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By me invested, he compeers the best.
Gon. That were the most, if he should husband

Re. Jesters do oft prove prophets.

Holla, holla! That


that told you so look'd but asquint.1
Re. Lady, I am not well; else I should answer
From a full-flowing stomach.—General,
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony;
Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine : 2
Witness the world, that I create thee here
My lord and master.

Mean you to enjoy him?
Alb. The let-alone lies not in your good will.
Edm. Nor in thine, lord.

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 !
Alb. Thou art arm’d, Gloster. Let the trumpet

sound :
If none appear to prove upon thy person,
Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
There is my pledge : [throwing down a glove.] I'll

prove it on thy heart,
Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
Than I have here proclaim'd thee.

Sick, O, sick!
Gon. If not, I 'll ne'er trust poison. [aside.
Edm. There's my exchange : [throwing down a

glove.] what in the world he is
That names me traitor, villain-like he lies.
Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach,
On him, on you, (who not?) I will maintain
My truth and honor firmly.

Alb. A herald, ho !

A herald, ho, a herald !
Alb. Trust to thy single virtue; 1 for thy soldiers,
All levied in my name, have in my name
Took their discharge.

This sickness grows upon me.


Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent.

[Exit Regan, led.

1 Valor.

Come hither, herald : let the trumpet sound;
And read out this.
Off. Sound, trumpet.

[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.'

Edm. Sound.
Her. Again.
Her. Again.

[1 trumpet. [2 trumpet.

[3 trumpet. (trumpet answers within.

Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a trumpet.
Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears
Upon this call o' the trumpet.

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

Know, my name is lost,
By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit :
Yet am I noble as the adversary
I come to cope withal.

Which is that adversary?
Edg. What's he that speaks for Edmund earl of

Gloster ?
Edm. Himself: what say'st thou to him?

Draw thy sword; That, if my speech offend a noble heart,

Thy arm may do thee justice : here is mine.
Behold, it is the privilege of mine honors,
My oath, and my profession: I protest,
Maugre 1 thy strength, youth, place, and eminence,
Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune,
Thy valor, and thy heart ;—thou art a traitor ;
False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father ;
Conspirant 'gainst this high illustrious prince;
And, from the extremest upward of thy head,
To the descent and dust beneath thy feet,
A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, No,
This sword, this arm, and my best spirits are bent

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 :

I Notwithstanding.
3 Stratagems.



By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to answer
An unknown opposite : thou art not vanquish’d,
But cozen's and beguiled.

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 !
Know'st thou this paper ?

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.
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;
If more, the more thou hast wrong'd me.
My name is Edgar, and thy father's son.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to scourge us :
The dark and vicious place where thee he got,
Cost him his eyes.

Thou hast spoken right; 'tis true;

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