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CYMBELINE, King of Britain.
Imogen. BELARIUS, a banished lord, disguised under the name of MORGAN.
sons to Cymbeline, disguised under GUIDERIUS,
the names of POLYDORE and ARVIRAGUS, CADWAL, supposed sons to Be
PHILARIO, friend to Posthumus, } Italians.
, to Philario
QUEEN, wife to Cymbeline.
tions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Captains, Soldiers,
Messengers, and other Attendants. Scene, sometimes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.
1 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? 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his kinga
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,
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, — 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. ? 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 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 : 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
2 i. e. You praise him extensively.
4 The father of Cymbeline.