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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
To send the old and miserable king
To some retention,s and appointed guard;.
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more,
To pluck the common bosom on his side,
And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes,
Which do command them.9 With him I sent the queen;
My reason all the same; 10 and they are ready
Tomorrow, or at farther space,

t' appear
Where you shall hold your session. At this time
We sweat and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend;
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs’d
By those that feel their sharpness.
The question 11 of Cordelia, and her father,
Requires a fitter place.

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,
Not as a brother.

Regan. That 's as we list to grace him;l
Methinks, our pleasure might have been demanded,
Ere you had spoke so far.2 He led our powers,
Bore the commission of my place and person;
The which immediacy may well stand up,
And call itself


brother. 3

Not so hot:
In his own grace he doth exalt himself,
More than in your addition.

In my rights,
By me invested, he compeers 4 the best.

Gon. That were the most, if he should husband you.
Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets.

Holla, holla!
That eye that told you so look'd but, a-squint.5

Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer
From a full-flowing stomach.6 General,
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony:
Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine.?
Witness the world, that I create thee here
My lord and master.

Mean you to enjoy him ?
Albany. The let-alone lies not in your good will.8
Edmund. Nor in thine, lord.

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

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;
'T is she is sub-contracted 1 to this lord,
And I, her husband, contradict your bans.
If you will marry, make your love to me,
My lady is bespoke.

An interlude !2
Albany. Thou art arm’d, Gloster.

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,
Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
Than I have here proclaim'd the

Sick! O, sick!
Gon. [Aside. If not, I 'll ne'er trust medicine.
Edmund. There is my exchange: Throwing down a

glove. 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, who not?5 I will maintain
My truth and honour firmly.

Alb. A herald, ho!

A herald, ho! a herald!
Alb. Trust to thy single virtue;6 for thy soldiers,
All levied in my name, have in my name
Took their discharge.

My sickness grows upon me,
Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent.

[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.
Come hither, herald. - Let the trumpet sound,
And read out this.
Captain. Sound, trumpet.

[A trumpet sounds.

Herald 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 appear at the · third sound of the trumpet. He is bold in his defence.” Edmund. Sound!

[1 Trumpet. Herald. Again.

T2 Trumpet. Her. Again.

[3 Trumpet.

[Trumpet answers within.
Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a Trumpet.
Albany. Ask him his purposes, why he appears
Upon this call o' the trumpet.

What are you?
Your name? your quality? and why you answer
This present summons ?

Know, my name is lost;
By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit :
Yet am I noble, as the adversary
I come to cope.

Which is that adversary?
Edg. What is he, that speaks for Edmund earl of

Edm. Himself: what say'st thou to him?

Draw thy sword,
That if my speech offend a noble heart,
Thy arm may do thee justice; here is mine:
Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours, 2
My oath, and my profession :3 I protest,
Maugre 4 thy strength, youth, place, and eminence,
Despite thy victor sword, and fire-news fortune,


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 :
False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father;
Conspirant gainst this high illustrious prince;
And, from th' extremest upward of thy head,
To the descent and dust below thy foot,
A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, "No,"
This sword, this arm, and my best spirits, are bent
To prové upon thy heart, whereto I speak,
Thou liest.

Edmund. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;
But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
And that thy tongue some 'say? of breeding breathes,
What safe and nicely I might well delay
By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.3
Back do I toss these treasons to thy heau;
With the hell-hated lie o’erwhelm thy heart;
Which, for4 they yet glance by, and scarcely bruise,
This sword of mine shall give them instant way,
Where they shall rest for ever.5 Trumpets, speak.

(Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls.
Albany. O, save him! save him !6

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

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