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PUBLIC LIBRARY 47382A
ASTOR. LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS R 122
PLAYS contain'd in this Volume.
KING RICHARD II.
KING HENRY IV. Part I.
KING HENRY IV. Part II.
KING HENRY V.
Knights attending on the King, Officers, Meffengers, Soldiers and Attendants.
SCENE lyes in Britain.
ACT I. SCENE I.
SCENE A Palace.
Enter Kent, Glo'fter, and Edmund the Baftard.
Thought the King had more affected the
Glo. It did always seem so to us: but now in the divifion of the kingdom, it appears not which of the Dukes he values moft; for qualities are fo weigh'd, that curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety.
Kent. Is not this your fon, my lord?
Glo. His breeding, Sir, hath been at my charge. I have fo often blush'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 iffue of it being so proper.
Glo. But I have a fon, Sir, by order of law, fome year elder
than this; who yet is no dearer in my account, though this knave came fomewhat fawcily to the world before he was fent for; yet was his mother fair, there was good sport at his making, and the whorfon must be acknowledg'd. Do you know this nobleman, Edmund?
Baft. No, my lord.
Glo. My lord of Kent ;
Remember him hereafter as my honourable friend.
Baft. My fervices to your lordship.
Kent. I must love you, and fue to know you better.
Baft. Sir, I fhall study your deferving.
Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again. The King is coming.
To them, Enter King Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Gonerill, Regan, Cordelia, and attendants.
Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy.
Glo. I fhall, my Liege.
Lear. Mean time we fhall exprefs our darker purpofe.
We have this hour a conftant will to publish
May be prevented now. The Princes France and Burgundy,