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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. [Exeunt 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.
Of. 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, and Attendants.
Sir, I thought it fit
has charms in it, whose title more,
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,
him. Methinks, our pleasure might have been demanded, Ere you
had spoke so far. He led our powers;
Not so hot:
In my rights, By me invested, he
Holloa, holloa ! That eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint. 7
Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer
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,
Of. 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.