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THE

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S HA KES PEAR:

VOLUME the SIXTH.

CONTAINING,

KING LEAR,
Timon of ATHENS.
TITUS ANDRONIC U S.
MACBETH.
CORIOLANUS.

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DU B L I N:

Printed for R. OWEN, J. LEATHLEY, G. and

A. EWING, W. and J. SMITH, G. FAULKNER, P. CRAMPTON, A. BRADLEY, T, MOORE E. and J. EXSHAW. MDCCXLVII.

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year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my ac
count; though this knave came somewhat faucily to
the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother
fair; there was good sport at his making, and the
whorson must be acknowledg’d. Do you know this
Nobleman, Edmund?

Edm. No, my lord.

Glo. My lord of Kent ;
Remember him hereafter as my honourable friend.

Edm. My services to your lordship.
Kent. I must love you, and fue to know you better.
Edm. Sir, I fall ftudy your deserving
Gh. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall
again.

[Trumpets found, within.
The King is coming.

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SCENE II.

Enter King Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Gonerill, Regan,

Cordelia, and Attendants.
Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy,

Glofter.
Glo. I thall, my liege.

[Exit.
Lear. Mean time we shall 3 express our darker pur-

pose.
Give me the Map here. Know, we have divided,
In three, our Kingdom ; 4 and 'uis our first intent,
'To shake all cares and business from our age;
Conferring them on younger strengths, while we

Our elder

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3 express our darker purpose.] Darker, for more secret ; not for indirect, oblique.

4 And 'ris our FAST intent, ] This is an interpolation of Mr.
Lewis Theobald, for want of knowing the meaning of the o'd
reading in the quarto of 1608, and first folio of 1623 ; where
we find it,

-and 'tis our FIRST intent,
which is as Sbakespear wrote it : who makes Lear declare his pur.
pose with a dignity becoming his character : That the first reafun
of his abdication was the love of his people, that they might be
protected by such as were better able to discharge the trust; and hio
tural affection for his daughters, only the fecond,

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Unburthen'd crawl tow'rd death. Our fon 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 noiv. The Princes France and Bur.

gundy, Great rivals in our younger daughter's love, Long in our Court have made their am'rous sojourn, And here are to be answer'd. Tell me, daughters, (Since now we will divest us, both of rule, Int'rest of territory, cares of state ;) Which of, you, thall we say, doth love us most? That we our largest bounty may extend, Where nature doth with merit challenge. Gonerill, Our eldest born, speak firft.

Gan. I love you, Sir, Dearer than eye-light, space and liberty ; Beyond: what can be valued, rich or rare ; No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honout: As much as child e'er lov'd, or father found. A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable, s Beyond all manner of so much I love you.Cor. What shall Cordelia do love and be filent.

[Afde. Lear. Of all these Bounds, ev'n from this line to

this, With shadowy forests and with champions rich'd, With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads, We make thee lady. To thine, and Albany's issue Be this perpetual

What says our second daughter, Our dearest Regan, wife of Cornwall? speak.

Reg. I'm made of that self-metal as my sister,
And prize me at her worth, in my true Heart.
I find, the names my very deed of love ;
Only she comes too short : that I profess
Myself an enemy to all other joys,
6 Which the most precious square of sense poffeffes ;

And

5 Beyond all manner, &c.] i, e. beyond all expreffion. 6 Whicb obe most precious Square of sense podefjes ;] By the square

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