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You know the goodness ! intend upon you: His speedy taking off. As for the mercy
The battle done, and they within our power,
Shall never see his pardon: for my state Reg. But have you never found my brother's way Stands on me to defend, not to debate.
. To the forsended place? Edm. That thought abuses you.
SCENE II. A field between the two camps. Reg. I am doubtful, that you have been conjunct alarum within. Enter, with drum and colours Lide, And bosom'd with her, as far, as we call hers.
CORDELIA, and their forces; and exeunt.
Enter Edgar and GLOSTER.
Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree Edm. Fear me not:
For your good host; pray that the right may thrive: She, and the duke her husband,
If ever I return to you again,
I'll bring you comfort.
Glo. Grace go with you, sir! [Exit Edgar Should loosen him and me.
Alarums; afterwards a retreat. Re-enter Eocs. Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met!
Edg. Away, old man, give me thy band, away! Sir, this I hear, — The king is come to his daughter, Give me thy hand, come on!
King Lear liath lost, he and his daughter ta’ed : With others, whom the rigour of our state Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest,
Glo. No further, sir! a man may rot even here. I never yet was valiant: for this business,
Edg: What, in ill thoughts again? Men must ex
dure It toucheth is as France invades our land, Not bolds the king; with others, whom, I fear,
Their going hence, even as their coming hither : Most just and heavy causes make oppose.
Ripeness is all. Come on!
Glo. And that's true too.
SCENE III. - The British camp near Dorer
. For these domestic and particular broils
Enter, in conquest, with drum und colours, Enurxo; Are not to question here.
Lean und Córdelia, as Prisoners; Officers
, SubAlb. Let is then determine
diers, etc. With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Edm. Some officers take them away: good guard; Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent. Until their greater pleasures first be knowo, Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?
That are to censure them, Gon. No.
Cor. We are not the first, Reg. 'Tis most couvenient; pray you, go with us! Who, with best meaning, have incarr'd the worst. Gon, o, ho, I know the riddle: Liside.) – I will go. For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;
As they are going out, enter Edgar, disguised. Myself couidelse out-frown false fortune's frova.Edg. It'e'er your grace had speech with man so shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters poor,
Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to pri-ca! Hear me one word!
We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage: Alb. I'll overtake you. --Speak!
When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel dora, [Exeunt Edmund, Regan, Goneril, officers, Sol- And ask of thee forgiveness. So we'll live, diers, and Attendants.
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laughe Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter! At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues If you have victory, let the trumpet sound Talk of court uews'; and we'll talk with them For him that brought it: wretched though I seem, too, I can produce a champion, that will provo
Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's out; -
And take upon us the mystery of things,
That ebb and flow by the moon.
Edm. Take them away!
(Exit. The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught Alb. Why, fare thee welll I will o'erlook thy pa- thee? 'per.
He that parts us, shall bring a brand from leares
And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe ihine rico!
true strength and forces Ere they shall make us weep; we'll see them staine By diligent discovery; — but your laste
first. Is now urg'd on you.
. Alb. We will greet the time.
[Exit. Edm. Come hither, captain! hark! Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my love; Take thou this note! (Giving a paper.] go, Each jealous of the other, as the stung
them to priso?! Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd, As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way If both remain alive. To take the widow,
To noble fortunes: know thou this, -- that med Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril;
Are as the time is; to be tender-minded
Does not become a sword. – Thy great employment
Will not bear question; either say, thou’li do'n
off. I'll do't, my lord!
Edm. About it, and write happy, when thou hast If none appear to prove upon thy person,
Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
There is my pledge: (Throwing down a glove.] I'll As I have set it down.
prove it on thy heart, off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less, If it be man's work, I will do it. (Exit Officer. Than I have here proclaim'd thee. Flourish. Enter Albany, Goneril, Regan, Officers, Reg. Sick, 0, sick! and Attendants.
Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison. [Aside.
My truth and honour firmly.
Alb. A herald, ho!
