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Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct, And bosom'd with her as far as we call her's.

Edm. No, by mine honour, & madam.

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

Edm. Fear h me not. She and the duke her husband


Enter Albany, Goneril!, and foldiers. iGon. I had rather lose the battle, than that filter 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 : m for this business,
It toucheth us, as France invades our land,
Not holds the king, with others, whom, I fear,
Mot just and heavy caufes make oppose.

* Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.
Reg. Why is this reason'd?

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

& P. and W. omit madam.
h All but the qu's omit me.

This speech is omitted in the fo's, R. P. and H. * The qu's read for for fir; the fo's, R. P. and H. fir, this I heard. 1 What is in italiç is omitted in the fo's and R. In T. reads 'fore for for. · P. and H. omit this speech. • The qu's read domeftics dore (2d 9. doore) particulars are not to question



Alb. Let us then determine with the ancient of war on

our ? proceedings. 9 Edm. I shall attend you prefently at your tent. Reg. Sister, you'll go with us? Gon. No. Reg. 'Tis most convenient. Pray' you, go with us. Gon. [afide.] Oh, ho, I know the riddle. I will go:

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Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man so poor,
Hear me one word.
Alb. I'll overtake you. -Speak.

[Exeunt Edm. Reg. Gon, and attendants:
Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this lecter,
If you have victory, let the trumpet found
For him that brought it. Wretched though I seem,
I can produce a champion, that will prove
What is avouched there. If you miscarry,
Your business of the world hath so an end,

And machination ceases. Fortune " love you!
Alb. Stay till I've read the letter.

p So the qu’s; the rest proceeding.

à The fo's, R. P. and H. orit this specch. T. and 77". insert it báfore the last, cor:trary to the qu's. The fo's, R. P. and H. omit

you. # The three laft fo's read wretch for wretched. ( These words in italic arc omitted in the qu's,

The fo's and R. read lates.

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

[Exit. Alb. Why, fare thee well. I will wo'erlook * thy paper.

Enter Edmund.

Edm. The enemy's in view; draw up your powers.
y Here is the ? guess of their great strength and forces,
By diligent discovery; [giving a paper] but your hafte
Is now urg'd on you,
Alb. We will greet the time,


sc E NE III.
Edm. To both these fisters have I sworn my love:
Each jealous of the other, as the b ftung
Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
Both one? or neither? Neither can be enjoyd,
If both remain alive. To take the widow,
Exasperates, makes mad her fifter Gonerill;
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

W The ad q. reads Looke ore. * The qu's read the for thy.

So the fo's and R. the rest read hard for bere. But the words by diligent discovery, seem to require the rcading, here. I have therefore put in the direction giving a paper.]

2 The ift q. reads guese for guess. * So the qu's; the rest true for great. The qu's read fling for ftung.

His speedy taking off. As for the mercy
Which he d 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.

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Alarm within. Enter with drum and colours, Lear, Cordelia,

and foldiers over the stage, and exeunt.

Enter Edgar and Gloster.

Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this 8 built
For your good hoft; pray that the right may thrive.
If ever I return to you again,
I'll bring you comfort.
Glo. Grace" go with you, fir !

ČExit Edgar. [Alarm, and retreat, within.

Re-enter Edgar.

Edg. Away, old man; give me thy hand, away.
King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta’en.
Give me thy hand; come on.

Glo. No further, fir; a man may rot even here.
Edg. What in ill thoughts again? men must endure

• The qu's read his for the. d The 2d q. reads extends.

H. reads they ne'er fall fee, &c. f In the fo's and R. this is Scene II. * So the qu’s; the rest tree for bush. b So the qu's, and 1st and 2d fo's; the rest be for go.

Their going hence, even as their coming hither.
Ripeness is all. Come on.

i Glo. And that's true 100.


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Enter in conquest, with drum and colours, Edmund: Lear and

Cordelia, as prisoners : foldiers, captain.

Edm. Some officers take them away. Good guard,
Until their greater pleasures' first be known,
That are to censure them.

Cor. We're not the first,
Who with best meaning have incurr'd the worst.
For thee, oppressed king, mam I cast down ;
Myself could elfe 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 fing, like birds i'th' cage.
When thou doft ask me blessing, I'll kneel down,
And ask of thee forgiveness. So we'll live,

pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies; and hear poor rogues
Talk of court-news, and we'll talk with them too,
Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out;
And take upon's the mystery of things,
As if we were God's spies. And we'll wear out,

And pray,

i This speech is omitted in the qu’s.
* This in the fo's and R. is Scene III.
I The qu's read bejt for first.
* So the qu’s, T. W. and J.; the rest I am.
# In the qu's no is but twice repeatech.

The ad q. omits and fing.

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