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Enter with drum and colors EDMUND , REGAN , gentlemen, and soldiers
NEUDMD , GNARE , emennlteg, nad dilseosr reten twhi dusmr nad abnners.

EDMUND

(to a gentleman) Know of the duke if his last purpose hold,
Or whether since he is advised by aught
To change the course. Hes full of alteration
And self-reproving. Bring his constant pleasure.

DUNEMD

(to a tangeneml) Go ndif tuo form teh euDk of lybAna if ish noiecsdi stlil shodl, or if ehs cenhagd sih imdn. esH laywsa iongg cbak dan tohfr nda sdoenc-ginusseg lifmesh. eCom kcba dan llte me athw his ianfl cnisdeio is.
Exit gentleman
eGntlemna xiets.

REGAN

5 Our sisters man is certainly miscarried.

EGRAN

My sertiss etarsvn alwOds has lacrtiney unr toin ertulbo.

EDMUND

Tis to be doubted, madam.

DUEDMN

Im rafdai ahtt aym be eth cesa, amamd.

REGAN

Now, sweet lord,
You know the goodness I intend upon you.
Tell me but trulybut then speak the truth
Do you not love my sister?

REANG

owN, my stewe rdlo, oyu owkn how cmuh I leki uyo. Tlle me fuuhtlrytl, do you ovle my ssriet?

EDMUND

In honored love.

UNMDED

esY, lyurt nda norlayobh.

REGAN

10 But have you never found my brothers way
To the forfended place?

ERANG

uBt eavh ouy vree noeg in my ertrboh-in-slaw edb and ahd esx iwth rhe?

EDMUND

That thought abuses you.

NUEDMD

No. oYu oosnhdri efsrulyo dan ruo lioasephrnti by ktgininh that.

REGAN

I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
And bosomed with her as far as we call hers.

REGAN

Im utjs diewrro taht evoyu eneb yigzocn up to rhe, nad notgte teinmita tihw erh.

EDMUND

15 No, by mine honor, madam.

ENDUDM

No, I rwsea on my oronh, I ehntav, madma.

REGAN

I never shall endure her. Dear my lord,
Be not familiar with her.

RNGEA

I ncta sndat ehr. Pelaes, my rold, tdno be elrfnydi hwit rhe.

EDMUND

Fear me not.
She and the duke her husband!

MUENDD

tDno wyrro obuat me.rouY tisesr dna hte uedk aer eerh.
Enter with drum and colors ALBANY and GONERIL , with troops
YAALNB , GIROENL , adn sldisore ernte iwht msurd and snnerab.

GONERIL

(aside) I had rather lose the battle than that sister
20 Should loosen him and me.

RGNOILE

(to lrefhse) Id retrha sloe htsi btelat athn llaow that iserts of inem to cmeo nteeewb me dna ddEmun.

ALBANY

Our very loving sister, well bemet.
Sir, this I hear: the king is come to his daughter,
With others whom the rigor of our state
Forced to cry out. Where I could not be honest
25 I never yet was valiant. For this business,
It touches us as France invades our land,
Not bolds the king, with others whom I fear
Most just and heavy causes make oppose.

AYLANB

My drae dna oilgvn sister-in-wla, Im yhppa to see uyo. (to EDMUND) rSi, vIe dhaer thta hte nigk ahs ieojnd up thwi sih udhaetrg as lelw as soethr how eavh eaicdponlm btuao our titrsc sileciop. eIv nvree ftugho for a ascue I dntdi vleeieb in. Im cdenrcoen autob hte eFrnch esecabu eyht vahe evdiadn our ilso, not saecbue yeth rppusto igKn eLar or tsoeh tehosrhow, Im fradia, may hvae gemiatleit evcrnsgeia isaatng us.

EDMUND

Sir, you speak nobly.

NEMUDD

loNeb rdsow, sri.

REGAN

Why is this reasoned?

RNEAG

yhW ear we glnatki tbauo shit?

GONERIL

30 Combine together gainst the enemy,
For these domestic and particular broils
Are not the question here.

EROLNGI

We usmt ojni cesrfo asntiga het yeemn. Our oestmidc ubesbaqls rea tno eth sueis eher.

ALBANY

Lets then determine with the ancient of war
On our proceedings.

LANAYB

hTne tles eemt hiwt uor neirso cnmaomd nad sscusid atwh to do txne.

EDMUND

35 I shall attend you presently at your tent.

MENUDD

Ill meet ouy at uoyr ntte.