Edm. A herald, ho, a herald! To some retention, and appointed guard ;
Alb. Trust to thy single virtue; for thy soldiers, Whose age has charms in it, whose title more,
All levied in my name,
have in my name To pluck the common bosom on his side,
Took their discharge. And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes
Reg. This sickness grows upon me. Which do command them. With him I sent the queen;
Enter a Herald. My reason all the same; and they are ready Alb. Shs is not well; convey her to my tent. To-morrow, or at farther space, to appear
(Exit Regan, led. Where you shall hold your session. At this time, Come hither, herald! - Let the trumpet sound, We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend; and read out this! And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd off. Sound, trumpet! [4 trumpet sounds. By those that feel their sharpness :
Herald reads. The question of Cordelia, and her father,
If any man of quality, or degree, within the lists Requires a fitter place.
of the army, will maintain upon Ldmund, supposed Alb. Sir, by your patience,
earl of Gloster , that he is a manifold truitor, let I hold you but a subject of this war,
appear at the third sound of the trumpet: he Not as a brother.
is bold in his defence. Reg. That's as we list to grace him.
[1 Trumpet. Methinks our pleasure might have been demanded, Her. Again!
[2 Trumpet. Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers; Her. Again!
(3 Trumpet. Bore the commission of my place and person;
[Trumpet answers within. The which immediacy may well stand up,
Enter Edgar armed, preceded by a trumpet. And call itself your brother.
Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears
Upon this call o'the trumpet.
Her. What are you? More than in your advancement.
Your name, your quality ? and why you answer Reg. In my rights,
This present summons ? By me invested, he compeers the best.
Edg. Know, my name is lost;
Yet am I noble, as the adversary
come to cope withal.
Alb. Which is that adversary?
Edm. Himself. - What say'st thou to him?
Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours,
My oath, and my profession! I protest,
Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune,
Thy valour, and thy heart, - thou art a traitor!
(To Edmund. Conspirant gaivst this high illustrious prince; Alb. Stay yet; hear reason! – Edmund, I arrest and, from the extremest upward of thy head, thee
To the descent and dust beneath thy feet, On capital treason; and in thy arrest,
A most toad-spotted traitor! Say thou, No, This gilded serpent: [Pointing to Gon.]—- for your This sword, this arm, and my best spirits, are bent claim, fair sister,
To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak, I bar it in the interest of my wife:
Thou liest! 'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord,
Edm. Jo wisdom, I should ask thy name: And I, her husband, contradict your bans,
But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, marry, make your love to me,,
And that thy tongue some 'say of breeding breathes, My lady is bespoke.
What safe and nicely I might well delay
By rule of knighthood, I disdain and sparn:
With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart;
Which, (for they yet glance by, and scarcely bruise,), And top extremity.
Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a man, Where they shall rest for ever. Trumpets, speak! Who having seen me in my worst estate,
Alarums. They fight. Ėdmund falls. Shunn'd my abhorr'd society; but then, finding Alh. O save him, save him!
Who 'twas that so endar'd, with his strong arms Gon. This is mere practice, Gloster!
He fastenid on my neck, and bellow'd out By the law of arms, thoa wast not bound to answer As he'd burst heaven; threw him on my father ; An unknown opposite ; thou art not vanquish'd, Told the most piteons tale of Lear and him, But cozen'd and begnild.
That ever ear receir'd: which in recounting Alb. Shut your mouth, dame,
His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life Or with this paper shall I stop it!-Hold, sir! Began to crack: twice then the trampet sounded, Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil! — And there I left him tranc'd. No tearing, lady! I perceive, you know it.
Alb. But who was this? (Gives ihe letter to Edmund. Edg. Kent, sir, the banish'd Kent; who in disGon. Say, if I do, the laws are mine, not thine: guise Who shall arraigo me for’t ?
Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service Alb. Most monstrous!
Improper for a slave. Know'st thou this paper?
Enter a Gentleman hastily, with a bloody knufe
. Con. Ask me not what I know. (Exit Goneril. Gent. Help! help! O help! Alb. Go after her: she's desperate; govern her! Edg. What kind of help?
(Tv an Officer who goes out. Alb. Speak, man! Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that have Edg. What means that bloody knife? I done;
Gent, 'Tis hot, it smokes; And more, much more: the time will bring it out; It came even from the heart of 'Tis past, and so arn 1. But what art thou,
Alb. Who, man? speak! That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble, Gent. Your lady, sir, your lady! and her sister I do forgive thee!
By her is poison'd; she confesses it!
