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Over her passion ; whó, most rebel-like,
0, then it mov'd her.
Made she no verbal question ? Gent. ?Faith, once, or twice, she heav'd the name
It is the stars,
3 Discourse, conversation. ni.c. Let not pity be supposed to exist.
Kent. Well, sir; The poor distress'd Lear is i'the
Why, good sir? Kent. A sovereign shame so elbows him: his own
Alack, poor gentleman! Kent. Of Albany's and Cornwall's powers you
heard not? Gent. 'Tis so; they are afoot.
Kent. Well, sir, I'll bring you to our master Lear, And leave you to attend him: some dear cause,7 Will in concealment wrap me up awhile; When I am known aright, you shall not grieve Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go Along with me.
Enter CORDELIA, Physician, and Soldiers. Cor. Alack, 'tis he; why, he was met even now As mad as the vex'd sea : singing aloud ;
Crown'd with rank fumiter, 8 and furrow weeds, With harlocks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers, Darnel, and all the idle weeds that
What can man's wisdom do,
Phy. There is means, madam:
eye of anguish. Cor.
All bless'd secrets, All you unpublish'd virtues of the earth, Spring with my tears ! be aidant, and remediate, In the good man's distress !--Seek, seek for him; Lest his ungovern'd rage dissolve the life That wants the means to lead it.'
Enter a Messenger.
Madam, news; The British powers are marching hitherward.
Cor. 'Tis known before; our preparation stands In expectation of them.- dear father, It is thy business that I go
about; Therefore great France My mourning, and important? tears, hath pitied.
Fumitory. 9 Charlocks. 11. 6. The reason which should guide it. 2 Importunate.
No blown 3 ambition doth our arms incite,
A Room in Gloster's Castle.
Enter REGAN and Steward.
Himself In person there? Stew.
Madam, with much ado: Your sister is the better soldier. Reg. Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at
home? Stew. No, madam. Reg. What might import my sister's letter to him? Stew. I know not, lady.
Reg. 'Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter. It was great ignorance, Gloster's eyes being out, To let him live; where he arrives, he moves All hearts against us : Edmund, I think, is gone, In pity of his misery, to despatch His nighted life;4 moreover, to descry The strength o’the enemy. Stew. I must needs after him, madam, with my
letter. Reg. Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay with us; The ways are dangerous.
may not, madam ; My lady charg'd my duty in this business.
Rey. Why should she write to Edmund ? Might
Transport her purposes by word ? Belike,
Madam, I had rather-
Stew. I, madam ?
Reg. I speak in understanding; you are, I know it: Therefore, I do advise you, take this note :6 My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talk'd; And more convenient is he for my hand, Than for your lady's :
-You may gather more. If you do find him, pray you, give him this; And when your mistress hears thus much from you, I pray,
desire her call her wisdom to her.. So, fare you well. . you
do chance to hear of that blind traitor, Preferment falls on him that cuts him off. Stew. 'Would I could meet him, madam! I would
show What party I do follow. Reg.
Fare thee well. [Excunt.
5 A cast, or significant glance of the eye.
7 Infer more. • Observe what I am saying