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(Since now we will divest us, both of rule,
Do love you more than words can wield the matter,
No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour:
Cor. What shall Cordelia do? Love, and be silent.
Reg. I am made of that self metal as my sister,
Which the most precious square of sense" possesses;
your dear highness' love. Cor. Then poor Cordelia! [Aside. And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's More richer than my tongue.
Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever, Remains this ample third of our fair kingdom;
i Beyond all manner of so much-] Beyond all assignable quantity. I love you beyond limits, and cannot say it is so much, for how much soever I should name, it would yet be more.-JOHNSON.
rich'd-] For enriched.-M. MASON.
that-] For in that; i. e. inasmuch as.-MALONE.
square of sense-] i. e. The full complement of all the senses.-EDWARDS.
No less in space, validity," and pleasure,
Than that conferred on Goneril. Now, our joy,
Lear. Nothing can come of nothing: speak again.
My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty
Lear. How, how, Cordelia? mend your speech a little, Lest it may mar your fortunes.
Lear. But goes this with thy heart?
Ay, good my lord.
Lear. So young, and so untender?
Lear. Let it be so,-Thy truth then be thy dower :
The mysteries of Hecate, and the night;
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 him.
interess'd;] From to interesse, the original form of to interest; from interesser, Fr.-NARES.
Propinquity and property of blood,
And as a stranger to my heart and me
To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom
Lear. Peace, Kent!
Good my liege,
Come not between the dragon and his wrath:
So be my grave my peace, as here I give
With my two daughters' dowers digest this third :
I do invest you jointly with my power,
That troop with majesty.-Ourself, by monthly course, With reservation of an hundred knights,
By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode
Make with you by due turns. Only we still retain
Revenue, execution of the rest,*
Beloved sons, be yours: which to confirm,
This coronet part between you. [Giving the Crown.
Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from the shaft.
The region of my heart: be Kent unmannerly,
- from this,] i.e. From this time.-STEEVENS.
generation] i. e. His children.MALONE.
all the additions to a king;] All the titles belonging to a king.
execution of the rest,] i. e. All the other business.-JOHNSON.
When Lear is mad. What would'st thou do, old man? Think'st thou, that duty shall have dread to speak, When power to flattery bows? To plainness honour's bound,
When majesty stoop to folly. Reverse thy doom;
This hideous rashness: answer my life my judgment,
Kent, on thy life no more.
Now, by Apollo, king,
Thou swear'st thy gods in vain.
O, vassal! miscreant! [Laying his hand on his sword.
Alb. Corn. Dear sir, forbear.
Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow
Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift;
I'll tell thee, thou dost evil.
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.
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.— STEEVENS.
Five days we do allot thee, for provision
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 course in a country new.
Re-enter GLOSTER; with FRANCE, BURGUNDY, and Attendants.
Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord.
We first address towards you, who with this king
But now her price is fall'n: Sir, there she stands;
If aught within that little, seeming1 substance,
— 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.
P 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.