King Lear
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Enter Bastard, and Curan, seuerally.Enter Edmund and Curan by opposite doors KL II.i.1
Bast. EDMUND 
Saue thee Curan.Save thee, Curan. KL II.i.1
Cur. CURAN 
And your Sir, I haue bin / With your Father, andAnd you, sir. I have been with your father and KL II.i.2
giuen him notice / That the Duke of Cornwall, and Regan given him notice that the Duke of Cornwall and Regan KL II.i.3
his Duchesse / Will be here with him this night.his Duchess will be here with him this night. KL II.i.4
Bast. EDMUND 
How comes that?How comes that? KL II.i.5
Cur. CURAN 
Nay I know not, you haue heard of the newesNay, I know not. You have heard of the news KL II.i.6
abroad, I meane the whisper'd ones, for they are yet butabroad – I mean the whispered ones, for they are yet butabroad (adv.)in the outside world, freely at large, elsewhere, everywhereKL II.i.7
ear-kissing arguments.ear-kissing arguments?ear-bussing, ear-kissing (adj.)ear-kissing, reaching the ear only as rumoursKL II.i.8
argument (n.)subject of conversation, subject-matter, topic
Bast. EDMUND 
Not I: pray you what are they?Not I. Pray you what are they? KL II.i.9
Cur. CURAN 
Haue you heard of no likely Warres toward, / 'TwixtHave you heard of no likely wars toward 'twixttoward (adv.)impending, forthcoming, in preparationKL II.i.10
the Dukes of Cornwall, and Albany?the Dukes of Cornwall and Albany? KL II.i.11
Bast. EDMUND 
Not a word.Not a word. KL II.i.12
Cur. CURAN 
You may do then in time, / Fare you well Sir. You may do, then, in time. Fare you well, sir.fare ... well (int.)goodbye [to an individual]KL II.i.13
Exit.Exit KL II.i.13
Bast. EDMUND 
The Duke be here to night? The better best,The Duke be here tonight! The better! best! KL II.i.14
This weaues it selfe perforce into my businesse,This weaves itself perforce into my business.perforce (adv.)of necessity, with no choice in the matterKL II.i.15
My Father hath set guard to take my Brother,My father hath set guard to take my brother, KL II.i.16
And I haue one thing of a queazie questionAnd I have one thing of a queasy questionquestion (n.)point at issue, problem, businessKL II.i.17
queasy (adj.)
old form: queazie
uncertain, hazardous; or: delicate, ticklish
Which I must act, Briefenesse, and Fortune worke.Which I must act. Briefness and fortune work! – briefness (n.)
old form: Briefenesse
speedy action, promptness
KL II.i.18
Brother, a word, discend; Brother I say,Brother, a word! Descend! Brother, I say! KL II.i.19
Enter Edgar.Enter Edgar KL II.i.20.1
My Father watches: O Sir, fly this place,My father watches. O, sir, fly this place;watch (v.)keep the watch, keep guard, be on the look-outKL II.i.20
Intelligence is giuen where you are hid;Intelligence is given where you are hid.intelligence (n.)information, news, communicationKL II.i.21
You haue now the good aduantage of the night,You have now the good advantage of the night. KL II.i.22
Haue you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornewall?Have you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornwall? KL II.i.23
Hee's comming hither, now i'th'night, i'th'haste,He's coming hither now, i'the night, i'th' haste, KL II.i.24
And Regan with him, haue you nothing saidAnd Regan with him. Have you nothing said KL II.i.25
Vpon his partie 'gainst the Duke of Albany?Upon his party 'gainst the Duke of Albany?party (n.)
old form: partie
side, faction, camp
KL II.i.26
upon (prep.)
old form: Vpon
on the side of
Aduise your selfe.Advise yourself.advise, avise (v.)
