King Lear

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Enter in conquest with Drum and Colours, Edmund,Enter in conquest with drum and colours Edmund; KL V.iii.1.1
Lear, and Cordelia, as prisoners, Souldiers, Captaine.Lear and Cordelia as prisoners; soldiers, Captain KL V.iii.1.2
Some Officers take them away: good guard,Some officers take them away. Good guard, KL V.iii.1
Vntill their greater pleasures first be knowneUntil their greater pleasures first be knownpleasure (n.)
intention, resolution, desire
KL V.iii.2
That are to censure them.That are to censure them.censure (v.)
pass judgement on, condemn, pronounce sentence on
KL V.iii.3.1
We are not the first,We are not the first KL V.iii.3.2
Who with best meaning haue incurr'd the worst:Who with best meaning have incurred the worst.meaning (n.)
design, intention, purpose
KL V.iii.4
For thee oppressed King I am cast downe,For thee, oppressed King, I am cast down; KL V.iii.5
My selfe could else out-frowne false Fortunes frowne.Myself could else outfrown false Fortune's frown.false (adj.)
treacherous, traitorous, perfidious
KL V.iii.6
Fortune (n.)
Roman goddess, shown as a woman at a spinning-wheel, or controlling a rudder, and as blind
(To Edmund) KL V.iii.7
Shall we not see these Daughters, and these Sisters?Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters? KL V.iii.7
Lear. LEAR 
No, no, no, no: come let's away to prison,No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison. KL V.iii.8
We two alone will sing like Birds i'th'Cage:We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage; KL V.iii.9
When thou dost aske me blessing, Ile kneele downeWhen thou dost ask me blessing I'll kneel down KL V.iii.10
And aske of thee forgiuenesse: So wee'l liue,And ask of thee forgiveness; so we'll live, KL V.iii.11
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laughAnd pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh KL V.iii.12
At gilded Butterflies: and heere (poore Rogues)At gilded butterflies, and hear poor roguesgilded (adj.)
glittering, gold-coloured, tinged with gold
KL V.iii.13
Talke of Court newes, and wee'l talke with them too,Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too –  KL V.iii.14
Who looses, and who wins; who's in, who's out;Who loses and who wins, who's in, who's out –  KL V.iii.15
And take vpon's the mystery of things,And take upon's the mystery of thingstake upon (v.)

old form: vpon
assume the burden of, undertake the study of [for oneself]
KL V.iii.16
As if we were Gods spies: And wee'l weare outAs if we were God's spies; and we'll wear out,wear out (v.)

old form: weare
outlive, survive, outlast
KL V.iii.17
In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones,In a walled prison, packs and sects of great onespack (n.)
gang, group, circle, confederacy
KL V.iii.18
sect (n.)
faction, cabal, party
That ebbe and flow by th'Moone.That ebb and flow by the moon. KL V.iii.19.1
Take them away.Take them away. KL V.iii.19.2
Lear. LEAR 
Vpon such sacrifices my Cordelia,Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, KL V.iii.20
The Gods themselues throw Incense. / Haue I caught thee?The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee? KL V.iii.21
(He embraces her) KL V.iii.22
He that parts vs, shall bring a Brand from Heauen,He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven KL V.iii.22
And fire vs hence, like Foxes: wipe thine eyes,And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes;fire hence / out (v.)
drive away by fire
KL V.iii.23
The good yeares shall deuoure them, flesh and fell,The good-years shall devour them, flesh and fell,good-years (n.)

old form: good yeares
[unclear meaning] good times to come
KL V.iii.24
fell (n.)
skin, hide
Ere they shall make vs weepe? / Weele seee'm staru'd first: Ere they shall make us weep. We'll see 'em starved first. KL V.iii.25
come. Come. KL V.iii.26
Exit.Exeunt Lear and Cordelia, guarded KL V.iii.26
Come hither Captaine, hearke.Come hither, captain. Hark. KL V.iii.27
Take thou this note, go follow them to prison,Take thou this note; go follow them to prison. KL V.iii.28
One step I haue aduanc'd thee, if thou do'stOne step I have advanced thee; if thou dost KL V.iii.29
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy wayAs this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way KL V.iii.30
To Noble Fortunes: know thou this, that menTo noble fortunes. Know thou this, that men KL V.iii.31
Are as the time is; to be tender mindedAre as the time is; to be tender-minded KL V.iii.32
Do's not become a Sword, thy great imploymentDoes not become a sword; thy great employmentsword (n.)
soldier, sword-wielder
KL V.iii.33
become (v.)
be fitting, befit, be appropriate to
Will not beare question: either say thou'lt do't,Will not bear question; either say thou'lt do't,question (n.)
debating, discussion, investigation
KL V.iii.34
Or thriue by other meanes.Or thrive by other means. KL V.iii.35.1
Ile do't my Lord.I'll do't, my lord. KL V.iii.35.2
About it, and write happy, when th'hast done, About it; and write happy when th' hast done.happy (adj.)
fortunate, lucky, favoured
KL V.iii.36
Marke I say instantly, and carry it so Mark, I say ‘ instantly;’ and carry it somark (v.)

old form: Marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
KL V.iii.37
carry (v.)
carry out, manage, conduct
As I haue set it downe. As I have set it down. KL V.iii.38
I cannot draw a cart nor eat dried oats; KL V.iii.39
If it be man's work, I'll do't. KL V.iii.40
Exit Captaine. Exit KL V.iii.40
Flourish. Enter Albany, Gonerill, Regan,Flourish. Enter Albany, Gonerill, Regan, and KL V.iii.41.1
Soldiers.officers KL V.iii.41.2
Sir, you haue shew'd to day your valiant straineSir, you have showed today your valiant strain,strain (n.)

