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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.
    Be this perpetuall. What saies our second daughter?
    Our deere st Regan, wife to Cornwall , speake.
    Reg. Sir I am made of the selfe-same mettal that my si ster is
    75 And prize me at her worth in my true heart,
    I finde she names my very deed of loue, onely shee came short,
    That I profe s s e my selfe an enemy to all other ioyes,
    Which the mo st precious square of sence po s s e s s es,
    80 And finde I am alone felicitate in your deere highne s s e loue.
    Cor. Then poore Cordelia, and yet not so, since I am sure
    My loue's more richer then my tongue.
    85 Lear. To thee and thine hereditary euer
    Remaine this ample third of our faire kingdome,
    No le s s e in space, validity, and pleasure,
    Then that confirm'd on Gonorill ; but now our ioy,
    Although the la st, not lea st in our deere loue,
    What can you say to win a third, more opulent
    Then your si sters.
    Cor. Nothing my Lord.
    Lear. How, nothing can come of nothing, speake againe.
    Cor. Vnhappy that I am, I cannot heaue my heart into my
    mouth, I loue your Maie sty according to my bond, nor more
    nor le s s e.
    100 Lear. Go too, go too, mend your speech a little,
    Lea st it may marre your fortunes.
    Cord. Good my Lord,
    You haue begot me, bred me, loued me,
    I returne those duties backe as are right fit,
    105 Obey you, loue you, and mo st honour you,
    Why haue my si sters husbands, if they say they loue you all,
    Haply when I shall wed, that Lord whose hand
    Mu st take my plight, shall carry halfe my loue with him,
    Halfe my care and duty, sure I shall neuer
    110 Marry like my si sters, to loue my father all.
    Lear. But goes this with thy heart?
    Cor. I good my Lord.
    Lear. So young and so vntender?
    Cor. So young my Lord, and true.