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By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit:
Which is that adversary? Edg. What's he, that speaks for Edmund earl of
Draw thy sword;
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;
I Notwithstanding. 2 Because if his adversary was not of equal rank, Edmund
might have declined the combat.
With the hell-hated lie o’erwhelm thy heart;
[Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls. Alb, O save him, save him ! Gon.
This is mere practice,4 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
Let's exchange charity.
If more, the inore thou hast wrong'd me.
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?
father? Edg. By nursing them, my lord-Lists a brief
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
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 ;
Edg. This would have seemd a period
But who was this? · Edy. 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?
'Tis hot, it smokes ; It came even from the heart of Alb.
Who, man ? speak. Gent. Your lady, sir, your lady: and her sister By her is poison'd; she confesses it.
Edm. I was contracted to them both ; all three Now marry in an instant.
Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or dead! This judgment of the heavens, that makes us tremble, Touches us not with pity. [Exit Gentleman.
Here comes Kent, sir.
I am come
Great thing of us forgot! -
[The Bodies of GONERIL and REGAN are
6 For ever.