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Treat well your royal prisoners, 'till you have
Edm. Sir, I approve it safest to pronounce
has charms in it, his title more, To draw the commons once more to his fide ; 'Twere best prevent
Alb. Sir, by your favour,
Regan. That's as we list to grace him.
Gon. Not so hot!
Enter Edgar disguis’d. Alb. What art thou ?
Edgar. Pardon me, Sir, that I presume to stop A prince and conqueror ; yet ere you triumph, Give ear to what a stranger can deliver Of what concerns you more than triumph can. I do impeach your general there of treason,
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Edm. What will not Edmund dare?
Alb. Anon, before our tent, i'th' army's view,
name : He'll wait your trumpet's call. Alb. Lead!
[Exeunt Alb. and train. Edm. Come hither, captain, hark! take thou this note;
[Giving a paper. One step I have advanc'd thee; if thou dost As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way To nobler fortunes : know thou this, that men Are as the time is; to be tender-minded Does not become a sword; my great employment Will not bear question ; either say, thou'lt do't; 04
Or thrive by other means.
Capt. I'll do't, my lord.
Edm. About it, and write happy when thou'st done.
Manent Lear, Kent, Cordelia, guarded. Lear. Oh, Kent! Cordelia ! You are the only pair that e'er I wrong'd, And the just gods have made you witnesses Of my disgrace; the very shame of fortune, To fee me chain’d and shackled at these years ! Yet were you but spectators of my woes, Not fellow-fufferers, all were well. Cord. This language, Sir, adds yet to our
affliction. Lear. Thou, Kent, didst head the troops that
fought my battle; Expos’d thy life and fortunes for a master That had (as I remember) banish'd thee. Kent. Pardon me, Sir, that once I broke your
orders. Banish'd by you, I kept me here disguis’d To watch your fortunes, and protect your person! You know you entertain’d a rough blunt fellow, One Caius, and you thought he did you service. Lear. My trusty Caius, I have lost him too!
'Twas a rough honesty.
Lear. No, no, they shall not fee us weep,
Cord. Upon such sacrifices
Lear. Have I caught you?
Flourish. Enter before the tents, Albany, Edmund,
Guards and Attendants.
for thy soldiers, All levied in my na
my name Took their discharge: now let our trumpets speak, And herald read out this.
[Herald reads. “ If any man of quality within the lists of the « army will maintain upon Edmund, suppos'd earl c. of Glo'fter, that he is a manifold traitor, let him
appear by the third sound of the trumpet; he is « bold in his defence.Again, again.”
[Trumpet answers from within.
Enter Edgar arm’d.
Edm. Ha! my brother!
Edgar. My noble prince, a word;--ere we engage,