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The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
But could youth last, and love ftill breed,
KING LEAR AND HIS THREE
V ING Lear once ruled in this land,
W With princely power and peace,
That might his joys increase:
Three daughters fair had he, So princely seeming beautiful,
As fairer could not be.
Henceforth I banish thee my court,
Thou art no child of mine ; Nor any part of this my realm,
By favour shall be thine.
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,
He made his wife and queen.
For whereas twenty men were wont
To wait with bended knee : She gave allowance but to ten,
And after scarce to three :
So took she all away,
He would no longer stay.
Am I rewarded thus, quoth he,
In giving all I have
For what I lately gave ?