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Historie, of King Lear (Qı).

Enter Kent, Gloster, and Bastard.

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Kent. Thought the King had more affected the Duke of Albany then Cornwell.

Glost. It did allwaies seeme so to vs, but now in the

diuision of the kingdomes, it appeares not which of the Dukes he values most, for equalities are so weighed, that curiositie in neither, can make choise of eithers moytie.

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Kent. Is not this your sonne my Lord?

Glost. His breeding fir hath beene at my charge, I haue fo often blusht to acknowledge him, that now I am braz’d to it.

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Kent. I cannot conceiue you.

Gloft. Sir, this young fellowes mother Could, wherupon shee grew round wombed, and had indeed Sir a lonne for her cradle, ere she had a husband for her bed, doe you smell a fault?

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Kent. I cannot wish the fault vndone, the issue of it being so proper.

Glost. But I haue sir a lonne by order of Law, some yeare elder then this, who yet is no deerer in my account, though this knaue came something fawcely into the world before hee was sent for, yet was his mother faire, there was good sport at his makeing & the whoreson must be acknowledged, do you know this noble gentleman Edmund ?

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Bast. No my Lord.

Glost. My Lord of Kent, remember him hereafter as my honorable friend.

Bast. My seruices to your Lordship.
Kent. I must loue you, and sue to know you better.
Bast. Sir I shall study deferuing.

Glost. Hee hath beene out nine yeares, and away hee shall againe, the King is comming.

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THE TRAGEDIE OF
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KING LEAR (F.).

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Enter Kent, Gloucester, and Edmond.

Kent.
Thought the King had more affected the
Duke of Albany, then Cornwall.

Glou. It did alwayes seeme lo to vs: But
now in the diuision of the Kingdome, it ap-

peares not which of the Dukes hee valewes most, for {qualities are so weigh'd, that curiosity in neither, can make choise of eithers moity.

Kent. Is not this your Son, my Lord ?

Glou. His breeding Sir, hath bin at my charge. I haue so often blush'd to acknowledge him, that now I am braz'd too't.

Kent. I cannot conceiue you.

Glou. Sir, this yong Fellowes mother could; where-
vpon the grew round womb’d, and had indeede (Sir) a
Sonne for her Cradle, ere she had a husband for her bed.
Do
you

smell a fault ?
Kent. I cannot wish the fault vndone, the issue of it,
being to proper.

Glou. But I haue a Sonne, Sir, by order of Law, some
yeere elder then this; who, yet is no deerer in my ac-
count, though this Knaue came fomthing fawcily to the
world before he was sent for: yet was his Mother fayre,
there was good sport at his making, and the horson must
be acknowledged. Doe you know this Noble Gentle-
man, Edmond ?

Edm. No, my Lord.

Glou. My Lord of Kent:
Remember him heereafter, as my Honourable Friend.

Edm. My feruices to your Lordship.
Kent. I must loue you, and sue to know you better.
Edm. Sir, I shall study deseruing.

Glou. He hath bin out nine yeares, and away he shall
againe. The King is comming.

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Sound a Sennet, Enter one bearing a Coronet, then Lear, then the
Dukes of Albany, and Cornwell, next Gonorill, Regan, Cor-

delia, with followers.
Lear. Attend my Lords of France and Burgundy, Gloster.
Glost. I shall my Leige.

Lear. Meane time we will expresse our darker purposes,
The
map
there;

know we haue diuided
In three, our kingdome; and tis our first intent,
To shake all cares and busines of our state,
Confirming them on yonger yeares,

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The two great Princes France and Burgundy,
Great ryuals in our youngest daughters loue,
Long in our Court haue made their amorous soiourne,
And here are to be answerd, tell me my daughters,

Which of you shall we say doth loue vs most,
That we our largest bountie may extend,
Where merit doth most challenge it,
Gonorill our eldest borne, speake first?

Gon. Sir I do loue you more then words can weild the
Dearer then eye-light, space or libertie,

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Beyond what can be valued rich or rare,
No lesse then life; with grace, health, beautie, honour,
As much a child ere loued, or father friend,
A loue that makes 'breath poore, and speech vnable,
Beyond all manner of so much I loue you.

