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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 wall’d prison, packs and sects 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; The goujeers 2 shall devour them, flesh and fell,3 Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see them starve
first. Come. [Excunt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded.
Edm. Come hither, captain; hark. Take thou this note; [Giring a Paper.] go, follow
them to prison : One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way To noble fortunes : Know thou this, that men Are as the time is: to be tender-minded Does not become a sword :-Thy great employment Will not bear question;+ either say, thou'lt do't,
2 The French disease.
4 Admit of debate.
Or thrive by other means.
I'll do't, my lord.
done. Mark,-I say, instantly; and carry it so, As I have set it down.
off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work, I will do it. [Exit Officer.
Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN,
Ojicers, and Attendants.
Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant strain,
Sir, I thought it fit
has charms in it, whose title more, To pluck the common bosom on his side, And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes Which do command them. With him I sent the
session. At this time, We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend; And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs’d By those that feel their sharpness :The question of Cordelia, and her father,
Requires a fitter place,
Sir, by your patience,
That's as we list to grace him.
He led our powers;
Not so hot:
In my rights,
Gon. That were the most, if he should husband you.
that told you so, look'd but a-squint.) Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer From a full-flowing stomach.-General, Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony; Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine: Witness the world, that I create thee here My lord and master. Gon.
you to enjoy him? Alb. The let-alone 8 lies not in your good will. Edm. Nor in thine, lord.
5 To be discoursed of in greater privacy.
6 Authority to act on his own judgment. 7 Alluding to the proverb : “ Love being jealous makes a good
eye look a-squint." 8 'The hindrance.
love to me,
Half-blooded fellow, yes. Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine.
[To EDMUND. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason :--Edmund, I arrest
claim, fair sister,
prove it on thy heart,
Sick, O, sick!
Glore.] what in the world he is
A herald, ho, a herald!
Alb. Trust to thy single virtue;' for thy soldiers, All levied in my namne, have in my name Took their discharge. Reg.
This sickness grows upon me.
Enter a Herald.
Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent.
[Erit REGAN, led. Come hither, herald, -Let the trumpet sound, And read out this, Off. Sound, trumpet.
[4 Trumpet sounds.
Herald reads. If any man of quality, or degree, within the lists of the army, will maintain upon Edmund, supposed earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear at the third sound of the trumpet: He is bold in his defence. Edm. Sound.
[1 Trumpet. Her. Again:
[2 Trumpet. Her. Again.
[3 Trumpet. [Trumpet answers within,
Enter Edgar, armed, preceded by a Trumpet.
What are you?
Know, my name is lost;
91. e. Valour.