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Enter Glo'ster, with France and Burgundy, and
Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble Lord.
Lear. My Lord of Burgundy,
Bur. Most royal Majesty,
Lear. Right noble Burgundy,
Bur. I know no answer.
Lear. Will you with those infirmities she owes, Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate, Dower'd with our curse, and stranger'd with our oath, Take her, or leave her ?
Bur. Pardon, royal Sir ; * Election makes not up on such conditions.
Lear. Then leave her, Sir ; for by the pow'r that
Seeming is beautiful. always the subject noun after it.
conditions.) To make up fig. is, neutrally, to come forward, nifies , ,
to make advanceswhichI think, as, they made up ibe bargain; is meant here. but in this sense it has, I think,
I tell you all her wealth.--For you, great King,
France. This is most trange!
7 Bet is added from the first gious, or you must fall into recopy:
proach for having vouched offec& The common books read, tion which you did not fee!.
or your fore-vouch'd af If the reading of the folio be frition
preferred, we may with a very Fall'n into taint:) This flight change produce the same line has no clear or strong senle, sense. nor is this reading authorised by - Jure ber offence any copy, though it has crepe Must be of such unnatural deinto all the late editions. The
gree, early quarto reads,
I but n:onflers it, or your fore-or jou for vouch'd affittions vouch'd affection Fal'n into taint.
Falls into taint. The folio,
That is, falls into reproach or cenor your fore-roucb'd aftalion Jure. Fall into taint.
But there is another poffible Taint is used for corruption and sense. Or fignifies before, and for disgrace.
If therefore we or ever is before ever; the meantake the oldest reading it may ing in the folio may therefore be, be reformed thus :
Sure her crime mujl be monfiraus --lire ber offence before your affection can be infice Must be of such unnatural de- ted with haired. Let the reader gril,
determine. That monflers it ; or you for As I am not much a friend to vouch'd affection
conjectural emendation I should Fak into taint.
prefer the latter sense, which reHer efence must be prodi- quires to change of reading.
Fall into taint; which to believe of her,
Cor. I yet beseech your Majesty,
Lear. Better thou Hadst not been born, than not have pleas'd me better.
France. Is it but this ? a tardiness in nature,
Bur. (To Lear.] Royal King,
Lear. Nothing: -I've sworn.
Bur. I'm sorry then, you have so loft a father, That you must lose a husband.
Cor. Peace be with Burgundy, Since that respects of fortune are his love, I shall not be his wife. France. Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, being
9 from tb'intire point.) Intire, Rather, single, unmixed with for right, true. WARBURTON. fther confiderations.
Most choice, forsaken ; and most lov'd, despis'd.
. Gods, Gods! 'tis strange, that from their cold'st ne
glect My love should kindle to enflam'd respect. Thy dow'rless daughter, King, thrown to my chance, Is Queen of us, of ours, and our fair France; Not all the Dukes of wat'rish Burgundy Can buy this unpriz’d, precious, maid of me. Bid them farewel, Cordelia, tho' unkind; Thou losest here, a better where to find.
Lear. Thou hast her, France; let her be thine, for we Have no such daughter ; nor shall ever fee That face of hers again; therefore be gone Without our grace, without our love, our benizon. Come, noble Burgundy.
(Flourish. Exeunt Lear and Burgundy.
France. Bid farewel to your sisters.
Cor. Ye jewels of our father, with walh'd eyes Cordelia leaves you ; I know what you are, And, like a sister, am most loth to call Your faults, as they are namn'd. Love well our father; To your professing bosoms I commit him ; But yet, alas ! stood I within his grace, I would prefer him to a better place. So farewel to you both.
Reg. Prescribe not us our duty.
Gon. Let your study
I Thou la feft here,-) Here and a better residence in another where have the power of nouns. place. Thou losert this residence to find
At fortune's alms; you have obedience scanted, 2 And well are worth the Want that you have wanted.
Cor. Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides, 3 Who covers faults, at last with shame derides. Well may you prosper! France. Come, my fair Cordelia.
[Exeunt France and Cordelia.
Gon. Sister, it is not little I've to say,
Reg. That's 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 little ; he always lov'd our fifter 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 Nenderly known himself.
Gon. The best and foundest of his time hath been but rath; then must we look, from his age, to receive not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted
2 And well are worth the Want that have WANTED.)
that you have wanted.] This This nonsense must be corrected is a very obscure Expression, and thus, must be pieced out with an im And well are worth the W'ant plied Sense to be understood. that
have VAUNTED. This I take to be the Poet's i. e. that disherison, which you Meaning, stript of the Jingle so much glory in, you deserve. which makes it dark: “You
WARBURTON. “ well deserve to meet with that I think the common reading " Want of Love from your Huf- very luitable to the manner of “ band, which you have pro our authour, and well enough “ fessed to want for our Father.” explained by Theobald.
THEOBALD. 3 W ho covers faults, &c.] Il And well are worth the Want rira bien, qui rirá le dernier. VOL. VI.