old form: Aduise
consider, take thought, reflect
KL II.i.27.1
Edg. EDGAR 
I am sure on't, not a word.I am sure on't, not a word. KL II.i.27.2
Bast. EDMUND 
I heare my Father comming, pardon me:I hear my father coming. Pardon me; KL II.i.28
In cunning, I must draw my Sword vpon you:In cunning I must draw my sword upon you.cunning (n.)ploy, ruse, clever deviceKL II.i.29
Draw, seeme to defend your selfe, / Now quit you well.Draw! Seem to defend yourself! Now quit you well.quit (v.)acquit, do one's part, bear [oneself]KL II.i.30
(Aloud) KL II.i.31
Yeeld, come before my Father, light hoa, here,Yield! Come before my father! Light, ho, here! KL II.i.31
Fly Brother, Torches, Torches, so farewell.(Aside) Fly, brother! (Aloud) Torches, torches! (Aside) So farewell. KL II.i.32
Exit Edgar.Exit Edgar KL II.i.32
Some blood drawne on me, would beget opinionSome blood drawn on me would beget opinionbeget (v.), past form begotproduce, engender, give rise toKL II.i.33
Of my more fierce endeauour. I haue seene drunkardsOf my more fierce endeavour. I have seen drunkards KL II.i.34
Do more then this in sport;Do more than this in sport.sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentKL II.i.35.1
He wounds himself in the arm KL II.i.35
(Aloud) KL II.i.35
Father, Father,Father, father! –  KL II.i.35.2
Stop, stop, no helpe?Stop, stop! – No help? KL II.i.36.1
Enter Gloster, and Seruants with Torches.Enter Gloucester and servants with torches KL II.i.36.2
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
Now Edmund, where's the villaine?Now, Edmund, where's the villain? KL II.i.36
Bast. EDMUND 
Here stood he in the dark, his sharpe Sword out,Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out, KL II.i.37
Mumbling of wicked charmes, coniuring the MooneMumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon KL II.i.38
To stand auspicious Mistris.To stand auspicious mistress.stand (v.)act as, be, hold good asKL II.i.39.1
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
But where is he?But where is he? KL II.i.39.2
Bast. EDMUND 
Looke Sir, I bleed.Look, sir, I bleed. KL II.i.40.1
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
Where is the villaine, Edmund?Where is the villain, Edmund? KL II.i.40.2
Bast. EDMUND 
Fled this way Sir, when by no meanes he could.Fled this way, sir, when by no means he could –  KL II.i.41
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
Pursue him, ho: go after.Pursue him, ho! Go after. KL II.i.42.1
Exeunt some servants KL II.i.42
By no meanes, what?‘ By no means ’ what? KL II.i.42.2
Bast. EDMUND 
Perswade me to the murther of your Lordship,Persuade me to the murder of your lordship; KL II.i.43
But that I told him the reuenging Gods,But that I told him the revenging gods KL II.i.44
'Gainst Paricides did all the thunder bend,'Gainst parricides did all the thunder bend,parricide (n.)
old form: Paricides
patricide, father-murderer
KL II.i.45
bend (v.)aim, direct, level, turn
Spoke with how manifold, and strong a BondSpoke with how manifold and strong a bond KL II.i.46
The Child was bound to'th'Father; Sir in fine,The child was bound to the father – sir, in fine,fine, inin the end, finally, in conclusionKL II.i.47
Seeing how lothly opposite I stoodSeeing how loathly opposite I stoodopposite (adj.)opposed, hostile, adverse, antagonistic [to]KL II.i.48
loathly (adv.)
old form: lothly
with such loathing, with detestation
To his vnnaturall purpose, in fell motionTo his unnatural purpose, in fell motionmotion (n.)[fencing] attack, executionKL II.i.49
purpose (n.)intention, aim, plan
fell (adj.)cruel, fierce, savage
unnatural (adj.)
