Speeches (Lines) for Edmund in "The Tragedy of King Lear"

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1 I / 1
  • [comes forward] No, my lord.
  • [comes forward] No, my lord.
  • Earl of Gloucester. But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year elder than
    this, who yet is no dearer in my account. Though this knave came
    something saucily into the world before he was sent for, yet was
    his mother fair, there was good sport at his making, and the
    whoreson must be acknowledged.- Do you know this noble gentleman,
    Edmund?

    Edmund. [comes forward] No, my lord.

2 I / 1
  • My services to your lordship.
  • My services to your lordship.
  • Earl of Gloucester. My Lord of Kent. Remember him hereafter as my honourable
    friend.

    Edmund. My services to your lordship.

3 I / 1
  • Sir, I shall study deserving.
  • Sir, I shall study deserving.
  • Earl of Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you better.

    Edmund. Sir, I shall study deserving.

4 I / 2
  • Thou, Nature, art my goddess; to thy law
    My services are bound. Wherefore sh...
  • Thou, Nature, art my goddess; to thy law
    My services are bound. Wherefore should I
    Stand in the plague of custom, and permit
    The curiosity of nations to deprive me,
    For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
    Lag of a brother? Why bastard? wherefore base?
    When my dimensions are as well compact,
    My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
    As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us
    With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base?
    Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
    More composition and fierce quality
    Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
    Go to th' creating a whole tribe of fops
    Got 'tween asleep and wake? Well then,
    Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land.
    Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund
    As to th' legitimate. Fine word- 'legitimate'!
    Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed,
    And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
    Shall top th' legitimate. I grow; I prosper.
    Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
  • Goneril. We must do something, and i' th' heat.

    Edmund. Thou, Nature, art my goddess; to thy law
    My services are bound. Wherefore should I
    Stand in the plague of custom, and permit
    The curiosity of nations to deprive me,
    For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
    Lag of a brother? Why bastard? wherefore base?
    When my dimensions are as well compact,
    My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
    As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us
    With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base?
    Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
    More composition and fierce quality
    Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
    Go to th' creating a whole tribe of fops
    Got 'tween asleep and wake? Well then,
    Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land.
    Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund
    As to th' legitimate. Fine word- 'legitimate'!
    Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed,
    And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
    Shall top th' legitimate. I grow; I prosper.
    Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

5 I / 2
  • So please your lordship, none.
  • So please your lordship, none.
  • Earl of Gloucester. Kent banish'd thus? and France in choler parted?
    And the King gone to-night? subscrib'd his pow'r?
    Confin'd to exhibition? All this done
    Upon the gad? Edmund, how now? What news?

    Edmund. So please your lordship, none.

6 I / 2
  • I know no news, my lord.
  • I know no news, my lord.
  • Earl of Gloucester. Why so earnestly seek you to put up that letter?

    Edmund. I know no news, my lord.

7 I / 2
  • Nothing, my lord.
  • Nothing, my lord.
  • Earl of Gloucester. What paper were you reading?

    Edmund. Nothing, my lord.

8 I / 2
  • I beseech you, sir, pardon me. It is a letter from my brother
    that I have no...
  • I beseech you, sir, pardon me. It is a letter from my brother
    that I have not all o'er-read; and for so much as I have
    perus'd, I find it not fit for your o'erlooking.
  • Earl of Gloucester. No? What needed then that terrible dispatch of it into your
    pocket? The quality of nothing hath not such need to hide
    itself. Let's see. Come, if it be nothing, I shall not need
    spectacles.

    Edmund. I beseech you, sir, pardon me. It is a letter from my brother
    that I have not all o'er-read; and for so much as I have
    perus'd, I find it not fit for your o'erlooking.

9 I / 2
  • I shall offend, either to detain or give it. The contents, as
    in part I unde...
  • I shall offend, either to detain or give it. The contents, as
    in part I understand them, are to blame.
  • Earl of Gloucester. Give me the letter, sir.

    Edmund. I shall offend, either to detain or give it. The contents, as
    in part I understand them, are to blame.

10 I / 2
  • I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote this but as
    an essay or tas...
  • I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote this but as
    an essay or taste of my virtue.
  • Earl of Gloucester. Let's see, let's see!

    Edmund. I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote this but as
    an essay or taste of my virtue.

11 I / 2
  • It was not brought me, my lord: there's the cunning of it. I
    found it thrown...
  • It was not brought me, my lord: there's the cunning of it. I
    found it thrown in at the casement of my closet.
  • Earl of Gloucester. [reads] 'This policy and reverence of age makes the world
    bitter to the best of our times; keeps our fortunes from us
    till our oldness cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle
    and fond bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny, who sways,
    not as it hath power, but as it is suffer'd. Come to me, that
    of this I may speak more. If our father would sleep till I
    wak'd him, you should enjoy half his revenue for ever, and live
    the beloved of your brother,
    'EDGAR.'
    Hum! Conspiracy? 'Sleep till I wak'd him, you should enjoy half
    his revenue.' My son Edgar! Had he a hand to write this? a heart
    and brain to breed it in? When came this to you? Who brought it?

