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King Lear

King Lear Translation Act 5, Scene 2

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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

Enter EDGAR disguised and 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, old man, use the shadow of this tree for shelter. Pray that the right side will win this battle. If I ever return to you again, I'll bring you good news.

GLOUCESTER

Grace go with you, sir.

GLOUCESTER

May God go with you, sir.

Exit EDGAR

Alarum and retreat within

Enter EDGAR

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

Let's go, old man. Give me your hand. Now! King Lear has been defeated, and 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. I might as well die here as anywhere else.

EDGAR

What, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure Their going hence even as their coming hither. Ripeness is all. Come on.

EDGAR

What, are you feeling depressed again? We cannot choose our deaths any more than we can choose our births. We must ripen before we decay. Come on.

GLOUCESTER

And that’s true too.

GLOUCESTER

And that's true too.

Exeunt

King lear
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Matt Cosby graduated from Amherst College in 2011, and currently works as a writer and editor for LitCharts. He is from Florida but now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also makes art, plays the piano, and goes to dog parks.