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ACT V. SCENE 1.The Camp of the British Forces, near


· EDMUND, REGAN, Officers, Soldiers, and others.

NOW of the duke if his last purpose hold.

He's full of alteration
B B And self-reproving :-bring his constant


[To an Officer, who goes out. 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. No, by mine honour, madam.

Reg. I never shall endure her: dear my lord,
Be not familiar with her.

Fear me not :-.
She and the duke her husband !


Enter, ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers.

Gon. [Aside.] I had rather lose the battle than

that sister Should loosen him and me.

Alb. Our very loving sister, well be-met.Sir, this I hear,-the king is come to his daughter, With others whom the rigour of our state Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest,

I never yet was valiant: for this business,
It toucheth us, as France invades our land.

Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy;
For these domestic and particular broils
Are not the question here.

Let us, then, determine With the consent of all on our proceeding.

Edin. I shall attend you presently at your tent.
Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?
Gon. No.
Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray you, go with us.
Gon. [Aside.] O, ho, I know the riddle.— I will

go. As they are going out, enter EDGAR disguised. Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man so

poor, Hear me one word. Alb.

I'll overtake you.—Speak.

[Exeunt all except ALBANY and EDGAR,
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. Fortune love you!

Alb. Stay till I've read the letter.

I was forbid it.
When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,
And I'll appear again.

[Exit EDGAR.

Re-enter EDMUND. Edın. 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 urg'd on you. Alb.

We will greet the time. [Exit. Edın. To both these sisters have I sworn my love: Each jealous of the other, as the stung Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take? Both ? one ? or neither ? To take the widow Exasperates, makes inad her sister Goneril ; And hardly shall I carry out my side, Her husband being alive. Now, then, we'll use His countenance for the battle ; which being done, Let her who would be rid of him devise His speedy taking off. As for the mercy Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia, – The battle done, and they within our power, Shall never see his pardon ; for my state Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Exit.

SCENE 2.The Same. Enter, in conquest, EDMUND; LEAR and CORDELIA prisoners ; Officers, Soldiers, &c.

OME officers take them away: good guard,

Until their greater pleasures first be known
A That are to censure them.

We are not the first Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst. For thee, oppressèd king, am I cast down; Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown.Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters ? Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to

prison : We two alone, will sing like birds i' the cage : When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, And ask of thee forgiveness : so we'll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh; And take upon's the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies. Edm.

Take them away.

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Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, The God's 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; Ere they shall make us weep, w'ell see 'em starve. Come. (Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded.

Edm. Come hither, captain; hark.
Take thou this note (giving a warrant]; go follow them

to prison :
One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way
To noble fortunes : either say thou'lt do't,
Or thrive by other means.

I'll do't my lord. Edm. About it; and write happy when thou'st done.

[Exit Officer

Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, Officers,

and Attendants.

Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant

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.

Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
To some retention. With him I sent the queen ;
My reason all the same; and they are ready
To-morrow, or at farther space, t'appear
Where you may hold your session.

Sir, by your patience,
I hold you but a subject of this war,
Not as a brother.

Reg. That's as we list to grace him. [To Edmund] Witness the world, that I create thee

here My lord and master. Gon.

Mean you to possess him ? Alb. The let-alone lies not in your good will. Edm. Nor in thine, Lord, Alb.

Half-blooded fellow, yes. Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine.

Alb. Edmund, I arrest thee.
On capital treason; and, in thy arrest,
This gilded.serpent. {Pointing to GONERIL.]
Thou art arm'd, Gloster.—Let the trumpet sound :
If none appear to prove upon thy person
Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
I'll prove it on thy heart.

Sick, O, sick!
Gon. [Aside.) If not, I'll ne'er trust poison.

Edm. What in the world he is
That names me traitor, villain-like he lies.
Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach,
On him, on you, I will maintain my truth
And honour firmly.

My sickness grows upon me. Alb. Convey her to my tent.

[REGAN is led out.

Enter a Herald.

Come hither, herald, let the trumpet sound,
And read out this.

Her. Sound, trumpet! [Trumpet sounds. Reads. “If any man of quality or degree within the lists of the army will maintain upon Edmund, supposed Earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him

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