old form: vnnaturall
against natural feeling, not in accord with kinship
With his prepared Sword, he charges homeWith his prepared sword he charges homeprepared (adj.)drawn, ready for actionKL II.i.50
home (adv.)fully, thoroughly, unsparingly
My vnprouided body, latch'd mine arme;My unprovided body, latched mine arm:latch (v.)
old form: latch'd
catch, nick
KL II.i.51
unprovided (adj.)
old form: vnprouided
unprepared, unprotected, undefended
And when he saw my best alarum'd spiritsBut when he saw my best alarumed spiritsalarumed (adj.)
old form: alarum'd
galvanized, activated, stirred to action
KL II.i.52
Bold in the quarrels right, rouz'd to th'encounter,Bold in the quarrel's right, roused to th' encounter,right (n.)justice, rightfulness, justificationKL II.i.53
Or whether gasted by the noyse I made,Or whether gasted by the noise I made,gast (v.)frighten, alarm, scareKL II.i.54
Full sodainely he fled.Full suddenly he fled. KL II.i.55.1
Glost. GLOUCESTER 
Let him fly farre:Let him fly far, KL II.i.55.2
Not in this Land shall he remaine vncaughtNot in this land shall he remain uncaught; KL II.i.56
And found; dispatch, the Noble Duke my Master,And found – dispatch. The noble Duke, my master,dispatch, despatch (v.)deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quicklyKL II.i.57
My worthy Arch and Patron comes to night,My worthy arch and patron, comes tonight.arch (n.)chief, master, lordKL II.i.58
By his authoritie I will proclaime it,By his authority I will proclaim it KL II.i.59
That he which finds him shall deserue our thankes,That he which finds him shall deserve our thanks, KL II.i.60
Bringing the murderous Coward to the stake:Bringing the murderous coward to the stake;stake (n.)place of executionKL II.i.61
He that conceales him death.He that conceals him, death. KL II.i.62
Bast. EDMUND 
When I disswaded him from his intent,When I dissuaded him from his intent,intent (n.)intention, purpose, aimKL II.i.63
And found him pight to doe it, with curst speechAnd found him pight to do it, with curst speechpight (adj.)determined, set, fixedKL II.i.64
curst (adj.)angry, furious, fierce
I threaten'd to discouer him; he replied,I threatened to discover him. He replied,discover (v.)
old form: discouer
expose, uncover, give away
KL II.i.65
Thou vnpossessing Bastard, dost thou thinke,‘ Thou unpossessing bastard, dost thou think,unpossessing (adj.)
old form: vnpossessing
unable to inherit property
KL II.i.66
If I would stand against thee, would the reposallIf I would stand against thee, would the reposalreposal (n.)
old form: reposall
reposing, placing, desposit
KL II.i.67
Ofany trust, vertue, or worth in theeOf any trust, virtue, or worth in thee KL II.i.68
Make thy words faith'd? No, what should I denie,Make thy words faithed? No, what I should deny – faith (v.)
old form: faith'd
believe, trust, credit
KL II.i.69
(As this I would, though thou didst produceAs this I would; ay, though thou didst produce KL II.i.70
My very Character) I'ld turne it allMy very character – I'd turn it allcharacter (n.)handwriting, style of writing, letteringKL II.i.71
To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practise:To thy suggestion, plot, and damned practice;practice (n.)
old form: practise
scheme, plot, stratagem, intrigue
KL II.i.72
suggestion (n.)temptation, instigation, prompting towards evil
And thou must make a dullard of the world,And thou must make a dullard of the world KL II.i.73
If they not thought the profits of my deathIf they not thought the profits of my death KL II.i.74
Were very pregnant and potentiall spiritsWere very pregnant and potential spurspregnant (adj.)meaningful, compelling, convincingKL II.i.75
potential (adj.)