    Edmund. It was not brought me, my lord: there's the cunning of it. I
    found it thrown in at the casement of my closet.

12 I / 2
  • If the matter were good, my lord, I durst swear it were his;
    but in respect...
  • If the matter were good, my lord, I durst swear it were his;
    but in respect of that, I would fain think it were not.
  • Earl of Gloucester. You know the character to be your brother's?

    Edmund. If the matter were good, my lord, I durst swear it were his;
    but in respect of that, I would fain think it were not.

13 I / 2
  • It is his hand, my lord; but I hope his heart is not in the
    contents.
  • It is his hand, my lord; but I hope his heart is not in the
    contents.
  • Earl of Gloucester. It is his.

    Edmund. It is his hand, my lord; but I hope his heart is not in the
    contents.

14 I / 2
  • Never, my lord. But I have heard him oft maintain it to be fit
    that, sons at...
  • Never, my lord. But I have heard him oft maintain it to be fit
    that, sons at perfect age, and fathers declining, the father
    should be as ward to the son, and the son manage his revenue.
  • Earl of Gloucester. Hath he never before sounded you in this business?

    Edmund. Never, my lord. But I have heard him oft maintain it to be fit
    that, sons at perfect age, and fathers declining, the father
    should be as ward to the son, and the son manage his revenue.

15 I / 2
  • I do not well know, my lord. If it shall please you to suspend
    your indignat...
  • I do not well know, my lord. If it shall please you to suspend
    your indignation against my brother till you can derive from him
    better testimony of his intent, you should run a certain course;
    where, if you violently proceed against him, mistaking his
    purpose, it would make a great gap in your own honour and shake
    in pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare pawn down my life
    for him that he hath writ this to feel my affection to your
    honour, and to no other pretence of danger.
  • Earl of Gloucester. O villain, villain! His very opinion in the letter! Abhorred
    villain! Unnatural, detested, brutish villain! worse than
    brutish! Go, sirrah, seek him. I'll apprehend him. Abominable
    villain! Where is he?

    Edmund. I do not well know, my lord. If it shall please you to suspend
    your indignation against my brother till you can derive from him
    better testimony of his intent, you should run a certain course;
    where, if you violently proceed against him, mistaking his
    purpose, it would make a great gap in your own honour and shake
    in pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare pawn down my life
    for him that he hath writ this to feel my affection to your
    honour, and to no other pretence of danger.

16 I / 2
  • If your honour judge it meet, I will place you where you shall
    hear us confe...
  • If your honour judge it meet, I will place you where you shall
    hear us confer of this and by an auricular assurance have your
    satisfaction, and that without any further delay than this very
    evening.
  • Earl of Gloucester. Think you so?

    Edmund. If your honour judge it meet, I will place you where you shall
    hear us confer of this and by an auricular assurance have your
    satisfaction, and that without any further delay than this very
    evening.

17 I / 2
  • Nor is not, sure.
  • Nor is not, sure.
  • Earl of Gloucester. He cannot be such a monster.

    Edmund. Nor is not, sure.

18 I / 2
  • I will seek him, sir, presently; convey the business as I
    shall find means,...
  • I will seek him, sir, presently; convey the business as I
    shall find means, and acquaint you withal.
  • Earl of Gloucester. To his father, that so tenderly and entirely loves him.
    Heaven and earth! Edmund, seek him out; wind me into him, I pray
    you; frame the business after your own wisdom. I would unstate
    myself to be in a due resolution.

    Edmund. I will seek him, sir, presently; convey the business as I
    shall find means, and acquaint you withal.

19 I / 2
  • This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are
    sick in fortun...
  • This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are
    sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make
    guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if
    we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion;
    knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical pre-dominance;
    drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforc'd obedience of
    planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine
    thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay
    his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father
    compounded with my mother under the Dragon's Tail, and my
    nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and
    lecherous. Fut! I should have been that I am, had the
    maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing.
    Edgar-
    [Enter Edgar.]
    and pat! he comes, like the catastrophe of the old comedy. My
    cue is villainous melancholy, with a sigh like Tom o' Bedlam.
    O, these eclipses do portend these divisions! Fa, sol, la, mi.
  • Earl of Gloucester. These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to
    us. Though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet
    nature finds itself scourg'd by the sequent effects. Love cools,
    friendship falls off, brothers divide. In cities, mutinies; in
    countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond crack'd
    'twixt son and father. This villain of mine comes under the
    prediction; there's son against father: the King falls from bias
    of nature; there's father against child. We have seen the best
    of our time. Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all
    ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves. Find out
    this villain, Edmund; it shall lose thee nothing; do it
    carefully. And the noble and true-hearted Kent banish'd! his
    offence, honesty! 'Tis strange. Exit.

