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SCENE II. - The same.

Where, by her own most clear remembrance, she Pericles on the deck asleep; Diana appearing to Made known herself my daughter. him as in a vision.

Thai. Voice and favour!Dia. My temple stands in Ephesus; hie thee thither, You are, you are 0, royal Pericles ! - [She faints. And do upon mine altar sacrihce!

Per. What means the woman? she dies ! help,
There, when my maiden priests are met together, gentlemen!
Before the people all,

Cer. Noble sir,
Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife: If you have told Diana's altar true,
To mourn thy crosses, with thy daughter's, call, This is your wife!
And give them repetition to the life.

Per. Reverend appearer, no!
Perform my bidding, or thou liv'st in woe. I threw her o'erboard with these very arms.
Do't and be happy, by my silver bow!

Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.
Awake, and tell thy dream! (Diana disappears. Per. 'Tis most certain.
Per. Celestial Dian, goddess argentine,

Cer. Look to the lady!-0, she's but o'erjoyd ! I will obey thee! — Helicanus !

Early, one blust'ring morn, this lady was
Enter LYSIMACHUS, Helicanus, and MARINA. Thrown on this shore. I op'd the coffin, and
Hel. Sir!

Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and plac'd her
Per. My purpose was for Tharsus, there to strike Here in Diana's temple.
The inhospitable Cleon; but I am

Per. May we see them?
For other service first: toward Ephesus

Cer. Great sir, they shall be brought you to my
Turn our blown sails; eftsoons I'll tell thee why.. house,

[To Helicanus. Whither I invite you. Look! Thaisa is
Shall we refresh us, sir, upon your shore,

And give you gold for such provision

Thai. 0, let me look!
As our intents will need ?

If he be none of mine, my sanctity
Lys. With all my heart, sir! and when you come Will to my sense bend no licentious ear,

But curb it, spite of seeing. – 0, my lord,
I have another suit.

Are you not Pericles ? Like him you speak,
Per. You shall prevail,

Like him you are! Did you not name a tempest,
Were it to woo my daughter; for it seems

A birth, and death?
You have been noble towards her.

Per. The voice of dead Thaisa !
Lys. Sir, lend your arm!

Thai. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead
Per. Come, my Marina!

[Exeunt. And drown'd.
Enter Gower, before the temple of Diana, at Per. Immortal Dian!

Thai. Now I know you better. -
Gow. Now our sands are almost run ;

When we with tears parted Pentapolis,
More a little, and then done.

The king, my father, gave you such a ring.
This, as my last boon, give me,

[Shows a ring (For such kindness must relieve me,)

Per. This, this: no more, you gods! your present That you aptly will suppose

What pageantry, what feats, what shows, Makes my past miseries sport. You shall do well,
What miustrelsy, and pretty din,

That on the touching of her lips I may
The regent made in Mitylin,

Melt, and no more be seen. O come, be buried
To greet the king. So he has thriv’d,

A second time within these arms.
That he is promis'd to be wiv'd

Mar. My hear:
To fair Marina ; but in no wise,

Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom.
Till he hath done his sacrifice,

{Kneels to Thaisa. As Dian bade: whereto being bound,

Per. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy flesh,
The interim, pray you, all confound.

Thaisa !
In feather'd briefness sails are fill’d,

Thy burden at the sea, and call'd Marina,
And wishes fall out as they're will’d.

For she was yielded there.
At Ephesus, the temple see,

Thai. Bless'd, and mine own!
Our king, and all his company.

Hel. Hail, madam, and my queen!
That he can hither come so soon,

Thai. I know you not.
Is by your fancy's thankful boon. (Exit. Per. You have heard me say, when I did fy from

The temple of Diana at Ephesus; Thaisa standing I left behind an ancient substitute.
near the altar, as High-Priestess; a number of Can you remember what I call'd the man?
Virgins on each side; Cennox and other Inha- I have nam'd him oft.
bitunts of Ephesus attending.

Thui. 'Twas Helicanus then.
Enter Pericles, with his train; LYSIMACAUS, Per. Still confirmation:
HELICANUS, Marika, and a Lady.

Embrace him, dear Thaisa, this is he!
Per. Hail, Dian! to perform thy just command, Now do I long to hear how you were found;
I here confess myself the kiog of Tyre;

How possibly preserv'd; and whom to thank,
Who, frighted from my country, did wed Besides the gods, for this great miracle.
The fair Thaisa, at Pentapolis.

Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord! this man,
At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth Through whom the gods have shown their power;
A maid-child call’d Marina; who, O goddess,

that can
Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tharsus From first to last resolve you.
Was nurs'd with Cleon; whom at fourteen years Per. Reverend sir,
He sought to morder: but her better stars The gods can have no mortal officer
Brought her to Mitylene ; against whose shore More like a god than you. Will you deliver
Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us, I How this dead queen re-lives?

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Cer. I will, my lord!

Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay, Beseech you, first go with me to my house, To hear the rest antold. - Sir, lead the way![Exeunt

. Where shall be shown you all was found with her;

Enter GOVER.
How she came placed here within the temple; Gow. In Antioch, and his daughter, you have heard
No needful thing omitted.

Of monstrous lust the due and just reward:

In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen
Per. Pare Diana!
I bless thee for thy vision, and will offer

(Although assail'd with fortune fierce and keen)

Virtue preserv'd from fell destraction's blast,
My night oblations to thee. Thaisa,
This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,

Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last


In Helicanus may you well descry
Shall marry her at Pentapolis. And now,
This ornament that makes me look so dismal,

A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty:

In reverend Cerimon there well appears,
Will I, my lov'd Marina, clip to form;
And what this fourteen years no razor touch'd,

The worth that learned charity aye wears,

For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
To grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify.

Had spread their cnrsed deed, and honour'd name
Thai. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, Of Pericles, to rage the city turn;
Sir, that my father's dead.

That him and his they in his palace burn. Per. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my The gods for murder seemed so content queen,

To punish them; although not done, but meant.
We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves So on your patience evermore attending,
Will in that kingdom spend our following days ; New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending.
Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reigo.

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persons of the rama. Lear, king of Britain.

Fool. King of France.

Oswald, steward to Goneril. Duke of BURGUNDY.

An Officer, employed by Edmund. Duke of CORNWALL.

Gentleman, attendant on Cordelia. Duke of AlbaNY.

A Herald. Earl of Kent.

Servants to Cornwall. Earl of GLOSTER.

GONERIL, EDGAR, son to Gloster.


daughters to Lear. Edmund, bastard son to Gloster.

CURAN, a courtier.
Old Man, tenant co Gloster.

Knights attending on the King, Officers, Mesatta

gers, Soldiers, and Attendants. Physician.

Scene, - Britain,

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account: thongh this knave came somewhat saucily SCENE I. – Aroom of state in King Lear's palace. mother fair; there was good sport at his making

into the world before he was sent for, yet was his Enter Kent, GLOsten, and Edmund. and the whoreson must be acknowledged. ~ Do yua Kent. I thought, the king had more affected the know this noble gentleman, Edmund? duke of Albany, than Cornwall.

Edm. No, my lord. Glo. It did always seem so to us: but now, in the Glo. My lord of Kent: remember him hereafter division of the kingdom, it appears not which of as my honourable friend. the dukes he values most; for equalities are so Edm. My services to your lordship. weighed, that curiosity in neither can make choice Kent. I must love you, and sue to know of either's moiety.

Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving. Kent. Is not this your son, my


Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away be Glo. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge: I shall again. - The king is coming! have so often blushed to acknowledge him, that now I am brazed to it.

Enter Lear, CORNWALL, ALBANY, Goxerit, REGAS, Kent. I cannot conceive you.

CORDELIA, and Attendants. Glo. Sir, this young fellow's

mother could: where- Lear. Attend the lords of France and Bargvads, upon she grew round-wombed; and had, indeed, Gloster! sir, a son for her cradle, ere she had a husband for Glo. I shall, my liege. her bed. Do you smell a fault?

Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue Lear. Mean-time we shall express our darker pura Glo. But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some Give me the map there. — Know, that we have dir year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my!


[Trumpets sound withir.

[Exeunt Gloster and Edmund.

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In three, onr kingdom; and 'tis our fast intent To love my father all.
To shake all cares and business from our age; Lear. But goes this with thy heart?

Conferring them on youn er strengths, while we Cor. Ay, good my lord !
zu Unburden'd crawl toward death.-Oour son of Corn- Lear. So young, and so untender?

Cor. So young, my lord, and true! And you, our no less loving son of Albany, Leur. Let it be so !- Thy truth then be thy dower: - We have this hour a constant will to publish For, by the sacred radiance of the sun, rin Our daughters' several dowers, that future strife The mysteries of Hecate, and the night, C May be prevented now. The princes, France and By all the operations of the orbs, Burgundy,

From whom we do exist, and cease to be,
Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love, Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn, Propinquity and property of blood,
And here are to be answer'd.—Tell me, my daughters, And as a stranger to my heart and me
(Since now we will divest us, both of rule,

Hold thee, from this, for ever. The barbarous Interest of territory, cares of state,)

Which of you, shall we say, doth love us most ? Or he that makes his generation messes
That we our largest bounty may extend

To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom
Where merit doth most challenge it. - Goneril, Be as well neighbour'd, pitied, and reliev'd,
Our eldest-born, speak first !

