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Cymbeline, king of Britain.
Cloten, son to the queen by a former husbund.
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
Arviragus, i Polydore and Cadwul, supposed sons to Belarius.
Philario, friend to Posthumus, l aime
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, Apparitions, a Sooth

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

Scene; sometimes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.


ACT I, SCENE I. Britain. The garden behind Cymbe

line's palace.

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. ? 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 ? 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 miss'd the princess, is a

thing Too bad for bad report: and he that hath her, (I mean, that married her,malack, good man!

* Incligation, natural disposition.

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 t.
2 Gent.

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

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, i A child that guided dotards : to his mistress, For whom he now is banish'd-her own price: Proclaims how she esteem'd him and his virtue;

*** i.e. You praise him extensively. ' . + My praise, however extensive, is within his merit. The fatber of Cymbeline.

§ Formed their manners.

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