old form: straine
quality, character, disposition
KL V.iii.41
And Fortune led you well: you haue the CaptiuesAnd Fortune led you well. You have the captives KL V.iii.42
Who were the opposites of this dayes strife:That were the opposites of this day's strife;opposite (n.)
opponent, adversary, anatagonist
KL V.iii.43
I do require them of you so to vse them,I do require them of you, so to use themuse (v.)

old form: vse
treat, deal with, manage
KL V.iii.44
As we shall find their merites, and our safetyAs we shall find their merits and our safetymerit (n.)

old form: merites
desert, deserving, inner worth
KL V.iii.45
May equally determine.May equally determine.equally (adv.)
with justice, justly, impartially
KL V.iii.46.1
determine (v.)
make a decision [about], reach a conclusion [about]
Sir, I thought it fit,Sir, I thought it fit KL V.iii.46.2
To send the old and miserable King To send the old and miserable King KL V.iii.47
to some retention,To some retention and appointed guard;retention (n.)
place of detention, confinement
KL V.iii.48
Whose age had Charmes in it,whose Title more,Whose age had charms in it, whose title more,charm (n.)

old form: Charmes
magic spell, enchantment
KL V.iii.49
title (n.)
[legal] right, claim, entitlement
To plucke the common bosome on his side,To pluck the common bosom on his side KL V.iii.50
And turne our imprest Launces in our eiesAnd turn our impressed lances in our eyesimpressed (adj.)

old form: imprest
conscripted, forced to enlist
KL V.iii.51
lance (n.)

old form: Launces
lancer, horse soldier armed with a lance [a metal-ended shaft]
Which do command them. With him I sent the Queen:Which do command them. With him I sent the Queen, KL V.iii.52
My reason all the same, and they are readyMy reason all the same; and they are ready KL V.iii.53
To morrow, or at further space, t'appeareTomorrow or at further space t' appearspace (n.)
space of time, while
KL V.iii.54
Where you shall hold your Session.Where you shall hold your session. At this time KL V.iii.55
We sweat and bleed; the friend hath lost his friend, KL V.iii.56
And the best quarrels in the heat are cursed KL V.iii.57
By those that feel their sharpness. KL V.iii.58
The question of Cordelia and her father KL V.iii.59
Requires a fitter place. KL V.iii.60.1
Sir, by your patience,Sir, by your patience, KL V.iii.60.2
I hold you but a subiect of this Warre,I hold you but a subject of this war,subject (n.)

old form: subiect
subordinate, junior, underling
KL V.iii.61
Not as a Brother.Not as a (n.)
equal, fellow, peer
KL V.iii.62.1
That's as we list to grace him.That's as we list to grace him.list (v.)
wish, like, please
KL V.iii.62.2
Methinkes our pleasure might haue bin demandedMethinks our pleasure might have been demandedmethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: Methinkes
it seems / seemed to me
KL V.iii.63
Ere you had spoke so farre. He led our Powers,Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers,power (n.)
armed force, troops, host, army
KL V.iii.64
Bore the Commission of my place and person,Bore the commission of my place and person,place (n.)
position, post, office, rank
KL V.iii.65
commission (n.)
warrant, authority [to act]
The which immediacie may well stand vp,The which immediacy may well stand upimmediacy (n.)

old form: immediacie
position closest to the sovereign, being next in standing
KL V.iii.66
And call it selfe your Brother.And call itself your (n.)
equal, fellow, peer
KL V.iii.67.1
Not so hot:Not so hot!hot (adj.)
enthusiastic, ardent, eager, keen
KL V.iii.67.2
In his owne grace he doth exalt himselfe,In his own grace he doth exalt himselfgrace (n.)
honour, favour, recognition, respect
KL V.iii.68
More then in your addition.More than in your addition.addition (n.)
attribute, mark of honour, distinction [as if added to a coat--of-arms]
KL V.iii.69.1
In my rights,In my rights, KL V.iii.69.2
By me inuested, he compeeres the best.By me invested, he compeers the best.compeer (v.)

old form: compeeres
equal, match, be the peer of
KL V.iii.70
That were the most, if he should husband you.That were the most if he should husband you. KL V.iii.71
Iesters do oft proue Prophets.Jesters do oft prove prophets.oft (adv.)
KL V.iii.72.1
Hola, hola,Holla, holla!holla (int.)
whoa, stop [to a horse]
KL V.iii.72.2
That eye that told you so, look'd but a squint.That eye that told you so looked but asquint.asquint (adv.)

old form: a squint
with prejudice, in a distorted manner
KL V.iii.73
Rega. REGAN 
Lady I am not well, else I should answereLady, I am not well; else I should answer KL V.iii.74
From a full flowing stomack. Generall,From a full-flowing stomach. (To Edmund) General,stomach (n.)
anger, resentment, vexation
KL V.iii.75
Take thou my Souldiers, prisoners, patrimony,Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony,patrimony (n.)
estate, inheritance, property
KL V.iii.76
Dispose of them, of me, the walls is thine:Dispose of them, of me; the walls is thine. KL V.iii.77
Witnesse the world, that I create thee heereWitness the world that I create thee here KL V.iii.78
My Lord, and Master.My lord and master. KL V.iii.79.1
Meane you to enioy him?Mean you to enjoy him?enjoy (v.)
possess in love, sleep with
KL V.iii.79.2
The let alone lies not in your good will.The let-alone lies not in your good will.let-alone (n.)

