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Imo. You are my father too; and did relieve me, To see this gracious season.

Cym. All o'erjoy'd,
Save these in bonds : let them be joyful too,
For they shall taste our comfort.

Imo. My good master,
I will yet do you

service. Luc. Happy be you!

Cym. The foriorn soldier, that so nobly fought, He would have well becom'd this place, and grac'd The thankings of a king.

Post. I am, sir,
The foldier that did company these three
In poor beseeming; 'twas a fitment for
The purpose I then followed :- That I was he,
Speak, lachimo; I had you down, and might
Have made you finish.

lach. I am down again :
But now my heavy conscience sinks my knee, [Kneels.
As then your force did. Take that life, 'beseech you,
Which I fo often owe: but, your ring first;
And here the bracelet of the truest princess,
That ever swore her faith.

Post. Kneel not to me :
The power that I have on you, is to spare you ;
The malice towards you, to forgive you: Live,
And deal with others better.

Cym. Nobly doom'd:
We'll learn our freeness of a son-in-law;
Pardon's the word to all.

Arv. You holp us, sir,
As you did mean indeed to be our brother;
Joy'd are we, that you are.
Pojt. Your servant, princes.-Good my lord of

Rome, Call forth your foothsayer: As I Nept, methought, Great Jupiter, upon his eagle back'd, 6

Appear'd

Appear’d to me, with other sprightly shews 9
Of mine own kindred : when I wak’d, I found
This label on my bosom ; whose containing
Is so from sense in hardness, that I can
Make no collection of it': let him Thew
His skill in the construction.

Luc. Philarmonus,
Sooth. Here, my good lord.
Luc. Read, and declare the meaning.

Soothsayer reads. When as a lion's whelp fall, to himself unknown, without seeking find, and be embrac'd by a piece of tender air; and when from a stately cedar shall be lopt branches, which, being dead many years, Mall after revive, be jointed to the old stock, and freshly grow ; then shall Posthumus end his miseries, Britain be fortunate, and flourish in peace and plenty.

Thou, Leonatus, art the lion's whelp ;
The fit and apt construction of thy name,
Being Leo-natus, doth import so much.
The piece of tender air, thy virtuous daughter,

[To Cymbeline,
Which we call mollis aer; and mollis aer
We term it mulier : which mulier, I divine,
Is this most constant wife; [To Poft.] who, even now,
Answering the letter of the oracle,
Unknown to you, unsought, were clip'd about
With this most tender air.

.-sprightly shews-) Are ghoftly appearances. STEVENS.

* Make no collection of it.) A collection is a corollary, a consequence deduced from premises. So, in Sir John Davies's on The Immortality of the Soul:

• When !he, from sundry arts, one skill doth draw;

“ Gath’ring from divers fights, one act of war; 6. From many cases like, one rule of law : "These her collections, not the senses are.” STEEVENS,

Сут, .

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Cym. This hath some seeming.

Sooth. The lofty cedar, royal Cymbeline,
Personates thee: and thy lopt branches point
Thy two sons forth : who, by Belarius stolen,
For many years thought dead, are now reviv’d,
To the majestick cedar join'd; whose issue
Promises Britain peace and plenty.

Cym. Well,
* My peace we will begin :-And, Caius Lucius,
Although the victor, we submit to Cæsar,
And to the Roman empire ; promising
To pay our wonted tribute, from the which
We were dissuaded by our wicked queen;
3 On whom heaven's justice, (both on her, and hers)
Hath lay'd most heavy hand.

Sooth. The fingers of the powers above do tune
The harmony of this peace. The vision
Which I made known to Lucius, ere the stroke
Of this yet (carce-cold battle, at this instant
Is full accomplish'd : For the Roman eagle,
From south to west on wing foaring aloft,
Lessen’d herself, and in the beams o' the sun
So vanish’d: which fore-shew'd, our princely eagle,
The imperial Cæsar, should again unite
His favour with the radiant Cymbeline,
Which shines here in the west.

Cym. Laud we the gods ;
And let our crooked smokes climb to their nostrils
From our bleit altars ! Publish we this

peace
To all our subjects. Set we forward : Let
A Roman and a British ensign wave
Friendly together : so through Lud's town march;

2 My peace we will begin :-) I think it better to read :

By peace we will begin. JOHNSON.
3 On whom Heaven's justice -] The old copy reads :

Whom Heavens, in justice, both on her and hers
Have laid muit heavy hand. MALONE.

