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Upon our kingdom: if, on the tenth day following,
Kent. Fare thee well, king: since thus thou wilt appear,
[To REG. and Gox.
Lear. My lord of Burgundy,
Most royal majesty,
3_ By Jupiter,] Shakspeare makes his Lear too much a my, thologist: he had Hecate and Apollo before. Johnson.
4 Freedom lives hence,] So the folio : the quartos concur in read. ing-Friendship lives hence. Steevens.
5_ dear shelter -] The quartos read--protection. Steevens.
6 That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said!] Thus the folio. The quartos read:
" That rightly thinks, and hast most justly said. Malone. 7 He'll shape his old course ] He will follow his old maxims; he will continue to act upon the same principles. Johnson.
adieu; He'll shape his old course in a country new.] There is an odd coincidence between this passage, and another in The Battell of Alcazar, Bc. 1594:
- adue; “For here Tom Stukley shapes his course anue.” Steevens. 3 quest of love?] Quest of love is amorous expedition. The term originated from Romance. A quest was the expedition in which a knight was engaged. This phrase is often to be met with in The Fairy Queen. Steevens.
Right noble Burgundy,
I know no answer.
Pardon me, royal sir; Election makes not up on such conditions.3
O w e did hold her so ;] We esteemed her worthy of that dowry, which, as you say, we promised to give her. Malone.
1_ seeming -] is beautiful. Johnson.
Seeming rather means specious. So, in The Merry Wives of Windsor: “ — pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeining inistress Page." Again, in Measure for Measure :
“ — hence shall we see,
“ If power change purpose, what our seemers be.” Steevens. 2 owes,] i.e. is possessed of. So, in A Midsummer Night's Dream :
“ All the power this charm doth owe.” Steevens. 3 Election makes not up on such conditions.] To make up signifies to complete, to conclude; as, they made up the bargain; but in this sense it has, I think, always the subject noun after it. To make up, in familiar language, is neutrally, to come forward, to make advances which, I think, is meant here Johnson. I should read the line thus:
Election makes not, upon such conditions. M. Mason. Election makes not up, I conceive, means, Election comes not to a decision; in the same sense as when we say, “ I have made up my mind on that subject.” In Cymbeline this phrase is used, as here, for finished, completed:
" — Being scarce made up,
« I mean, to man.”-&c. Again, in Timon of Athens :
" remain assur’d,
66 That he's a made up villain."" In all these places the allusion is to a piece of work completed by a tradesman.
The passages just cited show that the text is right, and that our poet did not write, as some have proposed to read.
Election makes not, upon such conditions. Malone.
To speak and purpose not; since what I well intend,
me of your grace and favour:
Better thou -
France. Is it but this ?8 a tardiness in nature,
Lear. Nothing: I have sworn; I am firm.
Bur. I am sorry then, you have so lost a father,
Peace be with Burgundy! Since that respects of fortune are his love,
For has the power of because. Thus, in p. 154:
« For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines
“ Lag of a brother.” Steevens. 8 Is it but this ? &c.] Thus the folio. The quartos, disregarding metre
Is it no more but this ? &c. Steevens. 9 with respects,) i. e. with cautious and prudential considera: tions. See Vol. XII, p. 66, n. 3.
Thus the quartos. The folio has--regards. Malone.
1— from the entire point.] Single, unmixed with other considerations. Johnson.
Dr. Johnson is right. The meaning of the passage is, that his love wants something to mark its sincerity:
" Who seeks for aught in love but love alone.” Steevens. 2 She is herself a dowry.) The quartos read:
She is herself and dower. Steevens. 3 Royal Lear,] So the quarto ; the folio has-Royal king. Steerens