SCENE I. The heath.
Yet better thus, and known to be contemn'd,
Than still contemn'd and flatter'd. To be worst,
The lowest and most dejected thing of fortune,
Stands still in esperance, lives not in fear:
The lamentable change is from the best;
The worst returns to laughter. Welcome, then,
Thou unsubstantial air that I embrace!
The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst
Owes nothing to thy blasts. But who comes here?
Enter GLOUCESTER, led by an Old Man
Other possible sources are the anonymous play King Leir (published in 1605); The Mirror for Magistrates (1574), by John Higgins; The Malcontent (1604), by John Marston ; The London Prodigal (1605); Montaigne 's Essays , which were translated into English by John Florio in 1603; An Historical Description of Iland of Britaine (1577), by William Harrison ; Remaines Concerning Britaine (1606), by William Camden ; Albion 's England (1589), by William Warner ; and A Declaration of egregious Popish Impostures (1603), by Samuel Harsnett , which provided some of the language used by Edgar while he feigns madness. King Lear is also a literary variant of a common fairy tale , Love Like Salt, Aarne–Thompson type 923, in which a father rejects his youngest daughter for a statement of her love that does not please him. 
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