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I'll overtake you..Speak;: [Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Officers,
Soldiers, and Attendants.
Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.
I was forbid it.
(Exit. Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy
Re-enter EDMUND. Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your powers. Here is the guess of their true strength and forces By diligent discovery ;-but your haste Is now urg'd on you. All.
We will greet the time.3 (Exit. Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my love; Each jealous of the other, as the stung Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take? Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy’d, If both remain alive: To take the widow, Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril; And hardly shall I carry out my side, 4 Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use His countenance for the battle; which being done,
sert his time
2 And machination ceases.] i. e. All designs against your life will have an end. 3 greet the time.] i. e. Ready to meet the occasion.
carry out my side,] Edmund means, hardly shall I be able to make my party good; to maintain my cause.
Let her, who would be rid of him, devise
Alarum within. Enter, with Drum and Colours, LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces; and exeunt.
Enter Edgar and GLOSTER. Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree For your good host; pray that the right may thrive: If ever I return to you again, I'll bring you comfort. Glo.
Grace go with you, sir!
Alarums; afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter EDGAR,
Edg. Away, old man, give me thy hand, away; King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en : Give me thy hand, come on. .
Glo. No further, sir; a man may rot even here.
And that's true too.
The British Camp near Doyer,
Enter, in Conquest, with Drum and Colours, Ed
MUND; LEAR and CORDELIA, as Prisoners; Ofis cers, Soldiers, &c.
Edm. Some officers take them away: good guard; Until their greater pleasures first be known That are to censure them. Cor.
We are not the first, Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst. For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down; Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown. Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters? Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to
prison: We two alone will sing like birds i’ the cage: . When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, And ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too, Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's out; And take upon us the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies: And we'll wear out, In a wall’d prison, packs and sects of great ones, That ebb and flow by the moon. Edm.
Take them away. Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught
to censure them.] i. e. to pass sentence or judgment on
He, that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven,
Edm. Come hither, captain; hark.
them to prison:
I'll do't, my lord.
Off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats;
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GOxerit, Regan, Ofi
cers, and Attendants.
? The goujeers-] The goujeres, i. e. Morbus Gallicus. " - flesh and fell,] Flesh and skin.
o Will not bear question ;] Question, here, as in many other places, signifies discourse, conversation.
Sir, I thought it fit To send the old and miserable king To some retention, and appointed guard; Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, To pluck the common bosom on his side, And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes Which do command them. With him I sent the
Sir, by your patience,
That's as we list to grace him.
Not so hot: . In his own grace he doth exalt himself,
More than in your advancement. 1. Reg.
In my rights, By me invested, he compeers the best.
And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes -] i. e. Turn the launcomen whom we have hired by giving them press-money.
2 Requires a fitter place.] i. e. The determination of the question what shall be done with Cordelia and her father, should be reserved for greater privacy.
3 The which immediacy-] Immediacy is close and immediate connexion with me, and direct authority from me.