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A Castle belonging to the Earl of Glo'ster.
father, and given him notice that the Duke of Cornwall, and Regan his Dutchess - will be here with him this, night.
Edm. How comes that?
Cur. Nay, I know not; you have heard of the news abroad; I mean, the whisper'd ones; for they. are yet but ear-kissing arguments.
Edm. Not I; pray you, what are they?
Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars toward, 'twixt the Dukes of Cornwall and Albany?
Edm. Not a word.
Cur. You may do then in time. Fare you well, Sir.
Edm. 'HE Duke be here to-night! the better:
To him, Enter Edgar.
He's coming hither now i'th' night, i'th' haste,
Edg. I'm sure on't, not a word.
Edm. I hear my father coming. Pardon me In cunning, I must draw my fword upon youDraw, seem to defend yourself. Now quit you wellYield—come before my father-light hoa, here! Fly, brother-Torches ! – so farewel- [Exit Edgar. Some blood, drawn on me, would beget opinion
[Wounds his arm. Of my more fierce endeavour. I've seen drunkards Do more than this in sport. Father! father! Stop, stop, no help?
SCENE III. To him, Enter Glo'ster, and servants with torches. Glo. TOW, Edmund, where's the villain ?
Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp
sword out, Mumbling of wicked Charms, conj'ring the moon : To stand 's auspicious mistress.
Glo. But where is he?
could Glo. Pursue him, ho! go after. By no means,
what?Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship; But that, I told him, the revenging Gods 'Gainst Parricides did all the thunder bend, Spoke with how manifold and frong a bond The child was bound to th' father. Sir, in fine, -Seeing how lothly opposite I stood G6
To his unnat'ral purpose, in fell motion
Glo. Let him fly far;
Edm. When I dissuaded him from his intent, And found him pight to do it, with curft speech I threaten’d to discover him ; he replied, Thou unpofsefling Bastard ! dost thou think, If I would stand against thee, would the reposal Of any trust, virtue, or worth in thee Make thy words faith'd ? no; when I should deny. (As this I would, although thou didst produce My very character) I'd turn it all To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practice; And thou must make a dullard of the world, If they not thought the profits of my death Were very pregnant and potential spurs To make thee feek it.
[Trumpets within. Glo. O strange, faften'd villain ! Would he deny his letter; I never got him.Hark, the Duke's trumpets ! I know not why he
comes All Ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'fcape; The Duke must grant me that; besides, his picture I will send far and near, that all the Kingdom May have due note of him; and of my land, (Loyal and natural Boy !) I'll work the means To make thee capable.
SC EN E IV.
Hmow, my noble friend? since I came Which I can call but now, I have heard strange news.
Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short, Which can pursue th' offender; how does my lord ?
Glo. O Madam, my old heart is crack’d, it's crack'd.
Reg. What, did my father's godson seek your life? He whom my father nam'd? Your Edgar?
Glo. O lady, lady, Shame would have it hid.
Glo. I know not, Madam : 'tis too bad, too bad.
Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill affected; 'Tis they have put him on the old man's death, To have th' expence and waste of his revenues. I have this present evening from my sister Been well inform'd of them, and with such cautions, That if they come to fojourn at my house, I'll not be there.
Corn. Nor I, I assure thee, Regan;
Edm. 'Twas my duty, Sir.
Corn. Is he pursued ?
Corn. If he be taken, he shall never more
Natures of such deep Trust we shall much need:
Edm. I shall serve you, Sir,
Glo. I thank your Grace.
Reg. Thus out of season threading dark-ey'd night;
Glo. I serve you, Madam: Your Graces are right welcome.
S: CE N E V.
Enter Kent, and Steward, severally.
Kent. If I had thee in Lipfoury pinfold, I would make thee care for me.
Stew. Why dost thou use me thus? I know thee not.
Kent. Fellow, I know thee.
Kent. A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats, a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hun