Edm. I was contracted to them both; all three
Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or dead!My name is Edgar, and thy father's son.
This judgment of the heavens, that makes us tremble
, The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Toaches us not with pity. Make instruments to scourge us:
Alb. O! it is he!
Which very manners urges.
Kent. I am come
Is he not here?
Alb. Great thing of us forgot! Edg. Worthy prince,
Speak, Edmund, where's the king? and where's Care I know it well.
delia? Alb. Where have you hid yourself?
See'st thou this object, Kent? How have you known the miseries of your father?
[The bodies of Goneril and Regan a? Edg. By nursing them, my lord! List a brief tale;
brought in. And, when 'tis told, 0, that my heart would burst! - Kent. Alack, why thus? The bloody proclamation to escape,
Edm. Yet Edmund was belov'd:
Alli. Even so.
Cover their faces.
Be brief in it,--to the castle! for my writ
Alb. Run, run! 0, run!
Eilg: Well thought on; take my sword,
Give it the captain! (Alack, 100 weak the conflict to support!)
Alb. Haste thee, for thy life! "Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, Burst smilingly.
Edm. He hath commission from thy wife and be
To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him liencaaa!!!
Enter LEAR, with CORDELIA dead in his area
Engar, Officer, and Other:.
Lear. Iowl, howl, howl, howl!~, you are me
of stones! To amplify too-much, would make much more,
llud I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so,
(Edmund is horneado
That heaven's vault should crack!-0, she is gone Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain it is, for ever!
That we present us to him.
Enter an Officer.
Off. Edmund is dead, my lord !
Alb. That's but a trifle here. –
You lords, and noble friends, know' our intent!
What comfort to this great decay may come, Lear. This feather stirs; she lives! If it be so, Shall be applied : for us, resign, It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows During the life of this old majesty, That ever I have felt.
To him our absolute power. - You, to your rights ; Kent. O my good master! (Kneeling
[To Edgar and Kent. Lear. Pr’ythee, away!
With boot, and such addition as your honours Edg. 'Tis noble Kent, your friend!
Have more than merited. All friends shall taste Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, traitors, The wages of their virtue, and all foes all !
The cup of their deservings:- O sce, see! on I might have sav'd her; now she's gone for ever!- Lear. And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little! Ha!
Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, What is't thou say'st ?-Her voice was ever soft, And thou no breath at all ? 0, thou wilt some po Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woman:
Pray you, undo this button! Thank you, sir!
Do you see this? Look on her, -look,--her lips,I have seen the day, with my good biting faulchion Look there, jook there !-.
He dies. B I would have made them skip: 1 am old now, Edg. He faints !- My lord, my lord,
And these same crosses spoil me. Who are you? Kent. Break, heart! I pry’thee, break!
Kent. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and hated, Kent. Vex not his ghost: 0 let him pass! he hates bet One of them we behold.
Stretch him out longer.
Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you that; Kent. The wonder is, he hath endur'd so long
Is general woe. Frieuds of my soul, you twain
[To Kent and Edgar. decay,
Rule in this realm, and the gor'd state sustain. Have follow'd your sad steps.
Kent. I have a journey, sir, shortly to go;
My master calls, and I must not say, no.
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. Your eldest daughters have foredoom'd themselves, The oldest hath borne most: we, that are young, And desperately are dead.
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.
(Exeunt, with a dead march.
Persons of the Drama. Escalos, prince of Verona,
servant to Capulet.
Three Musicians. Romeo, son to Montague.
Chorus, Boy; Page to Paris ; Peter; an Officer. Mercurio, kinsman to the prince, and friend to Ro- Lady Montague, wife to Montague.
Lady Capulet, wife to Capulet. Besvolio, nephew to Montague, and friend to Ro- Juliet, daughter io Capulet.
Nurse to Juliet. TYBALT, nephew to ludy Capulet.
Citizens of Verona ; several Men and Women Friur LAURENCE, a Franciscan.
relations to both houses; Maskers, Guards, Friar Joan, of the same order.
Watchmen, and Attendants.
Scene. -during the greater part of the Play, in Verona: once in the fifth Act, at Mantwa.