As thou, my sometime daughter.
Gon. Sir, I

Kent. Good my liege,
Do love you more, than words can wield the matter, Lear. Peace, Kent!
Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty; Come not between the dragon and his wrath :
Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare;

I lov'd her most, and thought to set my rest No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour: On her kind nursery. - Hence, and avoid my sight! As much as child e'er lov’d, or father found.

[To Cordelia, A love, that makes breath poor, and speech unable; So be my grave my peace, as here I give Beyond all manner of so much I love you.

Her father's heart from her! - Call France ! - Who Cor. What shall Cordelia do ? Love, and be silent. stirs?

[Aside. Call Burgundy! - Cornwall, and Albany, Lear. Of all these bounds, even from this line to this, With my two daughters' dowers digest this third: With shadowy forests and with champains rich’d, Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry her. With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads, I do invest you jointly with my power, We make thee lady. To thine and Albany's issue Pre-eminence, and all the large effects, Be this perpetual. - What says our second daughter, That troop with majesty. Ourself, by monthly Our dearest Pegan, wife to Cornwall? Speak!

course, Reg. I am made of that self metal as my sister, With reservation of an hundred knights, Apd prize me at her worth. In my true heart

By you to be sustain’d, shall our abode I find, she names my very deed of love :

Make with you by due turns. Only we still retain Only she comes too short, – that I profess The name, and all the additions to a king; Myself an enemy to all other joys, Which the most precious square of sense possesses; Revenue, execntion of the rest, And find, I am alone felicitate

Beloved sons, be yours: which to confirm, In your dear highness' love.

This coronel part between you. [Giving the crown. Cor. Then poor Cordelia!

(Aside. Kent. Royal Lear, And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's Whom I have honour'd as my king, More richer, than my tongue.

Lov'd as my father, as my master follow'd, Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever, As my great patron thought on in my prayers, Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom; Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from the No less in space, validity, and pleasure,

shaft. Than that confirm’d on Goneril. — Now, our joy, Kent. Let it fall rather, thongh the fork invade

Although the last, not least; to whose young love The region of my heart: be Kent unmannerly, tix. The vines of France, and milk of Burgundy, When Lear is mad. What would'st thou do, old

Strive to be interess’d; what can you say, to draw man?
A third more opulent than your sisters ? Speak! Think'st thou, that duty shall have dread to speak,
Cor. Nothing, my lord!

When power to flattery bows? To plainuess hoLear. Nothing?

nour's bound, Cor. Nothing!

When majesty stoops to folly. Reverse thy doom; Lear. Nothing can come of nothing: speak again! And, in thy best consideration, check Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave

This hideous rashness: answer my life my judgment, My heart into my mouth! I love your majesty Thy youngest daughter does not love the least; According to my bond: nor more, nor less ! Nor are those empty-hearted, whose low sound Lear. How,how, Cordelia ? mend your speech a little, Reverbs no hollowness. Lest it may mar your fortunes. Cor. Good my lord,

Lear. Kent, on thy life, no more! You have begot me,

Kent. My life I never held but as a pawn bred Return those duties back as are right fit,

To wage against thine enemies; nor fear to lose it, Obey you, love

Thy safety being the motive. and most honour you.

you, Why have my sisters husbands, if they say,

Lear. Out of my sight! They love you, all? Haply, when I shall wed,

Kent. See better, Lear! and let me still remain That lord, whose hand must take my plight, shall The true blank of thine eye. carry

Lear. Now, by Apollo, Half my love with him, half my care, and duty: Kent. Now, by Apollo, king, Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters,

Thou swear'st thy gods in vain!

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Lear. O, vassal! miscreant!

Most best, most dearest, should in this trice of time (Laying his hand on his sword. Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle Alb. et Corn. Dear sir, forbear!

So many folds of favour! Sure, her offence Kent. Do!

Must be of sach unnatural degree, Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow

That monsters it, or your fore-ronch'd affection
Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift;

Fall into taint: which to believe of her,
Or, whilst I can vent clamour from my throat, Must be a faith, that reason without miracle
I'll tell thee, thou dost evil.

Could never plant in me.
Lear. Hear me, recreant!

Cor. I yet beseech your majesty, On thine allegiance hear me!

(If for I want that glib and oily art, Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow, To speak and purpose not; since what I well is(Which we durst never yet,) and, with strain'd tend, pride,

I'll do't before I speak,) that you make known
To come betwixt our sentence and our power ; It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulacss,
(Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,) No unchaste action, or dishonour'd step,
Our potency made good, take thy reward.

That hath depriv'd me of your grace and faron:
Five days we do allot thee, for provision

But even for want of that, for which I am richer;
To shield thee from diseases of the world; A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue,
And, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back

That I am glad I have not, though not to have it
Upon our kingdom: is, on the tenth day following, Hath lost me in your liking.
Thy banis'd trunk be found in our dominions, Lear. Better thou
The moment is thy death. Away! By Jupiter, Hadst not been born, than not to have pleasd a
This shall not be revok'd.

better. Kent. Fare thee well, king! since thus thou wilt France. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature, appear,

Which often leaves the history unspoke, Freedom lives hence, and banishment is here.- That it inteods to do? – My lord of Burgunds, The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid, What say you to the lady? 'Love is not love,

[To Cordelia. When it is mingled with respects, that stand That justly think’st, and hast most rightly said !- Aloof from the entire point. 'Will you have her? And your large speeches may your deeds approve, She is herself a dowry.

(To Regan and Goneril. Bur. Royal Lear, That good effects may spring from words of love.- Give but that portion which yourself propos'd

, Thus Kent, O princes, bids you all adieu !

And here I take Cordelia by the haud,
He'll shape his old course in a country new! (Exit. Dutchess of Burgundy.
Re-enter Gloster, with FranCE, BURGUNDY, and Lear. Nothing. I hare sworn; I am firm.

Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a fathar,
Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord! That you must lose a husband.
Lear. My lord of Burgnndy,

Cor. Peace be with Burgundy!
We first address towards yoti, who with this king Since that respects of fortune are his lore,
Hath rivalid for our daughter. What, in the least, I shall not be his wife.
Will you require in present dower with her, France. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, beit
Or cease' your quest of love?

poor; : Bur. Most royal majesty,

Most choice, forsaken; and most lor'd, despisa?
I crave no more, than hath your highness offer'd, Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon:
Nor will

tender less.

Be it lawful, I take ap what's cast away;
Lear. Right noble Burgundy,

Gods, gods! 'tis strange, that from their colde
When she was dear to us, we did hold her so;

But now lier price is fall'n. Sir, there she stands; My love should kindle to inflam'd respect! -
If anght within that little, seeming substance, Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to mr chance,
Or all of it, with our displeasure piec'd,

Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France:
And nothing more, may fitly like your grace, Not all the dúkes of wat'sish Bargandy
She's there, and she is yours.

Shall buy this nnpriz'd precious maid of me. Bur. I know no answer.

Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind:
Lear. Sir,

Thou losest here, a better where to find.
Will you, with those infirmities she owes, Lear. Thou hast her, France: let her be tkice
Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate,
Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with our Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see

That face of hers again : - therefore be gore,
Take her, or leave her?

Without oar grace, our love, our benizon!Bur. Pardon me, royal sir!

Come, noble Burgundy! Election makes not ap on such conditions.

(Flourish. Exeunt Lear, Burgundy, Corred. Lear. Then leave her, sir! for, by the power that

Albany, Gloster, and Attendants, made me,

France. Bid farewall to your sisters. I tell you all her wealth.

For you, great kivg, Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes

(To France. Cordelia leaves you: I know you what you are
I would not from your love make such a stray, And, like a sister, am most loath to call
To match you where I hate ; therefore beseech you Your faults, as they are nam'd. Use well our fiches
To avert your liking a more worthier way,

To your professed bosons I commit him;
Than on a wretch, whom nature is asham'd

But yet, alas! stood I within his grace, Almost to acknowledge hers.

I would prefer him to a better place.
France. This is most strange!

So farewell to you both!
That she, that even but now was your best object, Gon. Prescribe not us our duties:
The argument of your praise, balm of your age, Reg. Let your study

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Be, to content your lord; who hath recei'vd you of it into your pocket? the quality of nothing hath
At fortune's alms. You have obedience scauted, not such need to hide itself. Let's see! Come, if it
And well are worth the want that you have wanted. be nothing, I shall not need spectacles !
Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning Edm. I beseech you, sir, pardon me! it is a letter

from my brother, that I have not all o'erread; for Who cover faults, at last shame them derides. so much as I have perused, I find it not for your Well may you prosper!

over-looking France. Come, my fair Cordelia !

