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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.
    2115 Glo st . I haue a letter gue s singly set downe,
    Which came from one that's of a neutrall heart,
    And not from one opposed.
    Corn. Cunning.
    Reg. And false.
    2120 Corn. Where ha st thou sent the King?
    Glo st . To Douer.
    Reg. Wherefore to Douer? wa st thou not charg'd at perill ------
    Corn. Wherefore to Douer? let him fir st answer that.
    2125 Glo st . I am tide tot'h stake, and I mu st stand the course.
    Reg. Wherefore to Douer sir?
    Glo st . Because I would not see thy cruell nayles
    Plucke out his poore old eyes, nor thy fierce si ster
    2130 In his aurynted fle sh ra sh bori sh phangs,
    The sea with such a storme of his lou'd head
    In hell blacke night endur'd, would haue laid vp
    And quencht the steeled fires, yet poore old heart,
    He holpt the heauens to rage,
    2135 If Wolues had at thy gate heard that dearne time,
    Thou should st haue said, good Porter turne the key,
    All cruels else subscrib'd, but I shall see
    The winged vengeance ouertake such children.
    Corn. See't shalt thou neuer, fellowes hold the chaire,
    2140 Vpon those eies of thine, lle set my foote.
    Glo st . He that will thinke to liue till he be old -----
    Giue me some helpe, ô cruell, ô ye Gods!
    Reg. One side will mocke another, tother to.
    Corn. If you see vengeance ------
    2145 Seruant. Hold your hand my Lord,
    I haue seru'd you euer since I was a childe,
    But better seruice haue I neuer done you, then now to bid you (hold.
    Reg. How now you dog.
    2150 Ser. If you did weare a beard vpon your chin, ide shake it on
    this quarrell, what do you meane?
    Corn. My villaine. Draw and fight.
    Ser. Why then come on, and take the chance of anger.
    Reg. Giue me thy sword, a pesant stand vp thus.