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Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift;
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,
[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.
(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 to dispense it in this instance, take thy reward.
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 maxims; he will continue to act upon the same principles.
Re-enter GLOSTER; with FRANCE, BURGUNDY, and
Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord.
Lear. My lord of Burgundy,
Most royal majesty,
Right noble Burgundy,
I know no answer.
with those infirmities she owes,
Pardon me, royal sir; Election makes not up on such conditions.?
Lear. Then leave her, sir; for, by the power that
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.
seeming —) is beautiful, or rather, specious. 6 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.”
I tell you all her wealth. - For you, great king,
[T. 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 taint8: which to believe of her, Must be a faith, that reason without miracle Could never plant in me. Cor.
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. Lear.
Better thou Had'st not been born, than not to have pleas'd me better.
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.
9 If for I want, &c.] If this be my offence, that I want the glib and oily art, &c.
France. Is it but this+? a tardiness in nature,
Lear. Nothing: I have sworn; I am firm.
Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a father,
Peace be with Burgundy!
of ours, and our fair France :
+ “ It is no more but this ?” - Malone.
with respects,] i. e. with cautious and prudential considerations.
from the entire point.] Single, unmixed with other consi, derations.
3 Thou losest here,] Here and where have the power of nouns. Thou losest this residence to find a better residence in another place.
Lear. Thou hast her, France; let her be thine;
Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see
(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
Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.
Let your study
have wanted. Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning * hides ; Who covers faults, at last shame them derides. Well may you prosper! France.
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.
Reg. That's most certain, and with you; next month
Gon. You see how full of changes his age is; the observation we have made of it hath not been little: he always loved our sister most; and with what poor
* -plaited cunning - ] i.e. complicated, involved cunning.