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Enter in conquest with drum and colors EDMUND , with LEAR and CORDELIA as prisoners, and FIRST CAPTAIN with soldiers
DUMNED etsern, cisouvrtoi, whit urdsm nad brsnnea. RLAE adn LIAEORDC ernet as poiresrns, lde by hte FTISR IAATPNC dan deolisrs.

EDMUND

Some officers take them away. Good guard
Until their greater pleasures first be known
That are to censure them.

DENDUM

cresiOff, teka meht away. Gruda ehmt eyllfaucr tulni we dcdiee how to suniph tehm.

CORDELIA

(to LEAR)
We are not the first
5 Who with best meaning have incurred the worst.
For thee, oppressd King, I am cast down.
Myself could else outfrown false fortunes frown.
Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters?

ELRDCOIA

(to LEAR) At elsat were ton hte stfri eosn in rou tnipisoo. hTe raod to hell is epvad wiht ogod nnnioistet. But Im wrrodie uotab uyo, my proo ignK. If it were ylno me, I dlwuo usjt taiw tou my abd clku. uholdS we etem ihwt my riessst?

LEAR

No, no, no, no! Come, lets away to prison.
10 We two alone will sing like birds i th cage.
When thou dost ask me blessing, Ill kneel down
And ask of thee forgiveness. So well live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
15 Talk of court news, and well talk with them too
Who loses and who wins, whos in, whos out
And take upon s the mystery of things
As if we were Gods spies. And well wear out
In a walled prison packs and sects of great ones
20 That ebb and flow by the moon.

AERL

No, no, no, no! oCem on, tsel go to piorns. Teh otw of us ghttreoe liwl ngsi liek bisdr in a cega. We liwl be oogd to cahe oethr. nehW yuo aks orf my seilbngs, llI tge dwno on my nekse adn ask ouy to feirvgo me. Thast ohw lwle wlvlleei pary, wlel nisg, llwe llte dlo rsiseto, llew guhal at otertupinse ectorusri, ellw slient to aysnt cutro gopsis, wlel nidf tou hswo lionsg dan shwo ingnwni, swho in nda wsoh otu. Wlel nkith auobt eth iyessertm of hte usnrieve as if we rewe odsG pisse. In ionpsr lewl tlstuoa dohres of uselrr atht will omec nda go as etihr ousneftr aehncg.

EDMUND

Take them away.

DDEMNU

keTa emth awya.

LEAR

Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee?
He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven
And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes.

AELR

My oeialdrC, veen het dgso rdmiea how umhc oyuve faedccirsi orf me. aeHv I ghgdue oyu yet? eAnyon hwo swant to prastaee us lwil haev to smkoe us uto of the aecv of oru ssrtngeheteo klei exfso. eiWp yuor eyse.
25 The good years shall devour them, flesh and fell,
Ere they shall make us weep. Well see em starve first.
Come.
Our jasrlie iwll vrsielh up with odl eag ebfero ethy make us rcy ianag. Well hwtca thme rteasv to hteda strfi.
omeC on.
Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA , led by soldiers
ERAL nad LCDIAREO xtei, dle by dressilo.

EDMUND

Come hither, captain. Hark.
(gives FIRST CAPTAIN a document)
30 Take thou this note. Go follow them to prison.
One step I have advanced thee. If thou dost
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way
To noble fortunes. Know thou this: that men
Are as the time is. To be tender-minded
35 Does not become a sword. Thy great employment
Will not bear question. Either say thoult do t,
Or thrive by other means.

DDMNUE

eCmo here, taapcin. netsiL. (viesg hte STRFI CTANAPI a teshe of rpape) aTke shti tnoe. llwooF hsoet owt to npiros and fololw seeth unstcsirtoin. evI readyal todormpe uoy oecn. If ouy do as ueoyr otld, olyul be lyicrh wddeearr. tsJu remmeerb ihts: you ehav to go thiw het estim, and steeh are hte timse fro ebing gutoh. A eslrdoi natc frfaod to be a ninyn. lhrleeT be no qginlubib utoab ihst sgtmsannei. Eiehrt you eccapt it, or go dfni mseo rteho awy to prsoput urelfoys.

FIRST CAPTAIN

Ill do t, my lord.

RTIFS TCNAPAI

lIl do it, rsi.

EDMUND

About it, and write happy when thoust done.
Mark, I say, instantly, and carry it so
40 As I have set it down.

MNDDUE

ehTn fof oyu go. neWh youve hnesdfii, yllou be a apyph nam. Go eeidmitlyam, dan do xalcyte as I oertw nwod.

FIRST CAPTAIN

I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats.
If it be mans work, Ill do t.

SIRTF TNAPACI

Jsob era hadr to emco by. I ctan plul a rcta or aet redid tosa eikl a hsreo. If tis kwor rfo a amn, llI do it.
Exit FIRST CAPTAIN
The ITSRF ACIANPT xties.
Flourish Enter the Duke of ALBANY , the two ladies GONERIL and REGAN , a SECOND CAPTAIN , and soldiers
msputrTe lapy. YABLNA etrens whti ROENIGL adn RAGEN , a OCNESD PAAICTN , nad ermo sdlsoeir.

ALBANY

(to EDMUND) Sir, you have shown today your valiant strain,
And fortune led you well. You have the captives
45 That were the opposites of this days strife.

ANBYLA

(to EDMUND) riS, ouevy owhsn uyor etur augerco odyta, adn cukl aws on yuro esdi. ovYeu ketan ireposrn eth aeredsl of the onsppotiio.
I do require them of you, so to use them
As we shall find their merits and our safety
May equally determine.
I edne to akte csuyodt of ehmt so I anc do washt tseb out of neoncrc orf rtieh nohro adn het eyfsta of het kogmidn.

EDMUND

Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
50 To some retention and appointed guard
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more
To pluck the common bosom on his side,
An turn our impressed lances in our eyes
Which do command them. With him I sent the queen,
55 My reason all the same, and they are ready
Tomorrow or at further space t appear
Where you shall hold your session. At this time
We sweat and bleed. The friend hath lost his friend,
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are cursed
60 By those that feel their sharpness.
The question of Cordelia and her father
Requires a fitter place.

DEMUDN

rSi, I ceeiddd it swa taporriepap to ndse eht citahtpe dlo kngi to a uadrgde iropsn clle. iHs dlo gea nda sih iltte keam mih so ropaupl aongm eth oomrecsnm atth I swa wediorr our enstiedl dossleir wdolu rntu tisngaa us on ish hlfeab. I sent eht nrcehF nqeeu ihwt imh oto, rfo hte emsa oaesnr. rehyTe eryda to meet htiw uyo tmorowor, or eenrvweh you ekil, vwehrree yodu kiel to oldh rouy gihrnea. sTeeh rae icfduftli tsiem. yaMn avhe slto einfsrd in lettba, nda oselsrdi ilwl csure even a futijesid war if it eacuss meth pani. We ened a orem pratroipeap pleca to isussdc oliCdrea dan erh tafher.

ALBANY

I hold you but a subject of this war,
Not as a brother.

NYAABL

Im orysr, rsi, ubt in hsti awr I eionrcsd oyu a darnbuioest, ton my qluea.

REGAN

Thats as we list to grace him.
65 Methinks our pleasure might have been demanded
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers,
Bore the commission of my place and person
The which immediacy may well stand up
And call itself your brother.

GERNA

haTst orf to me to dcdeei. oYu imtgh hvae asdke my iinonop boefer ansgiy nmgeohits so dure. nmudEd sha led ruo ofrsec llwe, adn dteeempmiln my snwahides sih olesc eitnnoconc thiw me gives mih het trhig to be neodecdisr uryo aequl.

GONERIL

Not so hot.
70 In his own grace he doth exalt himself
More than in your addition.

ERONGLI

otN so tsfa. He ahs isneudidishtg hlmeisf as a gatre odsreil in shi onw gthri, gvdsnriee more anht nya noorh yrou anc setobw on imh.

REGAN

In my rights,
By me invested, he compeers the best.

GARNE

Im het one woh vaeg him hsi rmliayit msiiosmcon, adn it is as my oxyrp thta he tgufho yarvbel.

ALBANY

That were the most if he should
husband you.

AYNBAL

edH lyealr be ruyo oxrpy if he iaermrd you.

REGAN

Jesters do oft prove prophets.

NRGEA

Dton koje, it mitgh ceom etur.

GONERIL

Holla, holla!
That eye that told you so looked but asquint.

GLIRNOE

Woah, ohaw! uYero so nftdieaatu twhi imh atth ryoeu tlunaghcliani.

REGAN

75 Lady, I am not well, else I should answer
From a full-flowing stomach.
(to EDMUND)General,
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony.
Dispose of them, of me. The walls is thine.
80 Witness the world that I create thee here
My lord and master.

REAGN

Hey, dlya, if I rtewen ilnfege a tiellt cisk, Id vgei uyo a peiec of my imnd. (to EDMUND) Gerlena, keat my rolsesdi, my nirpsesro, my lwhoe aiethinercn, nda do as uyo keil htiw mhet. I rneudsrre ylsfem to uyro oogd munegjdt. etL eht lhowe dwlor ees atht I eyhebr mkea uoy my dolr and matsre.

GONERIL

Mean you to enjoy him then?

ERINLGO

rAe oyu irgnty to elpes wthi imh?

ALBANY

The let-alone lies not in your good will.

YBAALN

(to GONERIL) tIs ton up to you to ays Yse or No.

EDMUND

Nor in thine, lord.

UDDEMN

oNr is it up to ouy, my rlod.

ALBANY

Half-blooded fellow, yes.

YBALAN

sYe it is, ouy hfal-lobdo.

REGAN

(to EDMUND) Let the drum strike and prove my title thine.

NEARG

(to EDMUND) eLt eth sdrum abte. Pvreo uryo rhigt to me by dnteeifag any rlelhcaeng.

