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Drury-Lane New York King Lear
Mr. Kemble Mr. Cooke Duke of Bur
Dignum Carpender gundy Duke of Cornwall
C. Kemble M'Farland Duke of Albany
Doyle Earl of Kent
Aickin Earl of Gloster Packer
Wroughton Cooper Edmund
Barrymore Pritchard First knight
Caulfield Wheatley Second do.
M Enery Third do.
Morrell Captain of the
Hallam guard Officer
R. Palmer Darley Herald
Olliff Page to Goneril Mast. Chatterley Miss Jones Page to Regan Mr. Gell
R. Ryckman Old man
Mr. Jones Edward
Carpender First ruffian
Jones Second do.
KING LE A R.
SCENE 1-an antechamber in king Lear's palace,
Edm. Thou, nature, art my goddess ; to thy law My services are bound : why am I then Deprived of a son's right, because I came not In the dull road that custom has prescribed ? Why bastard ? wherefore base ? when I can boast A mind as gen'rous, and a shape as true As honest madam's issue? why are we Held base, who, in the lusty stealth of nature Take fiercer qualities than what compound The scanted births of the stale marriage-bed ? Well then, legitimate Edgar, to thy right Of law I will oppose a bastard's cunning. Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund As to legitimate Edgar ; with success I've practised yet on both their easy natures. Here comes the old man, chafed with the information, Which last I forged against my brother Edgar ; A tale so plausible, so boldly utter'd, And heighten'd by such lucky accidents, That now the slightest circumstance confirms him, And base-born Edmund, spite of law, inherits.
enter KENT and GLOSTER.
Glost. Nay, good my lord, your charity O'ershoots itself, to plead in his behalf; Yoa are yodrself a father, and may feel
The sting of disobedience from a son
may be forgery, And time get clear the duty of your son. Glost. Plead with the seas, and reason down the
winds, Yet shalt thou ne'er convince me; I have seen His foul designs through all a father's fondness.
Edm. It works as I could wish; I'll show myself. Glost. Ha, Edmund! welcome, boy. O Kent! see
Kent. I grieve to see him,
Glost. Alas! tis the infirmity of his age ;
[exeunt Gloster, Kent, and Edmund
enter CORDELIA and EDGAR.
Cord. Alas! what would the wretched Edgar with The more unfortunate Cordelia, Who, in obedience to a father's will,
Flies from her Edgar's arms to Burgundy's ? [ereunt 0
SCEND II-a room of state in the palace. 1
(flourish of trumpets-drums) king LEAR upon his throne-ALBANY, CORNWALL,
BURGUNDY, KENT, GLOSTER, GONERIL, REGAN, CORDELIA, captain of the guads, knights, pages, gentleman with the map, gentleman with the crown, lords, ladies, &c. &c. discovered.
Lear. Attend, my lords of Albany and Cornwall, With princely Burgundy.
Alb. We do, my liege.
toil of state, > Conferring all upon your younger years.
You, Burgundy, Cornwall, and Albany,
Gon. Sir, I do love you more than words can utter,
Lear. Of all these bounds, e'en from this line to this,
Reg. My sister, sir, in part, exprest my love ;
For such as hers, is mine, though more extended :
Lear. Therefore, to thee and thine hereditary,
Cord. Now comes my trial. How am I distrest,
Lear. Speak now our last, not least in our dear love,
Lear. Nothing ?
Cord. Unhappy am I that I can't dissemble
Lear. Take heed, Cordelia ;
Cord. O, my liege!
Lear. And goes thy heart with this ?