And

And in the temple of great Jupiter
Our peace we'll ratify; seal it with feasts.-
Set on there :-Never was a war did cease,
Ere bloody hands were walh'd, with such a peace.

[Exeunt omnes.

THIS play has many just sentiments, fome natural dialogues, and some pleasing scenes, but they are obtained at the expence of much incongruity. To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names, and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unrefifting imbecility, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation. JOHNSON.

A book entitled Westward for Smelts, or the Waterman's fare of mad Merry Western Wenches, whose Tongues albeit like Bellclappers, they never leave ringing, yet their Tales are sweet, and will much content yoil.

Written by kinde Kitt of Kingstone-was published at London in 1603 ; and again in 1620. To the second tale in that volume Shakspeare seems to have been indebted for part of the fable of Cymbeline. It is told by the Fishwife of Standon the Green, and is as follows:

“ In the troublesome raigne of king Henry the Sixth, there dwelt in Waltam (not farre from London) a gentleman, which had to wife a creature most beautifull, so that in her time there were few found that matched her, none at all that excelled her;' so excellent were the gifts that nature had bestowed on her. In body was she not onely so rare and unparaleled, but also in her gifts of minde, so that in this creature it seemed that Grace and Nature strove who should excell each other in their gifts toward her. The gentleman, her husband, thought himselfe. so happy in his choife, that he believed, -in choosing her, he had tooke holde of that blessing which Heaven proffereth every man once in his life. Long did not this opinion hold for cur-rant; for in his height of love he began fo to hate her, that he fought her death: the cause I will tell you.

Having businefe one day to London, he took his leave very kindly of his wife, and, accompanied with one man, he rode to London : being toward night, he tooke up his inne, and to be briefe, he went to supper amongst other gentlemen. Amongst other talke at table, one tooke occasion to speake of women, and what excellent creatures they were, so long as they continued loyal to man. To whom answered one, saying, This is truth, Sir; fo is the divell good so long as he doth no harme, which is meaner : his goodness and womens' loyaltie

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Thall live to see it. This gentleman loving his wife dearely, and knowing her to be free from this uncivill generall taxation of women, in her behalf, said, “ Sir, you are too bitter against the sexe of women, and doe ill, for some one's sake that hath proved false to you, to taxe the generalitie of women-kinde with lightnesse; and but I would not be counted uncivill amongst these gentlemen, I would give you the reply that approved untruth deseryeth :-you know my meaning, Sir; conftrue my words as you please. Excuse me, gentlemen, if I be uncivil; I answere in the behalfe of one who is as free from disloyaltie as is the funne from darknes, or the fire from cold. Pray, Sir, said the other, fince wee are opposite in opinions, let us rather talke like law. yers, that wee may be quickly friends againe, than like souldiers, which end their words with blowes. Perhaps this woman that you answere for, is chaste, but yet against her will ; for many women are honest, 'cause they have not the meanes and opportunitie to be dishoneft: fo is a thief true in prison, because he hath nothing to steale. Had I but opportunitie and knew this same faint you so adore, I would pawne my life and whole estate, in a short while to bring you some manifest token of her disloyaltie. Sir, you are yong in the knowledge of womens' flights; your want of experience makes you too credulous : therefore be not abused.” This specch of his made the gentle. man more out of patience than before, so that with much adoe he held himselfe from offering violence; but his anger beeing a little over, he said, -Sir, I doe verily beleeve that this vaine speech of yours proceedeth rather from a loose and ill-manner'a minde, than of any experience you have had of women's looseness: and since you think yourselfe so cunning in that divellith art of corrupting womens' chastitie, I will lay down heere a hundred pounds, against which you shall lay fifty pounds, and before these gentlemen I promise you, if that within a month's space you bring me any token of this gentlewoman's disloyaltie (for whofe fake I have spoken in the behalfe of all women) I doc freely give you leave to injoy the same; conditionally, you not performing it, I may enjoy your money. If that be a match, Tpeake and I will acquaint you where the dwelleth: and besides I vow, as I am a gentleman, not to give her notice of any such intent that is toward her. Sir, quoth the man, your proffer is faire, and I accept the same. So the money was delivered into the oast of the house his hands, and the sitters by were witnesses ; so drinking together like friends, they went every man to his chamber. The next day this man, having knowledge of the place, rid thither, leaving the gentleman at the inne, who being assured of his wife's chastitie, made no other account but to winne the wager ; but it fell out otherwise : for the other

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