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To make him even o'er the time be has lost.
Cor. Will’t please your highness walk ?
You must bear with me: Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old, and foolish.
[Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, Physician, and
Most certain, sir.
As 'tis said,
They say, Edgar,
Kent. Report is changeable.
Gent. The arbitrement is like to be a bloody. Fare
[Erit. Kent. My point and period will be throughly wrought, Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought. [Exit.
you well, sir.
Scene I.— The Camp of the British Forces, near Dover. Enter with Drums and Colours, EDMUND, REGAN, Officers,
Soldiers, and others.
[To an Officer, who goes out. s To make him even o'er the time he has lost.] i.e. To render all that past during the 'interval of his insanity even (i. e. plain or level) to his understanding, while it continues in its present state of uncertainty.--STEEVENS.
- his constant pleasure.] His settled resolution. --Johnson.
Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried.
Now, sweet lord,
In honour'd love.
That thought abuses you.* Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.
Edm. No, by mine honour, madam.
Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord,
Fear me not:
Enter ALBANY, Goneril, and Soldiers. Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister Should loosen him and me.
Edm. Sir, you speak nobly.*
Why is this reason'd?
Let us then determine With the ancient of war on our proceedings.
forefended— ) i.e. Prohibited, forbidden. * That thought abuses you.] That thought imposes on you.-Malone.
9 Not bolds the king;] i.e. Not as it emboldens the king to assert his former title.-STEEVENS.
make oppose.] Compel to oppose us. Sir, you speak nobly.) This reply must be understood ironically.
Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent.
As they are going out, enter EDGAR, disguised. Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man so poor, Hear me one word. 416.
I'll overtake you.—Speak.
Soldiers, and Attendants.
Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.
I was forbid it.
[Erit. Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o’erlook thy paper.
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." [Erit. 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;
b And machination ceases.] i.e. All designs against your life will bave an end. STEEVENS.
-greet the time.] i.e. Ready to meet the occasion. Jounson.
And hardly shall I carry out my side,
A Field between the two Camps. Alarum within. Enter, with Drum and Colours, LEAR,
CORDELIA, and their Forces; and ereunt.
Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER.
Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree
[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 endure Their going hence, even as their coming hither: Ripeness is all: Come on. Glo.
And that's true too.
[Exeunt. SCENE III.
d_hardly shall I carry out my side,] i. e. “I shall scarcely be able to make out my game." The allusion is to a party at cards, and he is afraid he sball not be able to make his side successful.-M. Mason.
e Ripeness is all:] i. e. To be ready, prepared, is all.–STEEVENS.
The British Camp near Dover. Enter, in Conquest, with Drum and Colours, EDMUND;
LEAR and Cordelia, as Prisoners; Officers, Soldiers, 8c.
Edm. Some officers take them away: good guard;
We are not the first,
Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison:
Take them away.
[Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded.
to censure them.] i.e. To pass sentence or judgment on them.-STEEVENS. & As if we were God's spies:] Angels commissioned to survey and report the lives
and were consequently endowed with the power of prying into the original motives of action, and the mysteries of conduct.—Johnson.
h And fire us hence like fores.] It is usual to smoke foxes out of their holes.STEEVENS. i The goujeers—] i.e. Morbus Gallicus.
- flesh and fell,] Flesh and skin.