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Whose royal king, with noble mind,
To muster up his knights at arms,
And so to England came with speed,
But when he heard Cordelia's death,
The lords and nobles when they saw
LEAR, King of Britain.
Earl of Kent.
Earl of Gloster.
Servants to Cornwall.
Knights attending on the King, Officers, Messengers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
ACT I. SCENE I.
A Room of state in King Lear's Palace.
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 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 fault undone, the issue of it being so proper.
Glo. But I have, sir, a son by order of law, som.
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.
Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again :-The king is coming.
[Trumpets sound within.
Enter LEAR, CoR Nw ALL, ALBAN Y, Go N E R1 L, REGAN, CoR DE LIA, and Attendants.
Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy, Gloster. Glo. I shall, my liege. [Ereunt Gloster and Edmund. Lear. Mean-time we shall express our darker purpose. Give me the map 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 Corn-