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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.
    If euer I returne to you againe ile bring you comfort. Exit.
    2925 Glo st . Grace goe with you sir. Alarum and retreat.
    Edg. Away old man, giue me thy hand, away,
    King Lear hath lo st, he and his daughter taine,
    2930 Giue me thy hand, come on.
    Glo st . No farther sir, a man may rot euen here.
    Edg. What in ill thoughts againe men mu st indure,
    Their going hence, euen as their coming hither,
    2935 Ripenes is all come on.
    Enter Edmund, with Lear and Cordelia prisoners.
    2940 Ba st , Some officers take them away, good guard
    Vntill their greater pleasures be st be knowne
    That are to censure them.
    Cor. We are not the fir st who with be st meaning haue(incurd
    The wor st, 2945for thee oppre s s ed King am I ca st downe,
    My selfe could else outfrowne false Fortunes frowne,
    Shall we not see these daughters, and these si sters?
    Lear. No, no, come lets away to prison
    We two alone will sing like birds it'h cage,
    2950 When thou do st aske me ble s sing, ile kneele downe
    And aske of thee forgiuenes, so weele liue
    And pray, and sing, and tell old tales and laugh
    At guilded butterflies, and heare poore rogues
    Talke of Court newes, and weele talke with them to,
    2955 Who looses, and who wins, whose in, whose out,
    And take vpon's the mi stery of things
    As if we were Gods spies, and weele weare out
    In a wal'd prison, packs and sects of great ones
    That ebbe and flow bith' Moone.
    2960 Ba st . Take them away.
    Lear. Vpon such sacrifices my Cordelia,
    The Gods thẽselues throw incense, haue I caught thee?
    He that parts vs shall bring a brand from heauen,
    2965 And fire vs hence like Foxes, wipe thine eyes,
    The good shall deuoure em, fleach and fell
    Ere they shall make vs weepe ? wele see vm starue fir st, (come.
    Ba st . Come hither Captaine, harke.
    2970 Take thou this note, goe follow them to prison,