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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.
    2735 Of my huge sorrowes, better I were di stract,
    So should my thoughts be senced from my greefes,
    And woes by wrong imaginations, lose
    The knowledge of themselues.
    A Drumme afarre off .
    2740 Edg. Giue me your hand:
    Farre off methinkes I heare the beaten drum.
    Come Father Ile be stow you with a friend. Exit

    Enter Cordelia, Kent, and Doctor.
    2745 Cor. O thou good Kent,
    How shall I liue and worke to match thy goodne s s e,
    My life will be too short, and euery measure faile me.
    2750 Kent. To be acknowledg'd Madam is ore-paid,
    All my reports go with the mode st truth,
    Nor more, nor clipt, but so.
    Cor. Be better suited,
    These weeds are memories of those worser houres,
    2755 I prethee put them off.
    Kent. Pardon me deere Madam,
    Yet to be knowne shortens my made intent,
    My boone I make it that you know me not,
    Till time and I thinke meet.
    2760 Cor. Then be it so: my Lord how does the king.
    Doct . Madam sleepes still.
    Cor. O you kinde Gods,
    Cure this great breach in his abused nature,
    2765 The vntun'd and hurrying senses, O winde vp,
    Of this childe-changed Father.
    Doct . So please your Maie sty, we may wake the King
    He hath slept long.
    Cor. Be gouern'd by your knowledge, and proceede
    2770 Ith sway of your owne will: is he array'd?
    Doct . I Madam, in the heauine s s e of his sleepe,
    We put fre sh garments on him.
    Kent. Good Madam be by when we do awake him,
    2775 I doubt not of his temperance.