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By me invested, he compeers the best.
Holla, holla! That
that told you so look'd but asquint.1
Mean you to enjoy him?
Half-blooded fellow, yes. Re. Let the drum strike, and prove my title thine.
[to Edmund. Alb. Stay yet; hear reason.-Edmund, I arrest
thee On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, This gilded serpent. [pointing to Goneril.] For your
claim, fair sister, I bar it in the interest of my wife : 'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord, And I, her husband, contradict your
bans. If you will marry, make your love to me;
1 In allusion to a proverb, · Love, being jealous, makes a good eye look asquint.'
? i. e. I surrender at discretion.
My lady is bespoke.
An interlude !
prove it on thy heart,
Sick, O, sick!
glove.] what in the world he is
Alb. A herald, ho !
A herald, ho, a herald !
This sickness grows upon me.
Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent.
[Exit Regan, led.
Come hither, herald : let the trumpet sound;
[a trumpet sounds.
Her. [reads.] •If any man of quality or degree, within the lists of the
will maintain upon Edmund, supposed earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear at the third sound of the trumpet: he is bold in his defence.'
[1 trumpet. [2 trumpet.
[3 trumpet. (trumpet answers within.
Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a trumpet.
What are you?
Know, my name is lost,
Which is that adversary?
Draw thy sword; That, if my speech offend a noble heart,
Thy arm may do thee justice : here is mine.
prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak, Thou liest.
Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name; But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, And that thy tongue some 'sayo 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 o'erwhelm thy heart; 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.
[alarums. They fight. Edmund falls. Alb. O, save him, save him ! Gon.
This is mere practice,3 Gloster :
By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to answer
Shut your mouth, dame, Or with this paper shall I stop it.—Hold, sir.Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil :No tearing, lady; I perceive, you know it.
[gives the letter to Edmund. Gon. Say, if I do; the laws are mine, not thine. Who shall arraign me for’t?
Most monstrous !
Ask me not what I know.
[Exit Goneril. Alb. Go after her: she's desperate; govern her.
[to an Officer, who goes out. Edm. 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. But what art thou, That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble, I do forgive thee.
Edg. Let's exchange charity.
Thou hast spoken right; 'tis true;