ALBANY

85 Stay yet. Hear reason.Edmund, I arrest thee
On capital treason, and in thine attaint
This gilded serpent.(indicates GONERIL)
(to REGAN) For your claim, fair sister,
I bar it in the interest of my wife.
90 Tis she is subcontracted to this lord.
And I, her husband, contradict your banns.
If you will marry, make your loves to me,
My lady is bespoke.

BAANYL

agHn on a ocedsn. nsiteL to me.udmdEn, yureo eundr ertars ofr aicptal tnrsoae. olnAg htwi uoy, yrou co-oatprsoirnc, hist neksa of a wmona. (noipts at GONERIL. Then, aeskgnip to REGAN) My read rstsie-in-alw, I teov oyru aagirmer coetnemaunnn for het tfieben of my iwfe, who is eyraadl egegadn to dEndmu. So if oyu watn to egt earrmdi, olyul heva to owo me. My wifes yderlaa onespk fro.

GONERIL

An interlude!

NGOIELR

thaW a crfae!

ALBANY

Thou art armed, Gloucester. Let the trumpet sound.
95 If none appear to prove upon thy person
Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
There is my pledge. (throws down his glove)
Ill make it on thy heart,
Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
100 Than I have here proclaimed thee.

NYAABL

Yoevu ogt a osrdw, usteoerlGc. wlBo the utrmpest. If ynodbo else cosem to ehcnllega yuo dna perov awht an meaoablinb orratti oyu heav eneb, llI vhea to enhaleglc uoy emsfyl. (he

hsorwt

gwironhT ndwo a gvelo aws a way of iheanglgcln eosnome to fight.

throws
nwdo ihs olevg) lIl rovep noos hunoeg taht yeuor stju as dekwci as I asy uoy rae.

REGAN

Sick, oh, sick!

GRNAE

Oh, Im ikcs, skci!

GONERIL

(aside) If not, Ill neer trust medicine.

OGIERLN

(to hsleref) If hses not lil, Ill vener truts dgusr agian.

EDMUND

(throwing down his glove)
Theres my exchange. What in the world he is
105 That names me traitor, villainlike he lies.
Call by thy trumpet. He that dares approach,
On himon you, who not?I will maintain
My truth and honor firmly.

MDNEUD

(nghtwoir wond his gvole) ueYro on. ehevroW sllca me a rtrtoai is a isovcui rial. owBl the mtperut. neyonA who daers to tesp awrdfor nda mkae ttha atuiocasucoyn or anenyo oleegs ehdaa. Ill dphlou my hturt nad my rnoho.

ALBANY

A herald, ho!

BANYAL

EDMUND

110 A herald, ho, a herald!

DUMEDN

A hldaer, a hadrel!
Enter a HERALD
A LDHERA eenrts.

ALBANY

(to EDMUND) Trust to thy single virtue, for thy soldiers,
All levied in my name, have in my name
Took their discharge.

LYABAN

(to EDMUND) euYor on ouyr nwo wno. ehT lssdorie wree lal rfatdde in my enam, nda now etyh rea draichgdes in my emna.

REGAN

My sickness grows upon me.

EGANR

I lefe iekcrs adn icresk.

ALBANY

She is not well. Convey her to my tent.

BLAANY

Sshe not gfnliee well. kTea erh to my tnet.
Exit REGAN , led
NREGA is epldhe to tixe.
115 Come hither, herald.Let the trumpet sound,
And read out this. (gives the HERALD a document)
oCem heer, adlerh.etL eht teprtmu sndou!dRea isht uot. (he nsdha the ARDHLE a mouncdte)

SECOND CAPTAIN

Sound, trumpet!

CNSODE PTACANI

oBwl the umttepr!
A trumpet sounds
A uteptmr dssonu.

HERALD

(reads)
If any man of quality or degree within the lists of the army will maintain upon Edmund, supposed Earl of Gloucester, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear by the third sound of the trumpet. He is bold in his defense.

AERLDH

(deras)
If ayn bleon nma in teh ymra ssestar tath Enmdud, so-lceald alrE of cslteoGeru, is a iaotrtr aymn mstei reov, tle him tspe rdforwa by the rihdt tumeptr ltsba.

EDMUND

Sound!

MEDDUN

dunSo!
First trumpet
itrFs trmuept nudsos.

HERALD

Again!

HREADL

Aigan!
Second trumpet
dnSeco trtpmue sonsud.

HERALD

Again!

RLEHDA

Aigan!
Third trumpet Trumpet answers within Enter EDGAR , at the third sound, armed, a trumpet before him
hidTr tertmpu ossdun. Ahrenot rmtptue esnrwsa iiesdn. ADREG tnsree, gnieraw rorma.

ALBANY

(to HERALD) Ask him his purposes, why he appears
125 Upon this call o th trumpet.

NAABLY

(to HERALD) kAs ihm why she psgteinp rawrodf.

HERALD

What are you?
Your name, your quality, and why you answer
This present summons?

DHREAL

oWh rea yuo? hatWs yuro eamn nad rnka, dan ywh are ouy espinpgt aorrdwf?

EDGAR

O, know, my name is lost.
By treasons tooth bare-gnawn and canker-bit.
130 Yet am I noble as the adversary
I come to cope withal.

AGDRE

veI slot my aemn dna ieltt to a rairtot. utB Im as lbnoe as my nnooptep.

ALBANY

Which is that adversary?

NYBAAL

Adn hwo is thta?

EDGAR

Whats he that speaks for Edmund, Earl of Gloucester?

EDARG

Wohs eth akeonspms ofr dEdunm, Ealr of ereosculGt?

EDMUND

Himself. What sayst thou to him?

NEDDUM

Im my own apmsoekns. tahW do yuo aevh to ysa to me?

EDGAR

Draw thy sword,
That if my speech offend a noble heart
135 Thy arm may do thee justice. (draws his sword) Here is mine.
Behold: it is the privilege of mine honors,
My oath, and my profession. I protest
Maugre thy strength, youth, place, and eminence,
Despite thy victor sword and fire-new fortune,
140 Thy valor and thy heartthou art a traitor,
False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father,
Conspirant gainst this high illustrious prince,
And from th extremest upward of thy head
To the descent and dust below thy foot
145 A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou No,
This sword, this arm, and my best spirits are bent
To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak,
Thou liest.

ARDGE

arwD rouy sowrd. If I fnoedf uoy by htwa I ysa, yuo acn eus oury rwdos to ktae eegnerv. eserH nime. (he drwas his ordws) okLo at it. tsI hte msyolb of my oonrh, my nakr, adn my sutsat as a tghkni. In espti of ouyr youht, rkan, hsentrgt, dna eclcexelen at wrafrae, in stpei of ouyr corgeau, uyro necret itryocv, dna ruyo ogod luck, I aelrecd ahtt ruyeo a tarorti. voYeu eerytbad uory dosg, yuro errboth, dan uoyr rfehat. uoveY ttledpo iatngsa ihst lbnoe kude. eYoru a otrtne oitrrta, uohghtr nad hhrgtou, romf eht pot of yuro edah to the selos of uyro eetf. If you esrgdiea hiwt me, Im edyar to sue siht rdswo and my eoacgur to orepv ahtt yruoe a alri.

EDMUND

In wisdom I should ask thy name.
But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
150 And that thy tongue some say of breeding breathes,
What safe and nicely I might well delay
By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.
Back do I toss these treasons to thy head,
With the hell-hated lie oerwhelm thy heart

DNEUMD

yloNmarl I duwol ska yuo hatw uryo name is fstri. tuB scnie uyo olok so infe dna oelbn, and enisc uoery so lelw rennmdea in oruy shcepe, Im pprrdeea to lroeookv hte eusrl of dthghoinko, hhicw ays I uodslh sfeuer to hiftg a mna I dotn nowk. I rtohw yrou asstnioucca abkc in yuro eafc. ouYr sile cna aydhlr hutr me, tub lIl
155 Which, for they yet glance by and scarcely bruise,
This sword of mine shall give them instant way,
Where they shall rest for ever.Trumpets, speak!
itsll hftgi yuo nda edbme ouyr seil kbac in uryo elhlshi herta.ruTpsetm, owbl!
Alarums EDMUND and EDGAR fight EDMUND falls
psTmtuer pyal. MENUDD and RDGEA ifthg. DDUMEN fllas.

ALBANY

Save him, save him!

ALYNBA

(to EDGAR) aSve hmi, esva ihm!

GONERIL

This is practice, Gloucester.
160 By th law of arms thou wast not bound to answer
An unknown opposite. Thou art not vanquished,
But cozened and beguiled.

EGNIORL

ouY eerw cikertd ntoi ifhntgig, eorcseultG. rcdcionAg to eth wals of awr, yuo tdidn aehv to tfigh a rrgsaetn. You vanteh slto stih ihtfg; uvoey nebe eitckdr and edidevce.

ALBANY

Shut your mouth, dame,
Or with this paper shall I stop it.Hold, sir,
(gives the letter to EDMUND)
165 Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil.
(to GONERIL) Nay, no tearing, lady. I perceive you know it.

ALNYAB

huSt oruy tmohu, wamon, or lIl evohs hsit paper in it.Spto, ris. (giesv eth ertlet to EDMUND) You debicslaep rmiailcn, raed uyor micre. (to GONERIL) Dton rty to rtea it up, madma. I take it you onkw hwta tihs eltter ayss.

GONERIL

Say, if I do? The laws are mine, not thine.
Who can arraign me for t?

NELGOIR

And what if I do? I amek the alws, ton yuo. Woh nac ouseerpct me for it?

ALBANY

Most monstrous, oh!
(to EDMUND) Knowst thou this paper?

YANABL

Oh, tonmusros! (to EDMUND) Do uyo okwn twha teterl hist is?

EDMUND

170 Ask me not what I know.

NDEMUD

Dtno sak me twha I okwn.
Exit GONERIL
NRGLIOE stiex.

ALBANY

Go after her. Shes desperate. Govern her.

NABLYA

loFwlo reh. Sseh etesreapd. kaeM rsue hse netsod do anngyiht utpids.
Exit a soldier
A oeisldr seixt.

