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  • Title: King Lear (Adapted by Nahum Tate) (Modern)
  • Author: Nahum Tate
  • Editor: Lynne Bradley

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    Author: Nahum Tate
    Editor: Lynne Bradley
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    King Lear (Adapted by Nahum Tate) (Modern)

    Gonerill's palace. Enter Gonerill, [her Gentleman,] attendants.
    It was great ignorance, Gloster's eyes being out,
    To let him live. Where he arrives, he moves
    All hearts against us. Edmund I think is gone,
    1690In pity to his misery, to dispatch him.
    No, madam, he's returned on speedy summons
    Back to your sister.
    Ha! I like not that.
    Such speed must have the wings of love. Where's Albany?
    Madam, within, but never man so changed.
    I told him of the uproar of the peasants,
    He smiled at it. When I informed him
    Of Gloster's treason --
    Trouble him no further,
    1700It is his coward spirit. Back to our sister,
    Hasten her musters, and let her know
    I have given the distaff into my husband's hands.
    That done, with special care deliver these dispatches
    In private to young Gloster.
    1705Enter a Messenger.
    O madam, most unseasonable news.
    The Duke of Cornwall's dead of his late wound,
    Whose loss your sister has in part supplied,
    Making brave Edmund general of her forces.
    One way I like this well;
    But being widow and my Gloster with her
    May blast the promised harvest of our love.
    A word more, sir: add speed to your journey,
    And if you chance to meet with that blind traitor,
    1715Preferment falls on him that cuts him off.