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LEAR, King of Britain.
KING OF FRANCE.
Duke of BURGUNDY.
DUKE OF CORNWALL.
DUKE OF ALBANY,
EARL OF KENT.
EARL OF GLOUCESTER,
EDGAR, Son to Gloucester.
EDMUND, Bastard Son to Gloucester.

,
CURAN, A Courtier.
OSWALD, Steward to Goneril.
Old Man, Tenant to Gloucester.
Doctor.
Fool,
An Officer, employed by Edmund.
Gentleman, Attendant on Cordelia.
A Herald
Servants to Cornwall.

GONERIL,
REGAN,
CORDELIA,

-Daughters to Lear.

Knights of Lear's train, Officers,

Messengers, Soldiers, and Attendants.

SCENE.-Britain.

ACT I.

At

Scene I. A Room of State in

King LEAR'S Palace. Enter Kent, GLOUCESTER, and

EDMUND.

Kent. I thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall

.. Gloù. It did always seem so to us; but now, in the division of the kingdom, it appears not which of the dukes he values most; for equalities are so weighed that curiosity in

neither can make choice of either's moiety.

Kent. Is not this your son,

my lord ?

young

Glou. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge: I have often blushed to acknowledge him, that now ! am brazed to it.

Kent. Leannot conceive you.

Glou. Sir, this fellow's mother could ; whereupon she grew round-wombed, and had, indeed, sir, a son for her cradle ere she had a husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault? Kent. I cannot wish the

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fault undone, the issue of it being so proper.

Glou. But I have a son, sir, by order of law, some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account: though this knave came something saucily into the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair; there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged. Do you know this noble gentleman, Edmund ?

Edm. No, my lord.

Glou. My Lord of Kent:
remember him hereafter as
my honourable friend.
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