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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.
    No sir, you mu st not kneele.
    Lear. Pray do not mocke me:
    I am a very fooli sh fond olde man,
    2815 Fourescore and vpward, and to deale plainly,
    I feare I am not perfect in my minde.
    Me thinkes I should know you, and know this man,
    2820 Yet I am doubtfull: for I am mainly ignorant
    What place this is, and all the skill I haue
    Remembers not these garments: nor I know not
    Where I did lodge la st night. Do no laugh at me,
    For (as I am a man) I thinke this Lady
    2825 To be my childe Cordelia.
    Cor. And so I am.
    Lear. Be your teares wet? Yes faith: I pray weepe not,
    If you haue poison for me I will drinke it:
    2830 I know you do not loue me, for your si sters
    Haue (as I do remember) done me wrong.
    You haue some cause, they haue not.
    Cor. No cause, [u]o cause.
    Lear. Am I in France?
    2835 Kent. In your owne kingdome sir.
    Lear. Do not abuse me.
    Doct . Be comforted good Madame, the great rage you see is
    cured in him, and yet it is danger to make him euen ore the time
    hee has lo st; de sire him to goe in, trouble him no more till fur-
    ther setling.
    2840 Cor. Wilt please your Highne s s e walke?
    Lear. You mu st beare with me:
    Pray now forget and forgiue,
    I am olde and fooli sh. Exeunt.

    2843.1 Manet Kent and Gentleman.
    Gen. Holds it true sir that the Duke of Cornwall was so slaine?
    Kent. Mo st certaine sir.
    Gent. Who is conductor of his people?
    2843.5 Kent. As tis said, the ba stard sonne of Glo ster.
    Gent. They say Edgar his bani sht sonne, is with the Earle of