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SCENE I. The Camp of the British Forces, near Dover. Enter, with Drums and Colours, EDMUND, REGAN,
Officers, Soldiers, and others. Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose hold; Or, whether since he is advis'd by aught 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. 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? Edm.
In honour'd love. Reg. But have you never found my brother's way To the forefended place? Edm.
That thought abuses you.
Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.
Edm. No, by mine lionour, madam.
Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear, my lord,
Fear me not:-
Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers. Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister Should loosen him and me.
Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.
Why is this reason'd?
Let us then determine
Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent.
As they are going out, enter EDGAR, disguised.
I'll overtake you.—Speak.
Soldiers, and Attendants.
For him that brought it: wretched though I seem,
Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.
I was forbid it.
[Exit. Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy paper.
We will greet the time. [Exit.
SCENE 11. A Field between the two Camps. Alarum within. Enter, with Drum and Colours, LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces; and Exeunt.
Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER. Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree For your good host; pray that the right may thrive;
If ever I return to you again,
Grace go with you, sir!
[Éxit Edgar. Alarums; afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter EDGAR.
Edg. Away, old man, give me thy hand, away; King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en : Give me thy hand, come on.
Glo. No further, sir; a man may rot even here. Edg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure Their going hence, even as their coming hither : Ripeness is all: Come on. Glo.
And that's true too.
SCENE III. The British Camp near Dover. Enter, in Conquest, with Drum and Colours, EDMUND;
Lear and CORDELIA, as Prisoners; Officers, Soldiers, gc.
Edm. Some officers take them away: good guard;
We are not the first,
Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison :
Take them away. Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught
thee? He, that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven, And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine eyes; The goujeers shall devour them, flesh and fell, Ere they shall make us weep: We'll see them starve first. Come.
[Exeunt Lear and Cordeliu, guarded. Edm. Come hither, captain; bark. Take thou this note; [Giving a Paper] go, follow them
I'll do't, my lord.
Of. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work, I will do
[Exit Officer. Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN,
Officers, and Attendants. Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant strain, And fortune led you well : You have the captives Who were the opposites of this day's strife: We do require them of you; so to use them, As we shall find their merits and our safety May equally determine. Édm.
Sir, I thought it fit To send the old and miserable king To some retention, and appointed guard; Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, To pluck the common bosom on his side, And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes Which do command them. With him I sent the queen ;