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Enter Edgar, l.h., at the end of the second sound. Alb. (c.) Ask him his purposes, why he appears Upon this call o' the trumpet.
Her. What are you?
Your name, your quality? and why you answer
Edg. (l.h.) Know, my name is lost :
By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit;
(Herald retires up.)
Alb. (A little up Stage, in c.) Which is that adversary? Edg. What's he that speaks for Edmund, Earl of
Edm. Himself! what say'st thou to him?
That, if my speech offend a noble heart,
Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name ; But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, And that thy tongue some say of breeding breathes What safe and nicely I might well delay By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn Back do I toss these treasons to thy head; With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart; Which (for they yet glance by, and scarcely bruise,) This sword of mine shall give them instant way, Where they shall rest forever. Trumpets, speak ! (Alarums.—They fight.—Edmund falls.)
What you have charged me with, that have I done;
Edg. Let's exchange charity.
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund :
The dark and vicious place where thee he got,
Alb. Where have you hid yourself?
How have you known the mis'ries of your father?
The bloody proclamation to escape,
That followed me so near, taught me to shift
Edm. (Raised by Officers.) I pant for life: some good
Despite of my own nature. Quickly send-
Edg. Who has the office? Send thy token of reprieve.
Edm. Take my sword—give it the captain.
[Exit Edgar, r.h.
The gods defend her!—Bear him hence awhile. [Flourish.—Edmund is led off, l.h.—Albany and others exeunt, r.h.
SCENE V.—A Prison.
Enter Lear, through opening in r.h. with Cordelia, dead, in his arms.—Officer enters, l.h.u.e., as on guard—he remains at back, l.h.
Lear. (Advancing, c.) Howl, howl, howl, howl! Oh, ye are men of stones!
Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so
That heaven's vault should crack.—Oh, she is gone forever! (Lear kneels on right knee, and places Cordei across his left, her feet towards r.h.)
I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
Enter Edgar, Albany, Kent, OFFICER, and Soldiers, r.h., Officer marches the Soldiers up r.h., and back
Kent. Is this the promised end?
Edg. Or image of that horror? (Crosses behind Lear.) Alb. Fall, and cease!
Lear. This feather stirs ; she lives !—If it be so, It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows
That ever I have felt.
Kent. (r.h.C., kneeling.) Oh, my good master!
Edg. (l.h.C.) 'Tis noble Kent, your friend.
That was a-hanging thee!
Offi. (l.h., Advancing a little.) 'Tis true, my lords, he did. Lear. Did I not, fellow ?
I have seen the day, with my good biting faulchion,
Kent, (r.h.c.) If fortune brag of two she loved and hated. One of them we behold.
Lear. This is a dull sight.—Are you not Kent?
Your servant Kent.—Where is your servant Caius ?
Kent. That, from your first of deference and decay, Have followed your sad steps.
Lear. You are welcome hither.
Kent. Nor no man else; all's cheerless, dark and deadly Your eldest daughters have foredoomed themselves, And desperately are dead.
Lear. Ay, so I think.
Kent. He knows not what he says; and vain it is That we present us to him. Oh, see I see !
Lear. And my poor fool is hanged! No, no, no life : Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all?
(Laying Cordelia on the ground, and kneeling on both knees.) Oh, thou wilt come no more! Never, never, never, never! Pray you, undo this button. throat, as if choking.) Do you see this? Look on her—look—her lips
(Placing his hand on his Thank you, sir,
Look there—look there!
Edg. Break heart, I pr'ythee break!
(Lear gives a convulsive gasp, and falls back. He is supported on the r.h. by Kent, and on the l.h. by Edgar.—Curtain falls to slow music.)
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