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Edmund. About it;l and write happy, when thou
hast done. Mark, I say, instantly; and carry it_s0,3 As I have set it down.
Captain, I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats;4 If it be man's work, I will do it.
[Exit Captain Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, Officers, and Attendants.
Albany. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant strain, And fortune-led you well. You have the captives Who were the opposites6 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. Edm.
Sir, I thought it fit
Sir, by your patience, 12
1. i. e. set about it, go and do it. pable of winning the hearts of the
2. i. e. call thyself happy, consider common people to his side, and turning 'that thy fortune is made.
the lances of the soldiers whom we 3. To carry, to carry out, to execute. pressed into our service, against ourCompare convey, note 2, page 14. selves, who command them.
4. i. e. I cannot do the work of a 10. i. e. for the same reason. horse.
11. A judicial trial was formerly 5. Strain, race, descent.
called a question; as examination under 6. Opposites, opponents.
torture was called, being put to the 7. Merits, deserts.
question. 8. Rentention, custody.
12. A polite phrase, as we should 9. Whose age has charms in it, and now say, with your permission. whose title has still more charms, ca
I hold you but a subject of this war,
Regan. That 's as we list to grace him;l
Not so hot:
In my rights,
Gon. That were the most, if he should husband you.
Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer
Mean you to enjoy him ?
Half-blooded fellow, yes.
To EDMUND. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason. — Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, This gilded serpent. [Pointing to Gon.] - For your claim, 10
fair sister, 1. To list, to choose, to be dis 6. Stomach, among many other sigposed. Το grace, to favour, to nifications, formerly meant angry pasdignify.
sions. 2. To speak far is used by Shakspeare 7. i. e. I surrender at discretion, I for to speak magnificently.
surrender everything to you. 3. On account of which close and 8. Whether he shall not or shall immediate connexion with me, and depends not on your choice. direct authority from me, he is entitled 9. i. e. and at the same time that I to be called your brother.
arrest thee, I also arrest this gilded 4. To compeer, to be equal with. serpent.
5. The proverb is “Love being jea 10. As respects your claim, lous makes a good eye look a-squint.” | must prohibit it, &c.
I bar it in the interest of my wife;
An interlude !2
Let the trumpet
sound: If none appear to prove upon thy person, Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, There is my pledge. [Throwing down a glove.] I 'll make3
it on thy heart,
Sick! O, sick!
glove. what in the world he is
Alb. A herald, ho!
A herald, ho! a herald!
My sickness grows upon me,
[Exit Regan, led.
1. Sub-contracted, contracted after ed; it is analogous to one meaning a former contract; i. e. she is be-/ of to tell, as: That blow told! i. e. trothed to this lord, being previously it went home. See note 2, page 31. married.
4. Regan feels the poison beginning 2. An interlude, a farce. Goneril to work which her sister has adminsays this ironically.
istered. 3. To make is still used in this 5. i. e. on whom shall I not. sense, as we say at billiards to make 6. i. e. thy own valour alone. A a ball, meaning, to pocket it or gener- Roman sense of the word. ally to execute fully what we intend
Enter a Herald.
[A trumpet sounds.
"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 appear at the · third sound of the trumpet. He is bold in his defence.” Edmund. Sound!
[1 Trumpet. Herald. Again.
T2 Trumpet. Her. Again.
[Trumpet answers within.
What are you?
Know, my name is lost;
Which is that adversary?
Draw thy sword,
1. To cope, to encounter; it is usu- oath administered in the regular inally followed by with, as synonimous itiation of a knight. with contend, struggle.
4. Maugre, in spite of, notwithstand2. i. e. to draw my sword is the ing: Not in use. privilege, &c.
5. Fire- new, fresh from the fire, 3. The privilege of this oath means just forged. the privilege gained by taking the
Thy valour, and thy heart, thou art a traitor :
Edmund. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;
(Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls.
This is mere practice,? Gloster. By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to answer An unknown opposite®; thou art not vanquish'd, But cozen'd and beguild. Alb.
Shut your mouth, dame; Or with this
paper shall I stop it? Hold, Sir;9
1. To prove that upon thy heart, to in order to stay Edward's arm, it not which purpose I speak, namely, that being his desire that Edmund should Thou liest.
meet instant death, and thus escape 2. Some 'say, some assay=sample, the punishment due to all his heinous or taste.
crimes. 3. I disdain and scorn to do what, 7. Practice, stratagem, machination, according to the strict rules of knight- i. e. of Gloster's enemies. See note 1, hood, I might do without reproach, avoid this encounter.
8. i. e. opponent.
See note 6, 4. For, because.
5. Meaning, his sword shall make 9. Hold, was formerly commonly a way into Edgar's heart, by which the said when any one presented anything treasons can enter, and where they to another, as we should now say sball rest for ever.
here. 6. Albany utters this exclamation