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Alb. If there be more, more woful, hold it in; Edm. Well thought on; take my sword, For I arn almost ready to dissolve,

Give it the captain. Hearing of this.

Alb. Haste thee, for thy life. [Exit EDGAR. Edg.

This would have seem'd a period Edm. He hath commission from thy wife and me To such as love not sorrow; but another,

To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
To amplify too much, would make much more, 'To lay the blame upon her own despair,
And top extremity.

That she fordid 9 herself.
Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a man, Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him bence
Who having seen me in my worst estate,


[EDMUND is borne off. Shunn’d my abhorr'd society; but then, finding

Enter LEAR, with CORDELIA dead in his Arms; Who 't was that so endur'd, with his strong arms

EDGAR, Officer, and others.
He fastend on my neck, and bellow'd out
As he'd burst heaven; threw him on my father ;

Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl!- O, ye are Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him,

men of stones : That ever ear receiv'd: which in recounting,

Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life

That heaven's vault should crack :-0, she is gone Began to crack : Twice then the trumpet sounded,

for ever! And there I left him tranc'd.

I know when one is dead, and when one lives; Alb.

But who was this?

She's dead as earth: - Lend me a looking glass; Edg. Kent, sir, the banish'd Kent; who in dis- If that her breath will mist or stain the stone, guise

Why, then she lives. Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service


Is this the promis'd end ? Improper for a slave.

Edg. Or image of that horror ?

Fall, and cease! Enter a Gentleman hastily, with a bloody Knife. Lear. This feather stirs ; she lives ! if it be so, Gent. Help! help! O help!

It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows Edg.

What kind of help?

That ever I have felt.

Speak, man.

O my good master! (Kneeling. Edg. What means that bloody knife ?

Lear. Pry'thee, away. Gent. 'Tis hot, it smokes; Edg.

'T'is noble Kent, your friend. It came even from the heart of

Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, traitors, all! Alb.

Who, man? speak. I might have sav'd her; now she's gone for ever! Gent. Your lady, sir, your lady: and her sister Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha! By her is poison'd; she confesses it.

What is't thou say'st ?

Her voice was ever soft, Edm. I was contracted to them both; all three Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woman:Now marry in an instant.

I kill'd the slave that was a hanging thee. Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or Off. 'Tis true, my lords, he did. dead!


Did I not, fellow? This judgment of the heavens, that makes us tremble, I have seen the day, with my good biting faulchion Touches us not with pity. [Erit Gentleman. I would have made them skip: I am old now,

And these same crosses spoil me. — Who are you? Enter KENT.

Mine eyes are none o'the best:-I'll tell you straight. Edg.

Here comes Kent, sir. Kent. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and hated, Alb. 0! it is he.

One of them we behold. The time will not allow the compliment,

Lear. This is a dull sight: Are you not Kent? Which very manners urges.


The same; Kent.

I am come

Your servant Kent: Where is your servant Caius ? To bid my king and master aye 8 good night; Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you that; Is he not here?

He'll strike, and quickly too: . He's dead and Alb. Great thing of us forgot !

rotten. Speak, Edmund, where's the king? and where's Kent. No, my good lord ; I am the very man;Cordelia ?

Lear. I'll see that straight. See'st thou this object, Kent?

Kent. That, from your first of difference and decay, (The Bodies of GONERIL and Regan are Have follow'd your sad steps. brought in.


You are welcome hither. Kent. Alack, why thus ?

Kent. Nor no man else; Edm.

Yet Edmund was belov'd : | All's cheerless, dark, and deadly. – The one the other poison'd for my sake,

Your eldest daughters have fore-doom'd themselves, And after slew herself.

And desperately are dead. Alb. Even so. — Cover their faces.


Ay, so I think. Edm. I pant for life : Some good I mean to do, Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain it is Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send, That we present us to him. Be brief in it, — to the castle ; for my writ


Very bootless."
Is on the life of Lear, and on Cordelia :
Nay, send in time.

Enter an Officer.
Run, run, 0, run-

of Edmund is dead, my lord. Edg. To whom, my lord? — Who has the office ? Alb.

That's but a trifle here. send

You lords and noble friends, know our intent,
Thy token of reprieve.

What comfort to this great decay may come,
For ever.

Destroyed herself.

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Our present

Shall be applied. For us, we will resign,

Kent. Vex not his ghost : 0, let him pass! be During the life of this old majesty,

hates him, To him our absolute power : – You to your rights; That would upon the rack of this tough world

[To Edgar and Kent. Stretch him out longer. With boot, and such addition as your honours Edg.

O, he is gone, indeed. Have more than merited. - All friends shall taste Kent. The wonder is, he hath endur'd so long: The wages of their virtue, and all foes

He but usurp'd his life. The cup of their deservings. — 0, see, see !

Alb. Bear them from hence. Lear. And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life :

business Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, Is general woe. Friends of my soul, you twain And thou no breath at all? O, thou wilt come no

[To Kent and Engag inore,

Rule in this realm, and the gor'd state sustain. Never, never, never, never, never!

Kent. I have a journey, sir, shortly to go; Pray you, undo this button : Thank you, sir. — My master calls, and I must not say, no. Do you see this? Look on her,- look,-her lips, - Alb. The weight of this sad time we must obey; Look there, look there!

(He dies. Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. Edg. He faints !- My lord, my lord. The oldest hath borne most: we, that are young, Kent. Break, heart; I prythee break!

Shall never see so much, nor live so long.
Look up, my lord.

[Exeunt, with a dead Marck.



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Escalus, Prince of Verona.

ABRAM, Servant to Montague.
Paris, a young Nobleman, Kinsman to the Prince. An Apothecary.
CAPULET, each other.

An old Man, Uncle to Capulet.

Boy, Page to Paris.
Romeo, Son to Montague.

PETER, an Officer.
MERCUTIO, Kinsman to the Prince, and Friend to

Lady MONTAGUE, Wife lo Mmtague.
Benvolio, Nephew to Montague, and Friend to Lady CAPULET, Wife to Capulet.

JULIET, Daughter to Capulet.
TYBALT, Nephew to Lady Capulet.

Nurse to Juliet.
Friar LAURENCE, a Franciscan.
Friak John, of the same Order.

Citizens of Verona; several Men and Women, rela BALTHAZAR, Servant to Romeo.

tions to both Houses ; Maskers, Guards, Watcá. SAMPSON, Servants to Capulet.

men, and Altendants. SCENE, during the greater part of the Play, in Verona ; once, in the fifih Act, at Mantua.

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SCENE I. - A Publick Place.

Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, armed with Swords

and Bucklers. Sun. Gregory, o'my word, we'll not carry coals.' Gre. No, for then we should be colliers. Sam. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw.

Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of the collar.

San. I strike quickly, being moved.
Gre. But thou art not quickly moved to strike.
Sam. A dog of the house of Montague moves me.
Gre. To move, is — to stir ; and to be valiant, is
• A phrase formerly in use, to signify the bearing injurics.

– to stand to it: therefore, if thou art mov'd, thou runn'st away:

Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man of Montague's.

Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall. The quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.

Sam. 'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant.

Gre. Draw thy sword : here comes two of the house of the Montagues.

Enter Abram and Balthazar. Sam. My naked weapon is out ; quarrel, I will back thee.

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