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I'll overtake you.-Speak. [Exeunt Edm. Reg. Gon. Officers, Soldiers,
Fortune love you!
I was forbid it.
[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. Here is the guess of their true strength and forces By diligent discovery ;- but your haste Is now urg'd on you. Alb.
We will greet the time. [Exit. Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn my love; Each jealous of the other, as the stung 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 sister Goneril; And hardly shall I carry out my side 9,
Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use
A Field between the two Camps. Alarum within. Enter, with drum and colours, Lear, CORDELIA, and their forces; and exeunt.
Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER. Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree For your good host; pray that the right may thrive : If ever I return to you again, I'll bring you comfort. Glo.
Grace go with you, sir !
[Exit Edgar. Alarums; afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter EDGAR.
Edg. Away, old man, give me thy hand, away; King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en: Give me thy hand, come on.
Glo. No further, sir; a man may rot even here. Edg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must
Their going hence, even as their coming hither:
And that's true too.
[Ereunt, SCENE III.
The British Camp near Dover. Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, EDMUND;
LEAR and CORDELIA, as prisoners; Officers, Soldiers, c.
Edm. Some officers take them away: good guard; Until their greater pleasures first be known That are to censure them. Cor.
We are not the first, Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst. For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down; Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown.Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters ?
Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison: We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage: When thou dost ask my blessing, I'll kneel down, An i ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues Talk of court news ;
and we'll talk with them too, Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's out;And take upon us the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies: And we'll wear out,
In a wall’d prison, packs and sects of great ones,
Take them away.
[Exeunt Lear and Cordelia, guarded.
I'll do't, my lord.
Off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats;
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN,
Officers, and Attendants.
Sir, I thought it fit
has charms in it, whose title more,
shall hold your session. [At this time,
Sir, by your patience,
That's as we list to grace him,