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Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old, and foolish. [Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, Physician, and
Most certain, sir.
As 'tis said,
They say, Edgar,
Kent. Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look about; the powers8 o'the kingdom Approach apace
Gent. The arbitrement9 is like to be a bloody. Fare you well, sir.
[Exit. Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly
wrought, Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought. [Exit.
SCENEI. 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. , 9 Decision.
His settled resolution.
Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried.
Now, sweet lord,
In honour'd love. Reg. But have you never found
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.
lord, Be not familiar with her. Eum.
Fear me not :She, and the duke her husband,
Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers. Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister Should loosen him and me.
Where I could not be honest,
41.e. Emboldens him.
3 Imposes on you.
Edm. Sir, you speak nobly. '
Why is this reason'd?
Let us then determine
Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent.
As they are going out, enter EDGAR, disguised. Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man so
poor, Hear me one word. Alb.
I'll overtake you.—Speak. [Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Officers,
Soldiers, and Attendants.
Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.
I was forbid it
6 j. 6. All designs against your life will have an end.
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.? [E.rit. 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 my side, 8 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 His speedy taking off. As for the mercy Which he 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. [Exit.
A Field between the two Camps. Alarum within. Enter, with Drum, and Colours, LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces; and ereunt.
Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER. Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree For your good host; pray that the right may thrive: 7 Be ready to meet the occasion. 81.e. Make my party good:
If ever I return to you again,
you, sir !
Alarums; afterwards a Retreat. 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, sir; a man may rot even here.
And that's true too.
The British Camp near Dover.
Entor, in Conquest, with Drum and Colours, EDMUND;
LEAR and CORDELIA, as Prisoners; Officers, Soldiers, &c.
Elm. 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 incurr'd the worst. For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down; Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown.Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters?
9 i. e. To be ready prepared, is all.
' Pass judgment on them.