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SCENE II

A field between the two camps.
Alarum within.
Enter, with drum and colours, LEAR, CORDELIA, and Soldiers, over the stage; and exeunt. Enter EDGAR and GLOUCESTER.

Edg.
Here, father, take the shadow of this tree

For your good host; pray that the right may thrive:

If I ever I return to you again,

I'll bring you comfort.

Glou.
Grace go with you, sir! [Exit Edgar.
Alarum and retreat within.
Re-enter EDGAR.


Edg.
Away, old man; give me thy hand; away!

King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en:

Give me thy hand; come on.

Glou.
No farther, sir; a man may rot even here. (9)

Edg.
What, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure

Their going hence, even as their coming hither:

Ripeness is all: come on.

Glou.
And that's true too. [Exeunt.

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