old form: let alone
power to interfere, ability to hinder
KL V.iii.80
Nor in thine Lord.Nor in thine, lord. KL V.iii.81.1
Halfe-blooded fellow, yes.Half-blooded fellow, yes.half-blooded (adj.)
of only one noble parent; bastard
KL V.iii.81.2
Reg. REGAN  
(to Edmund) KL V.iii.82.1
Let the Drum strike, and proue my title thine. Let the drum strike and prove my title thine.strike (v.)
beat, sound, strike up
KL V.iii.82
Stay yet,heare reason: Edmund, I arrest theeStay yet; hear reason. Edmund, I arrest theereason (n.)
account, version, explanation
KL V.iii.83
On capitall Treason; and in thy arrest,On capital treason, and, in thy attaint,attaint (n.)
condemnation, accusation
KL V.iii.84
(he points to Gonerill) KL V.iii.85.1
This guilded Serpent: for your claime faire Sisters,This gilded serpent. For your claim, fair sister,gilded (adj.)
glittering, gold-coloured, tinged with gold
KL V.iii.85
I bare it in the interest of my wife,I bar it in the interest of my wife. KL V.iii.86
'Tis she is sub-contracted to this Lord,'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord,sub-contracted (adj.)
already betrothed, engaged a second time
KL V.iii.87
And I her husband contradict your Banes.And I her husband contradict your banns. KL V.iii.88
If you will marry, make your loues to me,If you will marry, make your loves to me;love (n.)

old form: loues
expression of love, love-vow
KL V.iii.89
My Lady is bespoke.My lady is bespoke.bespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke
speak for, arrange for, claim
KL V.iii.90.1
An enterlude.An interlude!interlude, enterlude (n.)
short play, theatrical performance [staged to fill an interval]
KL V.iii.90.2
Thou art armed Gloster, / Let the Trmpet sound:Thou art armed, Gloucester; let the trumpet sound. KL V.iii.91
If none appeare to proue vpon thy person,If none appear to prove upon thy personprove (v.)

old form: proue
test, try out, make trial [of]
KL V.iii.92
Thy heynous, manifest, and many Treasons,Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, KL V.iii.93
There is my pledge: There is my pledge. KL V.iii.94.1
He throws down his glove KL V.iii.94
Ile make it on thy heartI'll make it on thy heart,make (v.)
do, perform, carry out
KL V.iii.94.2
Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing lesseEre I taste bread, thou art in nothing lessnothing (n.)
no point, no particular
KL V.iii.95
Then I haue heere proclaim'd thee.Than I have here proclaimed thee. KL V.iii.96.1
Sicke, O sicke.Sick, O sick! KL V.iii.96.2
(aside) KL V.iii.97.1
If not, Ile nere trust medicine.If not, I'll ne'er trust medicine.medicine (n.)
KL V.iii.97
(throwing down his glove) KL V.iii.98
There's my exchange, what in the world hesThere's my exchange. What in the world he is KL V.iii.98
That names me Traitor, villain-like he lies,That names me traitor, villain-like he lies.villain-like (adv.)
like a serf; or: like a rogue
KL V.iii.99
Call by the Trumpet: he that dares approach;Call by the trumpet. He that dares approach, KL V.iii.100
On him, on you, who not, I will maintaineOn him, on you – who not? – I will maintain KL V.iii.101
My truth and honor firmely.My truth and honour firmly. KL V.iii.102.1
A Herald, ho.A herald, ho! KL V.iii.102.2
Enter a Herald.Enter a Herald KL V.iii.103.1
Trust to thy single vertue, for thy SouldiersTrust to thy single virtue; for thy soldiers,single (adj.)
unaided, single-handed, sole
KL V.iii.103
virtue (n.)
courage, valour, bravery
All leuied in my name, haue in my nameAll levied in my name, have in my namelevy (v.)

old form: leuied
enlist, conscript, muster
KL V.iii.104
Tooke their discharge.Took their discharge. KL V.iii.105.1
Regan. REGAN 
My sicknesse growes vpon me.My sickness grows upon me. KL V.iii.105.2
She is not well, conuey her to my Tent.She is not well. Convey her to my tent. KL V.iii.106
Exit Regan, supported KL V.iii.106
Come hither Herald, let the Trumper sound,Come hither, herald; let the trumpet sound, KL V.iii.107
And read out this. And read out this. KL V.iii.108
A Tumpet sounds. A trumpet soundstrumpet (n.)
trumpeter; herald, announcer
KL V.iii.109.1
reads. (reading) KL V.iii.109.2
If any man of qualitie or degree, within theIf any man of quality or degree within thedegree (n.)
rank, station, standing
KL V.iii.109
quality (n.)
rank, standing, position
lists of the Army, will maintaine vpon Edmund, supposedlists of the army will maintain upon Edmund, supposedsupposed (adj.)
pretended, false, counterfeit
KL V.iii.110
list (n.)
muster, troop, band, recruitment
Earle of Gloster, that he is a manifold Traitor, let him Earl of Gloucester, that he is a manifold traitor, let him KL V.iii.111
appeare by the third sound of the Trumpet: he is bold in his appear by the third sound of the trumpet. He is bold in his KL V.iii.112
defence. defence. KL V.iii.113
1 Trumpet.(First trumpet) KL V.iii.114
Her. Againe. Again! KL V.iii.114
2 Trumpet.(Second trumpet) KL V.iii.115
Her. Againe. Again! KL V.iii.115
3 Trumpet.(Third trumpet) KL V.iii.116.1
Trumpet answers within. Enter Edgar armed.Trumpet answers within. Enter Edgar armed, a KL V.iii.116.2
trumpet before him KL V.iii.116.3
Aske him his purposes, why he appearesAsk him his purposes, why he appearspurpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
KL V.iii.116
Vpon this Call o'th'Trumpet.Upon this call o'the trumpet. KL V.iii.117.1
What are you?What are you? KL V.iii.117.2
Your name, your quality, and why you answerYour name, your quality, and why you answerquality (n.)
rank, standing, position
KL V.iii.118
This present Summons?This present summons? KL V.iii.119.1
Know my name is lostKnow, my name is lost, KL V.iii.119.2
By Treasons tooth: bare-gnawne, and Canker-bit,By treason's tooth bare-gnawn and canker-bit;bare-gnawn (adj.)

