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LEAR, King of Britain.
KING OF FRANCE.
DUKE OF BURGUNDY.
DUKE OF CORNWALL.
DUKE OF ALBANY.
EARL OF KENT.
CURAN, a Courtier. |
An Officer, employed by Edmund.
Servants to Cornwall.
REGAN, | Daughters to Lear.
Knights of Lear's train, Officers, Messengers, Soldiers, and
Attendants. SCENE, Britain. 2 : 3943
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SCENE L – A Room of State in KING LEAR's Palace.'
Enter RENT, GLOSTER, and EDMUND.
Kent. I thought, the king had more affected the duke of Albany," than Cornwall. Gloster. It did always seem so to us: but now, in the division of the kingdom, it appears not which of the dukes he values most; for equalities are so weighed, that curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety.” Kent. Is not this your son, my lord? Glos. His breeding, Sir, hath been at my charge: I have so often blushed to acknowledge him, that now I am brazed" to it. * Kent. I cannot conceive you. Glos. Sir, this young fellow's mother could; whereupon she grew round-wombed, and had, indeed, Sir, a son for her cradle ere she had a husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault? Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it being so proper.” Glos. But I have a son, Sir, by order of law, some year elder" than this, who yet is no dearer in my account:
1. Scotland was anciently called not determine in preferring one share Albany. to the other.
2. Curiosity, scrupulousness, cap- 3. To braze, to harden to imputiousness; moiety strictly means half, dence. but Shakespeare commonly uses it for 4. i. e. could conceive: a play upon any part or division. — The meaning the word. of the sentence is: The qualities and 5. A proper man was a handsome properties of the several divisions are man, a well-proportioned man. so weighed and balanced against one 6. Some year elder, about a year another, that the exactest scrutiny could older.
King Lear. 1
though this knave. came somewhat saucily into the world,
... again. – The king is coming. [Sennet' within.
Enter LEAR, CORNWALL, ALBANY, G0NERIL, REGAN, CORDELIA, and Attendants.
Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy, Gloster.
Glos. I shall, my liege. !' GLOSTER and EDMUND.
Lear. Meantime we shall express our darker purpose.”
1. Sennet, flourish of trumpets. 4. Constant will, determined will; the 2. Darker purpose, secret, hidden same as fast intent. purpose. 5. See last note but one of Scene 4,
3. Fast intent, fixed, settled intent. Act III.
Goneril. Sir, I love you more than words can wield the
Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty;
Lear. Of all these bounds, even from this line to this, With shadowy forests, and with champains rich'd, With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads,
We make thee lady: to thine
and Albany's issue
Be this perpetual. — What says our second daughter,
Myself an enemy to all other
Which the most precious square of sense possesses,”
And find, I am alone felicitate
In your dear highness' love.
Cor. Then, poor Cordelia! [Aside. And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's
More richer” than my tongue.
Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever,
1. i. e. more than words can deal with, or express.
comprehension; or, the full complement of all the senses. But this passage may possibly be corrupted.
2. i. e. beyond all assignable quantity. I love you beyond limits, and cannot say it is so much, for how much soever I should name, it would be yet Inore. - > 3. i. e. in that, in as much as I profess &c.
4. Perhaps square means compass,
5. The use of both forms of comParison together was common with the old writers. See many passages in this play.
6. Validity, worth, value; not integrity, or good title.
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Strive to be interess'd; what can you say, to draw
Cordelia. Nothing, my lord.
Lear. Nothing will come of nothing; speak again.
Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty According to my bond; nor more, nor less.
Lear. How? how, Cordelia? mend your speech a little, Lest you may mar your fortunes.
Cor. Good my lord,
Lear. But goes this with thy heart?
Cor. - Ay, goodmy lord.
Lear. So, young, and so untender?
Cor. So young, my lord, and true.
Lear. Let it be so: thy truth, then, be thy dower;
Kent. Good my liege, —
4. Sometime, former. As thou that wert my daughter.
1. i. e. As I am bound to do.