King Lear

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter, with drum and colours, Edmund, Regan,

gentlemen, and soldiers.


(to a gentleman)
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Know of the Duke if his last purpose hold

Or whether since he is advised by aught
advise, avise (v.) 2 warn, counsel, caution
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count

To change the course. (To Regan) He's full of alteration

And self-reproving. (To gentleman) Bring his constant pleasure.

Exit gentleman


Our sister's man is certainly miscarried.
miscarry (v.) 1 come to harm, perish, meet death


'Tis to be doubted, madam.
doubt (v.) 1 fear, be afraid [for], feel anxious [for]


                         Now, sweet lord,

You know the goodness I intend upon you.
goodness (n.) 3 benefit, advantage, successful outcome

Tell me but truly – but then speak the truth –

Do you not love my sister?
honoured (adj.) honourable, dignified, virtuous


                         In honoured love.


But have you never found my brother's way

To the forfended place?
abuse (v.) 4 demean, do wrong to, dishonour
forfended (adj.) forbidden, prohibited, denied


                         That thought abuses you.


I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
conjunct (adj.) coupled, conjoined, united
doubtful (adj.) 1 fearful, worried, apprehensive

And bosomed with her, as far as we call hers.
bosomed (adj.) intimate, close


No, by mine honour, madam.


I never shall endure her; dear my lord,

Be not familiar with her.
familiar (adj.) 3 unduly intimate, too close


                         Fear not.

She and the Duke her husband!

Enter, with drum and colours, Albany, Gonerill, and




I had rather lose the battle than that sister

Should loosen him and me.


Our very loving sister, well be-met.
bemeet (v.) meet with, encounter

Sir, this I heard; the King is come to his daughter,

With others whom the rigour of our state
rigour (n.) strength, severity, harshness
state (n.) 10 government, ruling body, administration

Forced to cry out. Where I could not be honest,

I never yet was valiant. For this business,

It touches us as France invades our land,
touch (v.) 1 affect, concern, regard, relate to

Not bolds the King, with others – whom, I fear,
bold (v.) make bold, hearten, encourage

Most just and heavy causes make oppose.
heavy (adj.) 2 grave, serious, weighty


Sir, you speak nobly.
reason (v.) 3 raise, bring up, discuss


                         Why is this reasoned?


Combine together 'gainst the enemy.

For these domestic and particular broils
broil (n.) 2 quarrel, row, disturbance
domestic (adj.) 1 internal, to do with home affairs, local
particular (adj.) 1 personal, special, private

Are not the question here.
determine (v.) 1 make a decision [about], reach a conclusion [about]


                         Let's then determine

With th' ancient of war on our proceeding.
ancient, aunchient (n.) 3 most experienced, senior officers
proceeding (n.) 1 course of action, measures


I shall attend you presently at your tent.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


Sister, you'll go with us?




'Tis most convenient. Pray go with us.



O, ho, I know the riddle. (Aloud) I will go.

Exeunt both the armies

As Albany is going out, enter Edgar


If e'er your grace had speech with man so poor,

Hear me one word.


(to his captains)

                         I'll overtake you.

(To Edgar)



Before you fight the battle, ope this letter.
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count

If you have victory, let the trumpet sound

For him that brought it. Wretched though I seem,

I can produce a champion that will prove
champion (n.) warrior, fighter, man of valour

What is avouched there. If you miscarry,
avouch (v.) 1 declare, assert, affirm
miscarry (v.) 1 come to harm, perish, meet death

Your business of the world hath so an end,

And machination ceases. Fortune love you.
machination (n.) plotting, intrigue, scheming


Stay till I have read the letter.


                         I was forbid it.

When time shall serve, let but the herald cry
cry (v.) 1 speak loudly, shout out, proclaim

And I'll appear again.



Why, fare thee well. I will o'erlook thy paper.
overlook (v.) 1 look over, peruse, read through

Enter Edmund
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count


The enemy's in view; draw up your powers.

Here is the guess of their true strength and forces

By diligent discovery; but your haste
diligent (adj.) 2 assiduous, persistent
discovery (n.) 3 reconnaisance, reconnoitring, spying

Is now urged on you.


                         We will greet the time.



To both these sisters have I sworn my love;

Each jealous of the other as the stung
jealous (adj.) 1 suspicious, mistrustful, wary, watchful

Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?

Both? One? Or neither? Neither can be enjoyed

If both remain alive. To take the widow

Exasperates, makes mad, her sister Gonerill,

And hardly shall I carry out my side,

Her husband being alive. Now then, we'll use

His countenance for the battle, which being done,
countenance (n.) 5 position, standing, authority

Let her who would be rid of him devise

His speedy taking off. As for the mercy
taking-off (n.) killing, elimination, removal

Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia,

The battle done and they within our power,

Shall never see his pardon; for my state
state (n.) 1 condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs

Stands on me to defend, not to debate.
stand (v.) 11 depend, remain dependent, continue


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