Internet Shakespeare Editions


Jump to line
Help on texts

About this text

  • 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
    Not Peer Reviewed

    King Lear (Quarto 2, 1619)

    The History of King Lear.
    I thinke our father will hence to night.
    Reg. That's mo st certaine, and with you, next month with vs.
    Gon. You see how full of changes his age is, the obseruation
    315 we haue made of it hath not beene little; he alwaies loued our
    si ster mo st, and with what poore iudgement hee hath now ca st
    her off, appeares too gro s s e.
    Reg. Tis the infirmity of his age, yet he hath euer but slen-
    derly knowne himselfe.
    320 Gono. The be st and sounde st of his time hath bin but ra sh,
    then mu st we looke to receiue frõ his age, not alone the imper-
    fection of long ingrafted condition, but therwithal vnruly wai-
    wardnes, that infirme and cholericke yeares bring with them.
    325 Reg. Such vncon stant stars are we like to haue from him, as
    this of Kents bani shment.
    Gono. There is further complement of leaue taking between
    France and him, pray lets hit together, if our Father cary autho-
    rity with such dispo sitions as he beares, this la st surrender of
    330 his will but offend vs.
    Regan. We shall further thinke on't.
    Gon. We mu st do something, and it'h heate. Exeuent.
    Enter Ba stard solus .
    335 Ba st . Thou Nature art my Godde s s e, to thy law my seruices
    are bound, wherefore should I stand in the plague of cu stome,
    and permit the curio sity of Nations to depriue me, for that I am
    some 12. or 14. moone- shines lag of a brother: why ba stard?
    340 wherefore base, when my dementions are as well compact, my
    minde as generous, & my shape as true as hone st madams i s s ue,
    why brand they vs with base, base ba stardy? who in the lu sty
    345 stealth of nature, take more compo sition and fierce quality, then
    doth within a stale dull lie[d] bed, goe to the creating of a whole
    tribe of fops got tweene sleepe and wake; well the legitimate
    350 Edgar, I mu st haue your land, our Fathers loue is to the ba stard
    Edmund, as to the legitimate: well my legitimate. if this letter
    speed, and my inuention thriue, Edmund the base shall tooth'le-
    355 gitimate: I grow, I prosper, now Gods stand vp for Ba stards.
    Enter Gloce ster.
    Glo st . Kent bani sht thus, and France in choller parted, and