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As they are going out, Enter Edgar disguisd.
Edg. IF e'er your Grace had speech with man so
poor, Hear me one word. Alb. I'll overtake you :
speak. (Exeunt Edm. Reg. Gon, and Attendants. Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. If you have vi&t ry, let the trumpet found For him ihat brought it: wretched though I seem, I can produce a Champion, that will prove What is a vouched there. If you miscarry, Your business of the world hath fo an end, And machination ceases. Fortune love you!
Alb. Stay 'till I've read the letter.
Edg. I was forbid it.
cry, And I'll appear again.
(Exit. Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy paper.
Re-enter Edmund. Edm. The Enemy's in view, draw up your Powers. Hard is the guess of their true strength and forces, By diligent discovery ; but your
hafte Is now urg'd on you. Alb. We will greet the time.
Edm. T Each jealous of the other, as the
both these filters have I sworn
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 lifter Gonerill;
Edg: Hl For your good Host; pray, that the right
And hardly shall I carry out my fide,
ftate Stands on me to defend, not to debate.
[Exit. S CE N E
Another open Field.
Enter Edgar and Glo'ster.
If ever I return to you again,
[ Alarm, and retreat, within.
Glo. No further, Sir; a man may rot even here.
Edg. what, in ill thoughts again? men must endure There going hence, ev'n as their coming hither: Ripeness is all; come on. Glo. And that's true too.
(Exeunt. S. CE N E V. Enter in Conquest, with Drum and Colours, Edmund;
Lear and Cordelia, as prisoners; Soldiers, Captain. Edm. OME Officers take them away; good guard,
That are to censure them.
Cor. We're not the first,
Lear. No, no, no, no: come, let's away to prison ;
Edm. Take them away.
Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, (thee?
[Exeunt Lear and Cordelia guarded.
lord. Edn. About it, and write happy, when thou'st done. * Goujeres (French Pox.] Oxford Editor. Vulg. Good-jers.
Mark, I say, instantly; and carry it so,
Édm. 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 bofoms on his Gide; And turn our impreft launces in our eyes. (Queen; Which do command them. With him I sent the My reason all the same; and they are ready To-morrow, or at further space, t'appear Where you shall hold your Session. At this time,
Alb. Sir, by your patience,
Reg. That's as we list to grace him. Methinks, our pleasure might have been demanded, Ere you had spoke so far. He led our Pow'rs; Bore the Commission of my Place and Person ; * The which immediacy may well stand up, And call itself your brother. * The which immediacy-] Immediacy, for Represention.
Gon, Not so hot:
Reg. In my Right,
Alb. That were the most, if he should husband you.
Gon. Holla, Holla!
Reg. Lady, I am not well, else I should answer
Gon. Mean you to enjoy him?
Alb. Stay yet; hear reason: Edmund, I arrest thec
Gon. An enterlude!
Reg. Sick, O fick-