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" I'll kneel down And ask of thee forgiveness: so we'll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too, — Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out;... "
The Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare - Page 104
by William Shakespeare, William Harness - 1830
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Playing Lear

Oliver Ford Davies - Drama - 2003 - 211 pages
...Cordelia, that nothing else matters. Come, let's away to prison; We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage. When thou dost ask me blessing I'll kneel down...butterflies, and hear poor rogues Talk of court news. Lear's vision of prison is clearly unrealistic. How unbalanced is he still? The lack of dynamic in...
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In Praise of Wisdom: Literary and Theological Reflections on Faith and Reason

Kim Paffenroth - Religion - 2004 - 160 pages
...singular use of "God" in the play): Come, let's away to prison. We two alone will sing like birds i' th' cage. When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down...and who wins; who's in, who's out — And take upon 's the mystery of things As if we were God's spies; and we'll wear out, In a walled prison, packs and...
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Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp - Art - 2004 - 630 pages
...king, and wanted O'Keeffe to read Lear's words to Cordelia: We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage: When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down,...loses, and who wins; who's in, who's out; And take upon's the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies: and we'll wear out, In a walled prison, packs...
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Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies

Piotr Sadowski - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 327 pages
...ambitions related to the now discarded persona and stoically indifferent to the affairs of this world: So we'll live And pray, and sing, and tell old tales,...loses and who wins, who's in, who's out — And take upon's the mystery of things As if we were God's spies. (5.3.11-17) The inner calm insulates Lear psychologically...
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The Ethics of Mourning: Grief and Responsibility in Elegiac Literature

R. Clifton Spargo - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 314 pages
...perfected generosity she must: Come, let's away to prison. We two alone will sing like birds i'th' cage. When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down...butterflies, and hear poor rogues Talk of court news. . . . (5.3.8-14) Ending his speech confident that in a "walled prison" he and Cordelia can outlast...
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Nigel Hawthorne on Stage

Kathleen Riley - Biography & Autobiography - 2005 - 380 pages
...EDMUND CAPTAIN MJo, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison. We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage; When thou dost ask me blessing I'll kneel down,...and who wins, who's in, who's out - '' And take upon ' s the mystery of things As if we were God's spies; and we'll wear out, In a wall'd prison, packs...
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King Lear in Our Time

Maynard Mack - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 126 pages
...world's values, for he has his own new values to sustain: We two alone will sing like birds i' th' cage: When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down...loses and who wins, who's in, who's out: And take upon 's the mystery of things As if we were God's spies. They will be in the world, but not of it. On this...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...sisters? LEAR No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison: We two alone will sing like birds i'th'cage; When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down And...loses and who wins, who's in, who's out And take upon 's the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies; and we'll wear out, In a walled prison, packs...
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Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

Irving Ribner - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 224 pages
...in Cordelia : No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison: We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage: When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down...loses and who wins; who's in, who's out; And take upon's the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies : and we'll wear out, In a wall'd prison, packs...
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Kant and the Ethics of Humility: A Story of Dependence, Corruption and Virtue

Jeanine Grenberg - History - 2005 - 269 pages
...politics from a safe distance: Come, let's away to prison. / We two alone will sing like birds i' th' cage; / When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel...loses and who wins; who's in, who's out — / And take upon's the mystery of things / As if we were God's spies; and we'll wear out /In a wall'd prison packs...
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