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Enter a Herald,

Alb. Trust to thy single ' virtue ; for thy soldiers,
All levied in my name, have in my name
Took their discharge.

Reg. This sickness grows upon me.
Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent. [Exit Reg:

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Come hither, herald. Let the trumpet sound,
And read out this.
* Cap. Sound trumpet.

[A trumpet founds

Herald reads.


If any man of quality or degree," within the lists of the army, will maintain upon Edmund fupposed earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear o at the third sound of the trumpet. He is bold in his defence. P Sound.

[1 trumpet. 4 Again.

[2 trumpet Again.

[3 trumpet. "[Trumpet answers him within.

I The two lalt fo's, R. P. and H. read virtues.
* This speech of the Captain is omitted by all but the qu's.

The qu's read in the boast of the army, br.. • So the qu's; the rest by for at.

p All but the qu’s omit found; and they give it to the Bastard; but this seems to be a mistake, for I suppose it was the Herald's business to bid the trumpet found.

4 The qu's have again but once, and this is also given to the Bastard.
5 This direction is omitted in the qu's,


s Enter Edgar, armed, with a trumpet before him.
Alb. Ark him his purposes, why he appears
Upon this call o'th' trumpet.

Her. What are you?
Your name and quality, and why you answer
This prefent fümmons ?

Edg. "O know my name is lost,
By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit;
• Yet am I noble w as the adversary
I come to cope * withal.

Alb. Which is that adversary?
Edg. What's he that speaks for Edmund earl of Glofter?
Edm. Himself : what fay'st thou to him?

Edg. Draw thy sword,
That if my speech offend a noble heart,
Thy arm may do thee justice ; here is mine;
1 Behold, it is the privilege of mine 2 honours,
My oath and my profession. I protest,


• The qu's read Enter Edgar, at the third sound, a trumpet before him. The fo's and the rest Enter Edgar, armed.

So the qu's; the rest omit 0. * The ad q. omits yet am I noble; for which the ift q. reads yet are I mou't, i. e. (I suppose) get ere I move it.

W The qu's read where is the adversary, &c. * So the qu's; the rest omít withal.

y The fo's, R. P. and J. read behold, it is my privilege, the privilege of mine honours, &c.

% The qu's read tongue for bonours.

. The charge he is here going to bring against the Bastard, he calls the privilege, &c. to understand which phraseology, we must consider the old rites of knighthood are here alluded to ; whose oath and profeslion required him to discover all treasons, and whose privilege was to have his challenge


Maugre thy o strength, youth, place, and eminence,
* Despight thy victor-sword, and fire-new d fortune,
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 f beneath thy feet,
A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, no;
This sword, this arm, and my best spirits & are bent

prove upon thy heart whereto I speak, Thou liest.

Edm. In wisdom I should ask thy name,
But since thy out-fide looks so fair and warlike,
And that thy tongue fome i 'say of breeding breathes ;

accepted, or otherwise to have his charge taken pro confesso. For if one who was no knight accused another who was, that other was under no obligation to accept the challenge. On this account it was necessary, as Edgar came disguised, to tell the Bastard he was a knight. W.

But I should rather think privilege refers to his sword; he says, Draw oby sward, &c. bere is mine, it is the privilege, &c. i. c. I don't wear my sword in the common way, merely as my defence, but as a privilege, granted at my being knighted, for the vindicating betrayed innocence, and panithing the traitor. For by the words here is mine, he cannot well refer to my speech in the foregoing line : had he intended to refer to his following speech, then the grammar would have requir'd to be here it is, and not here is mine. b So the qu's; the rest strength, place, youth, &c.

So the qu's and R.; the fo's read despise for despight; P. and the rest spite of.

d The qu's read fortun'd.
€ The qu's read conspicuate.
f So the qu's; the rest below thy foot.
& For are the art q. reads as ; the 2d ise
b The qu's read being for tongue.

i Say for essay, some hew or probability, P. But perhaps fay may here be the verb changed into a noun, and may fignify discourse. The fo's read and force the tongue (fome fay) of breeding breathes. M2


k What safe and nicely I might well delay
By l rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.
m Back do I toss n these treasons to thy head,
With the hell-hated lye Po'erwhelm thy heart;
9 Which (for they yet glance by, and scarcely bruise)
This sword of mine shall give them instant way,
Where r they shall rest for ever. Trumpets, speak.

[Alarm. Fight. Edmund falls,
Gon. s Save him, save him ; this is ' mere practice, Gloster.
By th' law of u arms, thou w wast not bound to * answer
An unknown opposite; thou art not vanquishid,
But cozen'd and beguild.

Alb. y Shut your mouth, dame, Or with this paper shall I 2 stop it

Gon. 2 Hold, fir

* The qu's omit this line.
1 The qu’s have right for rule.
m This line is omitted in the 2d q.; the It reads heer for back.
* The ist q. reads those for these.
o The qu's read hell-batedly.
P The qu's read oreturn'd for o'erwhelm.
9 H. reads to which (for they get glance by, scarcely bruising).
r T. W. and J. read thou fialt rejt.

• So all before T. who reads O save him, &c. followed by W. and F. -H1. reads save him, O fave him, bc.—Save him, save him, is made Albany's speech by all before T. who puts it to Gonerill's ; followed by all after

but F.

i All but the qu's omit mere.
u So the qu's; the rest war for arms,
W The qu's read art for waft.
* The ad q. reads offer for answer.
The qu's read stop for fhut.
% The ist q. reads Stople.

a The fo's, R. and J. read hold, sir, after stop it, making it a part of Albany's speech; but this seems to be a mistake; for if it be read at all, ic hould be Gonerill's speech. All the rest omit it.


Alb. Thou worse than any o name, read thine own evil. - Nay, no tearing, lady; I perceive you know it d.

Gon. Say, if I do; the laws are mine, not thine;
Who e shall arraign me for't ?

Alb. f Monster, know'st thou this paper ?
Gon. Ask me not what I know-

[Exit Gonerill. Alb. Go after her. She's desperate; govern her.

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Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that & have I done,
And more, much more; the time will bring it out.
'Tis past, and so am 1. But what art thou,
That haft this fortune on me? b If thou'rt noble,
I do forgive thee.

Edg. Let us exchange charity.
I am not less in blood than thou art, Edmund;
If more, the more thou hast wrong'd me.
My name is Edgar, and thy father's son.
The Gods are just, and of our pleasant i vices

b So the fo's, R. and J.; the rest thing for name. < So the qu's; all the rest omit nay.

Here J. puts this direction, (gives the letter to Edmund.] But why fo? Does it not appear that he had given it to Gonerill, for he bids her read, and pot tear it : and afterwards having taken it from her, fays, Monster, know'jf thou this paper? which shews the paper to be then in Albany's hand.

e So the qu's; the reft can for fall.

s so the 2d q.; the ilt most monstrous knozu'lt thou this paper? The fo's and R. moft monftrous! O, know'st thou this paper? the rest follow the zod q.

. So all before T. who alters have I to I have ; followed by the rest.
h The qu’s read if ihou bee'st noble.
: The qu's read vertues for vices.

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