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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.
    fathers tenant this forescore---
    2195 Glo st . Away, get thee away, good friend be gon,
    Thy comforts can doe me no good at all,
    Thee they may hurt.
    Old man. Alack sir, you cannot see your way.
    Glo st . I haue no way, and therefore want no eyes,
    2200 I stumbled when I saw, full oft tis seene
    Our meanes secure vs, and our meare defects
    Proue our comodities, ah deere sonne Edgar,
    The food of thy abused fathers wrath,
    Might I but liue to see thee in my tuch,
    2205 Id'e say I had eyes againe.
    Old man. How now whose there?
    Edg. O Gods, who i st can say I am at the wor st,
    I am worse then ere I was.
    Old man. Tis poore mad Tom.
    2210 Edg. And worse I may be yet, the wor st is not.
    As long as we can say, this is the wor st.
    Old man. Fellow where goe st ?
    Glo st . Is it a begger man?
    Old man. Mad man, and begger to.
    2215 Glo st . A has some reason, else he could not beg,
    In the la st nights storme I such a fellow saw,
    Which made me thinke a man a worme, my sonne
    Came then into my mind, and yet my mind
    Was then scarce friendes with him, 2220I haue heard more( since,
    As flies are toth' wanton boyes, are we toth' Gods,
    They bitt vs for their sport.
    Edg. How should this be, bad is the trade that mu st play the
    foole to sorrow 2225angring it selfe and others, ble s s e thee mai ster.
    Glo st . Is that the naked fellow ?
    Old man. I my Lord.
    Glo st . Then prethee get thee gon, if for my sake
    Thou wilt oretake vs here a mile or twaine
    2230 Ith' way toward Douer, doe it for ancient loue
    And bring some couering for this naked soule
    Who Ile intreate to leade me.
    Old man. Alack sir he is mad.
    Glo st .