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That late he married) hath referred herself
Unto a poor, but worthy gentleman..
She's wedded ;
Her husband banished; flie imprisoned: all
Is outward forrow, though, I think, the King
Be touched at very heart.

2 Gent. None but the King?
i Gent. He that hath loit her too: so is the

Queen,
That moit desired the match. But not a courtier
(Although they wear their faces to the bent
Of the King's look) but hath a heart that is
Glad at the thing they fcoul at.

2 Gent. And why so ?
I 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 banilhed) 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 hould compare. I do not think
So fair an outward, and such stuff within,
Endows a man but him.

2 Gent. You speak him farr. (2)
i Gent. I do extend hin, Sir, within himself;

'(x). 2 Gent. You speak him fair.

i Gent. I do extend him, Sir, within himself.] } don't know what consonance our modern editors could find betwixt freeking frir and extending : no more I believe, than they have authority for the reading. I have restored with the old books;

You speak him frirr. 3. e. You speak widely, with latitude, in his praises : and then the other antivers with great propriety ; “ wielu as I speak of hin, I extend him within the lints and Il compass of his own merit.".

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Crush him together, rather than unfold
His measure fully.

2 Gent. What's his name and birth?

i Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: his father
Was called Sicilius, who did join his honour (3)
Against the Romans with Caflibelan;
But had his titles by Tenantius, (4) whom
He served with glory and admired succefs;
So gained the fur-addition, Leonatus:
And had, besides this gentleman in question,

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Against the Romans with Caslibelan ;] Lud, (from whom, as fume suppose, u:gate derived its name) began to reign over the southern parts of our ille about yo years before the Christian Æra. He reigned but eleven years; and, upon his demise, (or, rather, his murder ; for the historians are express, and concur in this point) Caffibelan his brother usurped the government from Lud's two fons then in their minority. About the oth year of Callibelan's reign, Julius Cæsar made his first descent upon Britain, and met with repulse. The next season, he again invaded us ; and then, after several Akirmiflies and some pitched battles waged with the Romans, the Britons being worsted, and revolting by degrees from Cailibelan, he was wbliged to lue to Cæsar for terms, and to yield to the payment of an anaal tribute to the Romans as conquerors, Polyænus (in his Stratagemata) tells us, that the Britons fied, through the terror they conceived at sight of Cæsar's elephants Cæfar, in his Commentariis, mentions not one word of elephants employed in this service : it must be looked upon therefore as an idle fable, and of no credit.

(4) Tenant usj Tenantius (or Theomantius) who was the younger fon of Lud, and who had aided Julius Cæsar againit Caffibelan, upon his uncle's death, about -45 years before Christ, recovered the dominions, that had been usurped from his brother and him by Callibelan. He reigned 22 years ; and in his 10th year happened the atsailination of Julias Cæsar. Our Author hints bere at this Prince having war with the Romans : and the que Ition of his refusing the tribute agreed to by his uncle, will 'be canvassed in a subsequent aute.

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Two other fons; who, in the wars o' the time, Died with their swords in hand: for which their

father (Then old and fond of iffue) took fuch forrow, That he quit being; and his gentle lady, Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceased 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 to him all the learnings that his time Could make him the receiver of, which he took As we do air, fast as 'twas ministred. His spring becmae a harvest: lived in Court (Which rare it is to do) most praised, inost loved, A sample to the youngest; to the more mature, A glass that featured them; and to the graver, A child that guided dotards. To his mistress, (For whom he now is banished) her own price Proclaims, lrow fhe esteemned him and his virtue. By her election may be truly read, What kind of man he is.

2 Gent. I honour him, even out of your report But tell me, is she fole child to the King ?

I Gent. His only child. He had two fons, (if this be worth your hearing, Mark it;) the eldelt of them at three years old, I'th' swathing clothes the other, from their nursery Were stolen; and te this lour, no guess in knowWhich way they went.

[ledge 2 Gent. How long is this ago? 1 Gent Some-twenty years. 2 Gent. That a King's children should be lo

conveyed, So slackly guarded, and the search fo flow That could not trace them------

Gent. Howsoe'er 'tie itrange,

Or that the negligence may well be laughed at,
Yet it is true, Sir.

2 Gent. I do well believe you.
I Gent. We must forbear. Here comes the

Gentleman,
The Queen, and Princess.

[Exeunt. Enter the Queen, POSTHUMUS, IMOGEN, and 4t

tendants. Queen. No, be assured you shall not find me;

daughter, After the flander of most step-mothers, Iil-eyed unto you: you're my pris'ner, but Your goaler shall deliver you the keys That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthumus, So soon as I can win the offended King, I will be known your advocate: marry, yet, The fire of rage is in him: and 'twere good You leaned unto his sentence, with what patience Your wisdom may inform you.

Pol. Pleafe your Highness, I will from hence to-day.

Queen. You know the peril: I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying The pangs of barred affections; though the King Hath charged you should not speak together.

[Exit. Imo. Dissembling courtesy ! how fine this týrant Can tickle where she wounds! my dearest husband, I something fear my father's wrath, but nothing (Always referved my holy duty) what #is rage can do on me. You must be

gone,
And I Thall here abide the hourly shot
Of angry eyes : not comforted to live,
But that there is this jewel in the world,
That I may fee again.
VOL. X.

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Poft. My Queen! my mistress!

lady, weep no more, lest I give cause To be suspected of more tenderness Than doth become a man. I will remain The loyallelt husband that did e'er plight troth; My residence in Rome, at one Philario's; Who to my father was a friend, to me Known but by letter; thither write, my Queen, And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you fend, Though ink be made of gall.

Re-enter Queen.
Queen. Be brief, I pray you;
If the King come, I shall incur I know not [ Aside
How much of his displeakıre---yet l'll move him
To walk this way ; I never do him wrong,
But he does buy my injuries ; to be friends,
Pays dear for

my
offences.

[Exit.
Poft. Should we be taking leave,
As long a term as yet we have to live,
The lothness to depart would grow :---adieu !

Imo. Nay, stay a little
Were you but riding forth to air yourself,
Such parting were too petty. Look here, love,
This diamond was my mother's; take it, heart.
But keep it till you woo another wife,
When Imogen is dead.

Poft How, how? another !
You gentle gods, give me but this I have,
And lear up my embracements from a next
With bonds of death. Remain, remain thou here,

[Putting on the Ring: While sense can keep thee on! and tweetest, fairelt, As I my poor felf did exchange for you, To your so infinite loss; fo, in your trifles I fill win of you. For my fake, wear this;

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