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

1970Enter Cornwall and Bastard.
Corn. I will haue my reuenge ere I depart the house.
Bast. How my Lord I may be censured, that nature thus giues
way to loyalty, some-thing feares me to thinke of.
1975Corn. I now preceiue it was not altogether your brothers euil
disposition made him seeke his death, but a prouoking merit, set
a worke by a reproueable badnesse in himselfe.
Bast. How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to bee
1980iust? this is the Letter he spoke off, which approues him an in-
telligent partie to the aduantages of France, O heauens, that his
treason were, or not I the detecter.
Corn. Go with me to the Dutches.
1985Bast. If the matter of this paper be certaine, you haue mighty
businesse in hand.
Corn. True or false, it hath made thee Earle of Glocester, seeke
out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehen-
1990Bast. If I finde him comforting the King, it will stuffe his sus-
pition more fully, I will perseuere in my course of loyalty, thogh
the conflict be sore betweene that and my bloud.
Corn. I will lay trust vpon thee, and thou shalt finde a dearer
1995father in my loue. Exit.