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Reg. Why is this reason'd ?
Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy :
Alb. Let us then determine
Edm. I shall attend you presently at your tent.
As they are going out, enter EDGAR, disguised.
and Attendants. Edg. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound For him that brought it : Wretched though I seem, I can produce a champion, that will prove What is avouched there : If you miscarry, Your business of the world hath so an end, And machination ceases.6 Fortune love you !
Alb. Stay till I have read the letter.
Edg. I was forbid it.
[Exit. Alb. Why, fare thee well ; I will o'erlook thy paper.
Re-enter EDMUND. Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your powers. Here is the guess of thcir true strength and forces By diligent discovery ;-but your haste Is now urg'd on you. Alb. We will greet the time.?
(Exit. 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 ;  All designs against your life will have an end. STEEVENS. (7) We will be ready to meet the occasion. JOHNSON.
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And hardly shall I carry out my side,
SCENE II. A Field between the two Camps. Alarum within. Enter, with
drum and colours, LeAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces; and exeunt. Enter EDGAR and GLOSTER.
Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree For your good host ; pray that the right may thrive ; If ever I return to you again, I'll bring you comfort. Glo. Grace go with you, sir ! [Exit EDGAR.
Alarums, afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter EDGAR. Edy. Away, old man, give me thy hand, away ; King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en : Give me thy hand, come on.
Gle. 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.8 Come on. Glo. And that's true too.
SCENE III. The British Camp near Dover. Enter, in conquest, with drum
and colours, EDMUND ; Lear and CORDELIA, as prisoners ; Officers, Soldiers, &c.
Edm. Some officers take them away : Good guard ;
Cor. We are not the first,
(8] To be ready, prepared, is all.
Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters ?
Lear. No, no, no, no ! Come, let's away to prison : We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage : When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, And ask of thee forgiveness : So we'll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues, Talk of court-news; and we'll talk with them too.com Who loses, and who wins ; who's in, who's out ;-and take upon us the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies :9 And we'll wear out, In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones, That ebb and flow by the moon.
Edm. Take them away.
Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, The gods themselves throw incense.' Have Icaught chee: He that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven, And fire us hence, like foxes.2 Wipe thine eyes ; The goujeers3 shall devour them, Hesh and fell, * Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see them starve first. Come. [Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded.
Edm. Come hither, captain ; hark.
them to prison :
Off. I'M do’t, my lord.
Offi. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats ; If it be man's work, I will do it.
 As if we were angels commissioned to survey and report the lives of men, and were consequently, endowed with the power of prying into the original motives of action and the mysteries of conduct. JOHNSON
[iThe thought is extremely noble, and expressed in a sublime of imagery that Seneca fell short of on the like occasion. " Ecce spectaculum dig. “ nom ad quod respiciat, intentus operi suo deus : ecce par deo dignum, vir « fortis cum mala fortuna compositus." WARBURTON.
(2) It is usua) to smoke foxes out of their holes. STEEVENS.
131 The goujeres is the morbus gallicus. Gouge, Fr. one of the common women attending a camp:
HANMER  Flesh and fell-flesh and skin. JOHNSON
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, Offe
cers, 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
Alb. Sir, by your patience,
Reg. That's as we list to grace him.
Gon. Not so hot:
Reg. In my rights,
Gon. Holla, holla !
 Turn the launce-men, whom we have hired by giving them pressmoney, against
us. (6) The determination of the question, what shall be done with Cordelia and her father, should be reserved for greater privacy:
(7) Immediacy, supremacy in opposition to subordination, which has quiddam medium between itself and power. JOHNSON
Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer
Gon. Mean you to enjoy him?
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. An interlude !
Alb. Thou art arm’d, Gloster:-Let the trumpet sound : If none appear to prove upon thy person, Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, There is my pledge ; [Throwing down a glove.] I'II
prove it on thy heart,
Reg. Sick, 0, sick!
Aside. Edm. There's my exchange : [Throwing down a
glove.] What in the world he is,
Alb. A herald, ho !
Reg. This sickness grows upon me.  A metaphorical phrase taken from the camp, and signifying, to supa tender at discretion.
 To obstruct their wion lies not in your good pleasure : your veto 'will avail nothing. 9*