    Edmund. This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are
    sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make
    guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if
    we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion;
    knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical pre-dominance;
    drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforc'd obedience of
    planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine
    thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay
    his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father
    compounded with my mother under the Dragon's Tail, and my
    nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and
    lecherous. Fut! I should have been that I am, had the
    maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing.
    Edgar-
    [Enter Edgar.]
    and pat! he comes, like the catastrophe of the old comedy. My
    cue is villainous melancholy, with a sigh like Tom o' Bedlam.
    O, these eclipses do portend these divisions! Fa, sol, la, mi.

20 I / 2
  • I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day,
    what should f...
  • I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day,
    what should follow these eclipses.
  • Edgar. How now, brother Edmund? What serious contemplation are you
    in?

    Edmund. I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day,
    what should follow these eclipses.

21 I / 2
  • I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as
    of unnaturalne...
  • I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as
    of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death,
    dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state,
    menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless
    diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts,
    nuptial breaches, and I know not what.
  • Edgar. Do you busy yourself with that?

    Edmund. I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as
    of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death,
    dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state,
    menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless
    diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts,
    nuptial breaches, and I know not what.

22 I / 2
  • Come, come! When saw you my father last?
  • Come, come! When saw you my father last?
  • Edgar. How long have you been a sectary astronomical?

    Edmund. Come, come! When saw you my father last?

23 I / 2
  • Spake you with him?
  • Spake you with him?
  • Edgar. The night gone by.

    Edmund. Spake you with him?

24 I / 2
  • Parted you in good terms? Found you no displeasure in him by
    word or counten...
  • Parted you in good terms? Found you no displeasure in him by
    word or countenance
  • Edgar. Ay, two hours together.

    Edmund. Parted you in good terms? Found you no displeasure in him by
    word or countenance

25 I / 2
  • Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him; and at my
    entreaty forbe...
  • Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him; and at my
    entreaty forbear his presence until some little time hath
    qualified the heat of his displeasure, which at this instant so
    rageth in him that with the mischief of your person it would
    scarcely allay.
  • Edgar. None at all.

    Edmund. Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him; and at my
    entreaty forbear his presence until some little time hath
    qualified the heat of his displeasure, which at this instant so
    rageth in him that with the mischief of your person it would
    scarcely allay.

26 I / 2
  • That's my fear. I pray you have a continent forbearance till
    the speed of hi...
  • That's my fear. I pray you have a continent forbearance till
    the speed of his rage goes slower; and, as I say, retire with me
    to my lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my
    lord speak. Pray ye, go! There's my key. If you do stir abroad,
    go arm'd.
  • Edgar. Some villain hath done me wrong.

    Edmund. That's my fear. I pray you have a continent forbearance till
    the speed of his rage goes slower; and, as I say, retire with me
    to my lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my
    lord speak. Pray ye, go! There's my key. If you do stir abroad,
    go arm'd.

27 I / 2
  • Brother, I advise you to the best. Go arm'd. I am no honest man
    if there be...
  • Brother, I advise you to the best. Go arm'd. I am no honest man
    if there be any good meaning toward you. I have told you what I
    have seen and heard; but faintly, nothing like the image and
    horror of it. Pray you, away!
  • Edgar. Arm'd, brother?

    Edmund. Brother, I advise you to the best. Go arm'd. I am no honest man
    if there be any good meaning toward you. I have told you what I
    have seen and heard; but faintly, nothing like the image and
    horror of it. Pray you, away!

28 I / 2
  • I do serve you in this business.
    [Exit Edgar.]
    A credulous father! and a...
  • I do serve you in this business.
    [Exit Edgar.]
    A credulous father! and a brother noble,
    Whose nature is so far from doing harms
    That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty
    My practices ride easy! I see the business.
    Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit;
    All with me's meet that I can fashion fit. Exit.
  • Edgar. Shall I hear from you anon?

    Edmund. I do serve you in this business.
    [Exit Edgar.]
    A credulous father! and a brother noble,
    Whose nature is so far from doing harms
    That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty
    My practices ride easy! I see the business.
    Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit;
    All with me's meet that I can fashion fit. Exit.

29 II / 1
  • Save thee, Curan.
  • Save thee, Curan.
  • Fool. She that's a maid now, and laughs at my departure,
    Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter

    Edmund. Save thee, Curan.

30 II / 1
  • How comes that?
  • How comes that?
  • Curan. And you, sir. I have been with your father, and given him
    notice that the Duke of Cornwall and Regan his Duchess will be
    here with him this night.

    Edmund. How comes that?

31 II / 1
  • Not I. Pray you, what are they?
  • Not I. Pray you, what are they?
  • Curan. Nay, I know not. You have heard of the news abroad- I mean the
    whisper'd ones, for they are yet but ear-kissing arguments?

    Edmund. Not I. Pray you, what are they?

32 II / 1
  • Not a word.
  • Not a word.
  • Curan. Have you heard of no likely wars toward 'twixt the two Dukes
    of Cornwall and Albany?

