King Lear

by: William Shakespeare

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CORNWALL

Get horses for your mistress.

CORNWALL

Prepare the horses for your lady.
Exit OSWALD
OSWALD exits.

GONERIL

20Farewell, sweet lord, and sister.

GONERIL

Goodbye, my sweet lord.—Goodbye, my sister.

CORNWALL

Edmund, farewell.

CORNWALL

Goodbye, Edmund.
Exeunt GONERIL and EDMUND the bastard
GONERIL and EDMUND exit.
   Go seek the traitor Gloucester.
Pinion him like a thief, bring him before us.
Go find the traitor Gloucester. Tie him up like a thief and bring him here to me.
Exeunt some servants
Some servants exit.
Though well we may not pass upon his life
Without the form of justice, yet our power
25Shall do a courtesy to our wrath, which men
May blame, but not control.—Who’s there? The traitor?
I can’t condemn him to death without a formal trial, but I’m powerful enough that I can still do something to express my anger. Some men may blame me for doing this, but they won’t be able to do anything about it.—Who’s there? Is that the traitor?
Enter GLOUCESTER, brought in by two or three servants
Two or three servants bring in GLOUCESTER.

REGAN

Ingrateful fox, ’tis he.

REGAN

Ungrateful traitor! That’s him.

CORNWALL

   Bind fast his corky arms.

CORNWALL

Tie up his withered old arms.

GLOUCESTER

What mean your graces? Good my friends, consider
You are my guests. Do me no foul play, friends.

GLOUCESTER

What are you doing? My friends, remember that you’re my guests here. Don’t play any nasty tricks on me.

CORNWALL

30Bind him, I say.

CORNWALL

Tie him up, I tell you.
Servants bind GLOUCESTER
Servants tie up GLOUCESTER.