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FROM THE TEXT OF
MR. STEEVENS'S LAST EDITION.
Lear, King of Britain.
Knights attending on the King, Officers, Messengers,
Soldiers, and Attendants.
ACT I. SCENE I.
A ROOM OF STATE IN KING LEAR'S PALACE.
Enter Kent, Glo'ster, and Edmund. Kent. I thought, the king had more affected the duke of Albany, than Cornwall.
Glo. 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 weigh’d, that curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety.
Kent. Is not this your son, my lord? ?
Glo. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge: I have so often blush'd to acknowledge him, that now I am brazed to it.
Kent. I cannot conceive you.
Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could : whereupon she
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 fault undone, the issue of it being so proper.
Glo. But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my
account: though this knave came somewhat 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.
Glo. My lord of Kent: remember him hereafter as my honourable friend,
Edm. My services to your lordship.
Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you better.
Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving.
he shall again:—The king is coming.
[Trumpets sound within.
· Enter Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Goneril, Regan,
Cordelia, and Attendants,
[Exeunt Glo'ster and Edmund. Lear. Mean-time we shall express our darker
purpose. Give me the
there.— Know, that we have divided, In three, our kingdom: and 'tis our fast intent To shake all cares and business from our age; Conferring them on younger strengths, while we Unburden'd crawl toward death. Our son of