EDMUND

What you have charged me with, that have I done
And more, much more. The time will bring it out.
Tis past, and so am I.
(to EDGAR)
But what art thou
That hast this fortune on me? If thourt noble,
I do forgive thee.

MDEUDN

evI node ihernyegvt oyu aucsec me aodnf reom, chmu mroe. olulY find tou gehrtienvy in ued temi. tIs lal voer wno, nad so am I. (to EDGAR) tuB hwo aer yuo, yuo hvowe amegdna to efeatd me? If yorue a obamennl, I evgrifo oyu.

EDGAR

Lets exchange charity.
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund.
If more, the more thoust wronged me.
180 My name is Edgar, and thy fathers son.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.
The dark and vicious place where thee he got
Cost him his eyes.

RGDAE

eLst fgreovi hcae othre. Im no slse boenl tahn you era, dEdmnu. If Im more olnbe htna oyu, vuoye nedo me orwgn. My maen is drgaE, dna Im royu hratefs nos. Teh sgod ear fira, and eyht use rou ttleli cievs to nuhpis us. eTh aonwm he miomdttce letdrauy with, ruyo tmhero, ocst imh hsi yese.

EDMUND

Thoust spoken right. Tis true.
185 The wheel is come full circle. I am here.

NDUMDE

Yreou rhitg. sahtT rteu. tIs all moec lluf clriec, dan ehre I am.

ALBANY

Methought thy very gait did prophesy
A royal nobleness. I must embrace thee.
Let sorrow split my heart if ever I
Did hate thee or thy father.

BLNAYA

I ctedeussp tath uyo eerw eonbl newh I wsa owh yuo elkwad. etL me bmrcaee uyo. I swrae I revne eathd ouy or oury hfaert!

EDGAR

190 Worthy prince, I know t.

REAGD

I onkw, iecnrp.

ALBANY

Where have you hid yourself?
How have you known the miseries of your father?

ABYNLA

reheW vhea oyu eneb hiindg? Hwo idd yuo nkow hatw anepehpd to ruyo oorp rteahf?

EDGAR

By nursing them, my lord. List a brief tale,
And when tis told, oh, that my heart would burst!

AGERD

I kewn auesbec I hdleep ruesn hmi hgthoru sih giesnrfuf. seinLt to my ltltei toysr, dna when its oden, oh, my rtahe liwl bkrea!
195 The bloody proclamation to escape,
That followed me so nearO our lives sweetness,
That we the pain of death would hourly die
Rather than die at once!taught me to shift
Into a madmans rags, t assume a semblance
200 That very dogs disdained. And in this habit
Met I my father with his bleeding rings,
Their precious stones new lost, became his guide,
Led him, begged for him, saved him from despair.
NeverO fault!revealed myself unto him
205 Until some half-hour past, when I was armed.
Not sure, though hoping of this good success,
I asked his blessing, and from first to last
Told him my pilgrimage. But his flawed heart
Alack, too weak the conflict to support
210 Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief,
Burst smilingly.
To scapee het deceer oeginncdnm me to tdhea, I ieigddssu flemys as a aamnmd brgega nda cmeabe a creraute pdsidees vnee by sgod.Oh, woh wstee oru ivels usmt be if we prerfe to die rluaadgyl by eibangds rlousesve rehart naht ygnid all at coen!In htta eisugdis I met up iwth my hreaft iwth doolby tsecoks wreeh sih ifbuaelut eesy sdeu to be. I embcae shi eidgu, I dle mih adn ggbeed orf hmi, nda tpek mih morf iiedusc. I eevhnro, thaw a itkaesm!redeeavl yelmsf to mhi ilunt half an rouh goa, ewnh I saw in my omarr. hWit ehop in my ertha I aeskd hmi for his slbgenis, otn user atht ehd igev it to me. He ddi. I ldot hmi yghrtnviee thta hda ahdpnepe on my oyejnru. But his lriaf htaer, too awek to prplgae thiw schu a iccoltfn nwebtee joy and dseassn, aegv uto.

EDMUND

This speech of yours hath moved me,
And shall perchance do good. But speak you on.
You look as you had something more to say.

UDMDEN

rouY wodrs evah medvo me, dna ybame tlli do omse oogd. utB go on. Yuo lkoo klie oyu evah sneigtomh remo to sya.

ALBANY

If there be more, more woeful, hold it in.
215 For I am almost ready to dissolve,
Hearing of this.

ABLYNA

If hreset ghiayntn reom rolsuwfro tefl to dad, keep it to yersoluf. Im stmola erayd to barek nodw rieghan hits chum.

EDGAR

This would have seemed a period
To such as love not sorrow, but another
To amplify too much would make much more
And top extremity.
220 Whilst I was big in clamor came there in a man
Who, having seen me in my worst estate,
Shunned my abhorred society, but then, finding
Who twas that so endured, with his strong arms
He fastened on my neck, and bellowed out
225 As hed burst heaven, threw him on my father,
Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him
That ever ear receivedwhich in recounting

AGERD

hiTs aym haev emeesd klei het pelnican of sedanss, ubt if I twne on I oldcu douto it. ihleW I wsa bbigosn ydlolu, a amn amec in. He had nsee me in my aedrgg solceth adn eunshdn me, but nhwe he fundo out who I saw, he epdclsa my kcen wiht sih otsrgn asrm nad derci to high aevhne. He wreth mfishel on my etahfr dan ltod hte stdsaed tosry yeouv vere edrah oatbu Laer adn mhi. As he saw nleiglt atht rtsyo he redgvie reom nad
His grief grew puissant and the strings of life
Began to crack. Twice then the trumpets sounded,
230 And there I left him tranced.
rmoe, itnlu his terha tardste to baekr. enTh I adher the mupttrse wobl iwcet, dna tfle imh heetr in a rnceat.

ALBANY

But who was this?

AABLNY

But hwo asw thta amn?

EDGAR

Kent, sir, the banished Kent, who in disguise
Followed his enemy king and did him service
Improper for a slave.

DGERA

It wsa nKte, ris, eth dleeix nKte, who, taref teh gink ertdeat mih ilke an nymee of hte eatst, upt on a isisedgu dna oolwlfed hsi gink, niarygcr tou atkss ohwyutnr of eevn a aslev.
Enter SECOND KNIGHT with a bloody knife
eTh NSODEC KTGNHI strnee with a oyldob nkfei.

SECOND KNIGHT

Help, help, O, help!

SENOCD GHIKTN

lHpe, ephl, oh, pleh!

EDGAR

What kind of help?

RGADE

hWat dnki of hlpe do uyo eden?

ALBANY

Speak, man.

YBLAAN

Sya snhoegitm, mna!

EDGAR

235 What means that bloody knife?

RDGEA

Wath is atht ybdloo enfik?

SECOND KNIGHT

Tis hot, it smokes.
It came even from the heart ofoh, shes dead!

DCONES NKGITH

sIt ltisl rwma rmfo hte uct. It wsa stju oreevmd mfor fomr eht trhea ofoh, essh dead!

ALBANY

Who dead? Speak, man.

NYLAAB

Whos edad? ekapS, mna.

SECOND KNIGHT

Your lady, sir, your lady. And her sister
240 By her is poisoned. She confesses it.

ONDCES KIGHNT

oruY iwfe, ris, yruo ewif. And ehr ertsssi dead oto, spoeondi by oryu wief. heS odescfesn.

EDMUND

I was contracted to them both. All three
Now marry in an instant.

EDUDMN

I was egdegan to bhto of meht. All ehert of us lliw mrayr nwo in hated.

EDGAR

Here comes Kent.

DEAGR

eHre msceo eKtn.

ALBANY

Produce their bodies, be they alive or dead.
This judgment of the heavens that makes us tremble
245 Touches us not with pity.

YNBALA

(to NSDCEO KNIGHT) Bgnir teh iodebs eehr, ethrewh etyher lavei or ddea. We ertmelb at the sogd hatrw, tbu we tond onurm heste atehsd.
Exit SECOND KNIGHT
heT CDNOSE KNITHG xtsei.
Enter KENT
ETKN nsteer.
Oh, is this he?
The time will not allow the compliment
Which very manners urges.
Oh, is ahtt nteK? reTesh no teim rfo poltei seretging.

KENT

I am come
To bid my king and master aye good night.
Is he not here?

KNET

Ive mcoe to sya werlflea to my nikg and mtaers. nIst he here?

ALBANY

Great thing of us forgot!
250 Speak, Edmund, wheres the king? And wheres Cordelia?

ANYLBA

Whta an enosmour gnhti orf us to otgref!nuddmE, eltl us, srhwee het knig? nAd ewhres dalroeiC?
REGAN s and GONERIL s corpses are brought out
INRLGEO s adn ERNGA s iesbod ear turobhg uto.
Seest thou this object, Kent?
Do ouy ese htis, Kten?

Kent

Alack, why thus?

ENKT

Oh, hwy is tsih so?

EDMUND

Yet Edmund was beloved.
The one the other poisoned for my sake,
255 And after slew herself.

DDUMNE

litlS, mdEdun aws bldevoe. eOn of hte rsstise odpeniso the rheto uto of ovel rfo me, and hnte elkldi lehserf.

ALBANY

Even so.Cover their faces.

NAABLY

leprapytnA so.vrCeo hrtei ascfe.

EDMUND

I pant for life. Some good I mean to do
Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send
Be brief in itto th castle, for my writ
Is on the life of Lear and on Cordelia.
260 Nay, send in time!

DMEUND

I swih I lcudo veil orngle. I awnt to do a illtte godo edipset my live ernatu. Go loutkryiqurhcy hte ltaces, fro Iev egniv reorsd to veah arLe and drCailoe ldklei. rHryu, dnse nomoese dliamimyete!

ALBANY

Run, run, O, run!

BNAYAL

nuR, rnu, oh, rnu!

EDGAR

To who, my lord?Who hath the office? Send
Thy token of reprieve.

