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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 Hi story of King Lear.
    Glo st . Is it his?
    Ba st . It is his hand my Lord, but I hope his heart is not in
    the contents.
    Glo st . Hath he neuer heeretofore sounded you in this bu si -
    nes s s e?
    405 Ba st . Neuer my Lord, but I haue often heard him maintaine
    it to be fit, that sonnes at parfit age, and fathers declining, his
    father should be as Ward to the sonne, and the sonne mannage
    the reuenew.
    Glo st . O villaine, villaine, his very opinion in the Letter, ab-
    410 horrid villaine, vnnaturall dete sted bruiti sh villaine, worse then
    bruiti sh go sir seeke him; I, apprehend him, abhominable vil-
    laine, where is he?
    Ba st . I do not well know my Lord, if it shall please you to
    suspend your indignation again st my brother, till you can de-
    415 riue from him better te stimony of this intent, you shal runnne a
    certaine course, where if you violently proceed again st him, mi-
    staking his purpose, it would make a great gap in your owne
    honour, and shake in peeces the heart of his obedience, I dare
    pawne downe my life for him, hee hath wrote this to feele my
    420 affection to your Honour, and to no further pretence of danger.
    Glo st . Thinke you so?
    Ba st . If your Honour iudge it meete, I will place you where
    you shall heare vs conferre of this, and by an aurigular a s s urance
    425 haue your satisfaction, and that without any further delay then
    this very euening.
    Glo st . He cannot be such a mon ster.
    427.1 Ba st . Nor is not sure.
    Glo st . To his father, that so tenderly and entirely loues him:
    heauen and earth! Edmund seeke him out, winde me into him, I
    pray you frame your bu sines after your owne wisedome, I wold
    vn state my selfe ro be in a due resolution.
    Ba st . I shall seeke him sir presently, conuey the bu sine s s e as I
    shall see meanes, and acquaint you withall.
    Glo st . These late Eclipses in the Sunne and Moone, portend no
    good to vs, though the wisedome of nature can reason thus and
    435 thus, yet nature findes it selfe scourg'd by the sequent effects,