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  • Title: The History of King Leir (Modern)
  • Editor: Andrew Griffin

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    The History of King Leir (Modern)

    2630.1[Scene 32] [Video Sc.32]
    Alarums and excursions, then sound victory
    Enter Leir, PERILLUS, Gallia, Cordella, and Mumford
    Thanks be to God: your foes are overcome,
    And you again possessed of your right.
    First to the heavens, next, thanks to you, my son,
    By whose good means I repossess the same,
    Which if it please you to accept yourself,
    With all my heart I will resign to you,
    For it is yours by right, and none of mine.
    2640First, have you raised, at your own charge, a power
    Of valiant soldiers -- this comes all from you --
    Next have you ventured your own person's scathe,
    And lastly, worthy Gallia never stained,
    My kingly title I by thee have gained.
    Thank heavens, not me; my zeal to you is such,
    Command my utmost, I will never grutch.
    He that with all kind love entreats his queen
    Will not be to her father unkind seen.
    Ah, my Cordella, now I call to mind
    2650The modest answer which I took unkind;
    But now I see, I am no whit beguiled,
    Thou loved'st me dearly, and as ought a child.
    And thou, Perillus, partner once in woe,
    Thee to requite, the best I can, I'll do;
    2655Yet all I can, ay, were it ne'er so much,
    Were not sufficient, thy true love is such.
    Thanks, worthy Mumford, to thee last of all,
    Not greeted last 'cause thy desert was small,
    No, thou hast lion-like laid on today,
    2660Chasing the Cornwall king and Cambria,
    Who with my daughters -- "daughters," did I say? --
    To save their lives, the fugitives did play.
    Come son and daughter, who did me advance,
    Repose with me awhile, and then for France.
    2665Sound drums and trumpets