Act 5 - Scene 3
The British camp near Dover.
Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, EDMUND, KING LEAR and CORDELIA, prisoners; Captain,
Some officers take them away: good guard,
Until their greater pleasures first be known
That are to censure
We are not the first
Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst.
For thee, oppressed king, am I cast
Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown.
Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters?
No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison:
We two alone will sing like birds i' the 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
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
Take them away.
Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee?
parts us shall bring a brand from heaven,
And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes;
shall devour them, flesh and fell,
Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see 'em starve
Exeunt KING LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded
Come hither, captain; hark.
Take thou this note;
Giving a paper
go follow them to prison:
One step I have advanced 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
become a sword: thy great employment
Will not bear question; either say thou'lt do 't,
Or thrive by other
I'll do 't, my lord.
About it; and write happy when thou hast done.
Mark, I say, instantly; and carry it so
As I have set it down.
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