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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.
    loue cooles, friend ship fals off, brothers diuide, in Cities muti-
    nies, in Countries discords, Pallaces treason, the bond crackt
    betweene sonne and father; finde out this villaine, Edmund it
    shall lose thee nothing, do it carefully; and the noble and true
    hearted Kent bani sht, his offence hone st; strange, strange!
    Ba st . This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we
    are sicke in Fortune, often the surfet of our owne behauiour,
    we make guilty of our disa sters, the Sunne, the Moore, and the
    450 stars, as if we were villaines by nece s sity, fooles by heauenly
    compul sion, knaues, theeues, and trecherers by spirituall predo-
    minance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforc' st obedi-
    ence of planitary influence, and all that we are euill in, by a di-
    uine thru sting on, an admirable eua sion of whore-ma ster man,
    to lay his goati sh dispo sition to the charge of stars; my Father
    compounded with my Mother vnder the Dragons taile, & my
    natiuity was vnder Vrsa maior, so that it followes I am rough &
    lecherous; Fut, I should haue beene that I am, had the maiden-
    460 le st starre of the Firmament twinckled on my ba stardy; Edgar,
    Enter Edgar.
    & out he comes like the Cata strophe of the old Comedy, mine
    is villanous melancholy, with a sigh like them of Bedlam; O
    465 these Ecclipses do portend these diui sions.
    Edgar. How now brother Edmund, what serious contempla-
    tion are you in?
    Ba st . I am thinking brother of a prediction I read this other
    470 day, what should follow these Ecclipses.
    Edg. Doe you bu sie your selfe about that?
    Ba st . I promise you the effects he writ of, succeed vnhappily,
    as of vnnaturalne s s e betweene the childe and the parent, death,
    473.1 dearth, di s s olutions of ancient armies, diui sions in state, mena-
    ces and maledictions again st King and Nobles, needle s s e diffi -
    dences, bani shment of friends, di s sipation of Cohorts, nuptiall
    breaches, and I know not what.
    473.5 Edg. How long haue you bin a sectary A stronomicall?
    Ba st . Come, come, when saw you my father la st?
    475 Edg. Why the night gone by.
    Ba st . Spake you with him?
    Two