    Edmund. Not a word.

33 II / 1
  • The Duke be here to-night? The better! best!
    This weaves itself perforce int...
  • The Duke be here to-night? The better! best!
    This weaves itself perforce into my business.
    My father hath set guard to take my brother;
    And I have one thing, of a queasy question,
    Which I must act. Briefness and fortune, work!
    Brother, a word! Descend! Brother, I say!
    [Enter Edgar.]
    My father watches. O sir, fly this place!
    Intelligence is given where you are hid.
    You have now the good advantage of the night.
    Have you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornwall?
    He's coming hither; now, i' th' night, i' th' haste,
    And Regan with him. Have you nothing said
    Upon his party 'gainst the Duke of Albany?
    Advise yourself.
  • Curan. You may do, then, in time. Fare you well, sir. Exit.

    Edmund. The Duke be here to-night? The better! best!
    This weaves itself perforce into my business.
    My father hath set guard to take my brother;
    And I have one thing, of a queasy question,
    Which I must act. Briefness and fortune, work!
    Brother, a word! Descend! Brother, I say!
    [Enter Edgar.]
    My father watches. O sir, fly this place!
    Intelligence is given where you are hid.
    You have now the good advantage of the night.
    Have you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornwall?
    He's coming hither; now, i' th' night, i' th' haste,
    And Regan with him. Have you nothing said
    Upon his party 'gainst the Duke of Albany?
    Advise yourself.

34 II / 1
  • I hear my father coming. Pardon me!
    In cunning I must draw my sword upon you...
  • I hear my father coming. Pardon me!
    In cunning I must draw my sword upon you.
    Draw, seem to defend yourself; now quit you well.-
    Yield! Come before my father. Light, ho, here!
    Fly, brother.- Torches, torches!- So farewell.
    [Exit Edgar.]
    Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion
    Of my more fierce endeavour. [Stabs his arm.] I have seen
    drunkards
    Do more than this in sport.- Father, father!-
    Stop, stop! No help?
  • Edgar. I am sure on't, not a word.

    Edmund. I hear my father coming. Pardon me!
    In cunning I must draw my sword upon you.
    Draw, seem to defend yourself; now quit you well.-
    Yield! Come before my father. Light, ho, here!
    Fly, brother.- Torches, torches!- So farewell.
    [Exit Edgar.]
    Some blood drawn on me would beget opinion
    Of my more fierce endeavour. [Stabs his arm.] I have seen
    drunkards
    Do more than this in sport.- Father, father!-
    Stop, stop! No help?

35 II / 1
  • Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,
    Mumbling of wicked charms, c...
  • Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,
    Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon
    To stand 's auspicious mistress.
  • Earl of Gloucester. Now, Edmund, where's the villain?

    Edmund. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,
    Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon
    To stand 's auspicious mistress.

36 II / 1
  • Look, sir, I bleed.
  • Look, sir, I bleed.
  • Earl of Gloucester. But where is he?

    Edmund. Look, sir, I bleed.

37 II / 1
  • Fled this way, sir. When by no means he could-
  • Fled this way, sir. When by no means he could-
  • Earl of Gloucester. Where is the villain, Edmund?

    Edmund. Fled this way, sir. When by no means he could-

38 II / 1
  • Persuade me to the murther of your lordship;
    But that I told him the revengi...
  • Persuade me to the murther of your lordship;
    But that I told him the revenging gods
    'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend;
    Spoke with how manifold and strong a bond
    The child was bound to th' father- sir, in fine,
    Seeing how loathly opposite I stood
    To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion
    With his prepared sword he charges home
    My unprovided body, lanch'd mine arm;
    But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits,
    Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to th' encounter,
    Or whether gasted by the noise I made,
    Full suddenly he fled.
  • Earl of Gloucester. Pursue him, ho! Go after. [Exeunt some Servants].
    By no means what?

    Edmund. Persuade me to the murther of your lordship;
    But that I told him the revenging gods
    'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend;
    Spoke with how manifold and strong a bond
    The child was bound to th' father- sir, in fine,
    Seeing how loathly opposite I stood
    To his unnatural purpose, in fell motion
    With his prepared sword he charges home
    My unprovided body, lanch'd mine arm;
    But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits,
    Bold in the quarrel's right, rous'd to th' encounter,
    Or whether gasted by the noise I made,
    Full suddenly he fled.

39 II / 1
  • When I dissuaded him from his intent
    And found him pight to do it, with curs...
  • When I dissuaded him from his intent
    And found him pight to do it, with curst speech
    I threaten'd to discover him. He replied,
    'Thou unpossessing bastard, dost thou think,
    If I would stand against thee, would the reposal
    Of any trust, virtue, or worth in thee
    Make thy words faith'd? No. What I should deny
    (As this I would; ay, though thou didst produce
    My very character), I'ld turn it all
    To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practice;
    And thou must make a dullard of the world,
    If they not thought the profits of my death
    Were very pregnant and potential spurs
    To make thee seek it.'
  • Earl of Gloucester. Let him fly far.
    Not in this land shall he remain uncaught;
    And found- dispatch. The noble Duke my master,
    My worthy arch and patron, comes to-night.
    By his authority I will proclaim it
    That he which find, him shall deserve our thanks,
    Bringing the murderous caitiff to the stake;
    He that conceals him, death.

