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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Pervez Rizvi
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King Lear (Quarto 2, 1619)

The History of King Lear.
and furd-gownes hides all. Get thee glasse eyes, and like a scur-
uy politician, seeme to see the things thou doest not; No, now
pull off my boots, harder, harder, so.
Edg. O matter and impertinency, mixt reason in madnesse.
Lear. If thou wilt weepe my fortune, take my eyes; I know
thee well enough, thy name is Gloster, thou must be patient, we
2620came crying hither: thou knowst the first time that we smel the
aire, we waile and cry. I will preach to thee, marke me.
Glo. Alack, alack, the day.
Lear. When we are borne, we crie that wee are come to this
2625great stage of fooles: this a good blocke. It were a delicate stra-
tagem to shoot a troope of horse with fell, and when I haue stole
vpon these sonnes in law, then kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill.

2630Enter three Gentlemen.
Gent. O here he is, lay hands vpon him sirs.
Lear. No rescue, what a prisoner? I am eene the naturall foole
of Fortune : vse me well, you shall haue a ransom. Let me haue
2635a Chirurgeon, I am cut to'th braines.
Gent. You shall haue any thing.
Lear. No seconds, all my selfe: why this would make a man
of salt 2640to vse his eyes for garden water-pottes, I and laying Au-
2640.1tumnes dust.Gent. Good Sir.
Lear. I will dye brauely like a Bridegroome. What, I will bee
iouiall: Come, come, I am a King my masters, know you that?
Gent. You are a royall one, and we obey you.
Lear. Then theres life int, nay if you get it you shall get it
2645with running. Exit King running.
Gent. A sight most pittifull in the meanest wretch, past spea-
king of in a king: thou hast one daughter who redeemes nature
from the generall curse which twaine hath brought her to.
2650Edg. Haile gentle sir.
Gent. Sir speed you, what's your will?
Edg. Do you heare ought of a battell toward?
Gent. Most sure and vulgar, euery ones heares
That can distinguish sense.
2655Edg. But by your fauour, how neeres the other army?