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Lear. Mean-time we shall express our darker pur
Give me the map there. – Know, that we have divided,
express our darker purpose.] That is, we have already made known in some measure our desire of parting the kingdom; we will now discover what has not been told before, the reasons by which we shall regulate the partition. This interpretation will justify or palliate the exordial dialogue. Johnson.
- and 'tis our fast intent --] Our determined resolution.
constant will —] Constant is firm, determined. Constant will is the certa voluntas of Virgil.
A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable ;
Reg. I am made of that self metal as my sister,
: 2 And find, I am alone felicitate In
your dear highness' love. Cor.
Then poor Cordelia ! [Aside.
Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever,
9 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 be yet more.
that I profess, &c.] In that, i. e. inasmuch as, I profess myself, &c.
2 Which the most precious square of sense possesses ;] Perhaps square means only compass, comprehension ; or, the full complement of all the senses.
3 No less in space, validity,) Validity, for worth, value; not for integrity, or good title.
Strive to be interess'do ; what can you say, to draw
Cor. Nothing, my lord.
Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
little, Lest it may mar your fortunes. Cor.
Good my lord, You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me: I Return those duties back as are right fit, Obey you, love you, and most honour you. Why have my sisters husbands, if they say, They love you, all ? Haply, when I shall wed, That lord, whose hand must take my plight, shall carry Half
love with him, half my care, and duty:
Lear. But goes this with thy heart?
Ay, good my lord.
Lear. Let it be so, — Thy truth then be thy dower: For, by the sacred radiance of the sun; The mysteries of Hecate, and the night; By all the operations of the orbs, From whom we do exist, and cease to be; Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
4 Strive to be interess'd;] To interest and to interesse, are not, perhaps, different spellings of the same verb, but are two distinct words though of the same import; the one being derived from the Latin, the other from the French interesser.
† “ will come" - MALONE.
Propinquity and property of blood,
Good my liege,
[To CORDELIA. So be my grave my peace, as here I give Her father's heart from her! - Call France; -Who
Revenue, execution of the rest, ?
[Giving the Crown. Kent.
Royal Lear, Whom I have ever honour'd as my king,
generation - ] i.e. his children.
Lov'd as my father, as my master follow'd,
power to flattery bows ? To plainness honour's
bound, When majesty stoops to folly. Reverse thy doom; And, in thy best consideration, check This hideous rashness : answer my life my judgment, Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least; Nor are those empty-hearted, whose low sound Reverbs & no hollowness. 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!
Lear. Now, by Apollo, -
Now, by Apollo, king,
O, vassal! miscreant !
[Laying his Hand on his Sword. Alb. Corn. Dear sir, forbear.
8. Reverbs -] This is, perhaps, a word of the poet's own making, meaning the same as reverberates.
9 The true blank of thine eye.] The blank is the white or exact mark at which the arrow is shot. See better, says Kent, and keep me always in your