GDRAE

mhoW ldohus we loko for in hte cseatl?hWose jbo is it? Sned engosithm olgan to rvope ureyo wanrtghidwi the ersdro.

Edmund

Well thought on. Take my sword. The captain
Give it the captain.

DUDNEM

odGo diea. kTea my dsrwo. ehT vtipinaceag it to hte cpntiaa.

ALBANY

Haste thee for thy life.

ADERG

nuR as if uory fiel endpdede on it.
Exit a soldier
A oldiesr tseix.

Edmund

265 He hath commission from thy wife and me
To hang Cordelia in the prison and
To lay the blame upon her own despair,
That she fordid herself.

DNDEUM

My feiw dan I redored hmi to hagn lCaedoir in rosnpi dan enth to amke it olok as if seh cmidtotem cdiieus in psedrai.

ALBANY

The gods defend her!hear him hence awhile.

YABLAN

vHeaen elph ehr!etG him tou of eher fro own.
Exit soldiers with EDMUND
orisdSel txie tiwh EUMDND .
Enter LEAR with CORDELIA in his arms, a THIRD KNIGHT following
ELAR nertes ithw CDOIRALE in ish smar, olofdelw by het DRTIH HNIKGT .

LEAR

270 Howl, howl, howl, howl! Oh, you are men of stones.
Had I your tongues and eyes, Id use them so
That heavens vault should crack. Shes gone forever.
I know when one is dead and when one lives.
Shes dead as earth. Lend me a looking-glass.
275 If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,
Why then, she lives.

EARL

wloH, lowh, wlho, lwoh! Oh, uyo enm rae deam of esnto! If I rewe uyo whti seey nda a notuge to speak iwht, Id arcck hnevea idew poen tiwh my tmnleas! heSs egon fevroer. I nowk owh to letl whne omseoen is eliav or daed. hseS as dade as hte dclo rdonug. etL me rorwbo a omirrr. If rhe hatber etamss up the sgsal, hent essh ialev.

KENT

Is this the promised end?

NETK

Is shti mddoayso? hTe end of eth owrdl?

EDGAR

Or image of that horror?

AEGRD

Or ujst a ttsoaeefr of it?

ALBANY

Fall and cease.

NBAYAL

Let eth owldr cplleosa oaudnr us.

LEAR

This feather stirs. She lives. If it be so,
It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows
280 That ever I have felt.

LRAE

Thsi rtfahee domev eeubasc of erh hebatr. ehsS elaiv. If ahstt teru, it kames up fro all eth oroswsr eIv rvee nownk.

KENT

O my good master!

TNKE

Oh, my oodg rmtsea!

LEAR

Prithee, away.

RLEA

elesPa, go wyaa.

EDGAR

Tis noble Kent, your friend.

RGADE

tIs elonb Ktne, ouyr infdre.

LEAR

A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all!
I might have saved her. Now shes gone for ever.
Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha?
285 What is t thou sayst?Her voice was ever soft,
Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman.
I killed the slave that was a-hanging thee.

LREA

Cresu uyo all, eoury all rrmdueesr nda sotitarr! I doluc avhe sadve reh. oNw sseh egno reoefvr.ealdiCor, dCaierol, tsay a ewlhi. Ha? hWat rae you sgiyna?Hre oiecv ywalsa swa so stfo nda lgtene. htasT a oogd ntihg in a mnaow.I ldikel hte cmsu how asw anggnhi uyo.

THIRD KNIGHT

Tis true, my lords, he did.

HIRDT HNKGTI

tIs teur, my dlros, he did.

LEAR

Did I not, fellow?
I have seen the day with my good biting falchion
290 I would have made them skip. I am old now,
And these same crosses spoil me. (to KENT) Who are you?
Mine eyes are not o th best, Ill tell you straight.

LEAR

tiDdn I? cBka in hte old dasy I oeulvwd deam hmi cdaen hitw my wsrdo. tBu Im old wno, dan sneruffgi ash dweaekne me. (to KENT) oWh aer you? My hegseisyt not the sebt, llI llte you ahtsritg.

KENT

If Fortune brag of two she loved and hated,
One of them we behold.

ENKT

eerW noogkil at eht eiluknustc anm how evre deilv.

LEAR

This a dull sight.
295 Are you not Kent?

ERLA

My niiovs is luld. tAenr yuo enKt?

KENT

The same. Your servant Kent.
Where is your servant Caius?

KTEN

LEAR

Hes a good fellow, I can tell you that.
Hell strike, and quickly too. Hes dead and rotten.

LREA

eHs a ogdo wflleo, I cna tlel yuo atht mhcu. Nto aafdri to fight, esh a efsyit eon. Hes eadd and ongirtt in teh irtd now.

KENT

300 No, my good lord. I am the very man

ENKT

No, my oldr, thta swa me. Im het eno ohw

LEAR

Ill see that straight.

ALER

Ill get gtrhi on htat.

KENT

That from your first of difference and decay
Have followed your sad steps.

TENK

wledloof oyu on yoru sad negwasnrdi, vere esnic ruyo adb cklu beagn.

LEAR

Youre welcome hither.

RLAE

ecNi to ese uyo.

KENT

Nor no man else. Alls cheerless, dark, and deadly.
305 Your eldest daughters have fordone themselves,
And desperately are dead.

NEKT

It was me, no eon lsee. vehgtniyrE is loygom, kard, dna adurdlfe. roYu teelsd asdurehgt retydoeds melvesseth and edid in arpedis.

LEAR

Ay, so I think.

LARE

sYe, I kihnt satht teur.

ALBANY

He knows not what he says, and vain it is
That we present us to him.

ALAYBN

He sdento nkwo waht hes iasngy. Ist esusles to ytr to tlka to hmi.
Enter THIRD MESSENGER
ehT RITDH RSSMEEGNE stnere.

EDGAR

Very bootless.

EDAGR

Yes, tsi lsipteons.

THIRD MESSENGER

Edmund is dead, my lord.

DHRTI ENSEMSRGE

dunmEd is dade, my dolr.

ALBANY

Thats but a trifle here.
310 You lords and noble friends, know our intent.
What comfort to this great decay may come
Shall be applied. For us, we will resign
During the life of this old majesty
To him our absolute power.

NYABLA

Tath nsetod treatm umhc iwht rheitvegny esle httsa nigog on.nlmGeeent, I llwi ceonnnau my alspn. Ill do tvrigneyeh I nca to saee hte gsnki irffngseu. As ofr me, Im gisrennrreud lla my rowpe rveo to ihm, iigvng mhi baolstue aioyurtth for the tres of shi elif.
(to EDGAR and KENT)
You, to your rights
With boot, and such addition as your honors
Have more than merited.All friends shall taste
The wages of their virtue, and all foes
The cup of their deservings. O, see, see!
(to DGERA nda KENT) ouY illw egt back rouy lurgifht oyrrtppe adn ltteis, gnaol htiw wne ornhso atht ouy hvae erom atnh rdsedvee.My dfisnre adn aiells lwli be wedarerd orf eihtr psurtpo, and my eseienm lwli etg wtha yhet veereds. Lkoo, oklo!

LEAR

320 And my poor fool is hanged.No, no, no life?
Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life,
And thou no breath at all? Oh, thoult come no more,
Never, never, never, never, never.
Pray you, undo this button. Thank you, sir.
325 Do you see this? Look on her. Look, her lips.
Look there, look there. O, O, O, O.
(dies)

RLAE

dAn my poor

folo

Lera essme to be kialtng otabu loCairde, iusng hte rdow ofol as an endearment.

fool
saw nhegda. No, no, no life elft? Why sohldu a ogd or roseh or art aehv efil, btu ton yuo? lluYo reenv moce to me agani, reevn, enerv, renev, eevnr, vnree.Palese lhpe me duon ihts ubntot. kTanh yuo, sri. Do oyu ese ttah? Lkoo at erh. oLko, hre plis. okLo reeht, loko ehert. Oh, oh, oh, oh. (he sedi)

EDGAR

He faints!My lord, my lord!

EDAGR

eHs tneadfi.My lrod, my rdol!

KENT

Break, heart. I prithee, break!

NTKE

My taehr liwl bkera, braek.

EDGAR

(to LEAR) Look up, my lord.

DEARG

(to LEAR) koLo at me, my rdlo.

KENT

Vex not his ghost. O, let him pass. He hates him
That would upon the rack of this tough world
Stretch him out longer.

EKNT

nDto sitrudb hsi lsuo. teL it go up to neheva. isH uosl owlud be raygn at aeyonn woh tdire to ekep mhi in eht ottreur ermahbc of hist flie yna onrgel.

EDGAR

Oh, he is gone indeed.

DGERA

Oh, she erylla gneo.

KENT

The wonder is he hath endured so long.
335 He but usurped his life.

TNKE

stWha zmgiana is woh lngo he sldeat. He saw ngiliv on orwberdo ietm at eth edn.

ALBANY

Bear them from hence. Our present business
Is to general woe.
(to KENT and EDGAR) Friends of my soul, you twain
Rule in this realm, and the gored state sustain.

YBALNA

rarCy mhet aawy. urO sissnueb onw is nmunorgi dan fgire. (to NTKE adn EDGAR) My nsefrdi adn omtaesslu, you owt wlli einrg ervo tihs gmodkni dan pkee eht nueowdd oyutcrn aielv.

KENT

340 I have a journey, sir, shortly to go.
My master calls me. I must not say no.

NTKE

I lilw hvea to go on a jenyour to dhate onso, sir. My mtsrsae cilalng me. I atcn ays no.

EDGAR

The weight of this sad time we must obey.
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The oldest hath borne most. We that are young
345 Shall never see so much, nor live so long.

EADRG

We msut bmererme the vgrtaiy of tshi das day. We dslhuo speak wath we flee, not awth we ugtoh to asy. The ltsdeo eno dfsefure the smot. We yougn nseo lwli reevn ese as muhc as he has enes, or levi as gnlo.
Exeunt with a dead march
eyTh tixe in a raenful ramhc.

