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The dark and vicious place where thee he got,
Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true; The wheel is come full circle; I am here.
Alb. Methought, thy very gate did prophecy
Where have you hid yourself?
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 madman'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 Told him my pilgrimage: But his flaw'd heart, (Alack, too weak the conflict to support!)
'Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, Burst smilingly.
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. 96 This would have seem'd a period
But who was this? Edg. Kent, sir, the banish'd Kent; who in dis
guise 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?
Speak, man. Edy. What means that bloody knife? Gent.
'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 judgement of the heavens, that makes us tremble, Touches us not with pity.
Here comes Kent, sis. ·
I am come
Great thing of us forgot!
[The bodies of Goneril and Regan are brought in.
Kent. Alack, why thus?
Yet Edmund was belov'd:
Alb. Even so. -Cover their faces.
Edm. I pant for life:--Some good I mean to do,
Run, run, 0, run-
send Thy token of reprieve.
Edm. Well thought on; take my sword, Give it the captain.
Haste thee, for thy life. [Exit Edgar. Edm. He hath commission from thy wife and
To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
[ Edmund is borne off.
Enter LEAR, with CORDELIA dead in his arms;
EDGAR, Officer, and Others. Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl!-0, you are men
of stones; Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so
That heaven's vault should crack:40, she is gone for
97 Is this the promis'd end?
Fall, and cease!
O my good master! [kneeling.
'Tis noble Kent, your friend.
Off. 'Tis true, my lords, he did. · Lear.
Did I not, fellow? I have seen the day, with my good biting faulchion I would have made them skip: I am old now, And these same crosses spoil me.- Who are you? Mine eyes are none o'the best:-I'll tell
Kent. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and hated, One of them we behold.
Lear. This is a dull sight: Are you not Kent?