King Lear Act 1 Scene

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  • King Lear - Act 1 Scene 1
    • But I have a son, sir, by order of law, some year  elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account.
    • Tis our fast intent to shake all cares and business from our old age, conferring them on young strengths while we unburthed crawl towards death
    • Sir I love you more than words wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty. Beyond what can be valued. Rich or rare.
    • I am made of that self metal as my sister, And prize me at her worth, In my true heart I find she names my very deed of love.
    • Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave my heart into my mouth, I love your Majesty according to my bond; nor more nor less.
    • I return those duties back as are right fit, Obey you, love you and most honour you.
    • So young my lord and true.
    • Here I disclaim all my peternal care, propinquity and property of blood, And as I stranger to my heart and me, hold thee from this forever
    • Come not between the dragon and his wrath, I loved her most and thought to set my rest on her kind nursery
    • Only we still retain the name and all additions the king.
    • Think'st thou that duty shal havel dread to speak, when power to flattery bows? To plainess hounor's bound? When majesty stoops to folly.
    • See better Lear and let me still remain the true blank thine eye.
    • But even for want of that for which I am richer, A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue, As I am glad I have not, Though not to have hath lost me in your liking.
    • Fairest Cordelia thou art rich being poor, most choice, foresaken, and most loved despisd.
    • I know what you are; and like a sister I am loathe to call your faults as they are named.
    • Yet he hath ever but slendrly known himself.
    • The best and soundest of his time hath been but rash.


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