    Edmund. When I dissuaded him from his intent
    And found him pight to do it, with curst speech
    I threaten'd to discover him. He replied,
    'Thou unpossessing bastard, dost thou think,
    If I would stand against thee, would the reposal
    Of any trust, virtue, or worth in thee
    Make thy words faith'd? No. What I should deny
    (As this I would; ay, though thou didst produce
    My very character), I'ld turn it all
    To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practice;
    And thou must make a dullard of the world,
    If they not thought the profits of my death
    Were very pregnant and potential spurs
    To make thee seek it.'

40 II / 1
  • Yes, madam, he was of that consort.
  • Yes, madam, he was of that consort.
  • Earl of Gloucester. I know not, madam. 'Tis too bad, too bad!

    Edmund. Yes, madam, he was of that consort.

41 II / 1
  • 'Twas my duty, sir.
  • 'Twas my duty, sir.
  • Duke of Cornwall. Nor I, assure thee, Regan.
    Edmund, I hear that you have shown your father
    A childlike office.

    Edmund. 'Twas my duty, sir.

42 II / 1
  • I shall serve you, sir,
    Truly, however else.
  • I shall serve you, sir,
    Truly, however else.
  • Duke of Cornwall. If he be taken, he shall never more
    Be fear'd of doing harm. Make your own purpose,
    How in my strength you please. For you, Edmund,
    Whose virtue and obedience doth this instant
    So much commend itself, you shall be ours.
    Natures of such deep trust we shall much need;
    You we first seize on.

    Edmund. I shall serve you, sir,
    Truly, however else.

43 II / 2
  • How now? What's the matter? Parts [them].
  • How now? What's the matter? Parts [them].
  • Oswald. Help, ho! murther! murther!

    Edmund. How now? What's the matter? Parts [them].

44 III / 3
  • Most savage and unnatural!
  • Most savage and unnatural!
  • Earl of Gloucester. Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural dealing! When
    I desir'd their leave that I might pity him, they took from me
    the use of mine own house, charg'd me on pain of perpetual
    displeasure neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any
    way sustain him.

    Edmund. Most savage and unnatural!

45 III / 3
  • This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the Duke
    Instantly know, and of that lette...
  • This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the Duke
    Instantly know, and of that letter too.
    This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me
    That which my father loses- no less than all.
    The younger rises when the old doth fall. Exit.
  • Earl of Gloucester. Go to; say you nothing. There is division betwixt the Dukes,
    and a worse matter than that. I have received a letter this
    night- 'tis dangerous to be spoken- I have lock'd the letter in
    my closet. These injuries the King now bears will be revenged
    home; there's part of a power already footed; we must incline to
    the King. I will seek him and privily relieve him. Go you and
    maintain talk with the Duke, that my charity be not of him
    perceived. If he ask for me, I am ill and gone to bed. Though I
    die for't, as no less is threat'ned me, the King my old master
    must be relieved. There is some strange thing toward, Edmund.
    Pray you be careful. Exit.

    Edmund. This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the Duke
    Instantly know, and of that letter too.
    This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me
    That which my father loses- no less than all.
    The younger rises when the old doth fall. Exit.

46 III / 5
  • How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature thus gives way to
    loyalty, some...
  • How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature thus gives way to
    loyalty, something fears me to think of.
  • Duke of Cornwall. I will have my revenge ere I depart his house.

    Edmund. How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature thus gives way to
    loyalty, something fears me to think of.

47 III / 5
  • How malicious is my fortune that I must repent to be just!
    This is the lette...
  • How malicious is my fortune that I must repent to be just!
    This is the letter he spoke of, which approves him an
    intelligent party to the advantages of France. O heavens! that
    this treason were not- or not I the detector!
  • Duke of Cornwall. I now perceive it was not altogether your brother's evil
    disposition made him seek his death; but a provoking merit, set
    awork by a reproveable badness in himself.

    Edmund. How malicious is my fortune that I must repent to be just!
    This is the letter he spoke of, which approves him an
    intelligent party to the advantages of France. O heavens! that
    this treason were not- or not I the detector!

48 III / 5
  • If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty
    business in hand.
  • If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty
    business in hand.
  • Duke of Cornwall. Go with me to the Duchess.

    Edmund. If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty
    business in hand.

49 III / 5
  • [aside] If I find him comforting the King, it will stuff his
    suspicion more...
  • [aside] If I find him comforting the King, it will stuff his
    suspicion more fully.- I will persever in my course of loyalty,
    though the conflict be sore between that and my blood.
  • Duke of Cornwall. True or false, it hath made thee Earl of Gloucester.
    Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our
    apprehension.

