In your own kingdom, sir. I will not swear these are my

hands :— let's see,
LEAR. Do not abuse me.

[rage, I feel this pin prick. Would I were assur'd Phys. Be comforted, good madam ; the great Of my condition !

You see, is kill'd in him: and yet it is danger CORD. O, look upon me, sir,

To make him even o'er the time he has lost. And hold your hands * in benediction o'er me :- Desire him to go in; trouble him no more, No, sir, t you must not kneel.

Till further settling. LEAR.

Pray, do not mock me: CoR. Will't please your highness walk ? I am a very foolish fond old man,


You must bear with me: Fourscore and upward, not an hour more nor less; Pray you now, forget and forgive : I am old, and And, to deal plainly,

foolish. I fear I am not in my perfect mind.

[Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, Physician, Methinks I should know you, and know this man ;

and Attendants. Yet I am doubtful; for I am mainly ignorant GENT. Holds it true, sir, that the duke of What place this is; and all the skill I have Cornwall was so slain ? Remembers not these garments ; nor I know not KENT. Most certain, sir. Where I did lodge last night. Do not laugh at me, GENT. Who is conductor of his people ? For, as I am a man, think this lady

KENT. As 'tis said, the bastard son of Gloster. To be my child Cordelia.

GENT. They say, Edgar, his banish'd son, is with CORD.

And so I am, I am. the earl of Kent in Germany.
LEAR. Be your tears wet ? yes,

faith. I
pray, KENT. Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look

about; the powers of the kingdom approach apace.
have poison for me,
I will drink it.

Gent. The arbitrement is like to be bloody. I know you do not love me; for your


[Exit. Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:

KENT. My point and period will be throughly You have some cause, they have not.

wrought, CORD.

No cause, no cause. Or well or ill, as this day's battle's fought. [Exit.


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If you

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To change the course : he's full of alteration,
And self-reproving :-bring his constant pleasure,

[To an Officer, who goes out, Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam.

Edm. Know of the duke if his last purpose hold, Or whether since he is advis’d by aught



Now, sweet lord, You know the goodness I intend upon you :

As they are going out, enter EDGAR disguised. Tell me,—but truly,—but then speak the truth, Do you not love my sister ?

Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man EDM. In honour'd love.

so poor, Reg. But have you never found my brother's

Hear me one word.

I'll overtake you.—Speak. way To the forefended place ?

[Exeunt Edu. Reg. Gon. Officers, Soldiers, EDM. That thought abuses you."

and Attendants. Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.

you have victory, let the trumpet sound Edm. No, by mine honour, madam.

For him that brought it: wretched though I seem, Reg. I never shall endure her: dear my lord, I can produce a champion that will prove Be not familiar with her.

What avouched there. If you miscarry,

Fear me

Your business of the world hath so an end,
She and the duke her husband !

And machination ceases. Fortune love* you !

ALB. Stay till I've read the letter.

I was forbid it.

When time shall serve, let but the herald cry, Enter, with drum and colours, ALBANY, And I'll appear again. GONERIL, and Soldiers.

Alb. Why, fare thee well ; I will o'erlook thy paper.

[Exit EDGAR. Gon. [Aside.] I had rather lose the battle,

than that sister Should loosen him and me.

Re-enter EDMUND. ALB. Our very loving sister, well be-met.Sir, this I hear,t— The king is come to his Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your daughter,

powers. With others whom the rigour of our state

Here is the guess of their true strength and forces Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest,o | By diligent discovery ;—but your

haste I never yet was valiant: for this business, Is now urg'd on you. It toucheth us, as France invades our land,


We will greet the time. [Exit. Not bolds the king, with others, whom I fear, Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my Most just and heavy causes make oppose. Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.

Each jealous of the other, as the stung, REG.

Why is this reason'd? Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take ? Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy; Both ? one ? or neither ? Neither can be enjoy'd, For these domestic and particular broils

If both remain alive: to take the widow, Are not the question here.

Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril ; ALB.

Let us then determine And hardly shall I carry out my side, o With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use EDM. I shall attend you presently at your His countenance for the battle; which being done, tent."

Let her who would be rid of him devise Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?

His speedy taking off. As for the mercy Gon. No.

Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia,Reg. 'Tis most convenient ; pray go with us. The battle done, and they within our power, Gon. [Aside.] o, ho, I know the riddle.-I Shall never see his pardon; for my state will

Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Exit.

love ;


(*) First folio omits, me. (t) First folio, heard. a That thought abuses you.) The folio omits both this and the * following speech.

I had rather lose the battle, &c.] This speech is omitted in the folio.

c Where I could not be honest, &c.) The remainder of the speech and Edmund's answer are omitted in the folio.

d I shall attend you presently at your tent.] Omitted in the folio.

e - carry out my side,-) A metaphor from the card-table, where to carry out a side meant to carry out the game with your partner successfully. So to set up a side, was to become pariners

(*) First folio, lores. in the game; to pull or pluck down a side, was to lose it. Thus in Ben Jonson's "Silent Woman,” Act III. Sc.2,

“Mavis and she will set up a side." Thus also in Massinger's “Great Duke of Florence,” Act IV. Sc. 1, where Cozimo, declining to do Petronella right in a bowl of wine, says,

“ Pray you pause a little;

If I hold your cards, I shall pull down the side:
I am not good at the game."

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