old form: bare-gnawne
totally consumed, worn away to nothing
KL V.iii.120
canker-bit (adj.)
worm-eaten, eaten away by canker grubs
Yet am I Noble as the AduersaryYet am I noble as the adversary KL V.iii.121
I come to cope.I come to cope.cope, cope with (v.)
encounter, face, have to do [with], come into contact [with]
KL V.iii.122.1
Which is that Aduersary?Which is that adversary? KL V.iii.122.2
What's he that speakes for Edmund Earle of Gloster?What's he that speaks for Edmund, Earl of Gloucester? KL V.iii.123
Himselfe, what saist thou to him?Himself. What sayest thou to him? KL V.iii.124.1
Draw thy Sword,Draw thy sword, KL V.iii.124.2
That if my speech offend a Noble heart,That if my speech offend a noble heart KL V.iii.125
Thy arme may do thee Iustice, heere is mine:Thy arm may do thee justice. Here is mine. KL V.iii.126
He draws his sword KL V.iii.127.1
Behold it is my priuiledge, / The priuiledge of mine Honours,Behold; it is the privilege of mine honours,honour (n.)
noble rank, position of dignity, title of renown
KL V.iii.127
My oath, and my profession. I protest,My oath, and my profession. I protest,profession (n.)
solemn vow, sworn declaration
KL V.iii.128
Maugre thy strength, place, youth, and eminence,Maugre thy strength, place, youth, and eminence,maugre (prep.)
[pron: 'mawguh] in spite of
KL V.iii.129
place (n.)
position, post, office, rank
Despise thy victor-Sword, and fire new Fortune,Despite thy victor sword and fire-new fortune,fire-new (adj.)

old form: fire new
fresh from the fire, brand-new, freshly minted
KL V.iii.130
Thy valor, and thy heart, thou art a Traitor:Thy valour and thy heart, thou art a traitor,heart (n.)
courage, spirit, valour
KL V.iii.131
False to thy Gods, thy Brother, and thy Father,False to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father,false (adj.)
treacherous, traitorous, perfidious
KL V.iii.132
Conspirant 'gainst this high illustirous Prince,Conspirant 'gainst this high illustrious prince,conspirant (n.)
conspirator, intriguer, plotter
KL V.iii.133
And from th'extremest vpward of thy head,And, from th' extremest upward of thy headupward (n.)

old form: vpward
crown, top part
KL V.iii.134
To the discent and dust below thy foote,To the descent and dust below thy foot, KL V.iii.135
A most Toad-spotted Traitor. Say thou no,A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou ‘ no,’toad-spotted (adj.)
spotted like the toad [as if with poison]
KL V.iii.136
This Sword, this arme, and my best spirits are bentThis sword, this arm, and my best spirits are bent KL V.iii.137
To proue vpon thy heart, whereto I speake,To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak,prove (v.)

old form: proue
test, try out, make trial [of]
KL V.iii.138
Thou lyest.Thou liest. KL V.iii.139.1
In wisedome I should aske thy name,In wisdom I should ask thy name; KL V.iii.139.2
But since thy out-side lookes so faire and Warlike,But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike KL V.iii.140
And that thy tongue (some say) of breeding breathes,And that thy tongue some 'say of breeding breathes,assay (n.)
[short form] evidence, proof, indication
KL V.iii.141
What safe, and nicely I might well delay,What safe and nicely I might well delaynicely (adv.)
scrupulously, punctiliously, meticulously, fastidiously
KL V.iii.142
By rule of Knight-hood, I disdaine and spurne:By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.spurn (v.)

old form: spurne
reject, scorn, despise, treat with contempt
KL V.iii.143
Backe do I tosse these Treasons to thy head,Back do I toss these treasons to thy head, KL V.iii.144
With the hell-hated Lye, ore-whelme thy heart,With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart,hell-hated (adj.)
hated as hell is hated
KL V.iii.145
Which for they yet glance by, and scarely bruise,Which, for they yet glance by and scarcely bruise,glance (v.)
touch, have an impact
KL V.iii.146
This Sword of mine shall giue them instant way,This sword of mine shall give them instant way KL V.iii.147
Where they shall rest for euer. Trumpets speake.Where they shall rest for ever. Trumpets, speak! KL V.iii.148
Alarums. Fights.Alarums. Fights. Edmund falls KL V.iii.149
(to Edgar, about to kill Edmund) KL V.iii.149
Saue him, saue him. Save him, save him!save (v.)
spare, allow to live
KL V.iii.149.1
This is practise Gloster,This is practice, Gloucester:practice (n.)
trickery, treachery
KL V.iii.149.2
By th'law of Warre, thou wast not bound to answerBy the law of war thou wast not bound to answer KL V.iii.150
An vnknowne opposite: thou art not vanquish'd,An unknown opposite. Thou art not vanquished,opposite (n.)
opponent, adversary, anatagonist
KL V.iii.151
But cozend, and beguild.But cozened and beguiled.cozen (v.)

old form: cozend
cheat, dupe, trick, deceive
KL V.iii.152.1
beguile (v.)

old form: beguild
cheat, deceive, trick
Shut your mouth Dame,Shut your mouth, dame, KL V.iii.152.2
Or with this paper shall I stop it: hold Sir,Or with this paper shall I stop it – Hold, sir!stople (v.)
[Q variant] stop up, close up, plug
KL V.iii.153
hold (v.)
stop, cease, hold on
(To Gonerill) KL V.iii.154
Thou worse then any name, reade thine owne euill:Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil. KL V.iii.154
No tearing Lady, I perceiue you know it.No tearing, lady! I perceive you know it. KL V.iii.155
Say if I do, the Lawes are mine not thine,Say if I do; the laws are mine, not thine. KL V.iii.156
Who can araigne me for't? Who can arraign me for't?arraign (v.)

