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Fool. Why, to put's head in, not to give it away m to his daughters, and leave his horns without a cafe.

Lear. I will forget my nature. So kind a father! Be my horses ready?

Fol. Thy afics are gone about them. The reason, why the seven stars are no more than seven, is a pretty reason.

Lear. Because they are not eight.
Fool. Yes o indecd; thou would'st make a good fool.
Lear. To take't again perforce-Monster ingratitude !

Fool. If P thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee beaten for being old before thy time.

Lear. How's that?

Fool. Thou should not have been old, 9 before thou hadit been wise.

Lear. 1 o, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heav'n! Keep me in temper; I would not be mad,

Enter Gentleman.

• How now, are the horses ready?

Gert, Ready, my lord.
Lear. Come, boy.

Fool. She that's ' a maid now, and laughs at my departure, Shall not be a maid long, u unless things be cut shorter.

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SAVE thee, Curan.

Curan. And you, sir. I have been with your father, and given him notice that the Duke of Cornwall, and · Regan his Dutchess, will be here with him b this night.

Edm. How comes that?

Curan. Nay, I know not; you have heard of the news abroad; I mean the whisper'd ones; fore they are yet but dear-kissing arguments.

Edm. Not I; pray you, what are they?

• Cur. Have you heard of no likely wars towards 'twixt the f two Dukes of Cornwall and Albany.

Edm. Not a word.
Cur. You may 8 then in time. Fare you well, sir. [Exit.

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Edm. The duke be here to-night? the better! best!
This weares itself perforce into my business;
My father hath fet guard to take my brother,
And I have one thing of a b queazy question
i Which I must act. Briefness, and fortune work!
Brother, a word. Descend. Brother, I say ;-

Enter Edgar.

My father watches; ok sir, fly this place,
Intelligence is given where you are hid;
You have now the good advantage of the night--
Have you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornwall 'aught?
He's coming hither now i'th' night, "i'th' haste,
And Regan with him; have you nothing said
n Upon his party 'gainst the Duke of Albany?
Advise yourself.

Edg. I'm sure on't, not a word.

Edm. I hear my father coming. Pardon me P In cunning, I must draw my sword upon you9 Draw; seem to defend yourself.

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k The qu's omit fir.
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n 1. would read against his party for the Duke of Albany.
o The qu's read advise your-
p The qu's read' in craving, áo.
9 The qa's omit draw,


Now, quit you well —
Yield---Come before my father Light ho, here!
*Fly, brother-- Torches, torches ! ----So farewell,

[Exit Edgar. Some blood, drawn on me, would beget opinion (Wounds

his arm,

of my more fierce endeavour. I have seen drunkards
Do more than this in sport. Father ! father!
Stop, stop. No help?

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To him enter Glo'ster and servants with torches.

Glo. Now, Edmund, where's the villain?

Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,
* Mumbling of wicked charms, conj'ring the moon
To stand w his auspicious mistress.

Glo. But where is he?
Edm. Look, sir, I bleed.
Gl. Where is the villain, Edmund ?
Edm. Fled this way, fir, when by no means he could-
Glo. Pursue him, ' ho! Go after. By no means, what?

Edm. Persuade me to the murther of your lordship;
Bat that, I told him, the revenging gods

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'Gainst parricides did all ? their a thunders bend,
Spoke with how manifold and strong a bond
The child was bound to th' father. Sir, b in fine,
Seeing how lothly opposite I stood
To his unnatural purpose, « in fell motion
With his prepared' fword he charges home
My unprovided body, « lanc'd my arm;
e But when he saw my best f alarum'd spirits
Bold in the quarrels & right, rouz'd to th' encounter,
Or whether b'ghasted by the noise I made,
i Full suddenly he fled.

Glo. Let him Ay far;
Not in this land shall he remain uncaught;
k And found_Dispatch—The noble Duke my master,

My m worthy arch and patron comes to-night ;
By his authority I will proclaim it,
That he " which finds him shall deserve our thanks,

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f So the qu's, and ist, 2d, and 3d fo's; the 4th f. alarm’d; all the rest alarmed.

& The ist q. reads rights.

b 'Ghajted, contraction of aghafted, i. ci affrighted. All editions read gated.

i Thc qu's read but for full.
k W. reads and found, dispatch'd.

T. reads my worthy and arcb-patron, ác.
m The 4th f, reads worth.
n T.'s duodecimo reads who for which; followed by IV. and 7.


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