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Enter Glo'fter, with France and Burgundy, and Attendants.
Glo. Here's France and Burgundy, my noble Lord.
We first addrefs tow'rd you, who with this King
I crave no more than what your Highness offer'd,
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,
And nothing more, may fitly like your Grace,
Bur. I know no answer.
Lear. Will you with those infirmities fhe owes, Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate,
Dower'd with our curfe, and stranger'd with our oath, Take her, or leave her?
Bur. Pardon, royal Sir;
* Election makes not up on fuch conditions. Lear. Then leave her, Sir; for by the pow'r that made me,
6 Seeming is beautiful.
* Election makes not up on fuch conditions.] To make up fignifies to complete, to conclude; as, they made up the bargain; but in this fenfe it has, I think,
always the fubject noun after it. To make up, in familiar language, is, neutrally, to come forward, to make advances, which, I think, is meant here.
I tell you all her wealth.-For you, great King,
I would not from your love make such a stray,
France. This is most ftrange!
That she, who ev'n but now was your best object,
That monsters it; or your fore-vouch'd affection
7 Best is added from the first gious, or you must fall into reproach for having vouched affection which you did not feel.
The common books read,
Fall'n into taint:] This line has no clear or ftrong fente, nor is this reading authorised by any copy, though it has crept into all the late editions. The early quarto reads,
—or you for vouch'd affe&ions Fal'n into taint.
If the reading of the folio be preferred. we may with a very flight change produce the fame fenfe.
Fall into taint; which to believe of her,
Cor. I yet befeech your Majefty,
Lear. Better thou
Hadft not been born, than not have pleas'd me better.
Bur. [To Lear.] Royal King,
Give but that portion which yourself propos'd,
Lear. Nothing:-I've fworn.
Bur. I'm forry then, you have fo loft a father, That you must lose a husband.
Cor. Peace be with Burgundy,
Since that refpects of fortune are his love,
I fhall not be his wife.
France. Fairest Cordelia, that art moft rich, being
9 from th' intire point.] Intire, for right, true. WARBURTON. other confiderations.
Rather, fingle, unmixed with
Moft choice, forfaken; and moft lov'd, defpis'd.
Thee and thy virtues here I feize upon,
Be't lawful, I take up what's caft away.
Gods, Gods! 'tis ftrange, that from their cold'ft neglect
My love should kindle to enflam'd refpect.
Thy dow'rlefs daughter, King, thrown to my chance,
Lear. Thou haft her, France; let her be thine, for we Have no fuch daughter; nor fhall 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.
Ś CE NE IV.
France. Bid farewel to your fifters.
Cor. Yejewels of our father, with wash'd eyes
Your faults, as they are nam'd. Love well our father;
I would prefer him to a better place.
So farewel to you both.
Reg. Prefcribe not us our duty.
Be to content your Lord, who hath receiv'd
• Thou lefeft here,-] Here and a better refidence in another where have the power of nouns. place. Thou lofeft this refidence to find
At fortune's alms; you have obedience scanted, 2 And well are worth the Want that you have wanted. Cor. Time fhall unfold what plaited cunning hides, 3 Who covers faults, at laft with fhame derides. Well may you prosper!
France. Come, my fair Cordelia.
[Exeunt France and Cordelia.
Gon. Sifter, 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 fee how full of changes his age is, the obfervation we have made of it hath not been little; he always lov'd our fifter most, and with what poor judgment he hath now caft her off, appears too grofsly.
Reg. 'Tis the infirmity of his age; yet he hath ever but flenderly known himself.
Gon. The belt and foundest of his time hath been but rash; then must we look, from his age, to receive not alone the imperfections of long-engrafted
2 And well are worth the Want that you have wanted.] This is a very obfcure Expreffion, and must be pieced out with an implied Senfe to be understood. This I take to be the Poet's Meaning, ftript of the Jingle which makes it dark: "You "well deferve to meet with that "Want of Love from your Huf"band, which you have pro "felled to want for our Father." THEOBALD. And well are worth the Want
that you have WANTED. ] This nonfenfe must be corrected thus,
And well are worth the Want
that you have VAUNTED. i. e. that disherison, which you fo much glory in, you deserve. WARBURTON. I think the common reading very fuitable to the manner of our authour, and well enough explained by Theobald.
3 Who covers faults, &c.] Il rira bien, qui rira le dernier.