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King Lear Duke of *; gundy Duke of Cornwall Duke of Albany Earl of Kent Earl of Gloster Edgar Edmund First knight Second do. Third do. Physician Captain of the } guard fficer Oswald Herald Page to Goneril Page to Regan Old man Edward First ruffian Second do.
Goneril Regan Cordelia Aranthe
scen E 1—an antechamber in king Lear’s palace, enter EDM UND.
Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law
enter Ke NT and G Lost ER.
Glost. Nay, good my lord, your charity O'ershoots itself, to plead in his behalf; You are yourself a father, and may feel
The sting of disobedience from a son
enter cor D ELIA and Ed GAR.
Edg. Cordelia, royal fair, turn yet, once more,
Cord. Alas! what would the wretched Edgar with The more unfortunate Cordelia, Who, in obedience to a father's will, Flies from her Edgar's arms to Burgundy's P [ereunt !"
scENE 11—a room of state in the palace.
(flourish of trumpets—drums)
* King LEAR upon his throne—ALBANY, cornwALL, BURG UNDY, KENT, GLosTER, Gone Ril, RE GAN, cor D ELIA, captain of the guads, knights, pages, gentleman with the map, gentleman with the crown, bords, ladies, &c. &c. discovered.
Lear. Attend, my lords of Albany and Cornwall, With princely Burgundy.
Alb. We do, my liege.
Lear. Give me the map. Know, lords, we have di
Long in our court have made your amorous sojourn,
Gon. Sir, I do love you more than words can utter,
Lear. Of all these bounds, e'en from this line to this, With shady forests, and wide skirted meads, We make thee lady; to thine and Albany's issue Be this perpetual. What says our second daughter, Regan, wife to Cornwall P
Reg. My sister, sir, in part, exprest my love ;
For such as hers, is mine, though more extended : Sense has no other joy that I can relish ; I have my all in my dear liege's love. Lear. Therefore, to thee and thine hereditary, Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom. Cord. Now comes my trial. How am I distrest, That must with cold speech tempt the cho!’ric king, Rather to leave me dowerless, than condemn me To Burgundy’s embraces ! Lear. Speak now our last, not least in our dear love, [. So ends my task of state.-Cordelia, speak ; What can'st thou say to win a richer third, [. Than what thy sisters gain'd? | Cord. Now must my love in words, fall short of | theirs, As much as it exceeds in truth-Nothing, my lord. Lear. Nothing 2 | Cord. Nothing. | Lear. Nothing can come of nothing; speak again. Cord. Unhappy am I that I can't dissemble M Sir, as I ought, I love your majesty, No more, nor less. Lear. Take heed, Cordelia; h Thy fortunes are at stake ; think better on't, | And mend thy speech a little. Cord. O, my siege : You gave me being, bred me, dearly love me, And I return my duty as I ought, Obey you, love you, and most honor you. Why have my sisters husbands, if they love you all? Haply when I shall wed, the lord, whose hand Shall take my plight, will carry half my love ; For I shall never marry like my sisters, To love my father all. Lear. And goes thy heart with this? Tis said that I am chol’ric. Judge me, gods, Is there not cause P now, minion, I perceive The truth of what has been suggested to us, Thy fondness for the rebel son of Gloster. And, oh! take heed, rash girl, lest we comply