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Our potency make good, take thy reward.
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 Goneril. That good effects may spring from words of love.--Thus Kent, O princes, bids you all adieu; He'll shape his old coursel in a country new. (Er. Re-enter Gloster; with France, Burgundy, and
Allendants. 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 dower with her, Or cease your quest of love?2 Bur.
Most royal majesty, I crave no more than hath your highness offerd, Nor will you tender less. Lear.
Right noble Burgundy,
(1) Follow his old mode of life.
And nothing more, may fitly like your grace,
I know no answer.
with those infirmities she owes, Unfriended, new-adopted to our bate, 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 ; for by the power that I tell you all her wealth.--For you, great king,
(To France. I would not from your love make such a stray, To match you where I hate; therefore beseech you To averts your liking a more worthier way, Than on a wretch whom nature is asham'd Almost to acknowledge hers. France.
This is most strange! That she, that even but now was your best object, The argument of your praise, balm of your age, Most best, most dearest, should in this trice of time Commit a thing so monstrous, tu disinantle So many folds of favour! Sure, her offence Must be of such unnatural degree, That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd4 affection Fall into taint:5 which to believe of her, Must be a faith, that reason without miracle Could never plant in me. Cor.
I yet beseech your majesty (If for6 I want that glib and oily art, To speak and purpose not; since what I well
(1) Owns, is possessed of. (2) Concludes not.
It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness,
Peace be with Burgundy! Since that respects of fortune are his love, I shall not be his wife. France. Fairest Cordelia, thou art most rich,
being poor; Most choice, forsaken; and most lov'd, despis'd! Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon : Be it lawful, I take up what's cast away. Gods, gods! 'tis strange, that from their cold'st
neglect My love should kindle to inflam'd respect.Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my chance, Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France : Not all the dukes of wat'rish Burgundy
(1) • Who seeks for aught in love but love alone."
Shall buy this unpriz'd precious maid of me.-
Lear. Thou hast her, France : let her be thine ;
Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see
Albany, Gloster, and Attendants.
Cor. The jewels of our father, with wash'd eyes
Gon. Prescribe not us our duties.
Let your study Be, to content your lord ; who hath receiv'd you At fortune's alms. You have obedience scanted, And well are worth the want that you have wanted. Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited3 cunning
Come, my fair Cordelia.
(Exeunt France and Cordelia. 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 age is; the observation we have made of it hath not been
(2) Blessing. (3) Folded, doubled.
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 receive from his age, not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted condition, but therewithal, the unruly way. wardness 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 leavetaking between France and him. Pray you, let us hit together : If our father carry authority with such dispositions as be bears, this last surrender of his will but offend us.
Reg. We shall further think of it.
[Exeunt. SCENE II.-A hall in the Earl of Gloster's Castle.
Enter Edmund, with a letter.
(1) Qualities of mind.