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LEAR, King of Britain.
Ofwald, Steward to Gonerill.
Old Man, Tenant to Glo'fter.
Servants to Glo'fter.
Regan, Daughters to Lear.
Knights attending on the King, Officers, Messengers,
SCENE lies in Britain.
A C T
SCENE, the King's Palace.
Enter Kent, Glo'fter, and Edmund the Baftard.
Thought, the King had more affected the
Glo. It did always feem fo 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 curiofity 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 so often blufh'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 fhe 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 fo 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 faucily to the world before he was fent for, yet was his mother fair; there was good sport at his making, and the whorefon must be acknowledg'd. Do you know this Nobleman, Edmund?
Edm. No, my Lord.
Glo. My Lord of Kent;
Remember him hereafter as my honourable friend.
Kent. I muft love you, and fue to know you better.
away he shall [Trumpets found, within.
Enter King Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Gonerill, Regan, Cordelia, and Attendants.
Lear. Attend the Lords of France and Burgundy, Glofter,
Long in our Court have made their am'rous fojourn,
Which of you, fhall we fay, doth love us moft?