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Enter Edgar. My father watches:-0 sir, fly this place; Intelligence is given where you are hid; You have now the good advantage of the night:Have you not spoken 'gainst the duke of Cornwall? He's coming hither; now, i' the night, i'the haste, And Regan with him; Have you nothing said Upon his party 'gainst the duke of Albany? Advise yourself.
Edg. I am sure on’t, not a word.
Edm. I hear my father coming, -Pardon me:In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you:Draw: Seem to defend yourself: Now quit you
well. Yield: – come before my father; - Light, ho,
here! Fly, brother;—Torches ! torches !—So, farewel.
[Exit Edgar. Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion
[wounds his arm. Of my more fierce endeavour: I have seen drunk
ards Do more than this in sport.–Father ! father! Stop, stop! No help?
Enter Glo'ster, and Servants with torches. Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain ? Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword
out, Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon To stand his auspicious mistress:
But where is he? Edm. Look, sir, I bleed. Glo.
Where is the villain, Edmund ? Edm. Fled this way, sir. When by no means he
could Glo. Pursue him, ho!-Go after.— [Exit Ser.]
By no means,—what: Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lord
ship; But that I told him, the revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend; Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond The child was bound to the father ;--Sir, in fine, Seeing how loathly opposite I stood To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion, With his prepared sword, he charges home My unprovided body, lanc'd mine arm: But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits, Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to the encounter, Or whether gasted by the noise I made, Full suddenly he fled. Glo.
Let him fly far: Not in this land shall he remain uncaught; And found-Despatch.—The noble duke my mas
ter, My worthy arch and patron, comes to-night: By his authority I will proclaim it, That he, which finds him, shall deserve our thanks, Bringing the murderous coward to the stake; He, that conceals him, death,
Edm. When I dissuaded him from his intent, And found him pight to do it, with curst speech
I threaten’d to discover him: He replied,
Strong and fastend villain!
[Trumpets within. Hark, the duke's trumpets! I know not why he
All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'scape;
Enter Cornwall, Regan, and Attendants.
hither, (Which I can call but now,) I have heard strange
Reg. If it be true, all vengeance conies too short, Which can pursue the offender.
How dost, my lord?
I Glo. O, madam, my old heart is crack'd, is
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 ! Reg. Was he not companion with the riotous
knights That tend upon my father? Glo.
I know not, madam : It is too bad, too bad. Edm.
Yes, madam, he was. Reg. No marvel then, though he were ill affec
'Tis they have put him on the old man's death,
Nor I, assure thee, Regan.-
you have shown your father A child-like office. Edm.
'Twas my duty, sir. Glo. He did bewray his practice; and receiv'd This hurt you see, striving to apprehend him.
Corn. Is he pursued ?
Ay, my good lord, he is.
How in my strength you please. — For you, Ed
I shall serve you, sir,
For him I thank your grace. Corn. You know not why we came to visit you, Reg. Thus out of season; threading dark-ey'd
night. Occasions, noble Glo'ster, of some poize, Wherein we must have use of
I serve you, madam; Your graces are right welcome, [Exeunt.