Royal Lear,
Whom I have ever honoured as my king,
Loved as my father, as my master followed,
As my great patron thought on in my prayers.

– William Shakespeare

King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1. In this passage Kent shows his immense loyalty to and love for King Lear, saying that he has always loved him like he was his father (simile). Kent will prove this love throughout the play and remain steadfastedly devoted to the king.