King Lear : Act 4, Scene 7

           Enter CORDELIA, KENT [still dressed as
           Caius], and Doctor.

  1   O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work,
  2   To match thy goodness? My life will be too short,
measure attempt
  3   And every measure fail me.

To  . . .  o'erpaid. To be acknowledged (as worthy by you) madam, is overpayment. All my reports ... but so. i.e., All my reports (about what happened to King Lear) align with observable truth, not exaggerated or understated, but just as the events happened. suited attired
weeds clothes
  4   To be acknowledged, madam, is o'erpaid.
  5   All my reports go with the modest truth;
  6   Nor more nor clipp'd, but so.

  6                                                   Be better suited:
  7   These weeds are memories of those worser hours:
  8   I prithee, put them off.

  8                                         Pardon me, dear madam;
Yet ... intent revealing myself now would abort my plans My boon I make it The favor I beg is meet suitable
  9   Yet to be known shortens my made intent:
 10   My boon I make it, that you know me not
 11   Till time and I think meet.

 12   Then be't so, my good lord.

           [To the Doctor.]

 12                                                 How does the king?

wind up
child-changed father father changed by his children

knowledge medical expertise proceed  . . .   will i.e., do as you think fit array'd dressed
 13   Madam, sleeps still.

 13                                       O you kind gods,
 14   Cure this great breach in his abused nature!
 15   The untuned and jarring senses, O, wind up
 16   Of this child-changed father!

 16                                                   So please your majesty
 17   That we may wake the king: he hath slept long.

 18   Be govern'd by your knowledge, and proceed
 19   I' the sway of your own will. Is he array'd?

 20   Ay, madam; in the heaviness of his sleep
 21   We put fresh garments on him.

 22   Be by, good madam, when we do awake him;
temperance calmness
 23   I doubt not of his temperance.

 23                                                     Very well.

           Enter LEAR in a chair carried by Servants.
           [Gentleman in attendance. Soft music.]

 24   Please you, draw near. Louder the music there!

 25   O my dear father! Restoration hang
 26   Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss
 27   Repair those violent harms that my two sisters
reverence revered spirit
 28   Have in thy reverence made!

 28                                                   Kind and dear princess!

Had you not Even if you had not | white flakes locks of hair Had  . . .   them i.e., should have made them pity you
deep deep-toned | dread-bolted thunder accompanied by the dread thunderbolt
cross zigzag | to watch—poor perdu! i.e., to stand watch, like a lone sentinel at a dangerous outpost this thin helm this light helmet (Lear's hair)
Against my fire i.e., warming himself at my hearth | wast thou fain did you enjoy
 29   Had you not been their father, these white flakes
 30   Had challenged pity of them. Was this a face
 31   To be opposed against the warring winds?
 32   To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder?
 33   In the most terrible and nimble stroke
 34   Of quick, cross lightning? to watch—poor perdu!—
 35   With this thin helm? Mine enemy's dog,
 36   Though he had bit me, should have stood that night
 37   Against my fire; and wast thou fain, poor father,
 38   To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn,
 39   In short and musty straw? Alack, alack!
 40   'Tis wonder that thy life and wits at once
concluded all ended all at once
 41   Had not concluded all. He wakes; speak to him.

'tis fittest it's appropriate (that you speak to him first)
 42   Madam, do you; 'tis fittest.

 43   How does my royal lord? How fares your majesty?

 44   You do me wrong to take me out o' the grave:
 45   Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
wheel of fire
 46   Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
 47   Do scald like moulten lead.

 47                                                 Sir, do you know me?

 48   You are a spirit, I know: when did you die?

wide astray (from reason); unbalanced
 49   Still, still, far wide!

 50   He's scarce awake: let him alone awhile.

 51   Where have I been? Where am I? Fair daylight?
abused deceived
 52   I am mightily abused. I should e'en die with pity,
 53   To see another thus. I know not what to say.
 54   I will not swear these are my hands: let's see;
 55   I feel this pin prick. Would I were assured
 56   Of my condition!

 56                                 O, look upon me, sir,
 57   And hold your hands in benediction o'er me:
 58   No, sir, you must not kneel.

 58                                                 Pray, do not mock me:
fond silly
Fourscore and upward over eighty
 59   I am a very foolish fond old man,
 60   Fourscore and upward, not an hour more nor less;
 61   And, to deal plainly,
 62   I fear I am not in my perfect mind.
 63   Methinks I should know you, and know this man;
mainly entirely
 64   Yet I am doubtful for I am mainly ignorant
 65   What place this is; and all the skill I have
 66   Remembers not these garments; nor I know not
 67   Where I did lodge last night. Do not laugh at me;
 68   For, as I am a man, I think this lady
 69   To be my child Cordelia.

 69                                               And so I am, I am.

Be your tears wet? i.e., Are your tears real? Is this really happening?
 70   Be your tears wet? yes, 'faith. I pray, weep not:
 71   If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
 72   I know you do not love me; for your sisters
 73   Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:
 74   You have some cause, they have not.

No cause, no cause. —Cordelia repeats that she has no reason to be angry with her father.
 74                                               No cause, no cause.

 75   Am I in France?

 75                                 In your own kingdom, sir.

abuse deceive; mock
 76   Do not abuse me.

rage frenzy
 77   Be comforted, good madam: the great rage,
 78   You see, is kill'd in him: and yet it is danger
even o'er the time he has lost fill in the blank spaces in his memory
 79   To make him even o'er the time he has lost.
 80   Desire him to go in; trouble him no more
Till further settling until his mind eases
 81   Till further settling.

 82   Will't please your highness walk?

 82                                                   You must bear with me:
 83   Pray you now, forget and forgive: I am old and foolish.

           Exeunt [all but KENT and Gentleman].

 84   Holds it true, sir, that the Duke of Cornwall was so
 85   slain?

 86   Most certain, sir.

conductor leader
 87   Who is conductor of his people?

 88   As 'tis said, the bastard son of Gloucester.

 89   They say Edgar, his banished son, is with the Earl
 90   of Kent in Germany.

look about be on guard
 91   Report is changeable. 'Tis time to look about; the
 92   powers of the kingdom approach apace.

arbitrement decisive encounter
 93   The arbitrement is like to be bloody. Fare you
 94   well, sir.

           Exit [Gentleman].

My point ... fought. The critical moment and outcome (of my plans) will be shaped for either better or worse according to how this day's battle is fought.
 95   My point and period will be throughly wrought,
 96   Or well or ill, as this day's battle's fought.