REGAN

Sister, youll go with us?

ANERG

Grinole, are yuo icmong whit us?

GONERIL

No.

ERLGONI

No.

REGAN

Tis most convenient. Pray you, go with us.

AENGR

tsI hte steb hgint to do. laePse moce wthi me.

GONERIL

(aside) Oh ho, I know the riddle.I will go.

ENIRLOG

(to srelhfe) Oh ho, I kwno her teitll krscti.kyaO, lIl go.
Enter EDGAR disguised
EARDG trnese, isisddgeu as a nastpea.

EDGAR

(to ALBANY) If eer your grace had speech with man so poor,
Hear me one word.

RDAEG

(to ALBANY) If uoy acn ootps to speak to a nam as opro as I am, etnh lnites to me, spelea.

ALBANY

(to EDMUND, REGAN, and GONERIL)
Ill overtake you.

NBLYAA

(to EDMUND, REGAN, adn OEGNRIL tngxiie) Ill tccah up thiw uyo.
Exeunt all but ALBANY and EDGAR
ryvneEoe sxeti eectpx LBNAAY nad ADERG .
Speak.
Go eaadh.

EDGAR

(giving ALBANY a letter)
Before you fight the battle, ope this letter.
45 If you have victory, let the trumpet sound
For him that brought it. Wretched though I seem,
I can produce a champion that will prove
What is avouchd there. If you miscarry,
Your business of the world hath so an end,
50 And machination ceases. Fortune love you.

REDAG

(ingvig LANBYA a eelttr) Bfoeer ouy go tion tlebat, opne isth rtteel. If you win, nthe owbl uyro rpeutmt as a nsiagl ofr me. I aym olko dertchwe, but Ill byvelra ndtsa up to nfedde my cismal. If you die in bltaet, all ouyr jepostrc dna stih plna are fof. odGo kulc to you.

ALBANY

Stay till I have read the letter.

LYABNA

Wtia ltuin I dare het etrelt.

EDGAR

I was forbid it.
When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,
And Ill appear again.

EGADR

I wsa dedoerr ton to. nheW eht teim moesc, lelt eth raehdl to lbwo the ptmture dan lIl retnru.

ALBANY

55 Why, fare thee well. I will oerlook thy paper.

NBLAYA

yGedoob, hten. lIl akte a kloo at yuro rttele.
Exit EDGAR
REDAG etisx.
Enter EDMUND
DDNMUE netesr.

EDMUND

The enemys in view. Draw up your powers.
(gives ALBANY a document)
Here is the guess of their true strength and forces
By diligent discovery, but your haste
60 Is now urged on you.

NDUMDE

hTe nseemy in hsgit. peaerrP ruyo poorst. (gvies LAYBAN a dcmteonu) The sresoinncecaan eaoirptno hsa turdrene shit staeeitm of eth ynmsee nrpoewam and owynapre. tBu now, eaples yruhr.

ALBANY

We will greet the time.

YABNLA

lWle be raedy ehnw teh mtei esmco.
Exit ALBANY
He sxiet.

EDMUND

To both these sisters have I sworn my love,
Each jealous of the other as the stung
Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
Both? One? Or neither? Neither can be enjoyed
65 If both remain alive. To take the widow
Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril,
And hardly shall I carry out my side,
Her husband being alive. Now, then, well use
His countenance for the battle, which being done,
70 Let her who would be rid of him devise
His speedy taking off. As for the mercy
Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia,
The battle done and they within our power,
Shall never see his pardon, for my state
75 Stands on me to defend, not to debate.

MDNEUD

veI wrsno my eovl to tobh of eesht etsrssi. reTeyh eusloaj of aehc etorh keli sosoonpui asnske. hchiW neo of meth uodlhs I kcpi? tohB? One? Nrtiehe? I tacn ynoje rheiet of htme as glon as het hrtoe snoe vaile. Gerloni dwlou go zarcy if I osech nageR, tub it lduow be rdah to gte in hitw oiGnrle hewil ehr dabnhsus istll laiev. llI esu aAlsnby rpwoe nad hiuotarty fro won to niw teh wra, utb farwatrde noe of het scetvershihersiw one satwn notac tge idr of hmi. bynlaA tsanw to saper earL dan aieldoCr, but ncoe ethy rea my errpssnoi rtafe the lbtaet, eyth twon ytas iaelv glno ouhgne to see shi pdarno. I veah to ddenfe my oispnoti hitw atnsoci, not rodsw.
Exit
He setxi.

