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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.
    Gon. Hola, hola, that eye that told you so, lookt but a squint.
    Reg. Lady I am not well, else I should answer
    From a full flowing stomacke. Generall,
    Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony,
    3020 Witne s s e the world, that I create thee heere
    My Lord and ma ster.
    Gon. Meane you to enioy him then?
    Alb. The let alone lies not in your good will.
    Ba st . Nor in thine Lord.
    3025 Alb. Halfe blooded fellow, yes.
    Ba st . Let the drum strike, and proue my title good.
    Alb. Stay yet, heare reason: Edmund, I arre st thee
    On capitall treason; and in thine attaint,
    This gilded Serpent: for your claime faire si ster,
    3030 I bare it in the intere stof my wife,
    Tis she is subcontracted to her Lord,
    And I her husband contradict the banes,
    If you will marry, make your loue to me,
    My Lady is bespoke. Thou art arm'd Glo ster.
    If none appeare to proue vpon thy head,
    Thy hainous, manife st, and many treasons,
    3040 There is my pledge, Ile proue it on thy heart
    Ere I ta st bread, thou art in nothing le s s e
    Then I haue heere proclaim'd thee.
    Reg. Sicke, ô sicke.
    Gon. If not, Ile nere tru st poyson.
    3045 Ba st . Ther's my exchange, what in the world he is,
    That names me traitor, villain-like he lyes,
    Call by thy Trumpet, he that dares approach
    On him, on you, who not, I will maintaine
    My truth and honor firmely.
    Alb. A Herald ho.
    3051.1 Ba st . A herald ho, a herald.
    Alb. Tru st to thy single vertue, for thy soldiers
    All leuied in my name, haue in my name tooke their discharge.
    3055 Reg. This sickne s s e growes vpon me.
    Alb. She is not well, conuey her to my tent,