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Edm. Come hither, captain ; hark. Take thou this note;' [giving a paper.] go, follow them to One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost [prison : As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way To noble fortunes: Know thou this,—that men Are as the time is : to be tender-minded Does not become a sword :-Thy great employment Will not bear question;" either say, thou'lt do't, Or thrive by other means. Off
I'll do't, my lord. Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou hast done. Mark,- I say, instantly; and carry it so, As I have set it down.
Off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work, I will do it.
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, Officers,
and Attendants. Alb. Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant strain, And fortune led you well: You have the captives Who were the opposites of this day's strife: We do require them of you; so to use them, As we shall find their merits and our safety May equally determine. Edm.
Sir, I thought it fit To send the old and miserable king To some retention, and appointed guard ; Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, To pluck the common bosom on his side, And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes" Which do command them. With him I sent the queen, My reason all the same; and they are ready To-morrow, or at further space, to appear Where you shall hold your session. At this time, We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend;
- this note-] The warrant signed by the bastard and Goneril, for the execution of Lear and Cordelia.-MALONE.
Will not bear guestion ;] i. e. The important business intrusted to him, will not admit of any delay for question, i. e. debate, or consideration.
And turn our impress'a lonces in our eyes“) i.e. Turn the launcemen, whom we have hired by giving them press-money, against us.—Steevens. vol. VIII.
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd
Sir, by your patience,
That's as we list to grace him.
Not so hot:
In my rights,
you. Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets. Gon.
eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint.
Mean you to enjoy him?
Half-blooded fellow, yes. Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine.
[To EDMUND. • Requires a fitter place.) i. e. The determination of the question what shall be done with Cordelia and her father, should be reserved for greater privacy. -S1EEVENS,
immediacy-] i. e. Close and immediate connexion with me, and direct authority from me.-Malone.
the walls are thine :] i. e. I surrender myself up, a metaphorical phrase, taken from the camp.-WARBURTON.
The let-alone lies not in your good will.] Whether he shall not or shall, depends not on your choice.-JOHNSON.
Alb. Stay yet; hear reason :-Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, This gilded serpent: [pointing to Gon.]—for your claim,
fair sister, I bar it in the interest of my wife; 'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord, And I, her husband, contradict your bans. If you will marry, make your love to me, My lady is bespoke. Gon.
it on thy heart,
Sick, 0, sick!
Aside. Edm. There's my exchange : [throwing down a Glove.)
wbat in the world he is
Alb. A herald, ho!
A herald, ho, a herald !
This sickness grows upon me.
Enter a Herald.
Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent.
[Exit Regan, led. Come hither, herald, -Let the trumpet sound,And read out this. Of Sound, trumpet.
[A Trumpet sounds. Herald reads. If any man of quality, or degree, within the lists of the army, will maintain upon Edmund, supposed earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear at the third sound of the trumpet: He is bold in his defence. Edm. Sound.
thy single virtue ;] i.e. Valour; a Roman sense of the word.—STEEVENS. here is mine.] i.e. His sword. u Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours,
[1 Trumpet. Her. Again.
[2 Trumpet. Her. Again.
[3 Trumpet. [Trumpet answers within.
Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a Trumpet.
What are you?
Know, my name is lost;
Which is that adversary?
Draw thy sword;
My oath and my profession:] The privilege of this oath means the privilege gained by taking the oath administered in the regular initiation of a knight professed. --JOHNSON.
* Maugre--] i. e. Notwithstanding.
And, from the extremest upward of thy head,
Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name;
[Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls. Alb. O save him, save him! Gon.
This is mere practice, Gloster :
Shut your mouth, dame,
[Gives the Letter to EDMUND
Most monstrous !
Ask me not what I know.
[Exit GONERIL. Alb. Go after her: she's desperate; govern her.
[To an Officer, who goes out.
say-] i. e. Taste or relish.—Nares. ? What safe and nicely, &c.] That delay which by the law of knighthood I might make, I scorn to make. Nicely is punctiliously; if I stood on minute forms. -MALONE.
a Where they shall rest for ever.] To that place, where they shall rest for ever ; i. e. thy heart.--Malone.