Imatges de pÓgina
[merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors]


CYMBELINE, king of Britain.
CLOTEN, son to the queen by u former husband.
LEONATUS PostHUMUS, a gentleman, husband to

Imogen. BELARIUS, a banished lord, disguised under the name of Morgan.

sons to Cymbeline, disguised unGUIDERIUS, der the names of Polydore and ARVIRAGUS, Cadwal, supposed sons to. Bela

rius. PHILARIO, friend to Posthumus,

} Italians.
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, Appari-

tions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a
Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Cap-
tains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other At-

Scene,--sometimes in Britain; sometimes in Italy.

[ocr errors]



SCENE I.-Britain. The garden behind

Cymbeline'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.

2 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? 1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too : so is the



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?
i Gent. He, that hath miss'd the princess, is a

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.

i Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself; Crush him together, rather than unfold His measure duly.

2 Gent. What's his name, and birth? 1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: His fa

ther Was call’d Sicilius, who did join his honour Against the Romans with Cassibelan; But had his titles by Tenantius, whom He serv'd with glory and admir'd success; $o 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; Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber :

« AnteriorContinua »