King Lear
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Enter Edgar.Enter Edgar KL II.iii.1.1
Edg. EDGAR 
I heard my selfe proclaim'd,I heard myself proclaimed,proclaim (v.)officially declare to be an outlawKL II.iii.1
And by the happy hollow of a Tree,And by the happy hollow of a treehappy (adj.)opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourableKL II.iii.2
Escap'd the hunt. No Port is free, no placeEscaped the hunt. No port is free, no placeport (n.)portal, entrance, gatewayKL II.iii.3
That guard, and most vnusall vigilanceThat guard and most unusual vigilance KL II.iii.4
Do's not attend my taking. Whiles I may scapeDoes not attend my taking. Whiles I may 'scapeattend (v.)await, wait for, expectKL II.iii.5
scape, 'scape (v.)escape, avoid
I will preserue myselfe: and am bethoughtI will preserve myself; and am bethoughtbethink (v.), past form bethoughtresolve, decide, have a mindKL II.iii.6
To take the basest, and most poorest shapeTo take the basest and most poorest shapebase (adj.)poor, wretched, of low qualityKL II.iii.7
That euer penury in contempt of man,That ever penury, in contempt of man,man (n.)human nature, humanity [as opposed to beasts]KL II.iii.8
Brought neere to beast; my face Ile grime with filth,Brought near to beast. My face I'll grime with filth, KL II.iii.9
Blanket my loines, elfe all my haires in knots,Blanket my loins, elf all my hair in knots,elf (v.)
old form: elfe
tangle, mat, twist
KL II.iii.10
And with presented nakednesse out-faceAnd with presented nakedness outfaceoutface (v.)
old form: out-face
defy, intimidate, overcome by confronting
KL II.iii.11
presented (adj.)displayed, exhibited, paraded
The Windes, and persecutions of the skie;The winds and persecutions of the sky. KL II.iii.12
The Country giues me proofe, and presidentThe country gives me proof and precedentprecedent (n.)
old form: president
example, instance, case
KL II.iii.13
proof (n.)
old form: proofe
evidence, demonstration, testimony
Of Bedlam beggers, who with roaring voices,Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices,Bedlam (n./adj.)colloquial form of Bethlehem Hospital for the insane, in LondonKL II.iii.14
Strike in their num'd and mortified Armes.Strike in their numbed and mortified bare armsmortified (adj.)deadened, dead to feeling, numbedKL II.iii.15
Pins, Wodden-prickes, Nayles, Sprigs of Rosemarie:Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary;rosemary (n.)aromatic shrub, associated with rememberingKL II.iii.16
prick (n.)
old form: prickes
spike, skewer, prong
And with this horrible obiect, from low Farmes,And with this horrible object, from low farms,object (n.)
old form: obiect
spectacle, sight, object of attention
KL II.iii.17
low (adj.)humble, lowly, inferior
Poore pelting Villages, Sheeps-Coates, and Milles,Poor pelting villages, sheepcotes, and millspelting (adj.)paltry, petty, worthless, insignificantKL II.iii.18
sheepcote (n.)
old form: Sheeps-Coates
building where sheep shelter
Sometimes with Lunaticke bans, sometime with PraiersSometimes with lunatic bans, sometime with prayers,ban (n.)curse, maledictionKL II.iii.19
sometime (adv.)sometimes, now and then
Inforce their charitie: poore Turlygod poore Tom,Enforce their charity: ‘ Poor Turlygod! Poor Tom!’Turlygod (n.)[unclear meaning] nonsense nameKL II.iii.20
That's something yet: Edgar I nothing am. That's something yet: Edgar I nothing am. KL II.iii.21
Exit.Exit KL II.iii.21
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