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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.
    As bent 3095to proue vpon thy heart whereto I speake thou lie st,
    Ba st . In wisdome I sholud aske thy name,
    But since thy out side lookes so faire and warlike,
    And that thy being some say of breeding breathes,
    By right of knighthood, I disdaine and spurne
    Heere do I to s s e those treasons to thy head.
    With the hell hatedly, oreturnd thy heart,
    Which for they yet glance by and scarcely bruse,
    3105 This sword of mine shall giue them in stant way
    Where they shall re st for euer, trumpets speake.
    Alb. Saue him, saue him,
    Gon. This is meere practise Glo ster by the law of armes
    Thou art not bound to answere 3110an vnknowne oppo site,
    Thou art not vanqui sht, but cousned and beguild,
    Alb. Stop your mouth dame, or with this paper shall I stople
    it, thou worse then any thing, reade thine owne euill, nay 3115no
    tearing Lady, I perceiue you know't.
    Gon. Say if I do, the lawes are mine not thine, who shal arraine(me for't.
    Alb. Mo st mon strous know' st thou this paper?
    Gon. Aske me not what I know. Exit. Gonorill.
    3120 Alb. Go after her, shee's desperate, gouerne her.
    Ba st . What you haue chargd me with, that haue I don
    And more, much more, the time will bring it out.
    Tis pa st, and so am I, but what art thou
    3125 That ha st this fortune on me? if thou bee' st noble
    I do forgiue thee.
    Edg. Let's exchange charity,
    I am no le s s e in bloud then thou art Edmond,
    If more, the more thou ha st wrongd me.
    3130 My name is Edgar, and thy fathers sonne,
    The Gods are iu st, and of our pleasant vertues.
    Make in struments to scourge vs the darke and vitious
    Place where thee he gotte, co st him his eies.
    3135 Ba st . Thou ha st spoken truth, the wheele is come
    full circled I am heere.
    Alb. Me thought thy very gate did prophecie,
    A royall noblene s s e I mu st embrace thee.
    Let sorow split my heart if I 3140did euer hate thee or thy father.