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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Pervez Rizvi
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King Lear (Quarto 2, 1619)


The History of King Lear.
Else one selfe mate and mate could not beget
Such different issues; you spoke not with her since?
Gent. No.
Kent. Was this before the King returnd?
.40Gent. No, since.
Kent. Well sir, the poore distressed Lear's ith Towne,
Who sometime in his better tune remembers
What we are come about, and by no meanes will yeeld to see his
daughter.
.45Gent. Why good sir?
Kent. A soueraigne shame so elbowes him, his own vnkindnes
That stript her from his benediction, turnd her
To forraine casualties, gaue her deare rights
To his dog-hearted daughters; these things sting his minde
.50So venomously, that burning shame detaines him from Cordelia.
Gent. Alacke poore Gentleman.
Kent. Of Albanies and Cornwals powers you heard not?
Gent. Tis so they are afoote.
Kent. Well sir, ile bring you to our master Lear,
.55And leaue you to attend him, some deare cause
VVill in concealement wrap me vp a while,
VVhen I am knowne aright you shall not greeue,
Lending me this acquaintance, I pray you go along with me.
Exit.
Enter Cordelia, Doctor, and others.
Cor. Alacke tis he, why he was euen now,
As mad as the vent sea, singing aloud,
Crownd with ranke femiter and furrow weeds,
VVith hor-docks, hemlocke, nettles, coockow-flowers,
2355Darnell and all the idle weeds that grow
In our sustaining, Corne, a century is sent foorth,
Search euery acre in the high growne field,
And bring him to our eye, what can mans wisedome do
In the restoring his bereaued sence? he that can helpe him
2360Take all my outward worth.
Doct. There is meanes Madame,
Our foster nurse of nature is repose,
The