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The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
To wayward winter reckoning yield:
A honey tongue, a heart of gall,
Is fancies Spring, but sorrows Fall.

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But could youth last, and love ftill breed,
Had joyes no date, nor age no need;
Then those delights my mind might more
To live with thee, and be thy love,

KING LEAR AND HIS THREE

DAUGHTERS.

V ING Lear once ruled in this land,

W With princely power and peace,
And had all things with hearts content,

That might his joys increase:
Amongst those things that nature gave,

Three daughters fair had he, So princely seeming beautiful,

As fairer could not be.

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Henceforth I banish thee my court,

Thou art no child of mine ; Nor any part of this my realm,

By favour shall be thine.

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Untill at last in famous France

She gentler fortunes found; Though poor and bare, yet she was deem'd

The faireft on the ground:

Where when the king her virtues heard,

And this fair lady seen,
With full consent of all his court

He made his wife and queen.

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For whereas twenty men were wont

To wait with bended knee : She gave allowance but to ten,

And after scarce to three :
Nay, one she thought too much for him,

So took she all away,
In hope that in her court, good king,

He would no longer stay.

Am I rewarded thus, quoth he,

In giving all I have
Unto my children, and to beg

For what I lately gave ?

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