    Edmund. [aside] If I find him comforting the King, it will stuff his
    suspicion more fully.- I will persever in my course of loyalty,
    though the conflict be sore between that and my blood.

50 IV / 2
  • Yours in the ranks of death! Exit.
  • Yours in the ranks of death! Exit.
  • Goneril. [to Edmund] Then shall you go no further.
    It is the cowish terror of his spirit,
    That dares not undertake. He'll not feel wrongs
    Which tie him to an answer. Our wishes on the way
    May prove effects. Back, Edmund, to my brother.
    Hasten his musters and conduct his pow'rs.
    I must change arms at home and give the distaff
    Into my husband's hands. This trusty servant
    Shall pass between us. Ere long you are like to hear
    (If you dare venture in your own behalf)
    A mistress's command. Wear this. [Gives a favour.]
    Spare speech.
    Decline your head. This kiss, if it durst speak,
    Would stretch thy spirits up into the air.
    Conceive, and fare thee well.

    Edmund. Yours in the ranks of death! Exit.

51 V / 1
  • Know of the Duke if his last purpose hold,
    Or whether since he is advis'd by...
  • Know of the Duke if his last purpose hold,
    Or whether since he is advis'd by aught
    To change the course. He's full of alteration
    And self-reproving. Bring his constant pleasure.
  • Earl of Kent. My point and period will be throughly wrought,
    Or well or ill, as this day's battle's fought. Exit.

    Edmund. Know of the Duke if his last purpose hold,
    Or whether since he is advis'd by aught
    To change the course. He's full of alteration
    And self-reproving. Bring his constant pleasure.

52 V / 1
  • Tis to be doubted, madam.
  • Tis to be doubted, madam.
  • Regan. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried.

    Edmund. Tis to be doubted, madam.

53 V / 1
  • In honour'd love.
  • In honour'd love.
  • Regan. Now, sweet lord,
    You know the goodness I intend upon you.
    Tell me- but truly- but then speak the truth-
    Do you not love my sister?

    Edmund. In honour'd love.

54 V / 1
  • That thought abuses you.
  • That thought abuses you.
  • Regan. But have you never found my brother's way
    To the forfended place?

    Edmund. That thought abuses you.

55 V / 1
  • No, by mine honour, madam.
  • No, by mine honour, madam.
  • Regan. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
    And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.

    Edmund. No, by mine honour, madam.

56 V / 1
  • Fear me not.
    She and the Duke her husband!
    Enter, with Drum and Colour...
  • Fear me not.
    She and the Duke her husband!
    Enter, with Drum and Colours, Albany, Goneril, Soldiers.
  • Regan. I never shall endure her. Dear my lord,
    Be not familiar with her.

    Edmund. Fear me not.
    She and the Duke her husband!
    Enter, with Drum and Colours, Albany, Goneril, Soldiers.

57 V / 1
  • Sir, you speak nobly.
  • Sir, you speak nobly.
  • Duke of Albany. Our very loving sister, well bemet.
    Sir, this I hear: the King is come to his daughter,
    With others whom the rigour of our state
    Forc'd to cry out. Where I could not be honest,
    I never yet was valiant. For this business,
    It toucheth us as France invades our land,
    Not bolds the King, with others whom, I fear,
    Most just and heavy causes make oppose.

    Edmund. Sir, you speak nobly.

58 V / 1
  • I shall attend you presently at your tent.
  • I shall attend you presently at your tent.
  • Duke of Albany. Let's then determine
    With th' ancient of war on our proceeding.

    Edmund. I shall attend you presently at your tent.

59 V / 1
  • The enemy 's in view; draw up your powers.
    Here is the guess of their true s...
  • The enemy 's in view; draw up your powers.
    Here is the guess of their true strength and forces
    By diligent discovery; but your haste
    Is now urg'd on you.
  • Duke of Albany. Why, fare thee well. I will o'erlook thy paper.

    Edmund. The enemy 's in view; draw up your powers.
    Here is the guess of their true strength and forces
    By diligent discovery; but your haste
    Is now urg'd on you.

60 V / 1
  • To both these sisters have I sworn my love;
    Each jealous of the other, as th...
  • To both these sisters have I sworn my love;
    Each jealous of the other, as the stung
    Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
    Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd,
    If both remain alive. To take the widow
    Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril;
    And hardly shall I carry out my side,
    Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use
    His countenance for the battle, which being done,
    Let her who would be rid of him devise
    His speedy taking off. As for the mercy
    Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia-
    The battle done, and they within our power,
    Shall never see his pardon; for my state
    Stands on me to defend, not to debate. Exit.
  • Duke of Albany. We will greet the time. Exit.

