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278 KING LEIR AND HIS
" But what say*st thou, my youngest girl ? ss
How is thy love ally'd ? " " My love," quoth young Cordelia then,
" Which to your grace I owe, Shall be the duty of a child,
And that is all I'll show." «
"And wilt thou shew no more," quoth he,
" Than doth thy duty bind ? I well perceive thy love is small,
When as no more I find. Henceforth I banish thee my court; «
Thou art no child of mine ; Nor any part of this my realm
By favour shall be thine.
" Thy elder sisters' loves are more
Than well I can demand; so
To whom I equally bestow
My kingdom and my land, My pompous state and all my goods,
That lovingly I may With those thy sisters be maintain'd m
Until my dying day."
Thus flattering speeches won renown,
By these two sisters here ; The third had causeless banishment,
Yet was her love more dear. m
% For poor Cordelia patiently
Went wandring up and down, Unhelp'd, unpitied, gentle maid,
Through many an English town.