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  Act 5 Scene 3

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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.
175 (to EDGAR)
   But what art thou
That hast this fortune on me? If thou'rt noble,
I do forgive thee.

EDMUND

I’ve done everything you accuse me of—and more, much more. You’ll find out everything in due time. It’s all over now, and so am I. (to EDGAR) But who are you, you who’ve managed to defeat me? If you’re a nobleman, I forgive you.

EDGAR

   Let’s exchange charity.
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund.
If more, the more thou’st wronged me.
180My name is Edgar, and thy father’s 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.

EDGAR

Let’s forgive each other. I’m no less noble than you are, Edmund. If I’m more noble than you, you’ve done me wrong. My name is Edgar, and I’m your father’s son. The gods are fair, and they use our little vices to punish us. The woman he committed adultery with, your mother, cost him his eyes.

EDMUND

   Thou’st spoken right. 'Tis true.
185The wheel is come full circle. I am here.

EDMUND

You’re right. That’s true. It’s all come full circle, and here 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.

ALBANY

I suspected that you were noble when I saw how you walked. Let me embrace you. I swear I never hated you or your father!

EDGAR

190Worthy prince, I know ’t.

EDGAR

I know, prince.

ALBANY

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

ALBANY

Where have you been hiding? How did you know what happened to your poor father?

EDGAR

By nursing them, my lord. List a brief tale,
And when ’tis told, oh, that my heart would burst!
195The bloody proclamation to escape,
That followed me so near—O our lives' sweetness,

EDGAR

I knew because I helped nurse him through his suffering. Listen to my little story, and when it’s done, oh, my heart will break! To escape the decree condemning me