King Lear

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Storme still. Enter Lear, and Foole.Storm still. Enter Lear and the Fool KL III.ii.1.1
Lear. LEAR 
Blow windes, & crack your cheeks; Rage, blowBlow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!crack (v.)
split asunder, snap
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You Cataracts, and Hyrricano's spout,You cataracts and hurricanoes, spouthurricano (n.)

old form: Hyrricano's
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Till you haue drench'd our Steeples, drown the Cockes.Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!cock (n.)

old form: Cockes
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You Sulph'rous and Thought-executing Fires,You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,thought-executing (adj.)
acting as fast as thought; or: thought-destroying
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Vaunt-curriors of Oake-cleauing Thunder-bolts,Vaunt-curriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts,vaunt-currier (n.)

old form: Vaunt-curriors
forerunner, announcer, herald
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Sindge my white head. And thou all-shaking Thunder,Singe my white head! And thou all-shaking thunder, KL III.ii.6
Strike flat the thicke Rotundity o'th'world,Smite flat the thick rotundity o'the world, KL III.ii.7
Cracke Natures moulds, all germaines spill at onceCrack Nature's moulds, all germens spill at oncespill (v.)
destroy, overthrow
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germen (n.)

old form: germaines
seed, life-forming elements
That makes ingratefull Man.That makes ingrateful man!ingrateful (adj.)

old form: ingratefull
ungrateful, unappreciative
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Foole. FOOL 
O Nunkle, Court holy-water in a dry house, is betterO nuncle, court holy water in a dry house is bettercourt holy-water
gracious but empty promises, courtly flattery
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then this Rain-water out o' doore. Good Nunkle, in, aske thythan this rain-water out o' door. Good nuncle, in; ask thy KL III.ii.11
Daughters blessing, heere's a night pitties neither Wisemen,daughters' blessing. Here's a night pities neither wise KL III.ii.12
nor nor fools. KL III.ii.13
Lear. LEAR 
Rumble thy belly full: spit Fire, spowt Raine:Rumble thy bellyful! Spit, fire! Spout, rain! KL III.ii.14
Nor Raine, Winde, Thunder, Fire are my Daughters;Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters. KL III.ii.15
I taxe not you, you Elements with vnkindnesse.I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness;element (n.)
(plural) forces of nature, atmospheric powers
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tax (v.)

old form: taxe
censure, blame, take to task, disparage
unkindness (n.)

old form: vnkindnesse
ingratitude, unthankfulness, lack of appreciation
I neuer gaue you Kingdome, call'd you Children;I never gave you kingdom, called you children. KL III.ii.17
You owe me no subscription. Then let fallYou owe me no subscription; then let fallsubscription (n.)
obedience, allegiance; or: approval, support
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Your horrible pleasure. Heere I stand your Slaue,Your horrible pleasure. Here I stand, your slave, KL III.ii.19
A poore, infirme, weake, and dispis'd old man:A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man. KL III.ii.20
But yet I call you Seruile Ministers,But yet I call you servile ministers,minister (n.)
messenger, agent, servant
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servile (adj.)

old form: Seruile
befitting a slave, slavish, cringing
Thar will with two pernicious Daughters ioyneThat will with two pernicious daughters join KL III.ii.22
Your high-engender'd Battailes, 'gainst a headYour high-engendered battles 'gainst a headhigh-engendered (adj.)coming from the heavens, brought into being from aboveKL III.ii.23
battle (n.)

old form: Battailes
army, fighting force, battalion
So old, and white as this. O, ho! 'tis foule.So old and white as this. O, ho! 'Tis foul! KL III.ii.24
Foole. FOOL 
He that has a house to put's head in, has a goodHe that has a house to put's head in has a good KL III.ii.25
Head-peece:headpiece.headpiece (n.)

old form: Head-peece
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The Codpiece that will house,The codpiece that will housecodpiece, cod-piece (n.)
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before the head has any;Before the head has any, KL III.ii.28
The Head, and he shall Lowse: The head and he shall louse;louse (v.)

