The True Text of King Lear

The True Text of King Lear

The True Text of King Lear

The True Text of King Lear

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Lear . Attend the Lords of France & Burgundy, Gloster. Glou . I shall, my Lord. Exit . Lear . Meane time we shal expresse our darker purpose. Giue me the Map there. Know, that we haue diuided In three our Kingdome: and 'tis our fast intent, To shake all Cares and Businesse from our Age, Conferring them on yonger strengths, while we Vnburthen'd crawle toward death. Our son of Cornwal , And you our no lesse louing Sonne of Albany , We haue this houre a constant will to publish Our daughters feuerall Dowers, that future strife May be preuented now. The Princes, France & Burgundy , Great Riuals in our yongest daughters loue, Long in our Court, haue made their amorous soiourne, And heere are to be answer'd. Tell me my daughters (Since now we will diuest vs both of Rule, Interest of Territory, Cares of State) Which of you shall we say doth loue vs most, That we, our largest bountie may extend Where Nature doth with merit challenge. Gonerill , Our eldest borne, speake first.

Q (B 1 v)

Lear . Attend my Lords of France and Burgundy, Gloster . Glost . I shall my Leige. Lear . Meane time we will expresse our darker purposes, The map there; know we haue diuided In three, our kingdome; and tis our first intent, To shake all cares and busines of our state, Confirming them on yonger yeares, The two great Princes France and Burgundy , Great ryuals in our youngest daughters loue, Long in our Court haue made their amorous soiourne, And here are to be answerd, tell me my daughters, Which of you shall we say doth loue vs most, That we our largest bountie may extend, Where merit doth most challenge it, Gonorill our eldest borne, speake first?

B. "My" is substituted by the reporter for F's "the" in 35. He substitutes "Leige" for F's "Lord" in 36. There . . .

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