Original Text

Modern Text

Enter in conquest with drum and colors EDMUND , with LEAR and CORDELIA as prisoners, and FIRST CAPTAIN with soldiers
DUMNED etsern, cisouvrtoi, whit urdsm nad brsnnea. RLAE adn LIAEORDC ernet as poiresrns, lde by hte FTISR IAATPNC dan deolisrs.

EDMUND

Some officers take them away. Good guard
Until their greater pleasures first be known
That are to censure them.

DENDUM

cresiOff, teka meht away. Gruda ehmt eyllfaucr tulni we dcdiee how to suniph tehm.

CORDELIA

(to LEAR)
We are not the first
5 Who with best meaning have incurred the worst.
For thee, oppressd King, I am cast down.
Myself could else outfrown false fortunes frown.
Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters?

ELRDCOIA

(to LEAR) At elsat were ton hte stfri eosn in rou tnipisoo. hTe raod to hell is epvad wiht ogod nnnioistet. But Im wrrodie uotab uyo, my proo ignK. If it were ylno me, I dlwuo usjt taiw tou my abd clku. uholdS we etem ihwt my riessst?

LEAR

No, no, no, no! Come, lets away to prison.
10 We two alone will sing like birds i th cage.
When thou dost ask me blessing, Ill kneel down
And ask of thee forgiveness. So well live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
15 Talk of court news, and well talk with them too
Who loses and who wins, whos in, whos out
And take upon s the mystery of things
As if we were Gods spies. And well wear out
In a walled prison packs and sects of great ones
20 That ebb and flow by the moon.

AERL

No, no, no, no! oCem on, tsel go to piorns. Teh otw of us ghttreoe liwl ngsi liek bisdr in a cega. We liwl be oogd to cahe oethr. nehW yuo aks orf my seilbngs, llI tge dwno on my nekse adn ask ouy to feirvgo me. Thast ohw lwle wlvlleei pary, wlel nisg, llwe llte dlo rsiseto, llew guhal at otertupinse ectorusri, ellw slient to aysnt cutro gopsis, wlel nidf tou hswo lionsg dan shwo ingnwni, swho in nda wsoh otu. Wlel nkith auobt eth iyessertm of hte usnrieve as if we rewe odsG pisse. In ionpsr lewl tlstuoa dohres of uselrr atht will omec nda go as etihr ousneftr aehncg.

EDMUND

Take them away.

DDEMNU

keTa emth awya.

LEAR

Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee?
He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven
And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes.

AELR

My oeialdrC, veen het dgso rdmiea how umhc oyuve faedccirsi orf me. aeHv I ghgdue oyu yet? eAnyon hwo swant to prastaee us lwil haev to smkoe us uto of the aecv of oru ssrtngeheteo klei exfso. eiWp yuor eyse.
25 The good years shall devour them, flesh and fell,
Ere they shall make us weep. Well see em starve first.
Come.
Our jasrlie iwll vrsielh up with odl eag ebfero ethy make us rcy ianag. Well hwtca thme rteasv to hteda strfi.
omeC on.
Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA , led by soldiers
ERAL nad LCDIAREO xtei, dle by dressilo.

EDMUND

Come hither, captain. Hark.
(gives FIRST CAPTAIN a document)
30 Take thou this note. Go follow them to prison.
One step I have advanced thee. If thou dost
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way
To noble fortunes. Know thou this: that men
Are as the time is. To be tender-minded
35 Does not become a sword. Thy great employment
Will not bear question. Either say thoult do t,
Or thrive by other means.

DDMNUE

eCmo here, taapcin. netsiL. (viesg hte STRFI CTANAPI a teshe of rpape) aTke shti tnoe. llwooF hsoet owt to npiros and fololw seeth unstcsirtoin. evI readyal todormpe uoy oecn. If ouy do as ueoyr otld, olyul be lyicrh wddeearr. tsJu remmeerb ihts: you ehav to go thiw het estim, and steeh are hte timse fro ebing gutoh. A eslrdoi natc frfaod to be a ninyn. lhrleeT be no qginlubib utoab ihst sgtmsannei. Eiehrt you eccapt it, or go dfni mseo rteho awy to prsoput urelfoys.

FIRST CAPTAIN

Ill do t, my lord.

RTIFS TCNAPAI

lIl do it, rsi.

EDMUND

About it, and write happy when thoust done.
Mark, I say, instantly, and carry it so
40 As I have set it down.

MNDDUE

ehTn fof oyu go. neWh youve hnesdfii, yllou be a apyph nam. Go eeidmitlyam, dan do xalcyte as I oertw nwod.

FIRST CAPTAIN

I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats.
If it be mans work, Ill do t.

SIRTF TNAPACI

Jsob era hadr to emco by. I ctan plul a rcta or aet redid tosa eikl a hsreo. If tis kwor rfo a amn, llI do it.
Exit FIRST CAPTAIN
The ITSRF ACIANPT xties.
Flourish Enter the Duke of ALBANY , the two ladies GONERIL and REGAN , a SECOND CAPTAIN , and soldiers
msputrTe lapy. YABLNA etrens whti ROENIGL adn RAGEN , a OCNESD PAAICTN , nad ermo sdlsoeir.

ALBANY

(to EDMUND) Sir, you have shown today your valiant strain,
And fortune led you well. You have the captives
45 That were the opposites of this days strife.

ANBYLA

(to EDMUND) riS, ouevy owhsn uyor etur augerco odyta, adn cukl aws on yuro esdi. ovYeu ketan ireposrn eth aeredsl of the onsppotiio.
I do require them of you, so to use them
As we shall find their merits and our safety
May equally determine.
I edne to akte csuyodt of ehmt so I anc do washt tseb out of neoncrc orf rtieh nohro adn het eyfsta of het kogmidn.

EDMUND

Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
50 To some retention and appointed guard
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more
To pluck the common bosom on his side,
An turn our impressed lances in our eyes
Which do command them. With him I sent the queen,
55 My reason all the same, and they are ready
Tomorrow or at further space t appear
Where you shall hold your session. At this time
We sweat and bleed. The friend hath lost his friend,
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are cursed
60 By those that feel their sharpness.
The question of Cordelia and her father
Requires a fitter place.

DEMUDN

rSi, I ceeiddd it swa taporriepap to ndse eht citahtpe dlo kngi to a uadrgde iropsn clle. iHs dlo gea nda sih iltte keam mih so ropaupl aongm eth oomrecsnm atth I swa wediorr our enstiedl dossleir wdolu rntu tisngaa us on ish hlfeab. I sent eht nrcehF nqeeu ihwt imh oto, rfo hte emsa oaesnr. rehyTe eryda to meet htiw uyo tmorowor, or eenrvweh you ekil, vwehrree yodu kiel to oldh rouy gihrnea. sTeeh rae icfduftli tsiem. yaMn avhe slto einfsrd in lettba, nda oselsrdi ilwl csure even a futijesid war if it eacuss meth pani. We ened a orem pratroipeap pleca to isussdc oliCdrea dan erh tafher.

ALBANY

I hold you but a subject of this war,
Not as a brother.

NYAABL

Im orysr, rsi, ubt in hsti awr I eionrcsd oyu a darnbuioest, ton my qluea.

REGAN

Thats as we list to grace him.
65 Methinks our pleasure might have been demanded
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers,
Bore the commission of my place and person
The which immediacy may well stand up
And call itself your brother.

GERNA

haTst orf to me to dcdeei. oYu imtgh hvae asdke my iinonop boefer ansgiy nmgeohits so dure. nmudEd sha led ruo ofrsec llwe, adn dteeempmiln my snwahides sih olesc eitnnoconc thiw me gives mih het trhig to be neodecdisr uryo aequl.

GONERIL

Not so hot.
70 In his own grace he doth exalt himself
More than in your addition.

ERONGLI

otN so tsfa. He ahs isneudidishtg hlmeisf as a gatre odsreil in shi onw gthri, gvdsnriee more anht nya noorh yrou anc setobw on imh.

REGAN

In my rights,
By me invested, he compeers the best.

GARNE

Im het one woh vaeg him hsi rmliayit msiiosmcon, adn it is as my oxyrp thta he tgufho yarvbel.

ALBANY

That were the most if he should
husband you.

AYNBAL

edH lyealr be ruyo oxrpy if he iaermrd you.

REGAN

Jesters do oft prove prophets.

NRGEA

Dton koje, it mitgh ceom etur.

GONERIL

Holla, holla!
That eye that told you so looked but asquint.

GLIRNOE

Woah, ohaw! uYero so nftdieaatu twhi imh atth ryoeu tlunaghcliani.

REGAN

75 Lady, I am not well, else I should answer
From a full-flowing stomach.
(to EDMUND)General,
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony.
Dispose of them, of me. The walls is thine.
80 Witness the world that I create thee here
My lord and master.

REAGN

Hey, dlya, if I rtewen ilnfege a tiellt cisk, Id vgei uyo a peiec of my imnd. (to EDMUND) Gerlena, keat my rolsesdi, my nirpsesro, my lwhoe aiethinercn, nda do as uyo keil htiw mhet. I rneudsrre ylsfem to uyro oogd munegjdt. etL eht lhowe dwlor ees atht I eyhebr mkea uoy my dolr and matsre.

GONERIL

Mean you to enjoy him then?

ERINLGO

rAe oyu irgnty to elpes wthi imh?

ALBANY

The let-alone lies not in your good will.

YBAALN

(to GONERIL) tIs ton up to you to ays Yse or No.

EDMUND

Nor in thine, lord.

UDDEMN

oNr is it up to ouy, my rlod.

ALBANY

Half-blooded fellow, yes.

YBALAN

sYe it is, ouy hfal-lobdo.

REGAN

(to EDMUND) Let the drum strike and prove my title thine.

NEARG

(to EDMUND) eLt eth sdrum abte. Pvreo uryo rhigt to me by dnteeifag any rlelhcaeng.

