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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.
    him to our si ster, whose minde & mine I know in that are one,
    522.1 not to be ouer-rulde; idle olde man that still would manage
    those authorities that he hath giuen away, now by my life olde
    fooles are babes againe, and mu st be vsed with checkes as flat-
    teries, when they are seene abus'd, remember what I tell you.
    Gent. Very well, Madam.
    525 Gon. And let his Knights haue colder lookes among you,
    what growes of it no matter, aduise your fellowes so, I would
    526.1 breed from hence occa sions, and I shall, that I may speake, Ile
    write straight to my si ster to hold my very course; goe prepare
    for dinner. Exit.
    530 Enter Kent.
    Ken. If but as well I other accents borrow, that can my speech
    defuse, my good intent may carry through it selfe to that ful is -
    sue for which I raizd my likene s s e; now bani sht Kent, if thou
    535 can st serue where thou do st stand condemn'd, thy ma ster whom
    thou loue st, shall finde the full of labour.
    Enter Lear.
    Lear. Let me not stay a iot for dinner, goe get it ready: how
    540 now, what art thou?
    Kent. A man sir.
    Lear. What do st thou profe s s e? what would st thou with vs?
    Kent. I doe profe s s e to bee no le s s e then I seeme to serue him
    545 truely that wil put me in tru st, to loue him that is hone st, to con-
    uerse with him that is wise and saies little, to feare iudgement,
    to fight when I cannot chuse, and to eate no fi sh.
    Lear. What art thou?
    550 Kent. A very hone st hearted fellow, and as poore as the King.
    Lear. If thou be as poore for a subiect, as he is for a king, thou
    art poore enough, what would st thou?
    Kent. Seruice. Lear. Who would st thou serue?
    Kent. You. Lear. Do st thou know me fellow?
    Kent. No sir, but you haue that in your countenance, which
    I would faine call Ma ster.
    560 Lear. What's that? Kent. Authority.
    Lear. What seruices can st thou do?
    Kent. I can keepe hone st counsaile, ride, run, marre a curious