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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 Hi storie of King Lear.
    I feele this pin pricke, would I were a s s ur'd of my condition.
    2810 Cord. O looke vpon me sir, and hold your hands in benedicti-
    on or'e me, no sir you mu st not kneele.
    Lear. Pray doe not mocke,
    I am a very fooli sh fond old man,
    2815 Fourescore and vpward, and to deale plainly
    I feare I am not in my perfect mind,
    Mee thinks I should know you, and know this man;
    2820 Yet I am doubtfull, for I am mainly ignorant
    What place this is, and all the skill I haue
    Remembers not these garments, nor I know not
    Where I did lodge la st night, doe not laugh at me,
    For as I am a man, I thinke this Ladie
    2825 To be my child Cordelia. Cord. And so I am.
    Lear. Be your teares wet, yes faith, I pray weep not,
    If you haue poyson for mee I will drinke it,
    2830 I know you doe not loue me, for your si sters
    Haue as I doe remember, done me wrong,
    You haue some cause, they haue not.
    Cord. No cause, no cause. Lear. Am I in France?
    2835 Kent. In your owne kingdome sir.
    Lear. Doe not abuse me?
    Doct . Be comforted good Madame, the great rage you see is
    cured in him, and yet it is danger to make him euen ore the time
    hee has lo st, de sire him to goe in, trouble him no more till fur-
    ther setling: 2840 Cord. Wilt please your highnes walke?
    Lear. You mu st beare with me, pray now forget and forgiue,
    I am old and fooli sh. Exeunt. Manet Kent and Gent.
    2843.1 Gent. Holds it true sir that the Duke of Cornwall was so slaine?
    Kent. Mo st certaine sir.
    Gent. Who is conductor of his people?
    Kent. As tis said, the ba stard sonne of Gloster.
    2843.5 Gent. They say Edgar his bani sht sonne is with the Earle of
    Kent in Germanie.
    Kent. Report is changeable, tis time to looke about,
    The powers of the kingdome approach apace.
    Gent. The arbiterment is like to be bloudie, fare you well sir.
    2843.10 Kent. My poynt and period will be throughly wrought,