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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.
    1830 Lear. Ha st thou giuen all to thy two daughters, and art thou
    come to this?
    Edg. Who giues any thing to poore Tom, whom the foule
    fiend hath led through fire, and throgh foord, and whirli-poole,
    ore bog and quagmire, that has laide kniues vnder his pillow, &
    1835 halters in his pue, set ratsbane by his pottage, made him proud
    of heart, to ride on a bay trotting horse ouer foure incht bridg-
    es, to course his owne shadow for a traitor, ble s s e thy fiue wits,
    Toms a cold, ble s s e thee from whirl-windes, starre-blu sting, &
    1840 taking, do poore Tom some charity, whom the foule fiend vexes,
    there could I haue him now, and there, and there againe.
    Lear. What, his daughters brought him to this pa s s e,
    1845 Could st thou saue nothing? did st thou giue them all?
    Foole. Nay he reserued a blanket, else wee had beene all sha-
    Lear. Now all the plagues that in the pendulous ayre
    Hang fated ore mens faults, fall on thy daughters.
    1850 Kent. He hath no daughters sir.
    Lear. Death traitor, nothing could haue subdued nature
    To such a lowne s s e, but his vnkinde daughters,
    Is it the fa shion that discarded fathers,
    Should haue thus little mercy on their fle sh,
    1855 Iudicious puni shment, twas this fle sh
    Begot those Pelicane daughters.
    Edg. Pilicock sate on pelicocks hill, a lo lo lo.
    Foole. This cold night will turne vs all to fooles & madmen.
    1860 Edg. Take heed of the foule fiend, obey thy parents, keepe thy
    words iu stly, sweare not, commit not with mans sworne spouse,
    set not thy sweet heart on proud array; Toms a cold.
    Lear. What ha st thou beene?
    1865 Edg. A seruing man, proud in heart and minde, that curlde my
    haire, wore gloues in my cap, serued the lu st of my mi stris heart,
    and did the acte of darkne s s e with her, swore as many oaths as I
    spake words, and broke them in the sweete face of heauen, one
    that slept in the contriuing of lu st, and wak't to do it, wine lo-
    1870 ued I deepely, dice dearely, and in woman, out paramord the
    Turke, false of heart, light of eare, bloudy of hand, hog in sloth,