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Kent, Sir, I am come
Alb. Great thing of us forgot !
Kent, Alack, why thus ?
Baft. Yet Edmund was belov'd :
Alb. Even so; cover their faces.
Baft. I pant for life; some good I mean to do, · Depight of mine own nature. Quickly fend
(3e brief) into the castle; for my writ is on the life or Lear and Cordelia ; Nay, send in time,
Alb. Run, run, O run, make hafte.
Eag. To whom, my Lord? who has the office ? fend Thy token of reprieve.
Bal. Well thought on, take my sword, Give it the captain
Edg. Haste thee for thy life. (Ex. Mellengera
Bast. He hath commission from thy wife and me To hang Cordelia in the prison, and To lay the blame upon her own despair. Alb. The Gods defend her! bear him hence a while.
[Bastard is born off SCENE X. Enter Lear with Cordelia dead in bis arms. Lear, Howl,howl,howl,how), -0,you are men of Atons, Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them fo, That heaven's vault should crack ; she's gone for ever! I know when one is dead, and when one lives ;
She's dead as earth! lend me a looking-glass,
Kent. Is this the promis'd end ?
Lear. This feather Airs, she lives ; if it be fo,
[Kneeling Lear, Pr’ythee, away Edg. 'Tis noble Kent your friend.
Lear. A plague upon you, murth’rers, traitors all!
Lear, Did I not, fellow ?
Kent. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and hated,
Lear. Are you not Kent?
Kent. The same ; your servant Kent; Where is your servant Caius ?
Leare 'Twas a good fellow, I can tell you that,
Kent, No, my good Lord, I am the very man,
Kent. That from your first of difference and decay,
Lear. You're welcome hither,
Kent, 'Twas no man else: all's cheerlefs,dark and deadly? Your eldelt daughters have fore-done themselves, And desp'rately are dead.
Lear. Ay, so I think.
Alb. He knows not what he fays, and vain is it That we present us to him,
Edg. Very bootless.
Enter a Messenger, Mef. Edmund is dead, my Lord.
Ab. That's but a trifle. You Lords and noble friends, know our intent; What comfort to this great decay may come, Shall be apply'd. For us, we will rehgn, During the life of this old Majesty, To him our absolute power: to you, your rights, (To Edg. With boot, and such addition as your honours Have more than merited. All friends shall taste The wages of their virtue, and all foes The cup of their deservings.
Lear. Q fee, seeAnd my, poor fool is hang'd: no, no, no life, Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, And thou no breath at all? thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never, Pray you, undo this button. Thank you, Sir; . . Do you see this ? look on her, look on her lips. Look there, look there
[He diese Edg. He faints; my Lord ! Kent. Break, heart, I pr’ythee, break. Edg. Look up, my Lord!
Kent. Vex not his ghoft: oh, let him pass! He hates him, That would upon the rack of this rough world Stretch him out longer. · Edg. He is gone indeed.
Kent. The wonder is, he hath endur'd fo long : He but usurpt his life.
Alb. Bear them from hence, our present bufinera Is general woe: friends of my soul, you twain, Rule in this realm, and the gor'd state fuftain ,
Kent. I have a journey, Sir, shortly to go ; My master calls me, I must not say no.
Alb, The weight of this sad time we must obey,
The oldeft hath born most; we that are young
[Exeunt with a dead masch,
Firft; afterwards knighted by the name of Sir Richard
Plantagenet. ROBERT FAULCONBRIDGE, Suppos’d Brother tą ibe
Bastard. JAMES Gurney, Servant to the Lady Faulconbridge, PETER of Pomfret, a Prophet, PHILIP, King of France, LEWIS, the Dauphin. Arcb-Duke of Austria, PanduLPHO, the Pope's Legate." MELUN, a French Lord. CHATILION, Ambasador from France to King Johan ELINOR, Queen-mother of England. CONSTANCE, Mother to Arthur. BLANCH, Daughter to Alphonso, King of Caftile, and
Neice to King John.
Soldiers, and other Attendants.