    Edmund. To both these sisters have I sworn my love;
    Each jealous of the other, as the stung
    Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
    Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd,
    If both remain alive. To take the widow
    Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril;
    And hardly shall I carry out my side,
    Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use
    His countenance for the battle, which being done,
    Let her who would be rid of him devise
    His speedy taking off. As for the mercy
    Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia-
    The battle done, and they within our power,
    Shall never see his pardon; for my state
    Stands on me to defend, not to debate. Exit.

61 V / 3
  • Some officers take them away. Good guard
    Until their greater pleasures first...
  • Some officers take them away. Good guard
    Until their greater pleasures first be known
    That are to censure them.
  • Earl of Gloucester. And that's true too. Exeunt.

    Edmund. Some officers take them away. Good guard
    Until their greater pleasures first be known
    That are to censure them.

62 V / 3
  • Take them away.
  • Take them away.
  • Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison.
    We two alone will sing like birds i' th' cage.
    When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down
    And ask of thee forgiveness. So we'll live,
    And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
    At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
    Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too-
    Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out-
    And take upon 's the mystery of things,
    As if we were God's spies; and we'll wear out,
    In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones
    That ebb and flow by th' moon.

    Edmund. Take them away.

63 V / 3
  • Come hither, Captain; hark.
    Take thou this note [gives a paper]. Go follow t...
  • Come hither, Captain; hark.
    Take thou this note [gives a paper]. Go follow them to prison.
    One step I have advanc'd thee. If thou dost
    As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way
    To noble fortunes. Know thou this, that men
    Are as the time is. To be tender-minded
    Does not become a sword. Thy great employment
    Will not bear question. Either say thou'lt do't,
    Or thrive by other means.
  • Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
    The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee?
    He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven
    And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes.
    The goodyears shall devour 'em, flesh and fell,
    Ere they shall make us weep! We'll see 'em starv'd first.
    Come. Exeunt [Lear and Cordelia, guarded].

    Edmund. Come hither, Captain; hark.
    Take thou this note [gives a paper]. Go follow them to prison.
    One step I have advanc'd thee. If thou dost
    As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way
    To noble fortunes. Know thou this, that men
    Are as the time is. To be tender-minded
    Does not become a sword. Thy great employment
    Will not bear question. Either say thou'lt do't,
    Or thrive by other means.

64 V / 3
  • About it! and write happy when th' hast done.
    Mark- I say, instantly; and ca...
  • About it! and write happy when th' hast done.
    Mark- I say, instantly; and carry it so
    As I have set it down.
  • Captain. I'll do't, my lord.

    Edmund. About it! and write happy when th' hast done.
    Mark- I say, instantly; and carry it so
    As I have set it down.

65 V / 3
  • Sir, I thought it fit
    To send the old and miserable King
    To some retenti...
  • Sir, I thought it fit
    To send the old and miserable King
    To some retention and appointed guard;
    Whose age has charms in it, whose title more,
    To pluck the common bosom on his side
    And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes
    Which do command them. With him I sent the Queen,
    My reason all the same; and they are ready
    To-morrow, or at further space, t' appear
    Where you shall hold your session. At this time
    We sweat and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend;
    And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd
    By those that feel their sharpness.
    The question of Cordelia and her father
    Requires a fitter place.
  • Duke of Albany. Sir, you have show'd to-day your valiant strain,
    And fortune led you well. You have the captives
    Who were the opposites of this day's strife.
    We do require them of you, so to use them
    As we shall find their merits and our safety
    May equally determine.

    Edmund. Sir, I thought it fit
    To send the old and miserable King
    To some retention and appointed guard;
    Whose age has charms in it, whose title more,
    To pluck the common bosom on his side
    And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes
    Which do command them. With him I sent the Queen,
    My reason all the same; and they are ready
    To-morrow, or at further space, t' appear
    Where you shall hold your session. At this time
    We sweat and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend;
    And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd
    By those that feel their sharpness.
    The question of Cordelia and her father
    Requires a fitter place.

66 V / 3
  • Nor in thine, lord.
  • Nor in thine, lord.
  • Duke of Albany. The let-alone lies not in your good will.

    Edmund. Nor in thine, lord.

67 V / 3
  • There's my exchange [throws down a glove]. What in the world
    he is
    Th...
  • There's my exchange [throws 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 honour firmly.
  • Goneril. [aside] If not, I'll ne'er trust medicine.

    Edmund. There's my exchange [throws 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 honour firmly.

68 V / 3
  • A herald, ho, a herald!
  • A herald, ho, a herald!
  • Duke of Albany. A herald, ho!

    Edmund. A herald, ho, a herald!

69 V / 3
  • Sound! First trumpet.
  • Sound! First trumpet.
  • Herald. [reads] 'If any man of quality or degree within the lists of
    the army will maintain upon Edmund, supposed Earl of Gloucester,
    that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear by the third sound
    of the trumpet. He is bold in his defence.'

    Edmund. Sound! First trumpet.

70 V / 3
  • Himself. What say'st thou to him?
  • Himself. What say'st thou to him?
  • Edgar. What's he that speaks for Edmund Earl of Gloucester?

