William Shakespeare: King Lear, Act V, Scene II

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Scene II

A field between the two camps

[Alarum within. Enter, with drum and colours, King Lear, Cordelia, and Soldiers, over the stage; and exeunt]

Enter Edgar and Gloucester


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.


Grace go with you, sir! [Exit Edgar]

Alarum and retreat within. Re-enter 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.


No farther, sir; a man may rot even here.


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


And that's true too.


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