• 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.

    GLOUCESTER

       Grace go with you, sir.
    Exit EDGAR
    Alarum and retreat within
    Enter EDGAR

    EDGAR

    5Away, old man. Give me thy hand. Away!
    King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en.
    Give me thy hand. Come on.

    GLOUCESTER

    No further, sir. A man may rot even here.

    EDGAR

    What, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure
    10Their going hence even as their coming hither.
    Ripeness is all. Come on.

    GLOUCESTER

       And that’s true too.
    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.
    EDGAR enters, disguised, along with GLOUCESTER.

    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

    Good luck, sir.
    EDGAR exits.
    Sounds of battle offstage. They grow fainter.
    EDGAR returns.

    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

    I can’t go any further, sir. This is as good a place as any to die.

    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.
    They exit.