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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)

    M. William Shak-speare

    HIS Hi storie, of King Lear.

    Enter Kent, Glo ster, and Ba stard.

    I Thought the King had more affected the 5Duke of Al -
    bany then Cornwell.
    Glo st . It did allwaies seeme so to vs, but now in the
    diui sion of the kingdomes, it appeares not which of
    the Dukes he values mo st, for equalities are so weighed, that cu-
    rio sitie in nei10ther, can make choise of eithers moytie.
    Kent. Is not this your sonne my Lord?
    Glo st . His breeding sir hath beene at my charge, I haue so of-
    ten blu sht to acknowledge him, that now I am braz'd to it.
    15 Kent. I cannot conceiue you.
    Glo st . Sir, this young fellowes mother Could, wherupon shee
    grew round wombed, and had indeed Sir a sonne for her cradle,
    ere she had a husband for her bed, doe you smell a fault?
    20 Kent. I cannot wi sh the fault vndone, the i s s ue of it being so
    Glo st . But I haue sir a sonne by order of Law, some yeare el-
    der then this, who yet is no deerer in my account, though this
    knaue came something sawcely into the 25world before hee was
    sent for, yet was his mother faire, there was good sport at his
    makeing, & the whoreson mu st be acknowledged, do, you know
    this noble gentleman Edmund?
    Ba st.