old form: araigne
put on trial, indict
KL V.iii.157.1
Most monstrous! O, Most monstrous! O! KL V.iii.157.2
(To Edmund) KL V.iii.158
know'st thou this paper?Knowest thou this paper? KL V.iii.158.1
Aske me not what I know.Ask me not what I know. KL V.iii.158.2
Exit.Exit Gonerill KL V.iii.158
Go after her, she's desperate, gouerne her.Go after her. She's desperate. Govern her.govern (v.)

old form: gouerne
restrain, control, hold in check
KL V.iii.159
Exit First Officer KL V.iii.159
What you haue charg'd me with, / That haue I done,What you have charged me with, that have I done, KL V.iii.160
And more, much more, the time will bring it out.And more, much more; the time will bring it out. KL V.iii.161
'Tis past, and so am I: But what art thou'Tis past; and so am I. But what art thou KL V.iii.162
That hast this Fortune on me? If thou'rt Noble,That hast this fortune on me? If thou'rt noble,noble (adj.)
of good breeding, high-born
KL V.iii.163
fortune (n.)
good fortune, success
I do forgiue thee.I do forgive thee. KL V.iii.164.1
Let's exchange charity:Let's exchange charity. KL V.iii.164.2
I am no lesse in blood then thou art Edmond,I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund; KL V.iii.165
If more, the more th'hast wrong'd me.If more, the more th' hast wronged me. KL V.iii.166
My name is Edgar and thy Fathers Sonne,My name is Edgar, and thy father's son. KL V.iii.167
The Gods are iust, and of our pleasant vicesThe gods are just, and of our pleasant vicespleasant (adj.)
pleasurable, enjoyable, pleasing
KL V.iii.168
Make instruments to plague vs:Make instruments to plague us: KL V.iii.169
The darke and vitious place where thee he got,The dark and vicious place where thee he gotget (v.)
beget, conceive, breed
KL V.iii.170
Cost him his eyes.Cost him his eyes. KL V.iii.171.1
Th'hast spoken right, 'tis true,Th' hast spoken right. 'Tis true; KL V.iii.171.2
The Wheele is come full circle, I am heere.The wheel is come full circle; I am here. KL V.iii.172
Me thought thy very gate did prophesieMethought thy very gait did prophesymethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: Me thought
it seems / seemed to me
KL V.iii.173
gait (n.)

old form: gate
manner of walking, bearing, movement
A Royall Noblenesse: I must embrace thee,A royal nobleness. I must embrace thee.royal (adj.)

old form: Royall
like a king, majestic
KL V.iii.174
Let sorrow split my heart, if euer ILet sorrow split my heart if ever I KL V.iii.175
Did hate thee, or thy father.Did hate thee or thy father. KL V.iii.176.1
Worthy PrinceWorthy prince, KL V.iii.176.2
I know't.I know't. KL V.iii.177.1
Where haue you hid your selfe?Where have you hid yourself? KL V.iii.177.2
How haue you knowne the miseries of your Father?How have you known the miseries of your father? KL V.iii.178
By nursing them my Lord. List a breefe tale,By nursing them, my lord. List a brief tale;list (v.)
listen to, pay attention to
KL V.iii.179
And when 'tis told, O that my heart would burst.And when 'tis told, O that my heart would burst! KL V.iii.180
The bloody proclamation to escapeThe bloody proclamation to escape KL V.iii.181
That follow'd me so neere, (O our liues sweetnesse,That followed me so near – O, our life's sweetness, KL V.iii.182
That we the paine of death would hourely dye,That we the pain of death would hourly die KL V.iii.183
Rather then die at once) taught me to shiftRather than die at once – taught me to shiftshift (v.)
change [clothes]
KL V.iii.184
Into a mad-mans rags, t'assume a semblanceInto a madman's rags, t' assume a semblancesemblance (n.)
appearance, outward show
KL V.iii.185
That very Dogges disdain'd: and in this habitThat very dogs disdained; and in this habithabit (n.)
dress, clothing, costume
KL V.iii.186
Met I my Father with his bleeding Rings,Met I my father with his bleeding rings,ring (n.)
KL V.iii.187
Their precious Stones new lost: became his guide,Their precious stones new lost; became his guide, KL V.iii.188
Led him, begg'd for him, sau'd him from dispaire.Led him, begged for him, saved him from despair, KL V.iii.189
Neuer (O fault) reueal'd my selfe vnto him,Never – O fault! – revealed myself unto him KL V.iii.190
Vntill some halfe houre past when I was arm'd,Until some half-hour past, when I was armed, KL V.iii.191
Not sure, though hoping of this good successe,Not sure, though hoping, of this good success,success (n.)

old form: successe
result, outcome, issue
KL V.iii.192
I ask'd his blessing, and from first to lastI asked his blessing, and from first to last KL V.iii.193
Told him our pilgrimage. But his flaw'd heartTold him my pilgrimage; but his flawed heart – pilgrimage (n.)
journey, passage, voyage
KL V.iii.194
flawed (adj.)