old form: Lowse
become lice-infested
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so Beggers marry many.So beggars marry many. KL III.ii.30
The man yt makes his Toe,The man that makes his toe KL III.ii.31
what he his Hart shold make,What he his heart should make, KL III.ii.32
Shall of a Corne cry woe,Shall of a corn cry woe, KL III.ii.33
and turne his sleepe to wake.And turn his sleep to wake.wake (n.)
state of wakefulness
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For there was neuer yet faire woman, but shee made mouthesFor there was never yet fair woman but she made mouths KL III.ii.35
in a a (n.)

old form: glasse
mirror, looking-glass
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Enter Kent.Enter Kent KL III.ii.37.1
Lear. LEAR 
No,I will be the patterne of all patience,No, I will be the pattern of all patience.pattern (n.)
picture, model, specimen, example
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I will say nothing.I will say nothing. KL III.ii.38
Kent. KENT 
Who's there?Who's there? KL III.ii.39
Foole. FOOL 
Marry here's Grace, and a Codpiece, that's a Wiseman,Marry, here's grace and a codpiece – that's a wisecodpiece, cod-piece (n.)
cloth case or pocket worn by a man at the front of breeches or hose; also: what it contains
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and a and a fool. KL III.ii.41
Kent. KENT 
Alas Sir are you here? Things that loue night,Alas, sir, are you here? Things that love night KL III.ii.42
Loue not such nights as these: The wrathfull SkiesLove not such nights as these. The wrathful skies KL III.ii.43
Gallow the very wanderers of the darkeGallow the very wanderers of the darkgallow (v.)
frighten, scare, startle
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And make them keepe their Caues: Since I was man,And make them keep their caves. Since I was man,keep (v.)

old form: keepe
stay within, remain inside
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Such sheets of Fire, such bursts of horrid Thunder,Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder, KL III.ii.46
Such groanes of roaring Winde, and Raine, I neuerSuch groans of roaring wind and rain I never KL III.ii.47
Remember to haue heard. Mans Nature cannot carryRemember to have heard. Man's nature cannot carrynature (n.)
human nature
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carry (v.)
endure, put up with
Th'affliction, nor the feare.Th' affliction nor the fear. KL III.ii.49.1
Lear. LEAR 
Let the great GoddesLet the great gods KL III.ii.49.2
That keepe this dreadfull pudder o're our heads,That keep this dreadful pudder o'er our headspudder (n.)
hubbub, din, uproar
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Finde out their enemies now. Tremble thou Wretch,Find out their enemies now. Tremble, thou wretch KL III.ii.51
That hast within thee vndivulged CrimesThat hast within thee undivulged crimes KL III.ii.52
Vnwhipt of Iustice. Hide thee, thou Bloudy hand;Unwhipped of justice. Hide thee, thou bloody hand, KL III.ii.53
Thou Periur'd, and thou Simular of VertueThou perjured, and thou simular of virtuesimular (n.)
pretender, hypocrite, false claimant
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virtue (n.)

old form: Vertue
chastity, sexual purity
That art Incestuous. Caytiffe, to peeces shakeThat art incestuous. Caitiff, to pieces shake,caitiff (n.)

old form: Caytiffe
[sympathetic or contemptuous] miserable wretch, wretched creature
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That vnder couert, and conuenient seemingThat under covert and convenient seemingseeming (n.)
demeanour, outward behaviour
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convenient (adj.)

old form: conuenient
fitting, suitable, appropriate
Ha's practis'd on mans life. Close pent-vp guilts,Hast practised on man's life. Close pent-up guilts,practise on / upon (v.)

old form: practis'd
plot against
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close (adj.)
secret, concealed, hidden
Riue your concealing Continents, and cryRive your concealing continents, and cryrive (v.)

old form: Riue
open up, burst from, break out of
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continent (n.)
container, receptacle, enclosure
cry (v.)
beg, entreat, implore
These dreadfull Summoners grace. I am a man,These dreadful summoners grace. I am a mansummoner (n.)
court-officer who ensures attendance
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grace (n.)
favour, good will
More sinn'd against, then sinning.More sinned against than sinning. KL III.ii.60.1
Kent. KENT 
Alacke, bare-headed?Alack, bare-headed? KL III.ii.60.2
Gracious my Lord, hard by heere is a Houell,Gracious my lord, hard by here is a hovel;hard (adv.)
close, near
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Some friendship will it lend you 'gainst the Tempest:Some friendship will it lend you 'gainst the tempest.friendship (n.)
friendly act, favour, act of kindness
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Repose you there, while I to this hard house,Repose you there while I to this hard house – hard (adj.)
unpleasant, harsh, cruel
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(More harder then the stones whereof 'tis rais'd,More harder than the stones whereof 'tis raised; KL III.ii.64
Which euen but now, demanding after you,Which even but now, demanding after you,demand (v.)
request to tell, question, ask [about]
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Deny'd me to come in) returne, and forceDenied me to come in – return and forcedeny (v.)

