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LEAR, King of Britain.
Servants to Glo'ster.
Knights attending on the King, Officers, Mesengers,
Soldiers and Attendants.
SCEN E lies in Britain.
K I N G
Enter Kent, Glo'ster, and Edmund ihe Dafiard.
K E N T.
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 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 havę so often blush'd to acknowledge him, that now I am braz'd to't.
Kent. I cannot conceive you.
Glo. Sir, this young feilow's mother could; whereupon me 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.
Glo. 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 faucily to the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair; there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledg'd. Do you know this Nobleman, Edmund ?
Edm. No, ny lord.
Glo. My lord of Kent;
Edm. My services to your lordship.
[Trumpets found, within. The King is coming. Enter King Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Goneriti, Regan,
Cordelia, and Attendants.