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Or, whilst I can vent clamour from my throat,
Hear me, recreant!
pride, To come betwixt our sentence and our power ; (Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,) Our potency made good,' take thy reward. Five days we do allot thee, for provision To shield thee from diseases of the world ; And, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back Upon our kingdom : if, on the tenth day following, Thy banish'd trunk be found in our dominions, The moment is thy death: Away! by Jupiter, This shall not be revok’d. Kent. Fare thee well, king: since thus thou wilt
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,
[TO REGAN and GONERIL. That good effects may spring from words of love.Thus Kent, O princes, bids you all adieu ; He'll shape his old courses in a country new.
(Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,)
Our potency made good,] i. e. They to whom I have yielded my power and authority, yielding me the ability io dispense it in this instance, take thy reward.
2 By Jupiter,] Shakspeare makes his Lear too much a mythologist: he had Hecate and Apollo before. JOHNSON.
3 He'll shape his old course -] He will follow his old maxinis; he will continue to act upon the same principles.
wore than has
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 rivall’d for our daughter; What, in the least, Will you require in present dower with her, Or cease your quest of love ?
Most royal majesty, . I crave no more than hąth your highness offer'd, Nor will you tender less. Lear.
Right noble Burgundy, When she was dear to us, we did hold her so ; But now her price is falln: Sir, there she stands; If aught within that little, seeming substance, Or all of it, with our displeasure piec'd, And nothing more, may fitly like your grace, She's there, and she is yours. Bur.
I know no answer, Lear. Sir, Will you, with those infirmities she owes, Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate, Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with our
oath, Take her, or leave her? Bur.
Pardon me, royal sir; Election makes not up on such conditions.?
If aught her price is falls we did holde, Burgundy,
4 — quest of love?] Quest of love is amorous expedition. The term originated from Romance. A quest was the expedition in which a knight was engaged.
s seeming -] is beautiful, or rather specious. o owes,] i. e. is possessed of.
7 Election makes not up on such conditions.] Election comes not *to a decision; in the same sense as when we say, “ I have made up my mind on that subject.”
Lear. Then leave her, sir; for, by the power
that made me, I tell you all her wealth.-For you, great king,
[To FRANCE. I would not from your love make such a stray, To match you where I hate; therefore beseech you To avert your liking a more worthier way, Than on a wretch whom nature is asham'd Almost to acknowledge hers. France.
This is most strange? That she, that even but now was your best object, The argument of your praise, balm of your age, Most best, most dearest, should in this trice of time Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle So many folds of favour! Sure, her offence Must be of such unnatural degree That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd affection Fall into taint:8 which to believe of her, Must be a faith, that reason without miracle Could never plant in me. Cor.
. 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 action, or dishonour'd step, That hath depriv'd me of your grace and favour: 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. 8 or your fore-vouch'd affection
Fall into taint:] Either her offence must be monstrous, or, if she has not committed any such offence, the affection which you always professed to have for her must be tainted and decayed, and is now without reason alienated from her.
! If for I want, &c.] If this be my offence, that I want the glib and oily art, &c.
Better thou Had'st not been born, than not to have pleas'd me
Lear. Nothing: I have sworn; I am firm.
Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a father, That you must lose a husband. ;
Peace be with Burgundy! Since that respects of fortune are his love, I shall not be his wife. France. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, be
ing poor; Most choice, forsaken ; and most lov’d, despis'd! Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon : Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away. Gods, gods ! 'tis strange, that from their cold'st
neglect My love should kindle to inflam'd respect. Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my chance, Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France: Not all the dukes of wat'rish Burgundy Shall buy this unpriz'd precious maid of me.
with respects,] i. e. with cautious and prudential considerations.
from the entire point.] Single, unmixed with other considerations.
Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind :
for we Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see That face of hers again :-Therefore be gone, Without our grace, our love, our benizon. Come, noble Burgundy. [Flourish. Exeunt LEAR, BURGUNDY, CORN
WALL, ALBANY, GLOSTER, and Attendants. France. Bid farewell to your sisters.
Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes Cordelia leaves you: I know you what you are; And, like a sister, am most loath to call Your faults, as they are nam’d. Use well our father : To your professed bosoms I commit him : But yet, alas ! stood I within his grace, I would prefer him to a better place. . . So farewell to you both. Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.
Let your study
Come, my fair Cordelia.
[Exeunt FRANCE and CORDELIA. Gon. Sister, it is not a little I have to say, of what most nearly appertains to us both. I think, our father will hence to-night.
3 Thou losest here,] Here and where have the power of nouns. Thou losest this residence to find a better residence in another
) i. e. complicated, involved cunning.