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


The Historie of King Lear.
Bast. Fled this way sir, when by no meanes he could---
Glost. Pursue him, go after, by no meanes, what?
980Bast. Perswade me to the murder of your Lordship, but that
I told him the reuengiue Gods, gainst Paracides did all their
thunders bend, spoke with how many fould and strong a bond
the child was bound to the father, sir in a fine, 985seeing how loath-
ly opposite I stood, to his vnnaturall purpose, with fell motion
with his prepared sword, hee charges home my vnprouided bo-
dy, lancht mine arme, but when he saw my best alarumd spirits,
990bould in the quarrels, rights, rousd to the encounter, or whether
gasted by the noyse I made, but sodainly he fled.
Glost. Let him flie farre, not in this land shall hee remaine vn-
caught 995and found, dispatch, the noble Duke my maister, my
worthy Arch and Patron, comes to night, by his authoritie I will
proclaime it, that he which finds him shall deserue our thankes,
bringing the murderous caytife to the stake, 1000hee that conceals
him, death.
Bast. When I disswaded him from his intent, and found him
pight to doe it, with curst speech I threatned to discouer him, he
replyed, thou vnpossessing Bastard, dost thou thinke, 1005if I would
stand against thee, could the reposure of any trust, vertue, or
worth in thee make thy words fayth'd? no. what I should denie,
as this I would, I, though thou didst produce my very character,
id'e turne it all 1010to thy suggestion, plot, and damned pretence,
and thou must make a dullard of the world, if they not thought
the profits of my death, were very pregnant and potentiall
spurres to make thee seeke it.
1015Glost. Strong and fastned villaine, would he denie his letter,
I neuer got him, harke the Dukes trumpets, I know not why he
comes, all Ports ile barre, the villaine shall not scape, the Duke
must grant mee that, besides, his picture 1020I will send farre and
neere, that all the kingdome may haue note of him, and of my
land loyall and naturall boy, ile worke the meanes to make thee
capable.
Enter the Duke of Cornwall.
1025Corn. How now my noble friend, since I came hether, which
I can call but now, I haue heard strange newes.
Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short which can
pursue