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Which the most precious square of sense professes,
And finde I am alone felicitate
In your deere Highnesse loue.

Cor. Then poore Cordelia,
And yet not so, since I am sure my loue's
80 More ponderous then my tongue.

Lear. To thee, and thine hereditarie euer,
Remaine this ample third of our faire Kingdome,
No lesse in space, validitie, and pleasure
Then that conferr'd on Gonerill. Now our loy,
Although our last and least; to whose yong loue,
The Vines of France, and Milke of Burgundie,
Striue to be interest. What can you say, to draw
A third, more opilent then your Sisters ? speake.

Cor. Nothing my Lord.
Lear. Nothing ?
Cor. Nothing:
Lear. Nothing will come of nothing, speake againe.

Cor. Vnhappie that I am, I cannot heaue
My heart into my mouth: I loue your Maiesty
According to my bond, no more nor lesse.

Lear. How, how Cordelia? Mend your speech a little,
Least you may marre your Fortunes.

Cor. Good my Lord,
You haue begot me, bred me, lou'd me.

I returne those duties backe as are right fit, 100 Obey you, Loue you, and most Honour you.

Why haue my Sisters Husbands, if they say
They loue you all? Happily when I shall wed,
That Lord, whose hand must take my plight, shall carry
Halfe my loue with him, halfe my Care, and Dutie,
Sure I shall neuer marry like my Sisters.

Lear. But goes thy heart with this?
Cor. I my good Lord.
Lear. So young, and so vntender?
Cor. So young my Lord, and true.

Lear. Let it be so, thy truth then be thy dowre:
For by the sacred radience of the Sunne,
The miseries of Heccat and the night:
By all the operation of the Orbes,
From whom we do exist, and cease to be,
Heere I disclaime all my Paternall care,
Propinquity and property of blood,

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And as a ftranger to my heart and me
Hould thee from this for euer, the barbarous Scythyan,
Or he that makes his generation
Messes to gorge his appetite
Shall bee as well neighbour'd, pittyed and relieued
As thou my sometime daughter.
Kent. Good my Liege.

(his wrath,
Lear. Peace Kent, come not between the Dragon &

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I lou'd her most, and thought to set my rest
On her kind nurcery, hence and auoide my light?
So be my graue my peace as here I giue,
Her fathers heart her, call France, who stirres?
Call Burgundy, Cornwell, and Albany,
With my two daughters dower digest this third,
Let pride, which she cals plainnes, marrie her:
I doe inuest you iointly in my powre,
Preheminence, and all the large effects
That troope with Maiestie, our selfe by monthly course
With reseruation of an hundred knights,
By you to be sustayn'd, shall our abode
Make with you by due turnes, onely we still retaine
The name and all the additions to a King,

The sway, reuenue, execution of the rest,
140 Beloued sonnes be yours, which to confirme,
This Coronet part betwixt you.

Kent. Royall Lear,
Whom I haue euer honor'd as my King,
Loued as my Father, as my maister followed,
As my great patron thought on in my prayers.

Lear. The bow is bět & drawen make from the shaft,

Kent. Let it fall rather,
Though the forke inuade the region of my heart,
Be Kent vnmannerly when Lear is man,

What wilt thou doe ould man, think'st thou that dutie
150 Shall haue dread to speake, when power to flatterie bowes,

To plainnes honours bound when Maiesty stoops to folly,
Reuerse thy doome, and in thy best consideration
Checke this hideous rashnes, answere my life
My iudgement, thy yongest daughter does not loue thee least,
Nor are those empty harted whose low, sound
Reuerbs no hollownes.

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And as a stranger to my heart and me,
Hold thee from this for euer. The barbarous Scythian,

Or he that makes his generation messes
120 To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosome

Be as well neighbour'd, pittied, and releeu’d,
As thou my sometime Daughter.

Kent. Good my Liege.

Lear. Peace Kent,
Come not betweene the Dragon and his wrath,
I lou'd her most, and thought to set my rest
On her kind nursery. Hence and avoid my sight:
So be my graue my peace, as here I giue
Her Fathers heart from her; call France, who stirres ?

Call Burgundy, Cornwall, and Albanie,
130 With my two Daughters Dowres, digest the third,

Let pride, which she cals plainnelse, marry her:
I doe inuest you ioyntly with my power,
Preheminence, and all the large effects
That troope with Maiesty. Our selfe by Monthly course,
With reseruation of an hundred Knights,
By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode
Make with you by due turne, onely we shall retaine
The name, and all th'addition to a King: the Sway,

Reuennew, Execution of the rest,
140 Beloued Sonnes be yours, which to confirme,
This Coronet part betweene you.

