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By you to be sustained, shall our abode
1 Thus the quarto; folio, “we shall retain.” 2 “All the titles belonging to a king.” 3. By “the execution of the rest,” all the other functions of the kingly office are probably meant. 4 The folio reads, “reserve thy state;” and has falls instead of “stoops to folly.” 5 This is, perhaps, a word of the Poet's own; meaning the same as reverberates. 6 The expression to wage against is used in a letter from Guil. Webbe to Robt. Wilmot, prefixed to Tancred and Gismund, 1592:-"You shall not be able to wage against me in the charges growing upon this action.”
Kent. See better, Lear, and let me still remain
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. o: Do; Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift, Or, whilst I can vent clamor from my throat, I’ll tell thee, thou dost evil. Lear. Hear me, recreant On thine allegiance, hear me!— Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow, (Which we durst never yet,) and, with strained pride, To come betwixt our sentence and our power, (Which nor our nature nor our place can bear;) Our potency made” good, take thy reward. Five days we do allot thee, for provision To shield thee from diseases” of the world : And, on the sixth, to turn thy hated back Upon our kingdom. If, on the tenth day following, Thy banished trunk be found in our dominions, The moment is thy death. Away! By Jupiter, This shall not be revoked. 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 GonPRIL.
1 The blank is the mark at which men shoot.
2 * They to whom I have surrendered my authority, yielding me the ability to dispense it in this instance.” Quarto B. reads.“make good.”
3 Thus the quartos. The folio reads “disasters.” By diseases are meant wneasinesses, inconveniences.
4 The quartos read “Friendship; ” and in the next line, instead of “dear shelter,” “protection.”
That good effects may spring from words of love.—
Re-enter GLosTER, with FRANCE, BURGUNDy, and
Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord.
Lear. My lord of Burgundy,
Bur. Most royal majesty,
Lear. Right noble Burgundy,
Bur. I know no answer.
Bur. Pardon me, royal sir;
Lear. Then leave her, sir; for, by the power that
I tell you all her wealth.-For you, great king,
1 A quest is a seeking or pursuit; the expedition in which a knight was engaged is often so named in the Faerie Queen.
* Seeming here means specious.
3 i. e. Oums.
4 That is, I cannot decide to take her upon such terms; or, such conditions leave me no choice.
I would not from your love make such a stray,
France. This is most strange
Cor. I 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 dishonored step, That hath deprived me of your grace and favor; 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
France. Is it but this f a tardiness in nature,
1 In the phraseology of Shakspeare's age, that and as were convertible words. The uncommon verb to monster occurs again in Coriolanus.
2 The former affection which you professed for her must become the subject of reproach. Taint is here an abbreviation of attaint.
3 i. e. “if cause I want,” &c.
4 The quartos read, “no unclean action.”
WOL, WII. 3
When it is mingled with respects," that stand
1. i. e. with cautious and prudential considerations.—The folio has regards. 2 Here and where have the power of nouns.