Birds i’ th’ Cage

As I lay in bed last night thinking about my lovebirds (stage left), I realized what they reminded me of: my favorite quote from King Lear, when Lear and his daughter are set for execution, and Lear delivers the following speech in an effort to comfort her.

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 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—
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 sects of great ones
That ebb and flow by the moon.
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cordelia
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