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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    Not Peer Reviewed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.
    Alb. We will greet the time.
    Bast. To both these sisters haue I sworne my loue,
    Each iealous of the other, as the sting are of the Adder,
    Which of them shall I take, both one
    2905Or neither; neither can be enioy'd
    If both remaine aliue: to take the Widdow,
    Exasperates, makes mad her sister Gonorill,
    And hardly shall I carry out my side
    Her husband being aliue. Now then wee'l vse
    2910His countenance for the battell, which being done
    Let her that would be rid of him deuise
    His speedy taking off: as for his mercie
    Which he extends to Lear and to Cordelia,
    The battell done, and they within our power,
    2915Shall neuer see his pardon: for my state
    Stands on me to defend, not to debate.

    Alarum. Enter the powers of France ouer the stage, Cordelia
    with her Father in her hand.

    Enter Edgar and Gloster.
    Edg. Heere Father, take the shadow of this bush
    For your good hoast: pray that the right may thriue.
    If euer I returne to you againe,
    Ile bring you comfort.
    2925Glo. Grace go with you sir.
    Alarum and retreat.
    Enter Edgar.
    Edg. Away olde man, giue me thy hand, away,
    King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter tane:
    2930Giue me thy hand, come on.
    Glo. No farther sir, a man may rot euen heere.
    Edg. What in ill thoughts agen? Men must endure,
    Their going hence, euen as their comming hither,
    2935Ripenesse is all come on.
    Enter Edmund, with Lear and Cordelia prisoners.
    2940Bast. Some officers take them away, good guard,
    Vntill their greater pleasures best be knowne