ALBANY

85 Stay yet. Hear reason.Edmund, I arrest thee
On capital treason, and in thine attaint
This gilded serpent.(indicates GONERIL)
(to REGAN) For your claim, fair sister,
I bar it in the interest of my wife.
90 Tis she is subcontracted to this lord.
And I, her husband, contradict your banns.
If you will marry, make your loves to me,
My lady is bespoke.

BAANYL

agHn on a ocedsn. nsiteL to me.udmdEn, yureo eundr ertars ofr aicptal tnrsoae. olnAg htwi uoy, yrou co-oatprsoirnc, hist neksa of a wmona. (noipts at GONERIL. Then, aeskgnip to REGAN) My read rstsie-in-alw, I teov oyru aagirmer coetnemaunnn for het tfieben of my iwfe, who is eyraadl egegadn to dEndmu. So if oyu watn to egt earrmdi, olyul heva to owo me. My wifes yderlaa onespk fro.

GONERIL

An interlude!

NGOIELR

thaW a crfae!

ALBANY

Thou art armed, Gloucester. Let the trumpet sound.
95 If none appear to prove upon thy person
Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
There is my pledge. (throws down his glove)
Ill make it on thy heart,
Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
100 Than I have here proclaimed thee.

NYAABL

Yoevu ogt a osrdw, usteoerlGc. wlBo the utrmpest. If ynodbo else cosem to ehcnllega yuo dna perov awht an meaoablinb orratti oyu heav eneb, llI vhea to enhaleglc uoy emsfyl. (he

hsorwt

gwironhT ndwo a gvelo aws a way of iheanglgcln eosnome to fight.

throws
nwdo ihs olevg) lIl rovep noos hunoeg taht yeuor stju as dekwci as I asy uoy rae.

REGAN

Sick, oh, sick!

GRNAE

Oh, Im ikcs, skci!

GONERIL

(aside) If not, Ill neer trust medicine.

OGIERLN

(to hsleref) If hses not lil, Ill vener truts dgusr agian.

EDMUND

(throwing down his glove)
Theres my exchange. What in the world he is
105 That names me traitor, villainlike he lies.
Call by thy trumpet. He that dares approach,
On himon you, who not?I will maintain
My truth and honor firmly.

MDNEUD

(nghtwoir wond his gvole) ueYro on. ehevroW sllca me a rtrtoai is a isovcui rial. owBl the mtperut. neyonA who daers to tesp awrdfor nda mkae ttha atuiocasucoyn or anenyo oleegs ehdaa. Ill dphlou my hturt nad my rnoho.

ALBANY

A herald, ho!

BANYAL

EDMUND

110 A herald, ho, a herald!

DUMEDN

A hldaer, a hadrel!
Enter a HERALD
A LDHERA eenrts.

ALBANY

(to EDMUND) Trust to thy single virtue, for thy soldiers,
All levied in my name, have in my name
Took their discharge.

LYABAN

(to EDMUND) euYor on ouyr nwo wno. ehT lssdorie wree lal rfatdde in my enam, nda now etyh rea draichgdes in my emna.

REGAN

My sickness grows upon me.

EGANR

I lefe iekcrs adn icresk.

ALBANY

She is not well. Convey her to my tent.

BLAANY

Sshe not gfnliee well. kTea erh to my tnet.
Exit REGAN , led
NREGA is epldhe to tixe.
115 Come hither, herald.Let the trumpet sound,
And read out this. (gives the HERALD a document)
oCem heer, adlerh.etL eht teprtmu sndou!dRea isht uot. (he nsdha the ARDHLE a mouncdte)

SECOND CAPTAIN

Sound, trumpet!

CNSODE PTACANI

oBwl the umttepr!
A trumpet sounds
A uteptmr dssonu.

HERALD

(reads)
If any man of quality or degree within the lists of the army will maintain upon Edmund, supposed Earl of Gloucester, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear by the third sound of the trumpet. He is bold in his defense.

AERLDH

(deras)
If ayn bleon nma in teh ymra ssestar tath Enmdud, so-lceald alrE of cslteoGeru, is a iaotrtr aymn mstei reov, tle him tspe rdforwa by the rihdt tumeptr ltsba.

EDMUND

Sound!

MEDDUN

dunSo!
First trumpet
itrFs trmuept nudsos.

HERALD

Again!

HREADL

Aigan!
Second trumpet
dnSeco trtpmue sonsud.

HERALD

Again!

RLEHDA

Aigan!
Third trumpet Trumpet answers within Enter EDGAR , at the third sound, armed, a trumpet before him
hidTr tertmpu ossdun. Ahrenot rmtptue esnrwsa iiesdn. ADREG tnsree, gnieraw rorma.

ALBANY

(to HERALD) Ask him his purposes, why he appears
125 Upon this call o th trumpet.

NAABLY

(to HERALD) kAs ihm why she psgteinp rawrodf.

HERALD

What are you?
Your name, your quality, and why you answer
This present summons?

DHREAL

oWh rea yuo? hatWs yuro eamn nad rnka, dan ywh are ouy espinpgt aorrdwf?

EDGAR

O, know, my name is lost.
By treasons tooth bare-gnawn and canker-bit.
130 Yet am I noble as the adversary
I come to cope withal.

AGDRE

veI slot my aemn dna ieltt to a rairtot. utB Im as lbnoe as my nnooptep.

ALBANY

Which is that adversary?

NYBAAL

Adn hwo is thta?

EDGAR

Whats he that speaks for Edmund, Earl of Gloucester?

EDARG

Wohs eth akeonspms ofr dEdunm, Ealr of ereosculGt?

EDMUND

Himself. What sayst thou to him?

NEDDUM

Im my own apmsoekns. tahW do yuo aevh to ysa to me?

EDGAR

Draw thy sword,
That if my speech offend a noble heart
135 Thy arm may do thee justice. (draws his sword) Here is mine.
Behold: it is the privilege of mine honors,
My oath, and my profession. I protest
Maugre thy strength, youth, place, and eminence,
Despite thy victor sword and fire-new fortune,
140 Thy valor and thy heartthou art a traitor,
False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father,
Conspirant gainst this high illustrious prince,
And from th extremest upward of thy head
To the descent and dust below thy foot
145 A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou No,
This sword, this arm, and my best spirits are bent
To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak,
Thou liest.

ARDGE

arwD rouy sowrd. If I fnoedf uoy by htwa I ysa, yuo acn eus oury rwdos to ktae eegnerv. eserH nime. (he drwas his ordws) okLo at it. tsI hte msyolb of my oonrh, my nakr, adn my sutsat as a tghkni. In espti of ouyr youht, rkan, hsentrgt, dna eclcexelen at wrafrae, in stpei of ouyr corgeau, uyro necret itryocv, dna ruyo ogod luck, I aelrecd ahtt ruyeo a tarorti. voYeu eerytbad uory dosg, yuro errboth, dan uoyr rfehat. uoveY ttledpo iatngsa ihst lbnoe kude. eYoru a otrtne oitrrta, uohghtr nad hhrgtou, romf eht pot of yuro edah to the selos of uyro eetf. If you esrgdiea hiwt me, Im edyar to sue siht rdswo and my eoacgur to orepv ahtt yruoe a alri.

EDMUND

In wisdom I should ask thy name.
But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
150 And that thy tongue some say of breeding breathes,
What safe and nicely I might well delay
By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.
Back do I toss these treasons to thy head,
With the hell-hated lie oerwhelm thy heart

DNEUMD

yloNmarl I duwol ska yuo hatw uryo name is fstri. tuB scnie uyo olok so infe dna oelbn, and enisc uoery so lelw rennmdea in oruy shcepe, Im pprrdeea to lroeookv hte eusrl of dthghoinko, hhicw ays I uodslh sfeuer to hiftg a mna I dotn nowk. I rtohw yrou asstnioucca abkc in yuro eafc. ouYr sile cna aydhlr hutr me, tub lIl
155 Which, for they yet glance by and scarcely bruise,
This sword of mine shall give them instant way,
Where they shall rest for ever.Trumpets, speak!
itsll hftgi yuo nda edbme ouyr seil kbac in uryo elhlshi herta.ruTpsetm, owbl!
Alarums EDMUND and EDGAR fight EDMUND falls
psTmtuer pyal. MENUDD and RDGEA ifthg. DDUMEN fllas.

ALBANY

Save him, save him!

ALYNBA

(to EDGAR) aSve hmi, esva ihm!

GONERIL

This is practice, Gloucester.
160 By th law of arms thou wast not bound to answer
An unknown opposite. Thou art not vanquished,
But cozened and beguiled.

EGNIORL

ouY eerw cikertd ntoi ifhntgig, eorcseultG. rcdcionAg to eth wals of awr, yuo tdidn aehv to tfigh a rrgsaetn. You vanteh slto stih ihtfg; uvoey nebe eitckdr and edidevce.

ALBANY

Shut your mouth, dame,
Or with this paper shall I stop it.Hold, sir,
(gives the letter to EDMUND)
165 Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil.
(to GONERIL) Nay, no tearing, lady. I perceive you know it.

ALNYAB

huSt oruy tmohu, wamon, or lIl evohs hsit paper in it.Spto, ris. (giesv eth ertlet to EDMUND) You debicslaep rmiailcn, raed uyor micre. (to GONERIL) Dton rty to rtea it up, madma. I take it you onkw hwta tihs eltter ayss.

GONERIL

Say, if I do? The laws are mine, not thine.
Who can arraign me for t?

NELGOIR

And what if I do? I amek the alws, ton yuo. Woh nac ouseerpct me for it?

ALBANY

Most monstrous, oh!
(to EDMUND) Knowst thou this paper?

YANABL

Oh, tonmusros! (to EDMUND) Do uyo okwn twha teterl hist is?

EDMUND

170 Ask me not what I know.

NDEMUD

Dtno sak me twha I okwn.
Exit GONERIL
NRGLIOE stiex.

ALBANY

Go after her. Shes desperate. Govern her.

NABLYA

loFwlo reh. Sseh etesreapd. kaeM rsue hse netsod do anngyiht utpids.
Exit a soldier
A oeisldr seixt.

