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Obey you, love you, and most honour you.
Lear. But goes thy heart with this?
Cor. Ay, good my lord.
Lcar.So young, and so untender?
Cor. So young, my lord, and true.
Lear. Let it be so,—thy truth, then, be thy dow'r: For, by the sacred radiance of the sun, Here I disclaim all my paternal care, And as a stranger to my heart and me Hold thee, from this, for ever.
Kent. Good my liege,—
Lear. Peace, Kent!
Come not between the dragon and his wrath.—
stirs? Call Burgundy.— [Exit a Knight.]—Cornwall and
With my two daughters' dow'rs digest this third:
With reservation of an hundred knights,
Beloved sons, be yours: which to confirm,
[Giving the Crown to Albany.
Kent. Royal Lear,
Whom I have ever honour'd as my king,
Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from the shaft.
Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork invade The region of my heart: be Kent unmannerly, When Lear is mad.
Lear. Kent, on thy life, no more.
Kent. My life I never held but as a pawn To wage against thine enemies; nor fear to lose it, Thy safety being the motive.
Lear. Out of my sight!
Kent. See better, Lear; and let me still remain The true blank of thine eye.
Lear. Now, by Apollo,—
Kent. Now, by Apollo, king, Thou swear'st thy gods in vain.
Lear. O, vassal! miscreant.
[Seizing his sword.
Alb., Corn. Dear sir, forbear.
Lear. Hear me, recreant!
On thine allegiance hear me !—
The moment is thy death. Away! by Jupiter,
Kent. Fare thee well, king.
thee, maid !— (To Regan and Goneril.] And your large speeches
may your deeds approve. Thus Kent, O princes, bids you all adieu; He'll shape his old course in a country new. [Exit.
Flourish. Re-enter Gloster and Edmund, with France, Burgundy, and Attendants.
Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord.
Lear. My Lord of Burgundy, We first address towards you, who, with this king Hath rivall'd for our daughter: what, in the least, Will you require in present dow'r with her, Or cease your quest of love?
Bur. Most royal majesty,
I crave no more than hath your highness offer'd,
Lear. Right noble Burgundy,
When she was dear to us, we did hold her so;
Bur. Pardon me, royal sir;
Election makes not up on such conditions.
Lear. Then leave her, sir; for, by the pow'r that
made me, I tell you all her wealth.— [To France..' For you,
I would not from your love make such a stray,
France. This is most strange!
Cor. I yet beseech your Majesty,—make known, It is no vicious blot, nor stain of 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'm richer,— A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue As I am glad I have not, though not to have it Hath lost me in your liking.
Lear. Better thou
Hadst not been born than not t' have pleas'd me better.
France. Is it but this? a tardiness in nature Which often leaves the history unspoke That it intends to do? My Lord of Burgundy, What say you to the lady? Will you have her? She is herself a dowry.
Bur. Royal King,
Give but that portion which yourself propose,
Lear. I have sworn; I am firm.
Bur. I am sorry, then, you have so lost a father, That you must lose a husband.
Cor. Peace be with Burgundy.
Since that respects of fortune are his love,
France. Fairest Cordelia, thou art most rich,
Most choice, forsaken; and most lov'd, despis'd!
Lear. Thou hast her, France: let her be thine;
for we Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see
That face of hers again:— Therefore be gone
(Flourish. Exeunt Lear, Burgundy,
France. Bid farewell to your sisters.
Cor. Ye jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes Cordelia leaves you: I know you what you are; And, like a sister, am most loathe to call Your faults as they are nam'd. Love well our father: To your professed bosoms I commit him: But yet, alas, stood I within his grace, I would prefer him to a better place. So, farewell to you both.
Reg. Prescribe not us our duties.
Con. Let your study
Be to content your lord, who hath receiv'd you
Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning
Who cover faults, at last them shame derides.
[Exeunt France and Cordelia.
Gon. 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 age is; he always loved our sister most; and with what poor judgment he hath now cast her off appears too grossly.
Reg. Such unconstant starts are we like to have from him as this of Kent's banishment.
Gon. Pray you, let us hit together; we must do something, and i' the heat.