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Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'the

grave :

Thou art a soul in bliss ; but I am bound
Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
Do scald like molten lead.
Cor.

Sir, do you know me? Lear. You are a spirit, I know; When did you

die? Cor. Still, still, far wide! Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone awhile. Lear. Where have I been? Where am I Fair

day-light ?-
I am mightily abus’d. I should even die with pity,
To see another thus.--I know not what to say.
I will not swear, these are my hands :-let's see;
I feel this pin prick. 'Would I were assur'd
Of my condition.
Cor.

0, look upon me, sir,
And hold your hands in benediction o'er me :-
No, sir, you must not kneel.
Lear.

Pray, do not mock me:
I am a very foolish fond old man,
Fourscore and upward ; and, to deal plainly,
I fear, I am not in my perfect mind.
Methinks, I should know you, and know this man;
Yet I am doubtful : for I am mainly ignorant
What place this is : and all the skill I have
Remembers not these garments ; nor I know not
Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh at me;
For, as I am a man, I think this lady
To be my child Cordelia.
Cor.

And so I am, I am. Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray,

weep not:
If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
I know, you do not love me ; for your sisters
Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:

You have some cause, they have not.
Cor.

No cause, no cause.
Lear. Am I in France ?
Kent.

In your own kingdom, sir.
Lear. Do not abuse me.
Phys. Be comforted, good madam : the great

rage,
You see, is cur’d in him: and yet it is danger
To make him even o'er the time he has lost.
Desire him to go in; trouble him no more,
Till further settling.

Cor. Will’t please your highness walk?
Lear.

You must bear with me: Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old, and foolish.

[Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, Physician, and

Attendants.
Gent. Holds it true, sir,
That the duke of Cornwall was so slain?
Kent.

Most certain, sir.
Gent. Who is conductor of his people?
Kent.

As 'tis said,
The bastard son of Gloster.
Gent.

They say, Edgar,
His banish'd son, is with the earl of Kent
In Germany.

Kent. Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look about; the powers o'the kingdom Approach apace.

Ĝent. The arbitrement is like to be a bloody. Fare you well, sir.

[Exit. Kent. My point and period will be throughly

wrought, Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought. [Exit.

5 To make him even o'er the time he has lost.) i. e. To reconcile it to his apprehension.

ACT Y.

SCENE I.

The Camp of the British Forces,

near Dover.

Enter, with Drums and Colours, EDMUND, REGAN,

Officers, Soldiers, and Others. Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose hold; Or, whether since he is advis'd by aught To change the course : He's full of alteration, And self-reproving :-bring his constant pleasure.

[To an Officer, who goes out. Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried. Edm. 'Tis to be doubted, madam. Reg.

Now, sweet lord, You know the goodness I intend upon you : Tell me,--but truly,—but then speak the truth, Do you not love my sister ? Edm.

In honour'd love. Reg. But have you never found my brother's way To the forefended place? Edm.

That thought abuses you.? Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.

Edm. No, by mine honour, madam.

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

Fear me not :She, and the duke her husband,

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his constant pleasure.] His settled resolution.

forefended place ?] i. e. prohibited, forbidden. ? That thought abuses you.] That thought imposes on you.

Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers. Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister Should loosen him and me.

[Aside.
Alb. Qur 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: for this business,
It toucheth us as France invades our land,
Not holds the king ;s with others, whom, I fear,
Most just and heavy causes make oppose.'

Edm. Sir, yoor speak nobly.'
Reg.

Why is this reason'd?
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy:
For these domestick and particular broils
Are not to question here.
Alb,

Let us then determine With the ancient of war on our proceedings.

Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent.
Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?
Gon. No.
Rey, "Tis most convenient; pray you, go with us.
Gon. O, ho, I know the riddle: Aside.] I will

go.

As they are going out, enter Edgar, disguised. Edg. If e'er your grace had specch with man so

poor, Hear me one word.

& Not bolds the king ;] i. e. emboldens him to assert his former title.

make oppose.) Compel to oppose us. Sir, you speak nobly.) This reply must be understood ironically

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Alb.

I'll overtake you...Speak. [Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Officers,

Soldiers, and Attendants.
Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this lettet.
If you have victory, let the trumpet sound
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 have read the letter.
Edg

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

TExit. Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy

paper.

Re-enter EDMUND. Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your powers. Here is the guess of their true strength and forces By diligent discovery ;--but your haste Is now urg'd on you. Alb.

We will greet the time. [Exit. Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my

love; Each jealous of the other, as the stung Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take? Both one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd, If both remain alive: To take the widow, Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril; And hardly shall I carry out ny side,* Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use His countenance for the battle; which being done,

2. And machination ceases.] i. e. All designs against your life will have an end.

greet the time.] i. e. Ready to meet the occasion.

carry out my side.] Edmund means, hardly shall I be able to make my party good ; to maintain my cause.

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