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K I N G L E A R.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. LEAR, king of Britain.
Doctor. King of France.
Fool. Duke of Burgundy.
OSWALD, steward to Goneril. Duke of Cornwall.
An Officer employed by Edmund. Duke of Albany.
Gentleman attendant on Cordelia, Earl of Kent.
Servants to Cornwall.
REGAN, daughters to Lear.
Enter Kent, GLOSTER, and EDMUND.
in the divi. sion 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 ?
Glo. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge: I have so often blushed to acknowledge him, that now I am brazed to't.
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 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.
Glo. My Lord of Kent: remember him hereafter as my honourable friend.
Edm. My services to your lordship.
Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again. (Sennet within.] — The king is coming. Enter LEAR, CORNWALL, ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, CORDELIA,
and Attendants. Lear. Attend the Lords of France and Burgundy, Gloster. Glo. I shall, my liege. [Exeunt Gloster and Edmund.
Lear. Meantime we shall express our darker purpose. Give me the
there. . Know that we've divided
our no less loving son of Albany,