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Gon. That were the most, if he should husband
you. Reg. Jesters do oft prore prophets. Gon.
Holla, holla ! That eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint.
Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer
Mean you to enjoy him?
Half-blooded fellow, yes. Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine.
[To EDMUND. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason:-Edmund, I arrest
thee On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, This gilded serpent: [Pointing to Gon.]—for your
claim, fair sister,
I'll prove it on thy heart,
• The let-alone lies not in your good will.] Whether be shall not or shall, depends not on your choice.
Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
Sick, 0, 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.
si Trumpet. Her. Again.
[2 Trunipet. 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; By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit: Yet am I noble, as the adversary I come to cope withal. Alb.
Which is that adversary?
Draw thy sword;
Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;.
o 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.
6 Where they shall rest for ever.] To that place, where they shall rest for ever ; i. e. thy heart.
Let's exchange charity.
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 somne half hour past, when I was armid, Not sure, though hoping, of this good success, I ask'd his blessing, and from first to last Told him my pilgrimage: But luis flaw'd heart, (Alack, too weak the conflict to support!) 'Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief,