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CYMBELINE.

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PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.

CYMBELINE, king of Britain.
CLOTEN, son to the queen by u former husband.
LEONATUS POSTHUMUS, a gentleman, husband to

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,

} Italians.
IACHIMO, friend to Philario,
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, Cap-
tains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other At-
tendants.

Scene, sometimes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.

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CYMBELINE.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-Britain. The garden behind

Cymbeline's palace.

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Enter two Gentlemen.

1 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?
1 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,) bath 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? i 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 mniss'd the princess, is a

thing
Too bad for bad report: and he, 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 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;
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 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 :

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