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Propinquity and property of blood,
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 Burgundy.—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 an 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 kingo;
Revenue, execution of the rest,
generation —] i. e. his children.
execution of the rest,] All the other busincss.
Lov'd as my father, as my master follow'd,
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.
8 Reverbs --] This is, perhaps, a word of the poet's own making, meaning the same as reverberates.
9 The true blank of thine eye.] The blank is the white or exact mark at which the arrow is shot. See better, says Kent, and keep me always in your view.
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 cours -] He will follow his old maxims; he will continue to act upon the same principles.
Re-enter GLOSTER; with FRANCE, BURGUNDY, and
Lear. My lord of Burgundy,
Most royal majesty,
Right noble Burgundy,
I know no answer.
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.
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,
This is most strange!
I yet beseech your majesty,
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 want the glib and oily art, &c.