Cor. What shall Cordelia doe, loue and be silent.

Lear. Of al these bounds, euen from this line to this,
With shady forrests, and wide skirted meades,

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We make thee Lady, to thine and Albaines issue,
Be this perpetuall, what saies our second daughter?
Our deerest Regan, wife to Cornweli, speake?

Reg. Sir I am made of the selfe same mettall that my sister is,
And prize me at her worth in my true heart,
I find the names my very deed of loue, onely she came short,
That I professe my selfe an enemie to all other ioyes,

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Sennet. Enter King Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Gonerill, Re

gan, Cordelia, and attendants.

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Lear. Attend the Lords of France & Burgundy, Gloster.
Glou. I shall, my Lord.

Exit.
Lear. Meane time we shal expresse our darker purpose.
Giue me the Map there. Know, that we haue diuided
In three our Kingdome: and 'tis our fast intent,
To shake all Cares and Businesse from our Age,
Conferring them on yonger strengths, while we
Vnburthen'd crawle toward death. Our son of Cornwal,
And you our no lesse louing Sonne of Albany,
We haue this houre a constant will to publish
Our daughters seuerall Dowers, that future strife
May be preuented now. The Princes, France & Burgundy,
Great Riuals in our yongest daughters loue,
Long in our Court, haue made their amorous foiourne,

And heere are to be answer'd. Tell me my daughters 50 (Since now we will diuest vs both of Rule,

Interest of Territory, Cares of State)
Which of you shall we say doth loue vs most,
That we, our largest bountie may extend
Where Nature doth with merit challenge. Gonerill,
Our eldest borne, speake first.

Gon. Sir, I loue you more then word can weild ŷ matter,
Deerer then eye-light, space, and libertie,
Beyond what can be valewed, rich or rare,

No leffe then life, with grace, health, beauty, honor: 60 As much as Childe ere lou'd, or Father found.

A loue that makes breath poore, and speech vnable,
Beyond all manner of so much I loue you.

Cor. What shall Cordelia speake? Loue, and be silent.

Lear. Of all these bounds euen from this Line, to this,
With shadowie Forrests, and with Champains rich'd
With plenteous Riuers, and wide-skirted Meades
We make thee Lady. To thine and Albanies issues
Be this perpetuall. What sayes our second Daughter?
Our deerest Regan, wife of Cornwall?

Reg. I am made of that selfe-mettle as my Sister,
And prize me at her worth. In my true heart,
I finde lhe names my very deede of loue:
Onely she comes too short, that I professe
My selfe an enemy to all other ioyes.

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Which the most precious square of fence possesses,
And find I am alone felicitate, in your deere highnes loue.

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Cord. Then poore Cord. & yet not so, since I am sure 80 My loues more richer then my tongue.

Lear. To thee and thine hereditariè èuer
Remaine this ample third of our faire kingdome,
No lesse in space, validity, and pleasure,
Then that confirm'd on Gonorill, but now our ioy,
Although the last, not least in our deere loue,

What can you say to win a third, more opulent
Then your sisters.

Cord. Nothing my Lord.

(againe. Lear. How, nothing can come of nothing, speake

Cord. Vnhappie that I am, I cannot heaue my heart into my mouth, I loue your Maiestie according to my bond, nor more nor leffe.

Lear. Goe to, goe to, mend your speech a little,
Least it may mar your fortunes.

Cord. Good my Lord,
You haue begot me, bred me, loued me,

I returne those duties backe as are right fit, 100 Obey you, loue you, and most honour you,

Why haue my sisters husbands if they say they loue you all,
Happely when I shall wed, that Lord whose hand
Must take my plight, shall cary halfe my loue with him,
Halfe my care and duty, sure I shall neuer
Mary like my sisters, to vue my father all.

Lear. But goes this with thy heart?
Cord. I good my Lord.
Lear. So yong and so vntender.
Cord. So yong my Lord and true.

Lear. Well let it be so, thy truth then be thy dower,
For by the sacred radience of the Sunne,
The mistresse of Heccat, and the might,
By all the operation of the orbs,
From whome we doe exsist and cease to be
Heere I disclaime all my paternall care,
Propinquitie and property of blood,

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