King Lear

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter, with drum and colours, Cordelia, Doctor, and



Alack, 'tis he! Why, he was met even now
colours (n.) 1 battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners See Topics: Frequency count

As mad as the vexed sea, singing aloud,
vexed (adj.) 2 stormy, turbulent, blustery

Crowned with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds,
fumiter (n.) fumitory [variety of weed] See Topics: Plants
furrow-weed (n.) weed growing in the furrows of ploughed fields See Topics: Plants
rank (adj.) 2 foul-smelling, stinking

With hardokes, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers,
burdock (n.) variety of weedy plant See Topics: Plants
cuckoo-flower (n.) variety of wild flower growing at the time of year when cuckoos call See Topics: Plants
hemlock (n.) variety of poisonous plant See Topics: Plants

Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow
darnel (n.) weeds, cockle, tares See Topics: Plants
idle (adj.) 1 useless, barren, worthless

In our sustaining corn. (To soldiers) A century send forth;
century (n.) 2 army company of 100 soldiers

Search every acre in the high-grown field

And bring him to our eye.

Exeunt soldiers
eye (n.) 1 sight, view, presence
wisdom (n.) 1 knowledge, learning, science

(To Doctor)

                         What can man's wisdom

In the restoring his bereaved sense?
bereaved (adj.) deprived, robbed, stolen

He that helps him, take all my outward worth.
outward (adj.) 1 external, surface, superficial
worth (n.) 2 means, resources, wherewithal


There is means, madam.

Our foster-nurse of nature is repose,
foster-nurse (n.) nurse who brings up someone else's child as her own
nature (n.) 2 natural powers, normal state [of mind and body]

The which he lacks; that to provoke in him
provoke (v.) 2 bring about, induce, engender

Are many simples operative, whose power
operative (adj.) effective, efficacious, capable of working
simple (n.) 2 medicinal herb, medicine

Will close the eye of anguish.


                         All blest secrets,

All you unpublished virtues of the earth,
unpublished (adj.) undisclosed, concealed, not divulged
virtue (n.) 4 power, capability, efficacy, property

Spring with my tears! Be aidant and remediate
aidant (adj.) helpful, assisting, beneficial
remediate (adj.) remedial, restorative, healing
spring (v.) spring up, rise up, multiply

In the good man's distress. Seek, seek for him,

Lest his ungoverned rage dissolve the life
rage (n.) 4 madness, insanity, derangement
ungoverned (adj.) uncontrolled, unchecked, violent

That wants the means to lead it.

Enter a Messenger
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count


                         News, madam:

The British powers are marching hitherward.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count


'Tis known before. Our preparation stands
preparation (n.) 1 equipped military force, force ready for war

In expectation of them. O dear father,

It is thy business that I go about.

Therefore great France

My mourning and importuned tears hath pitied.
importuned (adj.) beseeching, pleading, imploring

No blown ambition doth our arms incite
blown (adj.) 3 swollen, inflated with pride

But love, dear love, and our aged father's right.

Soon may I hear and see him!


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