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This sword of mine shall give them instant way,
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?
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 charg'd me with, that have I done;
Let's exchange charity.
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
The dark and vicious place where thee he got,
And more, much more: the time will bring it out;
That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble,
Where they shall rest for ever.] To that place, where they shall rest for ever; i. e. thy heart.
That follow'd me so near, (O our lives' sweetness!
Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true;
I know it well. +
Edm. 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.
Alb. If there be more, more woful, hold it in;
Hearing of this.
This would have seem'd a period
+"I know't." MALONE.
To such as love not sorrow; but another,
Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a man,
But who was this? Edg. Kent, sir, the banish'd Kent; who in disguise Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service Improper for a slave.
Enter a Gentleman hastily, with a bloody Knife.
What kind of help?
Edg. What means that bloody knife?
It came even from the heart of —
'Tis hot, it smokes ;
Who, man? speak.
Gent. Your lady, sir, your lady: and her sister By her is poison'd; she confesses it. +
Edm. I was contracted to them both; all three Now marry in an instant.
9 This would have seem'd a period, &c.] The sense may probably be this: This would have seemed a period to such as love not sorrow; but-another, i. e. but I must add another, i. e. another period, another kind of conclusion to my story, such as will increase the horrors of what has been already told.
+ "threw me on my father :- MALONE. +"she hath confess'd it."
Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or dead! — This judgment1 of the heavens, that makes us tremble, Touches us not with pity. [Exit Gentleman.
Alb. O! it is he.
The time will not allow the compliment,
Which very manners urges.
I am come
Great thing of us forgot!
Speak, Edmund, where's the king; and where's Cordelia? See'st thou this object, Kent?
Here comes Kent, sir.
[The Bodies of GONERIL and REGAN are brought in. Kent. Alack, why thus?
Yet Edmund was belov'd: The one the other poison'd for my sake, And after slew herself.
Alb. Even so. - Cover their faces.
Edm. I pant for life: - Some good I mean to do,
Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send, -
Run, run, O, run
Edg. To who, my lord? Who has the office? send Thy token of reprieve.
Edm. Well thought on; take my sword,
Give it the captain.
Haste thee, for thy life. [Exit Edgar.
This judgment, &c.] If Shakspeare had studied Aristotle all his life, he would not perhaps have been able to mark with more precision the distinct operations of terror and pity.
Edm. He hath commission from thy wife and me
That she fordid herself. 2
Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him hence awhile. [EDMUND is borne off.
Enter LEAR, with CORDELIA dead in his arms; EDGAR, Officer, and Others.
Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl!-O, you are men of stones;
Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so That heaven's vault should crack: - O, she is ever!
I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
Kent. Is this the promis'd end? Edg. Or image of that horror?3 Alb. Fall, and cease! 4 Lear. This feather stirs; she lives! if it be so, It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows
That ever I have felt.
O my good master! [Kneeling.
'Tis noble Kent, your friend.
2 That she fordid herself.] To fordo signifies to destroy.
3 Kent. Is this the promis'd end?
Edg. Or image of that horror?] By the promised end Kent does not mean that conclusion which the state of their affairs seemed to promise, but the end of the world.
+ Fall, and cease!] Albany is looking with attention on the pains employed by Lear to recover his child, and knows to what miseries he must survive, when he finds them to be ineffectual. Having these images present to his eyes and imagination, he cries out, Rather fall, and cease to be, at once, than continue in existence only to be wretched.