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PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.
CYMBELINE, king of Britain.
Imogen. BELARIUS, a banished lord, disguised under the name of Morgan.
sons to Cymbeline, disguised unGUIDERIUS, der the names of Polydore and ARVIRAGUS, Cadwal, supposed sons to. Bela
rius. PHILARIO, friend to Posthumus,
Queen, wife to Cymbeline.
tions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a
Scene,--sometimes in Britain; sometimes in Italy.
SCENE I.-Britain. The garden behind
Enter two Gentlemen. i Gent. 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? I Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king
dom, whom 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
That most desir'd the match: But not a courtier,
2 Gent. And why so?
2 Gent. You speak him far.
i Gent. 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 fa
ther Was call’d 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; $o 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 hand; for which their fa
ther (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 :