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i Conferring them on younger k strengths, ' while we
Unburden'd crawl tow'rd death. Our fon of Cornwall,
And you, our no less loving for of Albany,
We have this hour a constant will to publish
Our daughters' several dow'rs, that future strife
May be prevented now. * The princes, France, and Burgundy,
Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love,
Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn,
And here are to be answer'd. Tell o me, Pmy daughters,
( 9 Since now we will divest us both of rule,
Interest of territory, cares of state)
Which of you, shall we say, doth love us most?
That we our largest bounty may extend
'Where nature doth with merit challenge. Gonerill,
Our eldest born, speak first.
Sir, I do 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 ;

Gon. 5

i The qu's read confirming.
k The qu's read years for strengths.
| What is in italic is omitted in the qu's.

m The qu's read The two great princes, &c. The 3d and 4th fo's read prince for princes.

n So the qu's; all the rest younger.
O The 3d and 4th fo's omit me.
P P. omits my, followed by the after-editors.
4 These two lines are omitted in the qu’s.

The qu’s read, Where merit doth most challenge it, Gonerill, &c. $ This line is omitted by P. and all after but j. in the room of which they put I love you, sir.

? The fo's, R. and J. omit do. u The fo's, and R. read word. • The ad q. reads wcild.


As much was child e'er lov'd, or father * found; A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable, y Beyond all manner of so much I love you.

Cor. What shall Cordelia ? do ? love and be filent. [Afide.

Lear. Of all these bounds, even from this line to this,
With · shadowy forests, b and with champains richd,
With plenteous rivers, and wide-skirted meads,
We make thee lady. To thine and Albany's issue
Be this perpetual. What fays our second daughter?
Our deareft Regan, wife to Cornwall, speak.

Reg. f Sir, I am made of the self-fame metal that my sister is;
And prize me at her worth. In my true heart
I find, the names my very deed of love ;
b. Only the comes too short; that I profess
Myself an enemy to all other joys,
Which the most precious i square of sense k possesses,


W The qu's read a for as; and
I Friend for found.

Beyond, &c. i.e. Beyond all imaginable extent of whatever I have yet expressed. Heath.

2 The fo's and R. read speak for do. • The qu’s read swady.

The words in italic omitted in the qu's. C So the ift f. the ed and all after champions. d So the qu's; the rest of for to. • The fo's and R. omit speak.

f so the qu’s; the rest read, I am made of that self mettle as my Sifter, and prize, &c.

8 There is no stop in the qu's after worth ; but in the fo's a period, which seems to give the better sense. Upon examining her own sincere heart, the finds her love equal to her sisters, nay greater.

The qu's read, Only she came fvori, &c. i By the square of sense, we are here to understand the four nobler senses, viz. the figbl, hearing, safe, and smell: for a young lady could not, with


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And find I am alone felicitate
In your dear highness' love.
Cor. Then poar Cordelia!

[ Aside, And yet not for since I am sure, my love's More pond'rous than m my tongue.

Lear. To thee and thine, hereditary ever,
Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom;
No less in space, validity, and pleasure,
Than that conferr'd on Gonerill.-Now our joy,
Although our last, P not least; to whose young love,
The vines of France, and milk of Burgundy
Strive to be interefs'd. "What can you say to s win
A third, more opulent than your sisters? + Speak.

Cor. Nothing, my lord,
"Lear. Nothing!
u Cor. Nothing.

decency, insinuate Mhe knew of any pleasures which the fifth afforded. This is imagined and expresled with great propriety and delicacy. W.

But by square of sense, Shakespear seems rather to understand the wholo compass or extent of sense, without regard to any particular number, as W. supposes. Besides, by an exclusion of the fifth from the number of the senses he makes the lady insinuate the idea of that yery pleasure whịch he represents her as affecting to seem totally ignorant of.

H. reads spirit for square.
k The fo’s and R. read profesies.
1 The qu's read, More r'cher.
IA W. says we should read their tongue. See Heath in loc.

The qu's road confirm’d.
• Before now the qu's read but.
P The qu's read, not least in our dear love, what can you fur, &c.
9 The fo's, R. and P. read interest.
I P. and all after him read, what say you, &c.
s So the qu's; all the rest read draw for win.
^ The qui's omit speak.
w These two iseches are not in the qu's.


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Lear. w Nothing * can come of nothing; speak again.

Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty
According to my bond, 'nor more nor less.

Lear. 2 How, how, Cordelia ? mend your speech a little,
Left: 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 lifters husbands, if they say,
They love you, all? haply when I shall wed,
That lord, whose hand must take my plight, shall carry
Half my love with him, half my care and duty.
Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters,
* To love my father, all.

Lear. e But goes thy heart with this?
Cor. Ay, my good lord.
Lear. So young, and so untender?
Cor. So young, my lord, and true.

Lear. 'Well, let it be fo; 8 thy truth then be thy dower:
For by the sacred radiance of the fun,

# The qu's read How? Nothing can come, &c.
* So the qu’s, T. W. and 7. the rest will.
y So the qu's; Steevens, not; the rest no.
? The qu's read Go to, go to, mend, &c.
* So the qu's; the rest read you for it.

The fo's and R. read happily.
c R.'s oct. merry.

The fo's and R. omit these words in italic. • The qu's read, But goes this with thy heart : f All but the qu's omit Well.

The 3d and 4th fo's and R. read the for thy.

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