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" The weight of this sad time we must obey; Speak what we feel , not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most: we that are young Shall never see so much , nor live so long. "
The plays (poems) of Shakespeare, ed. by H. Staunton, the illustr. by J ... - Page 116
by William Shakespeare - 1860
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Novel Shakespeares: Twentieth-century Women Novelists and Appropriation

Julie Sanders - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 258 pages
...Daddy. (370) In many ways the tone echoes the melancholic resignation of Edgar at the end of Lear: The weight of this sad time we must obey; Speak what...are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long. (5.3.322-5) The real clue may lie in the expression or declaration 'Speak what we feel, not what we...
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Stages and Playgoers: From Guild Plays to Shakespeare

Janet Hill - Drama - 2002 - 241 pages
...in private grief, Kent cannot help (5.3.320-1). Edgar is perhaps left alone to speak the epilogue: The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what...are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long. (5.3.324-7) But his words are inadequate. I agree with Peter Brook's assessment of them as "trite,"...
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The Time is Out of Joint: Shakespeare as Philosopher of History

Agnes Heller - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 375 pages
...realm (because Kent, the loyal squire, will follow his master, the dead King Lear into his grave): "The weight of this sad time we must obey, / Speak...young / Shall never see so much, nor live so long" (King Lear Quarto 5.3.318-21). King Lear ends in utter resignation. For one should not forget: these...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 33

Kenneth Muir - Drama - 2002 - 236 pages
...uncertainty: Kent. I have a journey, sir, shortly to go; My master calls me, I must not say no. Edgar. The weight of this sad time we must obey; Speak what...are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long. (v, iii, 321-6) There is no emphasis on the restoration of order and no expressed hope in the future....
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History of European Drama and Theatre

Erika Fischer-Lichte - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 396 pages
...tragedy ends with Edgar's words - in another quarto given to Albany - which leave the future open: weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what we...are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long. (V, 3, 322-5) The only certainty is that an epoch has come to an end and it is final. The ending of...
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Textual Shakespeare: Writing and the Word

Graham Holderness - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 311 pages
...romantic retirement. The closing lines of the play familiar to us from modern editions as Edgar's: The weight of this sad time we must obey; Speak what...are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long 10. - for a century and a half reappeared in a radically altered form, though still spoken (as in the...
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Susan's Last Summer

Marilyn Schroeder - Fiction - 2005 - 132 pages
...glance around the room. I knew she could see only light and shadow. I read the last lines of King Lear. "The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what...young Shall never see so much, nor live so long." I closed the book. The tears that ran down my cheeks were not for Lear. Susan reached to pat Pinon's...
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All Under Heaven: The Story of a Chinese Family in South Africa

Darryl Accone - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 283 pages
...to the sky. Here, Giddy and Julie thought, it was as if they were living all under heaven. EPILOGUE The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what...are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long. - King Lear, Act V, Scene iii, lines 325 to 328 On holidays at the coast, Ah Leong would stand looking...
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Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton

Emily R. Wilson - History - 2004 - 289 pages
...sustain. Kent: I have a journey, sir, shortly to go: My master calls me, I must not say no. Edgar: The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what...young Shall never see so much, nor live so long." (5.3.319-27) The state is "gor'd" in that it is covered by gore; life in England is violent and bloody....
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...sustain. KENT I have a journey, sir, shortly to go: 320 My master calls me; I must not say no. EDGAR The weight of this sad time we must obey; Speak what...are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long. \The bodies are borne out, all follow with 'a death march' MACBETH INTRODUCTION Macbeth is a dark thriller...
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