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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.
    Glost . Tis the times plague, 2235when madmen lead the(blind,
    Doe as I bid thee, or rather doe thy pleasure,
    Aboue the re st, be gon.
    Old man. Ile bring him the be st parrell that I haue
    Come on't what will.
    2240 Glo st . Sirrah naked fellow.
    Edg. Poore Toms a cold, I cannot dance it farther.
    Glo st . Come hither fellow.
    Edg. Ble s s e thy sweete eyes, they bleed.
    2245 Glo st . Know st thou the way to Douer ?
    Edg. Both stile and gate, horse-way, and foot-path,
    Poore Tom hath beene scard out of his good wits,
    Ble s s e the good man from the foule fiend,
    2248.1 Fiue fiends haue beene in poore Tom at once,
    Of lu st, as Obidicut , Hobbididence Prince of dumbnes,
    Mahu of stealing, Modo of murder, Stiberdigebit of
    Mobing, & Mobing who since po s s e s s es chambermaids
    2248.5 And waiting women, so, ble s s e thee mai ster.
    Glo st . Here take this purse, thou whome the heauens(plagues.
    2250 Haue humbled to all strokes, that I am wretched, makes(thee
    The happier, heauens deale so still,
    Let the superfluous and lu st-dieted man
    That stands your ordinance, that will not see
    Because he does not feele, feele your power quickly,
    2255 So di stribution should vnder exce s s e,
    And each man haue enough, do st thou know Douer ?
    Edg. I ma ster.
    Glo st . There is a cliffe whose high & bending head
    Lookes firmely in the confined deepe,
    2260 Bring me but to the very brimme of it
    And ile repaire the misery thou do st beare
    With something rich about me,
    From that place I shal no leading need.
    Edg. Giue me thy arme, 2265poore Tom shall lead thee.
    Enter Gonorill and Ba stard.
    Gon. Welcome my Lord, I maruaile our mild husband
    Not met vs on the way, now wher's your mai ster?
    2269.1 Enter Steward.