Kent. Royall Lear,
Whom I haue euer honor'd as my King,
Lou'd as my Father, as my Master follow'd,
As my great Patron thought on in my praiers.

Le. The bow is bent & drawne, make from the shaft.

Kent. Let it fall rather, though the forke inuade
The region of my heart, be Kent vnmannerly,
When Lear is mad, what wouldest thou do old man?
Think'st thou that dutie shall haue dread to speake,
When power to flattery bowes ?
To plainnelse honour's bound,
When Maiefty, falls to folly, reserue thy state,
And in thy best consideration checke
This hideous rashnesse, answere my life, my iudgement:
Thy yongest Daughter do's not loue thee least,
Nor are those empty hearted, whose low sounds
Reuerbe no hollownesse.

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Lear. Kent on thy life no more.

Kent. My life I neuer held but as a pawne
To wage against thy enemies, nor feare to lose it
Thy safty being the motiue.

Lear. Out of my sight.

Kent. See better Lear and let me still remaine,
The true blanke of thine eye.

Lear. Now by Appollo,
Kent. Now by Appollo King thou swearest thy Gods
Lear. Valsall, recreant.

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Kent. Doe, kill thy Physicion,
And the fee bestow vpon the foule disease,
Reuoke thy doome, or whilst I can vent clamour
From my throat, ile tell thee thou dost euill.

Lear. Heare me, on thy allegeance heare me?
Since thou hast fought to make vs breake our vow,
Which we durst neuer yet; and with straied pride,
To come betweene our sentence and our powre,
Which nor our nature nor our place can beare,
Our potency made good, take thy reward,
Foure dayes we doe allot thee for. prouision,
To shield thee from diseases of the world,
And on the fift to turne thy hated backe

Vpon our kingdome, if on the tenth day following, 180 Thy banisht truncke be found in our dominions,

The moment is thy death, away, by Iupiter
This shall not be reuokt.

(appeare,
Kent. Why fare thee well king, since thus thou wilt
Friendship liues hence, and banishment is here,
The Gods to their protection take the maide,
That rightly thinks, and hast most iustly said,
And your large speeches may your deedes approue,
That good effects may spring from wordes of loue:

Thus Kent O Princes, bids you all adew,
190 Heele shape his old course in a countrie new.

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Enter France and Burgundie with Gloster.

Glost. Heers France and Burgundie my noble Lord.

Lear. My L. of Burgūdie, we first addres towards you,
Who with a King hath riuald for our daughter,

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Lear. Kent, on thy life no more.

Kent. My life I neuer held but as pawne
To wage against thine enemies, nere feare to loose it,
Thy safety being motiue.

Lear. Out of my sight.

Kent. See better Lear, and let me still remaine
The true blanke of thine eie.

Kear. Now by Apollo,

Lent. Now by Apollo, King
Thou swear.It thy Gods in vaine.

Lear. O Valfall! Miscreant.
Alb. Cor. Deare Sir forbeare.

Kent Kill thy Physition, and thy fee bestow
Vpon the foule disease, reuoke thy guift,
Or whil'st I can vent clamour from my throate,
Ile tell thee thou dost euill.

Lea. Heare me recreant, on thine allegeance heare me;
That thou hast sought to make vs breake our vowes,
Which we durst neuer yet; and with strain'd pride,
To come betwixt our sentences, and our power,
Which, nor our nature, nor our place can beare;
Our potencie made good, take thy reward.
Fiue dayes we do allot thee for prouision,
To shield thee from disasters of the world,
And on the sixt to turne thy hated backe

Vpon our kingdome; if on the tenth day following, 180 Thy banisht trunke be found in our Dominions,

The moment is thy death, away. By Iupiter,
This shall not be reuok'd,

Kent. Fare thee well King, sith thus thou wilt appeare,
Freedome lives hence, and banishment is here;
The Gods to their deere shelter take thee Maid,
That iustly think?st, and hast most rightly said:
And your large speeches, may your deeds approue,
That good effects may spring from words of loue:

Thus Kent, O Princes, bids you all adew,
190 Hee'l shape his old course, in a Country new.

Exit.

Flourish. Enter Gloster with France, and Bur

gundy, Attendants.
Cor. Heere's France and Burgundy, my Noble Lord.

Lear. My Lord of Burgundie,
We first addresse toward you, who with this King

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