Sam. No, sir, I do not bite my thomb at you, sir; PROLOGUE.
but I bite my thumb, sir! Two households, both alike in dignity,
Gre. Do you quarrel, sir? In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
Abr. Quarrel, sir? no, sir! Fair ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Sam. If you do, sir, I am for you; I serve as good Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
a man, as you. From forth the futal loins of these two foes Abr. No better.
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Sam. Well, sir! Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows
Enter BenvolIO, at a distance. Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife. Gre. Say – better, here comes one of my master's The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, kinsmen,
And the continuance of their parents' ruge, Sam. Yes, better, sir! Which,but their children's end, nought could remove, Abr. You lie.
Is now the two hours' traffick of our stage: Sam. Draw, if you be men! - Gregory, remember The which, if you with patient ears attend,
thy swashing blow!
They fitt What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. Ben. Part, fools! put up your swords ; you know
not what you do! (Beats down their swords. А ст 1.
Tyb. What, art thou drawn among these heartless
hinds? Enter Sampson and Grecony, armed with swords Turn thee, Benvolio, laok upon thy death! and bucklers.
Ben. I do but keep the peace; put up thy sword, Sam. Gregory, o'my word, we'll not carry coals! Or manage it to part these men with me! Gre. No, for then we should be colliers.
Tyb. What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the Sam. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw.
word, Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of the As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee! 1 collar.
Have at thee, coward !
(They fight. Sam. I strike quickly, being moved.
Enter several partizans of both houses, who jou Gre. But thou art not quickly moved to strike. the fray ; then enter Citizens, with clubs
. Sam. A dog of the house of Montague moves me.
1 Cit. Clubs, bills, and partizans! strike! beat them Gre. To move, is to stir ; and to be valiant, is
down! to stand to it: therefore, if thou art moved, thou run'st Down with the Capulets! down with the Montagues ! away.
Enter Capulet, in his gown; and Lady Capclet, Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: Cap.What noise is this ?-Give me my long sword,ho! I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's. La. Cup. A crutch, a crutch !-Why call you for Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weak
a sword ? est goes to the wall.
Cap. My sword, I say!-Old Montague is come, Sam. True; and therefore women, being the weak- And flourishes his blade in spite of me. er vessels, are ever thrust to the wall :- therefore Enter Montague, and Lady Mostacre. I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust Mon. Thou villain, Capulet!-Hold me not, let me go! his maids to the wall.
La. Mon. Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a lot. Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, and us
Enter Prince, with Attendants. their men.
Prin. Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Sam. 'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,when I have fonght with the men, I will be cruel with Will they not hear? -What,ho ! you men, you beasts, the maids; I will cut off their heads.
That quench the fire of your pernicious rage, Gre, The heads of the muids?
With purple fountains issuing from your veins, Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maiden- On pain of torture, from those bloody hands heads; take it in what sense thou wilt.
Throw your mis-temper'd weapons to the ground, Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel it.
And hear the sentence of your moved princesa Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to stand : Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, and, 'tis known, I am a pretty piece of flesh.
By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Gre. 'Tis well, thou art not fish; if thou hadst, Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets ; thou hadst been Poor Johw. Draw thy tool; here and made Verona's ancient citizens comes two of the house of the Montagues.
Cast by their grave besceming ornaments,
To wield old partizans, in hands as old,
Canker’d with peace, to part your canker'd hate: Sam. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will back If ever you disturb our strects again, thee.
Your lives shall pay tlie forfeit of the peace. Gre. How? turn thy back, and run?
For this time, all the rest depart away: Sam. Fear me not.
You, Capulet, shall go along with me; Gre. No, marry: I fear thee!
And, Montague, come you this afternoon, bSam. Let us take the law of our sides ; let them To know our farther pleasure in this case, egin.
To old Free-town, our commou judgment-place. Gre. I will frown, as I pass by; and let them take Once more, on pain of death, all men depart it as they list.
[Exeunt Prince, and Attendants : Cape Sam. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at
let, Lady Capulet , Tybalt, Citizens, them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.
and Servants. Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Mon. Who set this ancient quarrel Sam. I do bite my thumb, sir!
Spe hew, wer Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Ben. Here were the servants of your adversary
, Sam. Is the law on our side, if I say-ay? And yours, close figthing ere I did approach : Gre. No,
I drew to part them; in the instant came
you by, when it begau?