19 de febrero de 2008

Extracts from "King Lear"

CORDELIA (Act 1 Scene 2)
Good my lord,
You have begot me, bred me, loved me: I
Return those duties back as are right fit,
Obey you, love you, and most honour you.
Why have my sisters husbands, if they say
They love you all? Haply, when I shall wed,
That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry
Half my love with him, half my care and duty:
Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters,
To love my father all.
But goes thy heart with this?
Ay, good my lord.
So young, and so untender?
So young, my lord, and true.
…………………….I am a man
More sinn'd against than sinning.
FOOL (Act 1 Scene 4)
Have more than thou showest,
Speak less than thou knowest,
Lend less than thou owest
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!

Is 't not the king? ( Act 4 scene 6)
Ay, every inch a king:
When I do stare, see how the subject quakes.
I pardon that man's life. What was thy cause? Adultery?
Thou shalt not die: die for adultery! No:
The wren goes to 't, and the small gilded fly
Does lecher in my sight.
Let copulation thrive; for Gloucester's bastard son
Was kinder to his father than my daughters
Got 'tween the lawful sheets
KING LEAR (Act 4 scene 6)
When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools:

CORDELIA (Act 5 Scene 3)We are not the first
Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst.

KING LEAR (Act 5 Scene 3)
……………………………….. Her voice was ever soft,
Gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.
KING LEAR (Act 5 Scene 3)
And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life!
Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life,
And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more,
Never, never, never, never, never!
ALBANY (Act 5 Scene 3)
The weight of this sad time we must obey;
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The oldest hath borne most: we that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.

Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins