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(Since now we will divest us, both of rule,
Reg. I am made of that self metal as my sister,
Then poor Cordelia! [Aside.
Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever, Remains this ample third of our fair kingdom;
i Beyond all manner of so much-] 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 yet be more.—JOHNSON.
rich'd-] For enriched.-M. MASON. i- that-] For in that; i. e. inusmuch as.-MALONE. 1 - square of sense ) i.e. The full complement of all the senses.-Edwards. D- validity,] i.e. Worth, value.
No less in space, validity," and pleasure,
Cor. Nothing, my lord.
Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
Lear. How, how, Cordelia ? mend your speech a little, Lest it may mar your fortunes. Cor,
Good my lord,
Lear. But goes this with thy heart?
Ay, good my lord
Lear. Let it be s0,-Thy truth then be thy dower:
o- conferred- ] This is the correct reading of the folio. Steevens reads after the quarto, confirm'd on; which, as M. Mason observes, is false English: we confer on a person, but we confirm to him. P i nteress'd;] From to interesse, the original form of to interest ; from interesser, Fr.-Nares.
Propinquity and property of blood,
Good my liege,
Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make from the shaft.
Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork invade
all the additions to a king ;] All the titles belonging to a king.-i- execution of the rest,] i. e. All the other business.- Johnson.
When Lear is mad. What would'st thou do, old man?
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.
Hear me, recreant!
u Reverbs) i.e. Reverberates. This contraction is supposed to be peculiar to Shakspeare.-NARES.
* The true blank-] i.e. The white or exact mark at which the arrow is shot. See better, says Kent, and keep me always in your view.-Johnson.
y Our potency made good,] i.e. They to whom I have yielded my pmver and authority, yielding me the ability to dispense it in this instance, take thy reward.--
Five days we do allot thee, for provision
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
Lear. My lord of Burgundy,
Most royal majesty,
Right noble Burgundy,
i- by Jupiter,] Shakspeare makes his Lear too much a mythologist : he bad Hecate and Apollo before.—Johnson.
a He'll shape his old course-] He will follow his old maxims; he will continue to act upon the same principles.-JOHNSON.
P- quest of love?] i.e. Amorous expedition. The term originated from Romance. A quest was the expedition in which a knight was engaged.-STEEVENS.
4.--- seeming-) i. e. Specious.