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Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia,
SCENE II. A Field between the two Camps.
Alurum within. Enter, with drum and colors, LEAR,
CORDELIA, and their Forces; and exeunt.
Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree
Grace go with you, sir !
Alarums ; afterwards a retreat. Re-enter EDGAR.
Edg. Away, old man, give me thy hand, away;
Glo. No further, sir ; a man may rot even here.
And that's true too.
1 Those who are curious to know how far Shakspeare was indebted to the Arcadia, will find a chapter entitled “ The Pitifull State and Storie of the Paphlagonian unkinde King, and his kinde Sonne; first related by the Sonne, then by the blinde Father," at p. 141, of the edition of 1590, 4to.
2 i. e. to be ready, prepared, is all.
Enter, in conquest, with drum and colors, EDMUND;
LEAR and CORDELIA, as prisoners; Officers, Soldiers, &c.
Edm. Some officers take them away; good guard ; Until their greater pleasures first be known That are to censure them. Cor
We are not the first, Who, with best meaning, have incurred the worst.? For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down; Myself could else outfrown 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 sing like birds i’ the cage. When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, And ask of thee forgiveness. So we'll live, And 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 us the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies. And we'll wear out, In a walled prison, packs and sects 4 of great ones, That ebb and flow by the moon. Edm.
Take them away. Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, The gods themselves throw incense.
Have I caught thee? He that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven, And fire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine eyes;
I i. e. to pass sentence or judgment on them.
3 66 As if we were angels, endowed with the power of prying into the original motives of action, and the mysteries of conduct.”
4 Packs and sects are combinations and parties.
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The goujeers shall devour them, flesh and fell,
first. Come. [Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded.
Edm. Come hither, captain ; hark. Take thou this note ; ? [Giving a paper.] go, follow them
I have advanced thee; if thou dost
I'll do't, my lord.
Off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats ; If it be man's work, I will do it.
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, Officers,
Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant strain,
Sir, I thought it fit
1 “The goujeers shall devour them, flesh and fell.” The goujeers, i. e. morbus Gallicus. The quartos have good yeares, the common corruption in Shakspeare's time. Flesh and fell is flesh and skin.
2 This was a warrant signed by the bastard and Goneril, for the execution of Lear and Cordelia, referred to in a subsequent scene by Edmund. 3 i. e. admit of debate.
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more,
Sir, by your patience,
That's as we list to grace him.
He led our powers ;
Not so hot:
In my rights,
you. Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets. Gon.
Holla, holla! That eye that told you so looked but asquint."
1 That is, the lancemen we have hired by giving them press-money,
2 i. e. the determination of what shall be done with Cordelia and her father should be reserved for greater privacy. This is not in the folio. 3 Commission for authority.
Immediacy, says Malone, is close and immediate connection with me, and direct authority from me. Immediate is the reading of the quartos.
5 Grace here means noble deportment. The folio has addition, instead of advancement, in the next line.
6 “If he were married to you, you could not say more than this, nor could he enjoy greater power.” In the folio this line is given to Albany.
7 Alluding to the proverb, “ Love, being jealous, makes a good eye look asquint."
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Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer
Mean you to enjoy him ?
Half-blooded fellow, yes. Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine.3
[To Edmund. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason. Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason ; and, in thine, attaint 4 This gilded serpent. [Pointing to Gon.]--For your
claim, fair sister, I bar it in the interest of my wife; 'Tis she is subcontracted to this lord, And I, her husband, contradict your bans. If you
make your love to me, My lady is bespoke. Gon.
An interlude! Alb. Thou art armed, Gloster.---Let the trumpet
prove it on thy heart,
Sick, 0, sick!
[Aside. Edm. There's my exchange. [Throwing down a
glove.] What in the world he is
1 A metaphor taken from the camp, and signifying to surrender at discretion. This line is not in the quartos.
2 « To obstruct their union lies not in your good pleasure."
3 It appears, from this speech, that Regan did not know that Albany had discharged her forces. This line is given to Edmund in the quartos
4 The folio reads "thy arrest."
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