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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 Hi storie of King Lear.
    Ba st . Fled this way sir, when by no meanes he could---
    Glo st . Pursue him, go after, by no meanes, what?
    980 Ba st . Perswade me to the murder of your Lord ship, but that
    I told him the reuengiue Gods, gain st Paracides did all their
    thunders bend, spoke with how many fould and strong a bond
    the child was bound to the father, sir in a fine, 985 seeing how loath-
    ly oppo site I stood, to his vnnaturall purpose, with fell motion
    with his prepared sword, hee charges home my vnprouided bo-
    dy, lancht mine arme, but when he saw my be st alarumd spirits,
    990 bould in the quarrels, rights, rousd to the encounter, or whether
    ga sted by the noyse I made, but sodainly he fled.
    Glo st , Let him flie farre, not in this land shall hee remaine vn-
    caught 995and found, dispatch, the noble Duke my mai ster, my
    worthy Arch and Patron, comes to night, by his authoritie I will
    proclaime it, that he which finds him shall deserue our thankes,
    bringing the murderous caytife to the stake, 1000hee that conceals
    him, death.
    Ba st . When I di s s waded him from his intent, and found him
    pight to doe it, with cur st speech I threatned to discouer him, he
    replyed, thou vnpo s s e s sing Ba stard, do st thou thinke, 1005if I would
    stand again st thee, could the reposure of any tru st, vertue, or
    worth in thee make thy words fayth'd? no. what I should denie,
    as this I would, I, though thou did st produce my very character,
    id'e turne it all 1010to thy sugge stion, plot, and damned pretence,
    and thou mu st make a dullard of the world, if they not thought
    the profits of my death, were very pregnant and potentiall
    spurres to make thee seeke it.
    1015 Glo st . Strong and fa stned villaine, would he denie his letter,
    I neuer got him, harke the Dukes trumpets, I know not why he
    comes, all Ports ile barre, the villaine shall not scape, the Duke
    mu st grant mee that, be sides, his picture 1020I will send farre and
    neere, that all the kingdome may haue note of him, and of my
    land loyall and naturall boy, ile worke the meanes to make thee
    Enter the Duke of Cornwall.
    1025 Corn. How now my noble friend, since I came hether, which
    I can call but now, I haue heard strange newes.
    Reg. If it be true, all vengeance comes too short which can