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Led him, begg'd for him, sav'd him from despair ;
good I mean to do,
Edg. Who has the office ? Send thy token of reprieve.
Alb. Haste thee, for thy life! [Èxit EDGAR, R. The gods defend her !-Bear him hence awhile.
[Flourish.-EDMUND is led off 1.-Albany and
others exeunt R.
SCENE V.-A Prison.
Enter LEAR through opening in R. Flat, with Cor
Delia, dead, in his arms.- Officer enters L. U. E. as
0, ye are men of stones! Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so That heaven's vault should crack.-0, she is gone for
ever! ; [Lear kneels on right knee, and places CORDELIA
across his left, her feet towards R.
R.-Officer marches the Soldiers up R. and back.
[Crosses behind LEAR. Alb. Fall, and cease!
Lear. This feather stirs ; she lives ! -If it be so,
Kent. (R. C.) [Kneeling.] O, my good master!
Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, traitors, all!
lords, he did. Lear. Did I not, fellow? I have seen the day, with my good biting faulchion, I would have made them skip: I am old now, And these same crosses spoil me. Who are you? My eyes are none o'the best :-I'll tell you straight. Kent. (R. c.) If fortune brag of two she lewd and
Lear. This is a dull sight.- Are you not Kent?
Lear. He's a good fellow; I can tell you that ; He'll strike, and quickly too :-He's dead and rotten.
Kent. No, my good lord; I am the very man.
Kent. That, from your first of difference and decay, Have follow'd your sad steps.
Lear. You are welcome hither.
Lear. And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life :
ground, and kneeling on both knees.] 0, thou
wilt come no more! Never, never, never, never !
Pray you, undo this button. [Placing his hand to his
throat, as if choaking.] Thank you, sir. Do you see this? Look on her-look-her lips
[Kisses her. Look there-look there! [Gives a convulsive gasp, and falls back. He is
supported on the R. by KENT, and on the L. by EDGAR.-Curtain falls to slow music.
POSITION OF THE CHARACTERS AT THE
FALL OF THE CURTAIN.
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