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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 bim: some dear cause Will in concealment wrap me up awbile; When I am known aright, you shall not grieve Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go Along with me.
SCENE IV.-The same.
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, and furrow weeds, With barlocks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers, Darnel, and all the idle weeds, that grow In our sustaining corn.—A century send forth ; Search every acre in the high-grown field, And bring him to our eye. (Exit an Officer.] What
can man's wisdom do,
Phy. There is means, madam:
Cor. All bless'd secrets,
Enter a Messenger.
Cor. 'Tis known before; our preparation stands
SCENE V.-A room in Gloster's castle.
Enter REGAN and Steward.
Reg. But are my brother's powers set forth ?
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; moreover, to descry The strength o’the enemy. Stew. I must needs after him, madam, with my
Reg. Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay with
Stew. I may not, madam;
Reg. Why should she write to Edmund; Might
Stew. Madam, I had rather
Reg. I know, your lady does not love her husband;
Stew. I, madam?
you do find him, pray you, give him tbis ; And when your mistress hears thus much from you, I pray,
desire her call her wisdom to her. So, fare you well. If
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.
[Exeunt. SCENE VI.-The country near Dover. Enter Gloster, and EDGAR, dressed like a peasant. Glo. When shall we come to the top of that same
Edg. Horrible steep:
hear the sea ? Glo. No, truly.
Edg. Why, then your other senses grow imperfect By your eyes' anguish.
Glo. So may it be, indeed : Methinks, thy voice is alter'd; and thou speak'st In better phrase, and matter, than thou didst. Edg. You are much deceiv'd; in, nothing am 1
Glo. Methinks, you are better spoken.
Glo. Set me where
you stand. Edg. Give me your hand : You are now within a
foot Of the extreme verge: for all beneath the moon Would I not leap upright.
Glo. Let go my hand. Here, friend, is another purse; in it, a jewel Well worth a poor man's taking: Fairies and gods, Prosper it with thee! Go thou further off; Bid me farewell, and let me hear thee going.
Edg. Now fare you well, good sir. [Seems to go. Glo. With all my heart.
Edg. Why I do trifle thus with his despair,
Glo. O you mighty gods!
[He leaps and falls along. Edg. Gone, sir? farewell. And yet I know not bow conceit
Glo. Away, and let me die.
thers, air, So many fathom down precipitating, Thou had'st shiver'd like an egg: but thou dost