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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.
    This shame which here it suffers.
    Lear. O how this mother swels vp toward my hart,
    Hi storica pas sio downe thou climing sorrow,
    1330 Thy element's below, where is this daughter?
    Kent. With the Earle sir within,
    Lear. Follow me not, stay there?
    Knight. Made you no more offẽce then what you speake of?
    1335 Kent. No, how chance the King comes with so small a traine ?
    Foole. And thou had st beene set in the stockes for that que sti-
    on, thou ha'd st well deserued it.
    Kent. Why foole?
    1340 Foole. Weele set thee to schoole to an Ant, to teach thee ther's
    no labouring in the winter, all that follow their noses, are led by
    their eyes, but blind men, and ther's not a nose among a 100. but
    can smell him thats stincking, let goe thy hold when a great
    wheele runs downe a 1345hill, lea st it breake thy necke with follow-
    ing it, but the great one that goes vp the hill, let him draw thee
    after, when a wise man giues thee better councell, giue mee mine
    againe, I would haue none but knaues follow it, sincea foole
    giues it.
    That Sir that serues for gaine,
    And followes but for forme:
    Will packe when it begin to raine,
    And leaue thee in the storme.
    But I will tarie, the foole will stay,
    1355 And let the wise man flie:
    The knaue turnes foole that runs away,
    The foole no knaue perdy.
    Kent. Where learnt you this foole?
    1360 Foole. Not in the stockes.
    Enter Lear and Glo ster.
    Lear. Denie to speake with mee, th'are sicke, th'are (weary,
    They traueled hard to night, meare Iu stice,
    I the Images of reuolt and flying off,
    1365 Fetch mee a better answere.
    Glo st . My deere Lord,
    you know the fierie qualitie of the
    Duke, how vnremoueable and fixt he is in his owne Course.
    1370 Lear. Vengeance, death, plague, confu sion, what fierie quality,