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Something might show you a favourer of
Edg. Nothing; why ask you?
Edm. Because he's coming here to-night in haste, And Regan with him. Edg. Let them come on; I'll stay and clear my
self. Edm. Your innocence at leisure may be heard, But Gloster's storming rage as yet is deaf, And you may perish ere allow'd the hearing. I hear our father coming—Pardon me: In cunning I must draw my sword upon you :Draw: seem to defend yourself: now quit you well ; Yield: come before my father;—help, ho, here!Fly, brother;—help, here, help!—farewell, farewell.
[Stabs himself in the Arm.
Glost. But where is he?
Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship;
With his prepared sword, he charges home
Before the Earl Of Gloster's Castle.
Enter Kent, in Disguise, and Oswald. Osw. Good morrow, friend; belong'st thou to this house?
Kent. Ask them will answer thee.
Kent, I love thee not.
Kent. An' I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I'd make thee care for ine..
Osw. What dost thou mean? I know thee not.
Osw. What dost thou know me for?
Kent. For a base, proud, beggarly, white-livered, glass-gazing, super-serviceable, finical rogue; one that would be a pimp in way of good service, and art nothing but a composition of knave, beggar, coward, pander,
Osw. What a monstrous fellow art thou, to rail at .. one that is neither known of thee, nor knows thee!
Kent. Impudent slave! not know me, who but two days since tripped up thy heels before the king! Draw, miscreant, or I'll make the moon shine through thee.
[Drawing his Sword. Osw. What means the fellow? I tell thee, I have nothing to do with thee.
Kent. Draw, you rascal. I know your rogueship's office; you come with letters against the king, taking my young lady Vanity's part against her royal father: Draw, rascal. Osw. Murder! murder! help!
[Exit, Kent after him.
Flourish of Trumpets.
Enter Duke Of Cornwall, Regan, Captain Of
The Guard, and Attendants; Gloster and
life Has been attempted by your impious son: But Edmund here has paid you strictest duty.
Glost. He did bewray his practice, and receiv'd
Corn. Is he pursued ?
Reg. Use our authority to apprehend The traitor, and do justice on his head. For you, Edmund, that have signaliz'd Your virtue, you from henceforth shall be ours; Natures of such firm trust we much shall need. A charming youth, and worth my farther thought!
Corn. Lay comfort, noble Gloster, to your breast, As we to ours. This night be spent in revels. We chuse you, Gloster, for our host to-night, A troublesome expression of our love. On, to the sports before us. [Noise within.]—Who
Enter Oswald, pursued by Kent. Glost. Now, what's the matter? Corn. Keep peace upon your lives; he dies that
Reg. The messengers from our sister, and the king.
Kent. No marvel, you have so bestir'd your valour. Nature disclaims the dastard; a tailor made him.
Corn. Speak yet, how grew your quarrel?
Osw. Sir, this old ruffian here, whose life I spar'd In pity to his beard,
Kent. Thou essence bottle!
Corn. Know'st thou our presence?
Kent. That such a slave as this should wear a sword
Glost. Why dost thou call him knave ?
Corn. No more, perhaps, does mine, nor his, or hers.
Corn. What's the offence you gave him?
Osw. Never any, sir;
[attendants bring forth the Stocks. Corn. Bring forth the stocks; as I have life and
honour, There shall he sit till noon.
[attendants seize Kent. Reg. Till noon, my lord ! Till night, and all night
[attendants put Kent into the Stocks. Glost. Let me beseech your graces to forbear him;