old form: flaw'd
cracked, broken
(Alacke too weake the conflict to support)Alack, too weak the conflict to support –  KL V.iii.195
Twixt two extremes of passion, ioy and greefe,'Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, KL V.iii.196
Burst smilingly.Burst smilingly.smilingly (adv.)
with a smile, experiencing some happiness
KL V.iii.197.1
This speech of yours hath mou'd me,This speech of yours hath moved me, KL V.iii.197.2
And shall perchance do good, but speake you on,And shall perchance do good. But speak you on;perchance (adv.)
perhaps, maybe
KL V.iii.198
You looke as you had something more to say.You look as you had something more to say. KL V.iii.199
If there be more, more wofull, hold it in,If there be more, more woeful, hold it in; KL V.iii.200
For I am almost ready to dissolue,For I am almost ready to dissolve,dissolve (v.)

old form: dissolue
melt into tears, break down in grief
KL V.iii.201
Hearing of this.Hearing of this. KL V.iii.202.1
This would have seemed a periodperiod (n.)
point of completion, fitting conclusion, consummation
KL V.iii.202.2
To such as love not sorrow; but another KL V.iii.203
To amplify too much would make much more KL V.iii.204
And top extremity.extremity (n.)
utmost degree, greatest amount
KL V.iii.205
Whilst I was big in clamour, came there in a man,big (adj.)
loud, vocal, noisy
KL V.iii.206
clamor, clamour (n.)
protest, complaint, outcry
Who, having seen me in my worst estate,estate (n.)
state, situation, circumstances
KL V.iii.207
Shunned my abhorred society; but then findingabhorred (adj.)
horrifying, disgusting, abominable
KL V.iii.208
Who 'twas that so endured, with his strong armsendure (v.)
live out a life, continue in existence
KL V.iii.209
He fastened on my neck and bellowed out KL V.iii.210
As he'd burst heaven, threw him on my father, KL V.iii.211
Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him KL V.iii.212
That ever ear received; which in recounting KL V.iii.213
His grief grew puissant, and the strings of lifepuissant (adj.)
powerful, mighty, strong
KL V.iii.214
Began to crack. Twice then the trumpets sounded, KL V.iii.215
And there I left him tranced.tranced (adj.)
in a trance, lost in grief, stunned
KL V.iii.216.1
But who was this? KL V.iii.216.2
Kent, sir, the banished Kent, who, in disguise, KL V.iii.217
Followed his enemy king and did him service KL V.iii.218
Improper for a slave.improper (adj.)
unfitting, unsuitable, inappropriate
KL V.iii.219
Enter a Gentleman.Enter a Gentleman with a bloody knife KL V.iii.220
Helpe, helpe: O helpe.Help, help! O, help! KL V.iii.220.1
What kinde of helpe?What kind of help? KL V.iii.220.2
Speake man.Speak, man. KL V.iii.220.3
What meanes this bloody Knife?What means this bloody knife? KL V.iii.221.1
'Tis hot, it smoakes, 'Tis hot; it smokes!smoke (v.)
give off steam [i.e. blood]
KL V.iii.221.2
it came euen from the heart of----O she's dead.It came even from the heart of – O, she's dead! KL V.iii.222
Who dead? Speake man.Who dead? Speak, man. KL V.iii.223
Your Lady Sir, your Lady; and her SisterYour lady, sir; your lady! And her sister KL V.iii.224
By her is poyson'd: she confesses it.By her is poisoned; she confesses it. KL V.iii.225
I was contracted to them both, all threeI was contracted to them both. All three KL V.iii.226
Now marry in an instant.Now marry in an instant.marry (v.)
join together, unite
KL V.iii.227.1
Here comes Kent.Here comes Kent. KL V.iii.227.2
Enter Kent.Enter Kent KL V.iii.228
Produce the bodies, be they aliue or dead;Produce the bodies, be they alive or dead. KL V.iii.228
Exit Gentleman KL V.iii.228
This iudgement of the Heauens that makes vs tremble.This judgement of the heavens that makes us tremble KL V.iii.229
Touches vs not with pitty: O, is this he?Touches us not with pity. (To Kent) O, is this he?touch (v.)
affect, move, stir
KL V.iii.230
The time will not allow the complementThe time will not allow the complimentcompliment, complement (n.)

old form: complement
ceremony, etiquette, protocol
KL V.iii.231
Which very manners vrges.Which very manners urges.very (adj.)
proper, correct, appropriate
KL V.iii.232.1
Kent. KENT 
I am comeI am come KL V.iii.232.2
To bid my King and Master aye good night.To bid my King and master aye good night:.aye (adv.)
always, ever, for eternity
KL V.iii.233
Is he not here?Is he not here? KL V.iii.234.1
Great thing of vs forgot,Great thing of us forgot. KL V.iii.234.2
Speake Edmund, where's the King? and where's Cordelia?Speak, Edmund, where's the King? and where's Cordelia? KL V.iii.235
Gonerill and Regans bodies brought out.Gonerill's and Regan's bodies are brought out KL V.iii.236.1
Seest thou this obiect Kent?See'st thou this object, Kent?object (n.)
spectacle, sight, object of attention
KL V.iii.236
Kent. KENT 
Alacke, why thus?Alack, why thus? KL V.iii.237.1
Yet Edmund was belou'd:Yet Edmund was beloved. KL V.iii.237.2
The one the other poison'd for my sake,The one the other poisoned for my sake KL V.iii.238
And after slew herselfe.And after slew herself. KL V.iii.239
Euen so: couer their faces.Even so. Cover their faces. KL V.iii.240
I pant for life: some good I meane to doI pant for life; some good I mean to do KL V.iii.241
Despight of mine owne Nature. Quickly send,Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send –  KL V.iii.242
(Be briefe in it) to'th'Castle, for my WritBe brief in it – to the castle, for my writwrit (n.)
written authority, formal order, warrant
KL V.iii.243
brief (adj.)

