Fifth of the Henrys, and first of the Lears
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Lived in as opposite worlds as they were near.
One would benefit from the other one's years,
Which would be which according to seers
Has each of them using a mouth and both ears.
A king's first duty is personal sacrifice,
Sorry is the king who shrugs it for vice.
Treachery spawns when a kingdom is sliced,
Only in unity will a king find solace.
Going on wisdom from old to the young,
On choosing close council thoughts must be spun.
Bravery and valor cause not all wars won,
Only in stron bonds can greed be undone.
Though both had the opposite's mistake in trust,
Henry's was council, Lear's family went bust.
Wisdom is here, and learn it you must...
Any un-thought-out placement can cause a man's steel to rust.
Yet a king's love still dominates the day
Such emotions are tragic in both of these plays.
The old's forgotten love for his youngest of babes,
Or the marriage condition for a truce in Calais.
King Henry the Fifth though did profess love,
Epistles for Lear, passing with Cordelia above.
Even life and death aren't overpow'ring enough.
Peasants give it willingly if brothers-in-arms with the Gov.
A king must feel virile to govern a land,
Countrymen's trust earned, by his own hand.
Only in wisdom can rulings made, stand.
Under the weight of the kingdom, the king's just a man
Nary a king in these two plays thus read,
Tried to use fully his wits, wisdom or head.
Running too quickly their course, not waiting instead
Yonder soon grave finds all, unwillingly dead.
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