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Something might show you a favourer of
Duke Albany’s party 2
Edg. Nothing; why ask you?
Edm. Because he's coming here to-night in haste,
And Regan with him.
Edg. Let them come on; I'll stay and clear my-
self.
Edm. Your innocence at leisure may be heard,
But Gloster’s storming rage as yet is deaf,
And you may perish ere allow'd the hearing.
I hear our father coming—Pardon me:–
In cunning I must draw my sword upon you :—
Draw: seem to defend yourself: now quit you well;
Yield: come before my father;-help, ho, here!—
Fly, brother;-help, here, help!—farewell, farewell.—
[Eacit EDGAR.
Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion
Of our more fierce encounter—I have seen
Drunkards do more than this in sport.
[Stabs himself in the arm.

Enter Gloster and SERVANTs.

Glost. Now, Edmund, where's the traitor Edm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword Out, Mumbling of wicked charms, Glost. But where is he * Edm. Look, sir, I bleed. Glost. Where is the villain, Edmund Edm. Sir, he is fled. When by no means he could– Glost. By no means, what? Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship; But that I told him the revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend; Spoke with how manifold and strong a bond The child was bound to the father;-sir, in fine, Seeing how lothly opposite I stood To his unnatural purpose, in full motion,

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With his prepared sword, he charges home
My unprovided body, lanced mine arm :
But when he saw my best alarum’d spirits,
Bold in the quarrel's right, roused to the encounter,
Or whether gasted by the noise I made,
Full suddenly he fled.
Glost. Let him fly far, this kingdom shall not hide
him
The noble duke my patron comes to-night;
By his authority I will proclaim
Rewards for him, that brings him to the stake,
And death for the concealer;
Then of my lands, loyal and natural boy,
I’ll work the means to make thee capable. [Eveunt.

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Osw. Good morrow, friend: belong'st thou to this house 2 - Kent. Ask them will answer thee. Osov. Where may we set our horses : Kent. I’ th’ mire. Osw. I am in haste; pr’ythee, an’ thou lov'st me, tell me. Kent. I love thee not. Osw. Why, then, I care not for thee... Kent. An' I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I'd mak thee care for me. . Osw. What dost thou mean * I know thee not. Rent. But, minion, I know thee,

Osw. What dost thou know me for Kent. For a base, proud, beggarly, white-livered, glass-gazing, super-serviceable, finical rogue; one that would be a pimp in way of good service, and art nothing but a composition of knave, beggar, coward, pander, Osw. What a monstrous fellow art thou, to rail at one that is neither known of thee, nor knows thee! Kent. Impudent slave! not know me, who but two days since tripped up thy heels before the king! Draw, miscreant, or I'll make the moon shine through thee. [Drawing his sword. Osw. What means the fellow? I tell thee, I have nothing to do with thee. Kent. Draw, you rascal. I know your rogueship's office; you come with letters against the king, taking

my young lady Vanity’s part against her royal father: Draw, rascal.

Osw. Murder 1 murder! help !
[Erit KENT after him.

Flourish of Trumpets.

|Enter DUKE of CoRNwall, ReGAN, CAPTAIN of the GUARD, and ATTENDANTs; Gloster and EDMUND.

Glost. All welcome to your graces; you do me honour. Corn. Gloster, we have heard with sorrow, that your life Has been attempted by your impious son: But Edmund here has paid you strictest duty. Glost. He did bewray his practice, and received The hurt you see, striving to apprehend him. Corn. Is he pursued

Glost. He is, my lord.

Reg. Use our authority to apprehend The traitor, and do justice on his head. For you, Edmund, that have signalized Your virtue, you from henceforth shall be ours; Natures of such firm trust we much shall need.— A charming youth, and worth my farther thought !

Corn. Lay comfort, noble Gloster, to your breast, As we to ours. This night be spent in revels. We chuse you, Gloster, for our host to-night, A troublesome expression of our love. On, to the sports before us. [Noise within.]—Who are

these ?

Enter Oswald, pursued by KENT.

Glost. Now, what’s the matter 2 Corn. Keep peace upon your lives; he dies that strikes. Whence, and what are ye? Reg. The messengers from our sister, and the king. Corn. Your difference 2 speak. Osw. I’m scarce in breath, my lord. Kent No marvel, you have so bestir'd your valour. Nature disclaims the dastard; a tailor made him. Corn. Speak yet, how grew your quarrel 2 Osw. Sir, this old ruffian here, whose life Ispared In pity to his beard, Kent. Thou essence bottle ! In pity to my beard!—Your leave, my lord, And I will tread the musk-cat into mortar. Corn. Know'st thou our presence Kent. Yes, sir, but anger has a privilege. Corn. Why art thou angry Kent. That such a slave as this should wear a sword, And have no courage; office, and no honesty; Not frost and fire hold more antipathy Than I and such a knave. Glost. Why dost thou call him knave? Rent. His countenance likes me not. C

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Corn. No more, perhaps, does mine, nor his, or hers.
Kent. Plain dealing is my trade; and, to be plain,
- Sls,
I have seen better faces in my time,
Than stand on any shoulders now before me.
Reg. This is some fellow, that having once been
praised
For bluntness, since affects a saucy rudeness;
But I have known one of these surly knaves,
That in his plainness harbour'd more design
Than twenty cringing complimenting minions.
Corn. What's the offence you gave him :
Osw. Never any, sir;
It pleased the king, his master, lately
To strike me on a slender misconstruction;
Whilst, watching his advantage, this old lurcher
Tripp'd me behind, for which the king extoll’d him;
And, flush'd with the honour of this bold exploit,
Drew on me here again.
Corn. Bring forth the stocks; we’ll teach you.
Kent. Sir, I’m too old to learn;
Call not the stocks for me; 1 serve the king,
On whose employment 1 was sent to you:
You'll show too small respect, and too bold malice
Against the person of my royal master,
Stocking his messenger.
[ATTENDANts bring forth the stocks.
Corn. Bring forth the stocks; as I have life and
honour,
There shall he sit till noon.
[ATTENDANts seize KENt.
Reg. Till noon, my lord Till night, and all night
to O. :
Kent. Why, madam, if I were your father's dog,
You would not use me so.
Reg. Sir, being his knave, I will.
[ATTENDANTs put KENT into the stocks.
Glost. Let me beseech your grases to forbear him;

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