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To see perform'd the dreaded act, which thou
A way, there, way for Cæsar!
Enter CESAR and Attendants.
Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer; That you did fear, is done.
Bravest at the last:
She levell❜d at our purposes, and, being royal,
I do not see them bleed.
1 Guard. A simple countryman, that brought her figs; This was his basket.
Who was last with them?
This Charmian lived but now; she stood, and spake;
On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood,
In her strong toil of grace.
Here, on her breast, There is a vent of blood, and something blown :
The like is on her arm.
1 Guard. This is an aspic's trail: and these fig leaves Have slime upon them, such as the aspic leaves Upon the caves of Nile.
Of easy ways to die.-Take up her bed;
No less in pity, than his glory, which
This play keeps curiosity always busy, and the passions always interested. The continual hurry of the action, the variety of incidents, and the quick succession of one personage to another, call the mind forward without intermission, from the first act to the last. But the power of delighting is derived principally from the frequent changes of the scene; for, except the feminine arts, some of which are too low, which distinguish Cleopatra, no character is very strongly discriminated. Upton, who did not easily miss what he desired to find, has discovered that the language of Antony is, with great skill and learning, made pompous and superb, according to his real practice. But I think his diction not distinguishable from that of others: the most tumid speech in the play is that which Cæsar makes to Octavia.
The events, of which the principal are described according to history, are produced without any art of connection or care of disposition.
C. Whittingham, Printer, Chiswick.
Cymbeline, King of Britain.
Cloten, Son to the Queen, by a former Husband.
Guiderius, Sons to Cymbeline, disguised under the
A French Gentleman, Friend to Philario.
Cornelius, a Physician.
Queen, Wife to Cymbeline.
Imogen, Daughter to Cymbeline, by a former Queen. Helen, Woman to Imogen.
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, Apparitions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
SCENE, sometimes in Britain; sometimes in Italy.
Enter two Gentlemen.
1 Gent. ou do not meet a man, but frowns: our No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers; [bloods Still seem, as does the king's.
But what's the matter?
1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his kingdom, He purpos'd to his wife's sole son (a widow, [whom That late he married), hath referr'd herself
Unto a poor, but worthy gentleman: She's wedded;
Is outward sorrow; though, I think, the king