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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    Not Peer Reviewed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)

    The Hi story of King Lear.
    1190 Duke. What's the offence you gaue him?
    Stew. I neuer gaue him any, it pleasd the King his ma ster
    Very late to strike at me vpon his misscon struction,
    When he coniunct and flattering his displeasure
    1195 Tript me behinde, being downe, insulted, raild,
    And put vpon his such a deale of man, that
    That worthied him, got praises of the King,
    For him attempting who was selfe subdued,
    And in the flechuent of this dread exploit,
    1200 Drew on me heere againe.
    Kent. None of these roges & cowards but A'Iax is their foole.
    Duke. Bring foorth the stockes ho?
    You stubborne miscreant knaue, you vnreuerent bragart,
    1205 Wee'l teach you.
    Kent. I am too olde to learne, call not your stockes for me,
    I serue the King, on whose imploiments I was sent to you,
    You should do small respect, shew too bold malice
    1210 Again st the grace and person of my ma ster,
    Stopping his Me s s enger.
    Duke. Fetch foorth the stockes; as I haue life and honour,
    There shall he sit till noone.
    Reg. Till noone, till night my Lord, and all night too.
    1215 Kent. Why Madam, if I were your fathers dog you could not
    vse me so.
    Reg. Sir, being his knaue, I will.
    Duke. This is a fellow of the same nature,
    Our si ster speakes off, come, bring away the stockes.
    1220 Glo st . Let me beseech your Grace not to do so,
    His fault is much, and the good King his Ma ster
    1221.1 Will checke him for't; your purposd low correction
    Is such, as base st and temne st wretches for pilfrings
    And mo st common trespa s s es are puni sht with,
    The King mu st take it ill, that hee's so slightly valued
    In his Me s s enger, should haue him thus re strained.
    Duke. Ile answer that.
    1225 Reg. My si ster may receiue it much more worse,
    To haue her gentleman abused, a s s aulted