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That names me traitor, villain-like he lies.
Alb. A herald, ho!
A herald, ho, a herald !
This sickness grows upon me
Enter a Herald.
Alb. She is not well ; convey her to my tent.
[Exit Regan, led Come hither, herald.---Let the trumpet sound, And read out this. Off Sound, trumpet.
[A trumpet sounds.
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, le. him appear at the third sound of the trumpet. He is bold in his defence. Edm. Sound.
[1 trumpet. Her. Again.
2 trumpet. Her. Again.
[3 trumpete [Trumpet answers within.
Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a trumpet.
What are you?
1 i. e. valor; a Roman sense of the word.
Know, my name is lost;
Which is that adversary?
Draw thy sword;
thy strength, youth, place, and eminence,
Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;
[Alarums. They fight; Edmund falls.
1 Because, if his adversary was not of equal rank, Edmund might have declined the combat.
2 Say, or assay, is a sample, a taste.
3 This seems to mean “ What I might safely well delay, if I acted punctiliously." This line is omitted in the quartos.
4 To that place where they shall rest forever, i. e. thy heart.
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ܕܗܫܡܚܫܚܙܚ ܝ ܚ . ܡܗuiܘܪܝܚܫܫܙܢܫܩܫܩܝܫܝܚܫܝܝܫܚܕ݁ܚܝܺܡܢܫܢܕܩܫܚܕܢܚܫܕܫܗܕܗ ܫܫܣܝܤܣܣܩܫܫܩܕܣܫܺܚܚܚܐ:ܝܺܪܝ-:ܗܗ ܢܝܗܫܫܫܤܝܫܫܫܙܪ̈ܝܺܝܺܕ݂ܺܪ ܪܝܰܡܩܫܝܫܐܚܕ;: ܫܟܗܐܫܕܫܢܫܬܫܐܝ:܀
Alb. O, save him, save him!
This is mere practice, Gloster
Shut your mouth, dame,
[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.
Let's exchange charity.
Thou hast spoken right; 'tis true ;
Albany desires that Edmund's life may be spared at present, only to obtain his confession, and to convict him openly by his own letter.
2 6 Knowest thou these letters ? " says Leir to Regan, in the old anonymous play, when he shows her both her own and her sister's letters, which were written to procure his death; upon which she snatches the letters and tears them.
3 The folio reads " to plague us.'
Alb. Methought thy very gait did prophesy
Worthy prince, I know't
Edg: By nursing them, my lord.List a brief
And, when 'tis told, O that my heart would burst !
This speech of yours hath moved 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 ;
? [Edg. This would have seemed a period
1 The quartos read :
6 That with the pain of death would hourly die." 2 The lines within crotchets are not in the folio.
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And top extremity.
But who was this? Edg. Kent, sir, the banished Kent; who in disguise Followed his enemy king, and did him service Improper for a slave.]
Enter a Gentleman, hastily, with a bloody knife.
What kind of help?
'Tis hot, it smokes; It came even from the heart ofAlb. .
Who, man? speak.
1 Of this difficult passage, which is probably corrupt, Steevens gives the following explanation :="This would have seemed a period to such as love 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.” It will be necessary, if we admit this interpretation, to point the passage thus :
Whilst I was big," &c. Malone's explanation is :-" This would have seemed the utmost completion of woe, to such disposition, to amplify misery would give more strength to that which hath too much;'" referring to the bastard's desiring to hear more, and to Albany's thinking that enough had been said.
2 The quartos read, “ threw me on my father.” The reading in the text is certainly more likely to be correct.