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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,
We first address tow'rd you, who with this King
Have rivall’d for our daughter; what in the least
Will you require in present dower with her,
Or cease your quest of love?

Bur. Most royal Majesty,
I crave no more than what your Highness offer'd,
Nor will you tender less.

Lear. Right noble Burgundy,
When she was dear to us, we held her fo;
But now her price is fall’n. Sir, there she stands,
If aught within that little seeming substance,
Or all of it with our displeasure piec'd,
And nothing more, may fitly like your Grace,
She's there, and she is yours.

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

made me,

Seeming is beautiful. always the subject noun after it.
Election makes not up on fuch To make up, in familiar language,

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,

[To France.
I would not from your love make such a stray,
To match you where I hate; therefore beseech you,
Tavert your liking a more worthy way
Than on a wretch, whom nature is asham'd
Almost t'acknowledge hers.

France. This is most trange!
That she, who ev'n but now was your best object,
The argument of your praise, balm of your age,
The ' best, the dearest, should in this trice of time
Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle
So many folds of favour ! sure, her offence
Must be of such unnatural degree,
That monsters it; 'or your fore-vouch'd affection

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,
Must be a faith, that reason without miracle
Should never plant in me.

Cor. I yet beseech your Majesty,
If-for I want that glib and oily art,
To speak and purpose not; since what I well intend,
I'll do't before I speak—that you make known
It is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness,
No unchalte action, or dishonour'd step,
That hath depriv'd me of your grace and favour,
But ev'n for want of that, for which I'm richer,
A still solliciting eye, and such a tongue,
That I am glad I've not; though, not to have it,
Hath loft me in your liking.

Lear. Better thou Hadst not been born, than not have pleas'd me better.

France. Is it but this ? a tardiness in nature,
Which often leaves the history unspoke,
That it intends to do? My Lord of Burgundy,
What say you to the lady? Love's not love,
When it is mingled with regards, that stand
Aloof from th' intire point. Say, will you have her?
She is herself a dowry.

Bur. (To Lear.] Royal King,
Give but that portion which yourself propos’d,
And here I take Cordelia by the hand,
Dutchess of Burgundy.

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.


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Most choice, forsaken ; and most lov'd, despis'd.
Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon,
Be't lawful, I take up what's cast away.

. 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.

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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
Be to content your Lord, who hath receiv'd you

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.

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Gon. Sister, it is not little I've to say,
Of what most nearly appertains to us both.
I think, our father will go hence to night.

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.



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