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Oh! I am cut to the brains.
2 Knight. You shall have any thing.
Lear. No seconds ? All myself?
1 Knight. You are a royal one, and we obey you.
Lear. It were an excellent stratagem to shoe a troop of horse with felt; I'll put it in proof.—No noise, no noise.—Now will we steal upon these sons-in-law, and then Kill, kill, kill, kill!
[Exeunt King Lear, and the Knights. Edg. A sight most moving in the meanest wretch, Past speaking in a king !
Glost. Now, good sir, what are you?
Glost. You gentle gods, take my breath from me, And let not my ill genius tempt me more To die before you please.
his arm. Edg. Chill not let go, zir, without 'vurther 'casion. Osw. Let go, slave; or thou diest.
Edg. Good gentleman, go your gate, and let poor volk pass; and chu'd ha' bin zwagger'd out of my life, it would not have been zo long as 'tis by a vortnight. -Nay, an' thou com'st near th' old man, I'st try whether your costard or my ballow be th' harder. Osw. Out, dunghill !
Edg. Chill pick your teeth, zir: come, no matter vor your foines,
[edgar knocks him down. Osw. Slave, thou hast slain me; oh! untimely death!
[Dies. Edg. I know thee well, a serviceable villain. As duteous to the vices of thy mistress, As lust could wish.
Glost. What? Is he dead?
Edg. This is a letter carrier, and may have Some
papers of intelligence, that may stand Our party in good stead to know.- -What's here?
[Takes a Letter out of his Pocket, and reads it.
To Edmund Earl of Gloster. Let our mutual loves be remembered : you opportunities to cut Albany off. If he return the conqueror, then I am still a prisoner, and his bed my gaol ; from the loathed warmth of which deliver me, and supply the place for your labour.
Goneril, A plot upon the duke her husband's life, And the exchange my brother!In time and place convenient I'll produce These letters to the sight of th' injur'd duke, As best shall serve our purpose.
[A March at a Distance. Come, your hand; Far off methinks I hear the beaten drum : Come, sir, I will bestow you with a friend. [Exeunt,
Cord. His sleep is sound, and may have good effect To cure his jarring senses, and repair This breach of nature.
Phys. We have employ'd the utmost pow'r of art, And this deep rest will perfect our design.
Cord. O Regan! Goneril! Inhuman sisters ! Had he not been your father, these white hairs Had challenged sure some pity! Was this a face To be expos'd against the jarring winds ? My enemy's dog, though he had bit me, should Have stood that night against my fire.—He wakes;
speak to him. Phys. Madam, do you; 'tis fittest. Cord. How does my royal lord ? How fares your
majesty ? Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'th' grave. Cord. Speak to me, sir; who am I?
Lear. You are a soul in bliss; but I am bound
Cord. Sir, do you know me?
Lear. You are a spirit, I know; when did you die ?
more compos'd. Lear. Where have I been? Where am I ? Fair day
Cord. O, look upon me, sir,
Lear. Pray, do not mock me;
me, Ye mighty pow'rs, I ne'er complain'd till now! Lear. Methinks, I should know you, and know this
Cord. O, my dear, dear father!
Cord. O, pity, sir, a bleeding heart, and cease This killing language.
Lear. Tell me, friends, where am I?
Phys. Be comforted, good madam ; for the violence
foolish. Forget and forgive. [The Physician leads off king Lear, followed
by the Two Knights. Cord. The gods restore you ! [A distant March. Hark, I hear afar The beaten drum. Old Kent's a man of's word. Oh! for an arm Like the fierce thunderer's, when the earth-born sons Storm'd heav'n, to fight this injur'd father's battle! That T could shift my sex, and dye me deep In his opposer's blood ? But, as I may, With women's weapons, piety and pray'rs, I'll aid his cause. You never-erring gods, Fight on his side, and thunder on his foes Such tempests, as his poor aged head sustain'd! Your image suffers when a monarch bleeds; 'Tis your own cause ; for that your succours bring; Revenge yourselves, and right an injur'd king.
A Valley near the Field of Battle.
Enter Edgar and Gloster. Edg. Here, sir, take you the shadow of this tree For your good host; pray that the right may thrive: