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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.
    my father named your Edgar
    Glo st . I Lady, Lady, shame would haue it hid.
    Reg. Was he not companion with the ryotous Knights that
    tends vpon my father?
    1035 Glo st . I know not Madam, tis too bad, too bad.
    Ba st . Yes madam, he was.
    Reg. No maruaile then though he were ill affected,
    Tis they haue put him on the old mans death,
    To haue these ------- and wa ste of this his reuenues:
    1040 I haue this present euening from my si ster
    Beene well inform'd of them, and with such cautions,
    That if they come to soiourne at my house, ile not be there.
    Duke. Nor I, a s s ure thee Regan; Edmund, I heard that you haue
    1045 shewne your father a child-like office.
    Ba st . Twas my duty sir.
    Glo st . He did betray his practise, and receiued
    This hurt you see, striuing to apprehend him.
    1050 Duke. Is he pursued?
    Glo st . I my good Lord.
    Duke. If he be taken, he shall neuer more be feard of doing
    harme, make your owne purpose how in my strength you please;
    for you Edmund, whose vertue and obedience doth this in stant
    so much commend it selfe, you shall be ours, natures of such deep
    tru st, we shall much need, you we fir st seize on.
    Ba st . I shall serue you truely, how euer else.
    1060 Glo st . For him I thanke your Grace.
    Duke. You know not why we came to vi site you?
    Regan. Thus out of season, threatning darke eide night,
    Occa sions noble Gloce ster of some prize,
    Wherein we mu st haue vse of your aduice,
    1065 Our father he hath writ, so hath our si ster,
    Of defences, which I be st thought it fit,
    To answer from our hand, the seuerall me s s engers
    From hence attend dispatch, our good old friend,
    Lay comforts to your bosome, & be stow your needfull counsell
    1070 To our bu sine s s e, which craues the in stant vse.
    1070.1 Exit.
    Glo st .