[Enter Gloucester and Edmund]
Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural
dealing. When I desire their leave that I might pity him, they
took from me the use of mine own house; charged me, on
pain of their perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him,
entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.(5)
Most savage and unnatural!
Go to; say you nothing. There's a division betwixt
the dukes; and a worse matter than that: I have received a
letter this night; 'tis dangerous to be spoken; I have locked
the letter in my closet: these injuries the king now bears will(10)
be revenged home; there's part of a power already footed: we
must incline to the king. I will seek him, and privily relieve
him: go you and maintain talk with the duke, that my charity
be not of him perceived: if he ask for me. I am ill, and gone to
bed. Though I die for it, as no less is threatened me, the king(15)
my old master must be relieved. There is some strange thing
toward, Edmund; pray you, be careful.
This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke
Instantly know; and of that letter too:
This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me(20)
That which my father loses; no less than all:
The younger rises when the old doth fall.