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Edm. My services to your lordship. Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you better. Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving.
Glou. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again. The king is coming.
Sennet. Enter LEAR, CORNWALL, ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, CORDELIA, and Attendants.
Lear. Attend the lords of
France and Burgundy,
Glou. I shall, my liege.
[Exeunt GLOUCESTER and EDMUND.
Lear. Meantime we shall express our darker purpose.
Give me the map there.
In three our kingdom; and 'tis our fast intent
To skake all cares and business from our age, Conferring them on younger strengths, while we
Unburden'd crawl toward
death. Our son of Cornwall,
And you, our no less loving son of Albany,
We have this hour a constant
will to publish
dowers, that future strife May be prevented now. The
Great rivals in our youngest
Long in our court have made
their amorous sojourn,
And here are to be answer'd. Tell me, my daughters,
Since now we will divest us both of rule,
Interest of territory, cares of
Which of you shall we say
That we our largest bounty
Where nature doth with merit 9 challenge. Goneril,
Our eldest-born, speak first. Gon. Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter;
Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty;
Beyond what can be valued,
rich or rare ;
No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour;
As much as child e'er loved, or father found;
A love that makes breath poor and speech unable;
Beyond all manner of so much
Cor. [Aside.] What shall
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,