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  • Title: King Lear (Quarto 1, 1608)
  • Editor: Michael Best
  • Textual editors: James D. Mardock, Eric Rasmussen
  • 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: Michael Best
    Not Peer Reviewed

    King Lear (Quarto 1, 1608)

    Alarum. Enter the powers of France ouer the stage, Cordelia with
    her father in her hand.
    2920Enter Edgar and Gloster.
    Edg. Here father, take the shaddow of this bush
    For your good hoast, pray that the right may thriue
    If euer I returne to you againe ile bring you comfort. Exit.
    2925Glost. Grace goe with you sir. Alarum and retreat.
    Edg. Away old man, giue me thy hand, away,
    King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter taine,
    2930Giue me thy hand, come on.
    Glost. No farther sir, a man may rot euen here.
    Edg. What in ill thoughts againe men must indure,
    Their going hence, euen as their coming hither,
    2935Ripenes is all come on.