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SCENE V. A Prison. King Lear asleep, with his Head on Cordelia's Lap. Cord.
What toils, thou wretched king, hast thou endur'd, To make thee draw, in chains, a
sleep so sound! Thy better angel charm thy ravish'd mind With fancied freedom !
And the wind brings it from the capitol. Luc. Sooth, madam, I hear nothing. Enter
Artemidorus. Por. Come hither, fellow; which way hast thou been ? Art. At mine
own house, good lady. For, What is't o'clock ? Art. About the ninth hour, lady. Por.
I would not see't. Ant. Come, then ; for with a wound I must be cur'd. Draw that thy
honest sword, which thou hast worn Most useful for thy country. Eros. O sir,
pardon me. Ant. When I did make thee free, swor'st thou not then To do this when
Wishers were ever fools; — O come, come, come ; And welcome, welcome die,
where thou hast lived: Quicken with kissing; had my lips that power, Thus would I
wear them out. All. A heavy sight! Ant. I am dying, Egypt, dying : Give me some ...
Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch, indeed : And when thou hast done this
chare, I'll give thee leave To play till dooms-day. — Bring our crown and all. [Exit
Iras. — Charmian falls to adjusting Cleopatra's Dress. — Noise within.
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The version of King Lear revised by Tate is not the real King Lear. It has been completely rewritten to give it a super happy ending. Wanting to get more familiar with Shakespeare, I read the whole play, not realizing that it wasn't the real tragedy. Very disappointed to find out after the fact that I read a counterfeit play. Reminds me of the Disney-fication of The Little Mermaid or the "Super Happy Ending" in Wayne's World.