old form: potentiall
powerful, mighty, strong
To make thee seeke it. To make thee seek it.’ KL II.i.76.1
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
O strange and fastned Villaine,O strange and fastened villain!fastened (adj.)determined, steadfast, confirmedKL II.i.76.2
strange (adj.)remarkable, startling, abnormal, unnatural
strong (adj.)[Q variant] flagrant, barefaced; or: resolute, determined
Would he deny his Letter, said he?Would he deny his letter, said he? I never got him.get (v.)beget, conceive, breedKL II.i.77
Tucket within.Tucket within KL II.i.78
Harke, the Dukes Trumpets, I know not wher he comes.;Hark, the Duke's trumpets! I know not why he comes. –  KL II.i.78
All Ports Ile barre, the villaine shall not scape,All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not 'scape.port (n.)portal, entrance, gatewayKL II.i.79
scape, 'scape (v.)escape, avoid
The Duke must grant me that: besides, his pictureThe Duke must grant me that. Besides, his picturepicture (n.)descriptionKL II.i.80
I will send farre and neere, that all the kingdomeI will send far and near, that all the kingdom KL II.i.81
May haue due note of him, and of my land,May have due note of him; and of my land, KL II.i.82
(Loyall and naturall Boy) Ile worke the meanesLoyal and natural boy, I'll work the meansnatural (adj.)
old form: naturall
feeling proper affection, having normal feelings
KL II.i.83
loyal (adj.)
old form: Loyall
legitimate; faithful
To make thee capable.To make thee capable.capable (adj.)able to inherit, entitled to possess propertyKL II.i.84
Enter Cornewall, Regan, and Attendants.Enter Cornwall, Regan, and attendants KL II.i.85
Corn. CORNWALL 
How now my Noble friend, since I came hitherHow now, my noble friend? Since I came hither –  KL II.i.85
(Which I can call but now,) I haue heard strangenesse.Which I can call but now – I have heard strange news. KL II.i.86
Reg. REGAN 
If it be true, all vengeance comes too shortIf it be true, all vengeance comes too short KL II.i.87
Which can pursue th'offender; how dost my Lord?Which can pursue th' offender. How dost, my lord? KL II.i.88
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
O Madam, my old heart is crack'd, it's crack'd.O madam, my old heart is cracked; it's cracked.cracked (adj.)
old form: crack'd
broken, crushed, fractured
KL II.i.89
Reg. REGAN 
What, did my Fathers Godsonne seeke your life?What, did my father's godson seek your life? KL II.i.90
He whom my Father nam'd, your Edgar?He whom my father named? your Edgar? KL II.i.91
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
O Lady, Lady, shame would haue it hid.O, lady, lady, shame would have it hid! KL II.i.92
Reg.REGAN 
Was he not companion with the riotous KnightsWas he not companion with the riotous knights KL II.i.93
That tended vpon my Father?That tended upon my father?tend on / upon (v.)
old form: vpon
serve, follow, wait upon, escort
KL II.i.94
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
I know not Madam, 'tis too bad, too bad.I know not, madam. 'Tis too bad, too bad! KL II.i.95
Bast. EDMUND 
Yes Madam, he was of that consort.Yes, madam, he was of that consort.consort (n.)company, mob, crewKL II.i.96
Reg. REGAN 
No maruaile then, though he were ill affected,No marvel then though he were ill affected.ill (adv.)badly, adversely, unfavourablyKL II.i.97
affected (adj.)disposed, inclined, minded
'Tis they haue put him on the old mans death,'Tis they have put him on the old man's death,put on (v.)instigate, provoke, inciteKL II.i.98
To haue th'expence and wast of his Reuenues:To have th' expense and waste of his revenues.expense (n.)
old form: expence
spending, using up, laying out
KL II.i.99
revenue (n.)
old form: Reuenues
income, yield, profit
I haue this present euening from my SisterI have this present evening from my sister KL II.i.100
Beene well inform'd of them, and with such cautions,Been well informed of them, and with such cautions KL II.i.101
That if they come to soiourne at my house,That if they come to sojourn at my housesojourn (v.)
