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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    Not Peer Reviewed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.
    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,
    3020Witnesse the world, that I create thee heere
    My Lord and master.
    Gon. Meane you to enioy him then?
    Alb. The let alone lies not in your good will.
    Bast. Nor in thine Lord.
    3025Alb. Halfe blooded fellow, yes.
    Bast. Let the drum strike, and proue my title good.
    Alb. Stay yet, heare reason: Edmund, I arrest thee
    On capitall treason; and in thine attaint,
    This gilded Serpent: for your claime faire sister,
    3030I bare it in the interestof 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 Gloster.
    If none appeare to proue vpon thy head,
    Thy hainous, manifest, and many treasons,
    3040There is my pledge, Ile proue it on thy heart
    Ere I tast bread, thou art in nothing lesse
    Then I haue heere proclaim'd thee.
    Reg. Sicke, ô sicke.
    Gon. If not, Ile nere trust poyson.
    3045Bast. 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.
    3051.1Bast. A herald ho, a herald.
    Alb. Trust to thy single vertue, for thy soldiers
    All leuied in my name, haue in my name tooke their discharge.
    3055Reg. This sicknesse growes vpon me.
    Alb. She is not well, conuey her to my tent,