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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    Not Peer Reviewed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)

    Alarum. Enter the powers of France ouer the stage, Cordelia
    2918.1with her Father in her hand.
    2920Enter Edgar and Gloster.
    Edg. Heere Father, take the shadow 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
    2925Glo. Grace go with you sir.
    Alarum and retreat. Enter Edgar.
    Edg. Away olde man, giue me thy hand, away,
    King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter tane:
    2930Giue me thy hand, come on.
    Glo. No farther sir, a man may rot euen heere.
    Edg. What in ill thoughts agen? Men must endure,
    Their going hence, euen as their comming hither,
    2935Ripenesse is all come on. Exit.