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into the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair; there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged.--Do you know this noble gentleman, Edmund?
Edm No, my lord.
Glo. My lord of Kent: remember him hereaf. ter as my honourable friend.
Edm. My services to your lordship.
Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you better
Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving.
Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again :- The king is coming
[Trumpets sound within. Enter Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Goneril, Regan,
Cordelia, and Attendants. Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy, Gloster.
Glo. I shall, my liege. [Exe. Glo. and Edm. Lear. Mean-time we shall express our darker
purpose. Give me the map there.-Know, that we have di
vided, In three, our kingdom: and 'tis our fast intenta To shake all cares and business from our age; Conferring them on younger strengths, while we Unburden'd crawl toward death. Our son of Com
wall, And you, our no less loving son of Albany, We have this hour a constant will to publish Our daughters' several dowers, that future strife May be prevented now. The princes, France and
Burgundy, Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love, Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn, And here are to be answerd. Tell me, my daugh.
(1) More secret
(2) Determined resolution.
(Since now we will divest us, both of rule,
health, beauty, honour : As much as child e'er lov'd, or father found. A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable; Beyond all manner of so much I love you. Cor. What shall Cordelia do? Love, and be si: lent.
[ Aside. Lear. Of all these bounds, even from this line
to this, With shadowy forests and with champainsi rich'd, With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads, We make thee lady: To thine and Albany's issue Be this perpetual.-What says our second daughter, Our dearest Regan, wife to Cornwall ? Speak.
Reg. I am made of that self metal as my sister, And prize me at her worth. In my true heart I find, she names my very deed of love; Only she comes too short,—That I profess Myself an enemy to all other joys, Which the most precious square of sense possesses ; And find, I am alone felicitate3 In 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,
(1) Open plains. (2) Comprehension.
Than that confirm'd on Goneril.-Now, our joy,
The vines of France, and milk of Burgundy,
Cor. Nothing, my lord.
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:
(1) Perhaps. (2) Kindred
Hold thee, from this,' for ever. The barbarous
Good my liege,
[To Cordelia. So be my grave my peace, as here I give Her father's heart from her !--Call France ;-Who
stirs? Call Borgundy:-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, Pre-eminence, and all the large effects That troop with majesty.-Ourself, by monthly
course, With reservation of a hundred knights, By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode Make with you by due turns. Only we still retain The name, and all the additions to a king;
Revenue, execution of the rest,4
yours: which to confirm, This coronet part between you. (Giving the crown. Kent.
Royal Lear, Whom I have ever honour'd as my king, Lov'd as my father, as my master follow'd, As my great patron thought on in my prayers, Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from
the shaft. Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork invade (1) From this time. (2) His children. (3) Titles. (4) All other subjects.
The region of my heart : be Kent unmannerly,
Kent, on thy life, no more.
Out of my sight!
Lear. Now, by Apollo,
Now, by Apollo, king,
O, vassal! miscreant !
(Laying his hand on his sword. Alb. Corn. Dear sir, forbear.
Kent. Do ;
Hear me, recreant !
(1) Reverberates. (2) The mark to shoot at.