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  • Title: The History of King Leir (Quarto, 1605)
  • Editor: Andrew Griffin

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    The History of King Leir (Quarto, 1605)

    925Enter Ragan solus.
    Rag. How may I blesse the howre of my natiuity,
    Which bodeth vnto me such happy Starres!
    How may I thank kind fortune, that vouchsafes
    To all my actions, such desir'd euent!
    930I rule the King of Cambria as I please:
    The States are all obedient to my will;
    And looke what ere I say, it shall be so;
    Not any one, that dareth answere no.
    My eldest sister liues in royall state,
    935And wanteth nothing fitting her degree:
    Yet hath she such a cooling card withall,
    As that her hony sauoureth much of gall.
    My father with her is quarter-master still,
    And many times restraynes her of her will:
    940But if he were with me, and seru'd me so,
    Ide send him packing some where else to go.
    Ide entertayne him with such slender cost,
    That he should quickly wish to change his host. Exit.