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And give the letters, which thou find'st about me,
What is he dead?
; Let's see his pockets: these letters, that he speaks of,
friends.He's dead; I am only sorry He had no other death's-man.-Let us see : Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blame us not: To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their hearts; Their
papers, is more lawful. [Reads.] Let our reciprocal vows be remembered, You have many opportunities to cut him off: if your will want not, time and place will be fruitfully offered. There is nothing done, if he return the conqueror : Then am I the prisoner, and his bed my gaol; from the loathed warmth whereof deliver me, and supply the place for your labour.
Your wife, (so I would say,) and your affectionate servant,
GONERIL. O undistinguish'd space of woman's will !A plot upon her virtuous husband's life; And the exchange, my brother !-Here, in the sands, Thee I'll rake up,' the post unsanctified Of murderous lechers : and, in the mature time,
ç To rip their papers is more lawful.
With this ungracious paper strike the sight
[Exit EDGAR, dragging out the body.
Give me your hand: Far off, methinks, I hear the beaten drum. Come, father, I'll bestow you with a friend. [Exeunt.
A Tent in the French Camp. LEAR on a Bed, asleep:
Physician, Gentleman, and Others, attending : Enter CORDELIA and KENT,
Cor. O thou good Kent, how shall I live, and work, To match thy goodness? My life will be too short, And every measure fail me.
Kent. To be acknowledg'd, madam, is o'er-paid. All my reports go with the modest truth; Nor more, nor clipp'd, but so. Cor.
Be better suited : 2 These weeds are memories 3 of those worser hours; I pr'ythee, put them off. Kent.
Pardon me, dear madam;
Yet to be known, shortens my made intent:4
[To the Physician. Phys. Madam, sleeps still.
Cor. O you kind gods,
So please your majesty, That we may wake the king? he hath slept long.
Cor. Be govern'd by your knowledge, and proceed ľ the sway
of your own will. Is he array'd? Gent. Ay, madam; in the heaviness of his sleep, We put fresh garments on him.
Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do awake him; I doubt not of his temperance. Cor.
Kind and dear princess! Cor. Had you not been their father, these white
4 Intent formed.
In the most terrible and nimble stroke
Phys. Madam, do you; 'tis fittest.
majesty ? Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o'the
Sir, do you know me?
day-light?I am mightily abus'd.— I should even die with pity, To see another thus. I know not what to say.I will not swear, these are my hands :-let's see; I feel this pin prick. 'Would I were assur'd Of my condition. Cor.
0, look upon me, sir,
5 The allusion is to the forlorn-hope in an army, called in
French, enfans perdus.
hands in benediction o'er me: No, sir, you must not kneel. Lear.
Pray, do not mock me: I am a very foolish fond old man, Fourscore and upward ; and, to deal plainly, I fear, I am not in my perfect mind. Methinks, I should know you, and know this man: Yet I am doubtful : for I am mainly ignorant What place this is ; and all the skill I have Remembers not these garments ; nor I know not Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh at me; For, as I am a man, I think this lady To be my child Cordelia. Cor.
And so I am, I am. Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, 'faith. I pray,
weep not : If
you have poison for me, I will drink it.
No cause, no cause.
In your own kingdom, sir.
Phys. Be comforted, good madam : the great rage,
Cor. Will't please your highness walk?
You must bear with me :
7 To reconcile it to his apprehension.