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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.
    The which he lackes, that to prouoke in him
    Are many simples operatiue, whose power
    2365 Will close the eye of angui sh.
    Cord. All ble st secrets, all you vnpubli sht vertues of the earth,
    Spring with my teares, be aidant and remediat
    In the good mans di stre s s e, seeke, seeke for him,
    2370 Lea st his vngouernd rage di s s olue the life,
    That wants the meanes to leade it.

    Enter a Me s s enger.
    Me s s en. Newes Madam, the Briti sh powers are marching he-
    2375 Cord. Tis knowne before, our preparation stands
    In expectation of them, ô deare Father,
    It is thy bu sine s s e that I go about, therefore great France,
    My mourning and important teares hath pittied,
    No blowne ambition doth our armes in site,
    2380 But loue, deare loue, and our aged fathers right,
    Soone may I heare and see him. Exit.

    Enter Regan and Steward.
    Reg. But are my brothers powers set foorth?
    2385 Stew. I Madam.
    Reg. Himselfe in person?
    Stew. Madam with much ado, your si ster's the better Soldier.
    Reg. Lord Edmund spake not with your Lady at home?
    2390 Stew. No Madam.
    Reg. What might import my si sters letter to him?
    Stew. I know not Lady.
    Reg. Faith he is po sted hence on a serious matter,
    It was great ignorance, Gloce sters eies being out,
    2395 To let him liue, where he arriues he moues
    All hearts again st vs, and now I thinke is gone,
    In pitty of his misery to dispatch his nighted life,
    Moreouer to descrie the strength of the Army.
    2400 Stew. I mu st needs after him with my Letters.
    Reg. Our troope sets foorth to morrow, stay with vs,