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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 Hi story of King Lear.
    And with presented nakednes out-face
    The winde, and persecution of the skie,
    The Country giues me proofe and pre sident
    1265 Of Bedlam beggers, who with roring voices,
    Strike in their numb'd and mortified bare Armes,
    Pins, wooden prickes, nailes, sprigs of rosemary,
    And with this horrible obiect from low seruice,
    Poore pelting villages, sheep-coates, and milles,
    1270 Sometime with lunaticke bans, sometime with praiers
    Enforce their charity, poore Turlygod, poore Tom,
    That's something yet, Edgar I nothing am. Exit.

    Enter King, and a Knight.
    Lear. Tis strange that they should so depart from hence,
    1275 And not send backe my me s s enger.
    Knight. As I learn'd, the night before there was
    No purpose of his remoue.
    Kent. Haile to thee noble Ma ster.
    1280 Lear. How, mak' st thou this shame thy pa stime?
    Foole. Ha, ha, looke, he weares crewell garters,
    Horses are tide by the heeles, dogs and beares
    By the necke, munkies by the loines, and men
    By the legs, when a man's ouer-lu sty at legs,
    1285 [T]hen he weares wooden neather- stockes.
    Lear. What's he, that hath so much thy place mi stooke to set
    thee here?
    Kent. It is both he and she, your sonne and daughter.
    Lear. No.
    Kent. Yes.
    Lear. No I say.
    Kent. I say yea.
    1294.1 Lear. No, no, they would not.
    Kent. Yes they haue.
    1295 Lear. By Iupiter I sweare no, they dur st not do it,
    They would not, could not do it, tis worse then murder,
    To do vpon respect such violent out-rage,
    1300 Resolue me with all mode st ha ste, which way