old form: Deny'd
disallow, forbid, refuse permission [for]
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Their scanted curtesie.Their scanted courtesy.scanted (adj.)
withheld, stinted, limited
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Lear. LEAR 
My wits begin to turne.My wits begin to turn.wits, also five wits
faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)
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Come on my boy. How dost my boy? Art cold?Come on, my boy. How dost my boy? Art cold? KL III.ii.68
I am cold my selfe. Where is this straw, my Fellow?I am cold myself. Where is this straw, my fellow? KL III.ii.69
The Art of our Necessities is strange,The art of our necessities is strange KL III.ii.70
And can make vilde things precious. Come, your Houel;And can make vile things precious. Come, your hovel.vile, vild (adj.)

old form: vilde
degrading, ignominious, worthless
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Poore Foole, and Knaue, I haue one part in my heartPoor fool and knave, I have one part in my heartknave (n.)

old form: Knaue
boy, lad, fellow
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That's sorry yet for thee.That's sorry yet for thee. KL III.ii.73
(sings) KL III.ii.74.1
He that has and a little-tyne wit,He that has and a little tiny wit,wit (n.)
mind, brain, thoughts
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With heigh-ho, the Winde and the Raine,With heigh-ho, the wind and the rain, KL III.ii.75
Must make content with his Fortunes fit,Must make content with his fortunes fit,content (n.)
pleasure, satisfaction, happiness
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Though the Raine it raineth euery day.Though the rain it raineth every day. KL III.ii.77
True Boy: Come bring vs to this Houell. True, boy. Come, bring us to this hovel. KL III.ii.78
Exit.Exeunt Lear and Kent KL III.ii.78
Foole. FOOL 
This is a braue night to coole a Curtizan: Ile speakeThis is a brave night to cool a courtesan. I'll speakbrave (adj.)

old form: braue
fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
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courtesan, courtezan (n.)

old form: Curtizan
prostitute, strumpet
a Prophesie ere I go:a prophecy ere I go: KL III.ii.80
When Priests are more in word, then matter;When priests are more in word than matter,matter (n.)
subject-matter, content, substance
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When Brewers marre their Malt with water;When brewers mar their malt with water, KL III.ii.82
When Nobles are their Taylors Tutors,When nobles are their tailors' tutors, KL III.ii.83
No Heretiques burn'd, but wenches Sutors;No heretics burned but wenches' suitors – wench (n.)
girl, lass
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Then shal the Realme of Albion,Then shall the realm of AlbionAlbion (n.)
poetic name for England or Britain
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come to great confusion:Come to great confusion. KL III.ii.86
When euery Case in Law, is right;When every case in law is right, KL III.ii.87
No Squire in debt, nor no poore Knight;No squire in debt nor no poor knight,squire (n.)
gentleman below a knight in rank, attendant on a knight or nobleman
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When Slanders do not liue in Tongues;When slanders do not live in tongues, KL III.ii.89
Nor Cut-purses come not to throngs;Nor cutpurses come not to throngs,cutpurse (n.)

old form: Cut-purses
pickpocket, thief, robber
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When Vsurers tell their Gold i'th'Field,When usurers tell their gold i'the field,tell (v.)
count out, number, itemize
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usurer (n.)

old form: Vsurers
money-lender, one who charges excessive interest
And Baudes, and whores, do Churches build,And bawds and whores do churches build – bawd (n.)

old form: Baudes
pimp, procurer, pander, go-between
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Then comes the time, who liues to see't,Then comes the time, who lives to see't, KL III.ii.93
That going shalbe vs'd with feet.That going shall be used with feet. KL III.ii.94
This prophecie Merlin shall make, for I liue before hisThis prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live before hisMerlin (n.)
good wizard or sage whose magic helped King Arthur; famous for his prophecies
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time.time. KL III.ii.96
Exit.Exit KL III.ii.96
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