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ACCURATELY PRINTED FROM
The Text of the Corrected Copy left by the late
GEORGE STEEVENS, ESQ.
A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF SHAKSPEARE.
IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
KING LEAR....ROMEO AND JULIET....HAMLET....OTHELLO.
Stereotyped by J. Howe....N. York.
PHILATELPHIA: PUBLISHED BY H. C. TĂ ŘĚY, AND I. KEA, AND
M'CARTY & DAVIS.
Lear, king of Britain.
Knights attending on the King, Officers, Messen
gers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE 1.-A room of state in King Lear's pal
Enter Kent, Gloster, and Edmund.
Kent. I THOUGHT, the king had more affected 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 most; for equalities are so weigh'd, that curiosityl 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 blushed to acknowledge him, that now I am brazed to it.
Kent. I cannot conceive you.
Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could : whereupon she grew round-wombed; and had, indeed, sir, a son 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.3
Glo. But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account: though this knave came somewhat saucily
(1) Most scrupulous nicety.