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Enter King Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Gonerill, Regan,
Cordelia, and Attendants.
[Exit. Lear. Mean time we shall sexpress our darker pur
pose. Give me the map here. Know, we have divided, In three, our kingdom ; 6 and 'tis our fast intent, To shake all cares and business from our age, Conferring them on younger strengths, while we Unburden'd crawl tow’rd death. Our son of Corn
wall, And you, our no less loving son of Albany, We have this hour a constant will to publish Our daughters sev’ral dow'rs, that future strife May be prevented now. The princes France and
5 express our darker purpose.] 1608, and first folio of 1623; Darker, for more secret; not for where we find it, indirect, oblique.
--and ris our first intent, WARBURTON.
which is as Shakespear wrote it : This word may admit a fur- who makes Lear declare his purther explication. We mall ex. pose with a dignity becoming press our darker purpose that is, his character: That the first reawe have already made known fon of his abdication was the in some measure our design of love of his people, that they parting the kingdom ; we will might be . protected by such as now discover what has not been were better able to discharge told before, the reasons by which the trust; and his natural affecwe shall regulate the partition. tion for his daughters, only the This interpretation will justify fecond.
WARBURTON. or palliate the exordial dialogue. Fas is the reading of the first
and 'ris our past intent,] folio, and I think the true readThis is an interpolation of Mr. ing. Lewis Theobald, for want of 7 Conftant will seems a confirknowing the meaning of the mation of fajt intent. eld reading in the quarto of
Great rivals in our younger daughter's love,
[Afide. Lear. Of all these Bounds, ey'n from this line to
Reg. I'm made of that self-metal as my sister,
& Beyond all manner, &c.] i.e. 9 So the quarto: the folio has beyond all expreffion.
Speak. WARBURTON. ! -that I profess] That seems Beyond all manner of so much-] to stand without relation, but Beyond all aflignable quantity is referred to find, the first conI love you beyond limits, and junction being inaccurately supcannot say it is so much, for how pressed. I find that she names any much foever I should name it deed, that I profejs, &c. would yet be more.
Myself an enemy to all other joys,
[Aside. And yet not 10, since, I am sure, my love's 3 More pond'rous than my tongue.
Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever,
Cor. Nothing, my Lord.
4 Which thămost precious square 4 No less in Space, validity, ]
of jenje polites;] By the Validity, for worth, value ; not square of sente, we are,' here, for integrity, or good title. to underitand the four nobler
WARBURTON. fenfes, viz. the fight, bearing, taste, and smell . For a young reading is picked out of two
Now our joy,) Here the true lady could not, with decency, insinuate that the knew of
copies. Butler's quarto reads,
any pleasures which the fifth afford
But now our joy, ed. This is imagined and ex- Although the last, not least in pressed with great propriety and our dear love, delicacy. But the Oxford Edi- What can you say to win a 197, for jquare, reads yfirit.
Now our joy, prebenfion.
Although our last, and least; 3 More pond'rous than MY to whose young love,
tongue] We fhould read, The vines of France, and milk THEIR tongue, meaning her fift
of Burgundy, WARBURTON.
Strive to be intress'd. What I think the present reading can you joy. right.
Lear. Nothing can come of nothing; speak again.
Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
Cor. Good iny Lord,
Lear. Let it be so, thy truth then be thy dower :
6 To love my father all.-] first edition, without which the These words restored from the sense was not compleat. Pope.
Be as well neighbour'd, pitied, and reliev'd,
Kent. Good my Liege-
Lear. Peace, Kent !
So be my grave my peace, as here I give
the whole is, I will only retain The name, and all th' addition the name and all the ceremoni10 a King :
ous observances that belong to a The fway, revenue, execution, King; the <ljentials, as fway,
Beloved fons, be yours;] The revenue, administration of the old books read the lines thus,
laws, be yours. The fway, revenue, execution
WARBURTON. OF THE REST,
Execution of the refl.) I do not Beloved fons, be yours.
see any great difficulty in the This is evidently corrupt, and words, execution of :he rest, which the editors not knowing what to are in both the old copies. The make of of the resi-, left it execution of the reft is, I supoat. The true reading, without pose, all i he other bufiness. Dr. doubt, was,
Warburton's own explanation of Tbe fway, revenue, execution his amendment confutes it; if of TH' HEST,
beft be a regal command, they Beloved fons, bi yours.
were, by the grant of Lear, to Heft, is an old word for regal have rather the best than the excommand : so that the sense of ecution.