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No less in space, validity, and pleasure,
Cor. Nothing, my lord.
Cor, Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
Lear. How, how, Cordelia ? mend your speech a little,
Good my lord,
Lear. But goes this with thy heart?
Ay, good my lord.
Lear. Let it be so,-Thy truth then be thy dower :
validity,] i.e. Worth, value.
conferred-] This is the correct reading of the folio. Steevens reads after the quarto, confirm'd on ; which, as M. Mason observes, is false English: we confer on a person, but we confirm to bim.
interess'd ;] From to interesse, the original form of to interest; from interesser, Fr.-NARES.
Propinquity and property of blood,
Good my liege,
Revenue, execution of the rest,
Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from the shaft.
Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork invade The region of my heart; be Kent unmannerly,
from this,] i.e. From this time.---STEEVENS.
all the additions to a king ;] All the titles belonging to a king.-MALONE.
erecution of the rest,] i. e. All the other business.-- Johnson,
When Lear is mad. What would'st thou do, old man ?
Kent, on thy life no more.
Out of my sight!
Lear. Now, by Apollo,-
Now, by Apollo, king,
0, vassal! miscreant !
[Laying his hand on his sword. Alb. Corn. Dear sir, forbear.
Hear me, rec
ht! On thine allegiance hear me ! Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow, (Which we durst never yet,) and, with strain’d 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.
u Reverbs -- ] i. e. Reverberates. This contraction is supposed to be peculiar to Shakspeare.- NARES.
* The true blank] i.e. The white or exact mark at which the arrow is shot. See better, says Kent, and keep me always in your view.—Johnson.
y Our potency made good,] i.e. They to whom I have yielded my power and authority, yielding me the ability to dispense it in this instance, take thy reward.-STEEVEYS.
Five days we do allot thee, for provision
Kent. Fare thee well, king: since thus thou wilt appear,
[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 course in a country new. [Exit.
Re-enter GlosTER; with FRANCE, BURGUNDY, and
Lear. My lord of Burgundy,
Most royal majesty,
Right noble Burgundy,
- by Jupiter,] Shakspeare makes his Lear too much a mythologist : he bad Hecate and Apollo before.—Johnson.
a He'll shape his old course- -] He will follow his old maxims; he will continue to act upon the same principles.--Johnson.
-quest of love?] i.e. Amorous expedition. The term originated from Romance. A quest was the expedition in which a knight was engaged. STEEVENS.
- seeming-] i. e. Specious.
And nothing more, may fitly like your grace,
I know no answer.
Pardon me, royal sir;
Lear. Then leave her, sir; for, by the power that made I tell you all her wealth. For you, great king, [me,
This is most strange!
I yet beseech your majesty,
owes,] i.e. Is possessed of. 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."MALONE.
or your fore-vouch'd affection Fall into taint :] i.e. Her offenee must be monstrous, or the former affection which you possessed for her must fall into taint; that is, become the subject of reproach.-M. Mason.
- for-) i.e. Because.