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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    Not Peer Reviewed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.
    And ile repaire the misery thou do st beare,
    With something rich about me,
    From that place shall I no leading need.
    Edg. Giue me thy arme, poore Tom shall lead thee.

    Enter Gonorill and Ba stard.

    Gon. Welcome my Lord, I maruaile our milde husband
    Not met vs on the way: now, where's your Ma ster?

    2269.1 Enter Steward.
    2270 Stew. Madame within, but neuer man so chang'd; I tolde him
    of the Army that was landed, he smiled at it, I told him you were
    coming, his answer was, the worse; of Glo sters treachery, and of
    2275 the loyall seruice of his sonne, when I enformd him, then he cald
    2275 me sot, and told me I had turnd the wrong side out, what hee
    should mo st de sire, seemes pleasant to him, what like offen siue.
    Gon. Then shall you go no further.
    2280 It is the cowi sh curre of his spirit
    That dares not vndertake, heel not feele wrongs
    Which tye him to an answer, our wi shes on the way
    May proue effects, backe Edmund to my brother,
    Ha sten his mu sters, and conduct his powers,
    2285 I mu st change armes at home, and giue the di staffe
    Into my husbands hands; this tru sty seruant
    Shall pa s s e betweene vs, ere long you are like to heare
    If you dare venter in your owne behalfe
    A mi stre s s es coward, weare this spare speech,
    2290 Decline your head: this ki s s e if it dur st speake,
    Would strech thy spirits vp into the ayre;
    Conceiue, and faryewell.
    Ba st . Yours in the rankes of death.
    Gon. My mo st deare Glo ster, to thee womans seruices are due,
    My foote vsurpes my head.
    Stew. Madame, heere comes my Lord.
    2298.1 Exit Steward.