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Edm. The duke comes here to-night ; I'll take ad. vantage Of his arrival to complete my project, Brother, a word; come forth ! tis I, your friend.

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My father watches for you, fly this place;
Intelligence is given where you are hid ;
Take the advantage of the night.—Bethink,
Have you not spoke against the duke of Cornwall
Something might show you a favorer of
Duke Albany's party?
Edg. Nothing: why ask you?
Edm. Because he's coming here to-night in baste,
And Regan with him. -
Edg. Let them come on ; I'll stay and clear myself.",
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 —
serit 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? Palm. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword eut, -

Mumbling of wicked charms, Glost. But where is he P Edm. Look, sir, I bleed. Glost. Where is the villain, Edmund P Edm. Sir. he is fled. When by no means he could-r Glost. By no means, what? Edm. Persuade me to the murder of your lordship; JBut 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 loathly opposite I stood To his unnatural purpose, in full motion, With his prepared sword, he charges home My unprovided body, lanced my 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 h 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’il work the means to make thee capable. [exetant

| - TF scene 11—before the earl of Gloster's castle.

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Osw. Why, then, I care not for thee. Kent. An' I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I'd make thee care for me. Osw. What dost thou mean P I know thee not. Rent But, minion, I know thee. Osw. What dost thou know me for P Rent. 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, H. Osw. What a monstrous fellow art thou, to rail at one that is neither known of thee, nor knows thee! Rent. 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 intans the fellow 2 I tell thee, I have nothing to do with thee. Kent. Draw, you rascal. I know your rogueship’s effice; you come with letters against the king, taking my young lady vanity’s part against her royal father : draw rascal. Osw. Murder murder help ! - [erit, Kent after him

(fourisk of trumpets)

- enter duke of co RN wall, RE GAN, captain of the guard, and attendants—Glost ER and EDM UN d.

Glost. All welcome to your graces; you do me honor. 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 P Glost. He is, my lord.


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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 choose you, Gloster, for our host to night,

A troublesoine expression of our love.
On, to the sports before us. (noise within)
these ?

enter oswald, pursued by RENT.

Glost. Now, what’s the matter?
Corn. Keep peace upon your lives; he
Whence, and what are ye?

Who are

dies that

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 valor. * Nature disclaims the dastard a tailor made him.

Corn. Speak yet, how grew your quarrel ?

Osw. Sir, this old ruffian here, whose life I spared In pity to his beard,

Aent. Thou essence bottle!
In pity to my beard —your leave, my lord,
And l will tread the musk-cat into mortar.
Corn. Know'st thou our presence 2
Kent. Yes, sir, but anger has a privilege.
Corn. Why art thou angry P

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 2
Aent. His countenance likes me not.

Corn. No more, perhaps, does mine, nor his, or hars. Kent. Plain dealing is my trade; and, to be plain, sir, 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 plaintless harbor'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 honor of his boid exploit, Drew on me here again. Corn. Bring forth the stocks; we'll teach you. Kent. Sir, Pm too old to learn; Call not the stocks for me; 1 serve the king, On whose employment I 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 honor,

There shall he sit till noon.

(attendants seize Kent) Reg. Till noon, my lord 1 till night, and all night too. 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 graces to forbear him; His fault is much, and the good king his master, Will check him for't; but needs must take it ill To be thus slighted in his messenger.

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