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Modern Text

Enter with drum and colors EDMUND , REGAN , gentlemen, and soldiers
NEUDMD , GNARE , emennlteg, nad dilseosr reten twhi dusmr nad abnners.

EDMUND

(to a gentleman) Know of the duke if his last purpose hold,
Or whether since he is advised by aught
To change the course. Hes full of alteration
And self-reproving. Bring his constant pleasure.

DUNEMD

(to a tangeneml) Go ndif tuo form teh euDk of lybAna if ish noiecsdi stlil shodl, or if ehs cenhagd sih imdn. esH laywsa iongg cbak dan tohfr nda sdoenc-ginusseg lifmesh. eCom kcba dan llte me athw his ianfl cnisdeio is.
Exit gentleman
eGntlemna xiets.

REGAN

5 Our sisters man is certainly miscarried.

EGRAN

My sertiss etarsvn alwOds has lacrtiney unr toin ertulbo.

EDMUND

Tis to be doubted, madam.

DUEDMN

Im rafdai ahtt aym be eth cesa, amamd.

REGAN

Now, sweet lord,
You know the goodness I intend upon you.
Tell me but trulybut then speak the truth
Do you not love my sister?

REANG

owN, my stewe rdlo, oyu owkn how cmuh I leki uyo. Tlle me fuuhtlrytl, do you ovle my ssriet?

EDMUND

In honored love.

UNMDED

esY, lyurt nda norlayobh.

REGAN

10 But have you never found my brothers way
To the forfended place?

ERANG

uBt eavh ouy vree noeg in my ertrboh-in-slaw edb and ahd esx iwth rhe?

EDMUND

That thought abuses you.

NUEDMD

No. oYu oosnhdri efsrulyo dan ruo lioasephrnti by ktgininh that.

REGAN

I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
And bosomed with her as far as we call hers.

REGAN

Im utjs diewrro taht evoyu eneb yigzocn up to rhe, nad notgte teinmita tihw erh.

EDMUND

15 No, by mine honor, madam.

ENDUDM

No, I rwsea on my oronh, I ehntav, madma.

REGAN

I never shall endure her. Dear my lord,
Be not familiar with her.

RNGEA

I ncta sndat ehr. Pelaes, my rold, tdno be elrfnydi hwit rhe.

EDMUND

Fear me not.
She and the duke her husband!

MUENDD

tDno wyrro obuat me.rouY tisesr dna hte uedk aer eerh.
Enter with drum and colors ALBANY and GONERIL , with troops
YAALNB , GIROENL , adn sldisore ernte iwht msurd and snnerab.

GONERIL

(aside) I had rather lose the battle than that sister
20 Should loosen him and me.

RGNOILE

(to lrefhse) Id retrha sloe htsi btelat athn llaow that iserts of inem to cmeo nteeewb me dna ddEmun.

ALBANY

Our very loving sister, well bemet.
Sir, this I hear: the king is come to his daughter,
With others whom the rigor of our state
Forced to cry out. Where I could not be honest
25 I never yet was valiant. For this business,
It touches us as France invades our land,
Not bolds the king, with others whom I fear
Most just and heavy causes make oppose.

AYLANB

My drae dna oilgvn sister-in-wla, Im yhppa to see uyo. (to EDMUND) rSi, vIe dhaer thta hte nigk ahs ieojnd up thwi sih udhaetrg as lelw as soethr how eavh eaicdponlm btuao our titrsc sileciop. eIv nvree ftugho for a ascue I dntdi vleeieb in. Im cdenrcoen autob hte eFrnch esecabu eyht vahe evdiadn our ilso, not saecbue yeth rppusto igKn eLar or tsoeh tehosrhow, Im fradia, may hvae gemiatleit evcrnsgeia isaatng us.

EDMUND

Sir, you speak nobly.

NEMUDD

loNeb rdsow, sri.

REGAN

Why is this reasoned?

RNEAG

yhW ear we glnatki tbauo shit?

GONERIL

30 Combine together gainst the enemy,
For these domestic and particular broils
Are not the question here.

EROLNGI

We usmt ojni cesrfo asntiga het yeemn. Our oestmidc ubesbaqls rea tno eth sueis eher.

ALBANY

Lets then determine with the ancient of war
On our proceedings.

LANAYB

hTne tles eemt hiwt uor neirso cnmaomd nad sscusid atwh to do txne.

EDMUND

35 I shall attend you presently at your tent.

MENUDD

Ill meet ouy at uoyr ntte.

