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LENOX-LIBRAIRE

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PERSONS REPRESENTED.

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

Morgan.
Guiderius,

sons to Cymbeline, disguised under the

names of Polydore and Cadwal, supArviragus,

posed sons to Belarius, Philario, friend to Posthumus,

} Italians.
Iachimo, friend to Philario,
A French Gentleman, friend to Philario,
Caias Lucius, general of the Roman forces.
*Ą Roman Captain.: Ixo British Captains.
Pisanio, sergant to Posthumus.
Cornelius; à :physirian.
Two Gentlemen.
Trio:Gaolers.

Queen, wife to Cymbeline.
Imogen, daughter to Cymbeline by a former Queen.
Helen, woman to Imogen.

Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, Apparitions,

a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, 'a Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.

SCENE, sometimes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.

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SCENE I. Britain. The Garden behind Cymbeline'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 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 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?

* Inclination, natural disposition.

1 Gent. He that hath miss'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.2 1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself; Crush him together, rather than unfold His measure duly.3 2 Gent.

What's his name, and birth? 1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root : His father Was callid Sicilius, who did join his honour, Against the Romans, with Cassibelan; But had his titles by Tenantius,4 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;

2 i. e. You praise him extensively.
3 My praise, however extensive, is within his merit.

The father of Cymbeline.

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