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[Alarum within. Enter, with drum and colours,
KING LEAR, CORDELIA, and Soldiers, over the stage;
[Enter EDGAR 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!
[Alarum and retreat within. Re-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.
GLOUCESTER: No farther, sir; a man may rot even here.
EDGAR: What, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure
Their going hence, even as their coming hither;
Ripeness is all: come on.
GLOUCESTER: And that's true too.