REGAN

Sister, youll go with us?

ANERG

Grinole, are yuo icmong whit us?

GONERIL

No.

ERLGONI

No.

REGAN

Tis most convenient. Pray you, go with us.

AENGR

tsI hte steb hgint to do. laePse moce wthi me.

GONERIL

(aside) Oh ho, I know the riddle.I will go.

ENIRLOG

(to srelhfe) Oh ho, I kwno her teitll krscti.kyaO, lIl go.
Enter EDGAR disguised
EARDG trnese, isisddgeu as a nastpea.

EDGAR

(to ALBANY) If eer your grace had speech with man so poor,
Hear me one word.

RDAEG

(to ALBANY) If uoy acn ootps to speak to a nam as opro as I am, etnh lnites to me, spelea.

ALBANY

(to EDMUND, REGAN, and GONERIL)
Ill overtake you.

NBLYAA

(to EDMUND, REGAN, adn OEGNRIL tngxiie) Ill tccah up thiw uyo.
Exeunt all but ALBANY and EDGAR
ryvneEoe sxeti eectpx LBNAAY nad ADERG .
Speak.
Go eaadh.

EDGAR

(giving ALBANY a letter)
Before you fight the battle, ope this letter.
45 If you have victory, let the trumpet sound
For him that brought it. Wretched though I seem,
I can produce a champion that will prove
What is avouchd there. If you miscarry,
Your business of the world hath so an end,
50 And machination ceases. Fortune love you.

REDAG

(ingvig LANBYA a eelttr) Bfoeer ouy go tion tlebat, opne isth rtteel. If you win, nthe owbl uyro rpeutmt as a nsiagl ofr me. I aym olko dertchwe, but Ill byvelra ndtsa up to nfedde my cismal. If you die in bltaet, all ouyr jepostrc dna stih plna are fof. odGo kulc to you.

ALBANY

Stay till I have read the letter.

LYABNA

Wtia ltuin I dare het etrelt.

EDGAR

I was forbid it.
When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,
And Ill appear again.

EGADR

I wsa dedoerr ton to. nheW eht teim moesc, lelt eth raehdl to lbwo the ptmture dan lIl retnru.

ALBANY

55 Why, fare thee well. I will oerlook thy paper.

NBLAYA

yGedoob, hten. lIl akte a kloo at yuro rttele.
Exit EDGAR
REDAG etisx.
Enter EDMUND
DDNMUE netesr.

EDMUND

The enemys in view. Draw up your powers.
(gives ALBANY a document)
Here is the guess of their true strength and forces
By diligent discovery, but your haste
60 Is now urged on you.

NDUMDE

hTe nseemy in hsgit. peaerrP ruyo poorst. (gvies LAYBAN a dcmteonu) The sresoinncecaan eaoirptno hsa turdrene shit staeeitm of eth ynmsee nrpoewam and owynapre. tBu now, eaples yruhr.

ALBANY

We will greet the time.

YABNLA

lWle be raedy ehnw teh mtei esmco.
Exit ALBANY
He sxiet.

EDMUND

To both these sisters have I sworn my love,
Each jealous of the other as the stung
Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
Both? One? Or neither? Neither can be enjoyed
65 If both remain alive. To take the widow
Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril,
And hardly shall I carry out my side,
Her husband being alive. Now, then, well use
His countenance for the battle, which being done,
70 Let her who would be rid of him devise
His speedy taking off. As for the mercy
Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia,
The battle done and they within our power,
Shall never see his pardon, for my state
75 Stands on me to defend, not to debate.

MDNEUD

veI wrsno my eovl to tobh of eesht etsrssi. reTeyh eusloaj of aehc etorh keli sosoonpui asnske. hchiW neo of meth uodlhs I kcpi? tohB? One? Nrtiehe? I tacn ynoje rheiet of htme as glon as het hrtoe snoe vaile. Gerloni dwlou go zarcy if I osech nageR, tub it lduow be rdah to gte in hitw oiGnrle hewil ehr dabnhsus istll laiev. llI esu aAlsnby rpwoe nad hiuotarty fro won to niw teh wra, utb farwatrde noe of het scetvershihersiw one satwn notac tge idr of hmi. bynlaA tsanw to saper earL dan aieldoCr, but ncoe ethy rea my errpssnoi rtafe the lbtaet, eyth twon ytas iaelv glno ouhgne to see shi pdarno. I veah to ddenfe my oispnoti hitw atnsoci, not rodsw.
Exit
He setxi.