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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Michael Best
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King Lear (Quarto 1, 1608)


The Historie of King Lear.
wards you, I haue told 495you what I haue seene & heard, but faint-
ly, nothing like the image and horror of it; pray you away.
Edg. Shall I heare from you anon?
Bast. I doe serue you in this busines:
Exit Edgar
A credulous Father, and a brother noble,
500Whose nature is so farre from doing harmes,
That he suspects none, on whose foolish honesty
My practises ride easie, I see the busines,
Let me if not by birth, haue lands by wit,
All with me's meete, that I can fashion fit.
Exit.
Enter Gonorill and Gentleman.
Gon. Did my Father strike my gentleman for chiding of his
foole?
Gent. Yes Madam.
510Gon. By day and night he wrongs me,
Euery houre he flashes into one grosse crime or other
That sets vs all at ods, ile not indure it,
His Knights grow ryotous, and him selfe obrayds vs,
On euery trifell when he returnes from hunting,
515I will not speake with him, say I am sicke,
If you come slacke of former seruices,
You shall doe well, the fault of it ile answere.
Gent. Hee's coming Madam, I heare him.
Gon. Put on what wearie negligence you please, 520you and your
fellow seruants, i'de haue it come in question, if he dislike it, let
him to our sister, whose mind and mine I know in that are one,
522.1not to be ouerruld; idle old man that still would manage those
authorities that hee hath giuen away, now by my life old fooles
are babes again, & must be vs'd with checkes as flatteries, when
they are seene abusd,remember what I tell you.
Gent. Very well Madam.
525Gon. And let his Knights haue colder looks among you, what
growes of it no matter, aduise your fellowes so, I would breed
526.1from hence occasions, and I shall, that I may speake, ile write
straight to my sister to hould my very course, goe prepare for
dinner.
Exit.
530
Enter Kent.
Kent. If but as well I other accents borrow, that can my speech
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defuse,