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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.
    set a worke by a reproueable badnes in himselfe.
    Ba st . How malicious is my fortune, that I mu st re1980pent to bee
    iu st ? this is the letter he spoke of, which approues him an intelli-
    gent partie to the aduantages of France, O heauens that his trea-
    son were, or not I the detecter.
    Corn. Goe with me to the Dutches.
    1985 Ba st . If the matter of this paper be certaine, you haue mighty
    bu sines in hand.
    Corn. True or false, it hath made thee Earle of Glo ster, seeke
    out where thy father is, that hee may bee readie for our appre-
    hen sion.
    1990 Bast . If I find him comforting the King, it will stuffe his sus -
    pition more fully, I will perseuere in my course of loyaltie,
    though the conflict be sore betweene that and my bloud.
    Corn. I will lay tru st vpon thee, and thou shalt find 1995a dearer
    father in my loue. Exit.
    Enter Glo ster and Lear, Kent, Foole, and Tom.
    Glo st . Here is better then the open ayre, take it thankfully, I
    will peece out the comfort with what addition I 2000can, I will not be
    long from you.
    Ken. All the power of his wits haue giuen way to impatience,
    the Gods deserue your kindnes.
    Edg. Fretereto cals me, and tels me Nero is an ang 2005ler in the
    lake of darknes, pray innocent beware the foule fiend.
    Foole. Prithe Nunckle tell me, whether a mad man be a Gen-
    tleman or a Yeoman.
    Lear. A King, a King, to haue a thousand with red burning
    spits come hiszing in vpon them.
    2014.1 Edg. The foule fiend bites my backe,
    Foole. He's mad, that tru sts in the tamenes of a Wolfe, a hor-
    ses health, a boyes loue, or a whores oath.
    Lear. It shalbe done, I wil arraigne them straight,
    2014.5 Come sit thou here mo st learned Iu stice
    Thou sapient sir sit here, no you shee Foxes--
    Edg. Looke where he stands and glars, wan st thou eyes, at
    tral madam come ore the broome Be s s y to mee.
    Foole. Her boat hath a leake, and she mu st not speake,
    2014.10 Why she dares not come, ouer to thee.