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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    Not Peer Reviewed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 Hi story of King Lear.
    It toucheth vs, as France inuades our land
    Not bolds the king, with others whom I feare,
    2868.5 Mo st iu st and heauy causes make oppose.
    Ba st . Sir you speake nobly.
    Reg. Why is this reason'd.
    2870 Gon. Combine together gain st the enemy,
    For these dome sticke doore particulars,
    Are not to que stion heere.
    Alb. Let vs then determine
    With the Ancient of warre on our proceedings.
    2874.1 Ba st . I shall attend you presently at your Tent.
    2875 Reg. Si ster youle go with vs?
    Gon. No.
    Reg. Tis mo st conuenient, pray you go with vs.
    Gon. O ho, I know the Riddle, I will go. Exit

    2880 Enter Edgar.
    Edg. If ere your Grace had speech with one so poore,
    Heare me one word.
    Alb. Ile ouertake you, speake.
    Edg. Before you fight the battell, ope this Letter,
    2885 If you haue victory let the trumpet sounde
    For him that brought it, wretched though I seeme,
    I can produce a Champion, that will prooue
    What is auouched there. If you miscarry,
    Your bu sine s s e of the world hath so an end,
    2890 Fortune loue you.
    Alb. Stay till I haue read the letter.
    Edg. I was forbid it,
    When time shall serue let but the Herald cry,
    And Ile appeare againe. Exit:
    2895 Alb. Why fare thee well, I will looke ore the paper.

    Enter Edmund.
    Ba st . The enemy's in view, draw vp your powers,
    Hard is the gue s s e of their great strength and forces
    By diligẽt discouery, but your ha st is now vrgd on you