What does the following quote from King Lear mean?

'Tis our fast intent

To shake all cares and business from our age,

Conferring them on younger strengths while we

Unburdened crawl toward death.

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This quotation is taken from act one, scene one of the play. In this scene, King Lear summons his three daughters to him and informs them that he intends to divide his kingdom between the three of them. He will decide how much land to give each daughter depending on the strength of each daughter’s proclamation of love for him. King Lear says that it is his “fast intent,” or in other words, his immediate intention, to “shake all cares and business from our age.” The “our” here is the royal plural, meaning that the king is referring to himself. He says that he wants to give his kingdom away to his daughters so that he will no longer have to concern himself with the “cares and business” that come with ruling a kingdom. He is old and simply wants, or needs, to retire.

In the second half of the quotation, King Lear says that the “cares and business” involved with running a kingdom will be passed or conferred to his daughters, who are younger and have the strength and...

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