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Yet I am doubtful; for I am mainly ignorant
To be my child Cordelia.
And so I am,
Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray, weep not; If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
I know you do not love me, for your sisters
Lear. Am I in France?
Lear. Do not abuse me.
No cause, no cause.
In your own kingdom, sir.
Phys. Be comforted, good madam. The great rage,
To make him even o'er the time he has lost.
Cor. Will't please your highness walk?
You must bear with me;
'Pray you now, forget and forgive; I am old and foolish.
[Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, Physician, and Attendants.
Gent. Holds it true, sir,
That the duke of Cornwall was so slain?
Gent. Who is conductor of his people?
The bastard son of Gloster.
Most certain, sir.
As 'tis said,
They say, Edgar,
His banished son, is with the earl of Kent
Report is changeable.
'Tis time to look about; the powers o' the kingdom
Gent. The arbitrement is like to be a bloody. Fare you well, sir.
Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly wrought, Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought.
SCENE I. The Camp of the British Forces, near Dover. Enter, with drums and colors, EDMUND, REGAN, Officers, Soldiers, and others.
Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose hold; Or, whether since he is advised by aught
To change the course. He's full of alteration,
Now, sweet lord,
[To an Officer, who goes out.
Reg. I never shall endure her. Dear my lord,
Fear me not;
She, and the duke her husband,
Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldier.
Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister Should loosen him and me.
Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met.-
Forced to cry out. Where I could not be honest,
It toucheth us as France invades our land,
Not bolds the king; with others, whom, I fear,
Why is this reasoned?
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy:
Let us then determine
Reg. 'Tis most convenient; 'pray you, go with us.
As they are going out, enter EDGAR, disguised.
Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound For him that brought it; wretched though I seem, I can produce a champion, that will prove What is avouched there. If you miscarry, Your business of the world hath so an end, And machination ceases. Fortune love you! Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. Edg. I was forbid it. When time shall serve, let but the herald cry, And I'll appear again.
[Exit. Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will overlook thy paper.
Edm. The enemy's in view; draw up your powers: Here is the guess of their true strength and forces By diligent discovery;-but your haste
Is now urged on you.
We will greet the time.
Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
Her husband being alive. Now, then, we'll use
The battle done, and they within our power,
Shall never see his pardon; for my state
SCENE II. A Field between the two Camps.
Alarum within. Enter, with drum and colors, 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,
I'll bring you comfort.
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.
And that's true too.
SCENE III. The British Camp near Dover.
Enter, in conquest, with drum and colors, EDMUND; LEAR and CORDELIA, as prisoners; Officers, Soldiers, &c.
Edm. Some officers take them away; good guard; Until their greater pleasures first be known
That are to censure them.
We are not the first,
We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage.
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
As if we were God's spies. And we'll wear out,
Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my
The gods themselves throw incense.
Take them away.
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 CORDELIA, guarded.
Edm. Come hither, captain; hark.
Take thou this note; [Giving a paper.] go, follow them to prison.
One step I have advanced thee; if thou dost
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way
I'll do't, my lord. Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou hast done. Mark, I say instantly; and carry it so,
As I have set it down.
Off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats;
If it be man's work, I will do it.
Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, Officers, and
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.
Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
To some retention, and appointed guard;
To pluck the common bosom on his side,