Glo. Give me the letter, sir! [Exeunt France and Cordelia. Edm. I shall offend, either to detain or give it. The Gon. Sister, it is not a little I have to say, of what contents, as in part I understand them, are to blame. most nearly appertains to us both. I think, our fa- Glo. Let's see, let's see ! ther will hence to-night.

Edm. I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote Reg. That's most certain, and with you; next month this but as an essay or taste of virtue. with us.

Glo. [Reads.] This policy, and reverence of age, Gon. You see how full of changes his age is; the makes the world bitter to the best of our times; keeps observation we have made of it hath not been little: our fortunes from us, till our oldness cannot relish . he always loved our sister most; and with what poor them. I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in judgment he hath now cast her off, appears too the oppression of aged tyranny; who sways, not grossly.

as it hath power, but as it is suffered. Come to me, Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he hath that of this I may speak more. If our father would ever but slenderly known himself.

sleep till I waked him, you should enjoy half his Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath been revenue for ever, und live the beloved of your brobut rash; then must we look to receive from his ther, Edgar. - Humph-Conspiracy! - Sleep till 1 age, not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted waked him, - you should enjoy half his revenue, condition, but, therewithal, the unruly waywardness, My son Edgar! Had he a hand to write this ? a heart that infirm and choleric years bring with them. and brain to breed it in?-When came this to you? Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to have who bronght it? from him, as this of Kent's banishment.

Edmn. It was not bronght me, my lord, there's the Gon. There is further compliment of leave-taking cunning of it; I found it thrown in at the casement between France and him. Pray you, let us hit to- of my closet. gether! If our father carry authority with such dis- Glo. You know the character to be your brother's ? positions as he bears, this last surrender of his will Edm. If the matter were good, my lord, I durst but oflend us.

swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would Reg. We shall further think of it.

fain think it were not. Gon. We must do something, and i'the heat. Glo. It is his.

(Exeunt. Edm. It is his hand, my lord, but, I hope, his heart SCENE SI. A hall in the Earl of Gloster's is not in the contents. Castle,

Glo. Hath he never heretofore sounded you in this
Enter Eduens, with a letter.

Edm. Thon, nature, art my goddess ! to thy law Edm. Never, my Jord! But I have often heard him
My services are bound! Wherefore should I maintain it to be fit, that, sons at perfect age, and fa-
Stand in the plague of custom; and permit thers declining, the father should be as ward to the
The curiosity of nations to deprive me,

son, and the son manage his revenue.
For that I am some twelve or fourteea moonshines Glo. O villain , villain ! — His very opinion in the
Lag of a brother? Why bastard ? wherefore base? letter!- Abhorred villain ! Unnatural, detested, bru-
When my dimensions are as well compact, tish villain! worse than brutish!-Go, sirrah , seek
My mind as generous, and my shape as true, him ! i'll apprehend him!— Abominable villain !
As honest madam’s issue? why brand they us Where is he?
With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base? Edin. I do not well know, my lord! Ifit shall please
Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take

you to suspend your indignation against my brother, More composition and fierce quality,

till you can derive from him better testimony of his Than doth, withio a dull, stale, tired bed, intent, you shall run a certain course; where, if you Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops,

violently proceed against him, mistaking his purGot 'tween asleep and wake? – Well then, pose, it would make a great gap in your own honour, Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: and shake in pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund, pawn down my life for him, that he hath writ this to As to the legitimate: fine word, legitimate ! feel my affection to your honour, and to no other preWell, my legitimate, if this letter speed,

tence of danger.
And my invention thrive, Edmund the base

G!o. Think you so ?
Shall top the legitimate. I grow; ! prosper : Edm. If your honour judge it meet, I will place
Now, gods, stand up for bastards !

you where you shall hear us confer of this, and by Enter GLOSTER.

an auricular assurance have your satisfaction; and
Glo.Kent banish'd thus !and France in choler parted! that without any farther delay than this very evening.
And the king gone to-night! subscrib’d his power! Glo. He cannot be such a monster.
Confin'd to exhibition! All this done

Edm. Noris not, sure !
Upon the gad! -Edmund! how now? what news? Glo. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely
Edm. So please your lordship, none.

loves him !-Heaven and earth!--Edmund, seek him
(Putting up the letter. out! wind me into him, I pray you! frame the bu-
Glo. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that letter?siness after your own wisdom: I would unstate my-
Edm. I know no news, my lord!

self, to be in a due resolution. Glo. What paper were you reading ?

Edm. I will seek kim, sir, presently! convey the Edm. Nothing, my lord!

business as I shall find means, and acquaint you withal. Glo. No? What needed then that terrible dispatch/ Glo. These late eclipses in the sun and moon por

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