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Knights attending on the King, Officers, Meffengers,
SCENE lies in Britain.
SCENE, the King's Palace.
Enter Kent, Glo'fter, and Edmund the Bafiard.
Thought, the King had more affected the Duke of
Glo. It did always feem fo to us: but now, in
Kent. Is not this your fon, my lord?
Glo. His Breeding, Sir, hath been at my charge. I have so often blush'd to acknowledge him, that now I am braz'd to't.
Kent. I cannot conceive you.
Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could; whereupon fhe grew round-womb'd; and had, indeed, Sir, a fon for her cradle, ere fhe had a husband for her bed. Do you fmell a fault?
Kent. I cannot with the fault undone, the iffue of it being fo proper.
Glo. But I have a fon, Sir, by order of law, fome year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account; though this knave came fomewhat faucily to the world before he was fent for, yet was his mother fair; there was good fport at his making, and the whorefon must be acknowledg'd. Do you know this Nobleman, Edmund?
Edm. No, my lord.
Glo. My lord of Kent;
- Remember him hereafter as my honourable friend.
Kent. I must love you, and fue to know you better.
Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall
The King is coming.
Enter King Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Goneril, Regan, Cordelia, and Attendants.
Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy, Glo'fter. Glo. I fhall, my Liege. [Exit. Lear. Mean time we fall exprefs our darker purpose. Give me the Map here. Know, we have divided, In three, our Kingdom; and 'tis our faft intent, To fhake all cares and bufinefs from our age;
Conferring them on younger ftrengths, while we
We have this hour a conftant will to publish
Long in our Court have made their am'rous fojourn,
Int'reft of territory, cares of ftate;)
Which of you, fhall we fay, doth love us most ?
That we our largest bounty may extend,
Our eldest born, speak firft.