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  • Title: King Lear (Quarto 1, 1608)
  • 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 (Quarto 1, 1608)

    The Historie of King Lear.
    derly knowne himselfe.
    320 Gono. The be st and sounde st of his time hath bin but ra sh,
    then mu st we looke to receiue from his age not alone the imper-
    fection of long ingrafted condition, but therwithal vnruly way-
    wardnes, that infirme and cholericke yeares bring with them.
    325 Rag. Such vncon stant starts are we like to haue from him, as
    this of Kents bani shment.
    Gono. There is further complement of leaue taking betweene
    France and him, pray lets hit together, if our Father cary autho-
    rity with such dispo sitions as he beares, 330this la st surrender of his,
    will but offend vs,
    Ragan. We shall further thinke on't.
    Gon. We mu st doe something, and it'h heate. Exeunt.
    Enter Ba stard Solus.
    335 Ba st . Thou Nature art my Godde s s e, to thy law my seruices
    are bound, wherefore should I stand in the plague of cu stome,
    and permit the curio sitie of nations to depriue me, for that I am
    some twelue or 14. moone shines 340lag of a brother, why ba stard?
    wherfore base, when my dementions are as well compact,
    my
    mind as generous, and my shape as true as hone st madams i s s ue,
    why brand they vs with base, base ba stardie? 345who in the lu sty
    stealth of nature, take 345more compo sition and feirce quality, then
    doth within a stale dull lyed bed, goe to the creating of a whole
    tribe of fops got tweene a sleepe and wake; well the 350legitimate
    Edgar, I mu st haue your land, our Fathers loue is to the ba stard
    Edmund, as to the legitimate, well my legitimate, if this letter
    speede, and my inuention thriue, Edmund the base
    355 shall tooth'le-
    gitimate: I grow, I prosper, now Gods stand vp for Ba stards.
    Enter Glo ster.
    Glo st . Kent bani sht thus, and France in choller parted, and
    the King gone to night, subscribd his power, 360confined to exhi-
    bition, all this donne vpon the gadde; Edmund how now
    what newes?
    Bast . So please your Lord ship, none:
    Glo st . Why so earne stly seeke you to put vp that letter?
    Ba st . I know no newes my Lord.
    365 Glo st . What paper were you reading?
    Ba st . Nothing my Lord,
    Glo st .