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LEAR, King of Britain.
Servants to Glo'fter.
Knights attending on the King, Officers, Meffengers,
Soldiers and Attendants.
Enter Kent, Glo'ster, and Edmund the Bastard.
K EN T.
the Duke of Albany than Cornwall.
Glo. It did always seem so to us: but now, in the Division of the Kingdom, it appears not, which of the Dukes he values moft ; for qualities are so weigh'd,
that curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety.
Kent. Is not this your son, my lord ?
Glo. His Breeding, Sir, hath been at my charge. I have so often bluth'd to acknowledge him, that now I am braz'd to't.
Kent. I cannot conceive you. Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could; whereupon she grew round-womb'd; and had, indeed, Sir, a fon for her cradle, ere she had a husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault?
Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it being so proper:
Gl. But I have a son, Sir, by order of law, some year
elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account; though this knave came somewhat sawcily to the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair ; there was good sport at his making, and the whorson must be acknowledg'd. Do you know this Nobleman, Edmund ?
Edm. No, my lord.
Glo. My lord of Kent ;
Edm. My services to your lordship,
better. Edm. Sir, I shall study your deserving. Glo. He hath been oat nine years, and away he shall again.
[Trumpets found, within. The King is coming. Enter King Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Gonerill, Regan,
Cordelia, and Attendants.