    Edmund. Himself. What say'st thou to him?

71 V / 3
  • In wisdom I should ask thy name;
    But since thy outside looks so fair and war...
  • In wisdom I should ask thy name;
    But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
    And that thy tongue some say of breeding breathes,
    What safe and nicely I might well delay
    By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.
    Back do I toss those 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!
  • Edgar. 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 honours,
    My oath, and my profession. I protest-
    Maugre thy strength, youth, place, and eminence,
    Despite thy victor sword and fire-new fortune,
    Thy valour and thy heart- thou art a traitor;
    False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father;
    Conspirant 'gainst this high illustrious prince;
    And from th' extremest upward of thy head
    To the descent and dust beneath thy foot,
    A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou 'no,'
    This sword, this arm, and my best spirits are bent
    To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak,
    Thou liest.

    Edmund. In wisdom I should ask thy name;
    But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
    And that thy tongue some say of breeding breathes,
    What safe and nicely I might well delay
    By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.
    Back do I toss those 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!

72 V / 3
  • What, you have charg'd me with, that have I done,
    And more, much more. The t...
  • What, you have charg'd 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'rt noble,
    I do forgive thee.
  • Duke of Albany. Go after her. She's desperate; govern her.

    Edmund. What, you have charg'd 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'rt noble,
    I do forgive thee.

73 V / 3
  • Th' hast spoken right; 'tis true.
    The wheel is come full circle; I am here.
  • Th' hast spoken right; 'tis true.
    The wheel is come full circle; I am here.
  • Edgar. Let's exchange charity.
    I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;
    If more, the more th' 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.

    Edmund. Th' hast spoken right; 'tis true.
    The wheel is come full circle; I am here.

74 V / 3
  • This speech of yours hath mov'd me,
    And shall perchance do good; but speak y...
  • This speech of yours hath mov'd me,
    And shall perchance do good; but speak you on;
    You look as you had something more to say.
  • Edgar. By nursing them, my lord. List a brief tale;
    And when 'tis told, O that my heart would burst!
    The bloody proclamation to escape
    That follow'd me so near (O, our lives' sweetness!
    That with the pain of death would hourly die
    Rather than die at once!) taught me to shift
    Into a madman's rags, t' assume a semblance
    That very dogs disdain'd; and in this habit
    Met I my father with his bleeding rings,
    Their precious stones new lost; became his guide,
    Led him, begg'd for him, sav'd him from despair;
    Never (O fault!) reveal'd myself unto him
    Until some half hour past, when I was arm'd,
    Not sure, though hoping of this good success,
    I ask'd his blessing, and from first to last
    Told him my pilgrimage. But his flaw'd heart
    (Alack, too weak the conflict to support!)
    'Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief,
    Burst smilingly.

    Edmund. This speech of yours hath mov'd me,
    And shall perchance do good; but speak you on;
    You look as you had something more to say.

75 V / 3
  • I was contracted to them both. All three
    Now marry in an instant.
  • I was contracted to them both. All three
    Now marry in an instant.
  • Gentleman. Your lady, sir, your lady! and her sister
    By her is poisoned; she hath confess'd it.

    Edmund. I was contracted to them both. All three
    Now marry in an instant.

76 V / 3
  • Yet Edmund was belov'd.
    The one the other poisoned for my sake,
    And afte...
  • Yet Edmund was belov'd.
    The one the other poisoned for my sake,
    And after slew herself.
  • Earl of Kent. Alack, why thus?

    Edmund. Yet Edmund was belov'd.
    The one the other poisoned for my sake,
    And after slew herself.

77 V / 3
  • I pant for life. Some good I mean to do,
    Despite of mine own nature. Quickly...
  • I pant for life. Some good I mean to do,
    Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send
    (Be brief in't) to the castle; for my writ
    Is on the life of Lear and on Cordelia.
    Nay, send in time.
  • Duke of Albany. Even so. Cover their faces.

    Edmund. I pant for life. Some good I mean to do,
    Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send
    (Be brief in't) to the castle; for my writ
    Is on the life of Lear and on Cordelia.
    Nay, send in time.

78 V / 3
  • Well thought on. Take my sword;
    Give it the Captain.
  • Well thought on. Take my sword;
    Give it the Captain.
  • Edgar. To who, my lord? Who has the office? Send
    Thy token of reprieve.

    Edmund. Well thought on. Take my sword;
    Give it the Captain.

79 V / 3
  • He hath commission from thy wife and me
    To hang Cordelia in the prison and <...
  • He hath commission from thy wife and me
    To hang Cordelia in the prison and
    To lay the blame upon her own despair
    That she fordid herself.
  • Duke of Albany. Haste thee for thy life. [Exit Edgar.]

    Edmund. He hath commission from thy wife and me
    To hang Cordelia in the prison and
    To lay the blame upon her own despair
    That she fordid herself.

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