old form: briefe
quick, speedy, swift, expeditious
Is on the life of Lear, and on Cordelia:Is on the life of Lear and on Cordelia. KL V.iii.244
Nay, send in time.Nay, send in time! KL V.iii.245.1
Run, run, O run.Run, run, O run! KL V.iii.245.2
To who my Lord? Who ha's the Office?To who, my lord? Who has the office? Sendoffice (n.)
task, service, duty, responsibility
KL V.iii.246
Send thy token of repreeue.Thy token of reprieve.token (n.)
sign, evidence, mark
KL V.iii.247
Well thought on, take my Sword,Well thought on. (To Second Officer) Take my sword, KL V.iii.248
Giue it the Captaine.Give it the captain. KL V.iii.249.1
Hast thee for thy life.Haste thee for thy life. KL V.iii.249.2
Exit Second Officer KL V.iii.249
He hath Commission from thy Wife and me,He hath commission from thy wife and mecommission (n.)
warrant, authority [to act]
KL V.iii.250
To hang Cordelia in the prison, andTo hang Cordelia in the prison, and KL V.iii.251
To lay the blame vpon her owne dispaire,To lay the blame upon her own despair, KL V.iii.252
That she for-did her selfe.That she fordid herself.fordo (v.)

old form: for-did
put an end to, kill, destroy
KL V.iii.253
The Gods defend her, beare him hence awhile.The gods defend her. Bear him hence awhile. KL V.iii.254
Edmund is borne off KL V.iii.254
Enter Lear with Cordelia in his armes.Enter Lear with Cordelia in his arms, followed by KL V.iii.255.1
Second Officer and others –  KL V.iii.255.2
Howle, howle, howle: O your are men of stones,Howl, howl, howl! O, you are men of stones! KL V.iii.255
Had I your tongues and eyes, Il'd vse them so,Had I your tongues and eyes I'd use them so KL V.iii.256
That Heauens vault should crack: she's gone for euer.That heaven's vault should crack. She's gone for ever.vault (n.)
roof, covering, ceiling
KL V.iii.257
I know when one is dead, and when one liues,I know when one is dead and when one lives; KL V.iii.258
She's dead as earth: Lend me a Looking-glasse,She's dead as earth. Lend me a looking-glass; KL V.iii.259
If that her breath will mist or staine the stone,If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,stone (n.)
mineral substance used as a mirror
KL V.iii.260
Why then she liues.Why, then she lives. KL V.iii.261.1
Kent. KENT 
Is this the promis'd end?Is this the promised end?end (n.)
ultimate end, end of all things
KL V.iii.261.2
Or image of that horror.Or image of that horror?image (n.)
embodiment, instance, form
KL V.iii.262.1
Fall and cease.Fall and cease! KL V.iii.262.2
Lear. LEAR 
This feather stirs, she liues: if it be so,This feather stirs – she lives! If it be so, KL V.iii.263
It is a chance which do's redeeme all sorrowesIt is a chance which does redeem all sorrows KL V.iii.264
That euer I haue felt.That ever I have felt. KL V.iii.265.1
Kent. KENT 
O my good Master.O my good master! KL V.iii.265.2
Lear. LEAR 
Prythee away.Prithee away. KL V.iii.266.1
'Tis Noble Kent your Friend.'Tis noble Kent, your friend. KL V.iii.266.2
Lear. LEAR 
A plague vpon you Murderors, Traitors all,A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all! KL V.iii.267
I might haue sau'd her, now she's gone for euer:I might have saved her; now she's gone for ever. KL V.iii.268
Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha:Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha! KL V.iii.269
What is't thou saist? Her voice was euer soft,What is't thou sayest? Her voice was ever soft, KL V.iii.270
Gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.Gentle and low – an excellent thing in woman.gentle (adj.)
soft, tender, kind
KL V.iii.271
I kill'd the Slaue that was a hanging thee.I killed the slave that was a-hanging thee. KL V.iii.272
'Tis true (my Lords) he did.'Tis true, my lords; he did. KL V.iii.273.1
Lear. LEAR 
Did I not fellow?Did I not, fellow? KL V.iii.273.2
I haue seene the day, with my good biting FaulchionI have seen the day, with my good biting falchionfalchion (n.)

old form: Faulchion
curved broadsword
KL V.iii.274
I would haue made him skip: I am old now,I would have made him skip. I am old now KL V.iii.275
And these same crosses spoile me. Who are you?And these same crosses spoil me. – Who are you?spoil (v.)

old form: spoile
devastate, ravage, impoverish
KL V.iii.276
cross (n.)
trial, affliction, trouble
Mine eyes are not o'th'best, Ile tell you straight.Mine eyes are not o'the best, I'll tell you straight. KL V.iii.277
Kent. KENT 
If Fortune brag of two, she lou'd and hated,If Fortune brag of two she loved and hated KL V.iii.278
One of them we behold.One of them we behold. KL V.iii.279
Lear. LEAR 
This is a dull sight, are you not Kent?This is a dull sight. Are you not Kent?dull (adj.)
gloomy, melancholic, sullen
KL V.iii.280.1
Kent. KENT 
The same:The same –  KL V.iii.280.2
your Seruant Kent, / Where is yourSeruant Caius?Your servant Kent: Where is your servant Caius? KL V.iii.281
Lear. LEAR 
He's a good fellow, I can tell you that,He's a good fellow, I can tell you that; KL V.iii.282
He'le strike and quickly too, he's dead and rotten.He'll strike, and quickly too. He's dead and rotten. KL V.iii.283
Kent. KENT 
No my good Lord, I am the very man.No, my good lord; I am the very man –  KL V.iii.284
Lear. LEAR 
Ile see that straight.I'll see that straight.straight (adv.)
straightaway, immediately, at once
KL V.iii.285
see (v.)
see to, manage, attend to
Kent. KENT 
That from your first of difference and decay,That from your first of difference and decay,first (n.)
beginning, outset, start
KL V.iii.286
difference (n.)
change, variation, shifting
decay (n.)
decline, downturn, falling off
Haue follow'd your sad steps.Have followed your sad steps – sad (adj.)
downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
KL V.iii.287.1
Lear. LEAR 
Your are welcome hither.You are welcome hither. KL V.iii.287.2
Kent. KENT 
Nor no man else: / All's cheerlesse, darke, and deadly,Nor no man else. All's cheerless, dark, and deadly.deadly (adj.)
deathly, death-like
KL V.iii.288
Your eldest Daughters haue fore-done themselues,Your eldest daughters have fordone themselves,fordo (v.)

