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Alarum within Enter with drum and colors the powers of France over the stage, and CORDELIA with her father LEAR in her hand And exeunt
Sounds of battle offstage. CORDELIA enters hand in hand with LEAR, accompanied by drums, banners, and French troops. They cross the stage and exit.
Enter EDGAR disguised and GLOUCESTER
EDGAR enters, disguised, along with GLOUCESTER.




EDGAR
Here, father, take the shadow of this tree
For your good host. Pray that the right may thrive.
If ever I return to you again,
I’ll bring you comfort.
EDGAR
Here, father, rest awhile in the shade of this tree. Say a little prayer for our side in battle. If I ever come back, I’ll bring you good news.

GLOUCESTER
   Grace go with you, sir.
GLOUCESTER
Good luck, sir.
Exit EDGAR
EDGAR exits.
Alarum and retreat within
Sounds of battle offstage. They grow fainter.
Enter EDGAR
EDGAR returns.

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EDGAR
Away, old man. Give me thy hand. Away!
King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en.
Give me thy hand. Come on.
EDGAR
We have to get out of here, old man. Let me help you up. Let’s go! King Lear’s been defeated. He and his daughter are captured. Give me your hand. Come on.

GLOUCESTER
No further, sir. A man may rot even here.
GLOUCESTER
I can’t go any further, sir. This is as good a place as any to die.


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EDGAR
What, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure
Their going hence even as their coming hither.
Ripeness is all. Come on.
EDGAR
Are you depressed again? You can’t choose your time of death any more than your time of birth. We live and die when our time comes. Come on.

GLOUCESTER
   And that’s true too.
GLOUCESTER
And that’s true too.
Exeunt
They exit.

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