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Beloved sons, be yours : which to confirm,
Kent. Royal Lear,
Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from the shaft.
Kont. Let it fall rather, though the fork invade The region of my heart : be Kent unmannerly, When Lear is mad. What wouldst 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 stoops to folly. Reverse thy doom ; Apd, in thy best consideration, check This hideous rashness : answer my life my judgment, Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least; Nor are those empty-hearted, whose low sound Reverbs no hollowness."
Lear. Kent, on thy life, no more.
Kent. My life I never held but as a pawn
Lear. Out of my sight!
Kent. See better, Lear; and let me still remain The true blank of thine eye. 3
Lear. Now, by Apollo,
Kent. Now, by Apollo, king, Thou swear'st thy gods in vain. Lear. O, vassal! miscreant!
[Laying his hand on his sword. Alb. Corn. Dear sir, forbear.
Kent. Do ;
Lear. Hear me, recreant !
 Reverbs-this I presume to be a word of the poet's own makingi meaning the same as reverberates. STEEVENS.
(2) i. e. I never regarded my life as my own, but merely as a thing of which I had the possession, not the property ; and which was entrusted to me as a pawn or pledge to be employed in waging war against your ene. mies, STEEVENS.
C3] The blank-is the white or exact mark at which the arrow is shor. " See better,” says Kent," and keep me always in your view.” JOHNS.
Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow,
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 Attendants.
Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord.
Lear. My lord of Burgundy,
Bur. Most royal majesty,
Lear. Right noble Burgundy,
 The old copy reads starved pride ; that is, pride exorbitant ; pride passing due bounds. JOHNSON.
(5! Ås a proof that I am not a mere threatener, that I have power as well as will to punish, take the due reward of thy demerits ; hear thy sentence. The words, Our potency made good, are in the absolute case. MALONE.
 Shakspeare makes Lear too of a mythologist : he had te and Apollo before. JOHNSON.
 He will follow his old maxims; he will continue to act upon the same principles. JOHNSON.
 Seeming means specious STEEVENS.
Or all of it, with our displeasure piec’d,
Bur. I know no answer.
Lear. Sir, Will you, with those infirmities she owes, 9 Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate, Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with our oath, Take her, or leave her?
Bur. Pardon me, royal sir ; Election makes not up on such conditions. Lear. Then leave her, sir; fur, by the power that
France. This is most strange!
Cor. I yet beseech your majesty,
Lear. Better thou
 Owes-i. e. possessed of. STEEVENS.
 Election comes not to a decision ; ;in the same sense as when we say, " I have made up my mind on that subject.” MALONE. 2*
Hadst not been born, than not to have pleas'd me better.
France. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature,
Bur. Royal Lear,
Lear. Nothing: I have sworn ; I am firm.
Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a father,
Cor: Peace be with Burgundy !
Fra. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, being poor ;
Lear. Thou hast her, France: let her be thine ; fo Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see That face of hers again :- Therefore be gone, Without our grace, our love, our benizon. Come, noble Burgundy: (Flourish. Exe. LEAR, BURGUNDY, CORNWALL,
ALBANY, GLOSTER, and Attendants. France. Bid farewell to your sisters.
Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes Cordelia leaves you : I know you what you are ; And, like a sister, am most loath to call Your faults, as they are nam’d. Use well our father: To your professed bosoms I commit him :
(2] Here and where have the power of nouns. Thou losest this rasia dence to find a better residence in another place. JOHNSON
But yet, alas! stood I within his grace,
Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.
Reg. Let your study
Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides ;3
Fran. Come, my fair Cordelia. [Exe. Fra. and Cor. 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 with us.
Gon. You see how full of changes his ages is ; the observation we have made of it hath not been little ; he always loved our sister most;
and with what poor judgment he hath now cast her off, appears too grossly.
Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age : yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself.
Gon. The best and soundest of his time hath been but rash; then must we look to receivē from his age, not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted condition, but, therewithal, the unruly waywardness that infirm and choleric years bring with them.
Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to have from him, as this of Kent's banishment.
Gon. There is further compliment of leave-taking between France and him. Pray you, let us hit together : 5 If our father carry authority with such dispositions as he bears, this last surrender of his will but offend us.
Reg. We shall further think of it.
 Plaited cunning-i. e. complicated, involved cunning. JOHNSON,
 of qualities of mind, confirmed by long habit. So, in Othello, "a woman of so gentle a condition."
MALONE.  Hit-i.e. agree.
STEEVENS. 6] I'the heat-i.e. We must strike while the iron's hct. STEEVENS