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Cymbeline, king of Britain.
Cornelius, a physician. Cioten, son to the queen by a former husband. Two Gentlemen. Leonatus Posthumus, a gentleman, husband to Two Gaolers.
Imogen. Belarius, a banished lord, disguised under the Queen, wife to Cymbeline. name of Morgan.
Imogen, daughter to Cymbeline by a former queen Guiderius,
sons to Cymbeline, disguised under|| Helen, woman to Imogen.
the names of Polydore and CadArviragus,
wal, supposed sons to Belarius. Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, Appa Philario, friend to Posthumus,
ritions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a lachimo, friend to Philario,
Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, CapA French Gentleman, friend to Philario.
tains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other AttendCaius Lucius, general of the Roman forces. ants. A Roman Captain. I'wo British Captains. Pisanio, servant to Posthumus.
Scene, sometimes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.
His measure duly 3
What's his name, and birth ? SCENE I.-Britain. The garden behind Cym- 1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: His father beline's palace. Enter Two Gentlemen. Was callid Sicilius, who did join his honour,
Against the Romans, with Cassibelan; 1 Gentleman.
But had his titles by Tenantius, 4 whom
He serv'd with glory and admir'd success :
Two other sons, who, in the wars o'the time, 2 Gent.
But what's the matter? | Died with their swords in hand; for which then 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king
father dom, whom
(Then old and fond of issue,) took such sorrow, He purpos'd to his wife's sole son (a widow, That he quit being; and his gentle lady, That late he married,) hath referrd herself' Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas'd Unto a poor but worthy gentleman: She's wedded; || As he was born. The king, he takes the babe Her husband banish'd ; she imprison'd: all To his protection; calls him Posthumus; Is outward sorrow; though, I think, the king Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber Be touch'd at very heart.
Puts him to all the learnings that his time 2 Gent.
None but the king? Could make him the receiver of; which he took, 1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too: so is the || As we do air, fast as 'twas minister'd; and queen,
In his spring became a harvest : Liv'd in court, That most desir'd the match : But not a courtier, | (Which rare it is to do,) most prais’d, most lov'd Although they wear their faces to the bent A sample to the youngest; to the more mature, Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not A glass that feated them; and to the graver, Glad at the thing they scowl at.
A child that guided dotards : to his mistress, 2 Gent.
And why so ? For whom he now is banish'd-her own price 1 Gent. He that hath miss'd the princess, is a thing Proclaims how she esteem'd him and his virtue; Too bad for bad report : And he that hath her, By her election may be truly read, (I mean, that married her,-alack, good man - What kind of man he is. And therefore banish'd) is a creature such
I honour him As, to seek through the regions of the earth Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell me, For one his dike, there would be something failing | Is she sole child to the king? In him that should compare. I do not think
His only child So fair an outward, and such stuff within, He had two sons (if this be worth your hearing, Endows a man but he.
Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, 2 Gent.
You speak him far. l'the swathing clothes the other, from their nursery 1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself; Were stolen: and to this hour, no guess in knowledge Crush him together, rather than unfold
Which way they went.
How long is this ago ? (1) Inclination, natural disposition.
1 Gent. Some twenty years. (2) i. e. You praise him extensively. (3) My praise, however extensive, is within his (4) The father of Cymbeline.
(5) Formed their manners.
2 Gent. That a king's children should be so con- || You gentle gods, give me but this I have,
And sear up my embracements from a next
(Putting on the ring 1 Gent.
Howsoe'er 'tis strange, while sense can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest,
To your so infinite loss; so, in our trifles
I still win of you: For my sake, wear this; 1 Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the queen, || It is a manacle of love; I'll place it and princess.
(Exeunt. Upon this fairest prisoner. SCENE II.- The same. Enter the Queen, Pos
(Putting a bracelet on her arm. Imo.
O, the gods!
When shall we see again?
Enter Cymbeline and Lords.
Alack, the king!
The gods protect you!
I am gone.
Please your highness, Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death
More sharp than this is.
O disloyal thing,
fetch a turn about the garden, pitying That should'st repair my youth : thou heapest
I beseech you, sir, [Exit Queen. | Harm not yourself with your vexation ; I
0, Am senseless of your wrath; a touch more rare Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant Subdues all pangs, all fears. Can tickle where she wounds !—My dearest hus Cym.
Past grace? obedience. band,
Imo. Past hope, and in despair ; that way, past I something fear my father's wrath; but nothing
grace. (Always reserv'd my holy duty,) what
Cym. That might'st have had the soles son of His rage can do on me : You must be gone;
my queen! And I shall here abide the hourly shot
Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an Of angry eyes; not comforted to live,
And did avoid a puttock.
Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; would'st have made
No; I rather added
It is your fault that I have lov'd Posthumus :
Almost the sum he pays.
What art thou mad!
Imo. Almost, sir : Heaven restore me 'Would
Thou foolish thing!
(Exit. || They were again together : you have done
(To the Queen As long a term as yet we have to live,
Not after our command. Away with her,
Queen. 'Beseech your patience : -Peace,
Out of your best advice.8
Nay, let her languish
Hɔw! how ! another?- || A drop of blood a day; and, being aged,