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Obey you, love you, and most honor you.
Lear. But goes this with thy heart ?
Ay, good my lord.
Lear. Let it be so,—thy truth then be thy dower;
Good my liege, Lear. Peace, Kent! Come not between the dragon and his wrath. I loved her most, and thought to set my rest On her kind nursery.—Hence, and avoid my sight!
[To CORDELIA. So be my grave my peace, as here I give Her father's heart from her !—Call France ;—who stirs ? Call Burgundy.—Cornwall, and Albany, With my two daughters' dowers digest this third ; Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry her. I do invest you jointly with my power, Preeminence, and all the large effects That troop with majesty.–Ourself, by monthly course, With reservation of a hundred knights,
1 His children.
By you to be sustained, shall our abode
shaft. Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork invade The region of my heart; be Kent unmannerly, When Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, old
man ? Think'st thou, that duty shall have dread to speak, When power to flattery bows? To plainness honor's
bound, When majesty stoops to folly. Reverse thy doom ; 4 And, in thy best consideration, check This hideous rashness. Answer my life my judgment, Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least; Nor are those empty-hearted, whose low sound Reverbs 5 no hollowness. Lear.
Kent, on thy life, no more, Kent. My life I never held but as a pawn To wage against thine enemies, nor fear to lose it, Thy safety being the motive. Lear.
Out of my sight!
1 Thus the quarto; folio, “ we shall retain." 2 « All the titles belonging to a king."
3 By “ the execution of the rest,” all the other functions of the kingly office are probably meant.
4 The folio reads, “reserve thy state ;” and has falls instead of “stoops to folly."
5 This is, perhaps, a word of the Poet's own; meaning the same as reverberates.
6. The expression to wage against is used in a letter from Guil. Webbe to Robt. Wilmot, prefixed to Tancred and Gismund, 1592:-“ You shall not be able to wage against me in the charges growing upon this action.”
· Kent. See better, Lear, and let me still remain
Lear. Now, by Apollo,
Now, by Apollo, king,
O vassal! miscreant!
[Laying his hand on his sword. Alb. Corn. Dear sir, forbear.
Hear me, recreant!
appear, Freedom“ lives hence, and banishment is here. The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid,
To CORDELIA. That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said !-And your large speeches may your deeds approve,
I To Regan and GONERIL. 1 The blank is the mark at which men shoot.
2 “ They to whom I have surrendered my authority, yielding me the ability to dispense it in this instance.” Quarto B. reads “make good.”
3 Thus the quartos. The folio reads " disasters." By diseases are meant uneasinesses, inconveniences.
4 The quartos read “ Friendship ;” and in the next line, instead of *dear shelter," " protection.”
That good effects may spring from words of love.- .
Re-enter GLOSTER, with FRANCE, BURGUNDY, and
Attendants. Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord.
Lear. My lord of Burgundy, We first address towards you, who with this king Hath rivalled for our daughter. What, in the least, Will you require in present dower with her, Or cease your quest of love? Bur.
Most royal majesty,
Lear. :. . Right noble Burgundy,
I know no answer.
Pardon me, royal sir ; Election makes not up on such conditions. Lear. Then leave her, sir; for, by the power that
made me, I tell you all her wealth.–For you, great king,
1 A quest is a seeking or pursuit: the expedition in which a knight was engaged is often so named in the Faerie Queen.
% Seeming here means specious. 3 i. e. ouns.
4 That is, I cannot decide to take her upon such terms; or, such conditions leave me no choice.
I would not from your love make such a stray,
This is most strange!
I yet beseech your majesty, (If for I want that glib and oily art, To speak and purpose not ; since what I well intend, I'll do't before I speak,) that you make known It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness, No unchaste 4 action, or dishonored step, That hath deprived me of your grace and favor ; But even for want of that, for which I am richer ; A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue That I am glad I have not, though not to have it, Hath lost me in your liking. Lear. ~
Better thou Hadst not been born, than not to have pleased me better.
France. Is it but this ? a tardiness in nature, Which often leaves the history unspoke, . That it intends to do ? —My lord of Burgundy, What say you to the lady? Love is not love,
i blot, muraishonored stond favo
1 In the phraseology of Shakspeare's age, that and as were convertible words. The uncommon verb to monster occurs again in Corio. lanus.
2 The former affection which you professed for her must become the subject of reproach. Taint is here an abbreviation of attaint.
3 i. e." if cause I want," &c.