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

The History of King Lear.
Edg. Kent sir, the banisht Kent, who in disguise,
Followed his enemy king, and did him seruice
Improper for a slaue.
Enter one with a bloody knife.
3170Gent. Helpe, helpe.
Alb. What kinde of helpe? what meanes that bloody knife?
Gent. Its hot, it smokes, it came euen from the heart of -----
Alb. Who man? speake.
Gent. Your Lady sir, your Lady; and her sister
By her is poyson'd: she has confest it.
Bast. I was contracted to them both, all three
3180Now marry in an instant.
Alb. Produce theie bodies be they aliue or dead:
3185This iustice of the heauens that makes vs tremble,
Touches not with pity. Enter Kent
3186.1Edg. Here comes Kent sir.
Alb. O tis he, the time will not allow
The complement that very manners vrges.
Kent. I am come to bid my King and master aye good night,
Is he not heere?
Alb. Great things of vs forgot. Speake Edmund, where's the
king, and wher's Cordelia? Seest thou this obiect Kent?
The bodies of Gonorill & Regan are brought in.
3195Kent. Alacke, why thus.
Bast. Yet Edmund was belou'd: the one the other poisond for
my sake, and after slew her selfe.
Alb. Euen so, couer their faces.
3200Bast. I pant for life: some good I meane to do despight of my
owne nature. Quickly send, bee briefe, into the Castle for my
Writ, tis on the life of Lear, & on Cordelia: nay, send in time.
3205Alb. Run, run, O run.
Edg. To who my Lord? who hath the office?
Send thy token of repreeue.
Bast. Well thought on, take my sword, giue it the Captaine.
3210Alb. Hast thee for thy life.
Bast. He hath commission from thy wife & me, to hang Cor
delia in the prison, and to lay the blame vpon her own despaire,