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Sc. I. HE king's palace. Enter Kent, Gloster, and Edm. Talk of the division of the kingdom between Lear's daughters. Glo. recommends his
bastard son Edm. to Kent. Sc. II. To them enter Lear, Cornwall, Alb. Gon. Reg. Cor. and attendants. Lear calls for the map of the kingdom, which, he says, he (intending to leave the cares of government) has divided into three parts between his daughters. But, designing to make a trial which of them loved him best by their expressions of affection, he calls upon cach of them to declare the measure of their love. After Gon. and Reg. have flattered him with extravagant declarations of the most unbounded love; Cor. from the sincelity of her heart tells him she can love him no Libre than in duty bound. Upon which Lear disclaims her as his child, and divides the kingdom between Cornwall and -ílbany, the husbands of Gonerill and Regan, renouncing all but the name of king and an hundred knights to attend him. Kent b endcavours
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Sc. I. A castle belonging to the Earl of Glo. Enter Edm. and Curan severally. Curan informs Edm. that the Duke of Cornwall is coming to the castle, and Exit. Sc. II. Enter Edg. Edm. advises Eag. to fly; but on hearing Glo. coming, contrives a scuffle. Exit Edg. Edm. wounds himself. Sc. III. And by Glo. (entering) is believed to be wounded by - Edg. Glo, gives orders that Edg. may be pursued; and vows his death. Sc. IV. To them enter Cornwall, Rogan, and attendants. It is concluded between them all that Edg. had sought his father's life. E.g. is deemed a murtherer and a traytor, and as such condemned; and Edm. is received into favour and confidence. Exeunt. Sc. V. Enter Kent and Steward severally. They quarrel together. Kent draws his sword, and afterwards beats the Steward, who calls out murther Sc. VI. To them enter Edm. Corn. Reg. Glo. and servants. Corn. and Reg. order Kent to be put in the stocks. Sc. VII. Manent Glo. and Kent. Glo. is sorry for Kent's usage, and says the duke is to blame. Exit Glo. Rent opens a letter which he has received from Cordelia. Sleeps. Sc. VIII. A heath. Enter Edg. Having heard himself proclaimed a traytor, to avoid being discovered and taken he determines to put on the garb of a Tom o' Bedlam, and feigns himself mad. Exit. Sc. IX. Glo's cr's castle. Enter Lear, Fool, and Gentleman. They find Kent in the stocks. Lear after expressing his surprize, exit to find Reg. 3 Sc. X.
selves in receiving none of Lear's followers. Enter
Glo. who acquaints them that Lear is gone away in
a great rage, and urges the storm, approaching
night, and the unsheltering bareness of the country,
as reasons for recalling hin, but to no purpose :
Gon. Reg. and Cornwall agree to leave him to his fate. Excuat.
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Sc. I. A heath. A storm is heard with thunder and lightning. Enter Kent and a Gentleman severally. Lear's rage and mad deportment related. Kent sends a message to Cor. at Dover by the Gent. in
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