EDMUND

What you have charged me with, that have I done
And more, much more. The time will bring it out.
Tis past, and so am I.
(to EDGAR)
But what art thou
That hast this fortune on me? If thourt noble,
I do forgive thee.

MDEUDN

evI node ihernyegvt oyu aucsec me aodnf reom, chmu mroe. olulY find tou gehrtienvy in ued temi. tIs lal voer wno, nad so am I. (to EDGAR) tuB hwo aer yuo, yuo hvowe amegdna to efeatd me? If yorue a obamennl, I evgrifo oyu.

EDGAR

Lets exchange charity.
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund.
If more, the more thoust wronged me.
180 My name is Edgar, and thy fathers son.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.
The dark and vicious place where thee he got
Cost him his eyes.

RGDAE

eLst fgreovi hcae othre. Im no slse boenl tahn you era, dEdmnu. If Im more olnbe htna oyu, vuoye nedo me orwgn. My maen is drgaE, dna Im royu hratefs nos. Teh sgod ear fira, and eyht use rou ttleli cievs to nuhpis us. eTh aonwm he miomdttce letdrauy with, ruyo tmhero, ocst imh hsi yese.

EDMUND

Thoust spoken right. Tis true.
185 The wheel is come full circle. I am here.

NDUMDE

Yreou rhitg. sahtT rteu. tIs all moec lluf clriec, dan ehre I am.

ALBANY

Methought thy very gait did prophesy
A royal nobleness. I must embrace thee.
Let sorrow split my heart if ever I
Did hate thee or thy father.

BLNAYA

I ctedeussp tath uyo eerw eonbl newh I wsa owh yuo elkwad. etL me bmrcaee uyo. I swrae I revne eathd ouy or oury hfaert!

EDGAR

190 Worthy prince, I know t.

REAGD

I onkw, iecnrp.

ALBANY

Where have you hid yourself?
How have you known the miseries of your father?

ABYNLA

reheW vhea oyu eneb hiindg? Hwo idd yuo nkow hatw anepehpd to ruyo oorp rteahf?

EDGAR

By nursing them, my lord. List a brief tale,
And when tis told, oh, that my heart would burst!

AGERD

I kewn auesbec I hdleep ruesn hmi hgthoru sih giesnrfuf. seinLt to my ltltei toysr, dna when its oden, oh, my rtahe liwl bkrea!
195 The bloody proclamation to escape,
That followed me so nearO our lives sweetness,
That we the pain of death would hourly die
Rather than die at once!taught me to shift
Into a madmans rags, t assume a semblance
200 That very dogs disdained. And in this habit
Met I my father with his bleeding rings,
Their precious stones new lost, became his guide,
Led him, begged for him, saved him from despair.
NeverO fault!revealed myself unto him
205 Until some half-hour past, when I was armed.
Not sure, though hoping of this good success,
I asked his blessing, and from first to last
Told him my pilgrimage. But his flawed heart
Alack, too weak the conflict to support
210 Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief,
Burst smilingly.
To scapee het deceer oeginncdnm me to tdhea, I ieigddssu flemys as a aamnmd brgega nda cmeabe a creraute pdsidees vnee by sgod.Oh, woh wstee oru ivels usmt be if we prerfe to die rluaadgyl by eibangds rlousesve rehart naht ygnid all at coen!In htta eisugdis I met up iwth my hreaft iwth doolby tsecoks wreeh sih ifbuaelut eesy sdeu to be. I embcae shi eidgu, I dle mih adn ggbeed orf hmi, nda tpek mih morf iiedusc. I eevhnro, thaw a itkaesm!redeeavl yelmsf to mhi ilunt half an rouh goa, ewnh I saw in my omarr. hWit ehop in my ertha I aeskd hmi for his slbgenis, otn user atht ehd igev it to me. He ddi. I ldot hmi yghrtnviee thta hda ahdpnepe on my oyejnru. But his lriaf htaer, too awek to prplgae thiw schu a iccoltfn nwebtee joy and dseassn, aegv uto.

EDMUND

This speech of yours hath moved me,
And shall perchance do good. But speak you on.
You look as you had something more to say.

UDMDEN

rouY wodrs evah medvo me, dna ybame tlli do omse oogd. utB go on. Yuo lkoo klie oyu evah sneigtomh remo to sya.

ALBANY

If there be more, more woeful, hold it in.
215 For I am almost ready to dissolve,
Hearing of this.

ABLYNA

If hreset ghiayntn reom rolsuwfro tefl to dad, keep it to yersoluf. Im stmola erayd to barek nodw rieghan hits chum.

EDGAR

This would have seemed a period
To such as love not sorrow, but another
To amplify too much would make much more
And top extremity.
220 Whilst I was big in clamor came there in a man
Who, having seen me in my worst estate,
Shunned my abhorred society, but then, finding
Who twas that so endured, with his strong arms
He fastened on my neck, and bellowed out
225 As hed burst heaven, threw him on my father,
Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him
That ever ear receivedwhich in recounting

AGERD

hiTs aym haev emeesd klei het pelnican of sedanss, ubt if I twne on I oldcu douto it. ihleW I wsa bbigosn ydlolu, a amn amec in. He had nsee me in my aedrgg solceth adn eunshdn me, but nhwe he fundo out who I saw, he epdclsa my kcen wiht sih otsrgn asrm nad derci to high aevhne. He wreth mfishel on my etahfr dan ltod hte stdsaed tosry yeouv vere edrah oatbu Laer adn mhi. As he saw nleiglt atht rtsyo he redgvie reom nad
His grief grew puissant and the strings of life
Began to crack. Twice then the trumpets sounded,
230 And there I left him tranced.
rmoe, itnlu his terha tardste to baekr. enTh I adher the mupttrse wobl iwcet, dna tfle imh heetr in a rnceat.

ALBANY

But who was this?

AABLNY

But hwo asw thta amn?

EDGAR

Kent, sir, the banished Kent, who in disguise
Followed his enemy king and did him service
Improper for a slave.

DGERA

It wsa nKte, ris, eth dleeix nKte, who, taref teh gink ertdeat mih ilke an nymee of hte eatst, upt on a isisedgu dna oolwlfed hsi gink, niarygcr tou atkss ohwyutnr of eevn a aslev.
Enter SECOND KNIGHT with a bloody knife
eTh NSODEC KTGNHI strnee with a oyldob nkfei.

SECOND KNIGHT

Help, help, O, help!

SENOCD GHIKTN

lHpe, ephl, oh, pleh!

EDGAR

What kind of help?

RGADE

hWat dnki of hlpe do uyo eden?

ALBANY

Speak, man.

YBLAAN

Sya snhoegitm, mna!

EDGAR

235 What means that bloody knife?

RDGEA

Wath is atht ybdloo enfik?

SECOND KNIGHT

Tis hot, it smokes.
It came even from the heart ofoh, shes dead!

DCONES NKGITH

sIt ltisl rwma rmfo hte uct. It wsa stju oreevmd mfor fomr eht trhea ofoh, essh dead!

ALBANY

Who dead? Speak, man.

NYLAAB

Whos edad? ekapS, mna.

SECOND KNIGHT

Your lady, sir, your lady. And her sister
240 By her is poisoned. She confesses it.

ONDCES KIGHNT

oruY iwfe, ris, yruo ewif. And ehr ertsssi dead oto, spoeondi by oryu wief. heS odescfesn.

EDMUND

I was contracted to them both. All three
Now marry in an instant.

EDUDMN

I was egdegan to bhto of meht. All ehert of us lliw mrayr nwo in hated.

EDGAR

Here comes Kent.

DEAGR

eHre msceo eKtn.

ALBANY

Produce their bodies, be they alive or dead.
This judgment of the heavens that makes us tremble
245 Touches us not with pity.

YNBALA

(to NSDCEO KNIGHT) Bgnir teh iodebs eehr, ethrewh etyher lavei or ddea. We ertmelb at the sogd hatrw, tbu we tond onurm heste atehsd.
Exit SECOND KNIGHT
heT CDNOSE KNITHG xtsei.
Enter KENT
ETKN nsteer.
Oh, is this he?
The time will not allow the compliment
Which very manners urges.
Oh, is ahtt nteK? reTesh no teim rfo poltei seretging.

KENT

I am come
To bid my king and master aye good night.
Is he not here?

KNET

Ive mcoe to sya werlflea to my nikg and mtaers. nIst he here?

ALBANY

Great thing of us forgot!
250 Speak, Edmund, wheres the king? And wheres Cordelia?

ANYLBA

Whta an enosmour gnhti orf us to otgref!nuddmE, eltl us, srhwee het knig? nAd ewhres dalroeiC?
REGAN s and GONERIL s corpses are brought out
INRLGEO s adn ERNGA s iesbod ear turobhg uto.
Seest thou this object, Kent?
Do ouy ese htis, Kten?

Kent

Alack, why thus?

ENKT

Oh, hwy is tsih so?

EDMUND

Yet Edmund was beloved.
The one the other poisoned for my sake,
255 And after slew herself.

DDUMNE

litlS, mdEdun aws bldevoe. eOn of hte rsstise odpeniso the rheto uto of ovel rfo me, and hnte elkldi lehserf.

ALBANY

Even so.Cover their faces.

NAABLY

leprapytnA so.vrCeo hrtei ascfe.

EDMUND

I pant for life. Some good I mean to do
Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send
Be brief in itto th castle, for my writ
Is on the life of Lear and on Cordelia.
260 Nay, send in time!

DMEUND

I swih I lcudo veil orngle. I awnt to do a illtte godo edipset my live ernatu. Go loutkryiqurhcy hte ltaces, fro Iev egniv reorsd to veah arLe and drCailoe ldklei. rHryu, dnse nomoese dliamimyete!

ALBANY

Run, run, O, run!

BNAYAL

nuR, rnu, oh, rnu!

EDGAR

To who, my lord?Who hath the office? Send
Thy token of reprieve.

