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  • Title: King Lear (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: Michael Best
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-463-9

    Copyright Michael Best. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Michael Best
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    King Lear (Folio 1, 1623)

    Scena Quinta.
    1970 Enter Cornwall, and Edmund.
    Corn. I will haue my reuenge, ere I depart his house.
    Ba st . How my Lord, I may be censured, that Nature
    thus giues way to Loyaltie, something feares mee to
    thinke of.
    1975 Cornw. I now perceiue, it was not altogether your
    Brothers euill dispo sition made him seeke his death: but
    a prouoking merit set a-worke by a reprouable badne s s e
    in himselfe.
    Ba st . How malicious is my fortune, that I mu st re-
    1980pent to be iu st ? This is the Letter which hee spoake of;
    which approues him an intelligent partie to the aduanta-
    ges of France. O Heauens! that this Treason were not;
    or not I the detector.
    Corn. Go with me to the Dutche s s e.
    1985 Ba st . If the matter of this Paper be certain, you haue
    mighty bu sine s s e in hand.
    Corn. True or false, it hath made thee Earle of Glou-
    ce ster: seeke out where thy Father is, that hee may bee
    ready for our apprehen sion.
    1990 Ba st . If I finde him comforting the King, it will stuffe
    his suspition more fully. I will perseuer in my course of
    Loyalty, though the conflict be sore betweene that, and
    my blood.
    Corn. I will lay tru st vpon thee: and thou shalt finde
    1995a deere Father in my loue. Exeunt.