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Re: Cordelia sigismund

Posted by gardenergirl on August 16, 2010, at 21:58:24

In reply to Re: Cordelia vwoolf, posted by sigismund on August 16, 2010, at 1:19:28

That has always been my favorite passage.

> Well then you are quite familiar with the ethical heart of the play, the vision of Heaven, spoken thus.........
>
> KING LEAR
> No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison:
> We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage:
> When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down,
> And ask of thee forgiveness: so we'll live,
> And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
> At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
> Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too,
> Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out;
> And take upon's the mystery of things,
> As if we were God's spies: and we'll wear out,
> In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones,
> That ebb and flow by the moon.
>
> EDMUND
> Take them away.
>
> KING LEAR
> Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
> The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee?
> He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven,
> And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes;
> The good-years shall devour them, flesh and fell,
> Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see 'em starve
> first. Come.
>
> A gratifyingly pessimistic view of the world, given the outcome.
>
>

 

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