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forming her of a division between Albany and Corn, wall, and of Lear's distressed situation. Exeunt

severally. Sc. II. Storm continues. Enter Lear and Fool. Lear's wild

exclamations, and the Fool's jests. Sc. III. To them enter Kont. Kent persuades Lear to shel.

ter himself from the storm in a hovel hard by, while he (Kent) returns to the castle to force ad

miffion for Lear. The Fool's dro!l prophecy, Sc. IV. An apartment in Glo'ster's castle. Enter Glo. and

Edm. Glo. expresses his dislike of Lear's treatment, and determines to side with him and relieve him, Exit. Edm. (alone) determines to inform the duke of his father's design, by which he shall effect his

own rise at the price of his father's ruin. Exit. Sc. V. Part of the heath, with a hovel. Enter Lear, Kent

and Fool. Kent begs Lear to enter the hovel for Melter. Lear disregards the storm, and vents re

proaches against his unnatural daughters. Sc. VI. From the hovel enter Edg. disguised as a madman,

Wild talk of Lear and Edg. 6c. VII. Enter Glo. with a torch. Glo. begs Lear to remove

to a house he has provided for him. Lear refuses

to leave Edg. Edg. goes with them. Sc. VIII. Glofter's castle. Enter Cornwall and Edm. It ap. .

pears that Edn. hath revealed his father's intention

of relieving Lear. $c. IX. A chamber in a farm-house. Enter Kent and Glo.

Glo. promises his father affiftance, and exit. En : ter Lear, Edg. and Fool. Lear's real and Edgar's counterfeit modcess. Re-enter Glo. with news of a plot on Lear's We, and that a litter is provided for

him to convey him with all speed to Dover, that he

may escape the affassination. Excunt. Sc. X. Glofter's castle. Enter Corn. Reg. Gon. Edm. and

fervants. Corn. sends to arrest Glo. Enter Steward with news that Lear, by the assistance of Glo. is car

ried to Dover. Exeunt Gon. and Edm. Sc. XI. Enter Glo, prisoner, and servents. They bind Gla.

and after insults, his eyes are trodden out by Corn. wall. In a scuffle between a servant (who stands vp for Glo.) and Cornwall, the latter is mortally wounded, and the former killed by Regan on the spot. Glo. perceives that his son Edg. is abused, and that Edm. is the villain. Glo. is turned out of doors.

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&c. I. An open country. Enter Edg. Soliloquy. Enter Glo.

led by an old man, who offers to be his conductor, but is refused. Edg. is accepted of as Glo'fter's

guide to Dover. Exeunt. Sc. II. The Duke of Albany's palace. Enter Gon. Edm. and

Steward. A love-intrigue opens between Gon. and Edm. Gon. gives Edm. a ring; and names the Steward as a trusty messenger between them. Exit Edm. and Steward. Enter Albany. He reprehends Gon. for her cruel behaviour to Lear, but is derided for his humanity. Enter mesleoger with news of the Duke of Cornwall's death, and Gloster's loss of his eyes. Albany determines to revenge Glofter.

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Sc, III. Dover. Enter Kont, an ia Gentleman, who informs

Kent that he had delivered his letters to Cordelia,
and relates how she was moved therewith.
pears from this scene that Lear is in Dover, but re-
fuses to see his daug!iter Cordelia, out of Mame for

his unkind behaviour to her. Exeunt. Sc. IV. A camp. Enter Cor. Physician, and soldiers. Cor.

enjoins the Physician to use his utmost kill for the recovery of Lear from bis madness. Enter a mef . senger with news that the British powers are march

ing against Cordelia's. Sc. V. Regan's palace. Enter Reg. and Steward. It ap.

pears that Reg. is in love with Edm. and desires to read the contents of a letter which Gon. (of whom Me is jealous) has sent by the Steward to Edm. but is refuled. She gives the Steward one from herself to deliver to Edm. She promises him a reward

if finding Glo. he should kill him. Sc. VI. The country near Dover. Enter Glo. and Edg, as

a peasant, wlio pretends to be leading him up to the top of Dover cliff. When Glo. is made to believe he is arrived, he throws himself down as with a design to put an end to his life, but without hurt. Edg. here feigns himself to be another person at the bottom of the cliff, and having assured Glo that he had fallen from the top to the bottom,

secms to wonder, with Glo. that he was not dead. Sc. VII. To them enter Lear madly dreft with flowers.

Talk agreeable to the character and misfortunes of

these three persons. Sc. VIII. To them enter a gentleman with attendants, who scize on Lear, in order to carry him to Cor. News


that the enemy is near. Exeunt Lear, gentleman,

and attendants. Manet Glo. and Edg. Sc. IX. To them enter Steward, who assaulting Glo. with a

design to kill him, is himself killed by Edg. Edg.
finds a letter in the Steward's pocket from Gon. to
Edm. encouraging him to assassinate her husband.

Edg. leads off Glo. to a place of safety.
Sc. X. A chamber. Enter Cor. Kent, and Physician. Cor.

expresses her gratitude to Kent for his services to
Lear. Kent desires he may still remain unknown,
in his disguise, to all but her. Enter Lear alleep
in a chair carried by servants. He wakes, and an
affecting interview between Lear and Cordelia fol-
lows, in which Lear's madness appears to be ap-
proaching towards a cure. Exeunt.

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Sc. I. A camp. Enter Edm. Reg. and their powers. Reg.

discovers to Edm. her jealousy of him with Gon.
To them enter Albany, Gon. and soldiers. Alb.
says he hears Lear is come to his daughter Cordelia.

Talk of the war, &c.
Sc. II. As they are going out, enter Edg. disguised, who,

desiring private speech with Alb. delivers him the
letter he had found on the Steward, and dcfires
him to open it bctore the battle ; and, if Alb. won
the battle, that a trumpet might be founded for
him (Edg.) who would then produce a champion
to prove what was avouched in the letter. Enter
Edm. who gives Alb. a list of the supposed number
of the opposite forccs. Exeunt.

Sc. III.


Sc. III. Manet Edm. Soliloquy. He determincs, after the

battle is over, if Lear and Cordelia should be taken prisoners, to frustrate any intended pardon granted

to them from Alb. and to take them off. Sc. IV. A field. Alarm within. Enter with drum and co

Jours, Lear, Cor. and soldiers over the stage, and Exeunt. Enter Eng. and Glo. Edg. seats Glo. under a bush, and leaves him till the battle is over. Alarm and retreat within. Re-enter Edg. who informs Glo. that Lear hath lost the battle, and that he and his daughter Cor. are taken prisoners.

Exeunt. Sc. V. Enter in conquest with drum and colours, Edinund:

Lear and Cor. prisoners. Soldiers, Captain. Edm. orders Lear and Cor. to prison. Exeunt Lear and Cor. guarded. Edm. gives written instructions to the Captain, and promises him preferment if he

obeys them. Exit Captain. Sc. VI. To Edm. enter Alb. Gon. Reg. and soldiers. Upon

Edmund's assuming behaviour, Alb. tells him he holds him not as a brother, but a subject, in the war. Reg. asserts that she has invested bin with sovereign honour by designing him for her husband; and now gives herself and all she has to him. Alb. arrests Edm. on capital treason, orders the trumpet to found for the champiou who is to prove it. Exit Reg. sick, being poisoned by Gon. Enter

Herald at the call of Edm. Sc. VII. A trumpet founds. Edg. appears. He and Edm. . engage. Edm. falis

Alb, shews Gon. the letter of hers which Edg. had given him. Exit Gon. defperate.


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