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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    Not Peer Reviewed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 History of King Lear.
    Enter Steward.
    Stew. My Lord of Gloce ster hath conueyed him hence,
    2075 Some fiue or sixe and thirty of his Knights hot que strits after
    him, met him at gate, who with some other of the Lords depen-
    dants are gone with him towards Douer, where they boa st to
    haue well armed friends.
    2080 Corn. Get horses for your mi sttris.
    Gon. Farwell sweet Lord and si ster.
    Exit Gon. and Ba st .
    Corn. Edmund farwell: go seeke the traitor Gloce ster,
    Pinion him like a theefe, bring him before vs,
    Though we may not pa s s e vpon his life
    2085 Without the forme of iu stice, yet our power
    Shall do a curte sie to our wrath, which men may blame
    But not controle; who's there, the traitor?

    Enter Gloce ster, brought in by two or three.
    2090 Reg. Ingratefull Fox tis he.
    Corn. Binde fa st his corky armes.
    Glo st . What meanes your Graces, good my friends con sider,
    You are my gue sts, do me no foule play friends.
    2095 Corn. Binde him I say.
    Reg. Hard, hard, O filthy traitor!
    Glo st . Vnmercifull Lady as you are, I am true.
    Corn. To this chaire binde him, villaine thou shalt find -----
    2100 Glo st . By the kinde Gods tis mos st ignobly done, to plucke me
    by the beard.
    Reg. So white, and such a Traitor.
    Glo st . Naughty Lady, these haires which thou do st raui sh frõ (my chin,
    2105 Will quicken and accuse thee, I am your ho st:
    With robbers hands, my hospitable fauours
    You should not ruffell thus, what will you do?
    Corn. Come sir, what letters had you late from France?
    2110 Reg. Be simple answerer, for we know the truth.
    Corn. And what confederacy haue you with the traitors lately
    footed in the kingdome?
    Reg. To whose hands haue you sent the lunaticke king, speak?
    Glo st .