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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
    Not Peer Reviewed

    King Lear (Quarto 2, 1619)

    M. VVilliam Shake-speare
    Hi story, of King Lear.

    Enter Kent, Gloce ster, and Ba stard.

    I Thought the King had more affected the Duke of
    5 Albeney then Cornewall .
    Glo st . It did alwaies seeme so to vs, but now in
    the diui sion of the Kingdomes, it appeares not
    which of the Dukes he values mo st, for equalities
    are so weighed, that curio sity in neither, can make choise of ei-
    10 thers moytie.
    Kent. Is not this your sonne, my Lord?
    Glo st . His breeding sir hath beene at my charge. I haue so of-
    ten blu sht to acknowledge him, that now I am braz'd to it.
    15 Kent. I cannot conceiue you.
    Glo st . Sir, this young fellowes mother could, whereupon she
    grew round wombed, and had indeed Sir a sonne for her Cra-
    dle, ere she had a husband for her bed, do you smell a fault?
    20 Kent. I cannot wi sh the fault vndone, the i s s ue of it being so
    Glo. But I haue sir a sonne by order of Law, some yeare elder
    then this, who yet is no deerer in my account, thogh this knaue
    came something sawcely into the world before he was sent for,
    25 yet was his mother faire, there was good sport at his making, &
    the whoreson mu st be acknowledged, do you know this noble
    gentleman, Edmund?
    Ba st .