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  • Title: King Lear (Quarto 2, 1619)
  • Editor: Pervez Rizvi
  • Coordinating 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: Pervez Rizvi
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    King Lear (Quarto 2, 1619)

    The History of King Lear.
    275 Fran. Faire st Cordelia, that art mo st rich being poore,
    Mo st choise forsaken, and mo st loued despis'd,
    Thee and thy vertues heere I seize vpon,
    Be it lawfull I take vp what's ca st away.
    Gods, Gods! tis strange, that from their cold' st neglect,
    280 My loue should kindle to enflam'd respect,
    Thy dowrele s s e daughter King, throwne to thy chance,
    Is Queene of vs, of ours, and our faire France:
    Not all the Dukes in watri sh Burgundy,
    Shall buy this vnpriz'd precious maid of me,
    285 Bid them farwell Cordelia, though vnkinde
    Thou lose st heere, a better where to finde.
    Lear. Thou ha st her France, let her be thine,
    For we haue no such daughter, nor shall euer see
    That face of hers againe, therefore be gone,
    290 Without our grace, our loue, our benizon: come noble Bur- (gundy.
    Exit Lear and Burgundy.
    Fran. Bid farwell to your si sters.
    Cord. The Iewels of our Father,
    With wa sht eyes Cordelia leaues you, I know you what you are,
    295 And like a si ster am mo st loth to call your faults
    As they are named, vse well our Father,
    To your profe s s ed bosomes I commit him,
    But yet ala s s e, stood I within his grace,
    I would preferre him to a better place;
    300 So farwell to you both.
    Gonorill . Prescribe not vs our duties.
    Regan. Let your study be to content your Lord,
    Who hath receiu'd you at Fortunes almes,
    You haue obedience scanted,
    305 And well are worth the worth that you haue wanted.
    Cord. Time shall vnfold what pleated cunning hides,
    Who couers faults, at la st shame them derides:
    Well may you prosper.
    Fran. Come faire Cordelia. Exit France and Cord.
    310 Gon. Si ster, it is not a little I haue to say,
    Of what mo st neerely appertaines to vs both,