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The beaten, routed Edgar, brave his conqueror?
Edg. Half blooded man,
Edm. Thou bear'st thee on thy mother's piety,
[Trumpet sounds ;--they fight ;—Edmund
falls. 'Tis past,--and so am I. Edg. As thou art
my Exchange we charity on thy repentance. Edm. Thy sword has prov'd thy truth.--Forgive
Edg. O, let us fly, my lord, to save their lives !
with a Part of the Soldiers, and the
King Lear asleep, with his Head on Cordelia's
thought.-And now, my Edgar, I remember thee: What fate has seized thee in this general wreck I know not, but I know thou must be wretched, Because Cordelia holds thee dear. O gods! a sudden gloom o'erwhelms me, and the
image Of death o'erspreads the place.—Ha! who are these? Enter Captain Of The Guard, another Officer,
and SOLDIERS with Cords. Capt. Now, sirs, despatch ; already you are paid In part, the best of your reward's to come. Lear. Charge, charge upon their flank; their left
wing halts; Push, push the battle, and the day's our own; Their ranks are broken; down, down with AlbanyWho holds my hands ?—O, thou deceiving sleep, I was this very minute on the chase, And now a pris'ner here!— What mean the slaves ? You will not murder me?
Cord. Help, earth and heaven! For your soul's sake, dear sir, and for the gods', Offi. No tears, good lady; no pleading against gold
Cord. You, sir, I'll seize,
your soul to spare a poor king's life,
Capt. Comply with her request; despatch her first. Lear. Off, hell-hounds! by the gods I charge you,
'Tis my Cordelia, my true pious daughter;No pity :- Nay, then take an old man's vengeance.
[king Lear snatches a Sword from the Of
ficer, and strikes down the Two Soldiers,
who had seized Cordelia. Enter Edgar, the Duke Of Albany, and King
Alb. Guards, seize those instruments of cruelty. Cord. Oh, my Edgar !
Edg. My dear Cordelia ! lucky was the minute Ofour approach ; the gods have weigh'dour suff'rings ; We've pass'd the fire, and now must shine to ages. Knight. Look here, my lord ; see, where the gene
Lear. Did I not, fellow?
Alb. Bring in old Kent [Exit a Knight.] and,
Edgar, guide you hither
Enter Kent and the Knight.
Alb. Thou injur'd majesty,
Lear. Com'st thou, inhuman lord, to sooth us back
Alb. I have a tale t' unfold, so full of wonder,
Kent. What would your highness ?
Alb. Know, the noble Edgar Impeach'd Lord Edmund, since the fight, of treason, And dar'd him for the proof to single combat, In which the gods confirm'd his charge by conquest; I left e'en now the traitor wounded mortally.
Lear. And whither tends this story?
Alb. Ere they fought, Lord Edgar gave
paper, A blacker scroll of treason and of lust Than can be found in the records of hell: There, sacred sir, behold the character
Of Goneril, the worst of daughters, but
Cord. Could there be yet addition to their guilt ?
do? Alb. Since then my injuries, Lear, fall in with thine, I have resolved the same redress for both.
Kent. What says my lord ?
Card. Speak; for methought I heard The charming voice of a descending god.
Alb. The troops, by Edmund rais'd, I have disbanded: Those, that remain, are under
Kent. Hear you that, my liege?
Lear. Is't possible?
Kent. Here, my liege.
Lear. Why, I have news, that will recall thy youth;
Enter Edgar, with Gloster.