Meantime we shall express our darker purpose.
Give me the map there. Know that we have divided
In three our kingdom: and ’tis our fast intent
To shake all cares and business from our age;
Conferring them on younger strengths, while we
Unburthen’d crawl toward death.
– King Lear (with thanks to André)
[Image: Nicholas Harding, ‘Study for John Bell as King Lear’, 1998–2001]