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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.
    Kent. This way my Lord.
    Lear. With him I will keepe still, with my Philosopher.
    1960 Kent. Good my Lord sooth him, let him take the fellow.
    Glo st . Take him you on.
    Kent. Sirra come on, go along with vs.
    Lear. Come good Athenian.
    1965 Glo st . No words, no words, hu sh.
    Edg. Childe Rowland, to the darke towne come,
    His word was still fye, fo, and fum,
    I smell the bloud of a Briti sh man.

    1970 Enter Cornwall and Ba stard.
    Corn. I will haue my reuenge ere I depart the house.
    Ba st . How my Lord I may be censured, that nature thus giues
    way to loyalty, some-thing feares me to thinke of.
    1975 Corn. I now preceiue it was not altogether your brothers euil
    dispo sition made him seeke his death, but a prouoking merit, set
    a worke by a reproueable badne s s e in himselfe.
    Ba st . How malicious is my fortune, that I mu st repent to bee
    1980 iu st? this is the Letter he spoke off, which approues him an in-
    telligent partie to the aduantages of France, O heauens, that his
    treason were, or not I the detecter.
    Corn. Go with me to the Dutches.
    1985 Ba st . If the matter of this paper be certaine, you haue mighty
    bu sine s s e in hand.
    Corn. True or false, it hath made thee Earle of Gloce ster, seeke
    out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehen-
    1990 Ba st . If I finde him comforting the King, it will stuffe his sus -
    pition more fully, I will perseuere in my course of loyalty, thogh
    the conflict be sore betweene that and my bloud.
    Corn. I will lay tru st vpon thee, and thou shalt finde a dearer
    1995 father in my loue. Exit.

    Enter Gloce ster, Lear, Kent, Foole, and Tom.
    Glo st . Here is better then the open ayre, take it thankfully, I
    will peece out the comfort with what addition I can, I will not