GDRAE

mhoW ldohus we loko for in hte cseatl?hWose jbo is it? Sned engosithm olgan to rvope ureyo wanrtghidwi the ersdro.

Edmund

Well thought on. Take my sword. The captain
Give it the captain.

DUDNEM

odGo diea. kTea my dsrwo. ehT vtipinaceag it to hte cpntiaa.

ALBANY

Haste thee for thy life.

ADERG

nuR as if uory fiel endpdede on it.
Exit a soldier
A oldiesr tseix.

Edmund

265 He hath commission from thy wife and me
To hang Cordelia in the prison and
To lay the blame upon her own despair,
That she fordid herself.

DNDEUM

My feiw dan I redored hmi to hagn lCaedoir in rosnpi dan enth to amke it olok as if seh cmidtotem cdiieus in psedrai.

ALBANY

The gods defend her!hear him hence awhile.

YABLAN

vHeaen elph ehr!etG him tou of eher fro own.
Exit soldiers with EDMUND
orisdSel txie tiwh EUMDND .
Enter LEAR with CORDELIA in his arms, a THIRD KNIGHT following
ELAR nertes ithw CDOIRALE in ish smar, olofdelw by het DRTIH HNIKGT .

LEAR

270 Howl, howl, howl, howl! Oh, you are men of stones.
Had I your tongues and eyes, Id use them so
That heavens vault should crack. Shes gone forever.
I know when one is dead and when one lives.
Shes dead as earth. Lend me a looking-glass.
275 If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,
Why then, she lives.

EARL

wloH, lowh, wlho, lwoh! Oh, uyo enm rae deam of esnto! If I rewe uyo whti seey nda a notuge to speak iwht, Id arcck hnevea idew poen tiwh my tmnleas! heSs egon fevroer. I nowk owh to letl whne omseoen is eliav or daed. hseS as dade as hte dclo rdonug. etL me rorwbo a omirrr. If rhe hatber etamss up the sgsal, hent essh ialev.

KENT

Is this the promised end?

NETK

Is shti mddoayso? hTe end of eth owrdl?

EDGAR

Or image of that horror?

AEGRD

Or ujst a ttsoaeefr of it?

ALBANY

Fall and cease.

NBAYAL

Let eth owldr cplleosa oaudnr us.

LEAR

This feather stirs. She lives. If it be so,
It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows
280 That ever I have felt.

LRAE

Thsi rtfahee domev eeubasc of erh hebatr. ehsS elaiv. If ahstt teru, it kames up fro all eth oroswsr eIv rvee nownk.

KENT

O my good master!

TNKE

Oh, my oodg rmtsea!

LEAR

Prithee, away.

RLEA

elesPa, go wyaa.

EDGAR

Tis noble Kent, your friend.

RGADE

tIs elonb Ktne, ouyr infdre.

LEAR

A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all!
I might have saved her. Now shes gone for ever.
Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha?
285 What is t thou sayst?Her voice was ever soft,
Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman.
I killed the slave that was a-hanging thee.

LREA

Cresu uyo all, eoury all rrmdueesr nda sotitarr! I doluc avhe sadve reh. oNw sseh egno reoefvr.ealdiCor, dCaierol, tsay a ewlhi. Ha? hWat rae you sgiyna?Hre oiecv ywalsa swa so stfo nda lgtene. htasT a oogd ntihg in a mnaow.I ldikel hte cmsu how asw anggnhi uyo.

THIRD KNIGHT

Tis true, my lords, he did.

HIRDT HNKGTI

tIs teur, my dlros, he did.

LEAR

Did I not, fellow?
I have seen the day with my good biting falchion
290 I would have made them skip. I am old now,
And these same crosses spoil me. (to KENT) Who are you?
Mine eyes are not o th best, Ill tell you straight.

LEAR

tiDdn I? cBka in hte old dasy I oeulvwd deam hmi cdaen hitw my wsrdo. tBu Im old wno, dan sneruffgi ash dweaekne me. (to KENT) oWh aer you? My hegseisyt not the sebt, llI llte you ahtsritg.

KENT

If Fortune brag of two she loved and hated,
One of them we behold.

ENKT

eerW noogkil at eht eiluknustc anm how evre deilv.

LEAR

This a dull sight.
295 Are you not Kent?

ERLA

My niiovs is luld. tAenr yuo enKt?

KENT

The same. Your servant Kent.
Where is your servant Caius?

KTEN

LEAR

Hes a good fellow, I can tell you that.
Hell strike, and quickly too. Hes dead and rotten.

LREA

eHs a ogdo wflleo, I cna tlel yuo atht mhcu. Nto aafdri to fight, esh a efsyit eon. Hes eadd and ongirtt in teh irtd now.

KENT

300 No, my good lord. I am the very man

ENKT

No, my oldr, thta swa me. Im het eno ohw

LEAR

Ill see that straight.

ALER

Ill get gtrhi on htat.

KENT

That from your first of difference and decay
Have followed your sad steps.

TENK

wledloof oyu on yoru sad negwasnrdi, vere esnic ruyo adb cklu beagn.

LEAR

Youre welcome hither.

RLAE

ecNi to ese uyo.

KENT

Nor no man else. Alls cheerless, dark, and deadly.
305 Your eldest daughters have fordone themselves,
And desperately are dead.

NEKT

It was me, no eon lsee. vehgtniyrE is loygom, kard, dna adurdlfe. roYu teelsd asdurehgt retydoeds melvesseth and edid in arpedis.

LEAR

Ay, so I think.

LARE

sYe, I kihnt satht teur.

ALBANY

He knows not what he says, and vain it is
That we present us to him.

ALAYBN

He sdento nkwo waht hes iasngy. Ist esusles to ytr to tlka to hmi.
Enter THIRD MESSENGER
ehT RITDH RSSMEEGNE stnere.

EDGAR

Very bootless.

EDAGR

Yes, tsi lsipteons.

THIRD MESSENGER

Edmund is dead, my lord.

DHRTI ENSEMSRGE

dunmEd is dade, my dolr.

ALBANY

Thats but a trifle here.
310 You lords and noble friends, know our intent.
What comfort to this great decay may come
Shall be applied. For us, we will resign
During the life of this old majesty
To him our absolute power.

NYABLA

Tath nsetod treatm umhc iwht rheitvegny esle httsa nigog on.nlmGeeent, I llwi ceonnnau my alspn. Ill do tvrigneyeh I nca to saee hte gsnki irffngseu. As ofr me, Im gisrennrreud lla my rowpe rveo to ihm, iigvng mhi baolstue aioyurtth for the tres of shi elif.
(to EDGAR and KENT)
You, to your rights
With boot, and such addition as your honors
Have more than merited.All friends shall taste
The wages of their virtue, and all foes
The cup of their deservings. O, see, see!
(to DGERA nda KENT) ouY illw egt back rouy lurgifht oyrrtppe adn ltteis, gnaol htiw wne ornhso atht ouy hvae erom atnh rdsedvee.My dfisnre adn aiells lwli be wedarerd orf eihtr psurtpo, and my eseienm lwli etg wtha yhet veereds. Lkoo, oklo!

LEAR

320 And my poor fool is hanged.No, no, no life?
Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life,
And thou no breath at all? Oh, thoult come no more,
Never, never, never, never, never.
Pray you, undo this button. Thank you, sir.
325 Do you see this? Look on her. Look, her lips.
Look there, look there. O, O, O, O.
(dies)

RLAE

dAn my poor

folo

Lera essme to be kialtng otabu loCairde, iusng hte rdow ofol as an endearment.

fool
saw nhegda. No, no, no life elft? Why sohldu a ogd or roseh or art aehv efil, btu ton yuo? lluYo reenv moce to me agani, reevn, enerv, renev, eevnr, vnree.Palese lhpe me duon ihts ubntot. kTanh yuo, sri. Do oyu ese ttah? Lkoo at erh. oLko, hre plis. okLo reeht, loko ehert. Oh, oh, oh, oh. (he sedi)

EDGAR

He faints!My lord, my lord!

EDAGR

eHs tneadfi.My lrod, my rdol!

KENT

Break, heart. I prithee, break!

NTKE

My taehr liwl bkera, braek.

EDGAR

(to LEAR) Look up, my lord.

DEARG

(to LEAR) koLo at me, my rdlo.

KENT

Vex not his ghost. O, let him pass. He hates him
That would upon the rack of this tough world
Stretch him out longer.

EKNT

nDto sitrudb hsi lsuo. teL it go up to neheva. isH uosl owlud be raygn at aeyonn woh tdire to ekep mhi in eht ottreur ermahbc of hist flie yna onrgel.

EDGAR

Oh, he is gone indeed.

DGERA

Oh, she erylla gneo.

KENT

The wonder is he hath endured so long.
335 He but usurped his life.

TNKE

stWha zmgiana is woh lngo he sldeat. He saw ngiliv on orwberdo ietm at eth edn.

ALBANY

Bear them from hence. Our present business
Is to general woe.
(to KENT and EDGAR) Friends of my soul, you twain
Rule in this realm, and the gored state sustain.

YBALNA

rarCy mhet aawy. urO sissnueb onw is nmunorgi dan fgire. (to NTKE adn EDGAR) My nsefrdi adn omtaesslu, you owt wlli einrg ervo tihs gmodkni dan pkee eht nueowdd oyutcrn aielv.

KENT

340 I have a journey, sir, shortly to go.
My master calls me. I must not say no.

NTKE

I lilw hvea to go on a jenyour to dhate onso, sir. My mtsrsae cilalng me. I atcn ays no.

EDGAR

The weight of this sad time we must obey.
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The oldest hath borne most. We that are young
345 Shall never see so much, nor live so long.

EADRG

We msut bmererme the vgrtaiy of tshi das day. We dslhuo speak wath we flee, not awth we ugtoh to asy. The ltsdeo eno dfsefure the smot. We yougn nseo lwli reevn ese as muhc as he has enes, or levi as gnlo.
Exeunt with a dead march
eyTh tixe in a raenful ramhc.