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Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil :
[Gives the letters to EDMUND.
Ask me not what I know.
[Excit GONERIL. Alb. Go after her: she 's desperate; govern her.
[Exit an Officer. Edmund. What you have charg'd me with, that have
Edgar. Let 's exchange charity.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Edmund. Thou hast spoken right, 't is true;
Alb. Methought, thy very gait did prophesy
Worthy prince, I know ’t.
Edg. By nursing them, my lord. -- List? a brief tale; And, when 't is told, 0, that my heart would burst! The bloody proclamation to escape, That follow'd me so near, (0, our lives' sweetness ! That we with the pain of death would hourly die, Rather than die at once!) taught me to shift
1. i. e. Goneril's letter found upon Oswald.
2. To list, to listen to, to hearken to.
Into a madman's rags, t assume a semblance
Edmund This speech of yours hath mov'd me,-
Albany. If there be more, more woful, hold it in,
Edgar. This would have seem'd a period
1. O fault ! O misfortune!
tives. The sense in plain language 2. Until about half-an-hour ago. is therefore, This would be enough 3. i. e. as if you had.
for any one who does not love to hear 4. This would have seemed a period of human sorrows, but I have still (i. e. conclusion) to such as love not another sorrowful tale to add, such sorrow; but I must add another period, as will increase the horrors of what to increase what was already too-much, has been already told. • To top, see which will make much, more (i. e. note 8, page 11. more than much) and surpass even 5. i. e. As if he would. the extremity of sorrow. Too much 6. i. e. himself. and much have the power of substan
Began to crack: twice, then, the trumpets sounded,
But who was this?
Enter a Gentleman hastily, with a bloody Knife.
What kind of help?
"T is hot, it smokes; It me even from the heart of 0! she's dead!
176. Who dead? speak, man.
Jent. Your lady, Sir, your lady: and her sister
Edm. I was contracted to them both: all three
Here comes Kent.
0! is this he? e time will not allow the compliment, hich very manners urges. 1 Kent.
I am come bid my king and master aye? good night: he not here? Alb.
Great thing of us forgot! peak, Edmund, where's the king? and where 's Cordelia? eest thou this object, Kent ?
[The bodies of GONERIL and REGAN are brought in. Kent. Alack! why thus? Edm.
Yet Edmund was belov'd:
1. Which even manners (i e. po-ceived as one idea, and govern the teness) itself dictates. Manners, like verb in the singular. news and some other words, although 2. i. e. for aye, for ever. constructed in the plural, may be con
The one the other poison'd for my sake,
Cover their faces.
Run, run! 0, run!
Edın. Well thought on: take my sword,
Haste thee, for thy life. [Exit EDGAR.
her own despair, That she fordid 2 herself. Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him hence awhile.
[EDMUND is borne off. Enter LEAR, with CORDELJA dead in his Arms; EDGAR, Officer, and
Is this the promis'd end? 4
Fall, and cease !5
1. i. e. for my written order has to recover his child, and knows to gone forth touching the life of, &c. what miseries he must survive, when
2. To fordo, or foredo, to destroy. he finds them to be ineffectual. Having Obsolete.
these images present to his eyes and 3. It must be recollected that mirrors imagination, he cries out, Rather of polished metal were formerly used. fall, and cease to be, at once, than 4. i. e. end of the world.
continue in existence only to be 5. Albany is looking with atten- wretched. tion at the pains employed by Lear
It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows
'T is noble Kent, your friend.
Officer. 'T is true, my, lords, he did.
Did I not, fellow?
Who are you?
Kent. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and hated,
you not Kent?
good fellow, I can tell you that;
Kent. No, my good lord; I am the very mán
Kent. That from your first of difference and decay,5
You are welcome hither.
Ay, so I think.
1. And these distresses deprive me
3. Kent seems to have borne this of my wonted activity.
name when disguised as Lear's ser2. If Fortune, to display the pleni- vant. tude of her power, should boast of 4. Alluding to Kent's officiousness in two persons, one of whom she had his service. highly elevated, and the other she had 5. i. e. from the first moment of your wofully depressed, we now behold the changed fortunes and sorrows. latter.
6. Continuing his former speech.