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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 Quarta.
    Enter Regan , and Steward.
    Reg. But are my Brothers Powres set forth?
    2385 Stew. I Madam,
    Reg. Himselfe in person there?
    Stew. Madam with much ado:
    Your Si ster is the better Souldier.
    Reg. Lord Edmund spake not with your Lord at home?
    2390 Stew. No Madam.
    Reg. What night import my Si sters Letter to him?
    Stew. I know not, Lady.
    Reg. Faith he is poa sted hence on serious matter:
    It was great ignorance, Glou sters eyes being out
    2395To let him liue. Where he arriues, he moues
    All hearts again st vs: Edmund, I thinke is gone
    In pitty of his misery, to dispatch
    His nighted life: Moreouer to descry
    The strength o'th'Enemy.
    2400 Stew. I mu st needs after him, Madam, with my Letter.
    Reg. Our troopes set forth to morrow, stay with vs:
    The wayes are dangerous.
    Stew. I may not Madam:
    My Lady charg'd my dutie in this bu sines.
    2405 Reg. Why should she write to Edmund ?
    Might not you transport her purposes by word? Belike,
    Some things, I know not what. Ile loue thee much
    Let me vnseale the Letter.
    Stew. Madam, I had rather----
    2410 Reg. I know your Lady do's not loue her Husband,
    I am sure of that: and at her late being heere,
    She gaue strange Eliads, and mo st speaking lookes
    To Noble Edmund. I know you are of her bosome.
    Stew. I, Madam?
    2415 Reg. I speake in vnder standing: Y'are: I know't,
    Therefore I do aduise you take this note:
    My Lord is dead: Edmond, and I haue talk'd,
    And more conuenient is he for my hand
    Then for your Ladies: You may gather more:
    2420If you do finde him, pray you giue him this;
    And when your Mi stris heares thus much from you,
    I pray de sire her call her wisedome to her.
    So fare you well:
    If you do chance to heare of that blinde Traitor,
    2425Preferment fals on him, that cuts him off.
    Stew. Would I could meet Madam, I should shew
    What party I do follow.
    Reg. Fare thee well. Exeunt