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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.
    predominance, Drunkards, Lyars, and Adulterers by an enfor st
    obedience of planitary influence, and all that wee are euill in,
    by a diuine thru455 sting on, an admirable eua sion of whorema ster
    man, to lay his goti sh dispo sition to the charge of Starres: my
    Father compounded with my Mother vnder the Dragons taile,
    and my natiuitie was vnder Vrsa maior, so that it followes, I am
    rough and lecherous, Fut, I should 460haue beene that I am, had the
    maidenle st starre of the Firmament twinckled on my ba stardy
    er Edgar
    Edgar; and out hee comes like the Cata strophe of the old Co-
    medy, mine is villanous melancholy, with a sith like them of
    465 Bedlam; O these eclipses doe portend these diui sions.
    Edgar. How now brother Edmund, what serious contempla-
    tion are you in?
    Ba st . I am thinking brother of a prediction I read this 470other
    day, what should follow these Eclipses.
    Edg. Doe you bu sie your selfe about that?
    Ba st . I promise you the effects he writ of, succeed vnhappily,
    as of vnnaturalne s s e betweene the child and the parent, death,
    473.1 dearth, di s s olutions of ancient amities, diui sions in state, mena-
    ces and maledictions again st King and nobles, needles diffiden-
    ces, bani shment of friẽds, di s sipation of Cohorts, nuptial breach-
    es, and I know not what.
    473.5 Edg. How long haue you beene a sectary A stronomicall?
    Ba st . Come, come, when saw you my father la st ?
    Edg. Why, 475the night gon by.
    Ba st . Spake you with him?
    Edg. Two houres together.
    Ba st . Parted you in good tearmes ? found you no dis pleasure
    in him by word or countenance?
    480 Edg. None at all.
    Ba st . Bethinke your selfe wherein you may haue offended
    him, and at my intreatie, forbeare his presence, till some little
    time hath qualified the heat of his displeasure, which at this in-
    stant so rageth in him, that with the mis 485chiefe, of your parson it
    would scarce allay.
    Edg. Some villaine hath done me wrong.
    Bast . Thats my feare brother, I aduise you to the be st, goe
    arm'd, I am no hone st man if there bee any good meaning to-