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Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
Sick, O, sick! Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison. [Aside. Edm. There's my exchange: [Throwing down a
Glove. what in the world he is
Alb. A herald, ho!
A herald, ho, a herald!
This sickness grows upon me.
Enter a Herald.
[Exit Regan, led.
Herald reads. If any man of quality, or degree, within the lists of the army, will maintain upon Edmund, supposed earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear at the third sound of the trumpet: He is bold in his defence. Edm. Sound.
[1 Trumpet. Her. Again.
[Trumpet answers within. thy single virtue;) i. e. valour; a Roman sense of the
Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a Trumpet.
Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears
What are you?
Know, my name is lost;
Which is that adversary?
Draw thy sword; .
Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;
. Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours,
My oath, and my profession:] The privilege of this oath means the privilege gained by taking the oath administered in the regular initiation of a knight professed.
But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
[Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls. Alb. O save him, save him! Gon.
This is mere practice, Gloster: By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to answer An unknown opposite; thou art not vanquish'd, But cozen’d and beguild. Alb.
Shut your mouth, dame, Or with this paper shall I stop it:-Hold, sir:Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil:No tearing, lady; I perceive, you know it.
[Gives the Letter to EDMUND.
Most monstrous !
Ask me not what I know.
: Exit GONERIL. Alb. Go after her : she's desperate ; govern her.
[To an Officer, who goes out. Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that have
I done; And more, much more: the time will bring it out ; 'Tis past, and so am I: But what art thou, That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble, I do forgive thee.
? 'say of breeding breathes,] Say is sample, a taste.
8 Where they shall rest for ever.) To that place, where they shall rest for ever ; i. e. thy heart.
Let's exchange charity.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true; The wheel is come full circle; I am here.
Alb. Methought, thy very gait did prophecy
Where have you hid yourself?
tale; And, when 'tis told, O, that my heart would burst!The bloody proclamation to escape, That follow'd me so near, (O our lives' sweetness ! That with the pain of death we'd hourly die, Rather than die at once !) taught me to shift Into a mad-man's rags; to assume a semblance That very dogs disdain'd: and in this habit Met I my father with his bleeding rings, Their precious stones new lost; became his guide, Led him, begg'd for him, sav'd him from despair; Never (O fault !) reveal'd myself unto him, Until some half hour past, when I was arm’d, Not sure, though hoping, of this good success, I ask'd his blessing, and from first to last Told him my pilgrimage: But his flaw'd heart, (Alack, too weak the conflict to support!) 'Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief,
Edm. This speech of yours hath mov'd me, And shall, perchance, do good: but speak you on; You look as you had something more to say.
Alb. If there be more, more woful, hold it in; For I am almost ready to dissolve, Hearing of this. Edg.
This would have seem'd a period To such as love not sorrow; but another, To amplify too-much, would make much more, And top extremity. Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a man, Who having seen me in my worst estate, Shunn'd my abhorr’d society; but then, finding Who 'twas that so endur'd, with his strong arms He fasten’d on my neck, and bellow'd out As he'd burst heaven; threw him on iny father : Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him, That ever ear receiv’d: which in recounting His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life Began to crack: Twice then the trumpet sounded, And there I left him tranc'd. Alb.
But who was this? Edg. Kent, sir, the banish'd Kent; who in disguise Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service Improper for a slave.
Enter a Gentleman hastily, with a bloody Knife.
What kind of help?
9- This would hare seem'd a period, &c.] The sense may probably be this: This would have seemed a period to such as lure not sorrow; but- another, i. e. but I must add another, i. e. another period, another kind of conclusion to my story, such as will increase the horrors of what has been already told. VOL. IX.