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Cymbeline, king of Britain.
Cloten, son to the queen by a former husband.
Leonatus Posthumus, a gentleman, husband to Imogen.
Belarius, a banished lord, disguised under the name of


rsons to Cymbeline, disguised under the Arviragus, posel sons to Belarius.

names of Polydore and Cadwal, supIachimo, friend to Philario,

, } Italians.
A French Gentleman, friend to Philario.
Caius Lucius, general of the Roman forces.
A Roman Captain. Two British Captains.
Pisanio, servant to Posthumus.
Cornelius, a physician.
Two Gentlemen.
Two Gaolers.

Queen, wife to Cymbeline.
Imogen, daughter to Cymbeline by a former queen.
Helen, woman to Imogen.
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, Appari-

tions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Captains, Soldiers,

Messengers, and other Atiendants. SCENE, sometimes in Britain; sometimes in Italy.



SCENE 1.-Britain. The Garden behind Cymbe Jine's Palace. Enter two Gentlemen.

1 Gentleman. You do not meet a man, but frowns: our bloods No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers; Still

seem, as does the king's 2 Gent.

But what's the matter? 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his kingdom,

He purpos’d to his wife's sole son, (a widow,
That late he married,) hath referr'd herself
Unto a poor but worthy gentleman: She's wedded
Her husband banish'd ; she imprison'd: all
Is outward sorrow; though, I think, the king
Be touch'd at very heart.
2 Gent.

None but the king ? 1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too: so is the queen, That most desir'd the match : But not a courtier, Although they wear their faces to the bent Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not Glad at the thing they scowl at. 2 Gent.

And why so? 1 Gent. He that hath miss'd the princess, is a thing Too bad for bad report: and be that hath her,


(I mean, that married her,--alack, good man!
And therefore banish’d) is a creature such
As, to seek through the regions of the earth
For one his like, there would be something failing
In him that should compare. I do not think,
So fair an outward, and such stuff within,
Endows a man but he.
2 Gent.

You speak him far.
1 Gcnt. I do extend him, sir, within himself;
Crush him together, rather than unfold
His measure duly.
2 Gent.

What's his name, and birth? 1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root : his father Was call'a Sicilius, who did join his honour, Against the Romans, with Cassibelan; But had his titles by Tenantius, whom He serv'd with glory and admir'd success : So gain'd the sur-addition, Leonatus : And had, besides this gentleman in question, Two other sons, who, in the wars o'the time, Died with their swords in band; for which their father (Then old and fond of issue.) took such sorrow, That he quit being; and his gentle lady, Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas'd As he was born. The king, he takes the babe To his protection ; calls him Posthumus ; Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber: Puts him to all the learnings that his time Could make him the receiver of; which he took, As we do air, fast as 'twas minister'd ; and In his spring became a harvest : Liv'd in court, (Which rare it is to do,) most prais'd, most lov'd : A sample to the youngest ; to the more mature, A glass that feated them; and to the graver, A child that guided dotards: to his mistress, For wbom he now is banishd,-her own price Proclaims how she esteem'd him and his virtue ;

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