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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    Not Peer Reviewed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.
    It toucheth vs, as France inuades our land
    Not bolds the king, with others whom I feare,
    2868.5Most iust and heauy causes make oppose.
    Bast. Sir you speake nobly.
    Reg. Why is this reason'd.
    2870Gon. Combine together gainst the enemy,
    For these domesticke doore particulars,
    Are not to question heere.
    Alb. Let vs then determine
    With the Ancient of warre on our proceedings.
    2874.1Bast. I shall attend you presently at your Tent.
    2875Reg. Sister youle go with vs?
    Gon. No.
    Reg. Tis most conuenient, pray you go with vs.
    Gon. O ho, I know the Riddle, I will go.

    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,
    2885If 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 businesse of the world hath so an end,
    2890Fortune 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.
    2895Alb. Why fare thee well, I will looke ore the paper.

    Enter Edmund.
    Bast. The enemy's in view, draw vp your powers,
    Hard is the guesse of their great strength and forces
    By diligẽt discouery, but your hast is now vrgd on you