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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
    Not Peer Reviewed

    King Lear (Quarto 1, 1608)

    The Historie of King Lear.
    pursue the offender, how do st my Lord?
    Glo st . Madam my old heart is crackt, is crackt.
    1030 Reg. What, did my fathers godson seeke your life ? he whom
    my father named your Edgar?
    Glo st . I Ladie, Ladie, shame would haue it hid.
    Reg. Was he not companion with the ryotous knights, that
    tends vpon my father ?
    1035 Glo st . I know not Madam, tis too bad, too bad.
    Bast . Yes Madam, he was.
    Reg. No maruaile then though he were ill affected,
    Tis they haue put him on the old mans death,
    To haue the wa st and spoyle of his reuenues:
    1040 I haue this present euening from my si ster,
    Beene well inform'd of them, and with such cautions,
    That if they come to soiourne at my house, ile not be there.
    Duke. Nor I, a s s ure thee Regan ; Edmund, 1045I heard that you
    haue shewen your father a child-like office.
    Ba st . Twas my dutie Sir.
    Glo st . He did betray his practise, and receiued
    This hurt you see, striuing to apprehend him.
    1050 Duke. Is he pursued ? Glo st . I my good Lord.
    Duke. If he be taken, he shall neuer more be feard of doing
    harme, make your own purpose how in my strength you please,
    for you Edmund , 1055whose vertue and obedience, doth this in stant
    so much commend it selfe, you shall bee ours, natures of such
    deepe tru st, wee shall much need you, we fir st seaze on.
    Ba st . I shall serue you truly, how euer else.
    1060 Glo st . For him I thanke your grace.
    Duke. You know not why we came to vi sit you ?
    Regan. Thus out of season, threatning darke ey'd night,
    Oca sions noble Glo ster of some prise,
    Wherein we mu st haue vse of your aduise,
    1065 Our Father he hath writ, so hath our si ster,
    Of diferences, which I le st thought it fit,
    To answer from our home, the seuerall me s s engers
    From hence attend dispatch, our good old friend,
    Lay comforts to your bosome, & be stow 1070your needfull councell
    To our bu sines, which craues the in stant vse. (Exeunt.
    Glo st .