old form: soiourne
pause, reside, stay for a while
KL II.i.102
Ile not be there.I'll not be there. KL II.i.103.1
Cor. CORNWALL 
Nor I, assure thee Regan;Nor I, assure thee, Regan. KL II.i.103.2
Edmund, I heare that you haue shewne yout FatherEdmund, I hear that you have shown your father KL II.i.104
A Child-like Office.A child-like office.office (n.)task, service, duty, responsibilityKL II.i.105.1
Bast. EDMUND 
It was my duty Sir.It was my duty, sir. KL II.i.105.2
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
He did bewray his practise, and receiu'dHe did bewray his practice, and receivedpractice (n.)
old form: practise
trickery, treachery
KL II.i.106
bewray (v.)betray, reveal, expose
This hurt you see, striuing to apprehend him.This hurt you see, striving to apprehend him. KL II.i.107
Cor. CORNWALL 
Is he pursued?Is he pursued? KL II.i.108.1
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
I my good Lord.Ay, my good lord. KL II.i.108.2
Cor. CORNWALL 
If he be taken, he shall neuer moreIf he be taken he shall never more KL II.i.109
Be fear'd of doing harme, make your owne purpose,Be feared of doing harm. Make your own purposepurpose (n.)intention, aim, planKL II.i.110
How in my strength you please: for you Edmund,How in my strength you please. For you, Edmund,strength (n.)troops, forces, resources, followersKL II.i.111
Whose vertue and obedience doth this instantWhose virtue and obedience doth this instant KL II.i.112
So much commend it selfe, you shall be ours,So much commend itself, you shall be ours.commend (v.)present, introduce, bring [for favourable acceptance]KL II.i.113
Nature's of such deepe trust, we shall much need:Natures of such deep trust we shall much need;nature (n.)personality, innate disposition, characterKL II.i.114
You we first seize on.You we first seize on. KL II.i.115.1
Bast. EDMUND 
I shall serue you SirI shall serve you, sir, KL II.i.115.2
truely, how euer else.Truly, however else. KL II.i.116.1
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
For him I thanke your Grace.For him I thank your grace. KL II.i.116.2
Cor. CORNWALL 
You know not why we came to visit you?You know not why we came to visit you –  KL II.i.117
Reg. REGAN 
Thus out of season, thredding darke ey'd night,Thus out of season, threading dark-eyed night – season, out of (adj./adv.)inopportunely, inappropriately, inconvenientlyKL II.i.118
thread (v.)
old form: thredding
trace a path through, make a way through
Occasions Noble Gloster of some prize,Occasions, noble Gloucester, of some price,occasion (n.)ground, reason, cause, matterKL II.i.119
price (n.)value, worth, importance
poise (n.)[Q variant] weight, importance, gravity
Wherein we must haue vse of your aduise.Wherein we must have use of your advice. KL II.i.120
Our Father he hath writ, so hath our Sister,Our father he hath writ, so hath our sister, KL II.i.121
Of differences, which I best though it fitOf differences, which I best thought it fit KL II.i.122
To answere from our home: the seuerall MessengersTo answer from our home. The several messengersseveral (adj.)
old form: seuerall
various, sundry, respective, individual
KL II.i.123
From hence attend dispatch, our good old Friend,From hence attend dispatch. Our good old friend,dispatch, despatch (n.)dismissal, leave to goKL II.i.124
attend (v.)await, wait for, expect
Lay comforts to your bosome, and bestowLay comforts to your bosom, and bestow KL II.i.125
Your needfull counsaile to our businesses,Your needful counsel to our businesses, KL II.i.126
Which craues the instant vse.Which craves the instant use.crave (v.)
old form: craues
need, demand, require
KL II.i.127.1
Glo. GLOUCESTER 
I serue you Madam,I serve you, madam. KL II.i.127.2
Your Graces are right welcome. Your graces are right welcome. KL II.i.128
Exeunt. Flourish.Exeunt KL II.i.128
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