old form: fore-done
put an end to, kill, destroy
KL V.iii.289
And desperately are deadAnd desperately are dead.desperately (adv.)
despairingly, in a state of hopelessness
KL V.iii.290.1
Lear. LEAR 
I so I thinke.Ay, so I think. KL V.iii.290.2
He knowes not what he saies, and vaine is itHe knows not what he sees, and vain is it KL V.iii.291
That we present vs to him.That we present us to him. KL V.iii.292.1
Very bootlesse.Very bootless.bootless (adj.)
useless, worthless, fruitless, unavailing
KL V.iii.292.2
Enter a Messenger.Enter a Messenger KL V.iii.293
Edmund is dead my Lord.Edmund is dead, my lord. KL V.iii.293.1
That's but a trifle heere:That's but a trifle here. KL V.iii.293.2
You Lords and Noble Friends, know our intent,You lords and noble friends, know our intent:intent (n.)
intention, purpose, aim
KL V.iii.294
What comfort to this great decay may come,What comfort to this great decay may come KL V.iii.295
Shall be appli'd. For vs we will resigne,Shall be applied. For us we will resign KL V.iii.296
During the life of this old MaiestyDuring the life of this old majesty KL V.iii.297
To him our absolute power, To him our absolute power.power (n.)
authority, government
KL V.iii.298.1
(To Edgar and Kent) KL V.iii.298
you to your rights,You, to your rights KL V.iii.298.2
With boote, and such addition as your HonoursWith boot, and such addition as your honoursaddition (n.)
attribute, mark of honour, distinction [as if added to a coat--of-arms]
KL V.iii.299
boot (n.)

old form: boote
good, advantage, profit
Haue more then merited. All Friends shallHave more than merited. All friends shall taste KL V.iii.300
Taste the wages of their vertue,and all FoesThe wages of their virtue, and all foes KL V.iii.301
The cup of their deseruings: O see, see.The cup of their deservings. – O, see, see!deserving (n.)

old form: deseruings
reward, recompense, desert
KL V.iii.302
Lear. LEAR 
And my poore Foole is hang'd: no, no, no life?And my poor fool is hanged! No, no, no life!fool (n.)

old form: Foole
[term of endearment or pity] dear, darling, innocent creature
KL V.iii.303
Why should a Dog, a Horse, a Rat haue life,Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, KL V.iii.304
And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more,And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more; KL V.iii.305
Neuer, neuer, neuer, neuer, neuer.Never, never, never, never, never. KL V.iii.306
Pray you vndo this Button. Thanke you Sir,Pray you undo this button. Thank you, sir. KL V.iii.307
Do you see this? Looke on her? Looke her lips,Do you see this? Look on her! Look, her lips!, KL V.iii.308
Looke there, looke there. Look there! Look there! KL V.iii.309.1
He dies.He dies KL V.iii.309
He faints, my Lord, my Lord.He faints. My lord, my lord! KL V.iii.309.2
Kent. KENT 
Breake heart, I prythee breake.Break, heart; I prithee break. KL V.iii.310.1
Looke vp my Lord.Look up, my lord. KL V.iii.310.2
Kent. KENT 
Vex not his ghost, O let him passe, he hates him,Vex not his ghost. O, let him pass. He hates himghost (n.)
spirit, soul
KL V.iii.311
vex (v.)
afflict, trouble, torment
That would vpon the wracke of this tough worldThat would upon the rack of this tough worldrack (n.)

old form: wracke
machine of torture which stretches the limbs
KL V.iii.312
Stretch him out longer.Stretch him out longer. KL V.iii.313.1
He is gon indeed.He is gone indeed. KL V.iii.313.2
Kent. KENT 
The wonder is, he hath endur'd so long,The wonder is he hath endured so long. KL V.iii.314
He but vsurpt his life.He but usurped his life.usurp (v.)

old form: vsurpt
take wrongful possession of, misappropriate
KL V.iii.315
Beare them from hence, our present businesseBear them from hence. Our present business KL V.iii.316
Is generall woe: Is general woe. KL V.iii.317.1
(To Kent and Edgar) KL V.iii.317
Friends of my soule, you twaine,Friends of my soul, you twain, KL V.iii.317.2
Rule in this Realme, and the gor'd state sustaine.Rule in this realm, and the gored state sustain.gored (adj.)

old form: gor'd
deeply wounded, bleeding
KL V.iii.318
Kent. KENT 
I haue a iourney Sir, shortly to go,I have a journey, sir, shortly to go. KL V.iii.319
My Master calls me, I must not say no.My master calls me, I must not say no. KL V.iii.320
The waight of this sad time we must obey,The weight of this sad time we must obey;weight (n.)

old form: waight
burden of sorrow, sadness, affliction
KL V.iii.321
sad (adj.)
downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
Speake what we feele, not what we ought to say:Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. KL V.iii.322
The oldest hath borne most, we that are yong,The oldest hath borne most; we that are young KL V.iii.323
Shall neuer see so much, nor liue so long.Shall never see so much nor live so long. KL V.iii.324
Exeunt with a dead March.Exeunt with a dead march KL V.iii.324
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