[Enter Cornwall, and Edmund with a paper.]
CORNWALL I will have my revenge ere I depart his
EDMUND How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature
thus gives way to loyalty, something fears me to
 think of.
CORNWALL I now perceive it was not altogether your
brother’s evil disposition made him seek his death,
but a provoking merit set awork by a reprovable
badness in himself.
EDMUND How malicious is my fortune that I must
repent to be just! This is the letter he spoke of,
which approves him an intelligent party to the
advantages of France. O heavens, that this treason
were not, or not I the detector.
CORNWALL Go with me to the Duchess.
EDMUND If the matter of this paper be certain, you
have mighty business in hand.
CORNWALL True or false, it hath made thee Earl of
Gloucester. Seek out where thy father is, that he
 may be ready for our apprehension.
EDMUND , [aside] If I find him comforting the King, it
will stuff his suspicion more fully.—I will persevere
in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore
between that and my blood.
CORNWALL I will lay trust upon thee, and thou shalt
find a dearer father in my love.